Deadlands is one of the most beloved, enduring and popular RPGs ever. With its rich meta-plot, it’s a world as storied as most any comics universe, and as a weird western, its helped to define and popularize the genre that has enjoyed a major resurgence in recent years. As Deadlands ramps up to celebrate its 20th anniversary, it seemed the perfect time to bring this story to life.
“The Cackler is one of the major villains of the Deadlands universe, one whose origin story runs deep to the roots of the game, and opens up all new possibilities for the setting,” said Visionary CCO C. Edward Sellner. “But its also a perfect jumping on point for comic fans who love the genre and think there isn’t much cooler in the world than a perfect blend of horror, steampunk and mysticism all set against the harsh Old West.” The story is self-contained and while filled with familiar elements of the game, introduces them so the new fan can equally enjoy the story as is.
Deadlands creator Shane Lacy Hensley is penning the tale, ably assisted and edited by horror-western legend Jeff Mariotte. Visionary has also assembled the best talent in the business for art. Bart Sears is assisting in storytelling, and doing pencils and ink work, and Michael Atiyeh is doing colors. “We’re very proud of this book and as you can see in the early pages, it is going to be absolutely gorgeous!” Sellner added.
The Kickstarter has finished, reaching all its stretch goals and Visionary has posted the first half of issue one on its web-comic portal, now live.
January 30, 2015
Check out this great breakdown of Bart’s iconic cover for the print collection, and collector’s print for the Kickstarter campaign, from sketch to finished final piece! Bart did all the art for this and it sends chills down the spine every time!
January 27, 2015
Check out this first EXCLUSIVE sneak peek with teaser images from legendary comics artist Bart Sears and Michael Atiyeh – NOW!