First Men on Mars Returning to Kickstarter in March, 2022
February 19th, 2022
E.M.PRESS Publications are thrilled to announce its debut title, First Men on Mars, will return to Kickstarter in March, 2022.
Having narrowly missed its funding target in September, 2021, E.M.PRESS have reduced the comic’s page count in order to lower the funding goal. The pledges have also been simplified. Also more of the add-ons will be complete and ready to include in the initial Kickstarter description, making it easier for backers to choose their pledge levels. With these changes in mind, E.M.PRESS are confident they can attract the funding required to make their debut title a reality.
Written by Paul L. Mathews and based on a concept by Paul L. Mathews and Accent U.K.’s Dave West, First Men On Mars #1 boasts art by E.M.PRESS’ lead artist, Gary Erskine (Captain America, Star Wars, Doctor Who), and luminaries of the U.K. comicbook industry such as Mike Collins (Doctor Who, His Dark Materials, The Witcher ), Paul McCaffrey (Adler, Penny Dreadful, Captain Scarlet) and Ian Richardson (MARVEL, DC Comics, 2000AD). It also features variant covers by Lee Carter and Staz Johnson, colours by Yel Zamor (MARVEL Comics, Dark Horse, Titan Comics) and lettering by Annie Parkhouse (2000AD, Judge Dredd, Renegade Arts).
Printed in a U.S. format, 48-page comicbook, this Steampunk opus chronicles a failed British military expedition to Mars. In the wake of this debacle, British officer Lady Lilian Wells-Cavendish is assigned to investigate the mission’s failure. She uncovers an incredible tale of dragon-riding Martians, shambling plantmen, wartomatons, flying machines, battery-powered tanks and an altogether unexpected threat that awaits the mission to Mars…
First Men on Mars Kickstarter now Live
September 9th, 2021
E.M.PRESS Publications has launched its first Kickstarter. With a goal of £15,000, the new comics company hopes to raise the funds required to publish the first issue of its mini-series, First Men on Mars.
A steampunk title set in 1890, First Men on Mars is written by E.M.PRESS co-founder Paul L. Mathews and brought to vivid life by lead artist and concept designer Gary Erskine. It also features the artwork of comicbook artists Mike Collins, Simon Fraser and Paul McCaffrey. The book has been coloured by Yel Zamor and John-Paul Bove. It is lettered by Annie Parkhouse.
This U.S. format, 64-page comicbook tells the story of a failed British military expedition to Mars. Following this sortee, Lady Lilian Wells-Cavendish arrives at a British Army camp in the heart of Africa and begins an investigation the mission’ failure. First Men on Mars revolves around this operation and its survivors’ conflicting testimonies. By unravelling these accounts, Lady Wells-Cavendish is able to uncover an incredible tale of not only dragon-riding Martians, shambling plantmen, wartomatons, flying machines and battery-powered tanks, but also an altogether unexpected threat that awaits the mission to Mars…
Events on Earth are drawn by Gary Erskine (Captain America, Star Wars, Doctor Who) and each of the survivors’ stories are drawn by Simon Fraser (Nikolai Dante, Hershey, Judge Dredd), Mike Collins (Doctor Who, His Dark Materials, The Witcher ) and Paul McCaffrey (Anno Dracula, Adler, Captain Scarlet). First Men on Mars is coloured by Yel Zamor (MARVEL Comics, Dark Horse, Titan Comics) and John-Paul Bove (Transformers, GI Joe, TMNT) and lettered by Annie Parkhouse (2000AD, Judge Dredd, Renegade Arts).
Written by Paul L. Mathews and based on a concept by Paul L. Mathews and Accent U.K.’s Dave West, First Men On Mars #1 is the first issue of a limited series, with subsequent issues to be crowdfunded in 2022.
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E.M.PRESS Announces First Title
August 18th, 2021
New indie comics publisher E.M.PRESS Publications has announced its first title.
Based in the U.K. and co-founded by industry veteran Gary Erskine, E.M.PRESS is developing a variety of titles in equally varied genres. Its first release, a steampunk mini-series entitled First Men on Mars, is written by E.M.PRESS co-founder Paul L. Mathews. Set in 1890, it tells the story of a disastrous mission to Mars.