Funded! This project was successfully funded on June 2, 2012.

Update #15

Interview with ComicBook.com & Get to know Dr. Gunnar Nilsen

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Please follow the link for the interview between Russ Burlingame and myself:

http://bit.ly/NpNv9Q

And here is a final character profile for Dr. Gunnar Nilsen:

Dr. Gunnar Nilsen, Ph.D. is a psychologist who operates his own private practice in downtown Liberty. He is tall and thin (not skinny) with a proud stature. He loves his half-zip formal sweaters, polo shirts, dress shirts w/ ties and jeans/slacks (pressed, either way). No matter what his attire, he's always rocking a pair of Converse or some other low top sneakers. Gunnar carries a well-worn leather messenger-style bag (brown) that's usually filled will assuredly important papers.


How is he involved? 

Dr. Nilsen is Milton's psychologist who comes looking for Milton when he doesn't show for an appointment. As the story unfolds, it is revealed he knows more about what happened to Milton than he lets on.

It's also shown that within that messenger bag of his he carries around a folder labeled "The Pantheon Project". Hmmm….

Update #14

The Pantheon Project - Eight Page Preview!

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The Pantheon Project - Eight Page Preview!

We're almost there! 95% pledged and 40 hours remain!

Some of you, who don't read comics, should know this setup. The first seven pages are a flashback narrated by the caption boxes. Each caption has a color tab that indicates who is talking (orange = Simon/Firefly, blue = Kelsey/Vanguard, etc.). They are reminiscing from when they were children and playing superhero in Milton's backyard. On page 8, it jumps to the present where the characters are actually talking to one another.

Please CLICK HERE to view the PDF! (or Right Click to Save As or Download Linked File)

Or just take a gander at these JPEGS:


Update #13

ALMOST FUNDED! 4 DAYS LEFT! - New "Executive Producer" Incentive Announced!

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EXECUTIVE PRODUCER INCENTIVE 

An Executive Producer** credit is given to people who participate in getting a project (comic, film, tv) made on a higher level. By pledging at least $1,000 towards the  Executive Producer incentive, YOU WILL BE A HUGE PART in getting The Pantheon Project to press. Your name will be attached to the issue as an Executive Producer in the credits! Be a part of The Pantheon Project team!

** The obligatory small print: Being listed as an Executive Producer will not grant you any ownership rights or creative control over story, characters and intellectual property. All rights are, and will remain, © Erik Taylor, 2012 **


Update #12

"Imagination is the creative force. Imagination creates reality."

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Milton Manners / Prodigy

Who are the Manners?

The Manners family has been a prominent presence in the town of Liberty since it's settlement in 1686. Throughout generations, members of the Manners clan have served as elected officials, business owners and community leaders. In today's Liberty, however, the Milton family is down to two; Mindra and her only son, Milton. 

To say Milton Manners has a lot to live up to would be an understatement.


Who is Milton?
When Milton Manners was a boy his mother, Mindra, would host a small book club meeting every Sunday at the Manners Estate. Those in attendance, The Radcliffes, Ferrises, Coteys, Aguilars and Greys, would bring their children along so they could play with Milton. Milton would encourage the other children to play "superhero" - where each would create his or her own superhero power and identity. As Pantheon, they would spend countless afternoons exploring the massive estate grounds and defending it from super powered invaders. It was the happiest time of Milton's life.

"Prodigy"?
He fashioned himself Pantheon's resident genius. It was his idea after all.
Sounds like it was good to be Milton!

Pump the brakes.

When Milton was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor his happy days would come to an end. His mother would no longer host her book club meetings so Milton's small social circle shrunk to zero. In his solitude Milton turned inward, towards his creation. His Pantheon. He spent almost every waking moment working on his friends' superhero characters and building the fictional world Pantheon lived in.


Milton's mother grew concerned with her son's anti-social behavior and enlisted locally renowned psychologist, Dr. Gunnar Nilsen, Ph.D. (more on him later) for help. Eventually, Milton would come out of his shell and reconnect with some old friends.

OK… happily ever after?

Not quite. Mindra Manners became overbearingly protective Milton (the sole heir to the Manners' name). She even went so far to home school the boy. Any friend who wanted to see Milton had to come see him. 


When Milton was 16 his mother passed away. Family layers made sure Milton had control over the Manners estate.

Why do you call him the "catalyst"?

At first, Milton was a plot device. A non-character. When I would talk about the story and share the script, people would want to know more about him. I realized the story required more "Milton", which will happen in direct and non-direct ways. 

But essentially, I created him to die. To give his friends the powers they once dreamed of.


Why do you hate this kid?

I don't! To me he is the soul of The Pantheon Project. The kid who refused to let his dreams go, no matter what. Even turned to them for comfort. For better or worse.

Are you… Milton?

Haha, no! Although sitting in my house and plugging away at The Pantheon Project does get lonely…

Any spoilers?

Orbis Crystarium.

Uhm… what?

"One supreme fact which I have discovered is that it is not willpower, but fantasy-imagination that creates. Imagination is the creative force. Imagination creates reality." -- Richard Wagner

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Art by Leila del Duca. Design by Erik TaylorKevin Caron and Leila. Colors by Kit Seaton © Erik Taylor, 2012


Update #11

Get to Know Zhen Ferris - The Divine

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Zhen Ferris / Divinity

When she was a baby, Mr. and Mrs. Ferris adopted Zhen from her native South Korea. Throughout her life, Zhen's parents discouraged her from learning more about her origin - why she was put up for adoption and why a white couple from the U.S. wanted to adopt from South Korea. For whatever reason, her parents felt like they were protecting her. As a result, Zhen always struggled with a sense of identity; like a lost soul. The more she was denied the truth of her past, the more she rebelled against her parents. When her father was elected mayor of Liberty, Zhen saw an opportunity to rebel on a grand scale.

As Divinity, Zhen is gifted with the ability to manipulate and control the elements of nature (fire, earth, water, etc.) - for both offensive and defensive purposes. The more Zhen uses these gifts, the more connected to nature she feels. She even has vivid dreams/hallucinations where she is communing with the goddess, Gaia, who claims to be her true mother. Adopted indeed!

Art by Leila del Duca. Design by Erik TaylorKevin Caron and Leila. Colors by Kit Seaton and Leila. © Erik Taylor, 2012


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