SOURCE: Apama The Undiscovered Animal

October 14, 2014 16:23 ET

Critics Are Starting to Rave About 'Apama: The Undiscovered Animal,' an Unusual New Superhero Comic Book Series That Takes Place in the Creators' Hometown of Cleveland

CLEVELAND, OH--(Marketwired - Oct 14, 2014) - Why should cities like New York or a mythical one like Metropolis get all the superhero action? Two longtime friends, writers Milo Miller and Ted Sikora, have dropped an offbeat new comic book series titled Apama: The Undiscovered Animal right into an authentic depiction of their hometown, Cleveland. The good people of C-Town will never know what hit them.

So what is an Apama? With so many great superheroes based on creatures like spiders, bats, and wolverines, the creators asked themselves, "What if there was another animal so powerful and stealth that it remained undiscovered by modern man?" In the comic, Hungarian ice cream truck driver, Ilyia Zjarsky, takes a mid-day hike and stumbles into the powerful force of the Apama spirit.

Cleveland's landmarks and neighborhoods show up extensively. Recognizable buildings and bridges get damaged by villains, and when Ilyia rips his costume, its actual Cleveland resident Valerie Mayen of Project Runway who repairs it in her boutique.

The creative duo chose the versatile Benito Gallego of Valenciana, Spain to illustrate Apama. To make sure Gallego's portrayal of Cleveland is rich with authenticity, Sikora photographs the city and its people, then uploads the images to Gallego.

To fund the first hardcover volume of Apama: The Undiscovered Animal, Sikora and Miller turned to Kickstarter. ( They reached their ambitious goal in just seven days, assuring an early 2015 release. The campaign continues through October 31.

The 160+ page collectible volume also includes exciting bonus pinups from some of the industry's best illustrators: Ron Frenz, Sal Buscema, Mark Wheatley and Eddy Newell.

Apama's single issue digital releases have been receiving rave reviews across the comic enthusiast spectrum. Comic Nerds Unite says, "It was so strange, and that was one reason why I loved it. It's kind of unlike anything I've ever read... Sensational." Derek McCaw of Fanboy Planet adds, "I dug it -- Old school Marvel with a modern twist." Comics Bulletin says, "Apama #2 rocks! If anything, this chapter is even more ridiculously wonderful than the debut, which I adored. There's a ground level realism to these characters that just works wonders."

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