Media Release — Blind Ferret Entertainment and New York Times bestselling novelist Joe Abercrombie announced today their agreement to bring THE FIRST LAW series of fantasy novels to comics, starting with the first book in the series The Blade Itself. Experience the entire first issue today via comiXology and the first 12 pages through http://www.firstlawcomic.com.
“The blade itself incites to deeds of violence.” – Homer
Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught up in one feud too many, he’s on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian, leaving nothing behind but some bad songs, a few dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies.
Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.
Inquisitor Glokta, cripple turned torturer, is cutting treason out of the Union one confession at a time. His latest trail of corpses may lead him right to the rotten heart of government – if he can stay alive long enough to follow it.
Murderous conspiracies rise to the surface, old scores are ready to be settled, and the line between hero and villain is sharp enough to draw blood. Unpredictable, wickedly funny, and packed with unforgettable characters, The Blade Itself is fantasy with a real cutting edge.
Industry veteran Chuck Dixon (The Punisher, The Simpsons) is handling scripting, with detailed artwork by Andie Tong (The Batman Strikes, Tron: Betrayal), and stunning colors by Peter Pantazis (Justice League of America, Superman/Batman). Joe Abercrombie is personally overseeing all stages of production on the title.
“This whole process has been a real delight for me, ” said Joe Abercrombie. “Seeing Chuck whittle the book into scripts, seeing Andie put faces, expression, and action to my characters, and seeing Pete’s colors bring the whole thing to life. The results really have exceeded my highest hopes.”
The entire first issue is available now for 99 cents from comiXology the revolutionary digital comics platform available across the iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 and the Web. Future digital issues will also be available for purchase from comiXology. Each issue bought through comiXology will include an exclusive 8-page sketchbook bonus section full of concept and pencil artwork from artist Andie Tong. Additionally, the first twelve pages to issue #1 can be viewed and read online now at www.firstlawcomic.com. New pages will be posted each week, with 1 new page going up every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Blade Itself Vol. 1 graphic novel will be published in print later this year, and will collect the first 4 issues.
The First Law series of novels have been translated into 26 languages worldwide and sold over two million copies, garnering a ton of acclaim along the way. On April 10th, 2013, come see this vivid fantasy world come to life in full color!
For more information, please visit www.firstlawcomic.com or contact Rich Young (email@example.com)
About Joe Abercrombie:
Joe Abercrombie was born in Lancaster, England, studied Psychology at Manchester University, and worked as a freelance film editor for 10 years. His first book, The Blade Itself, was published by Gollancz in 2006 and was followed by two other books in The First Law trilogy, Before They are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings. Three standalone books set in the same world have followed: Best Served Cold, The Heroes, and most recently, Red Country. His books are London and New York Times bestsellers, published in 26 countries. He lives in Bath with his wife and three children. www.joeabercrombie.com
About Blind Ferret Entertainment:
Blind ferret Entertainment is a Montreal based multi-media company best known for its flagship web property Least I Could Do along with it’s other comics Looking For Group and The Gutters. With a worldwide reach of over 3 million fans and nearly 10 years of experience, Blind Ferret continues to expand and reach out to new audiences worldwide. www.blindferret.com
Founded in 2007, comiXology revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology’s Guided View reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become one of iTunes’ top 10-grossing iPad apps in 2011 and 2012. Its new comiXology Submit platform enables independent comics creators to efficiently self-publish and immediately profit from their work. Offering the broadest library of comic book content from the top 75 publishers, plus leading and emerging independent creators, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan. The privately held company is based in Gotham City. For more information visit www.comixology.com.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE FIRST LAW
“The battles are vivid and visceral, the action brutal, the pace headlong, and Abercrombie piles the betrayals, reversals, and plot twists one atop another to keep us guessing how it will all come out.” —George RR Martin, author of A Game of Thrones
“The books are good, really good. They pulled me in. Well-developed world. Unique, compelling characters. I like them so much that when I got to the end of the second book and found out the third book wasn’t going to be out in the US for another three months, I experienced a fit of rage, then a fit of depression, then I ate some lunch and had a bit of a lay down.” —Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Name of the Wind
“There’s wizards, mythology, kings, princes, a self-absorbed nobleman, ancient legends, fencing – all written so well I was grinding my teeth with envy whenever I HAD to put the book down. This is a fantastic start to a trilogy, and I can’t wait to get the next two books so I can see what happens next.” — Lilith Saintcrow, Author of Working for the Devil
“Nobody writes grittier heroic fantasy that Joe Abercrombie, and the second book in his The First Law series just proves the point in spades – When Abercrombie’s characters ride for glory, you might as well be there with them, he does such a good job of putting the reader in the scene. Immediate, daring, and utterly entertaining, this second book provides evidence that Abercrombie is headed for superstar status.”—Jeff VanderMeer, Realms of Fantasy
“Abercrombie has written the finest epic fantasy trilogy in recent memory. He’s one writer no one should miss.”?— Junot Diaz, Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
“Critics compare Abercrombie to Dickens, but come on – Dickens was never so entertaining – The First Law Trilogy: an adventure whose characters grow in tough, surprising, satisfying ways, in a gritty, exotic world that is sometimes awful, and always fascinates. Expect fast, funny dialog and one hell of a rush.”?— John Meaney, author of Paradox and Bone Song
“The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie is the best new fantasy book I’ve read in the last 10 years. Yes. You heard that right.”?— Andy Remic, author of Kell’s Legend
“Delightfully twisted and evil.”?— John Courtnay Grimwood, The Guardian
“There is a gritty edge to his world, and an awareness of violence that is very contemporary – there is much to reward the reader.”?— Lisa Tuttle, The Times
“An admirably hard, fast and unpretentious read – packs a mean punch in the bloodthirsty mayhem and mystery departments.”?— Saxon Bullock, SFX
“It’s funny, violent, and brilliant. Imagine if Quentin Tarantino wrote a sword & sorcery novel.”?— Unshelved book club
“You’d never guess that The Blade Itself is Joe Abercrombie’s debut novel. He writes like a natural. There are great characters, sparky dialogue, an action-packed plot, and from the very first words and an opening scene that is literally a cliffhanger, you know you are in for a cheeky, vivid, exhilarating ride.”?— Barbara Davies, Starburst
“The Blade Itself is a page-turner powered by a combination of gritty, fast-paced action and juicy doses of cynicism.”?— Edge Magazine
“Abercrombie kicks off his series masterfully with a heroic fantasy without conventional heroes. Its clearly the characters that take center stage here. Their dialogue is full of cynicism and wit, their lives full of intrigue, battles and magic.”?— Gail Pruszkowski, Romantic Times
“Fast-paced, deeply sarcastic, spitefully witty and well observed. The dialogue is razor sharp, the author is comfortable changing voices depending on viewpoint and there is very little to find fault with.”?— Den Patrick, Dreamwatch
“A fantasy novel full of enough ironic and slightly self-deprecating humor and Scorcese-esque violence to make the average hipper than thou non-fantasy reader want to learn more about the genre – yet filled with enough touchstones to make your average Tolkien-weaned fantasy reader quite happy indeed.”?— Lucien Spelman, Blood, Blade & Thruster
“Fans of character-driven epics who are willing to take their heroes with a grain of moral ambiguity should add this novel to their ‘must read’ list – The Blade Itself is a smartly-written, sophisticated debut with compelling characters, a complex plot, and style to burn.”?— Siobhan Carroll, Strange Horizons
“In addition to excellent characterizations and fascinating world-building, Abercrombie also writes the best fight scenes I have read in ages. I’m glad the whole package is good, but I could happily recommend The Blade Itself for the fight scenes alone.”?— John Enzinas, SFSite
“Now this is a breath of fresh air! A story told with wit, dash, and a keen eye for character – Finding a writer like Abercrombie amidst the clutter of second-raters who crowd the fantasy genre is like the sun breaking through dark clouds; he wakes you up and reminds you why you took up reading in the first place.”?— Simeon Shoul, Infinity Plus
“The Blade Itself is an incredibly accomplished first novel.”?— Victoria Hoyle, Emerald City
“An extremely impressive debut, the first in a series subtitled The First Law, and in Joe Abercrombie it brings us a writer who oozes promise. This is surely a novel as sharp as its title.”?— John Berlyne, SFRevu
“The Blade Itself easily equals anything released in epic fantasy in the past few years, and just may rise to the top – This book is about characters first, and Abercrombie skillfully portrays them with near-perfect internal and external dialogue set at an ideal pace – he stops just short of spitting in the face of genre and set my heart racing through some the best written fight scenes of any genre. This one is not just for fans of epic fantasy.”?— Neth Space