Fifteen-year-old Silveo staggers home after an ill-advised assassination attempt against Prince Leopaard Maijha. Silveo is not handling the experience well, and he’s not sure how his mentor, Malpin, will receive him. Things don’t get any easier when it turns out that Malpin is entertaining a lady.

"Professionals" is a short story about characters from The Guild of the Cowry Catchers series--a dark, nautical fantasy, set in the world of Panamindorah. The story takes place 14 years before the main events of Cowry Catchers.

Content Warning

Cowry Catchers and related stories contain mature content--sex, violence, characters of all sexual orientations. This comic is for grown-ups only. If you need to ask whether you will be offended, you probably will.

Who is the artist?

Sarah (Rah) Cloutier. She is also Abbie's cover artist, the illustrator for the original Cowry Catchers books and for the Feeding Malachi books. Rah was one of the artists for a comic called Metanoia many years ago.

Is this Comic Ongoing?

Nope. Both Rah and I decided we had bitten off more than we could chew with this project. However, Issue 0 ("Professionals") is a complete short story that stands alone. It is a prequal to the Cowry Catchers novels. In addition, the comic version of chapter 1 is complete and sets up the novels.

These books were originally illustrated (before the comic ever existed). You can still find many of the illustrations free online if you look in my Pinterest and Tumblr. The Art of Cowry Catchers artbook (hardcover and PDF) displays them all beautifully in one place with some context and some special content created exclusively for the art book. This is completely aside from the comic. It's a separate thing.

Does this story exist in other forms?

Cowry Catchers was a series of illustrated novels, a series of podcasts, and a full length audio book before we tried the comic. "Professionals" also exists in these forms. Go here to learn more.

Is there a paper version of the comic?

There is a paper version of "Professionals."

More questions?

You can contact me at abigail dot hilton at gmail dot com or on any of the social media platforms below.