Geekie Award-Winner COLONUS to Debut in Dark Horse Presents #10 May 20
Los Angeles – Ken Pisani’s original sci-fi graphic novel COLONUS will debut in the award-winning anthology Dark Horse Presents, published by Dark Horse Comics on May 20, 2015, and serialized across eight issues. Created and written by Pisani, COLONUS features art by award-winning Italian artist Arturo Lauria.
Winner of four 2013 Geekie Awards, including Best Graphic Novel, COLONUS tells the dark tale of a future after Earth, its elite survivors having colonized Mars while Earth’s outcasts—the miscreants, crackpot scientists, criminals, sociopaths, fringe-dwellers, prostitutes, and kooks—fled inward, to Venus (“a place fit for scumbags”). Three generations later, the Mars colony has replicated the worst of the world they left behind: avarice, gluttony, and a thirst for power…while the denizens of Venus, strengthened by hardship forged in brutality and hellish conditions, thrive. When Mars sends a messenger to open trade between the colonies, it’s understood to mean they plan to plunder its resources, including the technology of Venus’s floating cities. The leader of the Venus colony, Braxton, beats the messenger to death with a shovel and buries him “with the others,” knowing full well he’s just begun a war between worlds. What he doesn’t expect is the political incursion to come, as Mars hopes to sway the hearts and minds of the citizens of Venus.
Dark Horse Presents #10 also features “The Suit” by Dennis Calero, “Burial Brothers” by Brent Schoonover, and new chapters of “Weird Detective” by Fred Van Lente, “Tarzan” by Mike Grell, and Brendan McCarthy’s “Dream Gang.” Dark Horse Presents #10 solicitation:
Ken Pisani will be signing copies of Dark Horse Presents #10 and a special advance promo issue of COLONUS Chapter Two on Wednesday May 20th from 7-9 pm at Meltdown Comics (voted a “Top 10 store you must visit before you die”), at 7522 Sunset Blvd. LA, CA 90046.
ABOUT KEN PISANI: A member of the Writers Guild of America West since 2003, KEN PISANI is an Emmy-nominated writer and producer working in sports, reality, comedy, and kids’ television. Winner of numerous writing awards, Ken is also a former stand-up comic and published fiction author: his short story, My Brother Died and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt, was first published in the U.S. and U.K. anthology More Tonto Short Stories, while an earlier short work, The Failing, was a short fiction winner at Cedar Hill Press. Ken’s first novel, AMP’D, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in spring of 2016. His humorous fiction can be found online at Carve magazine, Stymie, FlashFiction.com, and Defenestration, and he also blogs occasionally about comic books and pop culture at comicbooked.com. Ken lives in Los Angeles and is currently working on a variety of projects for film and television, including the feature adaptation of his superhero comedy comic book, Power Groove, for Broken Road Productions. He is managed by Jeff Aghassi Literary Management, while his literary agent is Mitchell Waters at Curtis Brown Ltd. in New York.
ABOUT ARTURO LAURIA: ARTURO LAURIA is an honors graduate of the New Design Institute of Perugia, Italy, where his major concentration was in comics and illustration. His original story Zombie-History-X has been published in Wombat magazine, earning him a nomination for Author Revelation of the Year by the Treviso Comic Book Festival. Arturo continues to live and paint in Perugia, and is working on a variety of projects. To see more of his art, visit: zorg2084.blogspot.com.
ABOUT DARK HORSE COMICS: Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the U.S., publishing both creator-owned content and licensed material. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Geof Darrow, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Ed Brubaker, Felicia Day, Joss Whedon, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, Moebius, Harvey Pekar, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its anthology title, Dark Horse Presents, is a five-time Eisner Award winner and seven-time Harvey Award winner for Best Anthology, and has featured the debuts of Hellboy, Sin City, Concrete and many other works, several of which have gone on to film and television properties.
Read Chapter One: colonusgraphicnovel.tumblr.com
PRAISE FOR COLONUS:
“COLONUS quenches its audience’s thirst for intelligent science fiction via a cocktail of killer art, grounded characters, and unique world-building—finished off with a splash of subversion.”
— Nicole Perlman, Guardians of the Galaxy screenwriter
“A hell of a story with echoes of Arthur C. Clarke and Greek tragedy, one that gives us an image of our own times.”
— Denny O’Neil, Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow writer/editor
“The dark dealings of politics in a compelling science fiction setting —a ‘best of both worlds’ that is perhaps the ultimate irony in this tale of planets at war!”
— Jane Espenson, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica
“Loved it! COLONUS is another fresh take on what the future holds for mankind. This is the kind of sci-fi I live for.”
— Jimmy Palmiotti, Painkiller Jane, Harley Quinn
“A great balance of sci-fi, a touch of horror, and a perfect dash of quirk. Gritty…with just the right amount of deadpan humor mixed in. Just what you’re looking for in a story that is as much about characters as anything else.”
— Comics Grinder
“Bada bing! A mob war in space! Bad ass and righteous—even Tony’s crew would not f*ck with these guys.”
— Joe Gannascoli, The Sopranos
“High concept…but also effortless. FANTASTIC premise, an incredible, brilliant allegory on the growth of nations into power. Arturo Lauria’s artwork is striking and bold.”
— The Beat: Comics Culture
“Fun, smart sci-fi with a striking visual style—we need more sci-fi like COLONUS in comics!”
— Fred Van Lente, Amazing Spider-Man, Captain America: First Avenger
“Sci-fi is a common genre. Is there really anything more that could happen? The answer is yes. COLONUS is one of the finer examples.”
“Arturo Lauria has created a future full of hard edges, sharp angles, dark shadows, and hard contrast. It’s strange, but…beautiful (granted, in a dark, terrifying way).”
— All Geek To Me