Occultation is a journey into the distant future where religious zealots have taken over and a gay man who fights back!
OCCULTATION: REVEALING THE TRUTH, IN A WORLD OF LIES.
- A gay graphic novel
- 136 full-color pages
- Foil Logo Lettering
"If you know the Nostromo, or LV-426. If you’ve considered the plight of the replicant. If you know what “spice” is. Then you probably have an interest in alternative creative fiction focused on future realities. Like many of us, you are fascinated by stories like Blade Runner, Dune, Alien and many others. Consider then the excitement all those years ago when these amazing stories first came to life. What must it have felt like to be part of something so exciting right at the beginning? These treasured characters and worlds we all know and love came to us because of a collaboration between an artist with an amazing vision, and financial supporters who helped render the artist’s vision commercially viable. YOU CAN NOW BE PART OF SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY! My friend Thom Collins is launching his graphic novel, OCCULTATION, on Kickstarter. His vision is a new take on a future dystopia – one where the characters and issues resonate with people today, YOU. His principal character, Ellis, stands tall with the likes of Ripley and Deckard and ‘David’. Got to his Kickstarter and check it out. Help shape the future of SciFi by making sure Thom Collin’s OCCULTATION comes to life." In Occultation, tdcollins brings to life a future world riddled with fear and violence, but where gay love will rock hate to its very foundations"
Vincent Keith - mascular magazine
The graphic novel is completed. Just needs to be printed!
8.5" x 11" • 136 full-color pages
Part one of what I would hope to be a trilogy (one sequel and one prequel). Basically, Occultation is part two of a three-part series.
It's Tuesday, August, 24th 2483. The Earth has been under the power of the NMO (New Moral Order) for hundreds of years. Most of the planet's surface has been destroyed. Under the strict rule of the NMO, the remaining population either lives in hiding or in fear. The NMO is free to do whatever they wish. The earth's climate is spiraling out of control in a Venus-like greenhouse effect.
The religious fanatics wait for the end times. Day after day, month after month, year after year, and century after century. Repeated predictions never come to fruition. But the end of days may be coming sooner than they think, but from a completely different source.
Ellis Becker is an extractor. A highly trained specialist who's purpose is to extract people, art, literature and anything of value to the human race, without detection. He is authorized to use any force needed to accomplish this.
- adult language
- adult situations
- gay characters
- sexual situations
In or around 1984 (I was 19 years old) I wanted to do a graphic novel. I was in love with science fiction. I read OMNI Magazine and Heavy Metal Magazine. Jean Giraud and Enki Bilal were a couple of my favorite artists in Heavy Metal Magazine. I ordered graphic novels that were advertised like Ranxerox, Immortal, and Den. But I was frustrated that there were no serious gay-themed graphic novels. And the ones that were available, I was too embarrassed to purchase. Plus, they all had the same characteristics- everything was unrealistically "WAY out of proportion." I wanted to do a story with characters for whom I could relate. (Is that proper English?)
So I started work on my graphic novel when I was 19. But because of life getting in the way, fear of my subject matter and hardships, I abandoned the idea. Back then, it was all ink and paper. As an artist, I think I'm pretty good. But I had one weakness: being inconsistent with likenesses in my character design. If I'm not looking at something, it's more difficult for me to be accurate.
I would do this "Start and Quit" process for many years, over and over again. It wasn't until I started getting into 3D when things started to take off again. I have to admit. I had been working with ZBrush for 4 years before thinking, "Hey! I can sculpt my characters in ZBrush and turn and move them to a pose I want! And they would still look like themselves!"
Even after 4 years I was still a novice in 3D. It took about 6-7 months to develop my character, Ellis. Every step of the way was more tutorials and money to get the answers I needed to do a well enough model to work with. I purchased sets and items in 3D for use in my novel. I wanted to do my own, but it would have taken me years to get to the point where I could start working on the art. I'm not getting any younger and already wasted too much time. And this process was achieving the look and feel I was after. So, I marched on! After a while and thousands of dollars later, I finally had a model of Ellis with which I felt confident.
My main goal was to finish this novel. Just finish it once and for all! It's been with me for far too long and needed to get out of my system. When I say this has been a lifelong dream of mine, I can say it with all honesty.
The funny thing was; I only just wanted to finish the novel. I had no plans to do anything with it once I finished. I had shown my novel (in various states of completion) to a couple of friends. Their reaction started to make me think that maybe I had something. They recommended Kickstarter.
So, pushing aside all my insecurities and concerns - I'm taking a leap of faith.
As for looking further down the road, I know I want to do a prequel to explain how things got to be the way they are pre-Ellis. But as for my 2nd novel (Occultation III) you will just have to wait in suspense to see what I have in store. My hope is that this first novel leaves the reader with a lot of unanswered questions. Questions that I am looking forward to revealing the answers to in the sequel and especially the prequel.
I also made a decision not to use sound effect bubbles or actions. So no CRASH BANG BOOMS! Also, I didn't want any strange expositional dialog. You know, the kind that explains too much in a weird and out of place way. I did this on purpose. I wanted it to be like you were along for the discovery. It made it much more difficult to pull off, but I think you'll find it more realistic and enjoyable.
Ellis circa 1999. Gouache and ink. This was a header for a website I started back in the day. Back then, the book was called SubSection9 (hated it!), then later to Greener Grass (meh). I chose Occultation (after a ton of research) because I think the meaning of it fit the novel quite well and I love anything with a scientific connection.
So, Occultation is finished. There is a bit of work I need to do before it is print ready. The "Thank you" pages are blank except for the few who I know I want to thank! My husband, Troy. Vincent Keith and Steve MacIsaac. If it wasn't for their support, I don't think I would have the nerve to do a Kickstarter.
So, here it goes. Thank you for your interest! You have no idea how much it means to me.
Any pledge that has the "Nude Photo Shoot" can be switched to any other images. I understand that not everyone would care to see this. You will be asked this when funding is complete.
...and, just in case. Because you never know, do you.
Risks and challenges
This is my first Kickstarter. The first time I've put anything to print. Now, with that said I have asked a heck of a lot of people for advice, researched a lot about Kickstarter hits and misses. I actually studied more about the misses and why.
I am using a well-known printer for the book which seems low risk and super high quality. It cost a bit more but I'm not about to cheapen my dream.
Extras are less risky for me because artwork and pricing have already been established. My fear is shipping!
I had originally going to print soft cover only. But if I'm funded, I can up the quality of the book by adding hardcover, heavier paper, and more. Also, I will be excited to be able to start on the sequel.
The novel is done but for the Thank You pages. Currently, blank until all pledges are in.
There is nothing more I want then to send out my first graphic novel effort. I want nothing more than for each and every one of you to be happy with what I've made. I ask that you please be patient with me as I don't expect any delays but - again - this is my very first attempt.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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