GRAPHIC NOVEL COVER. Interior, San Diego, Terra.

From the Ape Entertainment website…


Free Mars Web Comic in print July 2012 from Ape Entertainment

(San Diego, CA-January 19, 2012) Ape Entertainment announced today that they have become ownership partners in the Free Mars property, currently a web comic with a print OGN releasing in July 2012. Free Mars is a gritty sci-fi rock opera set against the backdrop of a dystopian Mars colony in the year 2339. As civil war looms on the Red Planet, the Revolution finds an unlikely symbol in the form of a punk band. The group quickly discovers, however, that their new fame comes at a price. Created and written by David Pauwels with art from Nicolas Giacondino, the graphic novel will contain the first year of web comics that started in July 2010. Ape Entertainment has helped publish many creator owned projects but felt strongly enough about this project to help finance it.

Brent Erwin COO of Ape Entertainment explained “We are so lucky to work with so many great creators but this concept had the right mix of timeliness and unique concept. Music as such an escape that it’s viewed almost like drugs. How many of us would DIE without our ipod or cell phone? Themes of oppression and repression; it might be set in 2339 but there are many similarities to today’s society.” A digital version of the book will be available through the Comics+ app from Iverse Media.


I think the new partnership deserves an appropriate track this week.  Connection.

I hope you’ll join me in congratulating my friend and partner, Nicolas Giacondino.  And a big thanks to David and Brent at Ape for believing in ‘Free Mars.’  And thanks to all of you, ladies and gentlemen, for supporting us every week.

The hour grows late, but I’ll post more about what this means for ‘Free Mars’ tomorrow.  And feel free to post any questions.

We’re very excited.