New “First Men on Mars” steampunk comic Kickstarter #1 ramps for launch

E.M.PRESS Publications are fast approaching the launch of their renewed Kickstarter campaign to bring the spectacular-looking steampunk science fiction comic First Men on Mars to life – and teasing more it will have to offer.

E.M.PRESS Publications - First Men on Mars - Updated Cover

The pre-launch page for the new First Men on Mars Kickstarter is now live, and the publisher has begun to tease some of the rewards you can expect to be part of the offer on the crowdfunding web site.

For those who came in late, First Men on Mars is a steampunk opus detailing an ill-fated British military expedition to Mars that will feature work by some of the UK’s best comic book talents.

Now trimmed to 48 pages and sporting a marvellous cover by Gary Erskine, First Men on Mars #1 also features interior artwork by Gary, as well as Mike Collins, Paul McCaffrey and Ian Richardson, colours by Yel Zamor and John-Paul Bove and lettering by Annie Parkhouse.

The comic will be available in print as well as a digital download. You will be able to back the comic at £5 for the digital edition, or £10 for the physical and digital versions.

Six variant covers are planned, that will be available when the Kickstarter launches, by Lee Carter, Ian Richardson and others.

Rewards include Lost Treasures, a collection of sketches, promotional material, pencils and other First Men on Mars objet d’art, with a cover by 2000AD artist Tiernen Trevallion

First Men on Mars - Lost Treasures - Cover by Tiernen Trevallion
Tiernen Trevallion’s cover for the planned First Men on Mars – Lost Treasures reward, part of the project’s Kickstarter campaign

Lost Treasures will be unlocked if and when funding on the new campaign reaches £8000. Prints will also be available if Lost Treasures is unlocked.

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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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