Sci-Fi insanity and heartbreaking emotion collide in EVERFROST

by Charles LePage

A scientist-warrior endures societal collapse and personal loss on a war-torn planet this June in EVERFROST.

everfrost Sci-Fi insanity and heartbreaking emotion collide in EVERFROST

The press release follows:

Media Release — All scientist-warrior Van Louise wanted was to retire and get off-planet as her society collapsed, but she’s unearthed a mystery involving the death of her son… and she can’t leave without discovering the truth first–even as war brews in her violent and fantastical world.

That’s the situation facing our hero in EVERFROST, the comic book series launching in June 2021 from Black Mask Studios, the Los Angeles based indie publisher of acclaimed titles including SPACE RIDERS, CALEXIT, 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK, and BLACK.

Together, writer Ryan K Lindsay (ETERNAL, NEGATIVE SPACE) and artist Sami Kivelä (ABBOTT, UNDONE BY BLOOD), who previously co-created Black Mask’s 2017 breakout BEAUTIFUL CANVAS together, now joined by colorist Lauren Affe (THE WITCHER, STRANGER THINGS) and letterer Jim Campbell (THE WILDS, WE CAN NEVER GO HOME), have created an emotionally resonant tale of sci-fi insanity and heartbreaking emotion.

“This story came to me as a vision of a scientist walking through the snow, and she’s carrying a big sword, and even bigger loss in her heart. As I unpacked what makes Van, our leading character, tick, I discovered a world of heartbreak and inequality amidst the chaos of futuristic technology replacing ethics and strange creatures living among what’s become of humanity,” said writer Ryan K Lindsay.

On reuniting with his BEAUTIFUL CANVAS co-creator, Lindsay told us, “Sami is one of the best artists illustrating comics today. His ability to showcase emotion is second to none as he controls face acting, pacing beats, and the scope of huge moments like a grizzled veteran.”

“It’s always such a pleasure to work with Ryan, my friend and partner in crime,” said artist Sami Kivelä. “I’ve dug the idea of this story ever since he told me about it, and it’s been a long time coming – for various reasons – which is why it’s even more exciting to finally show the world what we’ve been up to!”

In EVERFROST, Van Louise retired to the ice coast so she could quietly find a way off planet from a world on the wrong side of societal collapse. She biohacks a dead leviathan to orchestrate passage away into the universe, but her plans are about to get chewed up by a mounting war between the Warlords – violent gatekeepers for the global ruling party – and the Bloom – those who risk extinction living out on the water – as well as a family reunion with her son who she hasn’t seen since he died in her arms when he was a child.

According to Lindsay, “I wanted to take a desolate landscape of the far future and soak it in the kinds of human issues Philip K. Dick used to weave through his paperback masterpieces. This is the biggest sci fi canvas I’ve played on yet, and I always appreciate the ability to go big and weird on the page to help illustrate human truths.”

“I’ve really enjoyed working on Everfrost because it’s totally different from anything else I’ve drawn lately. Dragons, aliens, monkeys, robots… who wouldn’t be thrilled?,” said Kivelä.

“EVERFROST is my exploration of change, loss, and determination. It’s a story that’s helped me understand me and my world as I’ve explored Van and hers. Understanding why things happen is difficult to the point of being mentally fracturing, but understanding that you only have so much control can be freeing, especially if you let it give you focus,” said Lindsay.

EVERFROST will launch in June 2021.

ABOUT THE WRITER: Ryan K Lindsay has partnered with artist Sami Kivelä to produce: BEAUTIFUL CANVAS through Black Mask Studios, DEER EDITOR through his own ‘Four Colour Ray Gun’ imprint and a handful of Kickstarter successes, and CHUM through ComixTribe.

He has partnered with artist Eric Zawadzki to produce: ETERNAL through Black Mask Studios, and HEADSPACE, with Sebastian Piriz, through Monkeybrain Comics/IDW.
He was selected as a participant in the DC Writing Workshop group of 2016.

His other comics include: Aurealis and Ledger Award winning NEGATIVE SPACE with Owen Gieni through Dark Horse Comics, SHE Vol. 1 with Chris Panda through ComixTribe, GLOVES with Tommy Lee Edwards in the Vertigo CMYK anthology, as well as EIR with Alfie Gallagher, INK ISLAND with Craig Bruyn, STAIN THE SEAS SCARLET with Alex Cormack, and SKYSCRAPER with Mitchell Collins through Kickstarter for ‘Four Colour Ray Gun.’

He is Australian and when not being a family man he hones his writing skills by sacrificing blood wombats to the outback spider fight clubs.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Sami Kivelä is a comic book artist from Finland. He is best known for his work on series such as UNDONE BY BLOOD from Aftershock Comics, ABBOTT from BOOM! Studios, and MACHINE GUN WIZARDS from Dark Horse Comics.

He has also been Ryan K Lindsay’s co-pilot in BEAUTIFUL CANVAS (Black Mask Studios), CHUM (ComixTribe), and a Kickstarted series DEER EDITOR.

When Sami’s not hunched over his drawing table, he enjoys music, movies, and reading comics.

ABOUT BLACK MASK STUDIOS: Bringing the punk rock ethic to comics, Black Mask supports creators telling awesome and important stories.

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