Archaia Spotlights Space and Rust

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In a series of interviews on their site Archaia has tried to showcase in more depth the process behind making comics as well as getting to know their creators. This resulted in Q&As like this:

ARCHAIA: You are also working on remastering classic SPACE: 1999 comics. How are you improving on them?

GASKA: Yes! The classic SPACE: 1999 comics of yesterday were mostly in black and white, so first off we are coloring them for the first time! Second, due to likeness issues, we were required to make some changes to characters appearances in the original art. Rather than just do that, I thought it would be interesting to correct errors that cropped up as well, such as the commlocks (the SPACE: 1999 communicators) being held incorrectly, or the Eagles (the main spacecraft) having thrusters in the wrong place.

On top of this, the writers and artists were not given proper reference or information in order to tell gripping SPACE: 1999 stories, so the stories of the time reflect a certain generic science fiction viewpoint. With respect to the intent and spirit of the original body of work, the SPACE: 1999 CLASSIC stories have been enhanced and clarified within both the story and art, in order to bring these Alphan adventures more in line with both the established continuity of the original Space: 1999 original televised series and the new graphic novel series, creating a sort of “Season 1.5” to help bridge the gap between the changes which occurred in the show between Seasons 1 and 2.

What that means is that these are not necessarily the same stories older fans may have read as a kid, but they now make sense within the established epic that is SPACE: 1999.

More of the interview over at Archaia.


Original Graphic Novel

Retail Price: $24.95 U.S.
Page Count: 152 pages
Format: hardcover, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
On-sale Date: Dec. 12 in comic book stores, Dec. 15-25 in bookstores
ISBN-13: 978-1-936393-88-6
Diamond Code: AUG120787
Written by Andrew E. C. Gaska
Illustrated by Gray Morrow, David Hueso, and Miki
Cover by David Hueso and Miki
Rating: T+ – TEEN PLUS (16 and up, may contain moderate violence, moderate profanity use and suggestive themes )

Synopsis: The classic 1970s sci-fi TV series returns with all-new material! September 13, 1999: An atomic accident causes the moon to be blown out of orbit and hurled into the unknown, the survivors of the lunar base stationed there launched toward their destiny across the stars. In the wake of this disaster, Earth itself is ravaged by the scientific, environmental, and social repercussions of a world robbed of its moon. Presenting remastered classic material from the ’70s with all-new material created to update the tale for a modern audience.



ARCHAIA: Rust is currently being adapted to other mediums. Can you tell us about that?

RL: Yeah, I’m super excited that Rust has been optioned by 20th Century Fox and is development as a live-action film. We have incredible talent on the project: Aline Brosh McKenna is writing (The Devil Wears Prada, We Bought a Zoo), Simon Kinberg is producing (X-Men First Class, Elysium), and we just announced this summer that Joe Cornish will be in the Director’s chair (Attack the Block, TinTin). It’s literally a dream team! I’m thrilled.

More of the interview over at Archaia.



Original Graphic Novel

Retail Price: $24.95 U.S.
Page Count: 200 pages
Format: hardcover, 6” x 9”, partial color (sepia toned)
Genre: Fantasy
On-sale Date: Dec. 12 in comic book stores, Dec. 15-25 in bookstores
ISBN-13: 978-1-936393-58-9
Diamond Code: JUN120795
Written by Royden Lepp
Illustrated by Royden Lepp
Cover by Royden Lepp
Rating: E – EVERYONE (all ages, may contain minimal violence)

Synopsis: In this follow-up to the critically acclaimed Rust Vol. 1: Visitor in the Field, the dysfunctional Taylor family continues to rebuild their farm lives after the devastating loss of a recent war and the appearance of the mysterious jet pack-wearing boy, Jet Jones. Jet’s behavior continues to raise youngest brother Oswald’s suspicion, particularly when the appearance of another robot invader puts them all in danger! Rust Vol. 2 is presented in nostalgic sepia tone, bound in high-quality blue cloth, with photographic end papers that set the industrial atmosphere of the title.




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