57 years ago this day Jack Parsons died as a result of an explosion.
Today, much of his life and work remain as much of a mystery as his death. Most, though hardly all, of the publicly available information about Jack is second-hand knowledge, hearsay, and speculation. Likewise, there is still a great deal of misinformation and misconception surrounding not only Jack, but the so-called occult practices in which he engaged.
In the process of writing “The Marvel” I struggled to only use information which was corroborated by a number of sources. Still, I did fill in a lot of the blanks myself, and overall, while based on historical documents, it is primarily a work of fiction. Our goal in creating the book was not to aggrandize the life of a Libertarian Libertine, but to spread the ideas expressed in Jack’s own writings and the impact of the work he did in the world. I’m telling you this because the very last page of “The Marvel” is finished. Robin and I are proud of the work we’ve created.
We’ve been waiting for the right moment to make the following announcement:
It’s with a great deal of happiness that I am announcing today, on the anniversary of JP’s departure from this world, that the complete graphic novel “The Marvel” will be released by Cellar Door Publishing.
While the pages of “The Marvel” will still be available online at webcomicsnation.com, there is much of the story that will only be published in the graphic novel. This includes new artwork by Robin Simon, and dozens of new pages of narrative which tie together Jack’s last days and his early life.
Cellar Door Publishing is a company that specializes in the publication of high-quality illustrated literature and graphic novels. We’ve chosen to work with them because of their commitment to quality product, such as the award-winning graphic novel “Minister Jade” by Steve Bialik. The unique approach of publisher Jade Dodge is a refreshing and encouraging one in this comic industry, and her support and creative direction on this project have been invaluable.
While this is not an official press release, and no solicitation date has yet been set, I felt that now was the right time to announce our partnership.
Keep checking back for more details and be sure to follow “The Marvel” online, with updates every day this week!
Here’s a sneak-peek of the prototype cover for the print edition of the comic (be sure to click on the thumbnail to enlarge):