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Image Comics
Written by Johnnie Christmas
Illustrated by Jack Cole
SERIES PREMIERE! A new adventure series with all the sci-fi drama of Breaking Bad set in Mos Eisley! Promising young cadet Tilde is framed for crimes against the empire after discovering her mother was the ruthless warlord of the deadly colony Tartarus, a vital player in the galactic war. Now, Tilde’s only way home may be to reclaim her mother’s dark crown. #1 New York Times bestseller JOHNNIE CHRISTMAS (Alien 3) and artistic phenom JACK T. COLE (The Unsound) kick off this ongoing series with 44 big pages of story!

Why It’s Cool:
“Tartarus is one of those rare comics that just hums along perfectly, full of wild sci-fi ideas and characters that leap off the page fully realized. This oversized first issue does an excellent job of setting up the world of Tartarus, the characters and their conflicts, and the whole thing is beautifully captured by Jack Cole’s euro inspired style.  Pulling from a ton of other science fiction, yet uniquely it’s own thing, in Tartarus’ dense pages you’ll pick up elements of Star Wars and Akira, along with some Blade Runner and Moebius influence. Issue #2 can’t come soon enough.”
-Edward Uvanni, Comics Omnivore Director

Q&A with Johnnie Christmas:

Tell us a little bit about Tartarus. How did everything come together?

Johnnie Christmas: Back in 2015 I was turning over this seed of an idea, about an intergalactic warlord and her kid. And what would happen when an empire (who also employs the kid) finds out who she really is.
I was also thinking of working with another artist on the idea instead of drawing it myself. When I met Jack and saw his amazing art, I knew he was the perfect person to collaborate with.

What are you reading/watching/listening to as inspiration for this work?

JC: Star Wars trilogy is an obvious influence. But also Akira and Blade Runner are huge for us, the grungy run down feel of those worlds. Also reading lots of mythology, the Odyssey, even some ancient Mesopotamian stuff. Though our world is firmly rooted in sci-fi, mythology has been helpful as a framework, to lend an epic, mythic feel to our story.
As for music, while writing, I was listening to a lot of movie soundtracks and Classical. Dvorak’s New World symphony is a fave. While not writing, I was heavily into trap music at the time. Now that I think of it, I was also going through a Spanish Indie Pop period too, lots of Carla Morrison.

When you started this project who did you have in mind as an audience for this, and did it change by the time you finished?

JC: I always have my comic book, sci-fi loving friends in mind. That person in the shop on Wednesday talking excitedly about what comic they’re reading. Because depending on the Wednesday, I’m sometimes that guy. I like to know what people are reading and why, what’s capturing their imaginations, what’s tapping some area of interest in a new way. Or what’s just plain entertaining. That’s who I have in mind and it hasn’t changed.

Can you give us an idea of what readers can look forward to in this series, maybe a little down the line?

JC: Things get tougher and more interesting for Tilde and her friends as they go along. They learn that things aren’t exactly as they seem and that to survive they may have to do things they aren’t proud of. To borrow a phrase, “Expect the unexpected”.

What’s great in comics right now that you’re currently reading?

JC: Deadly Class and Outer Darkness continue to impress every issue. Consistent quality. I’m Digging Protector and I loved Little Bird. The Meghex series makes me laugh and The Hobtown Mystery Stories series is really great

What are you currently working on?

JC: I’m writing an OGN that should be announced soon. It’s a horror/romance about a young woman  who sees ghosts when she has too much caffeine. Some of which are extremely dangerous. Love, hungry ghosts and a haunted Brazilian coffee plantation. More on that soon…

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