It was as recently as last year that proponents of digital comic books were wondering why publishers didn't give readers the opportunity to explore more new series through digital-only or digital-first releases, and now it's becoming almost commonplace. That's a good thing, and it's why we wanted to make sure to highlight this press release from Dark Horse announcing Sabretooth Swordsman, a six issue series from Damon Gentry (Eerie) and Aaron Conley (It Girl! and the Atomics, Prophet). The first issue is available on Dark Horse's digital store today, and, in October, the series will be collected into a six issue hardcover.
Why not give a series that both highlights up and coming creators and makes use of an innovative distribution scheme instead of, say, buying, say, the latest overpriced, underachieving corporate comic with a two decade old cover gimmick covering up an unimaginative story?
Sabretooth Swordsman is 99 cents, and you can buy it right now, without even getting up off the toilet (which is the only acceptable place to be browsing The Outhouse), and be reading it on the device of your choice within 60 seconds.
Instant gratification! Great value! Cheap prices! Based on a true story! One of the previous claims is not true!
Here's the press release:
GENTRY & CONLEY UNLEASH SABERTOOTH SWORDSMAN!
JUNE 5, MILWAUKIE, OR—From rising stars Damon Gentry (Eerie) and Aaron Conley (It Girl! and the Atomics, Prophet), Dark Horse Comics is pleased to announce one of 2013’s hottest artistic debuts—Sabertooth Swordsman!
This six-part, digital-first series is available exclusively through Dark Horse Digital beginning today and will be collected in a gorgeous hardcover in the fall. Sabertooth Swordsman also marks the latest selection in the critically acclaimed Dark Horse Originals line.
“If you like your hot new indie comic debuts smack full of wall-to-wall violence and adventure, and almost zero moral ambiguity or crushing existential dread, then, BOY HOWDY, have we got the comical book for you! You’re going to love Sabertooth Swordsman; we nearly guarantee it,” states writer Damon Gentry.
When his village is enslaved and his wife kidnapped by the malevolent Mastodon Mathematician, a simple farmer must find his inner warrior! Granted the form of the Sabertooth Swordsman by the Cloud God of Sasquatch Mountain, our hero embarks on a treacherous journey to the Mastodon’s fortress, along the way getting beaten to a pulp by ogres, plague mutants, the king’s army, and goats! With astonishingly intricate artwork, over-the-top action, and hilarious characters, Sabertooth Swordsman is the freshest, funniest adventure comic of the year!
Praise for Sabertooth Swordsman:
“Sabertooth Swordsman is the most exciting graphic novel I’ve seen in a long loooong time. An absolute masterpiece that is thrillingly original and alive with kinetic energy! Damon and Aaron should be instant superstars!”—Michael Allred (Madman, FF, iZombie)
“I’m really excited about the work Damon and Aaron are doing. Sabertooth Swordsman is fantastic comics. It’s the kind of work I hope to find when I go into a comic shop.”—Brandon Graham (Prophet, King City, Multiple Warheads)
The Sabertooth Swordsman hardcover is on shelves October 16, 2013.