Media Release — April 1st marks the official release date of the remastered Aspen Comics/Big Dog Ink debut title Shahrazad, written by Kim Hutchison and Kari Castor with pencils by Mike Krome and colors by Nei Ruffino.
“Shahrazad is the classic myth of the storyteller brought to comics,” says Hutchison. “Her tales are at once familiar and entirely new (and unpredictable!). It’s been amazing to delve back into Shahrazad’s world and ‘tinker’ with her story in a way that I’d like to think would gain the approval of our adventurous and magical narrator herself. After all, hers, and our own personal stories, are never finished.”
The title relaunch has been in the works since Big Dog Ink became an imprint of Aspen Comics in 2014. Known for her amazing tales in 1001 Arabian Nights, Shahrazad is a new heroine who will rise up from the legends of an ancient world. She experiences a life unlike anything one could possibly imagine – an existence that spans generations and genres as she lives the tales she once only told. Each issue of Shahrazad will feature re-mastered content, an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of Shahrazad, and creator commentary.
Castor commented: “I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to revisit the original five issues of Shahrazad for this remastered version. It’s a rare opportunity for a writer to be able to revise what’s already been published – I’m proud of the work that Kim and I did when we wrote this originally, and even prouder of this new edition. I know that our readers, both old and new, will continue to fall in love with Shahrazad as much as we already have, and I can’t wait for them to see what’s in store for the future!”
Shahrazad #1 will feature three distinct covers from series artist Mike Krome, Lola XOXO’s Siya Oum, and fan favorite J. Scott Campbell, plus a convention exclusive variant by Shannon Maer that will be available at both Emerald City Comicon and WonderCon. Aspen has provided Diamond item codes for the direct edition covers below:
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Aspen MLT, Inc. is an entertainment publishing company founded in January 2003 by superstar comic artist Michael Turner. Priding itself on producing entertainment properties of the highest quality visual and storytelling elements Along with their own successful properties such as Fathom, Soulfire, Lola XOXO, Executive Assistant: Iris, Charismagic, Jirni and more. Aspen also collaborates with the comic industry’s most successful companies and endeavors including Marvel Comics and DC Entertainment. Aspen has collaborated with Marvel for various hit projects, including cover work for the best-selling events Civil War, World War Hulk, and Ultimatum. Aspen collaborated with DC Comics to provide covers for such best-selling titles as Superman/Batman: The Return of Supergirl, The Justice League of America, and Eisner-nominated covers for the critically acclaimed, best-selling Identity Crisis series. In 2006, Aspen joined forces with television giant NBC to create the online comic adaptations for the hit television series Heroes. In 2012, Aspen teamed up with Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment to produce the horror-adventure series Dead Man’s Run, as well as collaborating with director McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision to produce the horror comic Haunted City. Aspen also produced the one-of-a-kind Anarchy digital graphic novel for the popular body spray company, Axe. In 2014, Aspen added fellow publisher, Big Dog Ink, as its first collaborative imprint.