The Shuttered City Graphic Novel
The Shuttered City Graphic Novel
The Shuttered City is the tale of a bleak future, where the human race has splintered, and unknown terrors lurk in the shadows.
The Shuttered City is the tale of a bleak future, where the human race has splintered, and unknown terrors lurk in the shadows. Read more
My name is Justin Sadur. I'm an artist and illustrator living in Northwest Florida. My work has been shown in several local galleries and sold online. You can see some of my work here: http://justinsadur.daportfolio.com/ and here: http://theshutteredcity.tumblr.com My background is in media arts and animation, and more recently I've been working as a children's book illustrator .
The Shuttered City was originally conceived about 4 years ago as a single graphic novel set in a much larger universe, and I've been working on it on and off since then. You can read the first half of "The Shuttered City" here:
Unfortunately, life doesn't always co-operate, and for the past year-and-a-half my comic has lain dormant. In that time I have studied concept-art, illustrated a children's book, and taken many hours to hone my skills. Now I find myself with the opportunity to complete the story I started so long ago.
The Shuttered City is a science-fiction, suspense tale set in a far-distant future where humanity has spread across the galaxy and splintered into dozens of sub-species, all organized into a brutal caste system. Most of these species dwell in the relative light of "civilization" but a few lurk in the shadows, lost in the cracks of the Imperial Order.
The backwater town of Sylvanshire is one such "crack." It was founded during a period of great disorder, when vast horde-fleets terrorized countless worlds, and gene-spliced monstrosities roamed freely. For hundreds of years it has kept its dark secrets, and its inhabitants are not eager for their works to see the light of day.
Into this world wanders Leland, a Lagomorphic Low-Chimera; He inhabits one of the lowest rungs on the social ladder, regarded as little more than a slave or pet by the other castes. Aimless and purposeless, he has come in search of a lost love, but what he finds is decay, and darkness, and lurking, bestial horror.
His only friend in this nightmare is the squirrel Ishmael, another Low-Chimera, and a Sylvanshire native, who knows all too well the horrors that lurk below the cobbled streets of the ancient town. He feels strangely compelled to help Leland, knowing the fate that befell other visitors to that place, and their growing friendship is like a pinprick of light in overwhelming darkness.
That darkness encroaches from the gnarled trees and hedges of the woods surrounding Sylvanshire, but it also spills out from the central Cathedral, where the town's Preacher promotes the strange Nature-Cult that grew up alongside Sylvanshire's increasing derangement. He is a fanatic, but also a cunning schemer, and nobody's fool.
While he is the greatest "human" threat Sylvanshire can muster, for sheer terror, nothing can compete with The Great Hag of the Woods. The full expression of the horrific transformations which ultimately befall the denizens of this accursed town, she has led the shadowy hordes of Sylvanshire's wilds for generations, and soon she will bring the full brunt of her fury upon Leland and Ishmael.
Above is a digital mock-up of the printed version of The Shuttered City. The final version will be a soft-cover book of about 140 pages, with all 6 chapters, a brief forward, a complete list of supporters of this project, and hopefully some selected bonus art.
Right now the story is exactly half-way done. The funding from this kickstarter will not only allow me to print and ship any necessary copies of the final product, it will also allow me to focus all of my creative energies on the project, completing it in one go.
If I hit my completion goal of the end of March, I should be able to start shipping books by the end of April.
$7000: Extra comic. I will create a bonus comic featuring the continuing adventures of Leland and Ishmael in the greater setting beyond Sylvanshire. It will focus on new adventures and their growing friendship, and will be about 30 pages long, All $30 and up backers will receive a physical copy, and everyone who has contributed, even a dollar, will receive a PDF of it. This should ship in fall of 2014.
$10,000: After finishing The Shuttered City and the bonus comic I will immediately begin work on the next graphic novel featuring Leland and Ishmael and the extended cast of characters. I should be able to complete the next novel by 2015/2016, and backers of this Kickstarter will be the first to know about developments on that front.
A BRIEF SAMPLE
Here are a few pages from Issue 3 of The Shuttered City
Thank you very much for taking the time to look at my humble wares. I hope you have found them to your liking.
If you have, well, I'd love to make more.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge to The Shuttered City is the sheer effort of producing a graphic novel with such detailed artwork. Each page is fully painted, with highly detailed backgrounds and settings. That is the primary reason that this project has taken as long as it has, and why there have been some delays.
But experience has given me a much better idea of what to expect when I start working on the final part of the book. In addition, I will be modifying my working methods, and using more digital technology, so that I will be able to work more efficiently. Even so, there is a chance that the project may take a bit longer than I anticipated.
Never fear though, I am nothing if not stubborn, and eventually the book will be complete regardless of difficulties along the way. Of course I will keep all backers informed of any snafus or delays.
All custom reward art will be done after I have completed the main body of work, so there may be some delays in getting those out to people on those reward tiers.
The second bit of possible trouble of course is the printing and shipping. I will be working with a printer that I've used before, but only on smaller scale runs of individual issues. Tweaking the proofs so that the subtleties of the chiaroscuro art aren't lost in print will take some effort, but past experience will help in that regard.
While I haven't shipped books in any quantity like this before, I have plenty of room to store and organize the printed copies, so I should be able to get them out relatively quickly. I have a shipping facility very near to my house, so dealing with any trouble related to shipments can be handled with relative ease.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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