I’m thrilled to kick off the ongoing Athena Voltaire series—monthly from Action Lab! In order to hit our monthly schedule, I’m stepping back from the art duties, but I’ll still be providing covers and writing the series. Issue one kicks off with my standard cover, a retro variant cover, and a brilliant variant from Tom Fowler! Jason Millet colored Tom’s variant and my cover.
The trade paperback for Athena Voltaire and the Volcano Goddess collects the 3-issue miniseries from Action Lab Entertainment. Written and drawn by me, colored by Jim Nelson. The collection cover is drawn by me and colored by Inksane Studio.
And here are the covers to the individual issues, drawn by me and colored by Jim Nelson (issue 1) and Chad Fidler (issues 2 and 3).
PITTSBURGH, PA- Globetrotting aviatrix Athena Voltaire takes on Nazis, occult science, and mythical creatures against the backdrop of the 1930s. Now she’s bringing her knuckle-dusting style of pulp adventure to Action Lab Entertainment.
“I’m proud to add Athena Voltaire to such a diverse line of quality books,” said writer/artist Steve Bryant, whose all-ages series Ghoul Scouts debuts at Action Lab in June. “I’ve known the Action Lab folks for years, and after working with them on Ghoul Scouts, I knew they were the perfect publisher for Athena Voltaire.”
“I’m ecstatic for Steve to join the Action Lab family, and I can’t think of a better home for Athena than Action Lab. We have a proud history of publishing strong female characters, and Athena Voltaire is sure to stand shoulder to shoulder with Princeless, Aero-Girl, Nutmeg and Fight Like a Girl.” said ALE President Dave Dwonch.
Athena Voltaire launched as part of the Modern Tales family of webcomics in 2002 and was nominated for a Best Digital Comic Eisner Award in 2005. The feature was included in St. Martin’s The Year’s Best Graphic Novels, Comics and Manga (2004 edition), and has subsequently garnered Manning and Harvey Award nominations, as well.
A re-release of the hardcover Athena Voltaire Compendium will mark the heroine’s Action Lab debut, followed by Athena Voltaire and the Volcano Goddess, an all-new 3-issue mini-series. Additional planned releases include a one-shot special and a prose collection.
The creative teams are available for interviews and promotional opportunities. For more information retailers can reach Vito Delsante at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Press and conventions you can reach Jamal Igle at jigle@actionlabcomics.
Cosplay as Athena Voltaire at San Diego Comic-Con and win artwork! It’s as easy as that. Dress up as my favorite globetrotting aviatrix, stop by my table in Small Press (M14), and show off your handiwork.
The first cosplayer to do so will get a free 9×12 original commission featuring the character of your choosing! In the event that more than one AV cosplayer stops by, I’ll give every entrant a print of their choice.
If you’re unfamiliar with Athena Voltaire and want to buy the book to prepare a costume, you can shop for it here.
Looking forward to seeing you!
I’ll be at C2E2 later this month (Artist Alley, M15).
In honor of the release of the Athena Voltaire Compendium from Sequential Pulp & Dark Horse Comics, I’m giving a free sketch to the first Athena Voltaire Cosplayer that visits me at my table. If that’s you, I’ll draw whatever character you want.
In the event that there’s more than one AV Cosplayer, the first one will get the sketch and any subsequent AV Cosplayers will receive a print.
Alison Poppy, Kelly Okler, Eric Manix, and Andrew Chard discuss the Athena Voltaire Compendium on the Out of the Fridge podcast. Check it out!
Davide Mana of Karavansara checks in with “My weekend with Athena Voltaire.” Check out his review.
I spoke with Dan Craft of the Bloomington Pantagraph about Athena Voltaire, making comics, and my career in art.