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Adaptation BD gr format (200p.) scénario du cinéaste Pierre Falardeau.(v.o.fr.) 200pg oversize comic: P. Falardeau script (in french)
Adaptation BD gr format (200p.) scénario du cinéaste Pierre Falardeau.(v.o.fr.) 200pg oversize comic: P. Falardeau script (in french)
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          Salutations, i'm Richard Forgues, comicbook draftsman.

  with a number of 'forg' titles featured in various publishers catalog, i enjoy evolving through numerous graphic styles and exploring artistic boundaries.

Today i invite you to participate in the realization of my next album; a truly inspiring project; yes, a captivating story with a fine narrative edge.

  Le jardinier des Molson, from acclaimed filmmaker Pierre Falardeau, a complete script for a feature length movie he was developing.

I currently work in close collaboration with his family; our aim, to produce a most authentic version, and bring forth a respectful hommage to Pierre.

                                       THE STORY

We transpose the reader for a few days among the 22nd battalion on a mission at the european front during world war one. Young french-canadians gone to fight amidst horrific conditions. In the drenched trenches, the group relays a few senegalese soldiers of the french army on an advanced position, only to find out that right beneath them, germans dig a mine which threatens to blow up any minute. Tension builds up where, between atrocious situation and ferocious bombardments, our men fraternise and support each other in order to tolerate the intolerable. 

In more ways than one, this war remains actual, as many of today's conflicts originate from hasty territorial divisions that followed, often without consent of concerned nations. 

                                       THE PROJECT

I draw from the original screenplay in its integrity, verbatim.

I've hand writ the hundred+ pages of dialogue, pen and ink; gritty artwork style the immediate evocation of a war journal.

Two years worth of reference gathering, litterrature, photographies and illustrations accurately reinforce the periods look and feel i render.

Thanks to your constructive contribution by pre-ordering your copy of the work, you help us publish a first rate document, in memory of the brave Canayens who, a hundred years ago, gave all; their little known story, worthwhile, really deserves a fond remembering. Our famous saying, au Québec, 'Je Me Souviens' applies here, most appropriately.

            Best regards, Thank You!

                                                     Richard Forgues 

                                                                                  Montréal, nov. 2013

Risks and challenges

Premièrement, relever le défi de mener à terme ce projet longue haleine; l'idée de faire campagne via Kickstarter n'a pris son essor qu'à partir du moment ou le rythme de production s'est défini de façon réaliste. Le matériel constituant le video confirme notre direction et nous donne aussi l'élément motivateur de poursuivre en vue de rejoindre le public. On espère le 'timing' propice, d'un jour du souvenir à un autre, sans oublier le centenaire de la participation du 22ème au conflit. La date butoir étant dans un an, tout est une question d'organisation, afin que chaque personne qui aura contribué au projet, reçoive sa récompense au moment indiqué. Les contraintes de budget reliées aux coût d'impression n'affectent plus le nombre de livres (minimum) à imprimer, alors si nous n'avons que quelques commandes elles, seront honorées.

The main challenge of this demanding project, once funded, is tackling a realistic production schedule. Thankfully, modern printing methods no longer restrain affordable rates exclusively to large print runs, therefore we can honor a more modest order if need be. Artworkwise, book is well past midway, we are confident a year more allows us a hearty, intense, but manageable, deadline. (please note: the book is in french at this point; english version pending) updated: nov. 26th

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