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Latest Image Hit “Tooth & Claw” Gets New Title

Posted on December 6, 2014 at 12:29 pm by Tyler Waterman

Writers will tell you that picking a title for your project can sometimes feel more difficult than writing the actual piece. Not only do you want to make sure it makes sense and ties into your story, but you also have to account for hundred of years of human creativity and the fact that the title you want has probably already been taken.

Even when you think you’ve got it, things can awry, and this is a lesson that the stellar creative team behind Image’s Tooth & Claw now knows all too well. The premier of their newest hit got lots of attention from comic fans, but also garnered the attention of whoever already owns the trademark behind that title! However, there’s no need to worry that your new favorite Image book is going anywhere; it’s just getting a new title. Starting with issue #2 (and also on the reprinting of the sold-out first issue), the series will henceforth be known as Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw. 

Check out the updated cover below, as well as some more info for this exciting new series!

TOOTH & CLAW gets new printing and new title:
The breakout new hit series from Busiek & Dewey features alternate cover by Skottie Young on issue three

The first issue of the richly written and drawn fantasy TOOTH & CLAW will go back to print, but under a new title: THE AUTUMNLANDS. The bombshell launch by bestselling writer Kurt Busiek (Marvels, Astro City), artist Benjamin Dewey (I Was the Cat, Tragedy Series), Eisner-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, PRETTY DEADLY), and letterer John Roshell of Comicraft will also boast an alternate cover on issue three by artist superstar Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon, Wizard of Oz).

“The launch of our new series has gone beautifully,” said Busiek. “We couldn’t be happier. Well, maybe just a little happier. I’m still not sure how we managed to screw up the trademark search. But as it turns out, the title we thought was clear for use is in fact registered to someone else, which is embarrassing as all hell. Oops.

“So as of #2, the book will be titled The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw,” he went on, “and we’ll do our best to make sure people won’t miss it on the racks, or think it’s some wholly-different series. As you’ll see, we did make sure the logo will still be recognizable to the readers who snapped up #1.

“We’re also thrilled that #1 sold through as fast as it did, because that means a new printing,” said Busiek. “Retailers have been asking me since #1 sold out how soon a new printing would be available, and I’m very pleased to be able to say it’s on the way. Plus, it’ll have the new logo on it, so that gets us the right title on the book, even on a printing of #1.

“Plus,” Busiek added, “the idea of the ‘autumnlands’ is central to how the series works and is going to progress. Now readers can get a jump on figuring out just what that means…”

Best described as Conan meets Kamandi with a Game of Thrones-style storytelling experience, Comic Book Resources says of THE AUTUMNLANDS, “each panel is worth the cover price all by itself, but combined this is a comic book that simply cannot be missed,” while Multiversity Comics raves, “This is the beauty of creativity and collaborative storytelling.”

In THE AUTUMNLANDS, a secret conclave of wizards brings a legendary champion forward through time from the forgotten past to save the world—with disastrous consequences. The story features swords, sorcery, beast-wizards, gods, sprawling animal empires, golems of radioactive decay, crystalline badlands, con women, ancient armories, young love, mystery, blood and death and treachery and destiny.

In the AUTUMNLANDS: TOOTH & CLAW #3, readers will meet Goodfoot the Sly. But is she really here to help the wizards… or herself?

THE AUTUMNLANDS: TOOTH & CLAW #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code OCT148281) will be available on 1/7 as a double-sized 44-page issue with no ads for only $2.99.

THE AUTUMNLANDS: TOOTH & CLAW #2 Cover A by Dewey is available today, 12/3, and can be ordered with Diamond Code OCT140609. Cover B by Alex Ross is available with Diamond Code OCT140610.

THE AUTUMNLANDS: TOOTH & CLAW #3 Cover A by Dewey will be available with Diamond Code NOV140692 on 1/21/2015. Cover B by Skottie Young will be available with Diamond Code NOV140693.


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