Doran began developing the characters and world when she was just 12 years-old. She started doodling superhero versions of her characters and eventually moved into sequential storytelling, moving her operation to Image Comics in 1996. The book follows siblings Jason and Liana who discover that their father was a powerful member of an alien race. After breaking Liana out of a mental institution, the pair get dragged into interstellar alien drama and meet a huge host of characters.
Despite its stature, plenty of newer comic book readers fans might not be familiar with "A Distant Soil" because new issues haven't hit stands since 2006. That delay came from a printer screw-up that led to the loss of the book's negatives. Before the days of easy access to quality scanners, comic art was actually photographed and the negatives used for printing and reprinting purposes. With the negatives gone, Doran was unable to replenish her back catalog. Instead of throwing in the towel, she began a long, arduous process of creating new files based on original art, original copies and other sources.
"A Distant Soil" #39, the first new issue in six years, debuts from Colleen Doran and Image Comics/Shadowline on April 24.