"Yeah. It’s just we’re putting new coversheets on all the sync ratio reports before they go out now. So if you could go ahead and try to remember to do that from now on, that’d be great."
Thanatos Diver alt cover
Ink and watercolor
I just got the clear to share the alt. cover I did for a new all ages book that Nick Tapalansky and Alex Eckman-Lawn are putting out.
You can read more about the project HERE
Preorder the book HERE and ask for the variant cover ;P (Hurry! There’s only a few weeks left!)
Every time someone showed us their cover, dudenukem and I would sort of giggle to ourselves in disbelief because we were lucky enough to have so many insanely talented illustrators share their versions of our characters and world and it’s sort of just unbelievable, isn’t it?
thelarsenproject captured such a sweet, quiet moment here on her cover - there aren’t a lot of those in the first issue, which is all GO GO GO, but she makes me wish there were more. And did you catch that secret skull in the clouds? So cool.
You know Christine’s work because it’s been in all sorts of places: IDW covers and anthologies, Dark Horse Presents, Kung-Fu Panda from Ape/Dreamworks. I’m sure I’m forgetting some, but go check out her blog for yourself. You’ll thank me later.
As with our other variant covers, we’ll get you info on where they’re going to be available as soon as we have it (which will hopefully be very soon).
“Thanatos Diver #1 is a blast for a first issue. It’s very imaginative and reminiscent of some great old-school JRPGs, where the main character is somewhat predestined for greatness if she can only realize it.”
It’s a real book, guys! And people are starting to read it before it comes out! AND THEY LIKE IT.
I was lucky enough to get an early preview of this comic and I felt I really needed to share it.
Written by Nick Tapalansky and illustrated by Alex Eckman-Lawn
It revolves around a female protagonist, Samantha a life-long island dweller and deep sea diver. After a contest with a fellow diver she finds an entrance to another world in the sunken city’s forbidden zone that takes her on an adventure to uncharted lands, mysterious creatures, and the mythical Thanatos Diver who, depending on the teller, is rumored to either save both worlds or destroy them.
It’s sort of like The Legend of Zelda (I got serious Wind Waker vibes while reading this) and Bone got together to hang out, and Studio Ghibli filmed the whole thing from a majestic secret forest where Dragon Ball tends to spend most of its time. It owes a ton to the video games, comics, and anime we grew up with, especially classic JRPGs like Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, and Final Fantasy VII.
The first issue will be out in November.
To pre-order download a pre-order form and bring it in to your local comic shop. Or visit online shops like TFAW.com.
The pre-order cutoff date is September 18th, so get to it.
As a fan of comics and old-school RPGs I really dug this book and I’m more than happy to promote a great new indie comic series whenever I can. So please check it out. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Many thanks to the awesome thecomicsvault, whose blog I repost from so much I might as well be an echo chamber.
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST #4
Nintendo Power #36 (April 1992)
By Shotaro Ishinomori
I will never get tired of seeing this comic. Not only did I follow it obsessively in Nintendo Power, I actually still have the oversized collected edition they put out way back when.
This totally reminded me that it’s a book that should definitely not be in storage (which is apparently where it wound up when I went through my mad HAVE TO MAKE ROOM FOR A BABY whirlwind tour), and that means it’s time to go through some boxes…
Hello all, I did a thing! Here is my variant cover for the upcoming series by th3rdworldstudios: Thanatos Diver by alexeckmanlawn and nicktapalansky. It’s a really cool comic, and I really enjoyed it. The first issue sets up a lot of cool things (Who is that skull dude in the orange goo??? What is that cool orange goo??? What does the cool orange goo taste like???) and I’m really excited to see where it goes, it’s also really funny. I suggest you check it out! You can preorder it here if you are so inclined: http://thanatosdiver.th3rdworld.com
And if you want to read a bit more about it I suggest checking out this interview: http://www.newsarama.com/21980-thanatos-diver-the-comic-for-old-school-jrpg-fans.html
Another variant cover! This one from the inimitable smvidaurri. dudenukem and I have a lot of plans for building out our world with maps and Shane grabbed that idea and ran with it, turning out this amazing piece.
If you’re not already familiar with Shane’s work for some insane reason, he’s the author/illustrator behind Iron: or the War After, an amazing graphic novel that he’s just started following up with a webcomic. He also has a standalone issue of Jim Henson’s Storyteller coming out with Archaia/Boom pretty soon. I got an advance copy and it’s Shane at his best, so don’t miss out!
And while you’re preordering thanatosdiver today, why not add this fashionable gent to your list? djkirkbride's thebiggerbangcomic is probably the book I’m most looking forward to reading this year.
When you stop by your LCS for new comics today, don’t forget to pre-order THE BIGGER BANG issue 1. You can use this handy form direct from idwcomics to do so!
- The preorder site for the first issue: http://thanatosdiver.th3rdworld.com
I love seeing other people take on these characters! And I’m so glad we’re starting to show these off, since we’ve been sitting on some of them for awhile and you totally should see them.
Because, seriously, the people who said yes when we asked them are freaking amazing. As you can see.
More info on where you can get a copy of Anissa’s cover, and more cover reveals, coming soon… In the meantime, be sure to lock in your copy of the first issue at your local comic shop!
Hey, look at that: a five page preview from issue 1! Want to find out more about the book before taking the plunge and preordering issue 1? Check out this Newsarama interview where we nerd out with Lan Pitts, or this awesome homecoming chat we had with tom-pinchuk at Anime Vice last week.
And why are we talking about preorders so much? Because retailers can’t return unsold copies of books, which means your local shop is less likely to order the book if they don’t know you want it! Be heard! Shout it out!
Wanna make absolutely 100% sure you get a copy of that first issue? Here’s what you have to do before September 18th, which is the order cutoff date:
- Print the preorder form from this awesome Thanatos Diver website that th3rdworldstudios put together, pop your name and contact info onto it, and bring it over to your shop before September 18th (like, you know, maybe today when you grab your new books?).
- For those of you who don’t know where you can find a local comic shop, check out the Comic Shop Locator or other resources, like haterfreewednesdays here on Tumblr.
- If you know the folks at the shop already, give them a high five and hand over the form. If you’re new there, introduce yourself and then do the high five/form hand-off maneuver. Because shops love new customers, particularly those who give awesome high fives.
- And if for some reason the people in that shop don’t like your high fives, go to another shop. That one is weird and probably smells funny.
- If there aren’t any shops near you, you can even subscribe to the book via online stores like Things From Another World, which I’ve conveniently linked directly to the preorder page for Thanatos Diver here.
- For all you digital fans, don’t worry: the book will be available via the usual outlets (and possibly some less usual ones) on the day of release.
- Tell your friends! Hit that reblog button! Get excited! BE PUMPED FOR ADVENTURE!
Thanks for the support, everyone. There’s just two weeks left until the final order cutoff for the first issue, so we appreciate any signal boosting you can share. The numbers on these first few issues are going to determine just how long we can keep making the book (check out a breakdown on how that works over on the comics blog), and trust me, we have tons of adventures in store for Sam and company.
Join the dive! Help us spread the word! Adventure awaits!
Tell your friends! The order cutoff for issue 1 is in exactly two weeks, and dudenukem and I need your love to keep the adventure going for as long as possible!
Want to jump back into the fantasy heyday of Secret of Mana and Final Fantasy? Dive into this new comic!
We had ourselves a lovely chat last week with Lan Pitts over on newsarama about all manner of nerdery. Put on your 16-bit pants, fire up the SNES, and check it out!
Talking about this book is almost as much fun as making it. Alex and I get to take off our people masks and reveal that we are, in fact, still twelve years old. And that we’re very happy as such.
Nintendo Power #34 (Mar. 1992)
Art by Tamakichi Sakura
Words by Kentaro Takekuma
I loved these growing up. Along with the Link to the Past manga (which I still have, in all its oversized glory), and the Nintendo comics that Valiant put out, they were a huge part of cementing my love of gaming when comics were slowly becoming a bigger part of my life.
I wish there was some sort of Nintendo Power comic omnibus. Somebody should look into the rights for that and take my money.
Here’s the first Iron webcomic! Click on the image to see it larger. Also, if you’d like you can contribute to my Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/smvidaurri
Whether or not you’ve read smvidaurri's Iron: or the War After graphic novel, this is an awesome way to get into the world. He’s picking up after the events of the book, but no previous experience is required. Plus it’s immediately accessible from any screen you desire!
It’s such a deep world, guys. And the book was an amazing read. You should be REALLY excited about this.
PINCHUK PLUG POST :: The PPP goes a step farther today as I conduct a full-blown interview with the gruesome twosome, dudenukem and nicktapalansky, about their new, manga-esque th3rdworldstudios comic, THANATOS DIVER.
I’ve been following the development of this book since the first sketches, and the final product reads like a perfect distillation of LEGEND OF ZELDA and GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET, by way of Studio Ghibli. An exciting read for anybody who’s wanted to see Japanese-style fantasia coming out from this side of the Pacific.
It even has its own Tumblr — thanatosdiver
I am Nick Tapalansky, writer/co-creator of the new adventure series THANATOS DIVER from Th3rd World Studios, here all day with illustrator/co-creator Alex Eckman-Lawn. AMA • /r/comicbooks
Hey reddit, we’re new here but we can take it. ASK US ANYTHING. Alex and I have been making comics together for a long time, starting with Awakening…
Alex and I are doing a reddit AMA about thanatosdiver/comics/ANYTHING. Come get nerdy with us as I compare Thanatos Diver to The Legend of Zelda and Dragon Ball hanging out with Bone while Studio Ghibli films it from behind the bushes of a majestic secret forest.
COME ON YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO.