Big news time: Spera: Volume I is coming out this September from the fine folks at Archaia!
The first half of this 176-page hardcover is a remake of the original story, illustrated here by Kyla Vanderklugt, Hwei, Emily Carroll and Olivier Pichard. The second half is a collection of short comics illustrated by Jordyn F. Bochon, Cécile Brun, Luke Pearson, Leela Wagner and Matt Marblo. Cover art is by Afu Chan.
I’m very excited to finally be able to reveal this. The book is just bursting with great art and adventure, and I’m sure fans of those involved will be blown away by their contributions here.
From the site:
“Lono’s life as a princess consisted of sitting, reading, and dreaming—until the day Pira, princess of a neighboring kingdom, arrived with news of a waking nightmare! With the help of Pira’s best friend—a fire spirit in the form of a dog named Yonder—the princesses now find themselves in a race against evil. The goal: Spera, a magical realm of which the princesses had only ever heard the tallest tales. The prize: their very lives!
Written, created, and edited by Josh Tierney, Spera Volume 1 is the first book in an ongoing series of graphic novels illustrated by artists from around the world.”
The first person to make a ‘hot dog’ joke will be fed to Yonder!! No I am kidding, Yonder is a gentleman
In all seriousness, this is great news for a lovely story and while waiting for September everyone should read or reread the original volume I here for a truly mindboggling spectrum of beautiful art and storytelling styles. Among other things I’m very grateful to the original vol.I for introducing me to so many amazing artists; hope it does the same for you!