The secret is out. Hell, it's even one that I kept. From MikeWieringoTribute.com…
The Mike Wieringo TELLOS Tribute is a 500 page, original graphic novel presented in two over-size, hardcover volumes. It features the artwork of over 200 of the comics industry's most popular and talented artists and is dedicated to the memory of late artist, Mike Wieringo, with all proceeds from this project being donated to the ASPCA in Mike's name.
Three years in the making, the Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute continues the adventures of characters made popular in the original Tellos series created by Mike and writer Todd Dezago and published by Image Comics. They are; Jarek—a young hero with magikal abilities he does not yet understand, Koj—a tiger-warrior who is both Jarek's partner and protector, Serra—the young pirate queen who finds herself somehow linked to these two reluctant heroes and, Rikk—the fox-thief bent on finding his fortune but, more often than not, finds trouble instead.In this tale, they are reunited to stop the dread Sur-Azal, the ruthless leader of the denizens of Nether, slithering, scuttling creatures that dwell far beneath the lands of Tellos. As Sur-Azal and his minions move to make Tellos habitable once more for his primordial brethren, other dark creatures called The Baden sweep across the many kingdoms, terrorizing and possessing the bodies of the population.
Produced by a dazzling array of Mike's friends, fans, and colleagues, the Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute is dedicated to the memory of this kind, caring, and talented artist and friend.
In an attempt to insure that all monies go to the ASPCA, we have made this a very limited offer; The two volumes — shipping in June and September of this year — are unique in that they will only be offered in this format ONE TIME and ONE TIME ONLY. These exclusive books WILL NOT be available in any stores. The only way to order the Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute is here, on this website. Once initial ordering is done, it's done. This means ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Don't say we didn't warn you.
The Secret Friends Of Ringo who have helped create these volumes include
Paul Smith, Lauren Monardo Gramprey, Andrew Cieslinski, Chris Kemple, Andy Smith, Kelly Yates, Jamar Nicholas, Neil Vokes, Clara Meath, Christian D. Leaf, Jamie Jones, Casey Jones, Lora Innes, Tom Bancroft, Terry Austin, Mike Norton, Tak Toyoshima, Sandy Jarrell, Marcelo Di Chiara, Ryan Browne, Andy Genen, Andrew Pepoy, Bobby Timony, Stan Sakai, Tracy Yardley, Franco, Alex Ogle, Marc Hodge, Paolo Rivera, Sean Tiffany, Jim Calafiore, Richard Case, Denny Fincke, Kevin Kobasic, Keith Conroy, Rebekie Bennington, Jon Roscetti, Dave Tata, Andie Tong, Mike Maihack, Thom Zahler, Mark McKenna, Mark Wheatley, Matt Roscetti, J. Bone, Nate Lovett, Jack Lawrence, Leonel Castellani, Robb Mommaerts, Eryk Donovan, Dean Beattie, Leanne & Rod Hannah, John Livesay, Joe Staton, Kurt Wood, Todd Nauck, Jon Bogdanove, Karl Kesel, Michael O'Hare, Dee Fish, Terry Dodson, Gus Vazquez, Joe Frontirre, Gordon Purcell, Denis Medri, Andrew Robinson, Charles Paul Wilson III, Jessica Storry, Todd Dezago, Brandon Palas, Hank Jones, Matt Wieringo, Craig Rousseau, Nicky Soh, Ray Anthony Height, Billy Martin, Chris Campana, Rich Woodall, Chris Eliopoulos, and Meg Syverud.
I get an E-mail from Todd Dezago. He wants to do a multi-artist Tellos book in memory of our fallen brother-in-arms, the late Mike Wieringo; all proceeds going to Mike's favorite cause: The ASPCA. Would I like to play? "Count me in," is my reply.
Thing is, it's gonna take some time to pull this off. There's a lot of people involved. Volunteers all. We don't want word of this getting out until the book is ready to go. "You don't talk about Fight Club," was taken, so, we adopt, "shhh… It's a secret," as our motto and pledge. "The Secret Friends of 'Ringo!" was born.
That was two and a half years ago!
Today, Friday, February 17 at 9:00 am, Eastern Standard Time (think New York City time for our international readers) we open the clubhouse to the public-at-large! Remember that's 9:00 am, EST! No early entries allowed!!!
And remember, shhh… it's a secret!