STRETCH GOAL! If we reach $1600, we'll give all backers at any level a PDF of my book Improving the Foundations: Batman Begins from Comics to Screen! And we'll give all backers pledging $6 or more a PDF of the scripts for both Lazarus #0 and Lazarus #1!
Lazarus, the Forever Man #1 is a 70-page first issue, continuing the story of the Biblical Lazarus after his resurrection (following our zero issue).
Full disclosure: Despite its religious subject matter, this story occurs in an atheistic universe, in which nothing supernatural is depicted. In this universe, Lazarus's resurrection has sci-fi explanations.
Lazarus is a character in our shared sci-fi universe (which also includes the titles Martian Comics and Kimot Ren), in which Martians possess humans to shift human society in positive directions... which doesn't always work out. As revealed in Martian Comics #1 (July 2014), Jesus was one such Martian.
Lazarus debuted in the 13-page story "Lazarus," from Martian Comics #2 (Nov 2014). There, Lazarus struggles, following his resurrection by Jesus. After attempting suicide, he talks with Jesus and briefly joins the disciples. After the crucifixion, he leaves by sea to find a new life.
A second Lazarus story, the 11-page "What Has Athens to Do with Jerusalem?", ran in Martian Comics #3 (Dec 2015). It finds Lazarus in Athens, where he has adjusted to Athenian culture. When St. Paul visits the city, it spurs Lazarus to reflect on how much Lazarus has changed. Unbeknownst to him, he is witnessing the birth of Christianity.
Lazarus, the Forever Man #0 collects these two stories, along with an interview with Dr. A. David Lewis, comics scholar and an expert on the intersection of comics and religion.
About the New First Issue
Lazarus, the Forever Man #1 concludes our origin sequence with a brand new, 70-page story titled "How I Learned to be Immortal."
The story rejoins Lazarus in Athens, as he struggles to understand how his immortality works. We watch him establish and grow a business, importing antiques and curiosities, while history unfolds around him. As news of turmoil in his former homeland of Judea accelerates, he tells himself it doesn't affect him. He's come to identify with Athens and even with the Roman empire. But when the Jewish-Roman war ends with disaster for his people, he decides to return to his homeland... with unexpected results.
The title "How I Learned to be Immortal" doesn't just refer to Lazarus learning what his powers are. It's also about the paradox of Lazarus surviving while his people perish. Finally, it's about Lazarus coming to terms with his own suicide attempt (as seen in "Lazarus").
"As someone who struggles with depression," says author Julian Darius, "this is one of the most personal stories I've ever written."
The new story completes Lazarus's origin arc, making issue #0 and #1 work together as a graphic novel that covers over four decades of first-century history. It's a tale that asks the Big Questions -- about religion, how we understand our identity in a multicultural world, and the difficulty of living through turbulent times.
The new issue is rounded out by a new interview between Lazarus writer Dr. Julian Darius and Dr. A. David Lewis, in which they discuss the issue's contents.
About the Creators
Writer Julian Darius holds a Ph.D. in English and is a prominent comics scholar who founded Sequart Organization. He also created the cover for issue #1.
Argentine artist Sergio Tarquini started drawing at the age of 16 and is the lead artist on Martian Comics.
He is joined by inker Sara Nietto and colorist R.L. Campos. The issue is lettered by Darius and Steven Legge.
Where Does the Money Go?
The issue is almost ready to go, and the money from this Kickstarter will go to help subsidize our payments to the issue's creators for their hard work. We want to make sure everyone's paid and ready to keep working on new stuff.
We've tried to keep things simple and give you a good value:
- For just $1, you get Lazarus #0, reprinting the first two Lazarus stories!
- For just $6, you get Lazarus #1, along with a free Lazarus #0!
- For $16, you get acknowledged in the graphic novel, get both Lazarus issues, and get the #1 issues of our other three titles!
- For $29, we'll add every comic we've published thus far, along with the forthcoming Martian Comics #11! That's 16 issues and about 500 pages of comics!
- For $55, we'll send you the above, plus a copy of our singed-and-numbered TPB collecting Martian Comics #1-3, which includes the first two Lazarus stories (reprinted in Lazarus #0). We've only got a few copies left, and this book was limited to 100 copies, so get them while you can!
- For $68, we'll add three other limited-edition printed rarities: a signed-and-numbered print edition of Martian Comics #5 and two postcards based on the covers to Martian Comics #1 and #5! Again, we've only got a few left, so get them while you can!
- For $95, we'll ship you the four boards Julian Darius used to assemble the Lazarus #1 cover: one with glued bandages and three with straypainted stencil attempts. It's a unique look into the creative process and a one-of-a-kind keepsake from this project!
Plus, anyone pledging (at any level) by the end of Monday, 20 November (central U.S. time) will get a free PDF of my book The Weirdest Sci-Fi Comic Ever Made, analyzing Jack Kirby's continuation of 2001: A Space Odyssey!
And if we reach our stretch goal of $1600, we'll give all backers (at any level) a PDF of my book Improving the Foundations: Batman Begins from Comics to Screen! And we'll give all backers pledging $6 or more a PDF of the scripts for both Lazarus #0 and Lazarus #1!
Thank you for your support! We think you rock, and thank you for spreading word of this Kickstarter and our comics!
Check out our various series on ComiXology and the official webpage for Lazarus, the Forever Man. Between issues, we raise funds on Patreon, where you can subscribe to our comics. And if you sign up for the Martian Lit mailing list, we'll give you a free PDF book!
Risks and challenges
Julian Darius has been involved in seven previous Kickstarters (all were successfully funded) and will make sure everything stays on track. We at Martian Lit take our commitments seriously and know our reputations are always on the line.
Delays can always occur with artwork, coloring, and lettering, but the issue is nearly ready and we're confident we can hit our estimated delivery date. We'll communicate clearly with our backers if any problem should arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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