The Only Living Boy volume one graphic novel is available for purchase online in paperback for $8.99 or hardcover for $12.99 from Papercutz. You can also find it available at Amazon, Target, Barnes & Noble, and bookstores EVERYWHERE!
Press release courtesy of Superfan Promotions:
Inspired by classic pulp novels, old-time radio broadcasts and Saturday morning cartoons, the first volume of Harvey Award Winning Creators David Gallaher and Steve Ellis’ acclaimed adventure series THE ONLY LIVING BOY is available for the first time in bookstores. The series presents the adventures of Erik Farrell, a runaway boy who awakens on a strange planet to discover he just might be the last human alive. Erik must befriend an insect princess and a mermaid warrior in order to defeat an evil dragon and a slew of dangerous creatures. Eight years in the making, THE ONLY LIVING BOY: PRISONER OF THE PATCHWORK PLANET will be published by Papercutz on March 8, followed by Volume 2 in July, Volume 3 in October, with more volumes to follow in 2017.
Beyond his collaborations with Gallaher and his work as the Creative Director for Bottled Lightning, Inc., Steve Ellis is perhaps best known for his artwork for Wizards of the Coast on Dungeons and Dragons and Magic the Gathering and for creating storyboard designs and final art for interactive comic role playing games for AMC TV’s Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead. “One of the things I’ve noticed, both as a creator and as father, is that there are few graphic novels that bridge the gap between childhood and adulthood,” said artist Steve Ellis. “THE ONLY BOY is an action packed fantasy, but it’s an emotionally complex one that’s as much about loss and struggle as it is about adventure and triumph.”
“My experiences as an educator informs so much of THE ONLY LIVING BOY,” said Gallaher. “Growing up can often feel lonely and isolating. As teacher, I saw firsthand how anxiety can haunt children. With this series, I’m exploring how children adapt to adversity. Readers might gravitate to this story because of the exotic and dangerous creatures, but the story will resonate because the characters grapple with issues that kids relate to, like intolerance, self-confidence, and feeling like the odd one out.“
Gallaher’s experiences as a teacher informs not only his creative process, but also how he and Steve Ellis interact with THE ONLY LIVING BOY’s growing fanbase. Instead of participating in traditional bookstore readings to support the print publication of THE ONLY LIVING BOY, the duo will be conducting #makecomics workshops for their young fans and aspiring creators. Participants will receive helpful, honest advice about project planning, publishing, funding, and navigating the comic industry. Workshops will be held at the following locations:
Frederick, MD – April 2
Falls Church, VA. – April 3
Long Island, NY – April 14
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“Our goal with THE ONLY LIVING BOY is to create amazing adventure comics that are inspired by the past, but look to the future,” said David Gallaher. “We look forward to meeting with our readers and aspiring creators, helping to guide a new generation of writers and artists.”
“We’re delighted to be publishing THE ONLY LIVING BOY in graphic novel format for the first time,” enthused Papercutz publisher Terry Nantier. “It gives existing fans a chance to have a more permanent version of the series they love and also exposes Erik’s adventures to a brand new audience. I’m sure they’ll fall in love with Steve’s gorgeous artwork and David’s compelling storytelling, just like I did!“
ABOUT THE ONLY LIVING BOY:
Originally funded via Kickstarter in 2012, THE ONLY LIVING BOY has been serialized as a webcomic by Bottled Lightning, LLC, the company founded by Gallaher and Ellis after their first collaboration on the award-winning series HIGH MOON from ZUDA Comics. Together Gallaher and Ellis have been web pioneers and their past collaborations include working on the first digital comics in the late 90s, winning a Harvey Award for the best online comic with HIGH MOON, developing the first comic made exclusively for the iPhone with BOX 13 and developing content for Marvel Unlimited.
About the Creators:
Author David Gallaher has received multiple Harvey Award nominations and won The Best Online Comic Award for his work on High Moon for DC Comics. David was an early pioneer of digital comics developing projects for Marvel as well as Box 13 – the first comic designed specifically for the iPhone – for comiXology. He has served as an editor for Attack on Titan, Sailor Moon, has also written for The NYPD and McGraw-Hill.
Steve Ellis has worn many hats as illustrator, author, art director and concept designer. Over his varied career he has created artwork and conceived projects for companies such as Wizards of the Coast, Random House, Impact books, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, AMC, Scholastic Books, Impact books, Rogue Entertainment, Blizzard Entertainment and many others. Recently he has developed the award winning comic series High Moon for DC Comics as well as acted as the lead designer, storyboard artist and illustrator on AMC’s Breaking Bad (The Cost of Doing Business) and The Walking Dead (Dead Reckoning) games.
About Bottled Lightning:
David Gallaher & Steve Ellis have pioneered the landscape of digital comics, tamed werewolves, and fought vast conspiracies. And that’s just the beginning! Bottled Lightning is their undertaking, sparking life and excitement into stories for themselves and a broad range of brands, including The Walking Dead, Green Lantern, Dungeons & Dragons, MTV, and the New York City Police Department. You can visit them online at bottled-lightning.com.
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