Papercutz Announces 2018 Free Comic Book Day Offering, A Brand New ONLY LIVING BOY Story from David Gallaher and Steve Ellis
January 9, 2018

NEW YORK, New York — Leading graphic novel publisher Papercutz’s Free Comic Book Day 2018 title will be a new, never before published story featuring THE ONLY LIVING BOY by Harvey-award winning creators David Gallaher and Steve Ellis. Inspired by classic pulp novels, old-time radio broadcasts and Saturday morning cartoons, THE ONLY LIVING BOY has charmed readers, critics and librarians alike over the course of five critically acclaimed graphic novels. Now, in Papercutz’s Free Comic Book Day title THE ONLY LIVING BOY: UNDER THE LIGHT OF THE BROKEN MOON, Gallaher and Ells will delve into the secrets inside the laboratory of the sinister scientist Doctor Once.


“On Free Comic Book Day, new readers can dive into an action-packed adventure about an insect princess, a mermaid warrior,  and a young boy and his teddy bear,” said David Gallaher. “And fans of THE ONLY LIVING BOY graphic novels will discover the secrets of the Consortium and learn their wicked plans for the world of Chimerika.”

In THE ONLY LIVING BOY, 12-year old Erik Farrell runs away from home only to find himself without his memory, stranded on a patchwork planet with danger lurking around every corner. Every day is a struggle to survive. Erik quickly allies himself with Morgan, a mermaid warrior and Thea, a teenage princess from a mysterious insect race. He’ll need their help to escape the Dreaded Lord Baalikar and the evil Doctor Once and maybe, one day, find his way back home.


“Set after the events of THE ONLY LIVING BOY Volume 5, this stand alone story is the perfect jumping-on point for new readers,” said Papercutz Publisher Terry Nantier.


“I still remember how wonderful it was walking into my first comic shop, and Free Comic Book Day is such a great way to introduce new readers to comics. We’re delighted to be working with Papercutz to participate in the upcoming Free Comic Book Day,” noted Steve Ellis. “Our hope is that THE ONLY LIVING BOY will inspire a whole new generation of passionate, imaginative readers.”


The brainchild of Harvey award-winning creators David Gallaher, Steve Ellis and their studio Bottled Lightning, THE ONLY LIVING BOY has received both critical and fan acclaim since its launch. The Miami Herald wrote “Gallaher is a sharp and entertaining writer, and Ellis is an exciting and versatile illustrator. Their story is a real treat all around.”

HE ONLY LIVING BOY: UNDER THE LIGHT OF THE BROKEN MOON will be available for free at comic shops on May 5th 2018; check your local comic shops for availability.



The Harvey-nominated best-selling series returns in this all-new adventure. Erik is the only living boy on a dangerous patchwork planet. While he and his allies Thea and Morgan fight for their very survival, the dreaded Lord Baalikar, the fiendish Doctor Once, and the vile Consortium conspire, creating a plan that will have dire consequences for our heroes and their world. This daring adventure is the perfect introduction for the young and young-at-heart.

Rating: ALL-AGES

32pgs, FC            


Papercutz graphic novels for kids, tweens, and teens include a wide range of genres from humor, action adventure, mystery, and horror to favorite licensed characters. It is proud to be the only publisher exclusively dedicated to children’s graphic novels, working every day to introduce young readers to the imaginative wonders waiting to be discovered in comics. To find out more visit and follow @PapercutzGN on Twitter



Bottled Lightning has pioneered the landscape of modern comics. From their award-winning to work on High Moon to the ground-breaking work on Box 13, the studio has sparked new life and new excitement into a broad range of projects for The Walking Dead, Green Lantern, Dungeons & Dragons, MTV, and the New York City Police Department. Their featured projects include HIGH MOON, THE ONLY LIVING BOY, BOX 13, and BOX 13: THE PANDORA PROCESS.


Bottled Lightning is represented by Dara Hyde at the Hill Nadell agency. For continuing news on THE ONLY LIVING BOY 2018 FREE COMIC BOOK DAY SPECIAL and more from Bottled Lightning Studios, stay tuned to and follow @bottledlightning on Twitter.



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Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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