Kevin Costner & John Baird, Illustrated by Rick Ross

The Explorer's Guild: A Passage to Shambhala

New York Times Bestseller

“A paean to old-fashioned tales of dashing, daredevilish derring-do.” — Entertainment Weekly

From the visionary Academy Award-winning director, producer and actor Kevin Costner: a thrilling and innovative new serialized illustrated adventure reminiscent of Conrad and Kipling, with the epic sweep of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and The Raiders of The Lost Ark.  The Explorers Guild combines captivating storytelling with sumptuous imagery to deliver a literate, wholly entertaining multi-book adventure — and an opportunity for an exciting publishing event.

Behind the staid rooms of an old world gentlemen's club operates a darker, more mysterious organization: The Explorers Guild, a clandestine group of rogue adventurers whose missions reveal the places in which light gives way to shadow and reason is usurped by myth. The secrets of this second world, like a dark mirror behind everyday experience, are hidden in mountain ranges and lost in deserts, sunken in the ocean floor and lodged deep in polar ice. The aim of The Explorer's Guild: to discover the mysteries that lie beyond the boundaries of the known world.

Set against the backdrop of World War I, with Western Civilization on the edge of an existential precipice, the first installment in The Explorers Guild series, A Passage to Shambhala, concerns the Guild's quest to find the golden city of Buddhist myth. Each member is driven toward the City for a different reason: one believes that finding it will save his brother's life; another hopes that it will reveal a path to spiritual enlightenment. Some believe the power of the city can be used to restore peace, while others are certain that Shambhala is responsible for bringing mankind to the brink of apocalypse.

The search will take us from the Polar North to the Mongolian deserts, through the underground canals of Asia to deep into the Himalayas, before the City finally divulges its secrets and the globe-spanning journey plays out to its startling conclusion.

Defined by acts of daring and wild ambition, cruelty and subterfuge, and ultimately a greater understanding of the human spirit, this series is a rare publishing opportunity, powered by the creative passion and extraordinary promotional strength of one of our generation's true storytelling renegades.  

Kevin Costner is an internationally renowned filmmaker. Considered one of the most critically acclaimed and visionary storytellers of his generation, Costner has produced, directed, and/or starred in such memorable films as Dances with Wolves, JFK, The Bodyguard, Field of Dreams, Tin Cup, Bull Durham, Open Range, Hatfields & McCoys, and Black or White, among many others. He has been honored with two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and an Emmy Award. 
Jon Baird is the author/illustrator of the novels Day Job and Songs from Nowhere Near the Heart. He is a codeveloper, with Kevin Costner, of the Horizon miniseries. 

 Rick Ross is an artist and filmmaker whose first widely recognized work in graphic fiction was illustrating the Image Comics series Urban Monsters. He was the lead artist for the graphic novelization of Spike TV’s 1000 Ways to Die, and he has also created artwork for numerous animated motion comics, including for the Cinemax television series Femme Fatales. He publishes the online graphic fiction anthology Agitainment Comics. 

Published by Atria Books in 2015.

More praise for The Explorer’s Guild: A Passage to Shamhala:
“With its colorful cast, exotic locales, and intertwined fates, the book slowly addicts. A rousing throwback whose spinning plates never stop, even at the end.” — Kirkus Reviews
“The Explorers Guild is a rare publishing opportunity, powered by the creative passion of one of the world’s true storytelling masters, Kevin Costner.” — Bookreporter