Incendium and Heavy Metal Magazine have announce the launch of Crystal Planet, created by Joe Satriani and Ned Evett, under all-new music-focused OPUS imprint. The comic features a script by Tony Lee, art by Richard Friend, color by Carlos Cabrera, lettering by Jacob Bascle, and edited by Llexi Leon.
A vivid space odyssey where Satchel Walker, a man out of time, finds himself caught between desperate factions as they battle for resources in the perilous orbit of a dying star. In a bold and brutal saga of sentient storms and Wingsuit armies, it’s music, and more importantly, the power and emotion that music can conjure, which could bring an end to the conflict, restore harmony to the timestream, and reveal Walker’s true place in the universe.
Crystal Planet begins as a 5 issue series. The first print edition of each issue will be released as a prestige format limited edition collectible comic book, featuring cardstock covers, specialty foil treatments, glossy pages, and individual numbering. Each first printing will be limited to 1998 copies at $19.98, and available to order. The first issue is available to order now and ships in March 2021.
The world of Crystal Planet will extend beyond the printed page into toys and collectibles. A Joe Satriani Crystal Planet action figure is also available to pre-order for $29.95, featuring Joe in a Tri-Diver suit from the comics with his signature Crystal Planet Ibanez guitar. Shipping May 2021.
Coming this January from Scout Comics‘ Black Caravan imprint is The Shepherd.
Prof. Lawrence Miller falls into a dark vortex of guilt and anger after enduring the tragic death of his teenage son from a drug overdose. He cannot shake the sense that his son is now a lost soul, wandering between heaven and earth. Grieving and profoundly disturbed, he opts for suicide, pursuing his son into the afterlife. Once on the other side, he encounters his deceased father and is given a mystical pendant of great power. Unfortunately, in Lawrence’s hands it becomes a weapon that allows him to unleash his fury on those who brought the drugs to his son, leaving a trail of insanity and chaos in his wake. His existence becomes a terrifying conflict between his unchecked anger and his knowledge that he might have lost his way.
The Shepherd is co-written and co-created by Andrea Lorenzo Molinari and Roberto Xavier Molinari, with art by Ryan Showers and Luca Panciroli, color by Heather Breckel and Pamela Poggiali, lettering by Jacob Bascle and Joel Rodriguez, and project managed by Jason Dube.
Space Goat Productions has announced the promotions and additions of key personnel to their executive team. The changes are needed to handle the current growth of the company and expansion into markets beyond comic books and graphic novels.
Founder Shon C. Bury will remain as CEO and Publisher of Space Goat Productions. He will continue to oversee daily operations, financials, and growth of the company.
Keith Champagne will be joining the team as Editor-In-Chief. Keith is a comic book industry survivor and veteran creator/writer/inker/artist best known for his work at DC Comics on titles such as Green Lantern, JSA, and Superman as well as creator-owned titles The Mighty, Armor X, Death Valley and the upcoming The Switch: Electricia. He’s a 1994 graduate of the Joe Kubert School and former COO of Sabrage Entertainment.
Recently hired Director of Business Development, Steve May, will take on the title of VP of Sales and Marketing. The new title more aptly describes the duties May has been overseeing since joining the company in the fall of 2017.
Jacob Bascle has been promoted to Production Manager for Space Goat. Bascle has been wearing many hats since joining SGP and this official title reflects his broad range of duties for the comic books, board games, and apparel business lines.
The company earlier announced the addition of Michael Murphey as Lead Game Designer. Murphey will be overseeing the completion of both the Evil Dead 2 and Terminator board games as well as future licensed and original projects.