Barbarian Lord: Tales 1 (reissued and expanded edition) A wolf and raven await a battle and discuss a certain barbarian.
Tales thrice told!
The first version of Barbarian Lord was a series of 9 short strips, done long before there was ever an intention to flesh the character out into a longer story.
Some of these strips were later redrawn and collected in the original Tales comic. The “Tales” title was meant to distinguish it from the main story arc, which was itself just getting started. It was also intended only as a small print run for the nearby MICE comics convention.
After finishing Tales 2: The Draugr, I thought I might as well put the first Tales back into print—but having had worked on the bulk of the graphic novel since the original Tales was done, I found it wasn’t up to par with the newer material.
Hence, this third and final version of the first stories of Barbarian Lord.
How is that for confusing?
This version is completely redrawn and includes a new story not in the original Tales. Come with one of two 8”x8” color prints.
Though only beginning to get started in print, Barbarian Lord as a idea is not new. Not medieval lit old, but from about the year 2000 old.
It began with an illustration job that fell through. After pencilling out the initial 9 strips in an afternoon on board I had cut to size for the job, without having made any plans as to what I’d do with them, they sat for a couple of years in box. Unseen, but not entirely forgotten.
Then the strips got “inked” in Flash (pre-Adobe, Macromedia Flash) for inclusion in the collaborative comic, Famous Fighters, done with my friend Tom in 2006.
After that, I used the next 4 years or so to mention to friends that I’d like to see the barbarian on a full length adventure. Eventually the impetus came in the form of the Paint and Pixel convention in Northampton, Ma. The same Tom from above invited me to stay at his house, hang out and attend the convention. As I had no comic to bring to the convention, I decided to finally bring Barbarian Lord off the perpetual back burner and put him on some burner closer to hand.
The first go at a full length story began with the issue “Outlaw, Book One”, which was to be one of 5 or 6 issues. When that found it’s way, through an unexpected and fortunate serpentine route, to an editor at Houghton Mifflin/Clarion Books, it was decided to put the whole Outlaw story out as a single volume. The Outlaw subtitle was dropped, but the original story idea remained the same.
The only problem with the Clarion arrangement was that I could no longer follow up with “Outlaw Book Two” as I had planned for the next conventions. To remedy the lack of a new comic, I redrew a handful of the original 9 strips, adding a new one, and calling it Tales.
Following Tales, I got to work on the full length book in earnest and after that began work on a planned trio of stand-alone Tales issues beginning with “The Draugr”. The second, currently only in the form of semi-legible notes, will be titled “The Sword”.