Marianne de Pierres is one of the most inspiring writers in my life. She’s not only a great mentor and friend, but she is a writer who constantly challenges herself to try something new, and different, never confining herself to a single career track.

Marianne writes crime, science fiction, fantasy, YA, and has now come up with something completely different and exciting – a webcomic called Peacemaker, which combines westerns and science fiction with an Aussie twist, and a hint of sexy paranormal romance. Urban cowpunk, maybe? Marianne is working with award-winning Brigitte Sutherland, who has produced some beautiful art for the project. You can buy the first issue for 99 (Aussie!) cents at Marianne’s website, and sales from this first issue will go towards funding Issue 2 and beyond. So if a comic like this, produced by two super talented women, is something you think you might be interested in, grab it now!

Marianne’s press release:

Acclaimed Australian author, Marianne de Pierres, and award-winning comic artist,
Brigitte Sutherland, have teamed up to produce a new and exciting online comic.
Entitled Peacemaker, the web-comic combines the supernatural, the futuristic, the
Wild West and the Australian landscape in an exotic blend of storytelling.

Peacemaker introduces readers to park ranger, Virgin Jackson, and US cowboy, Nate Sixkiller. Dead bodies, missing spiritualists, an imaginary eagle and a wholly psychotic businessman, Joachim Spears, are just some of the things that force the two into an uneasy alliance to save Park Western from being closed. Trapped in the heart of a sprawling Australian super city, Park Western is the only piece of natural landscape left in the entire country, and Virgin will do anything to preserve it.

Marianne de Pierres has won awards for her science fiction and crime novels and had her work adapted for RPG and animation. Peacemaker is the result of Marianne’s long term romance with Westerns, which started many years ago when her father gave her a copy of Light of the Western Stars by Zane Grey. It was only a matter of time before she wrote one herself.

Brigitte Sutherland’s award-winning comic art has featured in numerous anthologies across the world. Brigitte recently released her first creator-owned graphic novel, The Adventures of a Homunculus. Peacemaker allows UK–based Sutherland to share the beauty of the land she grew up in while indulging in high adventures starring a sassy heroine!

Peacemaker is available for download from de Pierres’ website. There are plans for a limited edition soft-cover to follow. It is published under de Pierres’ own branded creative co-op, MDPWeb.