SKYWARD Becomes Action Lab’s First Ongoing Series
Action Lab’s Skyward Becomes Ongoing Series, Features Alternate covers
Action Lab Entertainment has announced that Skyward, originally a mini-series by Jeremy Dale, will be their first ongoing sequentially numbered series.
Starting with Skyward #3, there will be alternate covers featuring guest artists such as Stephane Roux, Mike Norton, Khary Randolph, Randy Green, Phil Noto, and Chris Giarrusso. Other cover artists lined up for future issues include Brandon Peterson, Tim Seely, Todd Nauck, Cully Hamner, & Gene Ha.
Action Lab Entertainment is happy to announce that Jeremy Dale’s Skyward will become the first true ongoing title for the independent publisher. Scheduled to debut at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, Skyward was originally envisioned as a six-issue mini-series, but it was decided, given the grand story that Dale wants to tell with the book, that an ongoing, sequentially-numbered title would be the best option.
In addition, each issue of Skyward, beginning with issue #3, will feature an alternate cover produced by some of the more popular and well-known artists in the industry. Confirmed guest cover artists include Stephane Roux (Witchblade, Zatanna) for issue 3, Mike Norton (The Answer!, Battlepug) for issue 4, Khary Randolph (Fanboys vs. Zombies) for issue 5, Randy Green (Teen Titans) for issue 6, Phil Noto (Infinite Horizon) for issue 7, and Chris Giarrusso (G-man, Mini Marvels) for Issue 8.
There are number of other artists already lined up for future issues, including Brandon Peterson, Tim Seely, Todd Nauck, Cully Hamner, Gene Ha, and more.
Issues 1 and 2 will also feature alternate covers, but these will be available only at San Diego Comic Con. The issue 1 alternate has art by series creator Jeremy Dale, while issue 2’s alternate is a blank white sketch cover.
“I’m thrilled to announce that Skyward, my new creator-owned series, is now ongoing,” says series creator Jeremy Dale. “We are simply overwhelmed at all the amazing feedback from the fans! This will allow me to tell more stories with these amazing characters, as well as tell them in the manner they deserve.” Dale adds that, “We have a lot of amazing plans on the horizon for Skyward, and we can’t wait to share them with everyone!”
Action Lab President Kevin Freeman added, “We’ve been talking about the idea of adding ongoing series for some time, but it can be difficult for independent publishers to maintain numbers. But with Jeremy Dale’s Skyward, we see the perfect opportunity not only to break into the ongoing market, but to also showcase a grand story without the confines of compartmentalizing story arcs. It’s a win-win situation.”
Beginning with issue 3, Skyward, and all Action Lab regular titles, will cost only $2.99, down from $3.99.
Action Lab has published numerous series of some of its titles, most noted being the Eisner-nominated Princeless, which has been released as two four-issue mini-series plus a handful of one-shots and other supplemental stories. More Princeless stories are on the horizon.
– The Comic Book Critic