It’s out. After long last, Beautiful Scars is no longer ours. It’s yours…
It’s been quite the battle to get it out, but to our relief the book has at least made it to Indianapolis, Indiana and Vancouver, British Columbia. It is our hope that the book made it to all the cities in between! So over the next few days, weeks, and months, you can tell us if it made it into a comic book store, book store, or on-line purveyor of graphic novels near you.
And we truly can’t wait to hear from you.
So it’s fitting to highlight the man most responsible for this book seeing the light of day. Mark Smylie is an amazing illustrator, writer of just-released “The Barrow,” the creator of complex “Artesia,” a skillful gamer/game designer, the CCO of Boom! Comics, and the founder of Archaia Entertainment.
“Captain Gabriel was the casualty of a lone encounter with Nightshade.”
As you can imagine, Mark is one of the most busy individuals that we know. The fact he took the time out of his schedule to create this illustration speaks volumes. He’ll move mountains for friends. But speaking to the illustration, he chose to illustrate a moment that didn’t involve the main figures in our fairy tale. As a creator, he chose a unique way to illustrate the scene—by celebrating an unknown character.
Guin and I are relative unknowns in comics. Sure, we have worked in the industry, but this is our first graphic novel—and as a collaborative venture, no less. He stood by us and he made sure that our story was never forgotten. According to our editor, the title of our book was on the planning board for quite a long time. And even as Archaia evolved into the powerhouse company it is today, we were always a part of the big picture.
Thanks is not a big enough word… we hope we were worth the effort!
Pay Mark a visit at: http://swordandbarrow.com/wp/
Also, as people have a chance to review Beautiful Scars, we’ll try to share the occasional post:
Tom Murphy, Broken Frontiers:
Melanie Hernandez, Sonoma State Star
And a fun post from Rich Johnston, Bleeding Cool: