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Sex. Jazz. Money. 81-year-old artist's first comic book series, SKYLINER, set in 1954, collected as one graphic novel. 352 pages.
81-year-old artist's first comic book series, SKYLINER, set in 1954. Eleven issues collected in one graphic novel. 352 pages.
81-year-old artist's first comic book series, SKYLINER, set in 1954. Eleven issues collected in one graphic novel. 352 pages.
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Help us reach our STRETCH GOAL of $11,000, which will allow us to print SKYLINER in color, meaning we can include the 11 original covers as well as 11 pages of new, full color content. Thanks for all your support!

Covers, Issues 1 to 11
Covers, Issues 1 to 11

Download an unedited PDF of issues 1 through 4 here.

In 2009, my father Andre Krayewski published his semi-autobiographical novel SKYLINER, detailing his youth in 1950s Stalinist Poland spent trying to dodge the draft and escape to the United States

Panel from Issue 2, page 23 / Andre Krayewski
Panel from Issue 2, page 23 / Andre Krayewski

The book, written in Polish, was full of adventure and longing, a tale of a passionate young artist dreaming of a better life in the America that existed in jazz songs, Hollywood films, and his dreams.

Panels from Issue 1, page 19 / Andre Krayewski
Panels from Issue 1, page 19 / Andre Krayewski

Eventually I translated SKYLINER into English. Then my dad, who had spent his life making posters, paintings and various other illustrative art, decided he wanted to try his hand at cartooning.

Panels from Issue 3, page 21 / Andre Krayewski
Panels from Issue 3, page 21 / Andre Krayewski

Together we adapted his book into comic form, working together on layouts and scripts for eleven 32 page issues.  A year and a half later, just before his 80th birthday, my father finished illustrating and lettering the last of these; it was his first comic book series. He completed all this work while undergoing dialysis treatment three times a week.

Panel from Issue 3, page 13 / Andre Krayewski
Panel from Issue 3, page 13 / Andre Krayewski

We printed the first four issues via ComiXPress, but the on-demand printer went out of business. 

Covers, Issues 1 to 4
Covers, Issues 1 to 4

Now we're printing all eleven issues in one 352 page volume, in the full 8.5'' x 11'' dimensions of the original artwork, thanks to your support. But we still need your help. If we can get 46 more donors to pledge $35 each we'll be able to do a 250 book print run in color, meaning we can include the original 11 covers and 11 new pages of material in full color!

Panel from Issue 1, page 7 / Andre Krayewski
Panel from Issue 1, page 7 / Andre Krayewski

This enormous cartooning achievement is my dad's greatest passion project -- he gave the last 18 months of his seventies to bringing his story to life on the page, and delivering his legacy to an English-speaking audience in the form of this enormously original graphic novel, a true love letter to the American myth.

Check out more about Skyliner here, more of my dad's work here, and more about me here. There's also a Facebook page for my dad and for Skyliner.

Trade paperback cover art / Andre Krayewski
Trade paperback cover art / Andre Krayewski

Thanks for your time and support!

-Ed.

P.S. We are going to kick it forward. We don't expect any profit after printing and shipping the books, but we pledge to donate at least 5% to other Kickstarter projects if there is anything left over. Thanks!

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We've based our goal on a quote from PrintNinja.com. If we reach our goal, it should cover preparing, printing, and shipping costs even if the printing job ends up costing a little more.

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