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Jeffrey M. DonatoBy Jeffrey M. Donato
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Jeffrey M. DonatoBy Jeffrey M. Donato
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About

I will be producing three complex illustrative projects...

First, I will be creating my own version of the almighty and mystical Tarot. The deck I have been hard at work creating for over ten years now, is an extremely personal expression of my philosophy on... well, just about everything! This is part of my soul emerging as art. It finds its roots in my deepest, most fantastic imagination. It wasn't long before I realized how interconnected it is to my other work, as the story I am telling through the Tarot is actually the backstory to the mythology I am suggesting in my comic book.

Comic book you say....?

Speaking of comic books, the second project I am undertaking is a dense graphic novel. The story is one of two reluctant superheroes amid the apocalypse. There are hints of Gilgamesh, Beowulf and other ancient myths throughout this contemporary tale. The underlying themes are archetypal and the story is a very "boiled down" approach to my version of storytelling. The characters are blatantly symbolic (and quite personal) and the art is purposefully bereft of draftsmanship. I've made a point to focus on denying verisimilitude specifically for the benefit of my own personal style. It's all about expression and enjoyment, not exactitude. I would hope this graphic novel will become enough of a success that I can continue creating more stories like it.

The third project is a children's book I am collaborating on with a close friend (author). The subject of the book is familiar territory, it's the story of Santa Claus! We've taken it in a new direction, utilizing both historical and mythological research to enrich this clever narrative about the jolly old elf's early years. If it were a comic book, it could be called "Santa: Year One" It's going to be quite an adventure!

These three projects make up my trifecta of creative endeavor. I am hoping that someone sees the merit in the stories I tell. I am a storyteller before I am anything else, and there are loads more ideas where these came from. Trust me when I say: these three projects are just the tip of the iceberg that is my creativity. I am an idea machine! There is so much more where these brainchildren came from. I just need to find a way to get others as excited about these stories as I am. If I can do that, then maybe I can spend the rest of my life telling these amazing tales to the world! My fingers are crossed...

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