Vault Pubwatch Light: June 2020

Vault Pubwatch banner - image of Aydis from Heathen, art by Jen Bartel

We’re slowly starting to see things back on the shelves at our local comic stores, but things are still a little light. While Vault waits for the vaults to open, the company isn’t sitting idle on the more pressing matters affecting our world right now:

Both Adrian and Damian Wassell, owners and editor-in-chief and publisher respectively, are using their platforms to amplify this message.

In support of retailers, Vault has created the Vault Bound initiative, which is now offering extensive return-to-market support. Vault has extended returnability line-wide for all of their comics shipping in June and July, “while also significantly reducing the price per copy that retailers pay for both our new #1s and new collected editions.”

Vault has teamed up with Heavy Metal Entertainment to release a selection of the publisher’s “Greatest Hits.” The Plot, Money Shot, Heathen, These Savage Shores, and Wasted Space collections will feature new exclusive covers. The feature “will expand in the coming months to include exclusive packaging of new #1 titles with unique dress treatments and cover art, and a new digest format that will feature an entire line of select Vault titles in a serialized compendium style book format, and an assortment of merchandise created in partnership with Threadless.”

And congratulations to Vault for winning Tripwire’s Best U.S. Indie/Small Press Publisher Award!

Coming Soon

The COVID-19 shutdown has prompted Vault to shift their publishing schedules, which means that previously announced books for the summer have been delayed, but are still on the horizon. Look out for Heavy and Hundred Wolves this September.

Brandon Sanderson can’t stop writing stuff. His latest is an original Graphic Novel called Dark One, featuring artist Nathan Gooden, co-writer Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, colourist Kurt Michael Russell, letterer Deron Bennett, and designer Tim Daniel. It’s available for pre-order now for an August release.

A shadowy Death-like being looms over a young, frightened boy

“Paul Tanasin is a young man haunted by visions of a dark and fantastic world―visions he initially believes are hallucinations. But when he discovers they are prophecies from Mirandus, a world in which he’s destined to become a fearsome destroyer, he’ll have to embrace the fear, rise up as the Dark One, and shatter everything. Dark One examines the dual roles we often take on in life—the ability to be a savior as well as a destroyer.”

Currently Reading

Here’s what Vault has on the tables this month.

No One’s Rose #2
Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque (artist), Raul Angulo (colourist), Tim Daniel (designer), Emily Horn (writer), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (letterer), Zac Thompson (writer)
June 10, 2020

“In the chaotic aftermath of the parade, siblings Tenn and Seren are left to contemplate the future of The Green Zone. As the Eco-Utopia’s precarious balance is exposed, Tenn’s future as a bio-engineer is threatened, while Seren learns what it means to join “the symbiotic real.”

The publishing delay has actually worked in this book’s favour, as the second issue could not be more relevant, and it falls in line with writer Emily Horn’s social media activism, as more and more people work to become better allies and stand up against injustice. Zac Thompson offers words on current affairs, and as both are Canadians, the perspective, especially in terms of the treatment of Indigenous people, is an important part of the conversations and protests that need to continue happening.

This issue explores the opposing ideologies of the main characters, siblings Tenn and Seren. One wants to see structural change for The Green Zone and take the appropriate steps to get there, while the other just wants to burn it all down. Reflecting reality, No One’s Rose takes the necessary time to explore both of these visions, all within a gorgeously drawn and coloured backdrop and imagery that sets this comic. The riots are given the emotional weight they deserve, with intricately detailed panels, but, where the rioting could easily overwhelm the story, the creative team works within the broader picture of both that rage and hope for something better.

Wendy Browne

Wendy Browne

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