February 5th, 2018

Toronto, ON : Today Black Panel Press announces the release of “Ancient Astronauts,” an original science fiction graphic novel painted entirely in watercolor by Vincent Pompetti.

The 168 page book, set on the distant planet Plaine, tells the story of the young and daring archer, Onys Di Chieti, and the mysterious entity invading her new home planet. The sudden arrival of Yulunga, the astonishing shaman, will open the doors to a universe wholly unexpected by the young Onys. “Ancient Astronauts is an ambitious fantasy scifi-graphic novel with outstanding world building,” writes Kelsey McConnell of ComicsVerse, “the artwork is beyond talented.” Following a successful crowdfunding campaign on, the book is now available in print and digital formats on,, and

Vincent Pompetti is an Italian artist born in Liège, Belgium, originally from Pineto and Atri, in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Trained in fine arts at the St. Luc Institute of Fine Arts in Brussels, he has worked on numerous graphic novels including Sir Arthur Benton, The Gallic Wars, and the pirate story, The Corsair.

Black Panel Press is an independent comic and graphic novel publisher based in Canada, with distribution in the United States. The company was founded in 2017 by Andrew Benteau, with the goal of bringing exceptional foreign graphic novels to North American readers.

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