Jim Starlin Is Back At The Drawing Table With Dreadstar Returns

A few years ago, a household accident and Jim Starlin believing that he would never draw again. Luckily for all comic enthusiasts and fans of this legendary creator in particular, things have changed.

Starlin, who began his career at Marvel in the early 70’s with groundbreaking work on Captain Marvel, among titles, has seen his creation Thanos become a household name in recent years. This megalomaniacal anti-hero was the main antagonist for the final two Avengers films, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: End Game, which grossed a collective 4.84 billion dollars. However, it is another Starlin creation, the anarchist freedom fighter Dreadstar, an anti-hero himself, that is the focus of Starlin’s current Kickstarter project and this has coinciding with his return to penciling.

Click HERE to go to Kickstarter and view the campaign

A household injury Starlin suffered to his drawing hand has prevented him from drawing for the last 3 yours or so, but recently he found that he has been able to pick up the pencil again and bring his characters to life with the detail and flair that has earned him a loyal following over his decades in the industry. Starlin joined us on The Comic Source Podcast recently to talk about getting back behind his drawign table, what makes one of his favorite characters to work on and a whole lot more. We encourage you to give it a listen. We have included a quick synopsis for the Kickstarter below and encourage you to click on the link to the kickstarter to see all the details. If there was ever a reason to back a crowdfunded campaign, watching Starlin’s art leap off the page is a mighty good one.

Click HERE to listen to Jim talk all about Dreadstar on The Comic Source Podcast

 

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TONAWANDA, NY (April 14, 2020): Jim Starlin, creator of Thanos, Gamora, Drax, the Infinity Gauntlet, and so much more, thought his drawing days were over. A legendary writer and artist in comics, Starlin injured his drawing hand in an accident a few years ago. The injury was serious enough that Starlin believed he would never draw again. But he was wrong. 

 

TONAWANDA, NY (April 14, 2020): Jim Starlin, creator of Thanos, Gamora, Drax, the Infinity Gauntlet, and so much more, thought his drawing days were over. A legendary writer and artist in comics, Starlin injured his drawing hand in an accident a few years ago. The injury was serious enough that Starlin believed he would never draw again. But he was wrong. 

Jim Starlin has returned to the drawing board, and the result is DREADSTAR RETURNS, a 100-page hardcover original graphic novel written and drawn by Starlin. DREADSTAR RETURNS is available now on Kickstarter from Ominous Press and Creation.Ink, which previously partnered with Starlin to publish the three-volume DREADSTAR OMNIBUS set remastering all of Jim’s previous DREADSTAR work. 

“At first, returning to DREADSTAR and penciling a 100-page graphic novel was a challenge I was rather anxious about,” Starlin said. “But before I realized it was happening, the project turned into a comfortable pair of ol’ leather gloves. Then quarantine occurred, and now it’s my life. This book is getting my best.”

Starlin is writing, penciling, and coloring the graphic novel, with inks by Jaime Jameson. Dreadstar has long been Starlin’s most personal creation, a cosmic saga about Vanth Dreadstar, last survivor of the Milky Way galaxy, and his quest to bring justice to the universe. DREADSTAR RETURNS sees Vanth reunite with his old crew to confront a new menace that threatens all they have built. 

In addition to the DREADSTAR RETURNS graphic novel, the Kickstarter campaign is offering the DREADSTAR GUIDEBOOK, a 100-page hardcover companion volume chronicling the history and characters from the saga. The Who’s Who-style volume is written by Robert Greenberger, the dean of such projects, who is responsible for many of the comic guidebooks on shelves. 
 
“I recall with great fondness reading this material as it arrived and thought the worldbuilding and imagination were terrific,” Greenberger said. “Rereading these stories 30 years later, they hold up remarkably well, and it was tremendous fun sifting through each page in search of nuggets with which to build the Who’s Who pages. Tying all this together proved easy, and it was great exercising old muscles.” 

 

The Kickstarter campaign, which runs until May 10, has a funding goal of $28,000. Reward tiers in addition to the graphic novel and guidebook, include DREADSTAR Omnibus volumes, including the three-volume slipcase version; Legacy reprint issues of DREADSTAR #1, featuring images by an array of superstar artists; sketch covers featuring original art by artists including Ron Lim, Dan Panosian, Rick Leonardi, Darick Robertson, Marc Laming, and Tom Nguyen; a logo T-shirt; the Jim Starlin collection of books from Ominous Press; and more.

 

 

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