Age range: Originally conceived for adults, Trish Trash is perfect for anyone 12 and up. Younger kids like it too, but might not get the nuances.
You’ll love Trish Trash if…Check Trish out if you (or someone you love) is totally into sci-fi, rollerderby, reading about kickass girls, reading about kickass girls who are not white, and/or semi-dystopian post-environmental-collapse speculative fiction (oh wait, that’s everyone, isn’t it?).
Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars is the story of Trish “Trash” Nupindju, a 7-and-a-half year old girl on Mars (that’s 15 in Earth years). Like most Martys, she and her family struggle to survive. There’s no water to speak of on Mars, despite Earth astronomers’ predictions, something no one can explain. Everyone is up to their necks in debt to Arex (“We Are the Air You Breathe”) ever since their forerunners shipped over from Earth as indentured servants to escape the Meltdown on Earth. And if you can’t pay your debt with oras on Mars, Arex has got a berth for you, mining some godforsaken asteroid. It’s not a death sentence, but if you die out there, Arex will generously erase your personal debt. If you just lose your mind, well, that’s on you.
Trish’s Tío Robo is a moisture farmer out in the Candor Chasma, and her Tía Selima is a botanist. Her parents…they’ve been missing more than an (Earth) year, since just after they reported spotting some Martian natives on their last anthropological research mission.
The long and the short of it is: Life on Mars. Not great. What is great? Hover derby. Trish has every intention of becoming a top jammer and making it onto the Boreale Bombers. It’s not a ticket off Mars (there’s no such thing) but at least in Boreale you don’t have to wear a radsuit all day.
Jessica Abel writes and draws Trish, with extensive assistance on layouts, design, and backgrounds from Lydia Roberts, and color by Walter. Check out the Trish Trash research and ephemera Tumblr, rollerderby + mars, and like the Trish Trash Facebook page.
And check collaborator Lydia Roberts’ site here! Lydia Robotica.