Roel's fantastic wrap-round cover for the long-awaited PRIMORDIA Hardcover.

The latest word from Archaia Comics is a good one: They plan to release the long-awaited “ultimate hardcover” edition of my PRIMORDIA graphic novel in time for the San Diego Comicon. The con this year takes place on July 22 – 25, which gives them about six weeks for printing and delivery. 

Will it be in comics stores? I really don’t know (see below). But after sitting on it for two years (while the company went through various restructuring and reformations) it’s nice to know they’re finally about send this baby off to the printers! 

So I thought today’s blog post should be a nice preview of what readers can expect in this exquisite hardcover. Here’s a sneak-peek: 

– The original PRIMORDIA was written as 96-page graphic novel, but it was split into three chapters and released in ’07-08 as three issues (32 pages each). So first and foremost, this hardcover presents the story in its originally intended format: You should be able to read it in one satisfying sitting. 

– The Mighty Roel has provided a gorgeous new wrap-around cover (see above). 

– I’ve contributed a never-before-released short story that looks beyond the end of the graphic novel. It’s called THE TALE OF THE DAWN CHILD, a saga ripped from the pages of the Book of Neptor (God of Wisdom and Secrets). 

– Roel did a great new full-page illustration for the short story! 

Roel's full-page illustration for THE TALE OF THE DAWN CHILD, an original short story I wrote to extend the myth of PRIMORDIA (available only in the hardcover edition).

Tom Scioli's pin-up of Alleyar and Driniel in the Underworld. Done in his trademark Jack Kirby-inspired style. Tom's GODLAND is one of the coolest indie comics on the market.

– We have a pin-up gallery from such stellar talents as Alex Sheikman (ROBOTIKA), Chandra Free (THE GOD MACHINE), Tom Scioli (GODLAND), and the talented Jack Keefer. 

– Behind-the-scenes sketches from Roel shed light on the development of the story, AND you’ll see the original 8-page PRIMORDIA Ashcan written and drawn by ME before I teamed up with Roel. It’s a fascinating look at a scene I drew, inked, and lettered myself, but which Roel then drew later from my full script…without ever seeing the version I had done! Of course, his pages are far superior to mine, but it’s fun to compare the original scene to the final scene. 

The cover of the all-Fultz PRIMORDIA Ashcan...a relic of the pre-Roel era.

Kat Rocha of TITANIUM RAIN fame.

– The great Kat Rocha (TITANIUM RAIN) contributed a tasty introduction for the book. 

My fingers are crossed that this definitive edition of our stone-age faerie tale will indeed be released this fall. If you’re going to San Diego Comicon, you’ll (hopefully) be able to get your copy early! 

By the way, you can e-mail Archaia right now and tell them how excited you are about the PRIMORDIA Hardcover: m.caylo@archaia.com 

One more thing you guys can do to help: Go into your local comic shop and demand a copy of the PRIMORDIA Hardcover! (They will order it anywhere if you ask for it.) 

For more previews visit the PRIMORDIA site: www.myspace.com/primordiacomic

Peace! 

John 

PRIMORDIA, pages 44-45, a nice battle scene two-page spread by the Mighty Roel. Alleyar's Sun Tribes wage war against Driniel and the Night Tribes.