census was recently featured as as the "comic book of the week" by Super Nerd Factory! And Chance Wyatt was also interviewed on episode 117 of the "Audio Pollution" podcast! (The interview begins about an hour into the podcast.)
census is both a science fiction graphic novel illustrated in a high detail, stark, black and white style and also a “voice comic” - sort of like a graphic novel equivalent of an audio book. census includes 166 illustrations and is 72 pages long. The voice comic includes all the content of the graphic novel and has about a 30 minute running time.
Watch the first minute of the census voice comic
census takes place in Irem - a “city-world” built on the interior surface of a hollowed-out moon. In the future envisioned in census, humanity has mostly conquered death. Besides catastrophic injuries, medical science has advanced to the point where there is never a need for a person to die unless they choose to.
If you could live forever, stay young and in love for lifetimes, how long would you last? And why would you ultimately choose to die?
The protagonist of census attempts to understood his experiences through the lens of science. A real-life physicist has been kind enough to read through the work to ensure that it takes no liberties with the science described or technology on display.
There are four reward packages available for census.
For a pledge of $10 you will be able to download a pdf of the census graphic novel presented in a panel-by-panel format with large text to make it easy to read on smartphones, as well as a pdf of the illustrated census author's notes. You will also receive a link allowing you to view the census voice comic.
For a $25 pledge you get the pdfs and access to the voice comic, plus a hardcover version of the graphic novel will be mailed to you.
At the $50 pledge level your hardcover edition of the book will be signed and will include a lovely double sided bookmark, a mailable postcard from the city-world of Irem, a large refrigerator magnet, and your choice of one of the two different styles of census shirt.
Finally, in the $75 package you will also receive one of the original pencil panels from the census graphic novel. This last reward package is limited by the original pages available. Follow this link for an up to date view of the remaining original pages and also to reserve your preferred page.
NEWLY ADDED NON-STRETCH-GOAL REWARDS -
The below rewards will be added to all reward tiers because I felt like it. They include a series of census wallpapers designed for smartphones and properly sized for iPhone parallax as well as the making of census PDF - an in depth look at the many changes and some of the discarded content that were the result of the book's unusually long development process.
census has been a story close to my heart for nearly fifteen years now. It's basically a love story, but one about the end of love, rather than the beginning. What you'll read in this final version of census represents only a fraction of how much of census I've written over the years. I believe all that was less than essential has been cut away from this story and I hope what's left will feel substantial.
For up-to-the-minute census updates you can visit the Chance Wyatt Picture Books Facebook page at
Risks and challenges
There are very few risks or challenges left for census. The book is completely written and illustrated. The voice comic is recorded. All the rewards have been designed and samples of them have been ordered. I've tried on the shirts and marked books with the bookmarks. All I need to do now is see how many people might want a copy of the book and then order them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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