Dark Horse Brings Digital Comics ‘Pariah’ And ‘Polar’ To Print As Graphic Novels [SDCC]

ca-logo-v2Dark Horse Brings Digital Comics ‘Pariah’ And ‘Polar’ To Print As Graphic Novels [SDCC]

by Andy Khouri     July 16, 2013 10:00 AM


Kicking off what’s sure to be a week of fun Comic-Con announcements from Dark Horse is news that the publisher is bringing to print two distinctly different but similarly Dark Horse-appropriate works from the Web: Pariah and Polar. The former is a science fiction suspense story conceived by veteran film producer and studio executive Aaron Warner that follows a group of teenagers possessed with extreme intelligence as they try to evade a suspicious government. The latter is a gorgeously minimalist spy/revenge piece from cartoonist Victor Santos (Filthy Rich). Both projects are to be collected in new editions that contain additional material not seen on the web — in the case of Polar, that new material includes an entire script of dialogue that wasn’t there before — 160 pages worth.

The teen heroes of Pariah gain their super-intelligence after being “cured” of a genetic disorder. Consequently they begin to question and deconstruct all of society to such a conspicuous degree that the government has to track them down.

Creator Aaron Warner’s Hollywood history is pretty auspicious. He produced the original Academy Award-winning Shrek features and served as the head of production for 20th Century Fox during the making of Titanic. Like many Hollywood-to-comics transplants, Warner originated the idea for his webcomic but leaves it to established comics talents to bring it to life. Those people are celebrated Petrograd writer Philip Gelatt and the Eisner-nominated Surrogates artist Brett Weldele, both of whom know what they’re doing. But unlike some of Hollywood’s “comic book producer” types, Warner seems very dedicated to the Pariah project.

He told ComicsAlliance via email:

Pariah is the first thing I’ve done that came directly from my heart and brain – no committees, no focus groups. It hits on the things that mean the most to me now and have since I was a kid — how do you reconcile feeling like an alien and living among non–aliens? How do our differences make us uniquely able to problem solve and innovate? I’m also a strong believer in the power of science and technology to bring about positive change. The stuff we’re dealing with in Pariah isn’t science fiction. It’s all based on inventions and discoveries that are happening every day. Phil Gellat and Brett Weldele totally get where I was coming from and have helped Pariah exceed my expectations. The story is going to some crazy places and I can’t wait to take the readers there with us!

Pariah began life as a digital comic sold online and was supported with live-action webisodes that you can see here. The tone of the book seems a good fit at Dark Horse and joins the company’s ever growing slate of titles that originated online including The Black Beetle, Ashes, Axe Cop and Sin Titulo.

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Things are heating up for the vitros in PARIAH #4. Don’t miss this issue as the characters are all brought together for the first time in the biggest plot advance to date…





2011 New York Comic Con Indie Spotlight

Written by Shaun Daniels and Edited by Sharon Wong

New York Comic Con is quickly becoming the closest thing to rival the mega convention San Diego Comic Con.  The one major difference between the two is that NYCC continues to focus on comic books as opposed to its west coast equivalent, offering up lots of comics, especially of the indie variety.  The Fright Channel found four standouts in the world of indie comics worthy of your attention and hard-earned ducats.

First up is new publishing house, Sea Lion Books, from the Dabel brothers, David and Pascal.  Although with barely just a year of publishing under their belt, Sea Lion has collaborated with several big names in the writing world including the likes of Anne Rice.  The one comic book in particular that deserves your attention is Pariah, created and written by Academy Award-winning producer Aron Warner and Philip Gelatt (currently of Providence, RI) with art by Brett Weldele.

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DAILY SIGNINGS: booth#: 1723, and satellite booth# 1142

Thursday the 13th: 2:30 – 3:30
Friday the 14th: 11:00 – 12:00 and 2:00 – 3:00
Saturday the 15th: 10:30 – 11:30 and 2:00 – 3:00
Sunday the 16th: 11:00 -12:00

Preview PARIAH #4, Free Swag & Prizes!!!






Thursday July 21, 2011 12-2 pm:
TR!CKSTER Signing | San Diego Wine and Culinary Center
200 Harbor Drive, Suite 120, San Diego, CA 92101 (Directly across the tracks from Exhibit A on 2nd & Harbor)
Aron & Brett & Philip
**Directly following signing Aron & Brett & Philip will pose for a portrait by Kevin Knight for Comic Book Resource

Thursday July 21, 2011 4-6 pm:
Comic-Con signing | San Diego Comic-Con
Aron & Brett & Philip
Location: Dark Horse Booth 2615
Friday July 22, 2011 3-5 pm:
Comic-Con signing | San Diego Comic-Con
Aron & Brett & Philip
Location: Exhibitor Table E03


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From the mind of Oscar-winning film producer Aron Warner, illustrations by Eisner-nominated Brett Weldele, written by Philip Gelatt, and published by Sea Lion Books…

PARIAHthe series premieres at Comic Con, July 20 – 24th

Sea Lion Books Unites Warner, Eisner-Nominated Illustrator Brett Weldele and Writer Philip Gellat to Bring A Unique Group of Beyond-Intelligent Teen Fugitives to the Comic Book World This July.

Los Angeles, CA – May 25, 2011 – They’re not super powered, they’re just super smart. The teen protagonists who lead us through the world of Pariah, a twelve-book graphic novel series from the mind of Oscar-winning film producer Aron Warner and published by Sea Lion Books, are the next generation of heroes in the comic book world. Eisner-nominated illustrator Brett Weldele (The Surrogates) will bring the stories to life in ink, and Philip Gelatt will pen the scripts set in Warner’s world for the twelve books. As buzz builds about this unlikely collaboration and the unique story of Pariah, the series will premiere at San Diego Comic Con on July 20 – 24th.

“I came up with Pariah after reading an article about in vitro genetic manipulation,” Warner says. “We take medications every day without fully understanding how they work. It’s kind of terrifying if you think about it. In Pariah, kids grow up with incredible intelligence as a side effect of modern ‘cures.’ The problem is that they’re so smart, they question everything – even things we hold as sacred. All of our laws, morals, and even physical constraints will be torn apart and re-built. These kids are adrift in every way, equipped with mental tools we can’t even imagine. On top of all of that, they’re persecuted, feared and hated. As if being a teenager didn’t suck enough…”

The Vitros, as the characters are called, are a group of several hundred kids from all over the world who possess beyond-human intelligence produced via genetic manipulation. As teenagers in the process of trying to uncover their identities, they live relatively normal lives, though not without a fair amount of suspicion thrown at them from the fringes of society. When the Vitros are framed for a deadly explosion at a laboratory that releases a virus on the population, the government systematically begins to round up these pariahs, sending our heroes on the run from the authorities and their lives.

Says Sea Lion’s Publisher, Derek Ruiz, “Aron has captured the essence of being a Pariah as seen through the eyes of a group of scientifically created teens. They are a Petri dish of innocent souls infinitely more intelligent than anyone else on Earth. Yet their creation and existence has left them shunned and condemned.”

What happens when the society that created them also tries to destroy them?

The Pariahs fight back this July.