Ablaze has announced a new partnership with fantasy author JP Roth to release her line of Rothic graphic novels. Ancient Dreams, debuting in August 2021, is the first release. It’s a modern fantasy story intertwined with classic tales of the ancient gods.
Cara Wynter is a literature student living with her twin sister, Lily, in Fairhaven Washington. A daughter of witches, touch brings Cara only pain, and dark visions of pasts and futures she can rarely change. Already fighting to exist in her strange reality, she begins to crumble when the reoccurring dreams of her own death begin. In a desperate attempt to unlock the secrets in the violent images, she finds herself lost in a contest between love, and the will of the ancient gods. With only forgotten memories and the pages of a book to guide her, she struggles to understand her past and break a deadly curse. Cara must face her worst fears, to save the soul of a god she has treasured for centuries, and a love she cannot live without.
“My tale starts with a ‘once upon a time.’ A long time ago, beings lived who could control the elements, immortality, and time. We called them gods and gave them our worship. They played with us like toys, took our lives and sabotaged our love. Now, the gods are myths. Stories in books—not to be confused with our modern world. I believed this until I found myself tumbling through a dream. This dream took me to another life. To a forgotten time in a bloody age. I dreamt of Hades’s son and a lustful goddess. I dreamt of limitless power and revolving time. I dreamt a death and love that was mine… My name is Cara Wynter, and this is my story.”
Ancient Dreams includes nine chapters including three never collected before. It features artwork from Eric Basaldua, Mike Krome, Dawn McTeigue, and Sabine Rich. The book clocks in at 160 pages and will retail for $19.99.
After Ancient Dreams, Ablaze has plans to publish other Rothic graphic novels including REM 8, Theory of Magic, and Southern Nightgown.
“Ancient Dreams; a battle of love versus time, a saga created by myself, yet brought to life by Dawn McTeigue, Sabine Rich, Mike Krome and Eric Basaldua.” says JP Roth. “I am grateful and thrilled to publish this graphic novel series with Ablaze. I love their varied collection of tales, exceptional artwork and authors. I feel deeply honored to be a part of this stunning collection.”
“Jo has been steadily building her Rothic brand and fan base for some time, and doing a great job at it.” added Ablaze Co-Founder & VP Creative/Biz Dev Rich Young. “So excited to be working with her now, and help get her stories and graphic novels out to a wider audience.”
Ancient Dreams is set for release on August 31st, 2021 and is currently available for pre-order through your local comic shop, bookstore, and Amazon.