EMPress Publications is a new publisher that apparently arose out of a chance encounter between Gary Erskine and Paul L. Mathews at the 2019 MCM London Comic Con. And it’s now a reality with the businessman funding Andrew Fielden.
Gary Erskine is a longtime comic book creator, co-creator of Knights of Pendragon and warheads from Marvel Comics, as well as works including Wolverine vs. Punisher, Star Wars and The mask. Paul L Mathews is a creator of table games And now EMPress is developing its first titles. with the kickstarter for First men on Mars about to launch.
Written in the spirit of Wells and Verne, First men on Mars details a failed Victorian mission to Mars. With illustrations from some of the UK’s top comic artists including Gary Erskine (MARVEL, DC Comics, IMAGE), Simon Fraser (Nikolai Dante, Doctor Who, Judge Dredd), Paul McCaffrey (Adler, Dreadful Penny, Captain Scarlet) and Mike Collins (MARVEL, DC Comics, 2000AD) – this steampunk miniseries promises wonder, intrigue and excitement. 1890. Lady Lilian Wells-Cavendish investigates the failure of a British military expedition to Mars. She not only uncovers a fantastic story about British flying machines, waromatons and battery tanks, but also about the Martian warriors who opposed them. Meanwhile, she leads her own battle to reveal the truth as her superiors try to silence her.
And it will be followed by EMPress by Rivals: The loyalty of Sago Astar.
A warrior travels a dystopian world in search of a stolen potion in this visceral miniseries. Created by Paul Gerrard (Hellboy, Dungeons & Dragons, Indiana Jones) and Mike Clarke (Karli, The jade flower, Five hells for a thief), RIVALS combines frenzied combat with the disturbing artwork of Dave Kendall (Magic the Gathering, 2000AD, World of Warcraft). For centuries Kuhiro, the planet of the seven swords, has been divided by war and ravaged by famine and disease. When Sword Dorn Haath, the ruler of Jaan City, learns that the cure for the planet’s deadliest disease has been stolen from his labs, he asks his best soldier, the ambitious Sago Astar, to locate the missing vial and to bring it back to his city. Along with the awkward pugilist Laiso, Astar sets out on a journey through dangerous lands to accomplish his mission. Along the way, he and Laiso will encounter strange creatures, warring factions, and deadly battles in this fantasy epic. It is co-produced by EMPRESS Publications and Final Impact Comics.
There are all kinds of voices in the comics coming together as their own editor, in print and digital. It’s time to prepare a welcome for EMPressâ¦