Darren G. Davis, president at Bluewater, explains the reasoning behind this: “Like Gondor in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, the comic book shop is slowly dying like many brick and mortar retailers. I love my comic book shop and by making this special issue exclusive to those retailers, it will hopefully get fans back in the store.”
He also warns that those interested should pre-order the book to ensure they get a copy.
“We are not doing a huge overprinting on this book. Most of these genre comic book biographies sell out quick like “The Cast of of Doctor Who” and “Stephen King.””
The comic, which will cost a mere $3.99, will delve into the background of J.R.R. Tolkien and show how his classic books – The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion – came into being. The authors of the comic, Michael Lent and Brian McCarthy, researched Tolkien’s life in the same detail they did on their earlier projects: Orbit: Stephen King and Orbit: Keith Richards.
”We’re definitely fans,” said artist Luis Chichón. “But we wanted to make sure readers get full measure of the man. That beyond his work in fantasy he was a fragile World War I veteran, well-respected philologist and university professor…all of which played a part in his creation of Middle Earth.”
If you’re interested, contact your local comic book store to pre-order!