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Cloudbusting - the graphic novel

Self directed graphic novel documenting dreams and based on real life experiences of a graduate and single parent.

Cloudbusting - the graphic novel

Self directed graphic novel documenting dreams and based on real life experiences of a graduate and single parent.

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About

Cloudbusting 

The working title for this graphic novel is “Cloudbusting”, it is written and illustrated by Helen Dearnley BA (hons) Fine Art & Illustration University of Lincoln. The full synopsis and first pages are uploaded on this blog The concept occurred in a dream after going to sleep reading Eric Drooker’s "Flood". 

Entirely conceived during the 2012 UK floods. The story is based on real events that occurred to the illustrator and single parent, graduating at the time of the 2008 recession, conflated with actual dreams, following on from previous research interests. It is a wordless graphic novel. The starting point of the graphic novel begins with a dream in which the female protagonist was working with a male colleague. Re-appropriated imagery (ref: Cindy Sherman and Candice Breitz) from Kate Bush's Cloudbusting video depicts a female "professor" and a male colleague working together, heaving a large, heavy, covered object up a hill. They appear as small silhouettes. 

The characters in Kate Bush’s original video have been re-appropriated to place the female protagonist as the “Professor”, and her male colleague working together. This is because the story is being told from a female perspective. The pair are torn apart from each other at the point after the government come to destroy the research at the end of Kate Bush’s video. The style of the illustrations at this point change specifically with reference made to Andrzej Klimowski’s The Depository; the female protagonist finds herself trapped in a vitrine in The Depository. The storyline then conflates numerous sources, including Florence And The Machine’s "Cosmic Love" and Lowell’s "The Birds", blackbirds in place of the book angels fly across the city skyline to communicate in dreams. 

The female heroine's adventures through grief, homelessness, false accusations, and DWP jobkill depict scenarios that Eric Drooker knows all too well, and eventual reunion with the male protagonist lead to a very different ending, and located in a different city. Although illustrated from a female perspective, this aims to be read by a broad readership, to share challenges faced by single parents so that others may learn from those experiences. It follows a similar narrative as Jane Austen's "Persuasion", but it isn't meant to appeal only to women. 

Anne Elliott said "Men have every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands." 

The aim is for this to be completed and published - I will require a publisher that perhaps specialises in graphic novels, and it's of interest to Eric Drooker himself when it's completed. Cloudbusting Flood remix by Helen A The music for the video samples Pxl's remix of Kate Bush's original Cloudbusting song, edited with vocals courtesy of Apparatjik and "Everybody Is One Bar". Vocals by Jonas Bjerre and Guy Berryman. Original Cloudbusting music and video remain the intellectual property of Kate Bush. 

About the production costs 

This Kickstarter pitch aims to raise some of the costs of producing the graphic novel. As a considerable amount has been illustrated already, the goal is set low in the hope to raise more, and / or follow this up with another funding pitch. The full costs of labour would be impossible to raise via Kickstarter in one month alone. All funding covers labour, printing / publishing costs, shipping and Kickstarter fees. If funding goes over the limit, further additional rewards will be added in, such as Dearnley's Tea-O-Meter etc. 

About the author 

Helen Dearnley aka "Blackbird" is an artist and illustrator based in Lincoln, UK. Her first self-published comic "The Unreal God And Aspects Of His Non-Existent Universe" documented real and imaginary adventures with iconic comic book band A-ha. 

"I want one! Great job Helen! congrats! I think you're VERY talented. Congrats again! xx " Carlos Macia 

Helen always thought it would be quite funny if she met Morten Harket and illustrated a photo with him. In 2010 she was awarded funding to go to Oslo as a delegate at the conference "Living A Boy's Adventure Tale: Musical Interactions In The Decades Of Postmodernism" and exhibition "Hunting High And Low: 25 Years With A-ha" at the National Library Of Norway, where she saw original illustrations from A-ha's Take On Me and The Sun Always Shines On TV videos. Her Nobel Peace Centre wish came true a couple of months later in Sheffield, where Helen met Morten Harket, and gave him one of the original copies of the comic as a retirement present. The resulting illustration is the pride of her portfolio. Helen has been commissioned to illustrate "Move To Oslo", a book about an A-ha fan's adventures written by Lina Nordmeer and Ildiko Karpati. "I have written the novel „Move To Oslo” not just by mere accident… everything that I have experienced through this book was driven by fate. This is how I met Helen by a lucky chance – first I was thinking about asking Stian Andersen to sell me a nice photograph of Morten, which he was more than willing to do, even for a quite reasonable price. But then I saw the lovely drawings of Helen on Facebook and I decided rather to take that for my book – a portrait of Morten and myself. Helen made two sketches and I instantly fell in love with one of them. I am very grateful for the lovely artwork of Morten and me and would like to thank Helen for the great cooperation. She is a true artist, indeed, and I wish her enduring success !" Lina Nordmeer, author "Move To Oslo". Helen also works with Magne Furuholmen as a fine artist, and in 2012 returned to Oslo to see him perform with Apparatjik for the opening of the new Astrup Fearnley Museet. Whilst there, Helen discovered the graphic novel work of Norwegian illustrator Hariton Pushwagner, and his graphic novel "Soft City". Helen's work with Apparatjik contributes to the music for the promotional video here. You can follow Helen on twitter or her Illustration facebook page.

Risks and challenges 

"Cloudbusting" is my first self-directed graphic novel, the synopsis is finished, initial visuals for the cover design have been designed, and so far over 50 pages have already been illustrated without any additional financial support. I have set a low budget to raise some costs to cover overheads, but this is only a proportion of the full costs, considering how much work goes into producing a graphic novel. As such, the amount I'm raising for this month is only the first installment. From April 2014 there is also the very real risk of being forced into government workfare programmes. Of course, I have no intention of becoming homeless, or the government trying to destroy my research! I've applied for the AA2A scheme this year, so that I can access and use facilities at University, especially the mac suite in Illustration, and the print room. The use of the print room will enable me to create mini zines and prints, perhaps to sell to support the project and raise more funds. However, I won't know if I'm successful with this until October. Once the project is funded, I may require further support, and I will still need to finish it. I've illustrated approximately 50 pages already, which I estimate to be about half the book, but I don't expect to finish it within a year. I'm allowing 2-3 years for this to be completed. An estimated completion date is offered of 2016. Of course, I'm aware that finding a publisher isn't going to be easy, and I expect to send my manuscript to as many as possible in the hope that it will be published. Once it's published, the real fun will begin!

Risks and challenges

"Cloudbusting" is my first self-directed graphic novel, the synopsis is finished, initial visuals for the cover design have been designed, and so far over 50 pages have already been illustrated without any additional financial support, and I don't agree with workfare. I have set a low budget to raise some costs to cover overheads, but this is only a proportion of the full costs, considering how much work goes into producing a graphic novel.
As such, the amount I'm raising for this month is only the first installment. I'd rather set the budget low and hope to raise more, and then do another one next month in order to be successful. I've seen projects where the budget has been set high and the creator has risked not raising enough to be successful.
There is also the very real risk of being forced into government workfare programmes. Of course, I have no intention of allowing them to make me homeless, or the government trying to destroy my research!

I've applied for the AA2A scheme this year, so that I can access and use facilities at University, especially the mac suite in Illustration, and the print room.
The use of the print room will enable me to create mini zines and prints, perhaps to sell to support the project and raise more funds.
However, I won't know if I'm successful with this until October.
Once the project is funded, I may require further support, and I will still need to finish it. I've illustrated approximately 50 pages already, which I estimate to be about half the book, but I don't expect to finish it within a year. I'm allowing 2-3 years for this to be completed. An estimated completion date is offered of 2016.
Of course, I'm aware that finding a publisher isn't going to be easy, and I expect to send my manuscript to as many as possible in the hope that it will be published.
Once it's published, the real fun will begin!

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