HUMAN COMICS

Anthropocene: The Human Saga

Gabriel Smith is a screenwriter from Venice Beach, California.  He is the founder of Human Comics, an independent comic book publisher, which was created as a platform for Smith to exhibit his writings for a cyberpunk sci-fi series entitled Human (aka Anthropocene: The Human Saga). Following a successful kickstarter campaign, the first issue of the Human series was self-published, and the quality of the publication quickly gained notoriety within the comic book industry at conventions and online. Shortly thereafter, Smith successfully negotiated international distribution agreements for his company with Diamond Distributors. Smith is currently engaged in production on two upcoming titles; an historical adventure series entitled The Fall of Ebla, and a children's comedy series dubbed Bacon and Sausage. Human Comics is currently accepting submissions from independent comic creators for publication of new and original stories.


HUMAN 01Anthropocene: The Human Saga


  • The story revolves around Cezra, a young bounty-huntress who hunts down anatomically amped criminals as a private mercenary.
  • Written & Created by Gabe Smith
  • Artwork by Ryan Merrill

HUMAN 02Anthropocene: The Human Saga


  • Cezra and Teegan set out on a new bounty hunt after a sadistic biochemist. The Avakian family maintains control with a little help from the Osiris.
  • Written & Created by Gabe Smith
  • Artwork by Ryan Merrill

HUMAN TRADE VOL. 01coming this spring


  • Human Trade Vol. 01 -- combining Human Issues 1 and 2 -- will be available Spring 2015.
  • Written & Created by Gabe Smith
  • Artwork by Ryan Merrill

HUMAN 01

Anthropocene: The Human Saga

First Published: November 2012

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TRANS-HUMANISM IS ILLEGAL!

Human is a cyberpunk story that takes place on Earth in the year 2272 A.D. Technological advancements have enabled people to enhance themselves through bio-engineering and extreme elective surgeries: wings, gills, cerebral implants, tentacles, extra-limbs, weapons, anti-gravity technology, gene splicing...

If you can dream it, people have already begun to do it.

A millitary branch, known as the Department of Human Purity (DHP), has been created to respond to fears and dangers surrounding this growing poulation of altered and enhanced human-beings.

The story revolves around Cezra, a young bounty-huntress who hunts down these anatomically amped criminals as a private mercenary on the prowl.

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ISSUE ONE: Cezra and Teegan are hunting down a dangerous four-armed bio-tech dealer named Drolo. However, their attempts to apprehend him are interrupted by the Department of Human Purity's pursuit of this same culprit. Meanwhile, Doctor Carter struggles with workplace relationships while searching to cure his infected wife from a mysterious disease that has begun to erupt within society.

HUMAN 01

Anthropocene: The Human Saga

First Published: November 2012

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ISSUE 1 IS SOLD OUT ...

Copies of Human, Issue 1, the standard edition, as well as he Collectors Edition, complete with book binding, high quality paper and an autographed signature by writer Gabe Smith (only 300 produced), are SOLD OUT. But you can purchase a digital version through commiXology bY clicking here.

HUMAN 02

Anthropocene: The Human Saga

First Published: March 2014

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TRANS-HUMANISM IS ILLEGAL!

Human is a cyberpunk story that takes place on Earth in the year 2272 A.D. Technological advancements have enabled people to enhance themselves through bio-engineering and extreme elective surgeries: wings, gills, cerebral implants, tentacles, extra-limbs, weapons, anti-gravity technology, gene splicing...

If you can dream it, people have already begun to do it.

A millitary branch, known as the Department of Human Purity (DHP), has been created to respond to fears and dangers surrounding this growing poulation of altered and enhanced human-beings.

The story revolves around Cezra, a young bounty-huntress who hunts down these anatomically amped criminals as a private mercenary on the prowl.

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ISSUE TWO: The Department of Human Purity, a governmental military branch in charge of controlling the trans-humanist movement, has captured Drolo and transported him to the military hospital for anatomical normalization. However, things go awry for Dr. Carter and his staff because of the Osiris' remote interference on behalf of a global technology firm known as Avakian Corp. Meanwhile, Cezra and Teegan embark on a new bounty hunt when a sadistic biochemist becomes a person of suspicion.

HUMAN 02

Anthropocene: The Human Saga

First Published: March 2014

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ISSUE 2 IS SOLD OUT ...

Human, Issue 2, both the standard version and the Collectors Edition, complete with book binding, high quality paper and an autographed signature by writer Gabe Smith. (only 300 produced), are now SOLD OUT. But you can purchase a digital version through comiXology in early spring.

HUMAN TRADE 01

Anthropocene: The Human Saga

Publishing: Spring 2015

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TRANS-HUMANISM IS ILLEGAL!

Human is a cyberpunk story that takes place on Earth in the year 2272 A.D. Technological advancements have enabled people to enhance themselves through bio-engineering and extreme elective surgeries: wings, gills, cerebral implants, tentacles, extra-limbs, weapons, anti-gravity technology, gene splicing...

If you can dream it, people have already begun to do it.

A millitary branch, known as the Department of Human Purity (DHP), has been created to respond to fears and dangers surrounding this growing poulation of altered and enhanced human-beings.

The story revolves around Cezra, a young bounty-huntress who hunts down these anatomically amped criminals as a private mercenary on the prowl.

_________________________

ISSUE ONE: Cezra and Teegan are hunting down a dangerous four-armed bio-tech dealer named Drolo. However, their attempts to apprehend him are interrupted by the Department of Human Purity's pursuit of this same culprit. Meanwhile, Doctor Carter struggles with workplace relationships while searching to cure his infected wife from a mysterious disease that has begun to erupt within society.

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ISSUE TWO: The Department of Human Purity, a governmental military branch in charge of controlling the trans-humanist movement, has captured Drolo and transported him to the military hospital for anatomical normalization. However, things go awry for Dr. Carter and his staff because of the Osiris' remote interference on behalf of a global tecnology firm known as Avakian Corp. Meanwhile, Cezra and Teegan embark on a new bounty hunt when a sadistic biochemist becomes a person of suspicion.

HUMAN TRADE 01

Anthropocene: The Human Saga

Available Spring 2015

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Human Trade Vol. 01 -- combining Human Issues 1 and 2 -- will be available in Spring 2015.

MARCH 18, 2015 (Updated) -- Human Comics is pleased to announce that Issue 1 of Human is now available for digital sale online through comiXology . Issue 2 has now also been submitted for digital release and is currently under review. Home to the largest selection of digital comics anywhere, comiXology takes comics further with its revolutionary Guided View™ reading technology on all digital devices. Experience comics and graphic novels like never before. When reading on a mobile device, double-tap on a panel to enter Guided View. Swipe or tap to cinematically shift from panel-to-panel at your own pace! Each Guided View experience has been handcrafted by a comic lover to make sure you have the best possible adventure, no matter how small your device.

   





MARCH 09, 2015 -- New artwork for HUMAN Trade, Issue 1 is now complete. Adding to the excitement, HUMAN distributors, Diamond, have agreed to place the cyberpunk series' trade volume in their May Previews catalog, which will be available in comic book stores internationally. This new 120-page publication will contain brand new, and never-before-seen artwork by Ryan Merrill, and will compile issues 1 and 2 of the HUMAN saga, which have already sold out. Please spread the news throughout your social media networks and ask your local comic book store to order it from Diamond.





MARCH 01, 2015 -- Human Comics publisher Gabe Smith and Human, Issue 1 and 2, artist Ryan Merrill appeared live on Bombad Radio, Feb. 28, with Gabe discussing what to expect from Human Comics in the future, and Merrill talking about the art creation side of the industry. Have a listen to Episode 189.





FEB. 26, 2015 -- Human Comics welcomes artist Chris Malidore to the fold. Malidore -- a professional illustrator out of Yakima, Washington, where he is primarily known for his artwork in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction-based, role-playing-game fields -- will be the chief artist on the new historical adventure series, The Fall of Ebla, to be published by Human Comics later this year. The story takes place during the early bronze age in ancient Mesopotamia, and depicts the conquest of a Sumerian city-state by the Akkadians under the rule of King Sargon the great.   Check out more of Malidore's genius in his Deviant Art gallery.



FEB. 18, 2015 (Updated) -- Following a successful showing at Wizard World Comic Con in Portland Oregon, Jan. 23 to 25, Human Comics owner and creator Gabe Smith has now set his eyes on Seattle's Emerald City Comic Con, March 27 - 29. Stop by and say hi to find out the latest news on Anthropocene: The Human Saga series (Issue 3 is due out in Spring 2015) and on Human Comics' planned expansion this year to produce other titles. Gabe will be in Artists' Alley at table L-13 (map). And ... for the very first time, we will be participating in the Phoenix Comiccon, May 28 - 31. Details to be announced. You can also follow along online through the Human Comics Instagram and Facebook accounts.



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Thirty-something Venice, California-based writer and entrepreneur Gabe Smith has always had an affinity for storytelling and animation. From envisioning himself as a real life 'Calvin' from Bill Watterson's iconic Calvin and Hobbes strip, to storytelling with sock puppets and wall-shadows, playing make-believe, and acting out skits that he made up with friends and family, Smith was looking for a creative outlet from a very early age.


Even through stints as a Guitar Center salesman, real estate agent, musician, a home mortgage loan officer, 911 EMT first responder, and a general manager for Motel 6 and G6 Hospitality – jobs which paid the bills – Smith kept that spirit alive writing screenplays and potential storylines for comics.


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In 2012, Smith's vision become reality with the creation of his own publishing company, Human Comics; he self-published the first issue of his cyberpunk comic Human, and then negotiated a deal with Diamond Distributions for the title as a continuing series, now on Issue 3, which is expected to hit shelves and digital outlets in late spring 2015.


The company focuses on creating original fictional narrative content that can be translated from comic book format to larger multi-media projects for major studios and game developers.


"My biggest inspirations as a writer are still Calvin and Hobbes, and JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy … and The Hobbit," Smith says, adding his Human series -- Anthropocene: The Human Saga – came out of a curiosity as to where mankind would be in two centuries, in the new epoch of humanity.


"I just made fairly logical predictions about what the social atmosphere of our planet would be like 200 years from today, then applied those concepts in the context of a dramatic fictional narrative," he says. "I liked the idea of a kick-ass bounty huntress as a main character, and the trans-humanist element of my story provided me with the ability to write a lot of action packed and dramatic encounters."


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Smith, whose current reading list includes the comic titles Saga, East of West, and Lazarus, credits his successful first two titles to the relationship he -- as a writer and creator -- has with the various artists he works with.


"It's just a matter of living in that same fictional world together," he says "The more time you spend together talking about it and conceptualizing the world within the story, the more vivid and believable it will be for the readers and audience.


"Although it isn't absolutely mandatory, in my experience, it is preferable to have opportunities to work in the same room together when other artists are involved. One of the themes of Human is how technology can separate us as people; I often ponder how modern-day appliances might devalue the quality of my own relationships by removing personal interaction.


"But the most important thing is that everyone involved is passionate about the project. If that's in place, then the chances of putting out a good comic book are pretty good."


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As to the future of Human Comics, Smith looks to what other independent publishers have done in the industry in the past decade.


"My comic book inspirations were independent publishers like Valiant and Image; Image of course is a Top 3 publisher today, but they were new back then," he says. "I'm also a fan of Boom/Kaboom, Bongo, IDW, Dark Horse ... Okay all of them. I'm basically a fan of anybody publishing good comic books."


That's Smith's ultimate goal … continue publishing the engaging Human series, while adding new titles, writers and artists to the fold, and just producing memorable comics.


"I just want to keep coming out with more quality projects ... more stories … more artwork. Just more of what I've already been doing," he says. "That's success for me."


T H E  P L A Y E R S

Gabe Smith

Founder | Creator | Writer

Ryan Merrill

Artist

Chris Malidore

Artist

Rahoul Ghose

Web Editor


APPEARANCES

01 | 23 - 25 : Wizard World Comic Con | Portland, OR

03 | 27 - 29 : Emerald City Comic Con | Seattle, WA

04 | 3 - 5 : WonderCon | Anaheim, CA

04 | 18 - 19 : Big Wow ComicFest | San Jose, CA

04 | 24 - 26 : Wizard World Comic Con | Las Vegas, NV

05 | 28 - 31 : Phoenix ComicCon | Phoenix, AZ

06 | 19 - 21 : Wizard World Comic Con | Sacramento, CA

06 | 9 -12 : Comic Con | San Diego, CA

07 | 27 - 30 : Fan Expo Canada | Toronto, ONT

10 | 9 - 12 : Comic Con, New York | New York, NY

11 | 4 : Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo | Los Angeles, CA



RELEASES

Spring 2015 : Human, Trade Vol. 1

Spring 2015 : Human 3

TBA 2015 : The Fall of Ebla



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