Ahead of New York Comic Con and MINECON Earth, Dark Horse, Mojang AB, and Microsoft have revealed the first art from the first instalment in a multi-project publishing partnership, Minecraft Volume One, featuring art by Sarah Graley.
Minecraft Volume One is the first officially licensed original graphic novel set in the world of the gaming phenomenon Minecraft! Writer Sfé R. Monster (The Beyond Anthology, Seven Stories from the Sea), British artist Sarah Graley, and letterer John J. Hill (Bedtime Games, Superman) join forces to bring the world of one of the best-selling games of all time to a new medium for fans to enjoy.
Birmingham-based artist Sarah Graley should need no introduction to some downthetubes readers. A full time comic writer and artist, her credits include comics for comics for Oni Press (Kim Reaper, Rick and Morty: Lil’ Poopy Superstar) and she self-publishes books as Shiny Sword Press (Our Super Adventure, Pizza Witch).
As well as Minecraft for Dark Horse, she’s currently working on a graphic novel for Scholastic Graphix, due for release in Spring 2019.
“We are very excited at the prospect of bringing Minecraft to comics,” said Dark Horse President and Founder Mike Richardson. “The world of Minecraft is vast with countless stories to tell. We look forward to working with the great people at Mojang AB and Microsoft to bring these stories to its enormous fan base.”
In Minecraft Volume One, everyday kid Tyler’s life is changed when his family moves away from the town he’s always known. Thankfully, Tyler has a strong group of friends forever linked in the world of Minecraft! Tyler, along with his friends Evan, Candace, Tobi, and Grace, have gone on countless adventures together across the expanses of the overworld and are in need of a new challenge. They decide to go on the Ultimate Quest—to travel to the End and face off against the ender dragon!
“We can’t wait to follow the incredible imaginations that Dark Horse’s comic creators will bring to the world of Minecraft,” said Lydia Winters, Chief Brand Officer of Mojang AB.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.