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With everything going so great sales wise for comics, the only thing that was missing was a new creator-owned imprint, and Titan has stepped in to remedy that with the announcement of a July launch for a new Titan Comics line. It launches with two creator-owned miniseries and four new collections, and a new title every month afterwards. All the books will be released digitally day-and-date for all platforms.

The initial titles sweep up some projects that had been kicking around, like Numbercruncher. The initial launch includes Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol by writer/artist Stuart Jennett (Marvel UK); a colored version of Numbercruncher by Si Spurrier and P.J. Holden; a color collection of Ring of Roses by writer Das Petrou and artist John Watkiss and Thrud The Barbarian by writer/artist Carl Critchlow. In a shock surprise move, Titan Comics will also bring back the ’80s indie stalwart First Kingdom by Jack Katz, with never-before-seen material.

Future titles include:
• Gravestown by writer Roger Gibson and artist Vince Danks (Harker)
• Surface Tension by writer/artist Jay Gunn (Sept.)
• Death Sentence by writer Monty Nero and artist Mike Dowling (2000AD, Rex Royd) (Oct.)

“This is the start of something very special,” says Nick Landau, Publisher of Titan Comics in a statement. “We’re searching out fantastic new voices and astonishing new artists, and helping them bring their dream projects to fruition – as well as remaining a world-leader in the field of classic comics restoration and republication.”

We’ll have a bit more on this later
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  1. Thrud is back?! Awesome. I remember Thrud from when it was in White Dwarf in the 80s!

    I don’t now what to make of First Kingdom. A friend gave a big pile of them and they just seemed terrible. Am I missing something?

  2. Scott, what I remember is that it generally lived in the same circle as Heavy Metal. Grade schoolers liked it because their older brothers in high school liked it. And one of them got a copy because some over-achieving senior or community college stoner actually took the time to order through the indie distribution channels that were the only way to get it.

    I remember liking the art more than the story, which I gathered much later to be some sort of comic version of A Canticle for Liebowitz: dark age leads to enlightenment leads to war leads to dark age leads to…

    I think the Ralph Bakshi Wizards/ Rock and Rule crowd are going to be all over this. Or the people still illustrating fairies or space vixens making love to electric guitars, thinking how cool it would look airbrushed on the hood of a trans am or side of a custom van.

    Silly but true.

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