Image Comics has announced that Tooth & Claw, the new series by Kurt Busiek, Benjamin Dewey, Jordie Bellaire and John Roshell of Comicraft, will undergo a title change starting with its second issue. Now called The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw, the series will also receive a second printing of the debut issue with the new title on the front.
"The launch of our new series has gone beautifully," Busiek said in a statement. "We couldn't be happier. Well, maybe just a little happier. I'm still not sure how we managed to screw up the trademark search. But as it turns out, the title we thought was clear for use is in fact registered to someone else, which is embarrassing as all hell. Oops.
"So as of #2, the book will be titled The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw, and we'll do our best to make sure people won't miss it on the racks, or think it's some wholly-different series," he continued. "As you'll see, we did make sure the logo will still be recognizable to the readers who snapped up #1."
This isn't the first time in recent memory a publisher has been forced to alter a comic's name due to a trademark conflict: Vertigo's FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics was originally called Collider, and changed titles for the same reason as The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw.
Busiek explained the concept of the autumnlands is "central to how the series works and is going to progress." An alternate cover by Skottie Young is also set for the series' third issue.
The second printing of The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw #1 hits Jan. 7. The second issue is available now.