Deadlands: The Cackler Kickstarter Ending Soon!

CacklerCoverWe just have three more days until the Deadlands: The Cackler Kickstarter campaign ends! And what a ride we’ve been having! We hit our initial goal pretty early in the game, and we’re in the midst of our strong final run! We are closing  on the cusp of some awesome STRETCH GOALS, we’d love to hit before it’s all done and we need YOUR help! Spread the word! Spread the love!

Share the Campaign or Pledge if You Haven’t Yet >>
Read the Feature Article and Share Everywhere >>

And if you haven’t seen it already…
Get the First Half of Issue 1 – FREE & NOW!! (PDF Download)
Or Get the PREVIEW on DRIVE-THRU – FREE & NOW!!
Feel free (and actually, please do) post these links everywhere! Send it to your fellow Deadlands and Horror Western fans! Feel free to post it on your blog or media site! Read it, Review it, Link it!

Help us close this out with a huge finish!

Deadlands: The Cackler Kickstarter Now LIVE!

PR Banner CacklerSupport the Kickstarter – NOW!

The Cackler is Coming! – Are You Ready?
The Kickstarter is now LIVE! From out of the shadows, one of the most mysterious Deadlands villains steps into the light, and what happens next will change – EVERYTHING!

Story by Deadlands creator, Shane Hensley! Check out this first EXCLUSIVE sneak peek with teaser images from legendary comics artist Bart Sears and Michael Atiyeh – NOW!

Then in February, check back EVERY Tuesday during the campaign for full pages of The Cackler #1! Go Support the Kickstarter – NOW!


PR Banner PreOrder Promo BWWe’re in the final days of our Deadlands: Dead Man’s Hand Pre-Order Promotion! Have you been dealt the #DeadMansHand yet? If not, get all the details and do it – NOW!

Black Water Extended Preview

BW001Get an EXCLUSIVE EXTENDED Preview of “Black Water,” a dark tale set in one of the most popular setting of Deadlands: The Great Maze!

A rich tycoon becomes obsessed with finding a woman who saved his life years before! But what drives him and what fate awaits him beyond the Black Water? –Read NOW!

Story: Jeff Mariotte
Art: Brook Turner
Colorist: C. Edward Sellner
Letters: Troy Peteri

Read the Spotlight Feature!

For Previous Deadlands WebComics Check the Series Page!

 

 

Visionary Roundup – January 25, 2015

Sorry we’ve been a little on the quiet side this week! We’ve been extremely busy behind the scenes with fun stuff! Here’s the latest…

Have You Subscribed to Visionary?
We’re expanding our direct communication on all fronts!
Subscribe to our Main Site to Get Updates Directly!
Retailers – Signup to get EXCLUSIVE PROMOTIONS for your local store! Free Books, Bonus Content, Preview Copies!
Press / Media – Signup directly to get our Press Releases, new product announcements and special promotions!
Or just signup in the proper field in our sidebar!

IDW DMH Cover PreviewDead Man’s Hand Pre-Order in Last Days!
Have You Been Dealt the #DeadMansHand Yet?

January 29th is the last day for normal pre-orders at your local comic shop! We’ll be running our Pre-Order Promotion right until the final orders are sent! So, get yours NOW, and post online “I just got dealt the #DeadMansHand to get FREE Books!
Get the Details>>

 

 


CacklerCover

Deadlands: Cackler Kickstarter
We Are Live This Tuesday!

Are you ready for the next major Deadlands volume? Story by Shane Hensley, art by Bart Sears, this next graphic novel will change Deadlands forever as it reveals the secret history of one of the series’ greatest villains! For all fans of the Weird West! Get on board early amigo! Launches High Noon!

 

 


It’s MY COMIC LIFE! – NEW STRIP LIVE!

MCL Meet the Star

Bookmark & Read the Series from the Beginning
Read the Latest Strip


 

Convention Reminder! Join Visionary at VA Comicon – 2/7/15

VA Comicon

Click for Details on ALL Our Upcoming Events!

 

 

The Cackler is Coming! – Visionary Roundup January 20, 2015

CacklerCoverWe promised you that this year would be the year of Deadlands and we meant it!

On January 27th, the Cackler is coming, and nothing will ever be the same again! We know you’ve heard that before, but this time?

Well, let’s just say that this is a story only Deadlands creator, Shane Hensley, can tell: the never-before-revealed story of one of Deadlands most infamous villains! Its a tale only master storyteller, Bart Sears, can draw! And its a story that not only kicks off the 20th Anniversary celebration of the property, but will launch a new setting that will indeed change everything!

This week, The Cackler will start taking over the Visionary sites, and the Kickstarter campaign launches one week from today! We’ll be continuing our weekly web-comic updates with finished pages from the upcoming series, starting in February! Do not miss this!

PR Banner Cackler

PRE-ORDERS FOR DEAD MAN’S HAND IN FINAL STRETCH

If you haven’t yet, time is running out to pre-order your copy of Dead Man’s Hand! Make sure you go into your local retailer this week and lock in your copy, else you may very well miss it altogether!
Download the Pre-Order Form

Remember, when you pre-order and post “I just got dealt the #DeadMansHand by…” and name your comic shop, then email a link to the posting to [email protected]://www.visionarycomics.com/ you’ll get a free digital copy of The Kid and a digital Deadlands Reloaded game book absolutely FREE! Your retailer could get our entire graphic novel library FREE as well! Get All the Details>>

PR Banner PreOrder Promo

DEAD MAN’S HAND CREATOR SPOTLIGHT:
DEATH WAS SILENT BY RON MARZ AND BART SEARS

DWS001Continuing our spotlight series on the individual one-shots collected in Dead Man’s Hand, this week we focus on the dark tale of murder and mayhem from master craftsmen Ron Marz and Bart Sears, Death Was Silent!

We also interview Bart on the upcoming Cackler!

Read the Interview Here>>

 VISIONARY COMICS is one of the best known comic production studios in the industry, and the first to throw its hat in the licensing arena with the wildly successful Deadlands series. Visionary is a top quality studio, digital publisher, and transmedia development company, who will be launching their own line of series this year. Check Visionary’s main site regularly for updates, including web-comic releases, exclusive previews, pre-order forms and special promotions. Subscribe on site to get these directly!

WHAT WE DO / OUR COMICS & WEBCOMICS
UPCOMING EVENTS / IN THE NEWS
For business, projects or services:
[email protected]://www.visionarycomics.com/
To be added to our PR/Media contacts:
[email protected]://www.visionarycomics.com/
Retailers, signup for exclusive promotions:
[email protected]://www.visionarycomics.com/

2015: The Year of Deadlands

PR 2015 Year of DeadlandsAs a New Year Dawns, the Deadlands Descend Upon Us All!

They say it’s always darkest before the dawn, amigo, but this year that might just be proven wrong! As 2015 dawns, the darkness of the Deadlands shall descend on comic book shops, game stores, and book stores around the world, with more western-horror than you can shake a six-gun at!

We mentioned last week that the direct market IDW edition of Dead Man’s Hand is now officially available for pre-order at your local comics retailer, and it will be up for grabs through to the end of January. Retailers have to pick and choose from a ton of books every month, so the only way to make sure you get your copy when it releases in March is to go NOW and pre-order.

Ordering online? Include this direct link to PREVIEWS,
and order code JAN150543.

Going to your local shop? Just download, print, & fill out this PRE-ORDER FORM then hand it to your retailer and you’re good to go! Yep, that easy.

PR Banner PreOrder Promo

Once you pre-order, post “I just got dealt the #DeadMansHand at (name of your retailer)” on your favorite social media site. (Include a pic if you like.) Then email us the link to your posting at [email protected]://www.visionarycomics.com/.

When you do, you’ll get a return email with links to download a FREE PDF copy of Deadlands: The Kid and a Deadlands Reloaded book of your choice! (Books available through this promotion are listed below.)

Yep, two books FREE just for ordering one! We’re already getting hits on this special campaign so make sure you get yours and fill your local retailer in so they can shoot for their own prize!

That’s right, Retailers, we’ve got something special for you too. Whichever store gets the most posts on our little gift giveaway will win a COMPLETE Visionary Comics’ print library! Yep, two copies of each of our trade collections, including both volumes of Headlocked,  and Visions, as well as Frog Princess, a limited collector’s exclusive edition of Dead Man’s Hand, and our Kickstarter exclusive volume Deadlands: Raven. We’ll even throw in a copy of our next exclusive volume, The Cackler when it releases! As a final bonus, you’ll get an autographed collector’s pack of the original one-shots, including signatures by most of the creators. That’s a market value of over $300 worth of collectible comics! So, keep the forms handy, tell folks about the promotions, and make sure all your horror-western fans know about Dead Man’s Hand! They’ll thank you for it!

BoomtownsList of Available Deadlands: Reloaded Titles:

  • Bad Times on the Good Night
  • Coffin Rock
  • Deadlands Trail Guides Volume 1
  • Deluge
  • Devil’s Night
  • Don’t Drink the Water
  • For Whom the Whistle Blows
  • Ghost Towns
  • Grim Prairie Trails
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Donner
  • Cowboy KillersHigh Plains Drovers
  • Marshal’s Handbook
  • Marshal’s Handbook Ext. Edition
  • Murder on the Hellstromme Express
  • Player’s Guide
  • Player’s Guide Ext. Edition
  • Range War
  • Return to Manitou Bluff
  • Saddle Sore
  • Smith and Robards Catalog
  • South O’ The Border
  • Temple of the Sun
  • The Flood
  • The Great Northwest
  • The Inheritors
  • The Last Sons

Interview With Deadlands’ Creator Shane Hensley: Part II

VIS: Welcome Back Gang! As we close out 2014, we wanted to make sure we wrapped this in depth interview between the two top guns of Pinnacle and Visionary! Last time, Visionary’s own CCO C. Edward Sellner, interviewed Deadlands creator Shane Hensley about the game and all the great developments coming at you this coming year. This time, we talk a little more with both about the next phase! Alright gents, last time we just mentioned the coming of THE CACKLER, the next Deadlands Kickstarter Graphic Novel. So, let’s pick up right where we left off. Why now? Why a graphic novel?

SH: We’ve been chasing a live action show as well as the animated show I talked about for almost 20 years at this point. We’re also coming up on the 20th anniversary of Deadlands, and we’ve got some really big plans for the roleplaying game. We also now have a partner in you folks at Visionary that really gets what we’re trying to do and has a long-term plan for our comics and fiction.

CES: Well, mostly thanks to such a great partner there! All of us at the studio absolutely love the property, we love the backstory, the richness of the world, and all the great villains. The first round of one-shots was really the highlight of the studio’s history as far as we’re concerned, a chance to really strut what we could do with the right brand.

SH: The first foray into our comics had some tremendous talent, one of which was Bart Sears. When Chuck asked if I’d like to finally tell the story of the Cackler with Bart, there was no way I could say no.

VIS: What’s it been like working with Bart and Visionary?

SH: I’ve been reading comics for over 40 years…since I could read…so getting to write a real meaty book like this is a treat all on its own. Chuck Sellner (and Brand Manager Matt Cutter) have really helped me hone whatever skill I might have and I think people will love the end result of what is truly a team effort. That was before I saw Bart’s art—particularly the initial shot of the Cackler, and later his crew. It’s been the screen saver on my computer for over a month now! But it goes beyond just cool characters. Bart took the first few pages of the script we wrote and made a few changes—changes we all instantly agreed were even better. He truly is a natural and visual storyteller, and if fans like the book that eventually sits in their hands, it will be first because of the great editing and advice by Matt and Chuck, and by Bart’s eye for making those words flow into the visual medium.

VIS: And how about your end Chuck? What’s it like working with Shane and Bart on this book?

CES: Shane is one of the greatest guys I’ve ever known. He’s a top notch creator, and really gets the process. This is his world, his story, but his willingness to let the comic guys help craft the final product says a lot. And of course, Bart is one of my idols in comics. I’ve loved his art since forever, and as great as it was having him on Death Was Silent, working directly with him, and coloring his art is a new high mark in my own career.

VIS: Where does Deadlands go from here?

SH: There is so much on the horizon. In addition to the Dead Man’s Hand direct edition and The Cackler from Visionary, this year sees the release of the novels from Tor, written by New York Times Bestselling Authors Jonathan Maberry, Jeff Marriotte, and Seanan McGuire—we’re SUPER excited about that. We’re also gearing up for the 20th anniversary and a brand new surprise and direction for the game—some of which stems directly from the tale of the Cackler. There’s support for our Deadlands spinoffs Hell on Earth and Noir, and re-release of the original “Deadlands in Space,” Lost Colony. And there’s a whole new Deadlands setting coming in the next few years as well we think people will really go nuts for. And if we’re lucky, we’ll have another crack at that television show or feature we’ve been chasing so long.

My Comic Life Debuts January 4th

Promo 1

New Ongoing Strip-Series Debuts with new strips every Sunday! Visionary’s Chief Creative Officer is about to open the door to see life behind the scenes at up and coming studio Visionary Comics, with a twist. This new weekly strip debuts on our web-comics portal January 4th, with new strips being added every Sunday! Get a glimpse into the wild, wacky and downright hilarious life of a comic creator, by C. Edward Sellner, with lettering and design by Jacob Bascle! Each new strip will be featured on our Webcomics Page, and the entire series will be FREE through our site!


 

Check Visionary’s main site every Tuesday for updates, including web-comic releases, exclusive previews, pre-order forms and special promotions! Subscribe on the main site to get these updates directly to your email!

Check out our LINKS page, with links now added featuring Visionary in the news, and our EVENTS page for all the details on our online and live events, and subscribe to our Google calendar to add them directly to your calendar.

For business related email: [email protected]://www.visionarycomics.com/
To join our PR/Media Contacts email: [email protected]://www.visionarycomics.com/
Retailers, signup for promotions: [email protected]://www.visionarycomics.com/

2015: The Year of the Deadlands

PR 2015 Year of DeadlandsAs a New Year Dawns, the Deadlands Descend Upon Us All!

They say it’s always darkest before the dawn, amigo, but this year that might just be proven wrong! As 2015 dawns, the darkness of the Deadlands shall descend on comic book shops, game stores, and book stores around the world, with more western-horror than you can shake a six-gun at!

We mentioned last week that the direct market IDW edition of Dead Man’s Hand is now officially available for pre-order at your local comics retailer, and it will be up for grabs through to the end of January. Retailers have to pick and choose from a ton of books every month, so the only way to make sure you get your copy when it releases in March is to go NOW and pre-order.

Ordering online? Include this direct link to PREVIEWS,
and order code JAN150543.

Going to your local shop? Just download, print, & fill out this PRE-ORDER FORM then hand it to your retailer and you’re good to go! Yep, that easy.

PR Banner PreOrder Promo

Once you pre-order, post “I just got dealt the #DeadMansHand at (name of your retailer)” on your favorite social media site. (Include a pic if you like.) Then email us the link to your posting at [email protected]://www.visionarycomics.com/.

When you do, you’ll get a return email with links to download a FREE PDF copy of Deadlands: The Kid and a Deadlands Reloaded book of your choice! (Books available through this promotion are listed below.)

Yep, two books FREE just for ordering one! We’re already getting hits on this special campaign so make sure you get yours and fill your local retailer in so they can shoot for their own prize!

That’s right, Retailers, we’ve got something special for you too. Whichever store gets the most posts on our little gift giveaway will win a COMPLETE Visionary Comics’ print library! Yep, two copies of each of our trade collections, including both volumes of Headlocked,  and Visions, as well as Frog Princess, a limited collector’s exclusive edition of Dead Man’s Hand, and our Kickstarter exclusive volume Deadlands: Raven. We’ll even throw in a copy of our next exclusive volume, The Cackler when it releases! As a final bonus, you’ll get an autographed collector’s pack of the original one-shots, including signatures by most of the creators. That’s a market value of over $300 worth of collectible comics! So, keep the forms handy, tell folks about the promotions, and make sure all your horror-western fans know about Dead Man’s Hand! They’ll thank you for it!

BoomtownsList of Available Deadlands: Reloaded Titles:

  • Bad Times on the Good Night
  • Coffin Rock
  • Deadlands Trail Guides Volume 1
  • Deluge
  • Devil’s Night
  • Don’t Drink the Water
  • For Whom the Whistle Blows
  • Ghost Towns
  • Grim Prairie Trails
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Donner
  • Cowboy KillersHigh Plains Drovers
  • Marshal’s Handbook
  • Marshal’s Handbook Ext. Edition
  • Murder on the Hellstromme Express
  • Player’s Guide
  • Player’s Guide Ext. Edition
  • Range War
  • Return to Manitou Bluff
  • Saddle Sore
  • Smith and Robards Catalog
  • South O’ The Border
  • Temple of the Sun
  • The Flood
  • The Great Northwest
  • The Inheritors
  • The Last Sons

Interview With Deadlands’ Creator Shane Hensley: Part II

VIS: Welcome Back Gang! As we close out 2014, we wanted to make sure we wrapped this in depth interview between the two top guns of Pinnacle and Visionary! Last time, Visionary’s own CCO C. Edward Sellner, interviewed Deadlands creator Shane Hensley about the game and all the great developments coming at you this coming year. This time, we talk a little more with both about the next phase! Alright gents, last time we just mentioned the coming of THE CACKLER, the next Deadlands Kickstarter Graphic Novel. So, let’s pick up right where we left off. Why now? Why a graphic novel?

SH: We’ve been chasing a live action show as well as the animated show I talked about for almost 20 years at this point. We’re also coming up on the 20th anniversary of Deadlands, and we’ve got some really big plans for the roleplaying game. We also now have a partner in you folks at Visionary that really gets what we’re trying to do and has a long-term plan for our comics and fiction.

CES: Well, mostly thanks to such a great partner there! All of us at the studio absolutely love the property, we love the backstory, the richness of the world, and all the great villains. The first round of one-shots was really the highlight of the studio’s history as far as we’re concerned, a chance to really strut what we could do with the right brand.

SH: The first foray into our comics had some tremendous talent, one of which was Bart Sears. When Chuck asked if I’d like to finally tell the story of the Cackler with Bart, there was no way I could say no.

VIS: What’s it been like working with Bart and Visionary?

SH: I’ve been reading comics for over 40 years…since I could read…so getting to write a real meaty book like this is a treat all on its own. Chuck Sellner (and Brand Manager Matt Cutter) have really helped me hone whatever skill I might have and I think people will love the end result of what is truly a team effort. That was before I saw Bart’s art—particularly the initial shot of the Cackler, and later his crew. It’s been the screen saver on my computer for over a month now! But it goes beyond just cool characters. Bart took the first few pages of the script we wrote and made a few changes—changes we all instantly agreed were even better. He truly is a natural and visual storyteller, and if fans like the book that eventually sits in their hands, it will be first because of the great editing and advice by Matt and Chuck, and by Bart’s eye for making those words flow into the visual medium.

VIS: And how about your end Chuck? What’s it like working with Shane and Bart on this book?

CES: Shane is one of the greatest guys I’ve ever known. He’s a top notch creator, and really gets the process. This is his world, his story, but his willingness to let the comic guys help craft the final product says a lot. And of course, Bart is one of my idols in comics. I’ve loved his art since forever, and as great as it was having him on Death Was Silent, working directly with him, and coloring his art is a new high mark in my own career.

VIS: Where does Deadlands go from here?

SH: There is so much on the horizon. In addition to the Dead Man’s Hand direct edition and The Cackler from Visionary, this year sees the release of the novels from Tor, written by New York Times Bestselling Authors Jonathan Maberry, Jeff Marriotte, and Seanan McGuire—we’re SUPER excited about that. We’re also gearing up for the 20th anniversary and a brand new surprise and direction for the game—some of which stems directly from the tale of the Cackler. There’s support for our Deadlands spinoffs Hell on Earth and Noir, and re-release of the original “Deadlands in Space,” Lost Colony. And there’s a whole new Deadlands setting coming in the next few years as well we think people will really go nuts for. And if we’re lucky, we’ll have another crack at that television show or feature we’ve been chasing so long.

My Comic Life Debuts January 4th

Promo 1

New Ongoing Strip-Series Debuts with new strips every Sunday! Visionary’s Chief Creative Officer is about to open the door to see life behind the scenes at up and coming studio Visionary Comics, with a twist. This new weekly strip debuts on our web-comics portal January 4th, with new strips being added every Sunday! Get a glimpse into the wild, wacky and downright hilarious life of a comic creator, by C. Edward Sellner, with lettering and design by Jacob Bascle! Each new strip will be featured on our Webcomics Page, and the entire series will be FREE through our site!


 

Check Visionary’s main site every Tuesday for updates, including web-comic releases, exclusive previews, pre-order forms and special promotions! Subscribe on the main site to get these updates directly to your email!

Check out our LINKS page, with links now added featuring Visionary in the news, and our EVENTS page for all the details on our online and live events, and subscribe to our Google calendar to add them directly to your calendar.

For business related email: [email protected]://www.visionarycomics.com/
To join our PR/Media Contacts email: [email protected]://www.visionarycomics.com/
Retailers, signup for promotions: [email protected]://www.visionarycomics.com/

Santa Shane’s Deadlands Giveaways!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Pinnacle Entertainment and Visionary Comics!

Whatever holiday you celebrate, may it be a great time for you and yours. We’re celebrating all the great Deadlands goodies coming at you, so we want to share the joy—here’s how to get your Deadlands celebration rolling TODAY!

PR Banner PreOrder PromoOur direct market IDW edition of Dead Man’s Hand is now officially available for pre-order at your local comics retailer and will be up for grabs through to the end of January. Retailers have to pick and choose from a ton of books every month, so the only way to make sure you get your copy when it releases in March is to go NOW and pre-order. That also helps them know all you fans are out there. You pay when the book comes in, and we’re making it easy for you and your favorite retailer.

Ordering online?  Include this direct link to PREVIEWS, and order code JAN150543.

Going in to your local shop? Just download, print, and fill out this PRE-ORDER FORM then hand it to your retailer and you’re good to go! Yep, that easy.

Print

In the spirit of the holidays, and as a tip of the hat to all you fans, we want to give you MORE reasons to get your copy reserved now. We’re kicking off a special promotion that’s our gift to all of you. Once you pre-order, post “I just got dealt the #DeadMansHand at (name of your retailer)” on your favorite social media site. (Include a pic if you like.) Then email us the link to your posting at [email protected]://www.visionarycomics.com/ .

Deadlands_TheKid coverWhen you do, you’ll get a return email with links to download a FREE PDF copy of Deadlands: The Kid! And that ain’t all—tell us which Deadlands Reloaded book you’d like, and we’ll send you a FREE PDF copy of that too! Yep, two books FREE just for ordering one. It must be the holidays!

Retailers, we’ve got something special for you too. Whichever store gets the most posts on our little gift giveaway will win a COMPLETE Visionary Comics’ print library! Yep, two copies of each of our trade collections, including both volumes of Headlocked, Frog Princess, both volumes of Visions, limited collector’s exclusive edition of Dead Man’s Hand, and our Kickstarter exclusive volume Deadlands: Raven. We’ll even throw in a copy of our next exclusive volume, The Cackler when it releases! As a final bonus, you’ll get an autographed collector’s pack of the original one-shots, including signatures by most of the creators. That’s a market value of over $300 worth of collectible comics! So, keep the forms handy, tell folks about the promotions, and make sure all your horror-western fans know about Dead Man’s Hand! They’ll thank you for it!

Interview With Santa Shane Hensley!

Shane_TombstoneHe may not actually be Kris Kringle, but this year Deadlands creator Shane Hensley is in a pretty joyous mood. As we ramp up the 20th Anniversary celebration, there’s lots of excitement and we thought it would be a good time for the two head honchos, from Pinnacle and Visionary, to dig a little more into Deadlands lore, and dish some more details on what’s coming up from the Pinnacle / Visionary Partnership!

CES: Alright Shanester, let’s start at the beginning for all the newbies. What’s Deadlands all about?

SH: Deadlands is a Weird Western where the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, known as the Reckoners, are trying to bring about a Hell on Earth so they can walk upon it in the flesh. They do this by nurturing fear to drench the earth in dark, supernatural energy that can sustain their physical manifestation.

That’s the “meta level” and the back story that ties all the various Deadlands games together—the original Weird Wetern, the post-apocalyptic “Wasted” West” of Hell on Earth, Deadlands Noir, and Deadlands Lost Colony—which takes place on the far fringes of space.

CES: Sound like real fun at your holiday party.

SH: Characters in the property rarely know any of this though. They’re focused on more local events and what’s right in front of their faces. Our heroes are usually concerned with the dead coming back to life or the haunt that lives in the old Jenkins’ place.

CES: I could see that.

SH: But by defeating even these local terrors, they’re slowly—bit by bit—battling the Reckoners as well. Besides lightning-fast gunslingers, brave Indian warriors, and other standards in the Weird West, Deadlands also has a number of “arcane backgrounds,” characters who have developed supernatural powers to fight the good fight. Hucksters make dark bargains for power, hurling playing cards charged with energy or casting other “hexes” and spells. Mad scientists use a super fuel called “ghost rock” to power infernal gizmos and weapons. Shamans channel power from nature spirits, and the blessed draw spiritual magic directly from the distant but always present powers of good.

Most importantly, in the world of Deadlands, those with particularly strong wills can come back from the dead—hence the name. The price is high though—the “Harrowed” crawl out of their graves by way of “manitous,” evil spirits that vie for control of their host. Those Harrowed who maintain “dominion” over their demonic rider can quickly develop additional supernatural powers as well.

CES: So, nice mix of Western, Horror, Mystical and Steampunk. One reason we did the four one-shots originally, with each issue leaning more or less toward one of those foundational elements. Fantastic! How did this all come about? What made you create Deadlands?

SH: The original inspiration came from a Brom / White Wolf painting that was later used for their Vampire the Masquerade game. The book was Necropolis: Atlanta, and it featured a vampire with his crossed guns in front of a tattered rebel flag. (I originally saw it as the cover of their magazine though and didn’t realize he was a vampire.) I saw it at a convention (GenCon), and had a 16 hour drive home afterwards, through the long, dark night. I couldn’t get that image of the undead “cowboy” out of my head. I kept wondering “What was so important in life that he crawled up out of his grave for?”

Slowly, all the ideas began to take form. I eventually put the game together for my home group. Everyone seemed to love it, so I decided to do it for real.

CES: And everything grew from there?

SH: Yes. We were very fortunate. At first we were told that Westerns don’t sell, so we planned on a small print run, then we’d blow the world up and let the bad guys win—a story that would be told in the post-apocalyptic sequel, Hell on Earth. We did that, but as Deadlands proved successful we made it official that the Reckoners cheated…Hell on Earth wasn’t inevitable. Exactly how that works is best left to the books themselves, but we think it’s a pretty cool story. Short version? The Reckoners do lose and Hell on Earth is avoided—but then they cheat. At least in the official timeline.

CES: Sounds like a world and setting that would appeal to comics fans on multiple levels. You got your genre points, you got your epic backstory, you got your whole worlds of characters and even your own twisted timelines and alternate futures. We should do Deadlands comics! Oh, wait…

CES: Now…tell us about the Cackler.

SH: In college, I ran one of my favorite Dungeons & Dragons® campaign settings, Dark Sun. One of the villains was an albino elf with long, stringy hair and round, rose-colored sun-glasses who giggled after he insulted the heroes. I did the laugh when I ran the games and my players hated that guy. It stuck with me years later when we created Deadlands.

We had always planned on Deadlands being a property, not just a roleplaying game, and one of the things we were excited about was pitching an animated series—something like HBO’s Spawn. We didn’t know it was going to be so short-lived at the time, of course, but we thought a dark, adult-oriented animated show would be a fantastic way to explore the Weird West. I did a treatment for it and knew that my villain would be my giggling fiend from so many years earlier. “The Giggler” didn’t sound particularly menacing, so I called him “the Cackler.”

Since we wanted this to be an animated series, I wanted the Cackler’s origin to be something that was unveiled over a long season, and when people found out—when they deciphered all the clues—the payoff would be worth it. That meant he had to come from a story we either set the groundwork for or was a story most people already knew. The albino angle stuck with me hard and I knew exactly who he was. Who he was defined what he was doing. What he was doing had the ability to change the world of Deadlands.

And just like with the Reckoners and Hell on Earth, I knew I wasn’t afraid to let the bad guys win. You’ll have to read the graphic novel to find out exactly what that means.

CES: Speaking of which we got our first full-color tease from that, with art from legendary Bart Sears!

Cackler Promo

CES: Now, that’s just to whet your whistle! We’ll run the second half of this here interview next week amigos! And start looking for regular little teasers of art from the upcoming Kickstarter campaign! Bart is KILLING this! So, Shane, you gonna “HoHoHo” for us.

SH: No.

Check Visionary’s main site every Tuesday for updates, including web-comic releases, exclusive previews, pre-order forms and special promotions! Subscribe on the main site to get these updates directly to your email!

Check out our LINKS page, with links now added featuring Visionary in the news, and our EVENTS page for all the details on our online and live events!

For business related email: [email protected]://www.visionarycomics.com/
To join our PR/Media Contacts email: [email protected]://www.visionarycomics.com/
Retailers, signup for promotions: [email protected]://www.visionarycomics.com/

Santa Shane’s Deadlands Giveaways!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Pinnacle Entertainment and Visionary Comics!

Whatever holiday you celebrate, may it be a great time for you and yours. We’re celebrating all the great Deadlands goodies coming at you, so we want to share the joy—here’s how to get your Deadlands celebration rolling TODAY!

PR Banner PreOrder PromoOur direct market IDW edition of Dead Man’s Hand is now officially available for pre-order at your local comics retailer and will be up for grabs through to the end of January. Retailers have to pick and choose from a ton of books every month, so the only way to make sure you get your copy when it releases in March is to go NOW and pre-order. That also helps them know all you fans are out there. You pay when the book comes in, and we’re making it easy for you and your favorite retailer.

Ordering online?  Include this direct link to PREVIEWS, and order code JAN150543.

Going in to your local shop? Just download, print, and fill out this PRE-ORDER FORM then hand it to your retailer and you’re good to go! Yep, that easy.

Print

In the spirit of the holidays, and as a tip of the hat to all you fans, we want to give you MORE reasons to get your copy reserved now. We’re kicking off a special promotion that’s our gift to all of you. Once you pre-order, post “I just got dealt the #DeadMansHand at (name of your retailer)” on your favorite social media site. (Include a pic if you like.) Then email us the link to your posting at [email protected]://www.visionarycomics.com/ .

Deadlands_TheKid coverWhen you do, you’ll get a return email with links to download a FREE PDF copy of Deadlands: The Kid! And that ain’t all—tell us which Deadlands Reloaded book you’d like, and we’ll send you a FREE PDF copy of that too! Yep, two books FREE just for ordering one. It must be the holidays!

Retailers, we’ve got something special for you too. Whichever store gets the most posts on our little gift giveaway will win a COMPLETE Visionary Comics’ print library! Yep, two copies of each of our trade collections, including both volumes of Headlocked, Frog Princess, both volumes of Visions, limited collector’s exclusive edition of Dead Man’s Hand, and our Kickstarter exclusive volume Deadlands: Raven. We’ll even throw in a copy of our next exclusive volume, The Cackler when it releases! As a final bonus, you’ll get an autographed collector’s pack of the original one-shots, including signatures by most of the creators. That’s a market value of over $300 worth of collectible comics! So, keep the forms handy, tell folks about the promotions, and make sure all your horror-western fans know about Dead Man’s Hand! They’ll thank you for it!

Interview With Santa Shane Hensley!

Shane_TombstoneHe may not actually be Kris Kringle, but this year Deadlands creator Shane Hensley is in a pretty joyous mood. As we ramp up the 20th Anniversary celebration, there’s lots of excitement and we thought it would be a good time for the two head honchos, from Pinnacle and Visionary, to dig a little more into Deadlands lore, and dish some more details on what’s coming up from the Pinnacle / Visionary Partnership!

CES: Alright Shanester, let’s start at the beginning for all the newbies. What’s Deadlands all about?

SH: Deadlands is a Weird Western where the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, known as the Reckoners, are trying to bring about a Hell on Earth so they can walk upon it in the flesh. They do this by nurturing fear to drench the earth in dark, supernatural energy that can sustain their physical manifestation.

That’s the “meta level” and the back story that ties all the various Deadlands games together—the original Weird Wetern, the post-apocalyptic “Wasted” West” of Hell on Earth, Deadlands Noir, and Deadlands Lost Colony—which takes place on the far fringes of space.

CES: Sound like real fun at your holiday party.

SH: Characters in the property rarely know any of this though. They’re focused on more local events and what’s right in front of their faces. Our heroes are usually concerned with the dead coming back to life or the haunt that lives in the old Jenkins’ place.

CES: I could see that.

SH: But by defeating even these local terrors, they’re slowly—bit by bit—battling the Reckoners as well. Besides lightning-fast gunslingers, brave Indian warriors, and other standards in the Weird West, Deadlands also has a number of “arcane backgrounds,” characters who have developed supernatural powers to fight the good fight. Hucksters make dark bargains for power, hurling playing cards charged with energy or casting other “hexes” and spells. Mad scientists use a super fuel called “ghost rock” to power infernal gizmos and weapons. Shamans channel power from nature spirits, and the blessed draw spiritual magic directly from the distant but always present powers of good.

Most importantly, in the world of Deadlands, those with particularly strong wills can come back from the dead—hence the name. The price is high though—the “Harrowed” crawl out of their graves by way of “manitous,” evil spirits that vie for control of their host. Those Harrowed who maintain “dominion” over their demonic rider can quickly develop additional supernatural powers as well.

CES: So, nice mix of Western, Horror, Mystical and Steampunk. One reason we did the four one-shots originally, with each issue leaning more or less toward one of those foundational elements. Fantastic! How did this all come about? What made you create Deadlands?

SH: The original inspiration came from a Brom / White Wolf painting that was later used for their Vampire the Masquerade game. The book was Necropolis: Atlanta, and it featured a vampire with his crossed guns in front of a tattered rebel flag. (I originally saw it as the cover of their magazine though and didn’t realize he was a vampire.) I saw it at a convention (GenCon), and had a 16 hour drive home afterwards, through the long, dark night. I couldn’t get that image of the undead “cowboy” out of my head. I kept wondering “What was so important in life that he crawled up out of his grave for?”

Slowly, all the ideas began to take form. I eventually put the game together for my home group. Everyone seemed to love it, so I decided to do it for real.

CES: And everything grew from there?

SH: Yes. We were very fortunate. At first we were told that Westerns don’t sell, so we planned on a small print run, then we’d blow the world up and let the bad guys win—a story that would be told in the post-apocalyptic sequel, Hell on Earth. We did that, but as Deadlands proved successful we made it official that the Reckoners cheated…Hell on Earth wasn’t inevitable. Exactly how that works is best left to the books themselves, but we think it’s a pretty cool story. Short version? The Reckoners do lose and Hell on Earth is avoided—but then they cheat. At least in the official timeline.

CES: Sounds like a world and setting that would appeal to comics fans on multiple levels. You got your genre points, you got your epic backstory, you got your whole worlds of characters and even your own twisted timelines and alternate futures. We should do Deadlands comics! Oh, wait…

CES: Now…tell us about the Cackler.

SH: In college, I ran one of my favorite Dungeons & Dragons® campaign settings, Dark Sun. One of the villains was an albino elf with long, stringy hair and round, rose-colored sun-glasses who giggled after he insulted the heroes. I did the laugh when I ran the games and my players hated that guy. It stuck with me years later when we created Deadlands.

We had always planned on Deadlands being a property, not just a roleplaying game, and one of the things we were excited about was pitching an animated series—something like HBO’s Spawn. We didn’t know it was going to be so short-lived at the time, of course, but we thought a dark, adult-oriented animated show would be a fantastic way to explore the Weird West. I did a treatment for it and knew that my villain would be my giggling fiend from so many years earlier. “The Giggler” didn’t sound particularly menacing, so I called him “the Cackler.”

Since we wanted this to be an animated series, I wanted the Cackler’s origin to be something that was unveiled over a long season, and when people found out—when they deciphered all the clues—the payoff would be worth it. That meant he had to come from a story we either set the groundwork for or was a story most people already knew. The albino angle stuck with me hard and I knew exactly who he was. Who he was defined what he was doing. What he was doing had the ability to change the world of Deadlands.

And just like with the Reckoners and Hell on Earth, I knew I wasn’t afraid to let the bad guys win. You’ll have to read the graphic novel to find out exactly what that means.

CES: Speaking of which we got our first full-color tease from that, with art from legendary Bart Sears!

Cackler Promo

CES: Now, that’s just to whet your whistle! We’ll run the second half of this here interview next week amigos! And start looking for regular little teasers of art from the upcoming Kickstarter campaign! Bart is KILLING this! So, Shane, you gonna “HoHoHo” for us.

SH: No.

Check Visionary’s main site every Tuesday for updates, including web-comic releases, exclusive previews, pre-order forms and special promotions! Subscribe on the main site to get these updates directly to your email!

Check out our LINKS page, with links now added featuring Visionary in the news, and our EVENTS page for all the details on our online and live events!

For business related email: [email protected]://www.visionarycomics.com/
To join our PR/Media Contacts email: [email protected]://www.visionarycomics.com/
Retailers, signup for promotions: [email protected]://www.visionarycomics.com/

Visionary News: Deadlands’ 20th Anniversary Begins Here!

Visionary and IDW Deal Winning Hand with Deadlands

Graphic Novel Based On The Wildly Popular RPG Coming March 2015
IDW DMH Cover PreviewSan Diego, CA (December 16, 2014) – Get ready, as award-winning publisher IDW brings Dead Man’s Hand, the first original collection of the hit Deadlands series to comic shops in March 2015! Based on the popular Deadlands RPG, created by Shane Hensley and Pinnacle Entertainment, and produced by Visionary Comics, the series embodies all the best of horror, western and steampunk in a world filled with creatures of the night, mad science and mysticism!

Deadlands Volume 1: Dead Man’s Hand brings together a who’s-who of superstar horror-western comic talent to launch this unique series that laid the groundwork for every horror-western series since! Join High Moon’s David Gallaher and Steve Ellis as they tell the tale of a cursed weapon created to kill the devil in Devil’s Six Gun. Journey with All-Star Western’s creators Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, and Shinku’s Lee Moder on a young Shamaness’ quest for vengeance in Massacre at Redwing. Duck low for Witchblade’s Ron Marz and Superman / Wonder Woman’s Bart Sears as they tell of a heroic ranger who sets out to kill a whole town in Death Was Silent. Then dive into Desperados’ Jeff Mariotte and Golly’s Brook Turner’s love tale drowned in horror in Black Water.

But that ain’t all! For the first time in the comic market, this volume contains two brand new short stories penned by Deadlands’ creator Shane Hensley and Brand Manager Matt Cutter, who show us What a Man’s Gotta Do and how to be Vengeful. And for the first time ANYWHERE, get an exclusive sneak peek at the first, original Deadlands novel, Ghostwalkers by New York Times’ best-selling author Jonathan Maberry, to be published by Tor Books in Fall of 2015 (More EXCLUSIVE details below)! This amazing new adventure launches the new Tor novel line for Deadlands scheduled with releases into 2017!

The trade paperback collection will be available for pre-orders in the January Previews Catalog, Diamond Order Code #JAN150543. Make sure you let your local retailer know you want to get dealt the DEAD MAN’S HAND, and tell them that it’s a killer book.

Visionary and Pinnacle will be kicking off a special pre-order incentive campaign next week with major prizes for fans and retailers!

Deadlands: Ghostwalkers Announced

Promo Art Digital Painted StyleTor Books Announces the first Deadlands Novel by New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award winning author Jonathan Maberry for Fall – 2015

Available for order in the January Tor Catalog, Pinnacle Entertainment and Visionary Comics’ proudly announces the first of three original novels based in the Deadlands universe!

This first title, by Jonathan Maberry promises a ‘rip-roaring’ adventure like none other. More details coming soon, but you can get an EXCLUSIVE preview of the book in the IDW Dead Man’s Hand available for pre-order now and on sale in March.

Deadlands: The Cackler Kickstarts in 2015

Cackler Pinnacle Teaser

Shane Hensley and Bart Sears brings the most demanded secret origin story in Deadlands history to life! Campaign runs 1/20/15-2/27/15

Teased online by Deadlands’ creator Shane Hensley, the news is now finally out! The Cackler will spring to life in the pages of the next Visionary Deadlands’ volume.

The Kickstarter campaign for this book will launch January 20th and run through February 27th. This campaign will be to order an EXCLUSIVE edition and will be coupled with another major Pinnacle release to ramp up the 20th Anniversary celebration of Deadlands in a way that will change the Deadlands universe forever!

Check Visionary’s main site every Tuesday for updates, including Deadlands web-comic releases, exclusive previews, pre-order forms and special promotions! Subscribe on the main site to get these updates directly! Also check out upgrades on our LINKS page, with links now added featuring Visionary in the news, and our EVENTS page with our new public Google Calendar you can subscribe to.

Check out our Partner’s sites for more details on their ventures into the Deadlands!

athercon_peg_bannerTor Logo blck

idw_publishing

 

Visionary Announces Expansion – New Partnerships

PR2014PromotionalFinalVisionary Comics has been around a while, and some have called it one of the best-kept secrets in comics. Known as a top quality production studio, and the first digital-exclusive publisher supporting creator-owned projects, they also became the first production studio to throw its hat in the licensing ring with Deadlands. This fall, however, the secret is out, and Visionary is on the move.

Visionary has virtually doubled its staff in recent months, adding Webmaster and AV Chief Christiaan Conover, Admin Director Cathy Dougherty, and Art Manager Mike Munshaw. The studio has also added big guns Jeff Mariotte (comic writer, author) and Shane Hensley (creator of Deadlands) to focus on its expansion into prose publishing and transmedia development.

As part of this expansion, Visionary has announced Deadlands-focused partnerships with IDW Publishing, which will be publishing the first trade, Dead Man’s Hand, in March of 2015, and Tor Books, which will be publishing a line of prose novels coming later next year.

Dead Man’s Hand collects Deadlands one-shots published by Visionary and Image Comics, and features a stunning list of talent: David Gallaher, Steve Ellis, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Lee Moder, Ron Marz, Bart Sears, Jeff Mariotte, Brook Turner, and Michael Atiyeh. The comics were called “All-Star Westerns” by the media, and the full collection has been much anticipated.

The new novel line will kick off with three books, by New York Times bestselling authors Jonathan Maberry, Seanan McGuire, and Jeff Mariotte. Release dates have yet to be confirmed but production has begun in earnest.

In the midst of all this, Deadlands remains in active development for a live-action TV Series.

Visionary has no intention of stopping there, and just announced at Baltimore Comic-Con an exclusive new line of comics under its new Creation imprint. The new imprint will debut on their new webcomics portal, now in an initial test phase on their website. The studio promises a unique line of titles, diverse in genre, format, and focus. They also promise some unique means of fan involvement in what is shaping up to be a promising launch scheduled to roll out over the rest of 2014.

Visionary Chief Creative Officer C. Edward Sellner said, “We’ve been working toward this stage for a long time, and now that we’re reaching it, I can’t wait for the fans to see what we’re putting together for them. This is truly a new era for Visionary, and for comics.” Stay tuned for more details!

About Visionary Comics: Since their debut in 2006, Visionary Comics has become one of the first and largest digital exclusive publishers, and a full-service packaging and production studio. With their expansion into licensed material, and now a move into the prose market, Visionary continues to expand its reach and transmedia presence while building its brand of quality. For more information, go to our web site: www.http://www.visionarycomics.com/

For interviews or review copies email our CCO: [email protected]://www.visionarycomics.com/

Pin It on Pinterest