Back in 1985, when graphic novels having their first flirtation with bookstores, Trina Robbins produced an adaptation of Tanith Lee’s novel, The Silver Metal Lover. It hadn’t been reissues, but that appears to be about to change. Drew Ford curates the “IT’S ALIVE!” imprint over at IDW and he’s running a Kickstarter for a new edition of The Silver Metal Lover, which appears to have just funded. Gail Simone’s adding an introduction and Colleen Doran’s providing a variant cover and afterword.
Official PR follows:
IT’S ALIVE! has just passed its initial goal of $10,000 to bring Tanith Lee’s THE SILVER METAL LOVER back to print! However, there’s still time left in the Kickstarter campaign for more fans to pledge to this exciting collection which already blew through its two stretch goals. That includes a SILVER METAL LOVER sticker featuring Trina Robbins‘ artwork from the book after the pledges passed 200 backers. Plus, now that the campaign has hit $11,000, all backers will also receive a mini print which showcases Trina Robbins’ art.
Originally published in 1985, this work has never been reprinted in any form. This new edition will feature a new variant cover by Colleen Doran (A DISTANT SOIL), who will also provide the afterword, a new foreword by Gail Simone (BIRDS OF PREY), and a new intro by Trina Robbins herself. Bonus content will include a special essay about the late Tanith Lee’s life and work by her husband, artist/writer John Kaiine,
All of this will be printed at 8.5″ x 11, full color, on glossy paper, all tucked inside a beautiful, deluxe hardcover.
IT’S ALIVE! founder Drew Ford said of his current Kickstarter to publish Tanith Lee’s THE SILVER METAL LOVER graphic novel adaptation by Trina Robbins, “This cult classic science fiction romance is an important early example of ‘the graphic novel’ as a storytelling vehicle, telling an intimate story of a young girl’s first love…who just happens to be a robot! We are very honored to shine a light on the brilliant work of the late Tanith Lee. And we are thrilled to be working on our second book with the legendary Trina Robbins! Also, we must send out a huge THANK YOU to Colleen Doran and Gail Simone for coming along for the ride! We hope you will give it a look, and consider making a pledge.”
Many exciting rewards are being offered, including signed copies of the book, exclusive prints from Colleen Doran, sketches by legendary comic book pros, including Bill Sienkiewicz (NEW MUTANTS), Ron Frenz (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), and Larry Hama (G.I. JOE) and even original pages of comic book art by Trina Robbins!
Check out THE SILVER METAL LOVER Kickstarter which will be active from now until the evening of Friday, January 5, 2018 and get pledging:
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.