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Mariko Between Worlds

Colorist Rebecca Nalty / Illustrated by Liana Kangas / Letterer Micah Myers
Published by Mad Cave Studios
Distributed by Simon & Schuster



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About The Book

Mariko and Rem are breaking up but they have one last night together in the Mall of Portals, an inter-dimensional consumerist heaven full of unending vice, before Rem takes his new job doing data entry on the Moon of Plenty. With a couple hours to spare, no personal repercussions and entire dimensions at their fingertips -- what's the worse that could happen?

This out of this world rom-com is straight out of the year 2099, but speaks to a feeling that time will never change. The fear of loss. Artist Liana Kangas teams up with author Matthew Erman to create a world of lust and star dust. Find yourself navigating the human condition with the most out of this galaxy characters. Mariko Between Worlds is a realistic down to earth graphic novel completely off the wall swarming with magic portals and sexy aliens.

About The Author

Matthew Erman is a writer of comics (primarily) and the creator of the critically acclaimed horror series Long Lost (2018, Scout Comics) with artist Lisa Sterle. Since then, he's worked on the properties: The Dark Crystal, Power Rangers, Care Bears, BONDING, Terminal Punks, and now Mariko Between Worlds with Mad Cave Studios.

About The Illustrator

Liana Kangas is a freelance comic artist, illustrator, and writer. Current works include drawing and co-creating the comic miniseries TRVE KVLT, written by Scott Bryan Wilson published by IDW, drawing a short written by James Tynion IV for Razorblades, published by Image Comics and contributing to a short with David Booher on CANTO, Tales of the Unnamed World. Liana has also worked on the IDW/LucasFilm title Star Wars Adventures written by Sam Maggs, co-writing the short one-shot Seeds of Eden, co-written by Joe Corallo, drawn by Paul Azaceta, and published by TKO Studios, co-created and drew a mini series titled She Said Destroy, written by Corallo and published by Vault Comics, and the BlackAF series title Devil's Dye written by Vita Ayala published by Black Mask Studios. Liana’s work has been featured in anthologies including 2000AD, Z2’s The Final Symphony, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Comic Mix’s Mine!, Image Comics Where We Live, and A Wave Blue World’s All We Ever Wanted, Dead Beats, Embodied and Dead Beats: London Calling. Liana has drawn covers for series published with Image Comics, IDW, Comixology, Oni Press, Ahoy, Vault, Mad Cave and Scout and licenses such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Dark Spaces: Wildfire, and more. You can find fun features of Liana’s work on Nerdist, SYFY Artists Alley, Panel x Panel as well as featured articles on Deadline Hollywood, Newsarama, Paste Magazine, AIPT, Doom Rocket, Multiversity, Comics Beat, Vice, and Comics Alliance.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Mad Cave Studios (October 10, 2023)
  • Length: 114 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781952303531

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Raves and Reviews

A brilliant palette and wildly playful illustrations make for a compelling tale as readers follow this night of revelry down the rabbit hole—or perhaps the rabbit portal. Erman (Witchblood) and Kangas (TRVE KVLT) create a wonderfully madcap last night for a couple on the verge of becoming something new. Futuristic and psychedelic, the message of growing up and away from the path that one thinks they want will resonate with many. [...] This title captures the rush of youth, where nights out have no repercussions and hangovers are tomorrow’s problem.

Library Journal

Beneath the sardonic banter and barrage of fantastical concepts is a sincere story about moving on to a new stage of life and coping with endless change.

Publishers Weekly

Artist Liana Kangas and writer Matthew Erman come together to create a strange weird multidimensional space of emotional exploration and outer-dimensional entities that sparkle in their own unique ways. The whole yarn is very existential and dreamlike and will leave you thinking about the nature of relationships and what one means to oneself, others, and the space between spaces.

Gives the feeling of getting lost in a vibrant world where almost anything is possible. Leaving it behind can feel bad, but it makes memories.


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