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The Stuff of Legend

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This year’s Free Comic Book Day will have the debut of a new comic series that’s sure to be The Stuff of Legend.

Welcome back to the D. O. G. We’ve returned in style thanks to the new site design at Broken Frontier, and we’re ready to resume our regular scheduled programming. The timing couldn’t be better with Free Comic book day coming up on May 2 which will feature the debut of one of the best-looking small press books I’ve seen in a while.

The title of the comic is The Stuff of Legend and it’s published by Th3rd World Studios. I wrote a column on Th3rd World back in October (Take a Trip to the Th3rd World (01/14)) and in it I mentioned that their new title would be worth keeping an eye on So don’t say I didn’t warn you, and you can’t blame Th3rd World for not giving you the opportunity to jump on board early. A 24-page preview of The Stuff of Legend will be available on FCBD.

It’s odd to call 24 pages a preview with many normal-sized comics being shorter than that. But Th3rd World thinks it’s worth it to offer this much for free to anyone who wants to pick up a copy during FCBD. They feel they have something special on their hands with The Stuff of Legend and their biggest obstacle will be to get enough people to notice it.

This is a challenge for any small publisher no matter how good the comic looks, but Th3rd
World has put themselves in a good position. Instead of moving quickly to print, which is tempting when you have something this good, they waited until they had everything ready. Now with practically the entire story arc completed, they’re able to offer a 24-page preview for free the same month that they’re soliciting for orders for the first full 52-page issue (for only $4.99, I might add). The order code is MAY091019 in case you’re interested. It will be out in July.

Having the patience to get things right has always been the trademark of this title. And the same goes for the artist, whose work you’re seeing here, as well. I know this from personal experience.

   

I’m proud to say that I went to art school (The Joe Kubert School for Cartoon & Comic Art) with the artist, Charles Paul Wilson III, or CP3 as many of us affectionately refer to him.  He was quite the artist back then, as many of his pieces lined the showcases of the school, leaving all of us to gawk at his beautiful artwork. I was so impressed that I actually asked him if he would draw my first title, Adrenaline. But he turned me down, saying that he needed more time to develop his artwork before he would be ready to launch himself into a project. That was 3 ½ years ago.
I think he proved his point. As good as he was back then, he used this time to not only make his art more impressive, but he’s also developed it into a style that is all his own.
So good work, Th3rd World, for picking him up at the right time and giving him the time he needed on this book before going to print. And for letting us all see the first 24 pages for free.

Unfortunately I can’t say this is a sure-fire formula for success, at least not with the current state of this industry, but they’ve done the best they can to put themselves in a position to succeed.

With the full preview available at FCBD they not only stand a good chance of converting comic fans over to something new, but they might also be able to pull in new readers of the medium who are looking for something that appeals.

   


Th3rd World actually made the decision to change the atmosphere of this title to make it more suitable for a younger audience. It still has some dark themes to it, but now it’s more like something that can appeal to kids looking for a slightly scary story.

They’ve also kept theis first story arc of The Stuff of Legend down to only two issues in an attempt to fight off the pattern of dwindling sales after the first two issues of a new series.
They have the chance to get in there, show everyone what it is, and get out. Then, if they’ve got the hit that they (and I) think they do, they can let the word get out there, and allow for the necessary time for hype to develop before going back to it and releasing more.

So be sure to pick up your free copy on May 2. It would be an understatement to say that you won’t be disappointed.

Tyler Chin-Tanner started his own publishing company, A Wave Blue World, and writes and draws layouts for Adrenaline, its flagship series.
© 2009 Tyler Chin-Tanner.  All rights reserved.
Email: tyler@awaveblueworld.com

www.awaveblueworld.com

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  • Matt Spatola

    Matt Spatola Apr 30, 2009 at 4:18pm

    Excellent article! I'm really looking forward to this series. The art and packaging of this book just looks great. Th3rd World has a big hit here.

  • Kris Bather

    Kris Bather May 4, 2009 at 6:41am

    This was one of the few FCBD issues I didn't get a hold of, but I've heard great things about it. I'm going to have to order it now!

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