Yesterday, BOOM! Studios announced Once Upon a Time at the End of the World, “an epic post-apocalyptic series from New York Times bestselling and Eisner and Harvey Award winner, writer Jason Aaron.” Today, The Beat is pleased to exclusively reveal that the artist for the first five-issue arc of the ambitious creator-owned series will be Alexandre Tefenkgi (The Good Asian).

Additional members of the creative team include colorist Lee Loughridge (The Good Asian) and letterer AndWorld Design.

Once Upon a Time at the End of the World

Here’s the description of Once Upon a Time at the End of the World from BOOM! Studios:

Maceo and Mezzy have never met anyone like each other, and they’ll need all the help they can get to survive a planet ravaged by environmental catastrophe. This epic 15-issue trilogy spans a lifetime as the dark mysteries of a ruined world and their own stark differences tear at the threads holding Maceo and Mezzy together… Will they, and the earth beneath their feet, ultimately be torn apart?


In a quote included in the press release, Tefenkgi shared thoughts on the project:

“If I had to describe how I feel working on this book, it would be as if I had won a plane ticket to one of the strangest and most beautiful places on earth, the kind of universe where you can find gems buried in a dumpster world. Contrast is the name of the game, and Jason has created an original and captivating tale that I’m looking forward to bringing before your eyes.”

And Aaron shared thoughts on the work Tefenkgi has done on the book:

“Alex imbues these characters with such life and emotion that we can’t help but want to follow them across the ruined wasteland and see where their story leads. It’s a story that begins with two children, meeting each other in a tower by the sea, but it’s most definitely not a children’s story. And in Alex’s hands, the end of the world has never looked more beautiful or harrowing.”

In addition to Tefenkgi, two additional artists will be working on the project on a rotating basis. In the press release announcing the series, Sierra Hahn, Executive Editor at BOOM! Studios, said, “Each artist will weave in and out of each other’s respective chapters taking readers on a journey forward and back in time. It’s a comic reading experience that you won’t want to miss.”

Arriving 11/22

The first issue of Once Upon a Time at the End of the World will be arriving at your Local Comic Shop in November 2022, and BOOM! Studios promises each issue will be suitably epic (and more than 30 pages long).

Once Upon a Time at the End of the World #1 will feature a main cover by Mike Del Mundo, and variants by Tefenkgi, Junggeun Yoon, Jenny Frison, and others.

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