Saturday, February 4, 2017
Image Comics Announces Young Adult Graphic Novel, "Afar"
Original graphic novel coming this March
Writer Leila del Duca (series artist and co-creator of SHUTTER) teams up with artist Kit Seaton (The Black Bull of Norroway) for the coming-of-age fantasy tale AFAR, coming this March 2017 from Image Comics.
In a fantastical postindustrial desert, fifteen-year-old Boetema suddenly develops the ability to astrally project to other planets while she sleeps. When she accidentally gets a young man hurt on a planet light-years away, she must figure out a way to project back to save him. On her own world, Boetema’s parents have temporarily left her and her thirteen-year-old brother, Inotu, to make a living as salt shepherds. Left to their own devices, the two siblings must flee across a dangerous desert when Inotu gets into trouble with a threatening cyborg bodyguard. As Boetema visits amazing planets and encounters vibrant cultures, she must confront her mistakes and learn to trust in Inotu as she navigates her newfound abilities.
"Working with Kit on this science-fantasy family adventure has been an incredible experience,” said del Duca. “Kit has taken our characters and added so much depth and beauty to the world we created. Her posing, character designs, environments, and imagination compliment the script delightfully and I'm very happy with AFAR, our first collaboration in a genre we both adore."
"It has been my great to joy to work with Leila del Duca on this book,” said Seaton. “Leila has woven an epic fantasia about a vibrant young woman with a talent for traversing galaxies when she sleeps, and her clever yet naive younger brother, who has a knack for finding trouble. Leila is a skilled storyteller who will leave you craving the next adventure."
AFAR OGN (ISBN: 978-1-63215-941-0) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 and bookstores on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017. It may be ordered by retailers with Diamond code JAN170641, and it is available for preorder via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and Indigo.
Advance praise for AFAR:
"I love how del Duca, Seaton, and [editor] Stotts create a comic that touches on mindfulness. Boetema is a new kind of hero who achieves a higher mental state through her dreams. Created by some very imaginative artists, AFAR is a world of infinite possibilities.” —Nick Dragotta (EAST OF WEST, HOWTOONS)
"Leila and Kit have managed to create a story with emotional depth, cosmic scale, lavish designs, and characters that are truly unique. In a cultural landscape of reboots, sequels and adaptations, AFAR stands out as a very promising collaboration between two gifted storytellers." —Benjamin Dewey (AUTUMNLANDS, Tragedy Series, Beasts of Burden)
"AFAR is an absolutely beautiful debut from writer Leila del Duca and artist Kit Seaton which solidifies the pair as a creative team to watch." —Joe Keatinge (SHUTTER, GLORY, and RINGSIDE)
"A strange, beautiful world and fascinating, tough characters makes AFAR a riveting read. Gorgeous artwork, too!" —Faith Erin Hicks (The Nameless City, The Adventures of Superhero Girl)
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.