To help get comics fans in the proper mood for Halloween, writer Nick Tapalansky and artist Alex Eckman-Lawn will embark on a four-stop tour to sign and promote their Archaia hardcover horror book, Awakening, and will even offer exclusive prints and a link to read a free, online preview of the first chapter in the next volume. Fans who are unable to attend any of the signings but purchase the book, or have purchased it already, will also get the opportunity to read the free preview.
â€œThe amount of support weâ€™ve received over the past few years has been mindblowing,â€ said writer Tapalansky. â€œWhen the volume was solicited back in April, we partnered with DCBS to offer an exclusive print to fans who ordered the book through their website and it was HUGE! Now that the book is available in stores we wanted to do something special for all of our fans, including those who mightâ€™ve been waiting to try it, as well as the local comic shops that support us.â€
Oct. 10, 10 a.m. -6 p.m.; Oct-11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Artist Alley, Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
(Separate admission fee required for entry into Baltimore Comic-Con)
Oct. 17, 1-5 p.m. [Nick Tapalansky only]
Freedom Business Center
1097 Route 55
LaGrangeville, NY 12540
(845) 432- 3320
Oct. 24, 12-4 p.m.
Brave New Worlds Comics
45 North Second Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Oct. 28, 4-7 p.m.
Jim Hanleyâ€™s Universe
4 West 33rd St.
New York, NY 10001
Fans who purchase a copy of Awakening at any of these appearances, or who bring their already purchased copy to be signed, will receive a free Awakening print created exclusively for the tour. Plus, by submitting their e-mail address they will be sent a link to read a free, online preview of the complete first chapter of Awakening Volume Two, due out next summer. The preview will be distributed at 12 a.m. ET on Halloween morning, Oct. 31, 2009.
Fans who arenâ€™t able to attend any of these appearances but would still like to gain access to the preview can send in a picture of themselves with their copy of Awakening standing in front of the local comics shop where it was purchased, along with the shopâ€™s information, to AwakeningComic@gmail.com so that they can receive the link in return, while also getting their shop featured on the blogs of the Awakening creators.
Those readers who do not have access to a local comics shop and are only able to buy their copy online or at their local book store need only to send an e-mail to AwakeningComic@gmail.com containing a confirmation of their order (a receipt, a screencap of their order, a picture of them holding the book, etc.) to gain access to the preview. (International orders count, too!)
Fans who have already purchased their copy of the Awakening hardcover wonâ€™t be left out! These readers can also e-mail a picture of themselves with their book to AwakeningComic@gmail.com and receive a link to the exclusive preview.
Awakening takes place in the once-peaceful city of Park Falls, where a series of gruesome murders and missing persons has put the town on edge, and Cynthia Ford, known as the town â€œcrazy,â€ finds retired police detective Derrick Peters and relates to him her belief about whatâ€™s going on. Her explanation: Zombies. Unable to ignore Cynthiaâ€™s information, though not sharing her beliefs, Derrick and others in the town explore the mystery as weeks turn to months and the death toll rises. Could Cynthia be right or has she finally gone insane?
â€œI donâ€™t think we can fall over ourselves enough to say how much our readers mean to us,â€ said Tapalansky. â€œOur readers have been amazingly patient waiting for this volume and, now that itâ€™s available, we want to give them something cool to not only show how much we appreciate them, but that Volume Two isnâ€™t so far away either.â€
Aint It Cool News said Awakening is â€œa phenomenal achievement in writing and artistry and proof that, when done well, even when utilizing the most worn-out of genres there still can exist something special.â€
Brian LeTendre of the Secret Identity podcast called Awakening â€œa unique take on the zombie genre that has a distinct noir flavor.â€
Follow Awakening on Twitter: http://twitter.com/awakeningcomic
Trailer for Awakening: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qJQB68NkP0
Nick Tapalanskyâ€™s website: http://www.nicktapalansky.com/
Alex Eckman-Lawnâ€™s website: http://www.alexeckmanlawn.com/
Diamond Order Code: APR09 0649
Founded in 2002, Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds. With a slate including such popular Eisner-Award winning titles as Mouse Guard and The Killer, as well as Awakening, Gunnerkrigg Court, Robotika, Killing Pickman, Artesia and the Publisherâ€™s latest additions of Titanium Rain, God Machine, Roddenberry Productionsâ€™ Days Missing, The Jim Henson Company library and Mr. Murder Is Dead and Lucid with Zachary Quintoâ€™s production company, Before the Door Pictures, Archaia has become synonymous with quality content. For more information on Archaia or any Archaia titles please visit www.Archaia.com. Archaia can also be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/archaiacomics), MySpace (www.myspace.com/archaiacomics) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/archaiacomics).