Pedal to the Metal! Speed Republic Vol. 1 is Now Available!

Rev up those engines–this NCBD brings the return of our high-octane racing series, Speed Republic, now in trade paperback format and with all-new foreword by Nottingham author, David Hazan!

Artist Emanuele Parascandolo and award-winning writer Ryan K Lindsay explore a thrilling story about societal hardship, personal endurance, and how to navigate some of the most dangerous turns in this pulse-pounding classic from Mad Cave Studios. Collecting issues #1-5 of our high-octane racing series, follow along with the Valencia siblings through every twist and turn of The Grand Race!

Speed Republic Vol. 1
Author: Ryan K Lindsay – Artist: Emanuele Parascandolo – Colorist: Michele Monte – Letterer: Joamette Gil

Synopsis: In the future, Europe has united under one man, The Autocrat. He rules the apocalyptic landscape from corporate monopolies with a vision of unity that is gospel to some, but hollow to others. To distract the 99% from their poor and empty lives, they are given the opportunity to compete in the Grand Race. A marathon street race through Europe where only one driver can make it to the end and win a life of luxury. Our hero, Sebastian Valencia enters with the hope that winning this race can make up for his wasted past, but along the way he starts to question what kind of future he is actually buying into. Collects issues #1 – 5.

Preview the foreword:

Illustrator Fabian Lelay created a series of covers paying tribute to iconic racing movies and series! Click through to see the full collection below!

Meet the Creators!

“Speed Republic is one of my favourite things I’ve ever written because it’s a story that touches on a whole bunch of narrative elements I love. It’s about a future society breakdown, a completely detached megacorporation monolith, family, a sense of purpose, and of course epic pulse-pounding car race shenanigans. I felt as much influence from haunted John Carpenter futures as I did esoteric emotional vignettes from the Coen Brothers. This is a story about one man trying to help his family, and maybe himself, in a world that won’t, and doesn’t truly value the concept of doing such things. Creating this landscape, in which to tell this story with Emanuele Parascandolo, has been a dark delight and I hope readers lose themselves in the swirl of this comic.”
Ryan K Lindsay (He/Him) – Writer
Instagram: @ryanklindsay | Twitter: @ryanklindsay

“Working on Speed Republic has been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had so far. The collaboration between Ryan, Chris, Michele, and I was nothing short of a perfect synergy to me and it made me grow as an artist and as a worker in general. Probably, the thing I’ve loved the most has been reading and picturing the characters that Ryan had created: they felt so real that they immediately took shape in the panels, and trying to make them as expressive as possible has been a total blast for me!”
Emanuele Parascandolo (He/Him) – Artist
Instagram: @ilfratellodiparascandolo | Twitter: @paraskino

Emanuele was featured in an exclusive interview with PreviewsWorld leading up to the release of Speed Republic #1! You can read his close-up here.

Praise for Speed Republic

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“A surprisingly gripping story with and deep and emotional undertone that I am looking forward to see how it all unfolds and comes together.” - Dave Jones
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“Full of action, cool artwork, and thoughtful musings on a world that is already in dystopian decline, it should prove to be a surprise hit for your pull list, especially for fans of Cannonball Run and Mad Max.” - Carrie McClain
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“Something as out-of-this-world as a race to survive just can’t cover up the depressing situations every character has to face. And yet this is something readers refuse to look away from because of how it tugs at their heartstrings.” - Jake Palermo

Need a refresher on the rules of The Grand Race? Check out the official trailer for Speed Republic below!

Speed Republic Vol. 1 is now available on the Mad Cave Studios website, here, at your favorite local comic shop, or on your favorite digital comic reader!

Mad Cave Studios: is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded by Mark London in 2014 driven by madness and committed to quality. For additional information, visit


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