Johnny Zito and Tony Trov, writers of Black Cherry Bombshells and Moon Girl, along with Christian Weiser and artist Paul Maybury (Aqua Leung, Party Bear), are teaming up with High Treason Pictures to tell the story of Zoe, “the swashbuckling captain of Earth’s first Martian colony. Isolated on the farthest frontier of civilization, order breaks down when unfamiliar hostiles invade. Zoe faces mutiny, death and dishonor; she must sacrifice her humanity if she hopes to survive.”
I spoke with Paul, Johnny and Tony about the new project, D.O.G.S. of Mars, due later this month. Like Zito and Trov’s Moon Girl, the comic will be released digitally via comiXology, with plans for a film down the line. Thanks to Paul for an exclusive look at some pages from the project; for more, check out this video he created.
JK: What is D.O.G.S. of Mars about?
Johnny: It’s about astronauts marooned on Mars and hunted by monsters. It’s like Lord of The Flies and Star Trek.
Paul: So far it’s about surviving as far as I know. This might sound stupid but I haven’t read the script past what I’ve drawn. This is less an action packed Monster book than a study of the character’s humanity in my opinion. I know roughly that characters die, but it’s more interesting to draw them scene to scene not knowing their fates. I feel like this creates an honesty and an interest in each character as I draw them that I might not have if I know they happen to be a throw away character that gets killed three pages later. Like I said, that probably sounds pretty stupid.
Tony: We like to describe the project as being in the genre of space-ploitation.
Although most fans probably know Comixology as the company at the forefront of bringing other company’s comics to the iPhone, the iPad and the Web, they’ve also been producing their own digital comics for distribution across their various platforms. Joining Moon Girl and Box 13 is a new comic called D.O.G.S. of Mars, which will be released in January.
Johnny Zito and Tony Trov, writers of the Zuda strip Black Cherry Bombshells and Moon Girl, along with Christian Weiser, are teaming up with High Treason Pictures to tell the story of Zoe, “the swashbuckling captain of Earth’s first Martian colony. Isolated on the farthest frontier of civilization, order breaks down when unfamiliar hostiles invade. Zoe faces mutiny, death and dishonor; she must sacrifice her humanity if she hopes to survive.”
High Treason hopes to release the D.O.G.S. of Mars comic in anticipation of the film, which is scheduled for production next year. The comic will be drawn by Paul Maybury, artist of Party Bear and Aqua Leung, with covers by Rhazzah.
High Treason Pictures’ previous films include Bigger, Stronger, Faster and Neil Patrick Harris’ The Best and The Brightest.
Welcome once again to What Are You Reading? This week our special guest is Paul Maybury, creator of the webcomic Party Bear. His work can be found in Comic Book Tattoo, various volumes of Popgun and 24seven, and, of course, the full-length graphic novel Aqua Leung. Be sure to check out the sketches he shares.
To see what Paul and the rest of the Robot 6 crew have been reading lately, click on the link …
Project: Rooftop is hosting their first “invitational,” where they’ve asked various artists to redesign the members of the Justice League for a “jam” piece they’ll unveil over the coming weeks.
“I obviously love superheroes and superhero teams in general, but there’s something special about the JLA,” wrote the site’s co-founder, Dean Trippe. “The League roster is typically anchored by Superman and Batman, the first two superheroes, known as the World’s Finest for a reason, and Wonder Woman, the most iconic and recognizable superheroine of all time. Collectively now referred to as DC’s Trinity, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman merge the science fiction, crime-fighting, and mythological elements common to superhero origins into the foundation of a very strange universe, made accessible to all three through their mutual friendship.”
The first member to get the redesign treatment is Wonder Woman, by artist Paul Maybury:
Bedrock City Comics isn’t the only Texas-based comics shop offering up a print on Free Comic Book Day … artist Paul Maybury created the above piece for Rogues Gallery Comics & Games in Round Rock, Texas, to help promote tomorrow’s big Free Comic Book Day event.
“Maximillian Larch, the store mascot of Rogues Gallery Comics & Games in Round Rock, Texas, done up in post-apocalyptic style by Paul Maybury,” said store owner Randy Lander. “Paul will be one of ten guests we’ll have at the store on Free Comic Book Day, and we’re hoping to have prints of this piece available for sale that day as well!”
Other guests include Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover, Paul Benjamin, Alan Porter, Chris Roberson, Matt Sturges, Bill Williams, Paul Maybury, Scott Kolins and Nick Derington.