There Be More Pirates!
Kandora Publishing Enters the Comics Market
this true? Are we hungry for genre comics?
Publishing is betting on it, and if the last gasp of CrossGen
Comics proved anything, it's that yes, the market would
like something other than superheroes. Pirates, while not
monkeys or robots, certainly fills that bill. They're hot,
and yet the market doesn't seem flooded with them.
you wait for Disney to decide if it wants to do anything
with El Cazador, Kandora Publishing will fill the void in
your hearts with Barbarossa and the Lost Corsairs. They'll
be following that up with a variety of projects with one
apparent simple rule: no spandex.
can live with that.
Kandora Publishing is set to enter the comics
market with four new monthly titles, the first of which
will be on sale in March 2005 and available to order in
the January issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ Previews.
first new series is titled Barbarossa and the Lost Corsairs
and is written by industry veteran Brian Augustyn with art
by H.S. Park, colors by Transparency Digital and letters
by Dave Lanphear. Barbarossa and the Lost Corsairs is a
pirate fantasy tale that begins on the high seas of Earth
during the Middle Ages but winds up on a strange world in
which the waterways are filled with giant, dangerous sea
monsters. Barbarossa and his crew must figure out where
they are, how they got there and how they can get home.
But first, they’ll pillage and plunder as much as
Publishing is entering the market at a time when genre stories
are in demand. The company plans to release three additional
monthly titles, each one beginning in subsequent months
from the release of Barbarossa and the Lost Corsairs. The
company’s initial releases are:
2005 – Barbarossa and the Lost Corsairs – High
seas pirate fantasy adventure
April 2005 – Jade Fire – A mystical
martial arts tale
May 2005 – Savage World – The
saga of an apocalyptic, dark fantasy Earth
June 2005 – Monarch of Manhattan –
Modern day urban sword and sorcery comedy
monthly Kandora Publishing issue will feature 32 pages of
full color story and art for the cover price of $3.50. Kandora
Publishing has recruited veteran writer Brian Augustyn and
newcomer C. Edward Sellner plus some of the finest artistic
talent in Asia who are combining the look of traditional
American comics with Asian style drawings to offer the US
market a unique product.
the unfortunate demise of CrossGen, there was an opening
for a publisher to create genre stories and an audience
that was looking for them,” said Kandora vice-president,
Tom Lee. “Kandora wants to fill that need. And in
doing so, we guarantee high-quality full color art, compelling
stories, more pages on a monthly basis than any other publisher
and all at a reasonable cover price. I think we’ll
have something that everyone will want to read and I hope
that the package will be attractive enough for readers to
more information, be sure to check out the Kandora Publishing
web site at: www.kandorapublishing.com.