ABLAZE AND ARANCIA STUDIO BLEND ADVENTURE AND
IRONY FOR THE LAUNCH OF EISNER AWARD WINNING
WRITER MARK RUSSELL’S NEW SCI-FI SERIES
TRAVELING TO MARS
Portland, OR – Comics and graphic novel publisher ABLAZE takes readers on an out of this world journey to the Red Planet, led by an unlikely astronaut anti-hero, as it launches the new series, TRAVELING TO MARS, with issue 1 on sale November 9th, in-print and digitally.
Eisner Award winning writer, Mark Russell, and rising star Italian artist, Roberto Meli, ponder ego, mortality, and man’s place in the universe and his relationship with technology in this witty series, which is being published by ABLAZE in cooperation with Arancia Studio.
The opening issue will feature variant covers by artists including Roberto Meli, acclaimed artist Mirka Andolfo, Zulema Scotto Lavina, and Brent McKee, with future issues releasing monthly, and featuring other notable cover artists.
TRAVELING TO MARS is also the first ABLAZE title to be offered as returnable to the direct market. With a no risk guarantee, ABLAZE is looking to get this compelling new series on to retailer’s shelves and into the hands of as many new readers as possible. Check Diamond Previews for further details!
TRAVELING TO MARS, Issue 1, written by Mark Russell, artwork by Roberto Meli · MSRP: $3.99 · Available November 9th
TRAVELING TO MARS tells the story of former pet store manager Roy Livingston, the first human to ever set foot on Mars. Roy was chosen for the unlikely mission for one simple reason: he is terminally ill and has no expectation of returning. Roy is joined on his mission by Leopold and Albert, two Mars rovers equipped with artificial intelligence, who look upon the dying pet store manager as a sort of God. Against the backdrop of not only his waning days but those of human civilization as well, Roy has ample time to think about where things went wrong for both and what it means to be a dying god. A riveting story of planetary exploration and of finding meaning in your final days.
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