Aster of Pan: The Source Now Live on Backerkit

Magnetic Press announces the long-awaited sequel to the Award-winning ASTER OF PAN, featuring an exclusive variant edition by Peach Momoko 

APR. 25, 2024, (PITTSBURGH, PA) — Renowned graphic novel and art book publisher Magnetic Press is proud to announce the campaign for ASTER OF PAN: THE SOURCE by author and illustrator Merwan (False Guard) with an exclusive variant cover painted by fan-favorite artist Peach Momoko (X-Men)!

ASTER OF PAN: THE SOURCE Graphic Novel Trailer (2024) from Neurobellum on Vimeo.

This long-awaited sequel to the award-winning and official selection of the 2020 Angouleme Comics Festival, Aster of Pan, resonates with deep, layered characters in dynamic, often action-packed situations, Merwan’s anime-inspired visual style mixes the dynamics of classic mangaka with a water-colored palette that is uniquely his own, varied by the line weight of Tim Sale.

The year is 2068. The place, Fontainebleau forest, ancient home of some of France’s mightiest monarchs on the outskirts of what was once Paris. The post-apocalyptic society of Pan survives by growing rice and scavenging among the ruins of a destroyed civilization. Their precarious existence comes under threat when the powerful, technologically advanced Federation of Fortuna forces them into a dangerous choice—submit to Fortuna’s rule, or try to best them in a barbaric, ritualized game known as Celestial Mechanics. Pan’s only hope? A hot-headed outcast they’d rejected for being “un-Pan”: a girl named Aster.


“We fell in love with Merwan’s work when we first encountered it in French,” said Magnetic Press Publisher, Mike Kennedy. “Aster of Pan (originally titled “Mechanique Celeste”) was unlike anything we had seen before, evoking the dynamics of AKIRA with the expressiveness of The Long Halloween but with painted watercolor textures simply defies comparison. We were proud to publish several other books by Merwan since but Imagine our excitement to return to the world of Pan and that family of beloved characters in THE SOURCE… it’s a post-apocalyptic future we love spending time in!”

Aster of Pan: The Source is available exclusively for pre-order only through Backerkit. In addition to the campaign-exclusive Peach Momoko cover, Slipcase Sets, and original artwork, fans will also be able to pick up copies of Merwan’s previous books, Pistouvi and False Guard, with other exciting exclusives and stretch goals to be revealed throughout the campaign.


Receive a limited edition linen cardstock art print by Peach Momoko FREE when you pledge in the first 48 hours. The limited Aster of Pan: The Source pre-order campaign ends Friday, May 17, at 5pm PST.

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