WHAT IS UKIYO/genius loci?
A project 20 years in the making, UKIYO/genius loci is a 12 issue graphic novel that crosses genre boundaries. Part cyberpunk, part hard-boiled detective story, and part existential treatise, UKIYO/genius loci is an exploration into what it means to be an individual in an increasingly non-individualistic world.
Focusing on five main storylines, UKIYO/genius loci, follows the experiences of Donovan Vaux and the un-named characters of The Girl, The Inspector and The Soldier as they try to find the answers to who they are in a world filled with drug-use, war, corporate greed and identity crisis.
UKIYO/genius loci is the "director's cut" of Cary Polkovitz's magnum opus UKIYO. UKIYO/genius loci brings an entirely new twist to the 300-page, critically-acclaimed graphic novel. This 12 issue series expands upon the original material and brings depth the the world of these characters. This book is meant to be a companion to the website whoisthegirl.info which brings expanded content such as music, blogs, videos and a webcomic all focusing on the world of The Girl.
PRAISE FOR UKIYO
“Intriguing and heartfelt, with great feeling and atmosphere.”
- Jock, Wytches, Batman, Hellblazer, Judge Dredd, Daredevil, The Losers, Comic Book Tattoo
“Very impressive. A serious and sophisticated piece of work.”
-Dave Elliot, A1, Sharky, Heavy Metal, Weirding Willows, Monster Massacre
“…a necessary diet for those prone to thinking past the third dimension, and assign questions about life on the other side of wormholes.”- Previews
"Cary Polkovitz’ UKIYO is the most contradictory story I’ve read in years. Sexy as hell; except the sex. The plot at first seems random, yet it’s the only truthful way this story could be told.
"Even the art. Cary’s work is most beautiful when presenting life in its true, dirty, struggling form. It is at its ugliest when presenting the pristine world of the soulless corporate ad.
"The contradictions pass from creator to reader. I labored while reading UKIYO. I finished exhausted. I loved every second of it. "
- Kevin Joseph, co-creator of Tart
PRAISE FOR THE WHO IS THE GIRL WEBCOMIC
“Wow. Very nice work!”
-George Khouryl, Comic Book Fever
-Shaun Ward, Parallel Eana
“Just checked out Who is The Girl. Lovely work.”
- Kat ’n Rat
“This is one of the most creative & unique webcomics I have ever read.”
-Cory Thrall, DimThroat Comics
AVAILABLE PERKS FOR BACKING UKIYO/genius loci
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Pledge $600 USD or more: ALREADY TAKEN!
If we reach $4000 USD pledged:
Everyone who has donated will have a PDF of the three issues of Nau Headhunter (Cary Polkovitz's mini-series where the idea for the characters of The Girl, The Inspector and The Soldier originated) emailed directly to them.
If we reach $5000 USD pledged:
Everyone who has donated will have a PDF of the three issues of Nau Headhunter (Cary Polkovitz's mini-series where the idea for the characters of The Girl, The Inspector and The Soldier originated) emailed directly to them as well as a print of an original illustration of The Girl by Cary Polkovitz.
Risks and challenges
After having gotten a publisher and waiting two years for a contract and another year to get the book to a printer, I was finally done with dealing with disappointments. Missed deadlines for printing, promises of release dates coming and going, mishandled fundraising and a distinct lack of help in marketing, I decided that it was time to cut my losses and go independent. genius loci is a project that has been near and dear to my heart ever since creating NAU Headhunter over twenty years ago.
Now we have the chance to take the release of creative projects back out of the hands of publishers who either don't have the time, resources or care to make sure that a project that means the world to you gets into the public eye.
The obstacles that we face right now are getting the word out to investors and possible buyers. We've launched aggressive social media campaigns across almost every conceivable platform as well as some guerrilla tactics with the help of some unnamed friends.
After that will be production. We've looked into print costs as well as other supplies that will be needed to fulfill perks and have quotes all set based upon the final orders.
We're also hoping that we CAN get into brick and mortar shops so if you are interested in helping, please contact your local comic book retailers as well as book stores to contact us or pledge to get copies through the kickstarter!
I sincerely hope that this appeals to you and that we can get UKIYO/genius loci out to the world at large and let people find out...who is the girl.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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