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thecomicsvault:

I was lucky enough to get an early preview of this comic and I felt I really needed to share it.

Thanatos Diver is a brand new series from Th3rd World Studios (the people behind The Stuff of Legend, Finding Gossamyr)

Written by Nick Tapalansky and illustrated by Alex Eckman-Lawn 

It revolves around a female protagonist, Samantha a life-long island dweller and deep sea diver. After a contest with a fellow diver she finds an entrance to another world in the sunken city’s forbidden zone that takes her on an adventure to uncharted lands, mysterious creatures, and the mythical Thanatos Diver who, depending on the teller, is rumored to either save both worlds or destroy them.

It’s sort of like The Legend of Zelda (I got serious Wind Waker vibes while reading this) and Bone got together to hang out, and Studio Ghibli filmed the whole thing from a majestic secret forest where Dragon Ball tends to spend most of its time. It owes a ton to the video games, comics, and anime we grew up with, especially classic JRPGs like Chrono TriggerSecret of Mana, and Final Fantasy VII.

The first issue will be out in November.
To pre-order download a pre-order form and bring it in to your local comic shop. Or visit online shops like TFAW.com.
The pre-order cutoff date is September 18th, so get to it.

You can go behind the scenes at thanatosdiver and check out the interview with the creators on newsarama.com.

Speaking of the creators, you can connect with writer nicktapalansky, illustrator dudenukem or the publisher th3rdworldstudios on Tumblr.

As a fan of comics and old-school RPGs I really dug this book and I’m more than happy to promote a great new indie comic series whenever I can. So please check it out. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed

nicktapalansky:

thanatosdiver:

Hey, look at that: a five page preview from issue 1! Want to find out more about the book before taking the plunge and preordering issue 1? Check out this Newsarama interview where we nerd out with Lan Pitts, or this awesome homecoming chat we had with tom-pinchuk at Anime Vice last week.

And why are we talking about preorders so much? Because retailers can’t return unsold copies of books, which means your local shop is less likely to order the book if they don’t know you want it! Be heard! Shout it out! 

Wanna make absolutely 100% sure you get a copy of that first issue? Here’s what you have to do before September 18th, which is the order cutoff date:

  • If you know the folks at the shop already, give them a high five and hand over the form. If you’re new there, introduce yourself and then do the high five/form hand-off maneuver. Because shops love new customers, particularly those who give awesome high fives.
  • And if for some reason the people in that shop don’t like your high fives, go to another shop. That one is weird and probably smells funny.
  • For all you digital fans, don’t worry: the book will be available via the usual outlets (and possibly some less usual ones) on the day of release.
  • Tell your friends! Hit that reblog button! Get excited! BE PUMPED FOR ADVENTURE!

Thanks for the support, everyone. There’s just two weeks left until the final order cutoff for the first issue, so we appreciate any signal boosting you can share. The numbers on these first few issues are going to determine just how long we can keep making the book (check out a breakdown on how that works over on the comics blog), and trust me, we have tons of adventures in store for Sam and company.

Join the dive! Help us spread the word! Adventure awaits!

Tell your friends! The order cutoff for issue 1 is in exactly two weeks, and dudenukem and I need your love to keep the adventure going for as long as possible!

The Glorious Gutter Life - 001: You’ve Never Heard of Me

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The Glorious Gutter Life - 001

You’ve Never Heard of Me

Hello, Comic Readers. My name’s Nick Tapalansky (nicktapalansky here on the Tumblr). I’ve been writing comics professionally for about seven years now. I’m here to talk about the ancient and arcane art of making “indie comics,” which I think just means “anything that you make up that isn’t owned by somebody else” these days. 

You’ve never heard of me. That’s okay. In fact, that’s the point of our first installment. And just why is that, precisely?

Because nobody’s heard of you, either. And that isn’t going to stop you from making your own awesome comics. Read More →

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thanatosdiver:

Some of Sam’s adventures don’t involve diving, or water, at all. Sometimes she finds herself lost in the mysterious and shifting sands of seemingly endless deserts, with nothing to light her way and mark her progress but strangely shining moon beacons. 
But those beacons are few and far between, and the one she’s walking towards is quite old and unreliable. If she can’t reach it before the light goes out, she may be lost for good!

thanatosdiver:

Some of Sam’s adventures don’t involve diving, or water, at all. Sometimes she finds herself lost in the mysterious and shifting sands of seemingly endless deserts, with nothing to light her way and mark her progress but strangely shining moon beacons. 

But those beacons are few and far between, and the one she’s walking towards is quite old and unreliable. If she can’t reach it before the light goes out, she may be lost for good!

thanatosdiver:

So, it probably goes without saying that Thanatos Diver wouldn’t be much of an adventure book if Cervaile Island were the only place Sam got to explore. 
While we can’t tell you exactly where she is, or what strange happenstance brings her to these amazing places, we can definitely pull back the curtain just a little for you guys. This is a behind the scenes blog, after all!
What you see above is some of dudenukem's test images that were included in the pitch for the book to th3rdworldstudios. It’s a strange and unfamiliar glade that Sam discovers in Issue 2. And, as it turns out, it isn’t the safest of places, though it is pretty exciting.
But just what kind of danger is hiding in such a lush and beautiful forest? Check out this sneak peek at some of the beasties Sam runs into on her adventures and have a guess!

thanatosdiver:

So, it probably goes without saying that Thanatos Diver wouldn’t be much of an adventure book if Cervaile Island were the only place Sam got to explore. 

While we can’t tell you exactly where she is, or what strange happenstance brings her to these amazing places, we can definitely pull back the curtain just a little for you guys. This is a behind the scenes blog, after all!

What you see above is some of dudenukem's test images that were included in the pitch for the book to th3rdworldstudios. It’s a strange and unfamiliar glade that Sam discovers in Issue 2. And, as it turns out, it isn’t the safest of places, though it is pretty exciting.

But just what kind of danger is hiding in such a lush and beautiful forest? Check out this sneak peek at some of the beasties Sam runs into on her adventures and have a guess!

eccentric-nucleus:

the dragon designs for breath of fire iv were so great okay

so great

(i think these are, in order, all of them in their human forms, the wind dragon (twice), the sand dragon, the mud dragon, the grass dragon, the tree dragon, the sea dragon, and the rock dragon, but i’m not exactly sure about the sea and rock ones because you only see them in their dragon form like once in the entire game)

(via thestitchboy)