Friday, 10 October 2008

Talking Dogs With Laser Guns!

Press Release - For immediate release.

AAM/MARKOSIA announces Troopers one-shot - 'WAR STORIES' for December 2008

New Starship Troopers one-shot to be published by AAM/Markosia

AAM/Markosia, publishers of the hit series Kong: King of Skull Island, Starship Troopers and the critically acclaimed The Boy Who Made Silence, announce the release of a Starship Troopers one-shot this coming December: 'War Stories: Tasch', scripted by the talented Cy Dethan with art from newcomers Neil van Antwerpen and Peter-David Douglas.

Cy Dethan explains, "'War Stories: Tasch' is essentially an "origin" piece. Before signing up for Pathfinder training, Private Naomi Tasch was a specialised sniper, working alongside a Mk-II combat Neodog. Neodogs are genetically and cybernetically altered animals with enhanced intelligence and physical attributes, linked to their handlers through a complex set of implants. During a full-scale planetary evacuation, Tasch's Neodog partner goes missing and she puts her career and life on the line to find him. In doing so, she demonstrates the loyalty, single-mindedness and raw brilliance that will one day make a Pathfinder out of her."

'War Stories: Tasch' is van Antwerpen and Douglas's first published work. 'We've shared a common passion of creating comics for as long as we can remember,' said artist van Antwerpen, 'After years of honing our skills on personal projects and small press books the break finally came when publisher Harry Markos offered us a one-shot Starship Troopers issue written by Cy. Needless to say we took it!'
'We'd both read Cy's "Bad Blood" story arc which was drawn by Paul Green and thought it was incredible,' said inker Peter-David Douglas, ' so it's thrilling for us to be involved in a project like this. We hope that it will be a springboard to regular work in the industry, something we've worked very hard towards.'

Launched in 2005, AAM/Markosia has been a leader in the independent publishing field. 2008 marked their most ambitious campaign to date as the company debuted a range of new titles, with many more to follow in 2009. In addition, AAM/Markosia will be exhibiting at many conventions around the globe, including New York Comic Con, San Diego Comicon, Angouleme, the Birmingham International Comics Show and the Bristol Comic Expo.

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  1. I'm not really taken with the dog talking....I'd be cool with some form of empathy, I guess, but not full blown conversation.

    Other than that, I really like the look of this. The few preview pages gives me the feeling that this is a strong story with loyalty playing a big part. There seems to be some good action as well.

    Once you've been introduced to a character, as we have with several in Bad Blood, it's always really good to see where they've come from. Great stuff Cy, are we going to see this treatment given to all the Vandals ?

    The artwork in these preview pages is nice too. I think they've done a great job with the dog, particularly on the cover, that looks awesome !


  2. Heh - sorry, ASD - but if Heinlein says the dogs talk, then the damn dogs talk. :)

    But yeah, the plan is to work my way through the recurring cast. It's nice to be able to flesh the characters out, and it's also fun to revisit characters who have, for example, already died in the main series and give them a second bite of the apple, so to speak.

    I've got one more War Story already written, and I'm working on the plot breakdown for a third as we speak. There may be some one-shots written by other writers thrown into the mix, so I can concentrate on the main story arcs when I need to, but I don't have any specific information about that yet.


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