Online toy and collectible retailer Time and Space Toys has teamed up with IDW Publishing to offer Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel fans a chance to get involved in the much anticipated Angel: After the Fall comic book series. Conceptualized by Buffy/Angel creator Joss Whedon himself, the twelve issue series will pick up where Season Five of the fan-favorite television series left off. Time and Space Toys will offer its own exclusive version of the series, inviting fans themselves to create and select the cover artwork for eleven of the twelve issues. Billed as an “interactive comic subscription,” fans who have subscribed to Time and Space Toys’ exclusive series will have the opportunity to pitch and discuss cover ideas and vote amongst themselves to determine the exclusive cover concepts that will be used on the published comic books.
Public fan forum SlayAlive.com has been chosen as the venue for entry submissions, discussion and voting. Entries need not be actual drawings, but can also be concepts and ideas to be transformed by IDW’s team of artists into a unique cover. A contest will be held each month for the next month’s cover. Each month’s winner will receive a cover credit in the issue as well as a prize package of Buffy and Angel merchandise from the Time and Space Toys Buffy Collector Club. Each of the twelve issues is limited to 1000 copies. The twelve month subscription to the exclusive cover series is available to purchase only at Time and Space Toys’ Buffy Collector Club website, BuffyCollectorClub.com.
“This is a unique experience in which fans’ own ideas can be immortalized,” says Time and Space Toys President Kevin Kriess. “I cannot think of a better way for the continuing story of Angel. The fan ideas and forum interaction will create another level of entertainment and fun for the participants over the next twelve months.“
“This is a creative way to involve Angel’s passionate fanbase in this exciting new series,” added Chris Ryall, IDW’s Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, “and I’m happy to work with Kevin-and the fans-to deliver some special covers for this project.“
The first issue in the series is scheduled to be released on November 28,
2007 and features a launch cover exclusive shared by Pittsburgh area comic store chain, New Dimension Comics. Issues 2 through 12 will be released about once per month after that, each featuring a winning fan cover concept. For more information on participating in this unique comic book experience, please visit Time and Space Toys, The Buffy Collector Club, and Nomad
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