Canadian illustrator, cartoonist and designer John Martz has just released a new book called Destination X and it’s well worth checking out! Inspired by old pulp sci-fi novels, ghost stories and episodes of The Twilight Zone, Martz’s book is a fantastic sci-fi parable about obsession and single-mindedness.
The comic book tells the story of Sam, the grandson of a world-renowned space adventurer. Impressed by his grandfather’s tales of mysterious planets and alien romance, Sam decides to model his life on his grandfathers, stopping at nothing to fulfill what he believes to be his natural destiny — even if his grandfather’s stories aren’t true.
The Toronto based cartoonist (and founding contributor of the fantastic Drawn.ca) has a wonderful style and skill at telling stories. Destination X is a strange, dark and nuanced tale that is often funny, sad and surprising.
The book (as well as Martz’s other new release Machine Gun – a collection of his webcomic) will be making their official debut this weekend at the Toronoto Comic Arts Festival. Destination X is printed with a fantastic simple spot color design and bound in a beautiful hardback cover. It is currently released through Nobrow Press and you should definitely go check it out!