I discovered the Indiegogo campaign for the Mari Sue comic completely by chance yesterday and the art instantly caught my eye. Then, of course, the title clicked.
Mari Sue is an upcoming indie book that has already been funded, but has a handful of days to go, as of this writing. From creator George Alexopoulos, Mari Sue is a sci-fi comic about a young woman who has everything she needs to be a successful Contractor but makes a mess of things due to her own ineptitude.
According to the Indiegogo page: “Rosemari Susan Oppenheimer is the pilot of the Hermit Crab, a one-of-a-kind set of Power Armor engineered with a myriad of optional loadouts to accommodate any job. Mari earns her living as a Contractor, solving problems for anyone willing to pay for her services: Mining, transportation, protection, sometimes even conflict resolution.
Although able to project a veil of professionalism toward her clients, Mari is actually naive, irresponsible, imprudent, and downright derpy – at least according to her mentor, the mad genius, Dr. Masaka. Retiring soon, he insists on imparting a critical lesson to his protege: That although she inherited incredible technological advantages from her estranged father, the universe won’t simply step aside for Mari. If she isn’t able to adapt to a ever-changing world (and take better care of her equipment) she will find herself quickly overwhelmed and depleted of resources.
Mari travels a foreign universe in a reliable (if clunky) cruiser with her pet/co-pilot, the foxy Bork. Her universe is very different than others: It resembles a swirling galactic soup, an ocean, something one might see under a microscope. There are gas clusters with breathable air, chunks of inhabitable floating rock and soil rather than planets. There is always somewhere interesting to visit, and countless clients seeking the services of a professional problem-solver.”
The creator promises to deliver a comic familiar to lovers of 80s and 90s anime and based on the artwork on the funding page, I can see it. It reminds me of some of the cool sci-fi stories I loved in Heavy Metal magazine, and classic anime from decades ago. The first run is going to be 2 issues, and if successful George intends to continue the series.
The story sounds like a lot of fun, and the art on the IGG page is fantastic. There’s a whimsical feel to it, with a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor based on the description. The description, and art, gives me a Tank Girl meets Mr. Bean vibe. Here’s hoping the finished product fits that expectation, and if I can land a review copy in the future I’ll do my best to bring you my thoughts on it.