Last year, writer/artist Ben Hatke published Zita The Spacegirl, the story of a girl lost far from Earth who becomes an intergalactic hero. This year, Hatke - and Zita - are back with more all-ages adventures, in the exciting, hilarious, and overall fun second volume: Legends of Zita The Spacegirl. We chatted with Hatke in advance of the books release by First Second to find out what's coming up for Zita, what the market is like for all-ages books, and which Joss Whedon show he draws inspiration from (hint: it isn't Golden Girls):

By Charles Webb & Eddie Wright

Starting today, November 22, in collaboration with artist and writer Ben Hatke and First Second Books, MTV Geek is releasing installments of Hatke’s cosmic adventure fantasy, Zita the Spacegirl. Every Monday at Noon, eastern standard time, a new chunk of the whimsical, sci-fi tale will hit the site. The entirety of the book's 192 pages will roll out in 11 separate parts leading up to the official release in both hardcover and paperback on February 1, 2011.

This is the first of many collaborations between MTV Geek and not only First Second Books, but a multitude of publishers, writers and artists, both indie and mainstream alike.

From First Second Books:

Zita’s life took a cosmic left turn in the blink of an eye.

When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough as new experiences go, but Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero. Before long, aliens in all shapes and sizes don’t even phase her. Neither do ancient prophecies, doomed planets, or even a friendly con man who takes a mysterious interest in Zita’s quest.

Zita the Spacegirl is a fun, captivating tale of friendship and redemption from Flight veteran Ben Hatke. It also has more whimsical, eye-catching, Miyazaki-esque monsters than you can shake a stick at.


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