Fantastic Creatures and Family Secrets in SHUTTER

October 15, 2014

A former girl-adventurer gets drawn back into the field in November graphic novel

Adventure is Kate Kristopher’s heritage. For generations, Kristophers have faced danger and laughed their heads off. But after her father’s death, Kate leaves it behind. She wants a regular life, and in SHUTTER VOLUME 1: WANDERLOST, she thinks she has it. However, if a Kristopher won’t go find adventure, it will find her.

In the November urban fantasy graphic novel by Joe Keatinge (GLORY) and Leila del Duca, a revelation about Kate’s family draws her back into the life she was raised for, leading her into a mystery darker and more dangerous than any she’s encountered before.

Set in a world where mythical creatures and rusty automatons alike are everyday “people,” where anthropomorphic animal bounty hunters do deals in back alleys and argue Tarantino-style in record stores, SHUTTER gives artist del Duca the opportunity to amaze with her stand-out character designs and knock-out action sequences. Owen Gieni gives the art richness and depth with his bold coloring.

Throughout the story, however, the focus remains on Kate. In an interview at Paste Magazine writer Keatinge related his thoughts about a panel showing his heroine riding the subway with a minotaur: “When I saw that, I was like ‘We got it,’” he said. “And it’s not just because there’s a minotaur there and a space guy there, but there’s all this crazy sh** there and you’re still drawn to Kate, and you still feel Kate’s emotion. That’s one of my favorite things that Leila does. No matter how absurd the sh** that I write is, she’ll zero in on Kate. Her emotions are real and that makes it work.”

SHUTTER VOLUME 1: WANDERLOST will be in comic book stores on November 12 and in bookstores on November 25. It is specially priced at just $9.99 and available now for pre-order.

SHUTTER VOLUME 1: WANDERLOST by Joe Keatinge, Leila del Duca and Owen Gieni

  • ISBN 978-1-63215-145-2
  • Diamond Comic order code SEP140652
  • 136 pages, paperback, full color
  • $9.99
  • In comic book stores November 12, bookstores November 25
  • Rated Mature
  • Collects SHUTTER #1-6
  • Retailers, librarians, and reviewers may request a PDF galley from Jennifer de Guzman, Director of Trade Book Sales,

Praise for SHUTTER:

“Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca understand that there are no inherent limits on imagination in comics and have embraced that principle in Shutter. Together they have crafted one of the strangest and most exciting comic debuts of 2014.” –Chase Magnett,

“This is the kind of comic that makes independent, creator-owned series the best in the market today. Corporate comics would find it impossible to handle this much creativity, this much crazy, in one series, and yet Shutter does it with style. Keatinge is a writer who understands what makes his characters interesting and whose imagination makes the book a joy to look at, because Del Duca’s rendering of the script is pure magic.” –Cody Mudge, Capeless Crusader

“...del Duca's world-building is fantastic, in every sense of the word. She stretches her visual imagination in the action scenes…” –Jennifer Cheng, Comic Book Resources

Shutter is right up there with the best in the industry…” –David Melton, Coming Up Comics