This is the final cover to TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” #1 (of 4) coming from Devil’s Due Publishing at the end of the month. If you haven’t pre-ordered your copies of the first two issues yet, do so ASAP or risk not getting them.
This cover was illustrated by Eric Powell, a creator who’ve I’ve been a huge fan of for quite a long time. I am honored that he agreed to do the cover to the first issue for us, just like I was honored that my dude Riley Michael Rossmo did the cover to the first volume, a collection of the online stories illustrated by Joshua Ross with Austin McKinley and Sean Burres on colors.
(I’m also excited about who will be doing the cover to the first issue of Volume 3, but it’s a bit too early to talk about that, yet.)
This cover also represents the first time I will be launching a creator-owned comic series as a mini-series in print, rather than going digital to TPB collection. Because of this “change in gears” publisher Josh Blaylock has had to put up with a lot more “pre-production anxiety” from me than I normally bring to a project, and I’ve been grateful for his patience.
This cover also represents the “front page” of a lot of hard work and passion from illustrator Seth Damoose, colo(u)rist Anthony D Lee and letterer James Reddington, all of whom constitute the art team on the TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” mini-series. We have all collectively worked together before on several short stories for NIGHTMARE WORLD, but committing to a high-profile, 88-page project like this one was a new experience for all of us. We have supported each other, questioned each other, and at times flat-out challenged each other, but it has always been in the name of creating the the best possible story and book that we can collectively create… and we’ve succeeded in doing just that. This mini-series has a “Big Game” feel to it because we’ve all been collectively supporting and pushing each other in equal measure. These three men are my friends and my brothers, and no one else could make this story work like they have.
This cover also marks another notch on the belt of my friend and editor Leah Lederman, Freelance Editor, who probably had no idea what she was getting into when she agreed to take the “Editor” position on this book. She encompasses all of the things that makes an editor great, including letting the arguments happen when they need to and chiming in when she needs to, too. She is my sister among my brothers.
TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” starts later this month, and I *KNOW* I speak for all involved when I tell you that this is the defining work of our careers to date. Join us.