ETERNAL SOULFIRE ‘Fresh Starting Point’ For Tech/Magic Series

On July 8th, Aspen Comics will debut ETERNAL SOULFIRE #1 – A ‘Fresh Starting Point’ for readers.

Writer J.T. Krul sits down and talks with Newsarama.com about the upcoming new Tech/Magic Series from Krul, penciller Alex Konat and colorist Federico Blee.

Michael Turner’s Soulfire series at Aspen is getting a new fire — one who, in a way, is a lot like you.

Aspen is launching a new series, Eternal Soulfire, on May 2 as part of Free Comic Book Day inside their title Worlds of Aspen. The new series, by J.T. Krul and Alex Konat, follows a fresh-faced young girl named Cassidy whose life is changed when she realizes she has magic powers inside the tech-heavy world of Soulfire. Whereas previous series focused on the adept Malikai who had a destiny for greatness, Eternal Soulfire’s Cassidy is just a normal girl pulled into something much larger than herself.

After debuting in May 2’s Worlds of Aspen 2015, the series launches on its own July 8 with Eternal Soulfire #1. Newsarama talked with Krul about relaunching Michael Turner’s series, creating this new avenue — and new guide — into the Soulfire universe, and what he’s doing to make this a fresh entry point for new readers.

Newsarama: J.T., for people who may not know about Soulfire — what can you tell us about it?

J.T. Krul: Soulfire is a futuristic fantasy adventure where the ancient power of magic returns amidst a world dominated by technology. Sort of a Lord of the Rings meets Blade Runner. The magic has affected some people but not others, and it largely stays hidden in the shadows, but with winged-warriors, dragons, and monstrosities that merge the magic and the technology – it’s getting harder and harder for the world to ignore the truth.

Newsarama: And what is going on in this new series, Eternal Soulfire?

J.T. Krul: Eternal Soulfire is something of a fresh starting point in which we explore a new corner of the Soulfire Universe. Whereas the story up until now in the main Soulfire book has focused on Malikai, a unique spirit that was destined to spark the return of magic in this new age, for Eternal Soulfire, we are telling a different kind of story as we introduce a new character – Cassidy.

Newsarama: What can you tell us about Cassidy, and how you came up with her?

J.T. Krul: Sure. Like I said, so much of Soulfire has focused on Malikai and his special destiny in the grand scheme of the Soulfire mythos. Other books have delved into the rich mythology of the universe, touching upon everything from the last age of magic eons ago to the very elder gods responsible for all creation itself. With Cassidy, I wanted to tell a story about a person, an average ordinary girl who is just trying to live her life, but things go a bit crazy when she discovers that she has the magic inside of her. And because these powers partially manifest themselves in wings on her back, it’s not something she can hide. How it changes her and the decisions she is forced to make because of the magic really propels the story forward. Magic is wonderful and super and powerful, but it can also be terrifying and isolating.

Newsarama: And she’s working with the relatively more experienced Miya. What’s her story?

J.T. Krul: Miya is the main familiar face from the Soulfire universe that appears in the book. She has been around for ages, going all the way back to the very early wild times of magic. Over the centuries, she has remained hidden away as she focuses all her energy on fighting the chaos of magic. In the Soulfire Universe, there are two primary parts of the magic. The chaos and the order. She’s seen firsthand the destructive nature of the chaos and does everything she can to combat it. She’s very Amazonian in a way and has amassed a small tribe of magical females to both protect and use in her battle. She’s intense and brutal and very driven.

Newsarama: And what are these two up against?

J.T. Krul: Even though the notion of magic existing in the world is still something of an urban legend, certain figures in positions of authority have been smart enough to see the truth. And, it terrifies them. A special military unit has been established to fight this emerging threat in all the forms it takes – even if that means a frightened and confused teenage girl.

Newsarama: What can people expect in the Free Comic Book Day issue coming out May 2?

J.T. Krul: For FCBD, we’ve crafted an original 12 -page tale that really sets the stage for the larger story to come. It’s the perfect place to jump into the Soulfire Universe. And, heck, it’s free!

Newsarama: And if they like it, where should they go to read next?

J.T. Krul: Eternal Soulfire #1 will be out July 8.

Newsarama: Working with you on this is your Mindfield collaborator, Alex Konat. What’s it like having someone you know, specifically Alex, on this project?

J.T. Krul: I cannot say enough about Alex and his art. We’ve known each other for years now, going back to way before we even partnered up on Mindfield. I was thrilled when I found out that he was joining Eternal Soulfire. His work reminds me a lot of Gary Frank – very realistic and grounded. Which actually serves a story about magic quite well. It makes everything seem more genuine and tangible. And his ability to convey emotion through facial expressions is critical for this story. I am lucky to have him. I really think people are going to love his work.

LOLA XOXO #5 preview

LOLA-05a-Reg-Siya-OUMLOLA XOXO #5 by creator/writer/artist Siya Oum is in stores now!

Conrad arrives in Sinmora, and is shocked to find out that Lola’s life may be in danger. Meanwhile, a weakened and bloodied Wasteland Trading Co. finally find solace in a small town that may prove hopeful for a post-apocalyptic future ahead. However, Lola soon realizes that looks can be deceiving, and nothing is as it seems in the Wasteland—and this mistake could be her last!

Aspen Comics SDCC 2014 Convention Exclusives

Aspen Comics is bringing its largest gathering of creators and exclusives of the year to San Diego for Comic Con International 2014. The list of Aspen Comics #SDCC exclusives and schedule of creator appearances at the Aspen Comics Booth #2320 and schedule of events is listed below:

Aspen Comics SDCC 2014 Convention Exclusives:

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•The Art of Aspen Comics: Volume One! A must own collection of some of Aspen’s greatest images!

•All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire #6 SDCC 2014 exclusive cover by Giuseppe Cafaro and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 200 copies.

•Damsels in Excess #1 SDCC 2014 Century Edition, cover by Siya Oum limited to 100 copies.

•Damsels in Excess #1 SDCC 2014 exclusive wraparound cover by Jordan Gunderson and Mirka Andolfo limited to 200 copies.

•Lola XOXO #3 SDCC 2014 exclusive cover by Siya Oum, limited to 250 copies.

•The ZooHunters Sketchbook Convention Exclusive Limited to 200 copies (Featuring Two Different Covers by creator Peter Steigerwald).

•SEVEN Brand New Aspen Comics Full Size Art Prints featuring: Lola XOXO, Damsels in Excess, Jirni and All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire!

•FIVE SDCC 2014 exclusive full color “Daily Prints” by J. Scott Campbell and Peter Steigerwald, only available on respective show days (Wed-Sun), limited to 50 editions! These will surely go fast, so stop by the Aspen Comics booth first thing in the morning each day!

•Aspen Comics Lip Balm SDCC exclusives – Michael Turner’s Fathom, Michael Turner’s Soulfire, Executive Assistant: Iris, Lola XOXO and Damsels in Excess flavors available.

•Aspen Comics SDCC 2014 exclusive lanyards.

The Official Aspen Comics Panel will be Friday at 11:00 – 12:00pm in Room 9:
Frank Mastromauro (co-owner), Peter Steigerwald (co-owner), Vince Hernandez (VP, editor-in-chief), Mark Roslan (VP, director of design and production), David Wohl (Executive Assistant: Iris), J. T. Krul (Jirni), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Scott Lobdell (Superman), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni),Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), Jordan Gunderson (EA: Assassins), Lori Hanson (EA Assassins), and Beth Sotelo (Fathom) will reveal upcoming Aspen titles as well as projects on the horizon. They will also hold a Q&A session with fans. All fans in attendance will receive a gift courtesy of the publisher.

Aspen Comics Creator Signings:

Thursday:
11:00-12:00
Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni), Beth Sotelo (Fathom), Jordan Gunderson (Executive Assistant: Assassins), Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), J.T. Krul (Jirni, All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire),

2:00-4:00
Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni), Jordan Gunderson (Executive Assistant: Assassins), Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), J.T. Krul (Jirni, All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire).

Friday:
1:00-3:00
Ale Garza (Fathom, Fathom: Kiani), Oliver Nome (Fathom: Kiani), Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni), Jordan Gunderson (Executive Assistant: Assassins), Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), J.T. Krul (Jirni, All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire), Lori Hanson (Executive Assistant: Assassins).

5:00-6:00
Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni), Jordan Gunderson (Executive Assistant: Assassins), Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), J.T. Krul (Jirni, All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire), David Wohl (Fathom).

Saturday:
11:00-1:00
Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni), Jordan Gunderson (Executive Assistant: Assassins), Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), J.T. Krul (Jirni, All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire).

3:00-5:00
Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni), Jordan Gunderson (Executive Assistant: Assassins), Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), J.T. Krul (Jirni, All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire), David Wohl (Fathom), Beth Sotelo (Fathom)

Sunday:
12:00 – 2:00
Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni), Jordan Gunderson (Executive Assistant: Assassins), Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), J.T. Krul (Jirni, All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire).

Please Note:
Aspen Comics will also be offering photo opportunities throughout the weekend with Aspen Cosplayers Katy Mor, Rosanna Rocha, Reva Dawn and Heather Finley.

For more information please check www.aspencomics.com and the following official Aspen social media sites:

Facebook.com/aspencomics

Twitter.com/aspencomics

Instagram: aspencomics

Aspen Comics SDCC 2014 Exclusive Art Prints

Aspen Comics is bringing its largest gathering of creators and exclusives of the year to San Diego for Comic Con International 2014. Visit us at BOOTH #2320 and check out the 7 New Aspen Comics Full Size Art Prints featuring: Lola XOXO, Damsels in Excess, Jirni and All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire. Plus Five #SDCC 2014 exclusive “Daily Prints” will be revealed at the Aspen Comics booth at the start of each day of the show!

Alamo City Comic Con Exclusives!

EA_ASSASSINS-16d-Pa#A0A6520 AllNew_FATHOM-03d-Oum-Alamo AspenTOUR08-Alamo2013-epson FAV5-3d-Oum-Alamo2013-epson EASS-16d-Pantalena-Al#62833Aspen is headed to San Antonio for the Alamo City Comic Con on October 25-27th and we’re bringing a TON of new exclusives comic books and prints as well as some of your favorite Aspen creators! Join Frank Mastromauro (Overtaken, Shrugged), Vince Hernandez (Trish Out of Water, Charismagic), Mark Roslan (BubbleGun, Broken Pieces), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni) and Brian Buccellato (All New Executive Assistant: Iris, The Flash) as will be appearing all weekend long at the Aspen Comics Booths #’s B6, B7 and B8! Also check out these awesome exclusive titles and prints we’ll have available at the con and also on www.aspenstore.com!

Trish Out of Water In Stores Now!

TrishOutOfWater-01a_Cafaro-2x3 TrishOutOfWater-01b_Res-Cafaro-2x3Our ninth “10 for 10” release, Trish Out of Water, is out now! With a debut price of only $1 it’s a can’t-miss! Created and written by Vince Hernandez (Charismagic, Executive Assistant: Assassins) with art by Giuseppe Cafaro (Soulfire) and newcomer Ruben Curto and Mirka Andolfo (Charismagic), this is one of Aspen’s most unique titles to date! Don’t miss out and also remember to pick up the Aspen Reserved Edition cover by Cafaro and Peter Steigerwald! Click here to purchase: www.aspenstore.com