Husband and wife team, and creators of Jupiter Jet: Jason Inman (“Love is Love”, “DC All-Access”), and Ashley Victoria Robinson (“Apollo IX #1”, “Witchblade #175”), and artist: School of Visual Art graduate, Dez Pittman (known for her convention-favorite Zombie Portraits), have teamed up with Eisner-nominated Canadian published Beside Press (“The Secret Loves of Geek Girls”, “Enough Space for Everyone Else”), to create an 80 page Original Graphic Novel. Science! stars a teenage girl who is smarter than anyone reading the book, the science school she wants to tear down from the inside, and the cute roommate she is going to tear the fabric of space and time with!
The campaign features script and portfolio reviews from Big Two comic creators including: Tom King (Batman, Mister Miracle), Cullen Bunn (X-Men Blue, The Sixth Gun), Shea Fontana (Wonder Woman, DC Super Hero Girls), and Mitch Gerads (Sheriff of Babylon, Batman). With equally impressive artists who have contributed prints to the campaign like star of Marvel’s Runaways Ryan Sands (Geoffrey Wilder, cover artist Runaways #12), and Brent Schoonover (Ant-Man, Captain Marvel).
“Science!” is the story of Tamsin Kuhn Trakroo, a fourteen-year-old girl who has just started studying at The Prometheus Institute. Like any school, Prometheus has it’s pros and cons:
Tamsin’s cute roommate, Garyn.
Good friends that can help you.
Prometheus is the world’s most famous and prestigious science school!
Tamsin is in the perfect position to get revenge.
Garyn wants Tamsin to help her harness a dangerous power source with the potential to kill them all!
One of them will blow up the school with his rocket fuel.
It’s headmaster is Lucan Laveran.
She’s guided by her dead father’s consciousness that lives inside her glasses and … well … he has a habit for reminding her of just that fact at the most inopportune moments.
When Harry Potter meets Star Trek all wrapped up in a comic book package you get “Science!” this coming-of-age science fiction adventure will challenge your knowledge of space and time (all delivered through the mouths of an army of adorable helper-robots named Scientific & Technological Assistant Teachers or S.T.A.T.s), celebrate everything good and bad that comes with your first love, and leave you feeling smarter, happier – and maybe like you could build yourself a working pair of rocket boots!
Perfect for readers of all ages, but especially those who are fans of: Invincible Iron Man: Ironheart, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, and Big Hero 6.
“A book about cosmic world changing science adventures has always been a dream. Couching that idea amongst a school full of angsty teenagers and floating robots made the idea even better. The book has always been about science, so of course, we couldn’t call it anything else.” Inman says.
“Science!” came to life in 2016 while walking in a park. Inman shared the basis of his idea with Robinson and together they jumped right in – naming characters, developing relationships, and brainstorming influences they wanted to glean inspiration from.
“I loved the idea right off the bat of a science adventure starring a group of young women,” says Robinson, “Figuring out what everyone’s specialty was going to be and how that would serve obstacles in the overall plot made me instantly want to dive right in!”
Dez Pittman is providing pencils and inks after tabling next to Inman and Robinson at Wizard World Portland and forging such a strong bond that they knew they would soon be working together. Becka Kinzie (“Cadaverific!”, “Gehenna: Death Valley”), is coloring and Ghost Glyph Studio’s Taylor Esposito (“Constantine”, “New Suicide Squad”), will letter.
The plan is produce an 80 page original graphic novel that will be released directly through Bedside Press.
“We are beyond excited to be working with Bedside Press,” says Robinson. “I’ve been a fan of Hope Nicholson for years and, as a fellow Canadian, have been looking for an opportunity to collaborate with her. She has such a diverse catalogue and I’m so proud that Science! will be joining!”
Kickstarter backers can pre-order the original graphic novel during an exclusive window before the books with a cover by Becca Farrow (“JEM and the Holograms”, “Lady Castle”, “WWE”) are sold to general public and they come with an exclusive print by Ryan Sands (star of Marvel’s Runaways), and Brent Schoonover (“Astonishing Ant-Man”, “Captain Marvel”, “The Punisher”), that will not be sold anywhere else. There is also the opportunity for backers to purchased signed copies of the book as well.
Some of the standout rewards include script and portfolio critiques by industry professionals including: Tom King (“Batman”, “Mister Miracle”), Mitch Gerads (“Sheriff of Babylon”, “Batman”), and Shea Fontana (“Wonder Woman”, “DC Super Hero Girls”).
The Kickstarter launches Wednesday, September 12 and will conclude in 30 days. www.sciencecomicbook.com will take you directly to the campaign.