PORTLAND, Ore. 02/12/2024 — Bestselling writer Sean Lewis (King Spawn, Thumbs) teams with fan-favorite artist Jonathan Marks Barravecchia for a blood-splattered story of conquest in the forthcoming, Bear Pirate Viking Queen. This three issue miniseries is set to launch in May from Image Comics.

Bears. Pirates. Vikings. And Queens—all battling for their claim to determine what the world will become. Bear Pirate Viking Queen is a gorgeous, high fantasy story about the blood spilled to make countries. With 72 pages rendered in stunning watercolor artwork, this new comic book series is sure to be one of the most beautiful and thought-provoking books of the year.

“I always wanted to make something that hit me like From Hell the first time I read it,” said Lewis. “Something with historical scope, something with a really uncompromised visual beauty, and something that felt BIG. Jonathan’s work is incredible. The story is one I am incredibly proud of. We are shooting for ‘canon’ with this one.”

Barravecchia added: “Bear Pirate Viking Queen has been a true collaboration, and unlike any other project I’ve worked on in the past. It’s been fascinating to go back and forth with Sean, and truly impressive—even to me—that a meeting over drinks listing random ‘cool’ things to draw could turn into such an epic and poetic story. I’m so excited to share this book!”

Bear Pirate Viking Queen #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, May 1.

Bear Pirate Viking Queen #1 will also be available across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play.

Early praise for Bear Pirate Viking Queen:

“Unlike anything that you’ve seen on the stands today. A story that moves unexpectedly, like the tides that it takes place on. A dark storm of adventure across a horizon filled with pirates and mysticism. A book worth your time and coin!” —Jeremy Adams, Flash One Minute War, Green Lantern

“A glorious fever dream, thumbing its nose at every expectation with its languid, liquid, lethal fusion of history, hallucination and horror. A unique and irresistible book.” —Si Spurrier, DC’s The Flash, Boom’s Coda

“Hauntingly beautiful, this mystery of a tortured man and the demons he encounters dives deep and pulled me into its emotional waves.” —Cecil Castellucci, author of Boy Proof, Grandma’s Gloves, Odd Duck

“A beautifully-illustrated, hallucinatory voyage across dark and dangerous waters.  It’s Pirates of the Caribbean as directed by Ingmar Bergman.” —J.M. DeMatteis, Moonshadow, Brooklyn Dreams, The DeMultiverse

“What a beautiful issue. Stunning work.” —Chris Ryall, editor on Syzygy line

“I loved this. Beautiful water color imagery, savage lyricism, genre-bending surprises, sparse poetic prose – can’t wait to read more!! It rules.” —Jefferson White, actor on Yellowstone TV show

Sean Lewis is the co-creator and writer of Image Comics’ Saints, The Few, Thumbs, Bliss, Above Snakes, and Coyotes. His plays have won the Kennedy Center’s Rosa Parks Award, the National New Play Network’s Smith Prize, the Barrymore Award, the William Inge Fellowship, and more. His work has screened at the TriBeCa Film Festival and has been heard on NPR’S This American Life.
In addition to his creator-owned comics, Barravecchia has worked for companies such as Marvel, DC, IDW, Easton Press, and Upper Playground. His work has been recognized and published in juried competitions including that of Spectrum and American Illustration, and he shows his paintings at The Philippe Labaune Gallery in Chelsea, NY.

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