About this project
“...Imagine if the likes of The Mummy and Van Helsing were actually, you know, good.” — Warren Ellis
writer/co-creator, Planetary, The Authority, Transmetropolitan and more
"Athena Voltaire is just my kind of glorious pulp epic. A comic lover's comic book if there ever was one, full of everything that makes comic books worth loving." — Matt Fraction
writer, Invincible Iron Man, Uncanny X-Men, writer/co-creator, Casanova
Hi! I'm Steve Bryant, writer/artist of Athena Voltaire. For the past few years, I've been working on AV in my downtime. Along the way, the comic earned an Eisner Award nomination (2005, Best Digital Comic), released two trade paperbacks and earned me a nomination for the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award. I'm grateful for the reception of the book and the supporters we've had along the way.
I'm appreciative of every fan I meet at a convention or every email I receive from a reader who wonders when the next mini-series is going to be released. And I hate to tell them, lamely, that I'm working on it and I hope to release it soon.
That's the downside to producing something that's a labor of love—it always takes a back seat to paying work. Don't get me wrong—I'm not complaining or asking for sympathy—it's just frustrating to not be able to give someone a definitive timetable for the next mini-series' release.
"Athena Voltaire is a wonderful pulp throwback. A return to the heady days of the adventure comic. Swords, guns, airplanes, sand, jungles, dens of villainy, conspirators, cutthroats, treasure, and all 36"- 24"- 36" of the most dangerous woman in the genre." —Tim Bradstreet
cover artist, The Punisher, Hellblazer
That's the great thing about Kickstarter. With your help, I can set aside the time to work on Athena Voltaire—and ONLY Athena Voltaire. And that's the best way to get the book done; to schedule it just like any other project and work on AV without other deadlines pulling me away from the book.
If we reach our goal, I can do just that. If we exceed our goal—by $5 or $5,000,000—it just means that I'll have even more time to produce even more Athena Voltaire, either in the form of another mini-series or one-shot (or all of the above, if we really top our goal).
As I said at the beginning of the video, it takes a lot of time to produce a comic. We're looking at a couple of months until the end of the Kickstarter campaign, followed by 2–3 months of production, followed by getting the book on the publisher's schedule, solicited through Diamond, and finally on the stands. That's a long stretch of time, and with that in mind, I chose rewards that could be sent out almost immediately after the campaign finishes. So please take a moment to look over the available rewards and see if there's a level of support that works for you.
With your help, I look forward to getting Athena Voltaire back into comic shops.
"Steve Bryant resurrects the classic era of high adventure in Athena Voltaire. With stylish storytelling and gorgeous rendering, he makes a genre that has in recent years been relegated to the back shelves of entertainment fun and compelling again. I can't wait to see what he and Athena have in store for us." — Mark Schultz
creator, Xenozoic Tales, writer, Superman, Man of Steel, Prince Valiant, illustrator, Conan of Cimmeria
“…the next best thing to finding a trove of long-lost adventures from the 1930s.” – Javier Grillo-Marxuach
writer/producer, Lost, co-creator, The Middleman
"Is it sick for a man to love a comic strip character? Too damn bad, because I'm already in love with Athena Voltaire! If loving Athena is wrong, I don't want to be right!" —Mike W. Barr
co-creator/writer The Maze Agency, Camelot 3000, The Outsiders, writer, Batman, Detective Comics
"You don't just read this story, you practically fall into the panels and have the adventure with her." — Tad Stones producer, Hellboy Animated
"A terrific pulp adventure story with great pacing, interesting plot twists and solid dialogue combined with simply beautiful artwork equals something we would sell armloads and armloads of. ..I would like a trade paperback of Athena Voltaire to sell in my store, please. The sooner the better." — James Sime
owner Isotope: The Comic Book Lounge
"Manly story tellin', beautiful art and and enough butt kickin' to keep a boot factory in business for life. Athena Voltaire is your ticket to clobberin' evil." — Beau Smith
writer Guy Gardner: Warrior, Wyonna Earp, Cobb: Off the Leash
"Athena Voltaire packs its pages with beautifully depicted and well told tales of adventure and historical hijinks. It's a perfect blend of pulp excitement and modern storytelling. I can't get enough.”
— Bryan Deemer, host, Comic Geek Speak podcast
"Athena Voltaire is an amazing adventure series. It captures the feel of vintage 1930's Republic serial film cliffhangers, with a stylized look and action budget they could only dream about. If you like The Rocketeer, you'll love Athena Voltaire."
—John Siuntres, host, Word Balloon podcast
"Athena Voltaire mixes the best parts of classic matinee with modern storytelling."
— Christopher Neseman, host, Around Comics podcast, 11 O'Clock Comics podcast