THE STORY OF UNIKORN
In the last year, Joshua and I have both lost a parent. This project was launched as a way to help our own children deal with those losses.
Unikorn is a 120+ page graphic novel that sends the message that with a little love, faith and hope, we never have to let go of the ones we've lost. They are always with us in spirit. And, that it's okay to keep believing in 'magic', no matter how old you get.
Maeve “Mae” Everhart inherits Percy, an old horse with a strange nub on his forehead. When the horse performs a ‘healing miracle’ and is declared a unicorn, crowds descend on her family farm, making Mae realize the world might not be ready for a magic horse just yet.
Her heartbreaking and hopeful journey with this special animal becomes a story of family healing, community and discovery of the real magic inside us all.
A ‘Unikorn’ is a unicorn with a broken horn – or that’s had its horn removed. This is usually not done to harm the animals, but for the same reason conservationists today will remove the horns from rhinos -- to save them from poachers.
Unikorns hide in plain sight by wearing a ‘fly bonnet’ or a ‘flying hat’ to cover the nub of their horn and blend in with regular horses. But don’t worry, because of a unicorn’s healing abilities, their horns can be reattached. A keeper will often keep the detached horn close by, disguised as a cane, the leg of a table, or some other household object -- so in a time of need they can bring their horse back to ‘full power’.
We were inspired by the children’s books we read when we were young. Classic stories with deep and meaningful themes. Books like Black Beauty, which dealt with preventing cruelty to animals; Charlotte’s Web, which celebrated the specialness of every creature; and Watership Down, which made you think about the true nature of home.
These books were hopeful, but also heartbreaking. As kids, they encouraged us to think about the world beyond ourselves and to be more mindful of our place within it. That’s the feeling - and kind of impact - we hope to capture with Unikorn.
Also as comic creators and parents, we've been amazed by the incredible graphic novels our children read like Amulet, Smile and El Deafo.
There’s a big element of ‘faith’ in Unikorn. Believing in something despite what people around you think. We wanted to create a book that lets children know they can keep believing in magic no matter how old they get.
Unikorn is set in the same world as our best-selling comic book series THE SOURCE, a world exactly like our own that is based on real history, mythology and folklore.
The basic premise is that magic (and magical creatures) are real, but have been outlawed for thousands of years by a faction who hoard 'the source' aka magic, for themselves.
A unicorn by nature is magical, so the mere existence of one threatens this ‘lie’ that magic isn’t real – and makes our heroine and her ‘horse’ a target.
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It takes a village to bring any creative endeavor to life, and in this case we have assembled an incredible team of collaborators.
Don is the co-creator of History Channel's drama series Knightfall and produced The Founder, starring Michael Keaton, and Kill The Messenger, starring two-time Academy-Award nominated actor Jeremy Renner. Don also wrote and directed the Saturn Award-winning film Touchback starring Kurt Russell and Christine Lahti.
He has co-created three comic series, including The Rift, which was produced by Steven Spielberg/Amblin Entertainment as an episode for the upcoming Apple reboot of Amazing Stories. His second series, The Mall, was optioned by Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) for development into a TV show. Don was named one of the top new faces of independent film by Filmmaker Magazine and has written screenplays or produced films for Warner Brothers, Sony, DreamWorks, Paramount and Lionsgate, among others.
Joshua has written feature projects for Sony, Warner Brothers, Cross Creek Entertainment, Universal Pictures as well as for more than a dozen production companies, both big and small. These include: an adaptation of the 80's cult franchise Beastmaster, a supernatural thriller for Australian company See Films and a “re-boot” of the franchise Buck Rogers In the 25th Century. He also wrote and produced three documentaries: two about the art of puppetry, and the other about underground comics.
In 2008, his screenplay Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever completed production for Lionsgate. He is currently developing an animated family film for Intrigue Entertainment, a horror movie for Traveling Picture Show, and a TV series for showrunner Jonathan Glassner (Outer Limits, Stargate SG-1.) Joshua is a professor of screenwriting at the University of California Riverside, a story architect for the video game industry, and the proud father of twins.
Rafael Loureiro is a Brazilian comic book artist based in São Paulo. He started his professional life as an architect, but changed lanes several times into fields like advertising and graphic design, until he finally landed on his true passion: drawing comic books for a living. Even though he looks like a serious person, Rafael has a dark sense of humor and enjoys the magic of sarcasm.
Rafael is the artist of Scout Comics' best-selling series The Mall.
Nominated as "Best Colorist" in 2018 Ringo Awards, the Brazilian Dijjo Lima made his comics debut in 2014, and since then has worked for every publisher out there. Some of his most acclaimed work includes titles such as "Doctor Who", "Torchwood", and "Assassins Creed Origins", for British publisher Titan Comics.
DC Hopkins is a professional letterer & designer working for clients such as IDW, Lion Forge, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite, Scout, Disney, Tor, and more. He is also a staff letterer at Deron Bennett’s AndWorld Design studio. DC lives in Indiana with his wife and son.
Nicholas is a graphic designer based in Adelaide, South Australia. After ten years working in the theatre in an array of unglamorous capacities, he found himself designing posters for shows, going on to retrain as a graphic designer. He first worked with Don Handfield in 2016, making covers for The Rift, and has enjoyed an ongoing and enriching collaboration with him, making covers for The Source, the upcoming The Dark Age, Unikorn and various other projects including Don's company logo for Motor.
Niklaus Lange is an award-winning director and producer. He began his career creating digital content for Disney (DigiSynd). Lange moved on to start, direct and run the production department for theAudience, a multi-platform social media publishing company specializing in celebrity and branded content.
Niklaus now heads the production company ToughTown. He has directed several TV commercials and digital videos, including music videos for Grammy award winning artists like The Chainsmokers and Lil Wayne. ToughTown has created content for brands including The Players' Tribune, OnStar, American Express and Sphero. Lange has worked with top social media influencers including Steve Aoki, Mike Epps and Cam Newton.
Lange’s short film, "My Dad Was Contacted By Aliens" won the Grand Prize for Best Documentary Short at the Marina del Rey Film Festival (2018).
Having spent the past decade in political consulting, Todd decided to make a career change, using his previous work experience in sports journalism and film production. He is the Editor on the upcoming comic book series: The Dark Age.
Zin Min Jr. is an ESL instructor at the Wellington School in Columbus, Ohio. Previously, he taught English and Communications for 3 years as an adjunct instructor. In January 2019, Zin published his first Children’s Book, Book Worms.
Comic Burst is a small business founded by two longtime comic lovers and one guy that somehow got mixed up with them and was too lazy to run screaming the other way. They eventually met another guy who insisted on being part of the fun and thus, the circle was complete.
Our goal is to assist creators, writers, artist, publishers and everyone in between, maximize their visibility, uniqueness and marketing individuality. We strive to create solutions for the comic book collector and industry professionals alike. Whether its creating content and marketing strategies for clients or helping the most active of comic book collectors find the books they are looking for, Comic Burst is here to help enhance, explore and revolutionize the comic book Industry.
We'd also like to acknowledge ComixLaunch and Tyler James for helping with the planning and execution of this campaign.
Risks and challenges
Risks are minimal. We are experienced comic creators and have assembled a team of talented and experienced collaborators. Our work as producers in the film and television industry means we know how to budget, produce and deliver quality content in a timely fashion. We have already completed 25 pages from the book, and are continuing production as you read this.
The biggest challenge is to lock in our very talented and in-demand Brazilian artist Rafael Loureiro full time so he can work exclusively on Unikorn until it is complete -- which is one of the main reasons for this Kickstarter campaign.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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