Vault Comics, Tapas Media Partner for 'Heathen,' 'Songs for the Dead' Digital Comics

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The partnership will bring four of Vault's independent titles into Tapas' vertical digital comics platform.

Vault Comics, the independent publisher behind She Said Destroy, Wasted Space and Vagrant Queen, has partnered with Tapas Media to adapt four titles into digital comics intended for international online distribution, the companies announced Wednesday.

First to be adapted will be Natasha Alterici’s Heathen, which tells of a young female Viking warrior who comes out as queer, setting her on a collision course with the Norse gods themselves. The series, which has been critically acclaimed and named as one of the “Great Graphic Novels for Teens” by the Young Adult Library Service Association, is also currently being developed as a movie by Kerry Williamson and Catherine Hardwicke for Contantin Film and Prime Universe Films.

Future adaptations by Tapas will include the fantasy titles Songs for the Dead, The Necromancer’s Map and Sera and the Royal Stars.

Tapas has over 2 million unique readers monthly, collectively spending upwards of 70 million minutes per month on the platform.

"We’re incredibly excited for this opportunity to help distribute these stories in our signature vertical format," Tapas Media CEO Chang Kim said in a statement accompanying the announcement. "The stories that Vault and their storytellers are exploring align with our creative vision of telling stories that you can’t find anywhere else. We’re glad to be a digital home for these stories."

Added Vault Comics CEO and publisher Damian Wassel: "The creators of Heathen, Songs for the Dead and Sera and the Royal Stars are telling amazing stories that are beloved by their fans. By working with Tapas, we’re able to bring these stories to a whole new audience on a beautiful platform. I’m thrilled for this partnership."