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The story is set in 1920s NYC featuring the paranormal, queer culture & a secret society in Harlem committed to ending oppression.
The story is set in 1920s NYC featuring the paranormal, queer culture & a secret society in Harlem committed to ending oppression.
The story is set in 1920s NYC featuring the paranormal, queer culture & a secret society in Harlem committed to ending oppression.
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WHAT IS OCCULT GENERATION?

In a nutshell, Occult Generation is a hardboiled sci-fi supernatural graphic novel set in 1920s New York. It's about a private detective who investigates the murder of a notorious drag performer and in the process, uncovers a secret war between remnants of the confederacy equipped with strange technology and a secret society in Harlem that fights for justice through magic.

Gladys Spencer // Harlem Secret Society
Gladys Spencer // Harlem Secret Society

The story pulls from memorable elements of the 1920s era while holding a magnifying glass up to people of color, mystics, immigrants, queer life, gender roles, body awareness, political corruption and the dawn of equity feminism. The readers of the graphic novel are going to see blood, violence, sexuality and other Rated-R material, yet it all has a purpose to tell the story. In all of this, we fully get to examine the spectrum of humanity from a unique historical context without having to hold back with our audience.

Artist Sketches by James Zark
Artist Sketches by James Zark
Artist Sketches by James Zark
Artist Sketches by James Zark

The art of Occult Generation is a collaboration with real life models and actors that play the characters in the story. We do this by casting talent to embody their characters which allows the energy and emotion to shine through each panel. The beauty of having a photorealistic graphic novel is that it gives a type of sex appeal to the visuals that we hope has our audience wanting more as they turn each page. 

OUR MISSION

As creatives, we have a passion to build pathways of communication and this graphic novel series has the potential to set the stage for important conversations in the comic book community and beyond. Occult Generation is a valuable endeavor that can provide an opportunity for controversial topics to stand in the forefront of discussions in society. Though it is set in the 1920s, the parallels to today's world are very apparent. Our intention with this book is to open up more permission to step outside of the box and allow people to find their own answers around the concepts that matter to them (and to have fun doing it!).

Panel from Issue #1 of the graphic novel
Panel from Issue #1 of the graphic novel

OUR TEAM

Our team of top notch creatives are committed to being fearless about their art and communicate about things that are important to them in the world. Without our unique collaborative process, this would not be possible. Throughout the campaign we’ll share the personal stories of our cast and crew so you can get to know our amazing team yourself.

Astroetic Studios in Downtown L.A.
Astroetic Studios in Downtown L.A.

IMMEDIATE GOAL

Production for Chapter 1 (Issue #1) is nearly completed, yet we need the funds for printing/distribution and to start production on the rest of the book. This campaign will cover those printing and distribution costs so we can put physical copies in your hands and prove how awesome Occult Generation can be.

If we are successful in reaching our goal, we will add stretch goals for Chapter 2 and beyond.

Once this campaign is completed successfully, we’ll work to produce what has been funded through this campaign and announce plans to fund the remaining chapters.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU PLEDGE?

William Derrick III
William Derrick III

When you pledge, it goes directly toward production to cover the costs associated with creating, producing, printing and distributing all things Occult Generation. Among them:

  • renting studio space & equipment 
  • crew & model fees 
  • hair, makeup & wardrobe 
  • printing and distribution of the comic 
  • a private jet for the crew (Just kidding!)

Don't forget to check out the perks on right hand column!

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LONG TERM GOAL

Our larger goal is to finish the book in its entirety (over 200 pages) and get it published. 

Eventually, we will continue to move forward working with more artists and writers where we can create stories that matter to people and truly find new perspectives in the entertainment industry. Occult Generation is merely the beginning and there is much more to come!

Thank you for visiting our page and being apart of Occult Generation!

Risks and challenges

There are two challenges we can foresee:

1. All the art is illustrated by 1 person. While doing what he loves to do, this stud also has to work and make a living. The team is always coming up with more efficient ways to get better at the artistic process.

2. Printing - if there isn't a labor strike at sea, everything will be golden!

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    Digital Copy of Issue #1
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    Special First Print of Issue #1 (Chapter 1) signed by the Creator, Artist, and Editor.
    + Occult Generation matchbook
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    Get three (3) signed copies of the Special First Print of Issue #1. You can give to friends and family that you know that love comic books and graphic novels.
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    Limited edition Occult Generation playing cards
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    Occult Generation mini poster portfolio w/ illustrated envelope. That's five (3) - 8.5 x 11 posters.
    + Receive the full digital version of the graphic novel when it comes out next year. That's over 200 pages of comic book greatness.
    + Limited edition Occult Generation playing cards
    + Special First Print of Issue #1 signed by the Creator, Artist, and Editor + your name on the thank you page(s) in Issue #1 of the comic, if you'd like to be apart of that.
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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Become a character in the world of Occult Generation. The team will create a character and write a short prose story written and posted online. This is accompanied by an image of you in comic book cartoon form in the same aesthetic as the graphic novel. The image will also be printed in poster form. All you have to do is send a photo reference. (Receive this portion of the perk by March 2016)
    + Receive the full digital version of the graphic novel when it comes out next year. That's over 200 pages of comic book greatness.
    + Occult Generation mini poster portfolio w/ illustrated envelope. That's five (3) - 8.5 x 11 posters.
    + Limited edition Occult Generation playing cards
    + Signed Special First Print of Issue #1 by the Creator, Artist, and Editor.
    + Occult Generation matchbook
    + Digital Copy of Issue #1

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Receive a special edition copy of the entire graphic novel signed by the Occult Generation Team when it comes out next year. That's over 200 pages of comic book greatness with your name printed on a special thanks page in the book. (Receive this when it comes out next year) The book will also be signed by the creator, artist & editor.

    + A special edition poster of you in the world of Occult Generation made just for you. All you have to do is send a photo reference of yourself.
    + Digital sketchbook of all the main characters.
    + Receive the full digital version of the graphic novel when it comes out next year. That's over 200 pages of comic book greatness.
    + Become a character in the world of Occult Generation. The team will create a character and write a short prose story written and posted online. This is accompanied by an image of you in comic book cartoon form in the same aesthetic as the graphic novel. (Receive this portion of the perk by March 2016)
    + Occult Generation mini poster portfolio w/ illustrated envelope. That's five (3) - 8.5 x 11 posters.
    + Limited edition Occult Generation playing cards
    + Signed Special First Print of Issue #1 by the Creator, Artist, and Editor.
    + Occult Generation matchbook
    + Digital Copy of Issue #1

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