Press Release

Th3rd World Studios is following our hit, NY Times Bestselling series THE STUFF OF LEGEND and critically acclaimed fantasy graphic novel FINDING GOSSAMYR with a new fun filled adventure title, THANATOS DIVER, sure to please fans of any age. The series, which was released internationally on this year’s Free Comic Book Day, follows a young girl named Samantha on an underwater treasure hunting adventure that leads her to a strange and exciting uncharted world. With only a week under its belt, this exciting new story is already drawing high praise from retailers and news outlets alike.

The series is created by Archaia alumni and best pals Nick Tapalansky and Alex Eckman-Lawn (Awakening, Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 2). Their mutual love of old school video games and a healthy dose of classic anime and manga was a huge inspiration for the series. THANATOS DIVER will be serialized for FREE every Tuesday and Thursday at For fans who can’t wait to read ahead, completed chapters can also be purchased digitally (DRM FREE) before wrapping up on the website via ComiXology or the Th3rd World Studios website. Completed chapters will eventually be collected and released in incredibly handsome and irresistible print books you can use to impress your friends.

“It isn’t much of a surprise that Nick and I share a lot of the same nerdy passions, or that we’re still twelve at heart, so you can see loves of that era in the DNA of this book. It’s like The Legend of Zelda and Bone got together and Studio Ghibli came to film the show, you know?” said artist Alex Eckman-Lawn

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“Samantha is bored out of her skull. She lives on an island, her entire world is covered in ocean, and she’s explored pretty much every crusty corner of the sunken city that surrounds her home. She’s just about accepted a tedious, excitement-free life when a contest with a rival diver sends her deep into the sunken city’s forbidden zone where she discovers a pathway to a world more exciting and dangerous than anything she’s ever imagined–a world full of uncharted lands, mysterious creatures, and the mythical Thanatos Diver who, depending on the teller, is rumored to either save both worlds or destroy them…”

Th3rd World Studios co-publisher Jon Conkling: “When we received the pitch for Thanatos Diver we were pretty blown away by the world that Nick and Alex had pitched to us. I know that it sounds like a broken record, but I couldn’t help but remember the feeling I had when I first started playing Wind Waker. ”

The series already has the first 13 pages preloaded with regular updates to begin today, so suit up and start your dive into adventure!

About Th3rd World Studios
Th3rd World Studios ( is a print and digital publishing house specializing in the development of high-quality original properties such as The Intrepid Escapegoat, SuperFogeys, Legend of Bill, Holiday Wars, the upcoming series Thanatos Diver, the breakout, all-ages fantasy series Finding Gossamyr, and the acclaimed, original, New York Times Bestselling series, The Stuff of Legend–which is currently in development as a feature film from Mandeville Films and Walt Disney Studios.

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