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Journal Entry: Thu Jan 19, 2012, 6:16 PM
FREE MARS - Graphic Novel Cover by NicolasRGiacondino

The day has finally come, martian insurgents!

We've been told to hold onto these news for quite a while now, so Dave and I have both been counting the minutes until we were finaly able to announce this milestone for FREE MARS:

FREE MARS and APE Entertainment have signed an exclusive partnership to publish the webcomic as an original graphic novel, debuting at this year's San Diego Comic Con.

I'll let the Press Release fill in the details for you all:


Free Mars Web Comic in print July 2012 from Ape Entertainment

(San Diego, CA-January 19, 2012) Ape Entertainment announced today that they have become ownership partners in the Free Mars property, currently a webcomic with a print OGN releasing in July 2012. Free Mars is a gritty sci-fi rock opera set against the backdrop of a dystopian Mars colony in the year 2339. As civil war looms on the Red Planet, the Revolution finds an unlikely symbol in the form of a punk band. The group quickly discovers, however, that their new fame comes at a price. Created and written by David Pauwels with art from Nicolas Giacondino, the graphic novel will contain the first year of web comics that started in July 2010. Ape Entertainment has helped publish many creator owned projects but felt strongly enough about this project to help finance it.

Brent Erwin COO of Ape Entertainment explained "We are so lucky to work with so many great creators but this concept had the right mix of timeliness and unique concept. Music as such an  escape that it's viewed almost like drugs. How many of us would DIE without our Ipod or cell phone? Themes of oppression and repression; it might be set in 2339 but there are many similarities to today's society." A digital version of the book will be available through the Comics+ app from Iverse Media.

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Of course, I can't even begi to describe the awesome feelings we have about this. I've often said that my artwork on FM is the best of my career; and this certainly proves other people think so as well. This is a major breakthrough for us that will bring us out onto the public eye and help us expand the limits of our saga beyond just an independent effort.
This is a true dream come true for us; for me, especially. Ever since I was 10 years old, I dreamt of making comic for a living, and not only did I fulfill that dream, but also the ambition of seeing my work amongst the other great comics published on the stands of comic shops around the world!

So, stay tuned for more news, check out the cover (which I just posted!) and help us spread the word about FREE MARS!

This is going to be a great year. This year, we free Mars. Thank you for being there with us!


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  • Listening to: Dream Theater 'Metropolis, Pt.2'
  • Reading: 'Eisenhorn' by Dan Abnett
  • Watching: The Walking Dead
  • Playing: With Ben!
  • Eating: Sandwiches
  • Drinking: Coca-Cola
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Montross Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
For clarity, will this include the 5th track, or is it coming out before you finish it?
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's coming out at approximately the same time, I think. The guys at APE were clear that they want this project to remain web based; they'll manage the printed side of things, because they believe the comic, when published, will reach even bigger audiences. Silly as it may sound, I still prefer a hard, solid copy of a book, than reading it on the web (even if it's free!). And there are many more like me :)

Plus, there will be some exclsuive material to go along with it ;)

Montross Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hey, I fall in that camp, too. I love that Free Mars is web-based, but I agree, there is something about holding a hard copy of a book, graphic novel, whatever that something on a screen can't replicate.

If I'm not mistaken (and I may very well be) I believe either you or Dave said that when track 5 is done, you guys will compile all 5 together and sell it as a printed comic. I would buy that in a heartbeat.
dForrest Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I already said so on the deviation announcement but I'll say it again... only differently... here I will say it like this: this makes me so happy that I could cut glass with my nipples.
Estonius Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Way wicked cool, congrats!
ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Huzzah! :w00t!:
wheresmytea Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

FUCK YES. Congratulations ^_^
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