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Darkness covers the earth in Nocternal, a new series from writer Scott Snyder and artist Tony S. Daniel set to debut this winter from Image Comics. Fans don't have to wait that long to get their hands on the first issue though as the creators have launched a Kickstarter campaign for a one-of-a-kind reading experience for the first issue.

Nocternal takes place ten years after the world is plunged into an everlasting night that turns all living creatures into monstrous “shades.” Enter Valentina “Val” Riggs, a skilled “ferryman” who transports people and goods along deadly unlit roads with her heavily illuminated eighteen-wheeler. When an old man promising sanctuary offers Val a job to drive him and his granddaughter up through the Rocky Mountains, she takes it, hoping there might be some truth to his claim. What she finds in the end, though, is something much more horrifying than any shade...

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The collector's edition features Daniel's art in all its details in black-and-white and Snyder's full script, clocking in at 72 pages. It's available in two formats: an unsigned softcover and a hardcover signed by Snyder and Daniel.

“2020 has put a lot of things into perspective, for comics fans, pros, and businesses–and for me,” said Scott Snyder. “With everything going on right now, I wanted to return to creator-owned work in an even more dedicated way. Nocternal is the first release under my new Best Jackett Press label and will be released by Image Comics as a monthly series, starting early next year. But with conventions shut down for the foreseeable future, the creative team and I wanted to find a direct way to build meaningful relationships with our fans before issue one drops to give them a unique experience. We decided to create a behind-the-scenes collector’s edition of the first issue that provides a different reading process, looks at how a comic like this gets made, and highlights Tony’s phenomenal linework.”

“I really don’t think anyone’s ever released anything like this before, ahead of a series debut,” said artist Tony S. Daniel. “Publishers release ashcans at conventions, but we’re excited to share a rare look at how the comic gets made, especially since Scott’s scripts are almost never seen by comic fans.”

“Creator owned books are about connection,” said Snyder. “Instead of asking you to trust us with company owned characters you already love, they ask you to follow us into worlds unknown. They're about taking a leap of faith–together. So with this, we wanted to offer you something that's personal and collectible that also allows us to connect with you and show you how a book like this gets made.”

You might wonder why established creators would seek out Kickstarter as they don't necessarily need help to release a comic. The truth is, the platform is for everyone and the intention is to put out a book on their terms, directly to fans. This version is not the same as the one you'll get later this year at your local comic shop so it's a special, exclusive treat.

The Kickstarter campaign has already doubled its funding goal. Rewards include the book itself, a limited edition lithograph, a sketch by Daniel, a master class with Snyder, and more. The campaign runs through September 17th, 2020.


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James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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