There are 38 issues of the A Distant Soil comic book, and four graphic novel collections from Image Comics.
A Distant Soil has sold more than 700,000 comics and 75,000 graphic novels in US, Spanish and Italian editions, for a total retail gross of more than $3,000,000.
The print series is on hiatus while creator Colleen Doran completes several graphic novel contracts for Dark Horse, and DC Comics/Vertigo.
Publication of A Distant Soil will resume in 2012, and the target date for completion of the entire series is 2014.
How often do you update the webcomic?
Why did you decide to make a webcomic?
To expand the audience, and to encourage people who read the work online to come to the official website.
I saw print editions of A Distant Soil back in the 1980′s. What happened to them?
A much earlier edition of the book was published by a defunct small press company, which attempted to claim all copyright and trademark interests in the work. When creator Colleen Doran left that publisher, she completely rewrote and redrew her series from scratch. None of the pages were used again.
A color edition of the new work was published by the long defunct Starblaze Graphics imprint. You can read about that here.
Colleen self published the series under her Aria Press imprint before moving to Image Comics with issue 15. All of the Starblaze/Aria Press material is collected in the Image Comics graphic novels.
What is collected in the A Distant Soil graphic novels?
* Volume 1: The Gathering (collects A Distant Soil #1-13, 240 pages, Image Comics, June 1999, ISBN 1887279512)
* Volume 2: The Ascendant (collects A Distant Soil #13-25, 240 pages, Image Comics, November 1998, ISBN 1582400180)
* Volume 3: The Aria (collects A Distant Soil #26-31, 164 pages, Image Comics, July 2001, ISBN 1582402019)
* Volume 4: The Coda (collects A Distant Soil #32-38, 184 pages, Image Comics, softcover, March 2006, ISBN 158240478X, hardcover, November 2005, ISBN 1582405255)
Where can I get copies of A Distant Soil Graphic Novels? Comics?
Many comic shops carry A Distant Soil or can order it for you. If you can’t get to a comic book shop, CLICK HERE and go to our Amazon.com store.
Is the Wikipedia entry about A Distant Soil accurate?
We don’t have any affiliation with Wikipedia, and don’t know where they get their info. At various times, we’ve noticed inaccurate information there, but we don’t keep track. If you see something that rings false, please bring it to our attention. Also, all material, no matter where published, is copyright and trademarked Colleen Doran.
Will there ever be an A Distant Soil movie?
A Distant Soil has repeatedly been optioned for film and television. Colleen has no open options at this time.
Where can I go for information about licensing A Distant Soil or other works by Colleen Doran?
Please request information about commercial licenses and options via Colleen’s agent:
Anderson Literary Management, LLC
12 W. 19th Street
New York, NY 10011
Tel: (212) 645-6045
Fax: (212) 741-1936
email: [email protected]
Can I write/draw A Distant Soil fanfic/fanart?
Colleen has no objection to your non-commercial fanfic or fanart. She is very happy you enjoy her work. Please don’t send fanfic directly to Colleen. She is not allowed to read it. If you would like a detailed explanation of our fanfic/fanart policy, GO HERE.
May I make A Distant Soil costumes?
Of course you may. Please send pics!
How do I get my work in the fan art gallery?
Just drop us a note via our CONTACT form. We are also working on a Member’s Only page which will allow us to put prose, exclusive art work, and fanfic behind a password protected filter. When we have this set up, we’ll announce it.
How do I register to comment?
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How do I get a nifty personal image to go on with blog comments?
Those neat pictures are called gravatars. CLICK HERE for instructions.
Do you use computers in your work?
All the A Distant Soil pages are drawn entirely by hand. Screen tones are classic Japanese tone sheets, also applied by hand. Colleen does not use any Poser programs or any other kind of digital aid. Almost all hatching and stippling is also by hand.
Most cover art is painted by hand, though some airbrush effects on later paintings are added by computer during production. Several character paintings are made entirely in Photoshop.
Sales of original art finance the creation of the book. Please consider adding original art from A Distant Soil to your collection! CLICK HERE.