I’m Erik Mona, Paizo’s Publisher. As of today, I’m also a comic book writer. That’s because today marks the official newsstand release of Pathfinder Origins #1, the kick-off issue of a brand new series of Pathfinder comics from our partners at Dynamite.
Pathfinder Origins #1 reveals a blood-splattering tale of Valeros the fighter before he met up with Seoni, Ezren, and the rest, long before venturing to Varisia and engaging in the adventures detailed in our comic series so far. This first adventure features the fighter’s earliest run-in with the barbarian Amiri, who has never previously appeared in a Pathfinder comic.
Future issues of Pathfinder Origins release monthly, with each issue focusing on an early adventure of one of six familiar heroes (Seoni the sorcerer, Merisiel the rogue, Kyra the cleric, Ezren the wizard, and Harsk the ranger). Each stand-alone story features a run-in with an iconic adventurer new to comics, including Seelah the paladin, Lini the druid, Sajan the monk, Lem the bard, and Seltiyel the magus.
My favorite aspect of Pathfinder Origins is the scripts—and not just because I wrote two of them! Fellow authors on the series include my Paizo colleagues and friends F. Wesley Schneider, our fearless Editor-in-Chief, and James L. Sutter, our Managing Editor and the genius behind the Pathfinder Tales fiction line (and a novelist of no little skill).
Wes, James, and I were all instrumental in the creation of the Pathfinder world and its many iconic characters, and I can speak for all of us when I say it’s been a joy to tell these exciting stories in the comics format.
Art on Pathfinder Origins is handled by a variety of talented illustrators, including Leandro Oliveira (Pathfinder: City of Secrets), Kevin Stokes (Pathfinder: Night on the Town), and Tom Garcia (Hellraiser). Each issue has several cover options, including covers by Stjepan Sejic (Rat Queens), Andrew Huerta (Pathfinder), and more.
The first issue features interior art by Tom Garcia, and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. I hope you like it, too! Here are a few preview pages to set the scene.