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!
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
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.
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.
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.
We printed the first four issues via ComiXPress, but the on-demand printer went out of business.
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!
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.
Thanks for your time and support!
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!
Risks and challenges
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