Meteor Mags: Red Metal at Dawn and Other Tales of Interplanetary Piracy

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The first ten Meteor Mags stories are now collected in a 400-page illustrated book: Red Metal at Dawn and Other Tales of Interplanetary Piracy. You can find it on that glorious bastion of twenty-first century capitalism, Amazon.com, in both paperback and Kindle formats. You can even find it on iTunes.

The paperback is big, beautiful, and banned in The Asteroid Belt! Pick up a copy today, or else Patches will be sad and claw all your furniture to shreds. Vivan las anarquistas!

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Space pirate, anarchist, pole dancer, tobacco smuggler, and rock’n’roll rebel: Meteor Mags blazes through the solar system in a series of adventures with her foul-mouthed nephew, Tarzi, and her adorably indestructible cat, Patches. Join Meteor Mags, her best friend Celina, and her band The Psycho 78s on the asteroid mining frontier of the near future, where mayhem abounds and the heroes aren’t always good!

By 2027, gravity control has made asteroid mining a major industry. Meteor Mags and her crew rock The Belt, raging against the forces of law and order, hijacking cargo ships, and selling illegal music. Until they come face-to-face with an alien invasion.

Meteor Mags confronts reptiles from space, a telepathic kraken in a genetics lab, and a horrifying robotic version of herself. She rescues a pirate radio DJ and a group of young women who join her at Club Assteroid on the asteroid Vesta 4. Between bar fights and smuggling runs, the spirit of her great-grandmother Mad Dog Mags, an eighteenth-century pirate, gives her guidance and protection.

Meteor Mags is vehemently pro-cat, ardently anti-fascist, and always up for rum or weapons testing. Too loving to be a heartless criminal and too degenerate to be a radical feminist, Mags uses her wits, bravery, and vintage arsenal to carve her own violent brand of justice on the solar system. She comes from a line of women known for piracy, revolution, and mysteriously long lives. And no one knows for sure why she has a tail!

The ten short stories collected in Red Metal at Dawn blend historical fiction with the wild energy of Jack Kirby-style comic books and pulp science fiction. Read it in Paperback or Kindle and see why Meteor Mags materials have been banned in The Asteroid Belt since 2029! Also Available on iTunes!

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While re-reading the entire Sandman series from Vertigo this weekend, I found this John Constantine trading card from 1994. It had been safely encased in the original sealed plastic envelope for more than two decades now, like some kind of hell-blazing time capsule. So, what the heck. Why not rip that puppy out and put it on the Internet?

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Origin of Galactus

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We posted these pages in serialized form in the early days of this blog, but that’s proven inconvenient for people searching for this entire epic. Here they are, all in one spot for those legions of internet users who want to know the answer to the most burning question in the universe: Where the heck did Galactus come from?!

Super Villain Classics #1 (1983) compiled pages from even older Thor comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Some supplemental art and dialogue was added to streamline the story into one coherent narrative. Are you interested in those original Thor issues? Check our archives for samples of Thor #162 here and here! Super Villain Classics #1 was reprinted in 1996 as Galactus the Origin.

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This drawing is based on a photograph of Ellie the Studio Cat. Ellie here is modeling for Tesla, the pirate radio DJ’s Siamese cat in the Meteor Mags series. The Psycho 78s album cover she is lying on needs to be finished, and then it can join the recent crop of drawings for the next set of stories in the series.

It’s been slow going on this drawing, not due to technical factors but emotional ones. Ellie disappeared last month on March 20. I’ve posted her on numerous websites and put up 150 flyers in the neighborhood, talked to many helpful folks in the area, and responded to dozens of phone calls about cat sightings. But no luck.

Ellie was my constant companion through life’s storms for the better part of six years. I miss her more than words can express.

I suppose that’s why we have art.

 

 

Red Metal At Dawn

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Mars Will Send No More is one of the oldest and most steadfast supporters of Longbox Graveyard, so when I learned he’d published a fiction collection about his Hell-raising space pirate, Meteor Mags, I knew I had to have a copy!

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I’m only part way through this volume, but I’ve been consistently delighted with Meteor Mags’ own particular blend of anarchy, optimism, bloodshed, artistry, action, nostalgia, punk rock, and cats! (Can’t forget the cats!)

To celebrate the release of Red Metal At Dawn, I caught up with Matthew Howard, book author (and secret master of Mars)

LBG: Tell us a bit about Meteor Mags and this new collection of stories.

MH: Meteor Mags is a space pirate in the near future where asteroid mining has created a new frontier, one ripe for plundering, smuggling, and rebel rock bands. In ten thematically related stories, we learn Mags is no ordinary pirate…

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Islands

Islands of plastic melting in the sun
Their hidden caverns hold many secrets
Frames of reference denied the waking

Farther down you go, dreaming the interior
Scavenging, collecting relics of the past
Things once discarded become your treasures

Artists linger here, raiding history
Finding things they lost, gathering debris
Creating meaning from the detritus

All are lost, adrift, unmoored from this life
Seeking connection in unlikely rooms
Chambers and hallways made out of garbage

They find no answers, only desire
Only fantasy, regrets, and wishes
Nothing can live here
Once the dreamer wakes

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