This is not a children's book. This series makes the Walking Dead look like it was commissioned by Walt Disney.
It's a dark dystopian reflection of society set inside an Orwellian inspired universe. Other influences include Art Spiegelman's Maus and Alan Moore's V for Vendetta.
I have been world building this concept for fifteen years before I entered into a creative partnership with illustrator Colm Harnett. The concept has grown organically from an idea for a music video I had after listening to Portishead - Roads. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQYsGWh_vpE
Volume One focuses on a heist narrative. Drawing on many of the tropes and traits of the heist genre. I've created a big interweaving narrative structure that spans three volumes. Each of the characters have their own unique backstory.
Guy Fox the Brain, Vicky Vixen the inside...um vixen, Fast Eddie Hedgehog the Getaway Driver. Georgie Mole the Techie. Lenny Badger, the Mussel. Barry Bunny the Lookout and Trevor Wolf the Mark.
Volume One (150 -Pages) is broken down into five (30 -Page) issues/chapters. Each one focuses on one of the principal characters. But there are seven principal characters I hear you say… This is true but two of the characters have such a co-dependant relationship that they share a chapter and one of the characters doesn’t have their own chapter, not in Volume One…
Part One – Barry “Hopper” Bunny (The Lookout)
Had a very troubled upbringing. Raised by his drug addicted prostitute mother. His father is likely some nondescript client of his mothers. He was exposed to violence and abuse from such a young age that it’s made him volatile and prone to fits of rage. This chapter tells Barry’s backstory, leading up to him being saved from the Pigs by Guy Fox. Barry becomes the Robin to Guy’s Batman.
Part Two – Vicky Vixen (The Inside Woman)
Vicky is a smart and beautiful arctic fox. Her and Guy grew up together in the orphanage run by Orwell Owl. She was adopted by a wealthy family. They were very close as kids, first love etc. As an adult, she works for a shady international conglomerate. She hatches a plan to steal a fortune in cryptocurrency but needs a team to pull it off. Guy is recommended for the job. He hesitates, it’s a risky venture but agrees because there is still a spark between them.
Part Three – Georgie Mole (The Techie) & Lennie Badger (The Mussel)
These two characters are visually inspired by the Badger and Mole from The Animals of Farthing Wood. Whilst being contextualized with Lennie and George from Steinbeck’s Of Mice & Men. Both of these characters grew up in the same orphanage as Guy Fox. Georgie is an amoral tech genius. Lennie almost died as a cub during the badger cull. He was saved via an experimental treatment which accelerated his physical development. He is essentially a hulking beast with the mental age of a toddler. Lennie and Georgie counterpoint each other. Lennie is strong, Georgie is smart, but Lennie is the moral compass for both of them. This chapter focuses on motivation for the heist, Georgie is dying. He has an inoperable brain tumour. The money from the heist could prolong his life long enough to finish his work and leave a legacy for Lennie.
Part Four – Fast Eddie (The Getaway Driver)
His Dad was an Olympic gold medal runner. The pride of the nation. Eddie always felt like a disappointment to his father. He had a closer relationship to his mothers’ brother. That’s who got him into cars. Eddie lives to drive, loves the open road more then anything in the world. He’s a fast living heavy drinking driving machine. His uncle got him his first cash in hand job as a courier. He didn’t know he was a drug mule. Because Eddie wouldn’t testify against his uncle, he was tried as an adult and sentenced to prison where he met Guy Fox for the first time.
Part Five – Guy Fox (The Brain)
Is a master thief and con-artist. He saw his father hung from a tree and his mother torn apart by a pack of hounds. Loyal to a fault, never leaving the orphanage he was raised in. Orwell is Fagin-esque to say the least. Teaching Guy and the others how the thieve from the rich and survive in a cruel, merciless world. Much of Guy’s backstory is revealed in the previous chapters. This Chapter mainly focuses on the heist itself and the fallout/backlash from the plot twist(s)…
About The Author
I'm currently two third's of the way towards attaining my Masters in Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University. I completed my undergraduate degree in Creative Writing Drama & Theatre Studies with an overall 2:1 https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10156711447710087
I have a background in multimedia and am currently working on adapting one of Stephen King's short stories into a film in partnership with Aberystwyth University TFTS Department and AMP Media via a dollar baby contract. http://www.cambrian-news.co.uk/article.cfm?id=125180&headline=Film%20student%20set%20to%20adapt%20Stephen%20King%20story§ionIs=news&searchyear=2018
The bulk of the £5,000 being sought is to pay for the illustrators time. With the rising cost of living and shrinking wages, most people are falling behind the breadline. Time is the most precious commodity in the whole universe. We want to create this diverse world for you, but we need to live in order to work.
In backing this project, you are paying for our time to create, publish and distribute an original work of fiction.
I hope that you like what you have seen thus far. I will be running live Q&A sessions every week the campaign is active.
To borrow a closing caption from the late great Stan Lee... Excelsior!
Risks and challenges
This is a low risk project. A lot of the framework is already in place in the sense that the story is near completion. It just needs illustrating which is a time consuming (costly) process. Financing will enable us to create, publish and distribute Volume One in time for Christmas 2019. We have prototypes of merchandise and will fulfil all pledges within the specified timeframe.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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