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Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen return to Descender for new art book

This sci-fi AI space opera begs for a re-read, especially with the Art of Descender book now on its way

Image credit: Dustin Nguyen (Image Comics)

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The sci-fi AI epic Descender by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen is one of my favorite comics of the past decade, and if you're like me, you'll soon have even more ways to enjoy it.

Lemire and Nguyen have announced they're self-publishing a new companion edition to the 50-issue Descender/Ascender series in the form of a behind-the-scenes art book. Titled The Art of Descender, the duo will be sharing not only artwork from the series, but various pieces of behind-the-scenes lusciousness in the form of process art, preliminary illustrations, and more. Lemire will be writing a new foreword for the collection as well.

The Art of Descender will be crowdfunding using the popular comics platform Zoop, with an exact launch date to be announced. If interested, you're encouraged to sign-up for email updates on Zoop's The Art of Descender landing page.

For those that missed it, Descender follows robotic life form named TIM-21 (a young teenage robot, as it were) as he discovers he's the last of his kind after being eradicated by the galactic government. This puts him on the run from the government, and running towards the truth about why AIs like him were destroyed - and their extraterrestial origins.

The Art of Descender book comes as development remains underway for a Descender TV Series, announced back in 2020.

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