Spiral of Bones is Here!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The newest entry in the exciting saga of Pathfinder comics hits the web and comic book stores tomorrow. This issue, Spiral of Bones #1, not only kicks off a gripping new five-part storyline, but it also marks the Pathfinder comics debut of our very own Crystal Frasier!

She's already done a few interviews with external media sites, like Comic Crusaders, Major Spoilers, First Comics News, and Know Direction. But these are mostly aimed toward the general comic fan rather than readers already familiar with Pathfinder, its characters, and its world. I sat down with Crystal to ask a few questions that seemed particularly pressing for existing Pathfinder fans—a paizo.com exclusive!

As a Pathfinder developer, you have a wide breadth of knowledge about the setting, its characters, and its ongoing plots. What inspired you to write this story, set here, and involving these characters?

I love the ways that roleplaying game settings are unique from other fictional settings, and one of the big ways that Pathfinder is so unique is the lackadaisical nature of death. Heroes come back from the dead all the time—all you need is a diamond and a friendly cleric. But what kind of world does that give you in practice, and what's death like while you're there? Valeros gets to look at that up close, and as our most... non-miraculous iconic, he's the perfect audience insert for encountering and reacting to this planar weirdness, while getting some of it explained for the lay fighter or casual reader.

Kaer Maga creator and former Paizo editor, James L. Sutter, makes a cameo appearance in a crowd on the opening page of this issue. What other Easter eggs can fans of Pathfinder and Paizo hope to find in this or later issues in the series?

There are a few here and there in the first issue, but none quite as big as Sutter grinning at the camera like a film extra. The remainder for issue 1 are mostly nods to fun setting elements, like the goblin love of pickles or classic cloaker paranoia. We get a little more free with the cameos in book 2; once Valeros is wandering around the afterlife we get to have a little fun by dropping in other characters from previous comics—many of them killed by or near Valeros.

This story arc features some crazy locations, certainly the most bizarre settings the comics have yet explored. Which was more fun: writing Kaer Maga or writing the Boneyard?

Why would you make me choose like that? I can definitely say that I am sad I didn't get to write more of Kaer Maga proper, as we move on pretty quickly from that very unique and interesting setting. I only really get to scratch the surface of a city varied enough for a whole series, and I hope I get the chance to revisit in the future. Until then, man, the Boneyard was a ton of fun to write!

One of this issue's variant covers and the comic's story itself feature Valeros and iconic inquisitor Imrijka engaged in some, shall we say, "adult activities." What's the story behind this pairing?

Imrijka and Valeros have been a popular fan relationship since we first introduce Imrijka in the Advanced Player's Guide, and they're one of the few relationships between iconics anyone has really talked about beyond Kyra and Merisiel. They're both fairly energetic and physical, but feel healthier being uncommitted, and neither are the type to judge someone at first glance. Plus, I honestly just think they make a cute couple. Or at least cute "friends with benefits," at any rate.

Thanks to Crystal for taking the time to answer these pressing questions!

"Pathfinder: Spiral of Bones #1" hits comic store shelves tomorrow and is part of your ongoing Pathfinder comic subscription here on paizo.com. In addition to the main Spiral of Bones story, this and all other issues in the series include a backup Starfinder story called "Helping Hands" by Paizo Chief Creative Officer and Publisher, Erik Mona, a Pathfinder RPG rules appendix, and a pullout poster map.

For fans in the greater Seattle area (or with the disposable time and income to make last-minute travel arrangements), Crystal will be doing an in-store signing at Outsider Comics & Geek Boutique in Fremont, tomorrow evening, March 21, from 5–7 PM. Don't miss it!

Mark Moreland
Franchise Manager

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Why do I get a sneaking suspicion that Valeros will be repaying Chogar those six coins at the end of this series?

Silver Crusade

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I look forward to it.


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Really looking forward to it!

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Sweet! I can’t wait to read this ^w^

Grand Lodge

As soon as I saw this post I immediately messaged my comic store to add this series to my box. I do realize the above post is an interview with Crystal Frasier but I couldn't find any mention of who did the art or writing. The post makes it look like Crystal did the whole thing. At the Dynamite site I found:
Writer: Crystal Frasier (main), Erik Mona (backup)
Art: Tom Garcia (main), Diego Galindo (backup)
It could be just me, but who the writers and artists are determine which comics I buy. I found it odd that the artist's names were left out of this post.
Also, are the writers and artists names not on the cover? Was this a conscious decision?
Just me griping. Seriously I saw Crystal Frasier and comi... ordered.


Cool sample. Glad to see it.


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These comics have been surprising me with how good they are from Day One... and improving with every series.

So, you know... welcome aboard the comic train, Crystal, I have supreme faith that you'll keep raising the bar!

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senshi_shinri_teki wrote:

As soon as I saw this post I immediately messaged my comic store to add this series to my box. I do realize the above post is an interview with Crystal Frasier but I couldn't find any mention of who did the art or writing. The post makes it look like Crystal did the whole thing. At the Dynamite site I found:

Writer: Crystal Frasier (main), Erik Mona (backup)
Art: Tom Garcia (main), Diego Galindo (backup)
It could be just me, but who the writers and artists are determine which comics I buy. I found it odd that the artist's names were left out of this post.
Also, are the writers and artists names not on the cover? Was this a conscious decision?
Just me griping. Seriously I saw Crystal Frasier and comi... ordered.

That was my bad. Since the post was going up here, where people are familiar with Crystal, I focused the article on her rather than the artists. Dynamite is inconsistent about putting author/artist names on their covers, and we leave that decision up to them on a case by case basis. They have included author names on past Pathfinder covers, so I don't know why or if it was a conscious decision in this case.


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I spy a Sutter in the crowd on page 1! Nice.


The goblin with the pickles is adorable! I'll have to add this to my order.


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I notice that you're not listing the incentive covers anymore on Paizo.com. Can I ask if that's an oversight? Or a change of policy?


This issue was awesome. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

Scarab Sages

I always flip to the back, first, to check out the battle map, so I saw the variant 'Valrijka' (or is it Imrijros?) cover, with them 'sparring'.

Oh, yes.
Yes indeed.


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I rather enjoyed Merisel's reaction... and then Imrijka's reaction to the reaction, and Merisel's reaction to THAT reaction...

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