Sarah Vaughn And Leila Del Duca Team Up On Image Fantasy Sleepless

by Hannah Means Shannon

Image Comics have announced a new fantasy series by writer Sarah Vaughn (Alex + Ada, Eternal Empire) teams up with artist Leila del Duca (Shutter, Afar), and editor/colorist Alissa Sallah, as well as letterer Deron Bennett.

Their fantasy romance series Sleepless will arrive in December.

In Sleepless, Lady “Poppy” Pyppenia, daughter of a king, is ever guarded by the devoted Sleepless Knight Cyrenic, but after a new king has been crowned, new dangers await her.

Vaughn says:

SLEEPLESS is a story that is very dear to me, grown from an idea I would play in my head at night as I tried to fall asleep. It’s wonderful to see the book come to life with Leila, Alissa, and Deron. I hope readers enjoy reading about Poppy and Cyrenic and getting a little more romance, costumes, and fantasy in their lives.

Del Duca adds:

I’m incredibly thrilled to be drawing a romance comic with Sarah! She has written a lush world and intriguing characters that I’m having fun falling in love with (pun intended!). We’re both huge fans of period dramas and romance, so doing our own take on the genre has been very rewarding. I love the palace intrigue, the sexual tension, the dramatic emotions, and the amazing wardrobes in this series.

I’m also very pleased to be working with Alissa Sallah and Deron Bennett. Alissa both edits and colors the book, giving us invaluable editorial feedback along with turning in gorgeous colors. She uses a lot of flat colors on top of watercolor and ink textures, which stylistically fits perfectly for the tone of the story. Deron has chosen a unique lettering style for our book that also lends a particular moodiness to the book. I can’t wait to share what our team has created!

Sallah comments:

It’s an honor to work on such a fantastic story with Leila and Sarah. The world of SLEEPLESS has such a dreamy vibe to it. And so dramatic! This is a story that feels very refreshing right now in comics, and we thank everyone for their support!

Sleepless #1, Cover A by Leila del Duca and Alissa Sallah (Diamond code: OCT170590) and Cover B by Jen Bartel (Diamond code: OCT170591), hits comic book shops Wednesday, December 6th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, November 13th.