About this project
"A provocative, mordant tale that skewers our thinking about gender identity and political hypocrisy. “Killweather” rockets past our eyes like a brashly tagged subway car, spit from a tunnel we didn't even know was there."
NY Times Bestselling Author of “Star Wars: Darth Plagueis” and The Robotech Saga
WHAT IS KILLWEATHER?
(the following contains spoilers)
A visually unorthodox graphic novel set at the intersection of journalism, politics and involuntary sex reassignment. Which is to say, it depicts a malignant, right-wing pundit’s rise to the national political stage, where an abrupt, unforeseen turn waits to alter every detail of his existence.
Killweather 1 is an origin story in a trilogy of original, 60-page graphic novels. It is prologue to a dark, political drama about an opportunist, neo-con shock jock, Cooper Killweather, and his creation, the hypocritically named Transgender Dignity Act. The TDA’s passage, which criminalizes sex reassignment surgery and makes practicing endocrinology a jailable offense, marks CK’s arrival on the political scene.
Things take a devastating turn, however, when a rogue faction of these now-fugitive, sex-reassignment surgeons, abduct our protagonist on his way to his new job at the White House. Cooper wakes months later from a drug induced coma to find himself alone and abandoned far from home, believed dead by his family and friends, and the victim of a shocking act of vengeance.
Thus begins the story that will drive the trilogy and Cooper’s personal story of discovery. After the initial, paralyzing shock and ensuing, impotent, existential crisis, the destruction of his public image leads the ruthless antihero set adrift to consider his new opportunities and look at how he can not just serve himself, but for the first time, humanity as a whole.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION?
“Killweather” began more than eight years ago when I was working for a newspaper outside Portland, OR. I was listening to a lot of AM, talk radio on the commute, people like Michael Savage, Tony Snow, Rush, Bill O’Reily, and I began to study them and the machines behind them, the conservative think tanks and writers behind the talking points.
It was the specific skill it took to find the inflammatory in the innocuous, to make outrage appear out of nowhere like oratory sleight-of-hand, that was most impressive to me. The Killweather story came from that fascination with those individuals as characters, and what someone with that ability might do if their world was turned on its ear.
About five years ago, Abe and I started talking about a narrative project to feature his art and my writing. I thought this story would appeal to audiences on a range of levels, but also specifically to Abe as an artist since his inspirations similarly seemed to draw from current events, social themes, and a fascination with the evolution of gender in politics and popular culture.
Jesse E. Lichtenstein is a writer, filmmaker, and journalist working in documentary, television, and outdoor media development. He lives with his wife and son in San Francisco.
Abraham Mong studied under Italian Master Lithographers and is a founding member of Seattle’s Print Zero Studios and MATAMUROS Mural Project. He has created murals for the public in California, Oregon, Washington, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and was recently awarded the 2013-2014 Placemaking grant by the Downtown Austin Alliance to complete a series of murals in Austin, TX.
WHERE FUNDS WILL GO?
All funding will go directly to producing "Killweather: An Extended Prologue" in the most professional and timely manner possible. The book is written and illustrated (with a fully scripted book 2 ready for penciling upon book 1's completion). We just need to print it and get it into your hands.
We've added new special reward! Artist/designer Delilah Knuckley "Demise of Samson" will make 10 one-of-a-kind, hand dyed, hand printed dress shirts for persons donating at the $50 level.
Backers receiving these rewards will still also be interred in our original art raffle where each 10 backers can win an airbrushed lithograph print by Abraham Mong.
In response to the success of the lithograph raffles, we've added a Killweather Super Raffle to celebrate the successful completion of the campaign. Abraham Mong has donated two pieces of art from his private collection of work to be raffled off if and when we reach our goal of $6700.
Risks and challenges
We've done everything we can to have this project prepared to hit the ground running, lining up a printer and having the shipping envelopes on hand. The book is nearly print ready and rewards are in the pipeline, waiting to be produced. Every artistic project can have delays, and while Abraham Mong is currently engaged in creating a series of murals for the city of Austin, TX, conflicts with time will be managed. Producing the Killweather books on a reasonable timeline is our top priority. All copies will be distributed first to kickstarter donors. You are the backers that make this project possible, and you get your books first. Excess copies from the initial run will be made available online and in stores only after backers have received their books.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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