Helen wakes up marooned on a lifeless alien planet 300 light years from Earth with no memories beyond a hazy sense of extinction-level urgency to return to Earth. Joined by Arther, her strange robot companion, she explores the planet to find materials necessary to repair her ship until her most painful memories return as monstrous manifestations hell-bent on her destruction. As Helen fights her way back to base, the mysteries only deepen: who is she, really, and why can’t she remember the true objectives of her mission? CANOPUS tracks the demons of both inner and outer space in an intricately illustrated psychological sci-fi adventure!
- Script, Art, & Cover: Dave Chisholm
- On Sale Date: February 19, 2020 (#2 available March 18th)
- 32-page, full color comic
- $3.99 U.S.
- Item Code: DEC191848
- Publisher: Scout Comics
ABOUT THE CREATOR
Dave Chisholm is a trumpet player, songwriter, composer, bandleader, educator, and visual artist from Rochester, NY. In 2013, Dave received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the prestigious Eastman School of Music and is an acclaimed trumpet player and recording artist. He wrote and illustrated the groundbreaking musical graphic novel INSTRUMENTAL in 2017 and he contributed short comics to MYSPACE DARK HORSE PRESENTS and Locust Moon’s Eisner Award-winning anthology, DREAM ANOTHER DREAM. He currently teaches at Rochester Institute of Technology, Canisius College, State University of New York at Brockport and at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance. https://www.davechisholmmusic.com/
COOL SCI-FI ACTION: With Chisholm’s signature inky brushwork and intricate panel layouts, the sci-fi excitement of CANOPUS comes alive in a visually inventive way that encourages a closer read through its many dangerous creatures, narrow escapes, and alien planet vistas. Built on a psychological mind-bender of a plot, it’s powered by action on every page.
PERSONAL GENRE STORY: CANOPUS isn’t saddled with the “movie pitch in disguise” baggage seen in many other indie genre comics. It’s a relatable personal story of buried pain, guilt, and memory layered into a widescreen page-turner in the far reaches of space with the fate of humanity at stake.
ABSORBING MYSTERY: What starts as a straightforward story of a marooned astronaut quickly escalates into psychological mystery; Helen doesn’t know who she is, why she’s here, or why the planet is full of physical manifestations of her life’s accumulated memories. Solving these mysteries is central to CANOPUS, and just when you think you’ve figured it out, the story grows that much bigger in scope.IMMERSIVE ARTWORK: Chisholm is known for formally creative comics pages, expressing his deeper themes through playful panels that fold in on themselves, change perspective, and spread out across spreads in dozens of