Out of the smoke of the last war-filled decade, a story came to us that we love, called Joan Dark. It's about a modern-day, female Don Quixote, dressed in homemade armor, who drives around the Midwest in a pickup truck, fighting evil and avenging injustice. Like Don Quixote, she's crazy, but she's also an emotionally damaged Iraq War veteran. Free of the need to compromise or adhere to society’s rules, she's inspiring and lovable, and destined for serious trouble.
Adapted from a classic tale and spiced with dark political humor, Joan Dark crackles with well-crafted characters, thrilling action, and a surprising message of hope and faith in the human spirit.
Best of all, the book will be drawn, inked and lettered by the amazing Spain Rodriguez - one of the original and best-loved of all underground comic artists! Now at the peak of his 40-year-long career, Spain’s masterful style is arresting, subversive and delightfully complex. Admirers often find themselves poring over each panel and page to catch every thrilling detail. Our backers will have an experience few others ever will as they witness the creative processes of a legend of the comics world. Follow Spain on Facebook!
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Joan Dark is partly an homage to Cervantes’ classic 16th-century novel, Don Quixote, about a delusional and anachronistic knight on a hopeless and meaningless quest. In our story, the heroine has only one thing in mind: finding and destroying the source of all evil, a seemingly imaginary nemesis she calls Lord Nevermore.
In one disastrous misadventure after another, Joan’s reluctant companion is the journalist Fareed Al-Hassan - a one-time star in the Arab media universe whose career nosedived after his own war-related trauma pushed him into a life of drugs and alcohol. Now in the US, on an assignment he hates for a boss he can’t stand, Fareed’s luck worsens as he becomes inextricably bound up in Joan's misguided quest.
But Fareed soon learns that Lord Nevermore is in fact a real politician, a powerful man whose ties to war-profiteering and torture make him an impossible and dangerous adversary. Fahreed tries to avert Joan's headlong plunge into disaster, but what lies ahead is worse than he could've imagined.
Drawing, Inking and Lettering by Spain Rodriguez
We are thrilled and very fortunate to be working with legendary underground cartoonist Spain Rodriguez, who created the first underground tabloid, Zodiac Mindwarp. His character Trashman, Agent of the Sixth International, was an icon in underground newspapers of the '60s. Big Bitch, another popular Spain character, appears in She Comics. Spain's work currently appears in the online graphic novel Dark Hotel, at sfgate.com, the LA Weekly and Blab. Spain also recently published Che: A Biography, which was translated into eleven languages. With Spain’s participation this story has the potential to reach a huge audience and become a classic.
About our writer - Patrick Quinn
Patrick Quinn is a writer,
editor and former convenience store clerk and submarine sailor. His interview
credits include Frank Zappa, B.B. King, Hunter Thompson, James
Ellroy, William Burroughs, P.J. O’Rourke, David Crosby, Dave Mustaine etc.
His 1995 novel, THICK AS THIEVES, was adapted as a minor motion picture that
still occasionally surfaces on late-night cable TV. You might enjoy his website, blog and Twitter Feed about classic films, http://www.raymondowen.com/about/
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We can't do this without you! We need to raise $37,800 to pay Spain for his work and to build the project website. It will take a year to complete the art for the book, which will be drawn in beautiful black and white.
We hope to team with a publisher for a major release of the comic after its completion, but EVERY backer at $40 and above will have their own hard copy well before it hits the stands. We have other incentives, too: posters, t-shirts, fine-art prints, even the opportunity to be drawn into the comic itself!
In addition to our rewards, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes view of the comic as it’s being created. As a backer, you'll be the first to see this work of art come to life!