ECCC 2018: Oni Press’ The Ballad Of Sang Gets A Declan Shalvey Variant

by Hannah Means Shannon

Expect an increase in announcements and news items regarding Emerald City Comic Con this week and beyond as we approach convention time.

Oni Press, who you’ll find at the convention, have announced that Ed Brisson’s The Ballad of Sang issue #1 will feature an Emerald City Comic Con variant by Declan Shalvey (Savage Town, Moon Knight). Both Ed Brisson and Declan Shalvey will be signing at the Oni Press booth #216, Friday March 2 from 11am-12pm, and Saturday March 3 from 1-2pm.

In The Ballad of Sang,

Kidnapped off the streets of the Philippines as an infant and trained as a child assassin, Sang has never had a childhood. All he’s ever known is killing and the kindness of his master, Chen, the closest thing Sang has to a father. When Sang’s enthusiasm botches a job, it brings the wrath of Don Minchella down on the pair, resulting in Chen’s murder. Barely escaping with his own life—and with Minchella’s severed arm in tow—Sang swears revenge, while every gang in the city mobilizes to return him to Minchella, dead or alive.

In The Ballad of Sang, Brisson joins Italian artist Alessandro Micelli and colorist Shari Chankhamma (Ghost Station Zero, The Fuse) for a new action/adventure series.

Cover artist Declan Shalvey is best known for Hero Killers, the Eagle Award-winning superhero comic, his graphic novel adaptations of horror tales like Frankenstein and Sweeney Todd, and Marvel’s Moon Knight with Warren Ellis.

Shalvey says:

I’ve been a big fan of Ed’s for many years, so The Ballad of Sang was a no-brainer for me. I really liked Alessandro’s design, too, so with the cover, I wanted to concentrate on the red bird on Sang’s jacket because it’s a symbol that cuts through—just like his character.

Catch up with Oni Press at ECCC ’18 for exclusives, signings, and more.