Ahoy Comics is delaying the release of ASH AND THORN #1 and BILLIONAIRE ISLAND #2 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The press release follows:

Media Release -- Ahoy Comics announced that they would delay the publication of two of their upcoming titles in light of the global pandemic affecting businesses worldwide. The debut issue of Ash & Thorn (FEB201416), a story about a septuagenarian who becomes the reluctant savior of the world, will be delayed from 4/1 until 4/29. In addition, the release of Billionaire Island #2 (FEB201417), the second issue in the darkly satirical series about billionaires escaping to a floating island, will be delayed from 4/8 to 4/15.

"This is the first time in Ahoy's history that a title has been delayed," said Editor-in-Chief Tom Peyer, "and obviously we're disappointed that our readers will have to wait a little longer to see old ladies kicking apocalyptic ass and billionaires getting their much-deserved comeuppance— but these are unusual times. We're facing some rocky seas as a community right now, but we'll get through this storm together!"

"To be clear, Ahoy is not suspending operations," said freelance Ops Director Stuart Moore. "We're delaying the launch of Ash & Thorn in order to give this unique new title a chance to find its audience, and we're moving Billionaire Island #2 in order to space out our new releases better. We recognize that some retailers want new product, while others are asking for a slowdown of shipments. That's the needle we'll be threading in the weeks to come."

Kit Caoagas, Ahoy's Marketing Associate, added that "our thoughts are with our retail partners, comic shops, and bookstores as well as our readers during this difficult and strange time. We would especially love to hear from retailers to see what more we can do to support them as we all adapt to this seismic shift in the market and our lives. We'll be working closely with Diamond in the weeks ahead."

"We know that fans will have a lot of questions about what this means moving forward," said AHOY Comics Publisher Hart Seely. "Like the rest of you, we're still working on figuring out what the future looks like. But we also know that we'll all need art and stories and humor now more than ever, so we're doing our very best to steer this ship through the stormy waters and make sure our readers can continue to expect more from us. After all, those hell-demons and greedy cartoon billionaires aren't going to kick their own asses!"