J. G. Birdsall

J. G. Birdsall

Thursday, 31 August 2017 18:09

Issue 2 Begins Production

I’m pleased to announce that James Newell will be picking up the artistry reins of Venus Rises' next and subsequent installments! Production on Venus Rises: Exordium, Issue 2 has officially begun!

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Work-in-progress issue art by James Newell. Story written/created by J.G.Birdsall.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 01:48

Press Reviews

The gracious folks over at South Devon Geek Squad, shelfabuse.com, and Geek-O-Rama did reviews of Exordium #1! You can read them below...

South Devon Geek Squad:



Venus Rises: Exordium #1 is NOW available on ComiXology!
Be sure to check it out: http://bit.ly/2igXlUv

Friday, 25 November 2016 22:55

Fresh Off The Presses

VR's latest issue has FINALLY arrived from the printer!


Venus Rises: Series 2 continues the adventure, this time chronicling the lives of Terry Holden and Hollister Pelt III, as the civil war between Venus and Mars unfolds around them. The two story lines will eventually merge into one as events unfold.

Exordium #1 has two covers to choose from. The standard cover showcases the Venusian crew, while the alternate cover (limited quantity) is of the Mars' protagonist.

Terry Holden, a single mother and Captain of a Venusian salvage ship, wants nothing more than to make an honest living. Her son, Percival, can't wait to start his first year studying abroad at a prestigious Martian college. When the Venusian Resistance attacks a prominent corporate headquarters, Mars goes into lockdown. Percival is detained by Martian authorities and Terry quickly finds herself torn between staying neutral to protect her livelihood, or risk everything to save her son.

Hollister Pelt III is an Asset Protection Enforcer tasked to save the Shirokawa Corporation from a hostile takeover. For the last year, he's been analyzing the disappearance of the mining vessel Ikarus and finally believes he knows the whereabouts of its very lucrative cargo. But some high ranking officials in the Mars Defense Directorate don't want to see the Ikarus disaster resurrected... putting Hollister in their crosshairs.

To celebrate the release of Exordium #1, we're offering an exclusive 10% discount on our web store! Use promotional code: JOINVR16

*This is for a limited time only. Use code at checkout. Can be used only once.

Web store link: https://squareup.com/store/venusrises

Friday, 20 May 2016 20:56

Digital Downloads

Screen Capture

Venus Rises: Threshold, Parts 1 and 2 are NOW available on ComiXology! Be sure to check it out!

Click HERE to purchase Digital Copies.

Click HERE to purchase Physical Copies.

Friday, 19 February 2016 19:10

Indigo Comics Article

Check out this awesome Q&A Indigo Comics did with VR's creator J. G. Birdsall.

"Hey there fellow comic book nerds and nerdettes! Welcome to We Love Your Work, where we spotlight creators, writers, and artist we admire. We will discuss their work, careers, and share personal stories. J.G. Birdsall is the creator behind the former web series and future Kickstarter funded comic, Venus Rises. J.G. was kind enough to talk to us about his process and how his creative journey has led him to where he is today. Check out our conversation HERE."

Article Link: http://www.indigo-comics.com/2016/02/07/we-love-your-work-12-j-g-birdsall/

Saturday, 09 January 2016 21:46

Kickstarting January 11th, 2016

Strap on your seat belts! Venus Rises is about to take off! Lets do this together!

Our Kickstarter campaign starts on January 11th, 2016 and ends February 10th, 2016.

Kickstarter Link

Earth was quarantined fifty years ago. Since then, long-running political and cultural clashes between Mars and Venus have intensified. Talk of revolution permeates the ether. Humanity is on the threshold of interplanetary war!

The crew of the salvage spaceship Cattywompus find themselves at the epicenter of humankind's first interplanetary civil war.

Issue #1 will be 32 action-packed pages in glorious color.

THE BACKSTORY: VR was originally a web series, produced back in 2007. Relying heavily on physical sets, rather than green screen, it quickly became too costly to maintain. Production was shut down after just 3 episodes.


I wouldn't give up. I sought out other, more cost effective, avenues to tell my story... eventually deciding with comic books. This new medium allows me to ignore the budgetary restraints I had with the web show... giving me the freedom to finally match my imagination. In 2014, I adapted my remaining shooting scripts into a 2-parter comic book. This not only gave my web show a proper ending, but also served to set up the next series.


VR's next chapter starts roughly 2 years after the events seen in the web show... midst the civil war between Venus and Mars... with all new characters, new exotic locales (in-depth looks at the Martian and Venusian colonies), and an all new 'hero' spaceship designed from stem to stern.

New Crew

New Ship

Venus Rises... the little engine that could... is poised to become 2016's next big sci-fi franchise!

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Even if you can't contribute financially, you can still help us by spreading the word, help people find Venus Rises and get updates about the comic book. It will be greatly appreciated! You can share and like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and/or connect on Instagram for regular photo updates.

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 15:54

The Web Store is now Online

We are glad to inform you that our new Web Store is now online. We ship all comic books bagged and boarded.

Check out our Exclusive Packages! All these packages come with an assortment of postcards, flyers, and/or bumper stickers. While supplies last!

Package #1
This package includes:

  • Threshold, Issue #1
  • Threshold, Issue #2
  • The Complete Series, DVD
Exclusive Package #1

Package #2
This package includes:

  • The Official Companion
  • The Complete Series, DVD
Exclusive Package #2

Package #3
This package includes:

  • Threshold, Issue #1
  • Threshold, Issue #2
  • The Official Companion
  • The Complete Series, DVD
Exclusive Package #3
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 15:54

New York Comic Con 2014

Venus Rises will be heading to this year's New York Comic Con, October 9th-12th.

We'll be premiering an assortment of original comic books, swag, and collectibles.

Come visit us at booth #1045.

See our Facebook Page for more details.

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