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Nearly 10 years in the making, Michael Zulli’s The Fracture of the Universal Boy is a 200+ page hardcover graphic novel.

Nearly 10 years in the making, Michael Zulli’s The Fracture of the Universal Boy is a beautifully produced 200+ page, black and white, oversized hardcover graphic novel. As of now, the book is 100% complete: written, drawn, laid out, designed and lettered. All that’s left is the generosity of patron strangers to get it published, shared with the world, and gifted to a deserving public.

WHY DOES MICHAEL NEED MY HELP?

In this age of mass digital production, the joys of holding a beautifully produced book in your hands are becoming a rarity. Sadly, books are expensive to produce. $17,000 is certainly no small amount of money. But every penny of it will go to producing The Fracture of the Universal Boy just as it was created – with love and attention detail that will include a foil-stamped, full-color cover, off-white interior pages and custom endpapers.

Here are the practical considerations of what your very generous contributions go toward:

- Full print and production of Fracture of the Universal Boy with the ultimate goal of a Summer 2011 release.

- Shipping and customs fees

- ISBN Number and copyright registration

- Kickstarter fees

WHAT IS THE FRACTURE OF THE UNIVERSAL BOY ABOUT?

To say “you’ve never seen anything like this” is cliché. While terribly trite, this is a cliché closer to the truth than most. Between Michael’s astoundingly rich and detailed artwork and incisive, deeply-moving storytelling, you’ll come away from the book knowing that yes, somebody else HAS been there. Somebody else intimately understands that the creative life of the mind is a challenging, heartbreaking and ultimately rewarding and redemptive place.

But really, what’s it all about? Best to let Michael tell you in his own words:

Everything begins as a dream. Or, in somewhat less esoteric terms, an “idea”.

The computer you may be reading this on,and the desk on which it sits, hard its origins in the realm of the intangible, the unreal, a dream. The inner life is your real life, one that begins before you were born, and remains with us, constant and pervasive all the days of our lives. The outer, tangible world we all say is the “real” world is only a manifestation of the one that lives in the space out side our five senses. Without this inner life, nothing would happen.

The Fracture of the Universal Boy is my attempt in story form to address these ideas.

Told in a kind of symbolic dream logic I have tried to address the ideas and motivations behind the artistic life. What is the nature of belief? Love? The process of making art? At times it is pure unadulterated nightmare, brutal and almost blasphemous, and at other times sublime and even a bit silly, the book is a true labor of love. I made this without the restraints of the marketplace, deadlines or outside control or systems. Much like a song is written, a painting is brought to canvas, or a pot or a poem brought into being by any other artist of any other discipline. In effect it is my own personal monster, cobbled together from all the various bits of things that fascinate and appall me. It was deliberately made to provoke ideas, outrage, and catharsis, and the sense of peace one has after the inner storms pass, leaving one clear and washed clean.

Michael Zulli, On the frozen prairie, defying logic for a living.

Thank you very much in advance for your support. Michael Zulli and Eidolon Fine Arts look forward to bringing you Fracture of the Universal Boy soon!

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