Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Trashed Collects First Volume of Great Pacific

Privileged heirs to vast fortunes are typically spoiled and lack humility. Chas Worthington is a little different, instead deciding to found the Republic of New Texas in Great Pacific, the first six issues of which are set to be collected in its first volume called Trashed. Writer Joe Harris and artist Martín Morazzo create a treacherous land made of the cast-off trash of the entire planet, populated with mutant seagulls, one very angry giant octopus, a French explorer, pirates, and a group of islanders who got there first — and none of them want to share.

"What excites me most about writing Great Pacific isn't necessarily the environmental message or the chance to pile up some soapboxes to preach a cautionary tale. Rather, it's the story of one man mostly alone on this new, strange frontier that gets me going,” said creator and writer Harris. "It's a story about exploration, and survival, and persistence, and triumph against all odds. The science fiction serves that arc, and the greater environmental message, I'd hope, is enhanced as a result.”

Great Pacific Volume One: Trashed is slated to hit stores on May 1 (ISBN 978-1-60706-733-7). The second volume will start with the seventh issue, out June 5.

"Envisioning and drawing the garbage continent, with all its strange landscapes, is something wonderful,” said Morazzo. "From large views to small details, 'The Pack' isn't just a setting, but a main character in the story.”

Full press release below.

CONQUERING A NEW FRONTIER IN GREAT PACIFIC

Image Comics series is collected in first volume, "TRASHED”


In the hit new Image Comics series GREAT PACIFIC, the privileged heir to an oil fortune declares his independence from family and business obligations in an extreme way — by founding the Republic of New Texas on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an island of trash in the South Pacific. But Chas Worthington soon discovers that it's one thing to take land and another thing entirely to hold it.

In the first volume of GREAT PACIFIC, writer Joe Harris and artist Martín Morazzo create a treacherous land made of the cast-off trash of the entire planet, populated with mutant seagulls, one very angry giant octopus, a French explorer, pirates, and a group of islanders who got there first — and none of them want to share.

"What excites me most about writing Great Pacific isn't necessarily the environmental message or the chance to pile up some soapboxes to preach a cautionary tale. Rather, it's the story of one man mostly alone on this new, strange frontier that gets me going,” said creator and writer Harris. "It's a story about exploration, and survival, and persistence, and triumph against all odds. The science fiction serves that arc, and the greater environmental message, I'd hope, is enhanced as a result.”

Matching Harris's adventurous story is Morazzo's bold, vibrant art, bringing to life a land like the world has never seen before.

"Envisioning and drawing the garbage continent, with all its strange landscapes, is something wonderful,” said said Morazzo. "From large views to small details, 'The Pack' isn't just a setting, but a main character in the story.”

Collecting the first six issues, GREAT PACIFIC VOLUME ONE: TRASHED (ISBN 978-1-60706-733-7) encompasses a story arc that drew attention from comics readers and those interested in ecological issues alike. Harris and GREAT PACIFIC were profiled in Comic Book Resources, Gamma Squad, Comics Alliance, Multiversity Comics, and Deep Sea News.
GREAT PACIFIC will be in stores on May 1 and its second volume will begin with issue #7, out on June 5.

PRAISE FOR GREAT PACIFIC

"A terrifying, hard-to-believe-it's-true premise and a fantastic, smart thrill-ride of sci-fi and high adventure. Don't miss!"
- John Layman (creator/writer of CHEW)

"Fascinating and enjoyable."
- CHUD

"A perfect science fiction story…"
- Brigid Alverson, Robot 6

"This series deals with issues that we haven't really seen in comics before and that's what makes it so interesting: we get real life problems intertwined with a rather fascinating fictional story. The comic turns out to be well written, organized clearly and overall just really, really pretty.”
- Comic Vine

"The pacing is solid, plot twists come fast and furiously, and the the muted color scheme keeps the visuals constantly engaging.”
- Bloody Disgusting

"[GREAT PACIFIC] is very well-realized and beautifully rendered. Harris and Morazzo spend a lot of time and page space exploring the world and potential consequences of Chas Worthington's story by visiting a lot of different locations and considering different thematic elements.”
- The Outhousers

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