Image to Launch All-Ages SCALES & SCOUNDRELS in September


While the overall comic book market may be skewing older, smart publishers are investing in the future with titles geared towards readers of all ages. Image is likely hoping to build readership for the future with the release of Scales & Scoundrels.

The Portland-based publisher announced today that they intend to launch the new series from writer Sebastian Girner and artist Galaad in September.

The series is billed as “a colorful fantasy tales for scoundrels of all ages.”

Image has provided an extended preview of the first issue, which you can read below.

Scales & Scoundrels is due to arrive in comic book shops on September 6th.


[OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE]

SCALES & SCOUNDRELS:

AN ALL-NEW ALL-AGES FANTASY SERIES COMING THIS SEPTEMBER

PORTLAND, OR, 06/12/2017 — Writer Sebastian Girner (SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER) and comics/storyboard artist Galaad team up with letterer/designer Jeff Powell for SCALES & SCOUNDRELS, a colorful fantasy tale for scoundrels of all ages this September.

 

It’s hard to make an honest living in a land brimming with magic and mystery, and treasure hunter Luvander is tired of being a penniless adventurer. Ever in search of gold and glory, she sets off for a fabled dungeon, “the Dragon’s Maw,” an ancient labyrinth, at the bottom of which slumbers endless wealth…or certain doom!

 

But what starts out as a road to riches becomes the first step on an epic journey of a much different kind—for Luvander holds a secret in her heart that will shatter the chains of fate and bring light to a world encroached upon by an ancient darkness.

“SCALES & SCOUNDRELS is a dream project for Galaad, Jeff, and myself,” said Girner. “We are crafting a deep and wondrous world for readers to get lost in, creating heroes, villains, and rogues to love and loathe, and spinning tales that will delight and entertain, shock and inspire. A fantasy adventure comic for readers of all ages to escape into, and bring a piece of magic back with them into their lives.”

 

“S&S is everything we want to bring to a comic series: the joyous fun, the gripping action, the thrill of adventure, the sense of wonder, the dramatic moments, the high stakes, the epic turning-points, and the inspiring destinies,” said Galaad. “We don’t want the readers to just enjoy this story, we want them to embark with us and share in the adventure of a lifetime. That’s what I love about comics. Just a drip of ink on paper—endless stories and memories.”

 

“It’s great to have the opportunity to work on a book that can be enjoyed by a wide audience,” said Powell. “Both the art and story kick ass, and I think people will enjoy seeing how it unfolds.”

 

SCALES & SCOUNDRELS #1 arrives in comic book stores Wednesday, September 6th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, August 14th. 

Advance praise for SCALES & SCOUNDRELS:

“SAGA meets Scott Pilgrim. One of the most beautiful comics I’ve ever read.”

—Declan Shalvey (INJECTION, SAVAGE TOWN)

“SCALES & SCOUNDRELS is a fun, beautiful fantasy adventure for all ages and the kind of book we need more of! I look forward to more!”

—Skottie Young (I HATE FAIRYLAND)


 

Josh Epstein

Josh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor, singer, and resident of a real-world Smallville.

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