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Struggling with PTSD, James battles his inner psyche and his addiction trying to keep himself together while falling apart.
Struggling with PTSD, James battles his inner psyche and his addiction trying to keep himself together while falling apart.
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Struggling with PTSD, James battles his inner psyche and his addiction. He's trying to keep himself together while falling apart.

An honest account of personal struggle, touching on themes of addiction, loss, alienation and recovery, The Mind of James Svengal is a heartfelt, uncompromising and surreal account of one man’s journey back to himself. However, first he must confront truths about himself, his relationships and his past. 

Follow this troubled artist, hooked on experimental pills, as he takes a series of surreal trips into his subconscious – but is he ready for what he’ll find there? 

The Mind of James Svengal is a full colour, 180 page graphic novel by Lyndon White and Jordan Sam Adams.

The Mind of James Svengal - Page 84

 

In a lot of contemporary fiction, mental health is either underrepresented or misrepresented; often trivialised or used as a plot device rather than explored properly. Having both had first-hand experience of how mental health issues can affect people, ourselves included, we wanted to draw from our own personal experiences and present an honest, respectful account of a person struggling with these issues, with a view to starting an open and positive conversation around mental health.

At its core, The Mind of James Svengal is a character drama focusing on the consequences that James' coping mechanisms have on his relationships, work life and well being. 

 

Lyndon White - Story, Artist & Letterer

Lyndon is a UK freelance illustrator, writer and comic artist. Working with publishers such as Blue Fox Comics, Hellbound Media, Disconnected Press, ComicHaus, Capstone Press, Lyndon is a rising star in the comics industry. Lyndon takes the essence of the narrative and ensures that he adds his unique flare of undertones including horror and surrealism. 

Jordan Sam Adams - Story & Writer

Jordan is a writer of comics and TV. He has written comics for Disconnected Press, The Psychedelic Journal and 100% Biodegradable, along with screenplays for Sony Pictures Europe, Prince TV and Tirana Films. Jordan has garnered praise for his clear storytelling, witty dialogue and innovative concepts.   

Simon Birks - Editor  

Simon is an actor, director and producer who also writes comics, novels, plays, poetry, and (award winning) film scripts. He co-founded Blue Fox Comics with his wife Marielle, and together they have successfully crowdfunded numerous comics, including Hexes, Gone, Sinners, Robyn and his most recent project, The Girl in the Midnight Gown. He is also the co-organiser of the Meanwhile... Comic Con, held in Chichester.

Blue Fox Comics - Publisher

Blue Fox Comics is a Sussex based independent small publisher, specialising in comics and novels. Since 2015, they have published a wide range of titles, bringing high quality in both production, art and writing to the comics community. 2018 will be their busiest year, with multiple titles ready to be printed.

Of course. All the artwork is complete and below is a handful of pages from different parts of the story. You can also read the first 14 pages via the link below:

The Mind of James Svengal - Opening Sample

 

We've already spent the time writing the story, creating the artwork, editing it all, contacting printers, working out costs and preparing the book for print. All of which has take a huge amount of time, especially due to the size of the book. We won't be taking any money from the Kickstarter campaign for ourselves, we just want to raise the money to cover the printing costs.

 

The Mind of James Svengal graphic novel. UK comic size (240mm by 167mm), softback, full colour, 180 pages. 

 A3 prints. 250gsm Tintoretto Gesso.

 Original drawings. Pencil & inked on 300gsm Bristol Board.

Original drawings, Cover & Single Illustrations. Pencil & inked on 300gsm Bristol Board. 

UPDATE: The Cover is sold.

 A3 pencil & inked commissions (examples).

 

This is the largest book that we've worked on. Although books this size take time to do, we are incredibly proud of what we have created. Thank you all for your continued support as we get to tell stories through words and pictures. We hope you enjoy The Mind of James Svengal.

 

Risks and challenges

Whenever we come to Kickstarter, we make sure we have a finished product. The Mind of James Svengal is already complete and ready to be sent to our printer.

The deadline for getting the book sent out is January 2018. This is to avoid printing and postal delays over the Christmas and New Years period, while giving us plenty of time to ship everything out. We've been part of a number of Kickstarters: A Tale of Shadows, Lost & Found, Bram Stroker's Dracula and a number of Blue Fox Comics' titles, all of which have been successfully funded.

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    THE COLOUR COMMISSION REWARD

    Commission Lyndon to do a full colour illustration. He will create an original piece of artwork in pencil and ink and then colour the piece digitally. Working with you to create a final illustration that will then be printed A3 as a professional art print. You will also receive a digital copy of the final piece along with step by step process images.

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    • Three A3 art prints of your choice
    • A copy of the Svengal script with extra concepts and draft work.
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