A struggling musician questions his life when a freak accident sends him into the world of the unexplained.
This is SEPTEMBRYO.
Some might recognize the name Septembryo as the Calgary based electro-rock act who write songs about ghosts, UFOs and other supernatural themes. Being one of the first musical acts to perform at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo in 2012, the inspiration to expand on those themes lead musician Michael 8 to the (super)natural decision to create a Septembryo comic book with artist Roberto Duque.
Readers will notice the comic differs from others in a few ways. First, the blurring of the lines between both visual and sonic mediums will put the reader in a direct relationship to the music itself.
"The inspiration for the stories and the songs both come from the same place" says Michael 8 "so it makes sense that the 2 would be so interconnected."
"And with so many songs tying themselves directly to events in the story" continues Roberto "It is our plan to make them an actual part of the story by strategically placing QR codes that readers can scan, so they can hear the song that goes with that scene!"
The combination of sounds and visuals does not end with just music within the comic either, elements of the comic can also currently be seen within the music as well, including album artwork by Roberto Duque and music videos featuring characters from the books which can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/Septembryo
Even though countless books have been written about the supernatural, in a fashion similar to The X-Files, Septembryo will be drawing much of it's influence from actual case files, eye witness accounts and even personal experience.
"Although ultimately, the comic is a work of fiction" says Michael 8 "I think people would be very surprised to find out just how much of it came from real experiences"
In an attempt to build a cohesive universe, many hours were spent researching paranormal topics like astral projection, near death experiences, UFO's and more in order to "get the rules right". Rather than borrowing from real life mysteries and reworking them to fit the story, Septembryo actually builds it's core mythology around the mysteries themselves. In this regard, many readers who are already well versed in various paranormal topics will delight in how the comics stay true to the real life theories and histories of it's subjects.
Another way the pair hope their graphic novel stands out is the format in which the continuing story will be told through.
"I'm a longtime devoted reader of comic books" says Roberto "but at the same time I realize that I am part of a rare breed. We want to make our story accessible to readers and non readers alike."
"It can be pretty intimidating to jump into 50+ years of continuity in comics" continues Michael "Even with all the reboots and relaunches the issues add up fast. Which is why I still stick to graphic novels to this day."
In an attempt to appeal to both comic fans as well as casual readers, Septembryo will be formatted into graphic novels with the basic story complete unto itself. With the first book being an origin story and future books already in the works, it is the duo's plan to have the new reader able to jump in at any point, without reading previous books, and know exactly whats going on. At the same time, devoted readers will be rewarded with an overarching story that will span across multiple volumes. A story that, according to the pair, has an eventual ending in store.
"This isn't something that's meant to go on forever like Superman or Spider-Man." says Roberto "Even with all the volumes of novels and one shots and various ideas we have in mind, there is plan and that plan has an ending."
"But right now we're just at the beginning" says Michael "There's a lot of ideas and potential places for this story to go, but they all depend on this first book. And if we can just get a little bit of help putting it out there and people like what they see, the rest will take care of itself."
Risks and challenges
When we were prepping for the release of issue one, we had so many changes happen. We wanted to release a giant sized TPB to a web comic when we finally came to the conclusion of single issues. Every quote we would find would set us back a considerable amount. When we crowdfunded to raise funds to print we didn't make our goal. At the last minute we found an amazing local printer that gave us a great deal and we got Issue one made and in stores and conventions this past year!
With a very manageable goal of $1,300 this will cover 80% of the printing costs. If we can make more and cover 100% that'd be incredible! We chose a smaller goal because we know it's tough for people to donate their hard earned cash to every project there is. We raised this much for the first attempt on issue 1, so we're shooting for that much again. In the occasion we make more than our printing goal, we will pocket 0%. We plan on a very long run of this comic for as long as we can produce, so any extra money we collect will be put into the pot to go to the next book.
With time from making issue 1 to now, Roberto has grown as an artist. With these new skills issue 2 will have a very different look compared to issue 1. Nothing jarring to the reader but with some bolder visuals. He is still working hard to get everything completed by our deadline. But rest assured it will be done!
A month window is a good amount of time to get everything done but, In the words of John Lennon "life is what happens when you are making other plans". We thank you for your support in this project. Wish us luck!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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