If technology didn’t exist at the level we now experience it, many devices we’re used to would seem like magic to us. For example, if someone in the Middle Ages pulled out an iPhone, anyone seeing it wouldn’t have any idea how it works.
Well, in Raphael Moran’s latest comic TechnoMancer, that’s something of the trade’s basic premise. The set-up is a little different, though. The book will hit comics shops this month!
The Dark is the story of Daniel Abbot, a brilliant young scientist on the fringes of the establishment and the creator of Memetech – a technology that encodes information and memories into a liquid form, allowing anyone to drink the information.
Terrified that his invention will be used for military purposes he decides to destroy his research, but not before he takes one last trip … with disastrous results.
Vampires are all the rage at the moment, which is probably why Tony Lee and Peter-Davis Douglas and Neil Antwerpen have cooked up a sequel to the original Dracula tale called From The Pages of Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Harker.
A ghostly visit from the past informs Jonathan Harker that the legacy of Count Dracula isnâ€™t over, for there was one last bride, the Countess Von Gratz, otherwise known as the Countess Dracule, a Vampire never seen in the classic novel â€“ and she intends to travel to London to reap revenge on the people who killed her late husband, as well as take for her own nefarious means the unborn child of Mina and Jonathan Harker.
According to Tony Lee, this is the first graphic novel sequel to get approval from the Stoker family.
â€˜We are honoured to have people such as Dacre Stoker, Ian Holt and Leslie Klinger involved in our book, if only in a small way.â€™ Said Harry Markos, publisher of AAM/Markosia. â€˜Tony met with Leslie in January, then Dacre and Ian in New York in February, and since then theyâ€™ve been incredibly helpful and supportive of our project. With so many â€˜sequelsâ€™ out there that have no loyalty to the original book, itâ€™s great that a book that does stay faithful to its source material gets such a windfall.â€™
Take the jump for a sneak peek of the series that arrives in October.
AAM/Markosia has announced a new Starship Troopers one-shot called War Stories: Tasch, that arrives in stores in December 2008.Â War Stories: Tasch is written by Cy Dethan with art by Neil van Antwerpen and Peter-David Douglas.
Cy Dethan explains, “‘War Stories: Tasch’ is essentially an “origin” piece. Before signing up for Pathfinder training, Private Naomi Tasch was a specialised sniper, working alongside a Mk-II combat Neodog. Neodogs are genetically and cybernetically altered animals with enhanced intelligence and physical attributes, linked to their handlers through a complex set of implants. During a full-scale planetary evacuation, Tasch’s Neodog partner goes missing and she puts her career and life on the line to find him. In doing so, she demonstrates the loyalty, single-mindedness and raw brilliance that will one day make a Pathfinder out of her.”
(San Diego, CA)Â For one generation of fans, he is “The King of Memphis” and the guy who slapped Andy Kaufman on Late Night with David Letterman. For another generation of fans, he is the diva-obsessed voice of WWE Monday Night Raw. Now this Hall of Famer looks to add another title to his already impressive resumeâ€¦.
Another comic publisher is looking to the web to attract new readers as AAM/Markosia has announced it has formed a new web comic division, and will feature Baby Boomers and Digging for Apples as its two kick-off titles.
“I am extremely excited by these two new properties,” says publisher Harry Markos. “They are in complete contrast to anything we’ve ever done before. ‘Baby Boomers’ is hilarious, I can only describe it as ‘two babies beating the crap out of each other when their parents aren’t looking!’ ‘Digging For Apples’ is our first foray into Manga — something I have been keen to explore for a while now. Donna Stewart has come up with an amazing story drawn in that style, but in full and lush color.”
The company says the stories will be collected for print once the web run has ended.
If you happen to be in London this weekend (May 24 and 25), and are attending the London MCM Expo, check out what AAM/Markosia is offering.
Markosia will be selling many trades for Â£4 each or 3 for Â£10, and most newer trades will be 50% off. The high profile independent publisher will also feature the following creators signing at the booth most of the weekend:
Rich Johnston (Flying Friar, Lying in the Gutters)
Annika Eade (Dark Mists)
Ian Sharman (11th Hour, Kong: King of Skull Island, Flying Friar)
Tony Lee (Hope Falls, Midnight Kiss, Starship Troopers, and many more!)
Dan Boultwood (Hope Falls)
Cy Dethan (Starship Troopers)
Andy Briggs (Kong: King of Skull Island)
You can also catch publisher Harry Marko at the show talking it up with fans.
What’s that saying? You can’t keep a good man down? Such is the case with Lazarus, the brand new title from AAM/Markosia, publishers of King Kong, Startship Troopers, and The Boy Who Made Silence.
Publisher Harry Markos, states, “I am very excited about this title, which I am confident is going to attract a ton of positive reviews. Joseph’s script is amazing, you can see almost immediately that this is no ordinary take on the Lazarus story but something quite unique and remarkable. The stunning art brings the tale to life and immerses the reader into a dark and frenetic world filled with all manner of intrigue and action. It’s going to surprise a lot of people!”
AAM/Markosia has sent Major Spoilers a sneak peek at the six issue mini-series that arrives in June.
“The Art of the Boy Who Made Silence”
Exhibition and Book Release Party with artist & author Joshua Hagler
Friday, March 21 from 7 pm â€“ 11 pm
Sneak preview of EXIT SIGN: a Rock Opera at 10 pm
Show runs March 21st through April 12th
OPEN FOR VIEWING 7 DAYS BY APPOINTMENT
614 Alabama Street at 18th, Second Floor
San Francisco, California
JOSHUA HAGLER, who is mainly recognized for his energetic large-scale oil paintings, brings his other passion to the gallery–comic books. Winner of the coveted Xeric Grant, Hagler’s comic book series The Boy Who Made Silence is set to begin publication with UK-based publisher AAM/Markosia this spring. Coinciding with the release of Book One in the series, a.Muse Gallery will be presenting the original pages, drawings, paintings, sketches, and writings that show up on the printed page or were used in the planning stages.