The first of these will be Minecraft Volume One, an original graphic novel due in the summer of 2019 from writer Sfé R. Monster (The Beyond Anthology, Seven Stories from the Sea), artist Sarah Graley (Kim Reaper: Vampire Island, Our Super Adventure), and letterer John J. Hill (Bedtime Games, Superman). Monster is a fairly big name in webcomic and kickstarter circles. Also, while this marks the first officially-licensed original Minecraft graphic novel, the franchise itself has seen its share of success via screen-captured Minecraft comics put out by Sky Pony Press.
Minecraft, for the uninitiated, is a phenomenon if ever there was one, an open-ended building blocks game that gives players a massive degree of creative freedom. Released in 2011, it’s now the second best-selling video game of all time, behind only Tetris (which coincidentally also features blocks). So, that probably bodes well for sales. Dark Horse is partnering on this new line with the game’s developers, Microsoft and Mojang AB. The first OGN is 80 pages and will retail for $9.99.
The full press release is below:
Ahead of New York Comic Con and MINECON Earth, Dark Horse, Mojang AB, and Microsoft are happy to reveal art from the first installment in a multi-project publishing partnership, Minecraft Volume One! Minecraft Volume One is the first officially licensed original graphic novel set in the world of the gaming phenomenon Minecraft! Writer Sfé R. Monster (The Beyond Anthology, Seven Stories from the Sea), artist Sarah Graley (Kim Reaper: Vampire Island, Our Super Adventure), and letterer John J. Hill (Bedtime Games, Superman) join forces to bring the world of one of the best-selling games of all time to a new medium for fans to enjoy.
“We are very excited at the prospect of bringing Minecraft to comics,” said Dark Horse President and Founder Mike Richardson. “The world of Minecraft is vast with countless stories to tell. We look forward to working with the great people at Mojang AB and Microsoft to bring these stories to its enormous fan base.”
In Minecraft Volume One, everyday kid Tyler’s life is changed when his family moves away from the town he’s always known. Thankfully, Tyler has a strong group of friends forever linked in the world of Minecraft! Tyler, along with his friends Evan, Candace, Tobi, and Grace, have gone on countless adventures together across the expanses of the overworld and are in need of a new challenge. They decide to go on the Ultimate Quest—to travel to the End and face off against the ender dragon!
“We can’t wait to follow the incredible imaginations that Dark Horse’s comic creators will bring to the world of Minecraft,” said Lydia Winters, Chief Brand Officer of Mojang AB.