Todd Dezago and Mike Wieringo's "Tellos" series will be reprinted as a two-volume collection titled "The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute" to honor the legacy of the late artist. All proceeds from the sales of the reprinted volumes -- which will retail for $50 each and are currently available for pre-order -- will be donated to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Mike Wieringo was a comic book artist whose carrier in the industry began in 1992, when he contributed to DC Comics' "Justice League Quarterly" #11. Wieringo would go on to become an artist for such series as "The Flash" and "Sensational Spider-Man." He passed away in 2007.
In 1999, Wieringo published his first creator-owner work "Tellos" with writer Todd Dezago under the Image Comics label. "Tellos" follows a young boy named Jarek, who is pursued by the boy-wizard Malesur. Jarek is aided by Koj, his tiger companion; Serra, a swashbuckling pirate; Rikk, a fox thief; Brad, a dragon; and Tom, a turtle-wizard.
:The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute" continues the story of Jarek and crew as they reunite to stop the dreaded Sur-Azul, the leader of the sinister, subterranean nation of the Nether. Meanwhile, another creature called the Baden sweeps across the surface of their world, terrorizing cities and possessing their citizens.
According to the official series description,
The Mike Wieringo TELLOS Tribute is a 500 page, original graphic novel presented in two over-size, hardcover volumes. It features the artwork of over 200 of the comics industry’s most popular and talented artists and is dedicated to the memory of late artist, Mike Wieringo, with all proceeds from this project being donated to the ASPCA in Mike’s name.
Three years in the making, the Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute continues the adventures of characters made popular in the original Tellos series created by Mike and writer Todd Dezago and published by Image Comics. They are; Jarek—a young hero with magikal abilities he does not yet understand, Koj—a tiger-warrior who is both Jarek’s partner and protector, Serra—the young pirate queen who finds herself somehow linked to these two reluctant heroes and, Rikk—the fox-thief bent on finding his fortune but, more often than not, finds trouble instead.
In this tale, they are reunited to stop the dread Sur-Azal, the ruthless leader of the denizens of Nether, slithering, scuttling creatures that dwell far beneath the lands of Tellos. As Sur-Azal and his minions move to make Tellos habitable once more for his primordial brethren, other dark creatures called The Baden sweep across the many kingdoms, terrorizing and possessing the bodies of the population.
Produced by a dazzling array of Mike’s friends, fans, and colleagues, the Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute is dedicated to the memory of this kind, caring, and talented artist and friend.
PLEASE NOTE: In an attempt to insure that all monies go to the ASPCA, we have made this a very limited offer; The two volumes — shipping in June and September of this year — are unique in that they will only be offered in this format ONE TIME and ONE TIME ONLY. These exclusive books WILL NOT be available in any stores. The only way to order the Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute is here, on this website. Once initial ordering is done, it’s done. This means ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
The two volumes will run approximately 500 pages and include art from over 200 artists, such as Stan Sakai and Mark McKenna. The books are part of an extremely limited run, with printing scheduled only for June and September of this year. The volumes will not be available in-store and can only be ordered through the books' accompanying website.
The "Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute" can be pre-ordered until April 10. The books will arrive in June.