As we learned at Image Expo 2018, the publisher has teamed up with uber-talented indie comics creator Farel Dalrymple for at least two upcoming books. Now we know that we’ll see those two volumes in shops in June 2018.
Dalrymple’s work is some of the most beautiful you’ll see in comics, and driven by a very specific personal ethos of storytelling. His previous books, Pop Gun War and The Wrenchies, have garnered critical acclaim.
Image describe these new books as “companions” to The Wrenchies: one is a miniseries called Proxima Centauri and the other is a paperback collection of It Will All Hurt, which was previously a webcomic.
Proxima Centauri is a “psychedelic science fantasy action comic book drama” that follows one of the protagonists of The Wrenchies: Sherwood Breadcoat. Sherwood is currently stuck on Proxima Centauri, a “manufactured dimensional sphere 4.243 light-years from Earth”. He’s looking for an escape opportunity and a way back to his brother, but he’s also facing “confusing emotions, alien creatures, and all sorts of unknown, fantastic dangers”.
I wanted PROXIMA CENTAURI to be a fun action comic with a protagonist who is an entitled, self-centered, whiney, and unwittingly powerful (privileged) teenager frustrated by the world around him. Sherwood feels isolated, lonely, and powerless to stop himself from repeating the same mistakes over and over, while failing to see all the beauty of his surroundings and the love of his friends. It’s all about enjoying the journey instead of anticipating the destination.
It Will All Hurt is also set in the same world as The Wrenchies and in this series, Alemendra Clementine and her crew of “anti-social adventurers” take on an evil wizard. This new paperback edition collects the entire Eisner-nominated webcomic, plus all-new, never-before-seen material.
Inspired by the Moebius short story Absoluten Calfeutrail, I started IT WILL ALL HURT as a stream-of-consciousness exercise, and a way to get some quick unfiltered comics out while working on The Wrenchies. It was the most fun I have ever had making comics.
Proxima Centauri #1 (Diamond code: APR180475) and It Will All Hurt (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0672-1, Diamond code: MAR180607) both hit comic book stores Wednesday, June 13th.
It Will All Hurt’s final order cutoff deadline is Monday, April 30th and it will arrive in bookstores on Tuesday, June 19th. It is available for preorder via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, Indigo, and Books-A-Million.