Official Press Release
Fort Lee, NJ — After a 2006 that saw ASP and its titles earn numerous honors, awards, and praise, we’re pleased to announce an expanding publishing schedule for 2007. Of course we continue our highly praised titles THE KILLER, OKKO: THE CYCLE OF WATER, THE SECRET HISTORY, and ARTESIA BESIEGED. And you can expect new series for both ROBOTIKA and MOUSE GUARD. But we also have new titles in store from an exciting line-up of new talent.
A .pdf of the full 2007 ASP catalog can be downloaded from www.aspcomics.com. But here’s a quick intro to all of the new titles:
INANNA’S TEARS by Rob Vollmar and mpMann (5 issues, Summer 2007)
In Sumer, before the rise of the kingship, the prosperous city of Birith is known throughout the land for its devotion to the goddess Inanna. But after a thousand years of plenty, the city is in danger of being overrun by the nomadic refugees that swell in number outside of its walls. A proto-historical romantic tragedy in five acts, 5000 years in the making…
STARKWEATHER: IMMORTAL by Piers Anthony, David Rodriguez and Patrick McEvoy
(5 issues beginning in June) The Starkweather series, begun with Arcana Studios, returns with a short story penned by fantasy legend Piers Anthony. More than two thousand years ago, a Roman soldier named Cartaphilus struck a prisoner who was to be executed by crucifixion. >From that moment, he was cursed by God and fate to walk the earth until Christ’s return. Doomed to always bleed, always hurt…and never die. His story leads into the new Starkweather: Immortal series, chronicling Alexander Starkweather’s date with destiny.
REVERE by Ed Lavallee and Grant Bond (hardcover graphic novel, July)
When a supernatural killer stalks the townspeople of Boston against the backdrop of the first shots of the American Revolution, renowned silversmith and monster hunter Paul Revere is called in to fight the evil. Collects the four-issue series originally put out by Alias, and lays the groundworks for a new Revere series.
AWAKENING by Nick Tapalansky and Alex Eckman-Lawn (10 issues beginning in Aug)
A series of missing-persons and gruesome murders has begun to unfold in the city of Park Falls. When town crazy Cynthia Ford visits former police detective Derrick Peters, she utters only one word to explain it all: zombies.
KILLING PICKMAN by Jason Becker and Jon Rea (6 issues beginning in Aug)
William Zu, a New York homicide detective, just made the arrest of his career: Richard Pickman, a serial killer of over one hundred children. But as his frustration at being clean-up man to the detritus of the world becomes a deep depression, Zu makes a potentially fatal mistake: he decides to kill Pickman. Fatal, because Pickman’s ritual killings were not the work of an ordinary psychopath, but of a man making sacrifices to a very real demon.
THE BLACK KNIGHT by Robert Randle and Aaron Campbell (6 issues beginning in Sept)
Throughout the lands of the known world, the ten Reliquum gods walk the earth with man, but on the continent of Shathlatamia, it is man who determines his own fate. Beholden to no god, no king, with a legacy passing from father to son, a lone warrior-the Wandering Champion, the Patron Saint of The Good Fight, the Black Knight-lives a life of ultimate self-sacrifice.
PRIMORDIA by John R. Fultz and Roel Wielinga (3 issues beginning in Sept)
In a world of primeval fantasy, a wood nymph adopts a pair of infants abandoned in the ancient forest of the woodfolk, and they grow to exhibit mysterious powers of sorcery. But as the twin brothers come of age and their brutal natures manifest, the Woodking exiles them into the savage world of Man.
THE LONG COUNT by Jason L. Blair and Leanne Buckley (12 issues beginning in Oct)
Though their home was founded on the traditions of the Maya, the denizens of Colombiana don’t much believe in the long count: the end of the Mayan calendar, the end of the world. They claim it’s mythology, superstition. And even the warnings of the great dragon Quetzalcoatl have not changed their minds. Twenty-three-year-old Carmen Sandoval is about to be burdened with a terrible and righteous task: to travel to the center of Colombiana and bring a close to all Creation, to rebuild the world in the image of the one destined to destroy it.
HOLLOW by Larime Taylor, Duncan Eagleson, and Danielle Sylvie Taylor (5 issues beginning in Oct)
Diagnosed with albinism and autism, one could say that life never gave young Sam Andrews any color. Sam was born without a soul; he is a living, breathing Void, and as that Void grows in strength reality begins to unravel around it. He can’t help the fact that he is becoming the greatest threat that the universe has ever seen. Award-winning disabled playwright Taylor examines the human condition and uses the soul as a metaphor for disability in this modern-day gothic fairytale.
MISERICORDIA by Rebekah Brem (11 issues beginning in Nov)
Having been overcome by humanoid robots of their own creation, forced to surrender themselves and their families, humans were long ago imprisoned in asylums. And for generations, the escapees have built underground refugee cities. Luscinia Solita is a trader, swapping drugs for information with the humanoids on the Surface. But infatuation and loneliness give birth to a highly dangerous affair with a young humanoid obsessed with humans. In this dystopian vision of the future, the true meaning of a human being is questioned and the fine line between monster and human is realized.
HYBRID BASTARDS by Tom Pinchuk and Kate Glasheen (3 issues beginning in Nov)
Zeus is a god with a reputation based on a simple truth: he’s an unrepentant, philandering cad. And it’s been driving his wife Hera nuts for years. One night in a passive-aggressive act of revenge, she places a spell on Zeus, a spell that causes him to fall in lust with every inanimate object in sight. Eighteen years later, Zeus’ hybrid bastards are wandering the world. Angered by his most embarrassing night of infidelity, Zeus sends his goons to take care of them. And they do-all except Cotton, a smarmy cloth patchwork; Carmine, a timid automobile; Corey, a self-loathing apple; Walter, a belligerent stack of bricks; and Panos. Through schemes both ingenious and idiotic, will they force their negligent father to acknowledge them?
SCARS by Durwin Talon and Guin Thompson (3 issues beginning in Dec)
Ridley Bourne is in the twilight of his life. Born before 1900, he has lived through some extraordinary times. His long life has left him with scars, each of them with a story to tell. As his granddaughter, Maddie, hears these stories, they become the basis of a journey into both her grandfather’s past and the soaring heights of imagination.
SOME NEW KIND OF SLAUGHTER or LOST IN THE FLOOD (AND HOW WE FOUND HOME AGAIN): DILUVIAN MYTHS FROM AROUND THE WORLD by A. David Lewis and mpMann (4 issues, beginning in Dec)
If there is one constant throughout most of Earth’s historical nations, cultures, and religions, it is the threat and the destruction of the Great Flood. In the wake of the recent Indian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and alarm over global warming, the award-winning creators of THE LONE AND LEVEL SANDS return to plumb the depths of the world’s great myths with this all-ages mini-series, exploring how this legendary fear may be more relevant now than ever before.
All of ASP’s titles are available at finer comic book retailers and bookstores worldwide.