Earlier this year, Everett Soares announced
he was taking over the publishing duties for his ongoing fantasy
steampunk series after a three-year partnership with Connecticut-based
publisher Free Lunch Comics. Since that transition, Soares is excited to
now announce the recent acquisition of rights to republish Sky Pirates
of Valendor Volume One under the newly established Jolly Rogue Studios.
Sky Pirates of Valendor Volume One first launched in February 2008 and
the collected volume achieved national distribution through Diamond
Distributors in August 2010. During its run, Soares was honored with
distinctions from the CAG Awards and was nominated by Project Fanboy for
Best Writer. These successes motivated Soares to keep the entire series
under one banner, the Jolly Rogue Studios banner.
Sky Pirates of Valendor recounts the adventures of Pirate Captain Tobin
Manheim and the rest of the crew of the Rogue’s Revenge. Set in the
fantasy world of Valendor where giant continents float on oceans of sky.
A mix of steampunk and high fantasy where magic co-exists with
futuristic technology, Valendor is a fully realized world, with complex
social structures, a guild-driven economic system, and a host of
political intrigue. In Volume One, life as one of the most notorious
pirates in Valendor comes with its own set of ups and downs, and
sometimes all Tobin Manheim wants is an easy job. His wish comes true
when Governor Langford offered him one on a silver platter. Tobin saw an
opportunity to make an easy coin and he pounced on it without question.
However the costs became greater than the rewards. First cost - Tobin’s
dignity. He has to work with his ex-wife. From there, things seem to go
straight into the privy. Past accounts become due, parts of his ship
explode and when things seemed to brighten up, they only got worse. What
happens though when Tobin reaches his limit and just wants the job to
be over? Revenge!
Under the new publishing label, Soares has ambitious goals. To catch
Volume One up with its successor, the individual issues will be
electronically distributed exclusively through Cloud 9 Comix, the
digital comic book publishing arm of Spectrum Pacific Publishing founded
by Benjamin Slabak in 1996, in Sydney, Australia. Having produced and
published over 30 computer games, Spectrum Pacific Publishing moved
towards print publishing in 2009 and digital publishing in 2010, with
Cloud 9 Comix.
Besides the change in publisher, readers will find some noticeable
changes to the content of the issues. Two of the issues will feature new
cover art by series artist Brian Brinlee and each individual issue will
now feature a Cast of Characters section. Jolly Rogue Studios plans to
make each issue of Volume One and its collected volume available for
print distribution through IndyPlanet.com and ComicsMonkey.com, making
the entire series accessible to retail comic book stores at a discount
on an ongoing basis. The collected volume will also be available on
Readers and retail venues can expect Sky Pirates of Valendor Volume One
to be available on the iPad and in print by the end of April. For more
information on the series, visit http://www.skypiratesofvalendor.com