One of the best parts about hosting a podcast, running this website, being in the comic world with my own books (Eynes Anthology), is the fact that we get some sweet information emailed to us. Like this, Legendary Comics sent us a press release (included below) about their new original graphic novel called “The Heart Hunter” by McKelle George and V. Gagnon!
Legendary Comics has put out some pretty cool stuff in the past, like Pacific Rim: Aftermath, Skull Island, A Town Called Dragon, Black Bag, and so much more! This graphic novel should be interesting, as some of my favorite stories out there are love stories. I know, I’m a sap, shut up. This one ties love with immortality and greed. Has this been done before? Absolutely. Does that mean it can’t be done again? Absolutely not.
However, the is a twist! According to the lore (that’s what I’m calling the press release, deal with it) Everyone is immortal and unable to die AND they have to wear their hearts on the outside of their bodies…literally! Oh, you’re also stuck on an island and can’t have kids, seems like the perfect world for Barney Stinson. Once you find your soul mate, it’s all lifted and you can mate until the cows come home. And also die, so there’s that draw back.
How will it play out? I have no idea! But in 2020 when the book releases we can all find out together! Read below to see what Legendary Comics has to say about this!
LOS ANGELES, September 12, 2019 – Legendary Comics announced new graphic novel THE HEART HUNTER, exploring immortality, love, and greed, from novelist McKelle George (Speak Easy, Speak Love) and artist V. Gagnon (Shout Out anthology). Set for release in late 2020, The Heart Hunter is set on the cursed island of Envecor where everyone is doomed to wear their heart outside their bodies and are immortal—unable to die, to change, to have children—until they find their soul mate. Once paired, the soul mates turn mortal, are free from the curse, and are able to leave the island. But all fairy tales have a dark side. Those who don’t want to lose their immortality employ “Heart Hunters” to seek out their predestined soul mates and kill them, ensuring everlasting life. Psyche, a Heart Hunter, is hired by the king to kill his soul mate. As she sets out on her quest, she embarks on her own journey of mending her broken heart and learning to trust again. Follow Facebook.com/LegendaryComics for the latest news and updates about The Heart Hunter and more.
“McKelle’s original idea and unique storytelling coupled with V. Gagnon’s stunning artwork is going to bring Psyche’s story to life in such a compelling way that fans are sure to enjoy,” said Nikita Kannekanti, Editor of Legendary Comics. “I am thrilled to be working with these two extraordinary creators and cannot wait to release the graphic novel next year.”
“Getting to work with Legendary Comics on The Heart Hunter is honestly a dream come true,” said George. “This story is close to my heart (pun very much intended), and working on the script alongside V. Gagnon, seeing the story come to life with their incredible art, has really transformed it into something better than I ever imagined. I’m so excited for the rest of the world to meet Psyche.”
Fans attending Rose City Comic Con are invited to join the Legendary Comics team and The Heart Hunter creators McKelle George and V. Gagnon as they share secrets about upcoming comic releases at the “Legendary Comics 2019 and Beyond” panel on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm in Room 6. Attendees will also get updates on previously announced YA releases: Championess and Lupina; get sneak peeks for Lost in Space: Countdown to Danger, Acursian, and Firebrand; and will receive an exclusive Legendary Comics giveaway.
About the creators:
McKelle George is a reader, editor, perpetual doodler, and associate librarian at the best library in the world. When not at the library, she writes game scripts for Crazy Maple Studios. Her debut young adult novel, Speak Easy, Speak Love, was released from Greenwillow/HarperCollins in 2017, and her first graphic novel, The Heart Hunter, is coming from Legendary Comics. She currently lives in Salt Lake City with an enormous white German shepherd and way, way too many books.
V. Gagnon is a comic creator, illustrator, and concept artist based in Portland, Oregon. They have illustrated for Boom! Studios and Legendary Comics, as well as numerous anthologies, including Shout Out (TO Comix Press,) and numerous upcoming books, including: Crush: First Love, New Talent(Stacked Deck Press) and Wayward Kindred (TO Comix Press). They are passionate about stories with deeply intimate character-driven narratives, folklores, legends, and the intersection of real and fictional histories.
About Legendary Comics:
Legendary Comics was born out of a passion for mythic entertainment, seeking out new talent and working with the best and the brightest in the industry to create transportive worlds, inspirational characters, and spectacular adventures that leap off the page. Founded in 2011, Legendary Comics has produced an exciting catalogue of original titles that continues to grow and evolve. From partnerships with industry legend Frank Miller to Grant Morrison’s Eisner-nominated Annihilator, Legendary Comics has a passion for innovative new stories, including Marc Guggenheim’s The Adventures of Jonas Quantum, the fantasy action series A Town Called Dragon, and Jessica Chobot and Erika Lewis’ hit webseries, Firebrand: The Initiation of Natali Presano. In addition to original titles, Legendary Comics also expands the scope of the cinematic universes of its parent company Legendary Entertainment, by bringing big-screen adventure exploding onto the comic book page. Working with the visionary filmmakers and the architects of Legendary’s Monsterverse, they have delivered the level of quality and authenticity our fans demand with New York Times best-sellers such as Godzilla: Aftershock, Pacific Rim: Aftermath, and Skull Island: The Birth of Kong, to name a few. http://www.legendary.com/comics