About this project
The Legend of Novo book series is about ordinary people with extraordinary gifts. It is a story of time traveling and the power to observe humanity's past mistakes at the risk of creating new ones. The first book is about Ashley’s journey back in time to the era of fear and witch-hunting in Europe, an era where common logic was not really...well...very common, confronting the inevitable question: if you had the power to change history, would you?
My name is Amir Avitzur and I am the creator of the Legend of Novo. Thirty Five years ago I received my first comic book (Tarzan). I still remember my curiosity and excitement when I held it in my hands. I was hooked. I was inspired. Heck, I still am! Writing and producing a comic book was a dream of mine ever since. With the legend of Novo, it will all come together.
I wrote The Legend of Novo general story line a couple of years ago, but I never found the right person to join forces with. You know how it is…every writer needs to turn over many stones to find the right person who can illustrate his vision to life. After turning many stones (believe me I did!), I found a very talented illustrator and now we are ready to produce book one of The Legend. Together with illustrator Sage Einarsen, and now we are ready to produce book one of The Legend.
We ask you to help us produce the 35 pages printed version of The Legend of Novo - book 1. For your generosity in supporting the production of book 1, you will also be receiving some really cool rewards!
What’s a good legend without some Latin? Novo in Latin stands for "to make anew, refresh, revive, alter, or to change". Here’s to change.
Join the legend! Thank you!
The Legend of Novo is the story of Ashley, a New York student, selected to be part of a secret program to use the power of time travel to learn from humanity's mistakes of the past.
Before her first journey, she is sternly warned by Semita, head of TOA (Time Observers Agency) - Ashley could only observe the events and is not permitted to interfere with history. The consequences would be severe.
Ashley agrees to the terms without much thought, wondering how she could change anything when she is powerless to change her own reality.
Ashley's first mission is to observe the early 17th century, an era of witch-hunting in Europe. She travels to Great Britain to observe and learn from this horrific period in history. She is introduced to and becomes fast friends with a young English woman, Grace, a healer.
In the 17th century, not everything was as it seemed. A horrible fate awaited for this young woman, and Ashley could only watch as events fast tracked until a life changing decision has to be made......
“If you had the power to change history, would you?”
At first glance, Ashley looks like your typical twenty something New Yorker. Ashley loves history, and started reading historical classics when she was a mere 3 year old toddler. She often quotes Julius Caesar and inspires her friends with Socrates' teachings (her favorite quote is “Wisdom begins in wonder”).
She appears as regular as any non-descript woman can be, perhaps a little nerdy with all that reading. At times, she is shy, and always trying to make things right, make things fair.
The day Ashley met a T.O.A (Time Observers Agency) agent changed her life. Strange things happen when one travels back in time, she is no exception. Ashley discovers that she is Novo.....Novo is not a typical person…
"We observe history by experiencing it”
Semita is the powerful and wise leader of the T.O.A (Time Observers Agency). He has a penetrating look. He radiates power and security, yet most feel at ease in his presence. He is in his fifties, but you wouldn't know it when you meet him. Semita is stoic and not the type to reveal much about his personal life. He knows a lot about current affairs, about the past and at times, quite a bit about the future.
Being one of the founding members of the T.O.A comes with great responsibility. How can one person send another to observe the past and expect her to come back armed only with knowledge? Choosing the right person is Semita's goal.
Semita knows Ashley well, but waited many years to meet her. He knows Ashley would change his life. Strange things happen when one person sends another back in time. Semita is confident he could influence and control others and events. But Ashley is different.
“We became like animals. We lost our humanity. We are forgetting who we are” - that's what Grace struggles with. She's 30 years old, and lives a simple life with her mother and two older brothers. If she was born in the 21st century, she would be a strong independent woman, and with her deep knowledge in healing, become a doctor or a nurse. But Grace was born in the early 17th century. In that time, fear trumped logic.
Grace is pretty, kind, and possess a desire to help others with her deep knowledge in healing. All she wants is to live a happy and simple life. Her name says it all - Grace. She is beautiful and pure-hearted in a place where darkness, discrimination and manipulation rules.
The first time Grace meets Ashley, she feels a strong need to protect this helpless girl. Grace believes she is the protector but she doesn't know Ashley. When the legend is told, it will be Ashley who will need to make a decision which will affect Grace’s life.
Here is our breakdown of where your contribution goes (this estimate does not include taxes or accounting fees):
Risks and challenges
We evaluated our project cost to make sure we are asking only what we need to complete the production and delivery of the book.
Where do we stand? Book one's story write-up is completed. Artwork started about 3 months ago and we are confident it will be completed on time for delivery. Our printing partner has been identified.
The production of the book is dependent on our sole illustrator, Sage Einarsen. Sage will need to complete about a page a week in order to meet our deadline. With Sage's work ethics (and assuming I don't distract him too much :-) both of us are confident we will meet the deadline. However, in case of unexpected emergencies, delays may occur. We will make sure to update you frequently as necessary and we hope you will be patient with us if such delays occur.
As in any project which requires the work of outside vendors, delays may occur in printing and shipping. We will make sure to update you via Kickstarter, email and Legend of Novo's Facebook page of any delays.
Last but not least, our number one priority is to make sure we deliver a great adventure, an unforgettable story and some meaningful rewards to you! Thank you in advance for all your support!
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