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Small World Comes to Kickstarter from Toru Terada and Magnetic Press on April 6

Small World Kickstarter

Magnetic Press has announced their latest exciting Kickstarter campaign, a dark sci-fi fantasy tale for grown-ups called Small World, by written by JD Morvan and illustrated by celebrated mangaka Toru Terada

Small World mixes elements of anime-inspired futurism with the gritty flair rolled up into a vice-filled version of a European children’s book. Not only is the blend of elements wholly unique, but the book is also the only full-length graphic novel by popular mangaka Toru Terada. 

To further complement the originality of the book, Magnetic Press is offering an exclusive, campaign-only variant edition featuring a brand-new cover by in-demand comic artist Peach Momoko. This variant edition will only be available through the Kickstarter campaign. Furthermore, fans can pre-register their support to receive an exclusive, Limited Edition 8.5×11” Linen Cardstock Print of Peach’s cover art for FREEOne lucky backer can even purchase Peach’s original 11×15” watercolor painting

Plus, all backers who pledge on the first day will receive a bonus exclusive, Limited Edition 8.5×11” Linen Cardstock Print by Toru Terada. That’s TWO FREE PRINTS for pre-registering and backing on Day-1! Toru will also create 30 original drawings for lucky backers at a limited tier level. 

Magnetic Press is also offering several other “manga-adjacent” books to the campaign – titles that would appeal to true mangaphiles while introducing global art styles influenced by the medium — including a brand-new edition of the sold-out ZAYA by JD Morvan and Korean wunderkind Huang-Jai Wei.

Pledge on Day-1 for your FREE print when the campaign launches at 10am CST Tuesday April 6th. 

Review: Zaya

Zaya-t3_Page_01A secret agent in the distant future leaves her post to seek a normal life as an artist and mother. When a biomechanical threat starts attacking agents across the galaxy, she is called back into the field to find and stop the killer. The mission opens many questions about her own past, present, and future within not only the organization, but within the universe as she knows it.

Collecting all three books in the award winning series by writer JD Morvan and illustrated by Huang-Jia Wei, Zaya is a beautiful action thriller that pivots into a trippy sci-fi experience.

What I particularly enjoyed about the graphic novel is how it effortlessly flows from one type of story into another. At first, it’s a straight up familiar action story of a woman dragged out of retirement, and her family, to take on a threat to her former employer. That story pivots though, and the less I say about that the better, but generally we move into a trippy tale where identity is at the center, something that feels like it could be out of a Philip K. Dick novel. Basically we get two stories in one, and they flow right into each other and both are solid reads together, or on their own.

This sci-fi action-mystery is told through breathtaking design and illustration by Chinese artist Wei, known throughout the field for his bio-mechanical aesthetic and lushly painted artwork. The end result mixes have an anime like feel, just beautiful to look at. The design itself is amazing with a feeling of familiarity (to anime fans), but also new wonder.

Overall, the book is a solid read, especially for those who are fans of manga or anime. I began reading expecting one type of story, and came out the other end experiencing something completely different.

Story: JD Morvan Art: Huang-Jia Wei
Story: 8 Art: 9 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Magnetic Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

multiversityWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in! Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out and think about picking up.

Pick of the Week: Multiversity #1 (DC Comics) – Writer Grant Morrison explores the 52 alternative Earths that make up the DC Multiverse.

Prepare to meet the Vampire League of Earth-43, the Justice Riders of Earth-18, Superdemon, Doc Fate, the super-sons of Superman and Batman, the rampaging Retaliators of Earth-8, the Atomic Knights of Justice, Dino-Cop, Sister Miracle, Lady Quark, the legion of Sivanas, the Nazi New Reichsmen of Earth-10 and the latest, greatest Super Hero of Earth-Prime: YOU!

Comprising six complete adventures – each set in a different parallel universe – plus a two-part framing story and a comprehensive guidebook to the many worlds of the Multiverse.

Dark Horse Presents Vol. 3 #1 (Dark Horse) – The best anthology returns with a new overstuffed look!

The Delinquents #1 (Valiant) – Take two of Valiant’s most entertaining teams and have them get together for a story about hobos and a map on an ass. The first issue is fantastic, especially for fans of Archer & Armstrong and Quantum & Woody.

Genius #3 (Top Cow Productions) – The series is four years in the making, and it seems like there couldn’t be a better time for its release. The story focuses on a brilliant mind who uses her tactical brilliance to unite the gangs of LA.

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 (Fantagraphics) – The second volume of the praised series. The first volume sees a new printing released this week as well!

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #1 (DC Comics) – Diana Prince: Amazon warrior, ambassador to Man’s world, or champion of women in need? All of the above! This digital-first anthology series will bring some of comics’ greatest talents to Themyscira, and give them leave to explore Diana, her world – and ours!

Storm #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was amazing. In just one issue writer Greg Pak defined, added depth, and re-introduced us to the iconic character.

The Strain: Night Eternal #1 (Dark Horse) – The third, and final, volume in the book turned comic turned television series. The television series has been picked up for a second season, so get ahead of the story!

Trees #4 (Image Comics) – Warren Ellis’ brilliant sci-fi series…. I’m still trying to figure it all out.

Zaya (Magnetic Press) – A secret agent in the distant future leaves her post to seek a normal life as an artist and mother. When a biomechanical threat starts attacking agents across the galaxy, she is called back into the field to find and stop the killer. The mission opens many questions about her own past, present, and future within not only the organization, but within the universe as she knows it. The graphic novel is stunning to look at and an awesome read.

Magnetic Press Releases a Trailer for ZAYA

A secret agent in the distant future leaves her post to seek a normal life as an artist and mother. When a biomechanical threat starts attacking agents across the galaxy, she is called back into the field to find and stop the killer. The mission opens many questions about her own past, present, and future within not only the organization, but within the universe as she knows it. This sci-fi action-mystery is told through breathtaking design and illustration by Huang-Jia Wei, known throughout the field for his bio-mechanical aesthetic and lushly painted artwork.

Written by international creative powerhouse JD Morvan and illustrated by Chinese wunderkind Huang-Jia Wei, this volume collects all 3 books in the award-winning series into a single luscious album!

Magnetic Press Debuts on comiXology

Magnetic Press‘ anticipated graphic novels are coming to comiXology. The publisher announced a distribution agreement today with the digital comics platform. The graphic novels will be released as serialized chapters.

To celebrate the  launch, the first chapters of their upcoming graphic novels Naja and Super-Ego are now available on the site. Naja tells the tale of a female assassin who feels no pain in search of the mysterious person who wants her killed and is written by JD Morvan with illustrations by Bengal. Super-Ego is a series created, written and illustrated by newcomer Caio Oliveira, recounting the madcap adventures of a psychotherapist dedicated to treating members of the superhero community.

Follow-up titles will include Zaya, by writer JD Morvan and artist Huang-Jia Wei as well as Meka, also by Morvan and Bengal with additional titles scheduled to debut in the fall.

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