About this project
Nadja Djurkovic is a British Citizen from Montenegro, travelling home for the first time in a decade. Called by a letter from her sister, Nadja arrives to find that her sister was murdered just two weeks before.
Stricken by grief, Nadja starts to investigate the crime, and quickly discovers all is not as it seems. Her home town has changed; the fall of communism a decade before has been replaced with corruption and organised crime. Everybody knows the murder was pinned on the wrong man – and the true murderer may well be the most powerful man in the city...
to read a preview of the strip right now, go to: www.unfinishedcity.com/preview.htm
-Bryan Talbot (Grandville, Alice In Sunderland, Sandman)
"A gritty thriller, dark and sombre, set in the fascinating remains of the former Yugoslavia. A real page-turner!"
- Pat Mills (Creator of 2000AD)
"Benjamin Dickson is one of the brightest and best new comics writers around, as those who are smart enough to get Aces Weekly know already - Unfinished City is certain not to disappoint!"
- David Lloyd (V for Vendetta, Aces Weekly)
Hi! I’m Benjamin Dickson, I’m the co-writer of Unfinished City. Previously I’ve worked with artists like Mick McMahon, Warren Pleece and Boo Cook, and have been published by the likes of New Internationalist, Self Made Hero, Heavy Metal Magazine and Aces Weekly.
Unfinished City is a powerful, stylish thriller with a sharp, East-European edge. Nadja's home town of Nikšić is a real place; many elements of the story are drawn from Sylvija's experience of living in the city, and the stories that circulated at the time. A lot of the locations featured in the book really exist, and the background details true-to-life. At the time this story is set, the war that tore Yugoslavia apart had only ended two short years before. Though the war never came to Niksic, the town was economically devastated, leaving it ripe for corruption and organised crime.
Using this backdrop, we wanted to tell a gripping and gritty detective thriller that would subtly draw you in before you knew what was happening. This will undoubtedly be a controversial book in the Balkans – so much so that Sylvija and I had to consciously distance some elements from real life!
The book is being illustrated in glorious, shadowy black and white by cult Croatian artist Robert Solanović. A highly-regarded artist in the Balkans, this will be Robert’s first English language work. Sylvija and I searched for two years for the right artist for this project – someone from the Balkans who could do noir, comedy, tragedy, and draw in a way that was distinctly European in flavour. We were very happy when we found him!
The book is also being edited by Shane Chebsey, who is also running this Kickstarter. (I'm a firm believer that every writer needs a good editor, even on a creator-produced book like this.)
- Mark Buckingham (Fables, Spiderman)
"It was a pleasure to read the preview of Unfinished City. Ben has always shown promise to be a master storyteller, and here he builds on that reputation, coupled with some wonderful "Bandes Dessinees" style artwork, you feel you're in a REAL place. Can't wait to read some more..."
- Charlie Adlard (Walking Dead, X-Files)"This is the stuff we need! I would recommend this to anyone -- A*grade storytelling and the type of narrative that just pulls you right in. A total treasure of a comic by an excellent creative team."
- Kate Brown (Young Avengers, Fish+Chocolate)
We're also offering lots of bonus goodies, including post-cards, T-Shirts, signed editions, and more!
LOCKED: £1000 above target - each hardback will be upgraded to have an embossed logo on the cover, underneath the dust-jacket.
LOCKED: £3000 above target - each hardback will be upgraded to a leather-bound edition.
This is very much a labour of love for everyone involved. We feel very passionately about this book, and we're sure that you will feel the same way when you read it!
You can read more of the story for free at this link: www.unfinishedcity.com/preview.htm
Risks and challenges
The script is already complete, and 30 pages of artwork (out of of 144) are fully drawn and lettered. We have a printer lined up and quotes prepared. Robert is drawing the book as you read this, and barring illness or injury, we estimate it will take him one year to finish.
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