This is not the story of a single person, nor a single group. This is the story of a civilization.
Martian Comics Vol. 1: Moon to Moon is a 240-page book, collecting 13 stories, written by Julian Darius with work by 15 different artists and colorists. The stories span 18,000 years (about 10,000 Martian years) of Martian civilization, from their moon landing to our own.
Who's this for? Fans of Vertigo and Image Comics, who dig sci-fi comics like Saga or Transmetropolitan, and the ambitious scope of The Sandman or Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles.
We're offering the book both in digital format and as a beautiful oversized softcover (shown in the campaign video and compared to a standard comic near the video's end). This format really lets the stunning artwork breathe.
Here's what some reviewers are saying about Martian Comics:
- "Smart sci-fi with a grand scope" --Markisan Naso (Voracious)
- "Fun and exciting... it really hit me right in my sci-fi nerd heart!" --Maddi Gonzalez
- "Irresistible... brilliant" --Shelf Abuse
- "Spectacular" --Forces of Geek
- "Stunning" --The Pullbox
- "Intelligent... refreshing... fascinating" --Reading with a Flight Ring
Contents and Creators
All stories were written and edited by Dr. Julian Darius, who founded the influential Sequart Organization to promote comics as a legitimate form of art. In addition to making comics, he's written several books and produced several documentaries about comics history.
Martian Comics Vol. 1: Moon to Moon opens and closes with a story illustrated by Jason Muhr (Voracious), with colors by R.L. Campos. Both depict a moon landing -- the first by Martians, the second by humans.
"The Canals of Earth" offers a myth about a Martian god, explores Martian science fiction, and depicts early Martian exploration of Earth. It's illustrated by Mansyur Daman, colored by Donovan Yaciuk and Diego Rodriguez, with special pages by Marlena Mozgawa Lenamo and David A. Frizell.
"Dinosaurs of Mars!" explores the Martian fascination with dinosaurs. It's illustrated by Mansyur Daman, with Jason Muhr and Steven Legge, colored by Fahriza Kamaputra and Andrei Tabacaru.
"Safari," set in the Martian city of Khylos, depicts a Martian son's coming of age, as he struggles to understand his father's participation in a violent Martian ritual. It's illustrated by Mansyur Daman, with colors by R.L. Campos.
The 58-page "Letters from the Underworld," also set in Khylos, offers a counterbalance to "Safari" by focusing on girls coming of age, as they hear a tale about their city's connection to the mythical Martian underworld. It's illustrated by Cloves Rodrigues, with colors by Fahriza Kamaputra, and special pages by Marlena Mozgawa Lenamo and the team of Cloves Rodrigues and Roni Setiawan.
The 56-page "The Second Most Dangerous Game," illustrated by Mansyur Daman in glorious black-and-white, recasts Richard Cornnell's classic story "The Most Dangerous Game" as a commentary on the cruelty of Martians as well as humans, how rituals (including the one seen in "Safari") change over time, and a writer's guilt.
Finally, six shorter stories (ranging from 3 to 12 pages each) offer imaginative tales featuring ancient Egypt, the prophet Ezekiel, Jesus, medieval Europe, World War II, and the aftermath of President Kennedy's assassination. Told in different narrative styles, they're illustrated by Andi Supriyono, Sergio Tarquini, Cloves Rodrigues, and Sara Nietto, with colors by Fahriza Kamaputra, R.L. Campos, and Donovan Yaciuk.
The volume's cover is by Janaina Medeiros. Julian Darius, Steven Legge, and Colin Bell provide the lettering. An art section in the back of the book features additional work by Mansyur Daman, Julian Darius, Andi Supriyono, David A. Frizell, Janaina Medeiros, Cloves Rodrigues, Ace Continuado, Jeffrey Huet, Donovan Yaciuk, and Roni Setiawan.
What Does This Book Collect?
Since 2014, Julian Darius has spearheaded a line of indy comics at Martian Lit, most of which are set in a shared universe. This is our very first collected edition and collects material from our flagship title, Martian Comics.
For regular readers of Martian Comics, this volume collects everything from issues #1-15 except the Girl from Mars material (which will be collected separately) and the two Lazarus stories (reprinted in Lazarus, the Forever Man #0 and which will be collected with that title). Future collections will be in the same format and oversized dimensions as this one, ensuring that they look good together on a shelf.
The material in this book took seven years to produce. This entire time, we've eagerly anticipated the day when we could offer this collected edition... but we waited until we had enough material -- and the right material -- to be able to communicate the sweep of Martian civilization.
Most of the collected material has been re-lettered, using our company's new, lower-case style that's a lot more readable. The stories are placed in chronological order, and dates (using the Martian calendar!) have been added. Julian Darius has also poured over the art and lettering, making dozens of edits (including to two different printed proofs).
Throughout this long process, the goal has been to provide you with the most beautiful collection of sci-fi stories possible. Even the title page and contents look magnificent!
If you just want to chip in or test the water, we're offering the first issues of all five of Martian Lit's comics in digital for just $5.
The digital version of Martian Comics Vol. 1: Moon to Moon is available for just $15.
The oversized softcover version is your reward for a pledge of $35. This reward also comes with a digital copy of the book.
At $39, the oversized softcover will by signed and numbered by Julian Darius.
For digital readers, we have a $40 package that includes Martian Comics Vol. 1: Moon to Moon along with every comic Martian Lit has ever published (including those collected in the book).
For $60, we'll give you everything above: the digital bundle of every Martian Lit comic and a signed-and-numbered copy of the oversized softcover!
We also have a few unique rewards, limited to one person each:
- At $70, you'll get everything at the $60 level (the complete digital package and the signed-and-numbered oversized softcover), plus two rare postcards made from the covers to Martian Comics #1, by Darick Robertson and Diego Rodriguez, and #5, by David A. Frizell!
- At $85, you'll get everything at the $60 level, plus the same two rare postcards and a signed-and-numbered copy of Martian Comics #5 (containing the original printing of "The Canals of Earth!"). This is Julian Darius's personal copy, numbered #1 of 67.
- For $110, you have a rare chance to possess original Martian Comics art! In addition to everything at the $60 level, you'll get Ace Continuado's original pencils for the Martian Comics #9 cover!
- For $135, you have a second rare chance to possess original Martian Comics art! In addition to everything at the $60 level, you'll get Jason Muhr's original inked art for the Martian Comics #12 cover! That's right: the original cover art to our special anniversary issue, by the artist behind the indy hit Voracious!
Thank you for your support of this dream project! Julian Darius has financed these comics (largely on credit cards), and this campaign won't recoup his costs (nor his time). Everyone but him has already been paid up front. Most of the revenue from this campaign, after fees, will go to printing and shipping the books. The goal is just to get these books out there, and any additional revenue will simply lessen the costs of the next batch of our comics. Your help, at whatever level you can afford, gets this book out there and helps keep this dream alive!
Also, thank you for spreading the word about this Kickstarter and our comics! Projects like this live or die by word of mouth, whether it's in person or on social media. Getting eyes on our comics is a huge challenge (and a different skillset than making comics). Anything you can do to spread the word means we can focus more on making the best comics we can! Thank you!
If you want more information, you can check out all our comics on ComiXology. You can visit the official webpage for Martian Comics and join the series on Twitter and Facebook. If you'd like to subscribe to our comics and get them before anyone else(!), you can do so on Patreon. Finally, if you sign up for the Martian Lit mailing list, we'll give you a free PDF book!
Risks and challenges
The collection is totally edited and ready to go, so we'll be able to send it to you very quickly once the campaign wraps!
This is our 8th Kickstarter (all were successfully funded), so we've got experience making sure everything stays on track. We at Martian Lit take our commitments seriously and know our reputation is always on the line.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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