There’s a lot going on in LOCKE & KEY world this month. Here’s a long entry that is actually very short because most of it is pictures.
Tomorrow this is out:
It’s the third book in the series, and you can find it in bookstores and comic shops everywhere (for the next few days you can also still order a signed copy from Cornerstone Books or Casablanca Comics – see here for more details).
But there’s also this:
You’re looking at LOCKE & KEY: KEYS TO THE KINGDOM #1, which features a standalone story called “Sparrow.” With the exception of the last two issues, all of the stories in KEYS TO THE KINGDOM are standalones; you don’t need to already be familiar with the series to jump in and enjoy. Every issue will also introduce a set of new keys (again, except for the last two). And when KEYS wraps up, we’ll be moving into the final stage of the larger story. I have had more fun than I can easily say writing about Bode, Tyler and Kinsey, but the good times have to end sometime; you can kill a good thing, draggin’ it out too long. The plan is for just two more books after this one, and then I will really be closing the door on LOCKE & KEY.
Now wait, we’re not done. Because this is also out tomorrow:
That would be the $1 LEGACY EDITION reprint of the first ever issue of LOCKE & KEY, and includes “The Cheat Sheet,” an 8-page summary of everything that’s happened in LOCKE & KEY since WELCOME TO LOVECRAFT #1. And, uh, the Cheat Sheet features a couple photo sequences starring yours truly, and shot by my pal Shane Leonard. And this is what I say to anyone who doesn’t like it:
Shane wasn’t the only friend to make a major contribution to “the Cheat Sheet.” The other would be Israel Skelton of Skelton Crew studios, who fashioned an actual in-the-real-world version of the Ghost Door for my office. Israel is a busy, busy man. As of this month, he’s signed on with IDW to create a series of replica keys based on the Locke & Key stories. Izzy made a limited run of ghost keys for ComicCon 2009, and this year will be offering limited runs of The Head Key and The Echo Key:
The Head Key will be available through Israel’s website as of Wednesday the 11th – pop right over if you want to get your hands on one. I’ll be signing the tags on the keys for all preorders made by September 2nd. The Echo Key will make its way into the wild later in the fall. (Update: although I’m not entirely sure when they’ll ship, both keys are now up for sale. Here’s your linky-link)
Thanks for caring about the comic, guys, and I hope you have fun with the new series.