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Rat Queens #2 Available Now!

Rat Queens #2 hits stands today and we are super lucky to have a pretty hilarious backup story written by Pat Rothfuss and illustrated by Nate Taylor.

I’m very proud of this issue. I’m always very critical of my work, but this is one of those times where I can feel confident with the final product. Owen Gieni has given the series new life for me. The process we go through each issue is much more involved. Since this issue in particular, we’ve sat down on the phone and broke story from scene to scene until we have the whole thing plotted. In that way, we’ve been able to make jokes stronger and plan for a tighter long game as we plant early seeds now.

I’m thrilled to be back with Rat Queens. I love it again.

I hope you do, too!

Kurtis

PS: That issue 2 B cover is a tribute to Larry Elmore’s classic Dragonlance piece.

Rat Queens Wednesday Webcomic #11: Identity

A new webcomic by Linda Sejic and me, with letters by Ryan Ferrier. Rat Queens #2 comes out April 12th!

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Rat Queens #1 Relaunch Sells Out! (Plus ECCC Thoughts)

It’s hard to believe how fast the time as blown past since we announced the return of Rat Queens back in November. Owen and I had been quietly working away on the series for a long time before the announcement, we’d finished a full issue and most of the second issue by that time. It was really difficult to keep it under wraps because I was SO fucking proud of what we were building.

It was almost therapy to launch Rat Queens at Emerald City Comicon this year. ECCC has always been a Rat Queens kind of crowd. It’s the place where I first noticed how much the fans loved the series, and more than that, they loved Violet, Dee, Hannah and Betty.

I was nervous about the convention this year. Almost paranoid, if I’m being honest. What would people think of the relaunch? And, foremost on my mind, what would people think of me?

To see so many happy faces, so many people genuinely happy we brought the series back, it was a huge relief. A highlight of the entire show was when I received a hand written letter from a reader who couldn’t get me to sign in person, and her friend delivered it. It was first thing in the morning, I was just setting up. I read it and I had to hold back the tears. It was such a beautiful thought for someone to take time to send me. And, if you’re reading this right now, you know who you are, and it meant the world to me that morning.

I’ve been home since Tuesday. I’ve recovered from the show. And now I’m sharing the news that Rat Queens #1 sold out and that we’re going back to another printing. It’s all so surreal.

So, this is a thank you. To the retailers, for continued faith in Rat Queens, to the readers who have loved these characters through everything, and to my publisher, friends and family, for believing in me.

I can’t wait for you to see everything Rat Queens has in store.

PS: Pat Rothfuss has a backup story in Issue #2, out April 12th. It’s super great.

(Pictured: Rat Queens #1 Second Printing [Left] and Rat Queens #2 Cover B [Right])

Rat Queens Wednesday Webcomic #10: Bad Omen (Late Post)

Forgot to post this to my website on Wednesday! Here’s the tenth webcomic by Sedona Parnham, Ryan Ferrier and me! Rat Queens returns March 1st!RQ_BadOmens.jpg

Rat Queens Wednesday Webcomic #9: Girls’ Night Out

A new webcomic by Stjepan Sejic, Ryan Ferrier and me!rq_girlsnightout

Rat Queens Wednesday Webcomic #8: Bedtime Stories with Braga

New weekly webcomic, this comic written by me, art by Will Kirkby, letters by Ryan Ferrier.ratqueens_bedtimestories

Rat Queens Wednesday Webcomic #7: Rat Queens Inc.

A new comic by me, Kyle Charles, Sweeney Boo, and Ryan Ferrier!

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Rat Queens Wednesday Webcomic #6: The Absent King

A side character surprise by Ben Rankel, Ryan Ferrier and me!rq_absentking

Rat Queens Wednesday Webcomic #4: Social Warrior

New Webcomic with art from Justin Osterling and letters by Ryan Ferrier.

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Rat Queens Wednesday Webcomic #3: Trippin’

A Betty webcomic by me and Sweeney Boo!rq_wc_trippin