Media Release — Today BOOM! Studios is proud to announce their worldwide launch of ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #1 in digital and print has spurred a sell out of first printing of ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #1. Written by New York Times bestselling author Chris Roberson (iZOMBIE, SUPERMAN) and drawn by white-hot artist Francesco Biagini (DINGO), ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST is based on Michael Moorcock’s seminal fantasy creation that has long been known to comic book and fantasy fans the world over.
“Michael Moorcock’s ELRIC has once again captured the imagination of comic fans everywhere!” says BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie, “With such a fantastic team as Chris Roberson and Francesco Biagini behind ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST it’s no wonder this first issue was able to sell out as fast as it did. Add to that the accessibility of not only being able to read the new ELRIC in print but also digitally and you have a sure fire way to spread the word and get people excited once more for the Eternal Champion of Melniboné!”
The second printing is being made available today through Diamond and Haven with the second printing featuring cover art by Francesco Biagini and carrying a Diamond Code of APR118234. This cover is exclusive to the print edition and will not be reproduced digitally.
Fans everywhere should know that while the first printing is sold out at the distributor lever, they may be able to find first printings of the print edition at their local comic shop. Digital copies can still be purchased from the BOOM! Studios Comics App, Comics on ComiXology App or bought and read through your browser at this link https://comics.comixology.com/#/series/6336/Elric-The-Balance-Lost
BOOM! Studios launched ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #1 this past Wednesday with an innovative microsite www.elriccomic.com that featured the full 10 page original prelude that was included in the ELRIC FREE COMIC BOOK DAY edition. The Elric microsite encouraged fans to read the prelude, and then buy the #1 issue at their local comic shop, on their mobile device or through their browser.
News of ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #1 launching day-and-date was featured in over 130 newspapers across America and beyond, spurring international interest in the comic.
Created by Michael Moorcock, Elric has thrilled comic fans for more than 40 years beginning with an appearance in Marvel Comics’ CONAN THE BARBARIAN #15 in 1972. Neil Gaiman called Michael Moorcock “my model for what a writer was” while Warren Ellis said he is one of the “eight core sites in my creative genome” — now, the godfather of the Multiverse concept brings one of the most critically acclaimed and most recognizable figures in the history of fantasy fiction back to sequential art with BOOM! Studios’ ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST!
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST features the return of Michael Moorcock’s legendary Multiverse, featuring some of the greatest fantasy characters of all time: Elric of Melniboné, Corum of the Scarlet Robe, and Dorian Hawkmoon in a brand-new story that will test the courage of the Eternal Champion! In this new series, the workings of Fate are being tampered with across the Multiverse, upsetting the Cosmic Balance. Elric of Melniboné must preserve the Balance and save the entire Multiverse from ruin. But no sooner has his journey begun than he is waylaid by dark forces and lost on the Moonbeam Roads. Elric finds himself stranded on a world where Chaos holds sway and where change is the only constant. Heroes are forced into action far and wide, but will they fight on the side of Law or Chaos?
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #1 debuted in print and digitally today, July 6, 2011, and is written by Chris Roberson (iZOMBIE, SUPERMAN) and drawn by Francesco Biagini (DINGO) and includes an afterword by Neil Gaiman. The first printing of this title shipped with A & B covers in a 50/50 split with art by Francesco Mattina and Francesco Biagini respectively, as well as a 1-in-10 incentive cover by Dennis Calero and a 1-in-25 incentive cover by Tim Bradstreet. The second printing cover features art by Francesco Biagini which is exclusive to that print edition.
This premiere issue can be purchased at your local comic shop, through the BOOM! Studios Comics App, Comics by comiXology App and also purchased and read through your web browser at comics.comixology.com for $3.99. ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #1 2nd Print carries a Diamond Code of APR118234.
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