Th3rd World Studios – New All-Ages series Thanatos Diver serializing for FREE online


For Immediate Release


May 12th, 2015 – Gaithersburg, Maryland — Th3rd World Studios is following our hit, NY Times Bestselling series THE STUFF OF LEGEND and critically acclaimed fantasy graphic novel FINDING GOSSAMYR with a new fun filled adventure title, THANATOS DIVER, sure to please fans of any age. The series, which was released internationally on this year’s Free Comic Book Day, follows a young girl named Samantha on an underwater treasure hunting adventure that leads her to a strange and exciting uncharted world. With only a week under its belt, this exciting new story is already drawing high praise from retailers and news outlets alike.

“…bright and fun, and provides plenty of underwater intrigue while firmly grounding itself in the emotional lives of its characters.”


“Th3rd World’s offering might be easy to gloss over, but you’re only cheating yourself if you do. Thanatos Diver […] is both charming and instantly captivating.”

“As big fans of Th3rd World’s THE STUFF OF LEGEND, we’re always excited for new projects from them. Their new series, THANATOS DIVER, captures the whimsy and wonder of THE LEGEND OF ZELDA and STUDIO GHIBLI films in a way that no other American comic has.”

— Steve Anderson, Third Eye Comics

The series is created by Archaia alumni and best pals Nick Tapalansky and Alex Eckman-Lawn (Awakening, Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 2). Their mutual love of old school video games and a healthy dose of classic anime and manga was a huge inspiration for the series. THANATOS DIVER will be serialized for FREE every Tuesday and Thursday at For fans who can’t wait to read ahead, completed chapters can also be purchased digitally (DRM FREE) before wrapping up on the website via ComiXology or the Th3rd World Studios website. Completed chapters will eventually be collected and released in incredibly handsome and irresistible print books you can use to impress your friends.


“It isn’t much of a surprise that Nick and I share a lot of the same nerdy passions, or that we’re still twelve at heart, so you can see loves of that era in the DNA of this book. It’s like The Legend of Zelda and Bone got together and Studio Ghibli came to film the show, you know?” said artist Alex Eckman-Lawn.

thanatoscover“Samantha is bored out of her skull. She lives on an island, her entire world is covered in ocean, and she’s explored pretty much every crusty corner of the sunken city that surrounds her home. She’s just about accepted a tedious, excitement-free life when a contest with a rival diver sends her deep into the sunken city’s forbidden zone where she discovers a pathway to a world more exciting and dangerous than anything she’s ever imagined–a world full of uncharted lands, mysterious creatures, and the mythical Thanatos Diver who, depending on the teller, is rumored to either save both worlds or destroy them…”

Th3rd World Studios co-publisher Jon Conkling: “When we received the pitch for Thanatos Diver we were pretty blown away by the world that Nick and Alex had pitched to us. I know that it sounds like a broken record, but I couldn’t help but remember the feeling I had when I first started playing Wind Waker. “

The series already has the first 13 pages preloaded with regular updates to begin today, so suit up and start your dive into adventure!

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