WOMEN OF DARBY POP #1, a double-size floppy, releases from Darby Pop Publishing and Magnetic Press on September 28th. The female-centric anthology was created by the winning writers and artists of Darby Pop Publishing’s second “Breaking into Comics” contest.

The WOMEN OF DARBY POP #1 is a unique collection of short stories that introduces readers to a wellspring of new talent while simultaneously shining a spotlight on female characters from nearly every book Darby Pop has published to date including Indestructible, The 7th Sword, Dead Squad, Side-Kicked, Dead Man’s Party, and Fake Empire.

“Work-Life-Balance” written by Mark Weller, art by Tony Donley (Atalanta from Side-Kicked)
“Past Due” written by Adam Breen, art by Elvis Gonzales (Cynara Veil from Dead Man’s Party)
“Freetown” written by Adrian Reynolds, art by Danny Flores (Mary from The 7th Sword)
“The Fairy Queen” written by Forrest C. Helvie, art by Nikkol Jelenic (Titania from Fake Empire)
“Clinical Trials” written by Austin Bridges, art by Christopher Sisneros (Dr. Nash from Dead Squad)
“First Time” written by Jeff Burns, art by Brent Hibbard (Atalanta from Side-Kicked)
“Ride Along” written by Matthew Cody, art by Kenya Washington (Lucy from Fake Empire)
“Youth is Wasted” written by Michael Thompson, art by Danny Flores (Ayala Tal from Dead Squad)
“Life’s Beauty” written by Richard Casey, art by Lee Bokma (Superfecta 5 from The 7th Sword)
“My Sister’s Keeper” written by Andre Mateus, art by Kate Davis (Charli from Fake Empire)
“Looking for Redemption with Blind Eyes” written by Brett Harris, art by Pedro Moreo
Letters by Troy Peteri (Stingray from Indestructible)

Here’s a sampling of brief synopses from 4 of the 11 stories featured in WOMEN OF DARBY POP #1:

“Past Due” — When a client refuses to pay assassin Cynara Veil her agreed-upon fee, she “gently” shows him the error of his ways.
“The Fairy Queen” — Tasked with finding King Oberon a worthy queen, Ariel seeks out Gloriana — a powerful and dangerous fairy of the woods — and finds she’s in for the ride of her life.

“Clinical Trials” — Before the success of the Dead Squad…there were, of course, multiple failures. To wit: when one of Dr. Nash’s prototype serums “malfunctions,” the good doctor is forced to rely on more than science to save her hide.
“Ride Along” — It’s not easy being the Tooth Fairy, and the job only gets tougher when her “black sheep” sister, Lucy, opts to tag along.
Jeff Kline, Darby Pop Publishing’s founder, explained: “For the second year in a row, we sent out the call to aspiring writers and — this time around — artists. Hundreds participated. And the overall level of professionalism was astounding. Hopefully, Darby Pop Publishing has given just a few of the countless, passionate Creatives out there an opportunity to shine.”

The specially-priced WOMEN OF DARBY POP #1 will be available for purchase at comic book stores nationwide on September 28 for only $3.99. This Previews World “Certified Cool” publication can be ordered by retailers from Diamond Book Distributors with Diamond Code JUL161751.

About Darby Pop Publishing
Multiple Emmy Award-winning founder Jeff Kline started Darby Pop Publishing with the goal of using the visual medium of sequential art — aka comic books — to tell all-new stories. As a life-long lover of the form, Jeff convinced a small circle of his movie/TV friends to join him as he “broke into” comics after writing/producing more than 1000 episodes of television over the past two decades. Three years and 40+ books later, Darby Pop Publishing continues to be a creator-owned labor of love.


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