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‘Para’ launches this March from Penny Farthing Press

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‘Para’ launches this March from Penny Farthing Press

Official Press Release

PARA: When Worlds Collide

THE X-FILES meets A BEAUTIFUL MIND in PARA, an all-new, high-tech thriller
coming from Penny-Farthing Press in March 2004. Acclaimed writer Stuart
Moore (LONE, ZENDRA, GIANT ROBOT WARRIORS) and hot new artist Pablo
Villalobos have crafted an audacious six-issue series mixing paranormal
phenomena, science gone wild, and one woman’s search for the truth about her

Deep beneath the heart of Texas it lies: the Supercollider. Twenty-eight
miles of magnets and circuitry, it promised to accelerate particles faster
than ever before — and, so, reveal the secrets of the Universe. But a
horrific disaster in the early Œ80s left it highly radioactive, killing
everyone including the project’s head scientist, Dr. William Erie.

Or so the story went. But Sara Erie, the doctor’s daughter, doesn’t believe
it. And now, twenty years later, the Supercollider has finally cooled off
enough for a team to descend into its bowels and investigate.

Sara’s determined to be on that team. But she’s not prepared for what they
find down there: no bodies — just abandoned radiation badges. Shadowy,
inhuman figures that move very fast, keeping just out of sight in the
darkened tunnels. Frogs frozen in an amber-like substance. And one word,
scrawled repeatedly on the walls in blood:


What does it mean? The answer may spell the key to the Universe’s beginnings
— or its end.

“This is a story that’s very close to my heart,” says writer Stuart Moore.
“My father was a nuclear physicist, and I’ve always been fascinated with
quantum physics. Once you get down to subatomic sizes, everything we take
for granted about life and matter goes straight out the window. It’s one
small step from there to the supernatural.”

But although the story is meticulously researched, readers shouldn’t worry
that it will require a Ph.D to read. “I don’t understand this stuff anywhere
near well enough for that,” Moore laughs.

Moore’s action-packed, thought-provoking script is complemented by the
haunting, evocative visuals of Pablo Villalobos, who has worked on smaller
Penny-Farthing Press projects in the past and has earned the appreciation of
PFP Publisher Ken White.

“Pablo is a phenomenal talent and he brings a good attitude to the book,”
White explained. “His art is the perfect look for Stuart’s scripting, and we
couldn’t be happier with the match.”

In addition, the creative team also includes inker Mostafa Moussa (REX
MUNDI, VIOLENT MESSIAHS), colorist Mike Garcia (BATMAN, GEN13), letterist
Richard Starkings (THE VICTORIAN), and cover artist and concept illustrator
Stephan Martiniére (RED PLANET, TIME MACHINE).

PARA promises twists, action, and savage character conflict. “The alliances
among the team keep shifting,” Moore says. “You never know whose side some
of them are on — particularly Doctor Z, the enigmatic, eccentric UFO

And just to make things extra spooky: The Supercollider really exists. “I
changed its size and moved it for plot purposes,” Moore admits. “But it’s
down there in Texas, half-finished. Who knows what’s creeping around in all
those miles of abandoned tunnels?”

In March, we’ll all find out together.

Penny-Farthing Press publishes The Victorian, Decoy, Captain Gravity, PARA,
Zendra, and, The Loch, the first hardcover book in its Mythics children’s
imprint. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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