Marooned is the entertaining story of Captain John, a self-centered space pilot, and his sidekick Asimov, garbage can turned witty genius robot, and is the creative child of Tom Dell’Aringa. After four years of telling ths story of Marooned as a webcomic, Dell’Aringa has launched a Kickstarter so as to translate that tale into a print graphic novel so that his fans can enjoy it curled up on their couches with their favorite snacks.
For the past 5 years Dell’Aringa has been serializing his very popular sci-fi comic Marooned – A Space opera in the wrong key online. It’s the story of Captain John, a self-centered space pilot from Earth, and his sidekick Asimov, an automated garbage can turned into a genius robot. The central theme of the story is Captain John’s journey from hapless to heroic. Along the way he encounters many and sundry types of characters as well has some truly amazing adventures, including (but not limited to):
- An insane stowaway robot
- Martian scientists with no arms and martian mystics with three legs
- Sentient crystals that embed themselves into your head
- The smartest creatures in the universe – who also are the clumsiest
- Martian ‘tween angst
- Zombie Martians and their crazy dictator
- And a little romance — just to get started!
Marooned is a mixture of things that Dell’Aringa always loved as a kid. It’s a story that he thought would be fun to read, and it contains a healthy mixture of Dell’Aringa’s own influences including Star Wars, Bugs Bunny, Calvin & Hobbes, Thunderbirds, Star Blazers, and Peanuts all rolled into one.
Needless to say, Captain John and Asimov aren’t alone. There’s also Ugo, the Martian leader, who is wise and helpful. Ril the orphan ‘tween who has loads of attitude, but desperately wants a family, Zed the renegade alien, and the mysterious Captain Lian Fisher — the survivor of a lost mission to Mars who has become something more than human. Ultimately, Captain John is presented with an all-or-nothing battle where selfish behavior and foolish pride have no place, which will decide not only his fate, but the fate of everyone on Mars. Marooned is a story that is funny, but it also has heart. It’s suitable for any reader, young or old.
Over the past 5 years, Dell’Aringa has developed a dedicated fan base that has nurtured and supported him. “I want to leave them with this special book that is Marooned as it was intended to be,” Dell’Aringa told us. “Not read one or two pages a week, suffocating the plot, but rather as a big, fun book of comics that you spend all day reading while munching on your favorite snacks, transported to another time and place. That’s what reading comics is all about.” He also want new readers to be able to discover Marooned in this way, rather than the serialized way of webcomics.
To ensure it would be right, he spent a full year reworking the art from the beginning. He actually recolored, redrew, rewrote, and even added some new strips to ensure that the Marooned graphic novel would be a book readers can revisit over and over again. It’s a 280-page Omnibus extravaganza. As a special bonus, Dell’Aringa’s has added some bonus features that are exclusive to the book; these include a special Ellie on Planet X/Marooned crossover by James Anderson, as well as a short Marooned collaboration with David Scott Smith (Disney artist and creator of Space Base 8!) and some other fine goodies.
This is where you the fans come in, according to Dell’Aringa’s the book is complete, but he needs fan support to raise the funds to actually get the book printed. Along with the book, there are some great rewards for fan support — including original art, fun prints, a patch and more. Dell’Aringa’s hopes that Marooned tickles everyone’s fancy, and that he’ll garner the support he needs to fund this book.
This project will only be funded if at least $5,250 is pledged by Tuesday Aug 20, 2313.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.