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!
If you’re looking for interesting and unusual takes on superheroes and other comics genres, be sure to pick up Mark Bertolini’s books! This includes Breakneck, Long Gone and Broken, all of which put more realistic spins on super-characters and what they might do when they receive powers “beyond those of mortal men.” It ain’t always pretty, let me tell you! Mark and I also talk about his upcoming projects and about the transition from writing for printed issues to digital. You’ll enjoy hearing what he has to say about the industry today!
Then I give brief reviews of the books I thought were great that arrived in comics shops on Wednesday, August 4, followed by the latest “News & Previews!”
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.”
AAM/Markosia has announced its latest series, Ritual, will arrive in December.Â The series is written by Andy Briggs, with art by Sawn McCauley.
Publisher Harry Markos explains, â€˜We’ve been working with Andy Briggs for a while now so when he approached me about the possibility of developing some new properties I jumped at the chance! Andy is incredibly talented and prolific with many ongoing projects at the moment, including movies, TV and as a published author of several books. I figured that he’s worth getting involved with now rather than wait until he has the sort of success that I firmly believe will come very quickly.Â We managed to secure the services of upcoming artist Shawn McCauley who has captured the mood perfectly with his distinctive style. This is one property which I believe will take us another step closer to achieving our aims as a publisher.â€™
AAM/Markosia has sent Major Spoilers a sneak peek at the series.
(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.
AAM/Markosia has announced a brand new story arc for the Starship Troopers ongoing series.
Three stories, linked over two parts by writer Cy Dethan, with guest writers Tony Lee (Doctor Who) and Christian Beranek (Willow Creek), and guest artists Neil Edwards, Scott James and Jim Boswell. It’s the Vandals versus the Tigers in a race to save the federation against the Civilian Militia — but who are the Reaper Cell and what is their connection to SICON?
“When Harry [Markos] asked me to come on board to co-write the story, my immediate answer was ‘yes’,” says Christian Beranek in a prepared statement. “Now, I don’t do a lot of licensed comics or work for hire books, but Starship Troopers is one of my favorite franchises. As was the case with writing the origin of John Doe for Se7en, I had a blast helping define a new element in the ST universe: the psychics! Expect some mental carnage, for sure.”
The first installment of Triple Threat arrives in July, with the conclusion hitting stands in August in issue #10 of Starship Troopers.