A new graphical novel (alright – that’s a comic to most of us) has been getting quite a bit of interest in the diving community recently…Marineman.
Marineman is part Jacques Cousteau, part Super-Hero and is the creation of Ian Churchill – a graphical artist who has worked for DC Comics and Marvel on titles such as The Avengers, X-Men, The Hulk and Superman.
Churchill explains, “I created Marineman over 30 years ago with I was eight years old when I used to watch the old Jacques Cousteau documentaries with my Grandad and collect the underwater themed cards. Bringing Marineman to life hasn’t been easy but I wanted to create a fun comic that would appeal to the child in us all, and with Marineman i’ve accomplished what I set out to do!”
The storyline is created around Steve “MARINEMAN” Ocean who is a marine biologist and TV presenter — a man blessed with good looks, a good job, a good circle of friends and a life many would aspire to. But Steve Ocean also has a secret — a secret, which, if revealed, could have perilous consequences for Ocean and everyone in his life.
Freediving and Scuba Diving feature heavily in the series (right from page 1!), as you would expect, and the series takes every opportunity to educate readers about the ocean as well as thrill them with the storyline.
Graphical novels have been gaining popularity in recent years (mainly due to film franchises such as Batman, Superman, X-Men, Thor and Ironman), there is finally a novel that appeals directly to the diving community as well as helping to educate young and old(er) alike on Freediving, Scuba Diving and the Ocean.
The series also got nominated for the “Best New Series” at the Eisner Awards (the comic equivalent of the Oscars) and has been getting rave reviews for the production quality and storyline!