Steve Jackson Games may not be quite the household name yet, but I have a sneaking suspicion they will be. The comic is based on the immensely popular card game of the same name. Munchkin #1 consists of four stories set in the world of the game and features “characters, monsters, and weapons that players have come to love.” Now they’ve upped the ante for fans of the game by including a brand-new collectible card (that can be used in the game) with issue one in the first printing.
I have never played the card game but the comic boasts the talents of Tom Siddell, (What’cha Reading Favorite) Jim Zub, John Kovalic, Mike Holmes, and Rian Sygh so it’s a safe bet that this book will be enjoyed by those who love the game as well as those of us who just dig a good comic. Check in with us in January for a preview and review… In the meantime check out these covers.
And here’s the official press release from BOOM!
December 31, 2014 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Kick open the door! Kill the monster! Steal the treasure! The world of Munchkin is coming to comics! BOOM! Box, an imprint of award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios, is thrilled to announce the January debut of the new ongoing series Munchkin, based on the best-selling card game about dungeon adventure created by Steve Jackson Games. Every first-printing copy of the comic will include a brand-new exclusive card that can be used in the game!
Writers Tom Siddell (Gunnerkrigg Court), Jim Zub (Wayward), and John Kovalic (Dork Tower), who is also the official artist of the game and illustrates his own stories in the comics, along with artists Mike Holmes (Bravest Warriors) and Rian Sygh (Teen Dog), translate the world of Munchkin into an adventure series where readers can join the power-hungry, emotional, and untrustworthy group as they continue the satirical battles made famous through the card game.
“We’re big believers in publishing things that we love and have passion for,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Munchkin lands firmly in that category. We’re inviting our fellow Munchkin fans to explore this world, beyond what it says on the cards, in our new BOOM! Box comic book series. Plus, we have an exclusive card we’re packaging with the first printing of every issue. Just to reiterate, these won’t be found anywhere else!”
Based on the immensely popular card game, the Munchkin comic series takes place in a very flexible mashup of genres. Originally a satire of fantasy roleplaying, the game has since then taken on non-fantasy and non-gaming elements, and the new comic series builds on that. Munchkin #1 features four stories set in and around the world of the game, featuring Spyke and the other characters, monsters, and weapons that players have come to love.
Munchkin #1 arrives in comic shops from BOOM! Box on January 28th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code NOV141115. Every copy of the first printing includes an exclusive brand-new Munchkin card able to be used in the game. The main cover is illustrated by Ian McGinty (Bravest Warriors), with a 1-in-99 “Jackpot” variant cover by Evan Palmer (Fables), a 10 Years Anniversary incentive cover by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (Adventure Time), and a retailer incentive cover by John Kovalic. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is January 5th. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.
ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is comprised of four distinct imprints. The original Studios imprint is home to Mike Carey’s Suicide Risk; James Tynion IV’s The Woods; Mark Waid’s Irredeemable; Sons of Anarchy; and Big Trouble in Little China. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 Guns was released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ Peanuts; Jim Davis’ Garfield; Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, and Steven Universe; Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid; and Natasha Allegri’s Bee and PuppyCat. BOOM!’s experimental imprint BOOM! Box publishes The Midas Flesh and Lumberjanes. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of Mouse Guard, Cow Boy, Gunnerkrigg Court, Rust, and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films. In August 2014, BOOM! Studios began a similar first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox TV to develop properties for the small screen.