72 children enroll, but only SEVEN will graduate alive..
Shelbyville, KY — October 4, 2022 — Joseph Schmalke and CEX Publishing are launching a new series: Seven Years in Darkness, and attendees at New York Comic-Con will get their first look thanks to an Ashcan being sold at the convention. SEVEN YEARS IN DARKNESS tells the story of the first group of students to enter a wizarding school in over a hundred years. 72 children are selected for the new class, but only seven will graduate, alive.
Joseph Schmalke is the Co-Publisher of Black Caravan and a comics creator, writer, and illustrator residing in Westbrook, Maine. Joe is the artist and writer on several comic book titles including: THE INFERNAL PACT, CHERRY BLACKBIRD, PHANTOM STARKILLER (with Peter Goral), WE DON’T KILL SPIDERS, THE ELECTRIC BLACK (With Rich Woodall), and MURDER HOBO (With Jason Lynch).
“Seven Years In Darkness breaks with some horror taboos where children could die in a high fantasy winner-takes-all situation.” Schmalke said. “A group of kids are forced into the academy of Black Magic and while seventy-two enter only seven will leave alive. CEX took a bold move picking up this book and I’m excited to partner with them as they are run by some of best creators in the industry.”
SEVEN YEARS IN DARKNESS: YEAR ONE is a four-issue miniseries released bi-monthly. SEVEN YEARS IN DARKNESS #1 will feature three covers from JOSEPH SCHMALKE and BILL SIENKIEWICZ (Elektra: Assassin, Stray Toasters, New Mutants) and will be included as part of Diamond and Lunar Distribution’s December catalogs and will be available in stores this March.
“When Joe pitched me on Seven Years in Darkness, as an evil version of Harry Potter meets Battle Royale, where 72 kids begin the program, but only 7 survive, I was in.” Andy Schmidt, Publisher CEX Publishing. “This series kept me on my feet, with all the twists and turns, as the series progressed. I can’t wait for audiences to read it for themselves.”
Attendees of New York Comic Con will have an opportunity to get an advanced look at SEVEN YEARS IN DARKNESS as an Ashcan version of issue 1 printed specifically for the show. Copies of this limited-edition ashcan are priced at $10 and available at Table B14 in Artist Alley. New York Comic Con takes place October 6-9, 2022, for more information including how to buy tickets, visit newyorkcomiccon.com.
Joe will be appearing at the following panels at NYCC:
Visual Storytelling Basics for Comic Books
Thu, Oct 6, 2022 • 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
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SEVEN YEARS IN DARKNESS #1