This is the kind of planet that’s been waiting for a new collection of Kiwi science fiction comics… and now it’s here! Written and illustrated by Kāpiti’s Emma Weakley, That Kind of Planet brings together an assortment of stories drawing on myths and fairy tales with a dash of SF in a volume published by Random Static.
All in vibrant colour, the beautifully rendered stories range from the disquieting horror of “Kelpie” to the lively space adventure of “Hector and Bea Discover an Alien World”, and from the classically inspired “Orpheus” to the entirely original fable “Pig Girl”.
“I’m terribly excited to hold a physical copy of what represents five years of work,” Weakley says. “As dark as the stories can be, I hope some of the joy for creating mad, fantastical worlds and even our own home planet comes through.”
Weakley is a Kāpiti-based illustrator and two-time winner of the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Artist from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand. Random Static have previously published her picture book Jack and the Beanstalk, and her other credits include cover art for a number of New Zealand SF books, as well as illustrating an album and a board game.
Random Static Ltd is a New Zealand small press that has published several science fiction novels and anthologies.
That Kind of Planet is available now from www.randomstatic.net in both paperback and pdf. ISBN: 978-0-473-36424-3, 150 pages, paperback $39.95.