Hope everyone had a great holiday, up to and including Groundhog Day and Super Bowl Sunday. Many thanks to those who pre-ordered the Anywhere Key. We received the signed tags from Gabe last week – the man has a very cool autograph, if we do say – and those keys started shipping Friday in the order that pre-orders were placed. We hope to see the last keys off on Wednesday.That’s the update, which leads to a bit of news: We’ll be marking keys temporarily sold out and taking a little bit of downtime over the next few weeks as we welcome Skelton Crew junior. As soon as everyone is settled (and sleeping) we’ll open sales back up with the kick-off of the new Legacy Edition Shadow Key. That’s still tentatively set for the end of the month; we’ll drop a quick note when it’s ready. That’s the news, which leads to opinions, but not ours. We want to hear from you. I’d like to make the next key a fan choice between the Beast Key and the Mending Key. (Beast is the sword-like key on the cover of February, Mending opens the healing medicine cabinet.) Honestly, I can’t wait to tackle both of them, and I’m sure I will, but I’d love to hear what you’d like, so please, drop me an e-mail by Feb. 14. Majority wins.
I’m also interested in gauging interest in a very limited, made to order life-size Giant Key. You could probably guess that it wouldn’t be inexpensive, but it would be pretty cool.Have a great few weeks. I think mine will be a happy blur. Israel
Man, I ate too much.
I know it may have felt like a long delay to some but I’m happy to say that we plan to open the pre-order window for the Anywhere Key in the next 10 days. It’ll stay open for two weeks, with Locke & Key’s own amazing Gabriel Rodriguez autographing all of the pre-order tags. With transit time to Chile and back, we can’t guarantee a Christmas delivery, but we’ll get them out the door as soon as possible.
Speaking of transit time, please check out our FAQ page for information about international shipping and whether Gabe can sign any other keys while he’s at it. (OK, maybe we’ll just head off the latter right here: He’s a busy guy, so unfortunately, no.) And for a full reveal of how truly nerdy I am, check out this kind piece by the Bangor Daily News’ Emily Burnham. Yes, I really did try making Wolverine’s claws out of blueberry rakes as a kid.
But, that’s not all.
On this Black Friday eve, we also wanted to let you know some news we’ve been sitting on for a bit:
The Ghost Key is back. Sort of.
In December we’ll also debut the new Legacy Edition Ghost Key, an updated sculpt with hollowed eyes and that same antique silver finish. Ever since we secured the license this summer, a lot of fans have contacted us disappointed that they haven’t been able to find the sold out San Diego Comic Con exclusive Ghost Key. We hope this new version satisfies them without stepping on the toes of those fortunate 500. It’s in a long velvet bag and won’t be numbered, further setting it apart from the SDCC key. Pre-orders for it start the same day as the Anywhere. We’ll drop a very quick note the day before they go live online.
I know today I’m thankful for friends, family and everyone who’s been so supportive. Now, to fall asleep watching the Bond marathon on Syfy.Israel
The Con exclusive Ghost Key from Joe Hill's comic "Locke & Key" sold really well at the IDW booth. Joe had some long lines, both to sign the key tag and his other works. It was great to be a part of that.
Joe revealed during his Con panel a project I couldn't talk about before that kept me busy from January to June: building a life-sized Ghost Door from his comic. It was a surprise birthday gift for him from his wife. Hopefully, photos to come on Joe's site. I'll let him show it off first.
Jill Pantozzi covered his panel for Comic Book Resources, which includes a nice shout-out - thanks, Joe & Jill - and a sweet recap of the "Lost" panel, with teases.
I've finished rough prototypes of the Anywhere Key, with graphics help from Mike St. Germain, and the Head Key. Check out a photo below, or come check it out in person next month. I'll be at BangPop! again. The convention will be bigger and better than last year: Sept. 19-20 at the Bangor Civic Center.If you're inclined, the Sun Journal, my local newspaper, did a Q&A write-up on me in advance of the Con where I share a little about how I got my start making props and my two biggest fears. (Thank you, Peter Benchley.) Israel