- 20 January 2013
Award-winning publisher Archaia Entertainment is excited to announce the release of Space: 1999: Aftershock & Awe, a new original graphic novel hardcoverthat hits comic book shops on December 12, 2012 and will roll out in bookstores between December 15 and December 25, 2012. Space: 1999 is a fan-favorite, sci-fi television series from the 1970s, and this new book revitalizes the property for a modern audience, featuring a retelling of the original series pilot (Awe) and a brand-new story showing the aftereffects of the pilot’s events (Aftershock). The new edition is written by Andrew E. C. Gaska (Critical Millennium, Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes), and illustrated by artists Gray Morrow (Heavy Metal), Miki (Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes), and David Hueso (Wanted: Weapons of Fate).
Space: 1999: Aftershock and Awe is set in an alternate universe where President John F. Kennedy was never assassinated. Mankind has already suffered through World War III, unified into a single world government, and built a base on the Moon—all by the year 1999. But on September 13, 1999, an atomic accident causes the Moon to be blown out of orbit and sent tumbling into the unknown. The survivors, still reeling from the event in the remains of the crippled lunar base, are launched toward a destiny across the stars. But what of the cataclysm and wanton destruction caused to the Earth in its wake?
Produced by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson (Thunderbirds, UFO), the Space: 1999 TV seriesaired for two seasons and starred Martin Landau and Barbara Bain (Mission: Impossible). The show followed the plight of the inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha as they are sent hurtling into space on the runaway Moon and encounter aliens, strange worlds, and other unexplained phenomena. A reimagining, titled Space: 2009, is currently in development by ITV Studios America.
Space: 1999: Aftershock & Awe (hardcover graphic novel, full color, trim size 6.625” by 10.25”, ISBN: 978-1-936393-88-6) is the first new Space: 1999 comic book publication in over 30 years. It combines new, fully painted art by contemporary artists with remastered and expanded classic comic imagery from comics legend Gray Morrow. It will hit store shelves just in time for the holidays and retails for $24.95.
Archaia is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 75 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, Return of the Dapper Men, Rust, Bolivar, Gunnerkrigg Court, Old City Blues, Awakening, The Killer, Tumor, Syndrome, Artesia, and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels such as The Dark Crystal, The Storyteller, and Fraggle Rock. Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. Archaia was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year by Ain’t it Cool News, Comic Related, and Graphic Policy, which honored the publisher two years in a row. Archaia was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations and two Awards for Best Graphic Album and Best Anthology. In 2012, Archaia has been further honored with six Harvey Award nominations, two Harvey Awards, six Eisner nominations and three Eisner Awards, and both Gold and Silver awards from ForeWord Reviews. In addition to publications, Archaia has successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television, gaming, and branded digital media. For more information, visit the Archaia website at http://www.archaia.com.