I gave you fair warning last time. I'm giving you even fairer warning this time. And Bleeding Cool is the first place you'll be hearing about it.
Our Love Is Real, Sam Humphries' last self published comic, became a $100 comic in seconds, and went to five printings – and then the Image Comics edition.
So be warned.
Sacrifice is a new six issue comic book series by Sam Humphries and Dalton Rose. Colour, 24 pages of story, $3.99, and it goes on sale on December the 14th, self published, self distributed and severely limited in numbers.
It's the ectasy generation plunged into Aztec society, one young man taking a psycedelic trip to the past. A very messy, ugly and brutal past. And yes, that is a Joy Division reference on the covers.
It can be bought in certain stores (list at the end of this article), through online mail order from Things From Another World (including being able to order all six issues at once) and day-and-date digital with Comixology and Graphicly.
The comic will be available for a limited number of comic stores in the USA and Canada. Humphries will continue to take orders from additional retailers until December the 6th – though be warned, the New England Comics Retail Alliance have an exclusive on the comic in that region.
The first printing of Sacrifice #1 will be 1,100 (Dalton Rose cover, above, left).The Jade edition, (above, right) will add a further 100 copies. Indeed, variant limited edition covers will bring the total copies in circulation up to 1,730. In comparison Our Love Is Real had a first print run of 300. Of course, there's a lot more interest now. Subsequent issues will be similarly limited. And frankly, the standard first printing is going to be hard enough to get, as it is.
Things From Another World will have an exclusive version, The Obsidian Edition, limited to 250 copies, of each issue (below left). As will Collector's Paradise of San Fernando Valley and Pasadena, The Shadow Edition variant, limited to 200 copies (below, middle). Collector's Paradise will also host the Sacrifice! launch party on December 14th, with Humphries signing at both stores (flyer below right)
There are two more signed limited covers by Dylan Todd available, the Warrior edition (left, 50 copies) and the Emperor edition (right, 30 copies)
Humphries made this work with one comic. Can he make it work with six? Let's find out.
There's more at the Sacrifice! website, here – http://www.aztecsforever.com. Here's the Diamond Comic Distributors-style solicitation, even though Diamond won't be getting a whiff of this.
Issue 2 will go on sale on January 12th with a special guest artist Jade Edition cover variant
Here's the Diamond Comic Distributors-style solicitation info, even though Diamond won't be getting a whiff of this. Oh look, it's been edited be Alejandro Arbona…
SACRIFICE #1 (of 6)
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Dalton Rose
Colored by: Pete Toms
Letterer: Troy Peteri
Production: Phil Smith
Art Director: Dylan Todd
Editor: Alejandro Arbona
On-sale date: December 14, 2011
Format: Standard size, full color, 24 pages
Publisher: Self-published, self-distributed
Cover price: $3.99
"Aztecs vs. Joy Division fans…You haven't even thought of such a thing. Humphries & Rose have. Listen." — KIERON GILLEN, writer of PHONOGRAM, UNCANNY X-MEN, and THOR
What happens when you're ripped from the 21st century and thrown into the middle of one of the greatest — and most bloodthirsty — civilizations in human history? How do you survive a strange world of war, blood, sacrifice, and death?
Join Hector, a dude on a one-way trip through the past, the present, and the psychedelic into the the glory of the Aztec Empire in SACRIFICE — a new comic book by SAM HUMPHRIES (writer of OUR LOVE IS REAL and one of Wizard's "Five Writers to Watch in 2011") and rising star DALTON ROSE. December 2011…BLOOD WILL TEAR US APART!
Here's a list of the retailers who, so far will be stocking the comic. My advice is to arrive early. Possibly with a sleeping bag. A Taunton for preference.
CANADA – ALBERTA
2609 State Road
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223