Brighton: The Graphic Novel is a creative exploration of the history of the last 300 years of the city, and is the first graphic novel of its kind - a unique collaboration between 28 local writers and artists working under the guidance of Tim Pilcher - co-founder of the Comic Book Alliance and co-Editor of The Essential Guide to World Comics - and Paul Collicutt, creator of the Robot City series, with a Foreword and cover design by Costa Book Award winner Bryan Talbot.
QueenSpark's books always cover the lesser heard voices and stories, and in Brighton: The Graphic Novel you'll discover characters you've never heard of - from sea swimmers to drag queens, arsonists to worshippers of the occult, Regency superheroes to 70's skinheads; history that you may not have known - lost rivers, The Anthaeum, severed hands with mysterious properties; and the city itself - the sea and piers, the South Downs, North Laine - serving as a stunning backdrop.
Our mission is to offer opportunities - in writing, publishing, editing, photography - and this project is no different; almost all of the writers and artists are previously unpublished, and have spent the last year being supported by Tim and Paul, from the development of initial ideas into gripping stories, and rough drawings into finished artworks.
This project is supported by Arts Council England. However, their funding does not cover the full design costs. We are seeking support from the Kickstarter community to fund the commission of a layout artist and final print costs.
Brighton: The Graphic Novel will be published in September 2013, and is expected to retail at £15.99. Become a part of this unique project - as well as receiving a host of QueenSpark rewards - by supporting us today.
Risks and challenges
Deciding to publish a book always carries risks, and when the book is the result of a project conceived as part of a wider mission, the risks are amplified.
At QueenSpark, we are always confronted with:
- who will volunteer to create the content?
- how will we guide them through the process, so that they can make the most of their talents?
- who will be interested in the book itself?
In answer to the first question, we were overwhelmed with talented people who wanted to take part, so much so that we expanded our original plan - to have 8 writers and 4 artists - to incorporate 13 of each. When we recruited the combined talents and experience of Tim Pilcher and Paul Collicutt, we comprehensively answered the second.
But our biggest risk is the third question: is it just a 'Brighton' book, of interest only to the city's residents? Will the wider graphic novel community - indeed, the wider world - see it as parochial?
We have the scripts, and the artists are working on the roughs; whilst the themes are focused on the city and its people, the stories are universal, and the images stunning. We're confident that the book, and the model of working behind it, will prove popular both locally and across the world.
But we'll see, won't we?
(The soundtrack for the video is "Fall to pieces (Silence)" by mika, sourced from the dig.ccmixter site (http://ccmixter.org/files/mika/24945) and licensed under a Creative Commons license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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