The Rainbow Orchid by Garen Ewing has appeared on the Amazon UK site today with the release date of August 4, 2009. It has also showed up on Amazon's Japan, France, Canada and Germany sites for the UK edition.
But I highly recommend ordering through The Rainbow Orchid Shop starting August 4th, 2009. Garen will have standard and signed copies available.
Also to see a sneak peek, check out this link. (release date may vary a bit in each country)
APRIL 27, 2009 - Because of the coming publication, Garen's online version of The Rainbow Orchid will be changing, as the online comic will become a preview comic after bank holiday weekend on May 5th. The full comic will be in print form starting August 4th, 2009.
About the story The Rainbow Orchid from Garen's site:
"If you like your comics full of mystery and adventure and you love the worlds of H. Rider Haggard, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne, Edgar P. Jacobs and Hergé, then you'll want to read The Rainbow Orchid.
Set in the 1920s, it is a tale of the search for a mythical flower last mentioned by the ancient Greek philosopher and botanist, Theophrastus.
But why does the orchid also feature on a stone slab that may tell of a forgotten Vedic legend? Who was the mysterious stranger who brought one to a remote village in the Hindu Kush, populated by those who are said to be descended from Alexander the Great? And why does Urkaz Grope want the legendary Trembling Sword of Tybalt Stone at all costs?"
The Rainbow Orchid is traditional adventure at its best. Strong and simple storytelling with attractive and cinematic artwork, it enjoys a varied international readership of all ages and both sexes.
We are very excited about the release! The Rainbow Orchid story features fictional silent film star Lily Lawrence (who happens to be a good friend of the real silent film star Edna Purviance). While Edna is not a character in the story, she is mentioned in this beautifully drawn story. We hope Edna fans will take note and will look into adding this wonderful book to their collection.
While not about silent films, it is not often you find a comic set in the 1920s with a leading silent film character. We are truly looking forward to the release of The Rainbow Orchid with Egmont UK.
April 5, 2009 - Garen speaks with The Booksellers about The DFC and The Rainbow Orchid.
The Rainbow Orchid will be published in three volumes. It is beginning of a series of books about Julius Chancer. From Amazon, only available in the countries listed above, but maybe available else where from Amazon UK. At Amazon UK some credit cards may not be excepted, but you only will find out when ordering. Please be aware of changing exchange rates. Orders are not charged until the date of release, so current exchange rates do not apply. Watch for it at UK bookshops starting in August, but as said above, for online ordering, buy through Garen's Rainbow Orchid shop starting August 4th, 2009.
Update April 16th - While The Rainbow Orchid has a silent film star, Garen has featured another graphic novel with a story featuring Hollywood in the silent film era. The Adventures of Blanche by Rick Geary, is a story about a girl who adventures to Hollywood during the early days of silent pictures. It is one of many adventures in this unique graphic novel story.
UPDATE JUNE 1, 2009 - Interview with Garen Ewing (Garen's first podcast interview with Linda Wada - first podcast program.)