There are two things that I think are universally loved by all children: dinosaurs and outer space. Alien Bones, the upcoming all ages graphic novel from 1First Comics blends them together and adds in plenty of robots, pirates, and, of course, alien dinosaurs. Written by Chris “Doc” Wyatt and illustrated by Chris Grine, the comic is set for release in October, perfectly timed to coincide with International Dinosaur Month. I had no idea this month-long holiday existed but my life is forever changed as a result.
Writer Chris “Doc” Wyatt says:
The idea of Alien Bones came from wanting to thrill my son with an adventure out in the universe. I can admit that astronomy can sometimes seem dry and boring in the classroom, so I wanted to find a way to encourage my kid to think about the cosmos as an exciting place to explore and discover. He was interested, at the time, in dinosaurs—a lot of kids go through a dinosaur phase, and my son was no different. So, I thought: “What about kids having adventures with dinosaurs in space?”
Alien Bones follows ten-year-old Liam Mycroft as he roams the galaxy in a starship with his paleontologist father searching for the fossils of extinct alien dinosaurs. I just described my ideal childhood. When Liam’s dad disappears inside the mysterious ruins of an underground alien city, he sets out on a cosmic adventure that could impact the entire human race. He’s joined by his best friend, Dianna, his robot Standard-5, and his tiny pet dino.
Artist Chris Grine adds:
I’ve drawn parallel worlds, a robot Abraham Lincoln, an evil witch apocalypse and the strange adventures of a half chicken, half rabbit creature named Chickenhare. And this original graphic novel really let me to push my art into new and exciting directions, specifically deep into the heart of outer space. What’s more awesome than dinosaur fossils? Alien dinosaurs!
I love everything about this. The fact that it’s an all ages title only seals the deal.
When I was growing up, the idea that there might be other planets out in deep space, beyond our solar system, was widely accepted, but wasn’t yet proven. Now over 4,000 exoplanets have been pinpointed, and astronomers are discovering more all the time! What secrets might those planets hold? What epic journeys could they provide? Let’s hope we can use storytelling to raise a generation of explorers with enough passion and curiosity to try and answer those questions!
Alien Bones is set for release at your local comic shop on October 2nd, 2019 and at bookstores and Amazon on October 8th.