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Kill Your Darlings Ensnares Readers With Dark, Addictive Tale—Rushed Back To Print


Breakout hit Kill Your Darlings by debut writers Ethan S. Parker and Griffin Sheridan and superstar art team Bob Quinn (Knights of X) and John J. Hill (Vanish) will be rushed back to print this week in order to keep up with escalating reorder activity.

“To say that I’ve been stunned and blown away by the incredible reception and demand for Kill Your Darlings would be a huge understatement,” said Parker. “The team and I can’t thank you all enough for giving your attention to this book that is such a labor of love for us and represents years of blood, sweat, and tears. And if you liked this first taste… Stick with us. We have so many more surprises in store. It’s going to be a wild ride.”

Hill added: “Making comics is NOT easy to say the least, but finding out Kill Your Darlings #1 sold out and demand was high enough for a second printing makes it all worth it. Thank you so much for picking up the first issue (or an advance thanks for grabbing the second printing), and please continue to support creator owned comics!”

Perhaps best described as Narnia meets Hereditary, this blood-bathed new tale follows eight-year-old Rose who loves nothing more than to play pretend in a magical land of her own creation. To her, that world is as real as our own—from her fluffy friends to the terrible evil that lurks at the center of it all. In one night, the line between fantasy and reality will disappear, an ancient hunger will feed again, and Rose will be pulled into a gruesome saga that began centuries before her birth.

“All Ethan and I have ever wanted is for our work to connect with people,” said Sheridan. “Seeing Kill Your Darlings resonate with so many readers, in so many different ways, has been one of the most gratifying experiences of my life. We can’t thank the fine folks at Image, the retailers, and the readers enough for their support of the book. We are thrilled about the second printing of issue #1, and look forward to sharing the next installment with you all very soon!”

“I’ve been telling anyone that would listen that Kill Your Darlings is something special and seeing how many people agree has been one of the most incredible experiences in my career,” said Quinn. “I can’t wait for more readers to join us on the journey, it’s a crazy, heartbreaking, and amazing one.”

Eric Stephenson, Publisher and Chief Creative Officer at Image Comics, added: “Discovering new talent is always exciting, and one of the great things about Image is that the creators we work with often make doing so easy. In this instance, we have Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman to thank for bringing Ethan, Griffin, and Bob to our attention a couple years back. They knew a good thing when they saw it and were super-helpful in getting it set up here. Watching it develop from there has been amazing, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the reception the first issue is getting!”

Kill Your Darlings #1 (Lunar Code 0823IM841) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 11.

Kill Your Darlings #1 will also be available across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play.

Select praise for Kill Your Darlings:

“Delivers a dark fantasy wrapped in bright colors, which should hook readers from start to finish.” —AIPT

“Consider this a must-read.” —

“A fine balance of unpleasant reality and fairy tale makes this one memorable, and the art brings it all together.” —Major Spoilers

“This is everything I want from a comic, dark and tragic. The story is impressive and complex leaving you wanting more. If the creative team can continue at this pace it should rival some of the horror standouts of the year. A brilliant comic.” —The GWW


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