Tyranny of the Sun
Tyranny of the Sun is a graphic anthology that inverts the traditional dynamic of light and dark as good and evil.
Tyranny of the Sun
Tyranny of the Sun is a graphic anthology that inverts the traditional dynamic of light and dark as good and evil.
Tyranny of the Sun is a collection of comic short stories that invert the traditional roles of dark and light, casting light as the villain. We’ve been trained for too long to fear the dark, for demons lurk and prey on those who are foolish enough to enter. But we know those are lies. The true demons hide in plain sight, letting the light do its work of blinding us so that we can’t see the truth.
There’s nothing inherently good about light or evil about dark, and this anthology seeks to set the record straight.
Contained herein are 13 stories that play with light, shadow, and the traditional dynamics of good and evil. This book is a collaboration of some very talented writers and artists, spanning multiple genres and styles.
Don't be afraid of the dark. Be afraid of the light.
Once this Kickstarter campaign ends, production of the art begins. Our goal is to have the book ready for print by the end of May and in your hands by August.
Deliver Us - Sarah Benkin
“Accept my help,” the voice in the woods said, “and you will give birth to two daughters. One will be made in God's image, but the other will be made in mine.” Sarah Benkin tells the story of a Puritan community nestled high in an isolated valley, an unusual birth, and a brutal sense of justice.
Fool's Mate - Wesley Sun and Ali Cantarella
An invading army draws near. A queen readies for battle while her king awaits inevitable capture. Oracle priests, mindless foot soldier brutes, noble war angels, and lumbering war beasts join them as the battle rages across new worlds and planes of existence. When the end approaches, the royal couple must decide what they are willing to sacrifice in the face of losing everything.
Gallant Testimony - Eric Von Tersch and Diogo Lando
A hero's paltry battle leaves a love lost and a life ruined, the truth there for all to see, but ignored in favor of adoration and idolatry. But the truth lives in the shadow of a cell, a gallant testimony scrawled in pencil and blood.
Healing Touch - Jeff Provine and Ari Syahrazad
The battered, beaten, and sick crowd the Temple of the Sun seeking Celeste's heavenly healing. All she asks in return is absolute fealty. For those who refuse, the shadows offer a different gift.
Heavensent - Justin Ryan and Renzo Podesta
The Angels came from the sky and all who saw them were filled with a hope so fulfilling that the world ground to halt. A small group of blind and desperate freedom fighters are the only thing standing between the Angels and humanity's complacent destruction.
In The Shadow - Morgan Beem
Gods and kings never think much for the rabble. What's a bit of misery in exchange for youth, for eternal life. The Palace of the Sun casts a long shadow, and all who dwell within languish under the rule of the light.
Light Cycle - Joe Koziarski
The road to hell is paved with good intentions ... and mushrooms. A well meaning scientist inadvertently unleashes a sun spawned fungipocalypse.
The Moon is Within Me - Mat Festa
The Taiga, a land of frigid winds and stout men, snow-capped and shadowed forests. In the icy depths a lost child discovers that tooth and claw do not a beast make, and that insatiable hungers drive both animal and man.
Pale Moonlight - William Wismer and Jamie Chapman
The pull of the liar moon is enchanting, but James has seen what it does to those who succumb to it. He's seen what it did to his girlfriend. So James prays for dawn. Surely the sun offers solace. Surely tomorrow will be a brighter day.
Persephone - RC Young
What bitter sorrows plague the Goddess of the Spring? Who is she to weep? Hers is the sun and flower and foal. But weep she does, for the light of Spring bores her, and her winters in the underworld fill her every thought.
Shades - Isaiah Smalley and Vincent Kao
Source - Jacob Halton
Poor little Robbie. He saw a secret he wasn't meant to see. He stumbled into a land of light and now the fates of man haunt him, for he cannot unsee the shadows that pull the strings of the puppets.
Tyranny of the Sun - Patrick Trahey and Dee Forrest
The sun burned away the world, leaving only scorched sand and the steel skeletons of towers long forgotten. The survivors dare not cross the fiery tyrant, but on occasion there is no choice but to venture forth from beneath the earth onto the windswept remains and face his glare.
Morgan Beem is a comic artist and illustrator, who loves all things fairytale, and has a particular soft spot for anything a little creepy.
They say that Sarah Benkin lost her right hand gambling with the devil. They say she won it back, but it wasn’t her hand anymore. They say that, but you shouldn’t believe them. Sarah's most recent major project is Then It Was Dark, a comic anthology of personal paranormal experiences. She’s also recently started a webcomic of freeform short horror fiction.
Ali Cantarella is a fiercely motivated lady artist, a Michigan transplant turned Chicago entrepreneur, and an explorer of illustration! Armed with a degree in illustration from Columbia College Chicago, Ali created an all-ages graphic novel, The Hasty Pastry, as well as various coloring books, comic books, and children's books.
Jamie specializes in traditional painting, and has displayed his work in galleries in London and Essex. But the allure of comics is strong, drawing Jamie back to his first loves of illustration and graphic novels, mainly for the added bonus of getting to draw cool stuff like dragons and monsters. He also provides the artwork for the digital graphic novel series Kitten Heist 1907.
Born in the shadowy foothills of Mount Doom in west suburban Mordor, Mat realized early in life that the swiftest way to fame and fortune was, of course, to become an artist. Mat is a comickist and author who has been writing, illustrating, and self-publishing graphic novels since 2006. Though his comics, art, and other fictions are spread across a range of styles and genres, all of his work centers around the themes of spirituality, mysticism, and feminism.
d.Forrest is a Chicago area comic artist who runs Studio Doggebi and publishes his Joseon era web comic: The Legendary Sisters of the Laughing Doggebi whilst sane people are sleeping. He lives life by two simple rules: Big Trouble in Little China is hands down the greatest movie ever made and most things taste better with peanut butter.
Jacob Halton is an illustrator, a designer, and he self-publishes his own surreal, techno-inspired, comic, Boké Expressway. His work has been published in the Chicago Reader’s comics issue and other anthologies. Although he is known for his vibrant, psychedelic colors, he has an affinity for the strength of high contrast black and white comics. His design work has been featured by For Print Only and Rockport Publishing.
The Kao is an Illustrator from Columbia College Chicago. His freelance work consists of storyboards for film students, comics for independent comic studios, album covers and posters for musicians, character design or pin-ups illustrations, and so much more. He also dabbles in animation and works on his slice-of-life comic series, Mondo Mango.
Born and raised in Chicago, Joe Koziarski has worked as an artist and designer in two different centuries. In his younger days he worked on Speed Racer and The Twilight Zone for Now Comics. More recently, his work can be seen in The Ballad of Brighid of Atlanta from Creative Impulse Comics and Professor Elemental Comics issues four and five.
Diogo’s work combines traditional and digital illustration, photography, collage, and graphic design. He has done cover art for dozens of novels, but he also paints, does video art and photography, and comics and graphic novels. This is Diogo’s second time working with Sol Comics, having illustrated and lettered The Harlot. He believes in instilling his art with a life of its own, a personality that tells a story visually while keeping a piece of himself alive in the art.
Renzo has worked in comics since he was 14 years old. He started out by self-publishing, but since has appeared in dozens of published stories, working freelance for the likes of Image, Arcana, IDW, Desperado, Cyberpunk Comics, Grayhaven, Monkeybrain, and Top Shelf. He helped found the Association of Independent Comic Makers in his hometown of Rosario, Argentina, and he currently lives in Córdoba, where he teaches a storytelling workshop called La Casita del Kaos.
Jeff is a curriculum developer and Composition teacher for courses such as the History of Comic Books. He writes collections of local ghost legends and science fiction, like his multiverse YA Dawn on the Infinity and steampunk Celestial Voyages.
Justin is a fiction writer from Florida. His short stories appear in several anthologies from Siren's Call Publications and Heater Magazine. Justin makes his comic debut with Trespasser, a four issue mini-series published by Alterna Comics.
Isaiah Smalley is a psycho/writer from Philadelphia who graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Fiction. His work has appeared in The Sleep of Reason from Iron Circus Comics. When not working on comics or prose, he spends his time working/eating at restaurants, and teaching/training in Muay Thai.
A local Chicago writer, author, and university professor, Wesley is also the co-founder of Sun Bros Studios. Together with his brother Brad, the Sun Bros have been writing, illustrating, and self-publishing comics since 2012. Their work includes Chinatown, Apocalypse Man, Monkey Fist, and a number of short stories featured in such comic anthologies as Killer Queen and Then It Was Dark. Their first graphic novel, Chinatown has been taught at DePaul University as part of the “Graphic Novels and Social Justice” course, which they joined as guest lecturers in 2014.Wesley knows kung fu.
Ari is a Comic Artist and Illustrator. He started as a storyboard artist back in 2006, but soon found that his true love was storytelling in sequential comic art. His work has appeared in 133 ink's One Nation, Deadless, and World 3.
Patrick is the creator of Sol Comics and the editor of Tyranny of the Sun. He is a writer and a Chicago native. He enjoys routinely hurtling his beloved hometown into apocalypses of all flavors. He lives by the credo, story first.
Eric Von Tersch has a passion for creating universes you can explore, worlds for you to conquer, characters you can bond with, and moments you can taste. Eric's own story takes place in the San Francisco Bay Area. His current plot includes being happily married and a Master Jedi to three boys.
William graduated from Brock University with a BA Honours in Interactive Arts and Sciences before promptly returning to comic writing. His work has appeared in other comics anthologies such GreyHaven Comics Limitless and The Gathering anthologies, and he has self-published several short comics and short stories online.
RC Young is the self-published comic book creator of Witchman, a story that in form and artistic style is very much an accumulation of her childhood love of animation. She spent seven years working as a 2D animator in the TV and web industries in Los Angeles, and now she is a stay-at-home mom in her native Chicago, spending every spare moment of the day working on her comics
The Tyrant and the Witch
Writer and artist of Persephone, Rachel Young, was generous enough to donate a few copies of her series Witchman to our campaign, a pledge of fealty to our fiery lord.
Tyranny of the Sun features a beautiful cover by Chicago artist Jonathan La Mantia, but also included in this Kickstarter are three limited edition alternate covers by TOS contributors Jamie Chapman, Jacob Halton, and Diogo Lando. These alternate covers will only be printed during this campaign and never again. If any of these covers strike your fancy, now is the time to pick them up, because they won't be available afterwards.
Jonathan La Mantia - Main Cover
Jamie Chapman - Alternate Cover
Jacob Halton - Alternate Cover
Diogo Lando - Alternate Cover
There are three options for commissions that will only be available during this campaign.
The first comes from TOS contributor Joe Koziarski. TOS is about the reversal of light and dark as good and evil, so what a better way to celebrate the spirit of that theme than by flip flopping the roles of your favorite heroes and villains. Get an original commission from Joe featuring a hero of your choice drawn as a villain, or a villain of your choice drawn as a hero.
The second option is from Chicago artist Angel Onofre (aka Angel On Fire! How fitting). Send us your picture and pledge fealty to the Tyrant, and Angel will draw you accepting the Sun’s fiery gift, by which we mean that you’ll have an original commission of yourself burning alive in the Sun’s sacred fire. Rejoice!
Jonathan La Mantia
The intricate line work and deep dark inks of Tyranny of the Sun's cover artist, Jonathan La Mantia, could be yours. No special catches or gimmicks here, just an amazingly detailed commission from a talented artist.
Here are some samples of his work.
Where is your money going? The primary expense is paying the artists and writers who contributed to this anthology. If supporting independent creators is something you care about, then rejoice at the fact that everyone gets paid if this succeeds.
The next biggest expense is printing. Our initial print run will be 500 copies, depending on how many backers support the campaign.
And the final costs covered by this campaign are Kickstarter's fees and shipping.
Any additional money donated above our initial goal will go towards paying our artists a bit more and upgrading the book, but don't fret readers, there are rewards in it for you. More on this once we hit our first goal.
Risks and challenges
Production of the artwork for this book won't begin until after the Kickstarter is complete, therefore the biggest challenge will be hitting our deadlines.
We have thirteen different artists working on thirteen different stories, so there may be some delays. Comics are a relatively simple medium though, so unlike game development or filming, once the work is done it's done, so production is just a matter of keeping everyone on track.
We're already working with our printer to make sure that process runs smoothly once the production is complete, but there can be delays there as well.
So our biggest challenge will be hitting our deadlines and not falling behind. I'll do my best to make sure that doesn't happen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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