Today, The Beat is pleased to announced Love Me, a new four-issue romance/sci-fi/action series from Mad Cave Studios written by Francesca Perillo, with art by Stefano Cardoselli, colors by Lorenzo Scaramella, letters by Buddy Beaudoin and a variant cover by Nimit Malavia.

Francesca Perillo, Stefano Cardoselli, Lorenzo Scaramella, Buddy Beaudoin, Nimit Malavia

The first issue of Love Me will be available at your Local Comic Shop (LCS) beginning April 17th, 2024. However, you can get your first look inside, right here, today at The Beat!

Love Me

Main cover.

Here’s the description of Love Me from the official press release:

New York City, sometime in the far future, where robots like JoJo have taken over the tasks humans no longer want to perform…like driving a taxi. JoJo is pretty happy with his lot in life but feels as though something is missing…then he meets Gilda and it’s love at first sight. But the course of true love is a bumpy one and JoJo is going to find that out firsthand when he discovers that Gilda is entangled with the mafia that runs his beloved city, and they’re very much against this potential union for their own reasons. Watch out, JoJo!”

A quote from writer Perillo was included:

Love Me is the story everyone can read: it’s about possibility, hope and diversity. It talks about the ability to wait for and recognize the love that comes after personal fulfillment. In fact, if you are fulfilled with your life, grateful for the work you have achieved, the conquests you have made and the friends you have chosen, despite the difficulties, you can leave room for true feelings even if they are scary and put you face to face with great challenges and strange emotions. Love me is the story of all those who have been able to wait for true love, in the seat of a taxi or at the table in a bar just like what happened to me.”

Cover B.

Along with one from artist Cardoselli:

“This is my first romance story. It has made me more patient in constructing the details of a story’s design, and it contains many details that I hope readers will like. I had fun inserting Easter Eggs into many pages of the comic (poking fun at the author Francesca a bit)! With this series, I faced some new challenges such as: creating buildings, skylines, perspectives, and points of view different from those I was used to when creating my previous Mad Cave series (Don’t wind spit in the Wind). The biggest difficulty was bringing out the emotions felt by a robot that has no mouth to smile or express disappointment, just a set of binoculars to look at the world.”

And finally, one from Mad Cave Studios editor James Emmett:

“The title of this series is fitting as I love the story and working with Stefano Cardoselli and Francesca Perillo. Stefano’s work continues to push the envelope visually and he’s found a wonderful partner in Francesca. Together, they have brought to life a dystopian futuristic look at a love story through the eyes of a robot taxi driver named JoJo.”

Arriving in April

Will you be picking up a copy of Love Me #1 when it arrives at your LCS in April? The Beat wants to hear from you! Be sure and give us a shout-out in the comment section and let us know what you’re thinking.