‘ENEMIES’ is a 200 page hardcover intergalactic graphic novel by D.Jaba Mathieu and Sozyone Gonzalez produced by Vince Argentine
D.Jaba Mathieu & Sozyone Gonzalez are two well known graffiti-artists from the European scene. They've been painting and travelling around the world for more than 20 years before moving to LA to focus on this book; A project they initiated when they first met in 1996, but was impossible to conceive due to their constant on-the-road lifestyle. In 2007, Jaba joined Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), a division of Lucasfilm Ltd in Singapore, as a Concept Artist and Digi-Matte Painter, working on feature films like Transformers, Iron Man and Star Trek. While Sozyone kept focusing on his art, doing more than 20 solo exhibitions all around Europe... just check his name on Google images...
‘What is unique about Dider Jaba Mathieu’s work is his background founded in urban culture. His concept art has real ideas, not just emulating what others are doing’
David Nakabayashi, I.L.M. Industrial Light & Magic
‘Born in Brussels, Sozyone Gonzalez has lived through a decade saturated in culture: the break-dancing of the 80s, the graffiti of the 90s, the gallery crawl of the 00s. Somewhere in between forging Belgian franks in 1982 and recording albums, Sozyone has amassed a great oeuvre. Sozyone is the real deal’
Evan Pricco, Juxtapoz
Vince Argentine is a California native who has been working in the video game and movie industry in Los Angeles for the past 15 years (Resident Evil Game Series, Rise of Planet of the Apes, ...) His focus has been on 3d characters and animation, which led him to forming Springboard Productions and Mocap Militia, a 3d animation studio that offers Motion Capture services and 3D Character Animation.
Each hardcover book will be handcrafted and stitched with silk page markers and finished with embossed metallic red ink on black fabric. This volume comes with 200 full color pages on 200gsm paper, printed with love in Italy. In order to keep the look and feel of traditional art in a comic book, we decided to craft each panel on paper first, then scan and colorize it on a computer, before they are printed and re-drawn completing the last step of the creative process. This amazing comic
will contain 16 chapters from the first episode of ENEMIES.
If this Kickstarter succeeds, we will be able to dive head first into the world of ENEMIES without worrying about dividing our time amongst freelance work just to pay the bills. With this campaign, we can also begin production of all the rewards that are inspired by the Graffiti lifestyle. From offset CMYK wheatpaste posters and classic vinyl stickers to the very limited 100% cotton crew neck T-shirts made in USA, unique canvases and hand made sculptures; Every item is exclusive to Kickstarter so every backer can have an extra special part of us.
If you help us reach our goal, we will upload our work in progress once a week and keep you posted on all the special items available . Most of our items are ready for production, so show us some love if you enjoy this project as much as we do!
Our limited edition T-shirts are up for grabs. We will have 10 t-shirts available for free to the top 10 people that share our kickstarter campain the most on thier facebook and twitter pages.
Here’s a simulation preview of the t-shirts and one of six posters.
We will be painting fresh new canvases and making crazy new scupltures inspired by ENEMIES for our backers. Here’s a quick preview of two canvases from Sozyone’s ‘Venganza’ exhibition at Celal Gallery in Paris, France and a sculpture from ‘G.I.P.S.Y. Graffiti Is Probably Scaring You’ exhibition at Speerstra Gallery in Bursin, Switzerland.
Caught in the busy streets of Tokyo, Kimiko, Dustin and Jules are on a mission: to paint one of the most prominent buildings in Shibuya. Kimiko is a famous international artist, Dustin is a photographer from The RedSun Times while Jules is simply in love with Kimiko and will do anything to be close to her.
Without any rational explanation, the three were captured by an intense light from the night sky, only to find themselves trapped in Hantunopolis, the sole city on Planet Queen, the sixth planet of the Ort solar system.
On this planet reigns a global dictatorship governed with an iron fist by the Grand Vorzon, a terrifying and unscrupulous creature who holds the secret of immortality, an alchemy which calls for the extinction of the Vorris. Known for their gigantic height and Herculean strength, the Vorris are forced into labor by the Grand Vorzon and his Diktat. They are astonishingly gentle creatures who coexist peacefully with the Råds, second species on Planet Queen, who are smaller, lighter and faster than the Vorris. Both species are part of the Animachloroticavertibulis kingdom (animated carnivorous vertebrate intelligent plants).
The Planet Queen is an Orichalcumfield, a precious metal found in its depths, one that is extremely rare and highly coveted by The 64 United Galaxies Kontinuum (The Kogauni) for its inter-dimensional properties. The Grand Vorzon was elected by The Cosmic Equation to exploit and manage the Red Orichalcumfield extraction. In light of the dictator's oppression, The Kogauni has closed its eyes, with impunity, to terror and the abolition of writing on the planet for over three centuries. The dictator has other plans; he longs for immortality and the power to rejuvenate himself.
All Vorris have a seed-heart, which upon death becomes the most majestic tree in the Universe: the Trom. The sap of the Trom, known as the Naleter, is "The Vigour of Youth" and the Grand Vorzon will use a ruse, pushing the Vorris to their limits and leaving them to die. However, his impatience, his greed and his unquenchable thirst will lead him to defy inter-galactic laws.
For millenia, the Human race has been considered the most dangerous virus in the Universe.Thousands of failed interventions have been led by the Kogauni to change the destructive mentality and nature of Man, and so remains the only species excluded from The Cosmic Equation.
The Grand Vorzon decides to use multi-scalar technology to place three Humans upon Planet Queen and by doing so, he believes they will contaminate and exterminate the Vorris. A noxious and deadly plan that will make Kimiko, Dustin and Jules team up with Shør, the only rebellious Vorri against the system in Hantunopolis. Together they will try to free Vorris and Råds from the Grand Vorzon's obsession and above all, reinstall Cosmic Equilibrium by going back to Earth.
The only hope for the Vorris' survival... Is to annihilate the virus: Mankind
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#1 • Vince: «There’s no risks allowed on our team. Since Jaba and Sozyone arrived, they haven't stopped working on the graphic novel and it’s already looking amazing. The idea of this Kickstarter is to be able to produce the entire series of ENEMIES, which is about 7 volumes. Our dream is to bring this adventure to life, with the main goal being the full cg movie! We have the skills, and the team is ready to get to work. All we need is the money to do it. Help us open the door to the galactic world of ENEMIES.».
#2 • Sozyone: «A clear proof of the serious mind of the team is the fact that my partner in crime, Jaba, was teaching Digital Painting expertise in the School of Interactive & Digital Media at Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore! Can you imagine? Jaba, my bro, a teacher! And I can tell you, now he’s a real teacher... I mean, I don’t even have time to go out for a smoke while we’re working! He’s bloody serious now!»
#3 • Jaba: «... I will set the alarm for 6am!»
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