EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: Roundeye: For Love by Tony HarrisA comics news article
One of the big announcements to come out of Emerald City Comic Con was that Tony Harris' long-in-development Roundeye: For Love has found a home at Image Comics. This is Harris' most personal project -- a love letter to his wife Stacey -- and one that he has been working on for over 12 years. Roundeye is also the artist's first venture into being the total creator of a comic book; he will write, draw, and color the entire series, including six fully painted covers.
Harris got the initial funding to produce preview pages from a Kickstarter campaign that generated well over the requested $10,000.00 donation. IDW was initially announced as the publisher, but the project has since moved to Image comics where it will be published in six issues in a square-bound, oversized Folio format similar to that pioneered by Frank Miller's 300.
Roundeye: For Love combines traditional Japanese storytelling and folklore with the aesthetic of Akira Kurosawa samurai films. Here is the series pitch from Harris' Kickstarter campaign:
"A mysterious , hulking white man known only as ROUNDEYE stumbles out of the jungle, and into the arms of a woman(Tulip) who is forbidden to all who know her. She is the wife of Roundeye's soon to be Master, Yoshitsuni, a fierce Samurai, who controls the region with an Iron fist and little mercy. Their cursed love affair produces a child that damns them both to fates they can't possibly imagine, ripping them apart and flinging their helpless souls to the farthest corners of the planet.
ROUNDEYE is left for dead, and his Tulip banished to a Brothel by her vengeful husband.
Yoshi, praying in his temple is approached by a Shinto underworld demon who offers him "SIGHT". An ability to "see" his opponents every move in battle before they make it, transforming Yoshi into an invincible and horrible man. His price? He must blind himself in return for the Dragons Claw, which contains it's eye, protected inside it's balled up fist. Yoshi, blinded, and able to see clearer than ever before amasses a blind Army of Samurai that ride the land wielding the Dragons Claw as their standard, unstoppable, and terrible.
ROUNDEYE is found by a retired swordsmith on the verge of death and nurses the Hulk back to health at the cost of his arm, which the Smith has replaced with an artificial limb. He gifts ROUNDEYE the last sword he created before retiring, and sends ROUNDEYE on a path to regain a love lost, twisting and turning on a blood-soaked road to the ultimate battle against Yoshitsuni's unstoppable army, with the hope of reuniting with his Tulip."
Tony Harris was kind enough to provide Comics Bulletin with some AMAZING preview art for Roundeye: For Love. Take a look at these pages, and you will see why Roundeye is one of the most anticipated comic books of the year.
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