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Be in a comic! The Wonder City is a graphic novel that traces the mythological origins of New York City and we want you to be a part of it.
Be in a comic! The Wonder City is a graphic novel that traces the mythological origins of New York City and we want you to be a part of it.
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THE WONDER CITY is a graphic novel that reimagines New York’s entire history. From Peter Minuet’s $24 dollar purchase of Manhattan Island to the 2nd Avenue subway line we’ve been patiently waiting for, New York was founded on larger than life stories that were, in essence, true. Its famed Dutch governor had a peg-leg. Boss Tweed was the original fat cat of corruption. Building the Brooklyn Bridge was more complicated than erecting the Tower of Babel. Its harbor received millions of immigrants from all over the world making it a patchwork of humanity the world has yet to duplicate.

THE WONDER CITY weaves this mythology through the stories of one family, the Tulips, who meet a young librarian/gumshoe, Velma Graydon, trying to solve a mystery based around the city's founding. The advice we've received from comic publishers is that the economy is bad for new comic book projects right now, and the best way to get our book noticed is to self publish and get the book out there ourselves. And we're determined to do it! We've worked on it for close to two years and we're just getting started.

What we need is $5,000 to print 500 full color, high-quality editions of the first installment. With those copies we can start distributing THE WONDER CITY in comic book shops and comic shows all over the country.

THE WONDER CITY is a story with a very big heart. Be a part of it. Hey, be drawn into it. We want everyone involved.

Make sure to click on the UPDATES tab above to learn more about the graphic novel and our process. We've even started posting weekly pages of the comic there.

Also, take a look at our one of main character's journals from the 1930's blogged at www.velmagraydon.blogspot.com.

And for a run-down of the book itself and some behind the scenes looks at creating a graphic novel, we just launched: www.buildingthewondercity.blogspot.com

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    Regular updates on the project as provided by the creators and one of its main characters, Velma Graydon.

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    THE GREEN THUMB: Receive regular project updates and a signed WONDER CITY postcard.

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    THE DANDY SEAMSTRESS: Original, hand pulled WONDER CITY print, a signed WONDER CITY postcard and regular updates.

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    THE ARCHIVIST: A Brooklyn walking tour focusing on events pivitol in the Wonder City and Brooklyn history (another reward will be made available should you not be able to attend walking tour). An original hand pulled WONDER CITY print, a signed WONDER CITY postcard and regular updates.

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    THE CONEY ISLANDER: Your likeness drawn into the comic! A Brooklyn walking tour, an original hand pulled WONDER CITY print, a signed WONDER CITY postcard and regular updates.

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    THE LIGHT KEEPER: A signed copy of the book in a silk-screened WONDER CITY totebag. Your likeness drawn into the comic! A Brooklyn walking tour, an original hand pulled WONDER CITY print, a signed WONDER CITY postcard and regular updates.

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    THE MAMA WHALE: Invitation to book party with a sneak peak at the next book, a signed copy of the book in a silk-screened WONDER CITY totebag. Your likeness drawn into the comic! A Brooklyn walking tour, an original hand pulled WONDER CITY print, a signed WONDER CITY postcard and regular updates.

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