FAMILY MAN is a 288 page graphic novel written by acclaimed crime novelist Jerome Charyn, and illustrated by comic book legend Joe Staton. This will be a limited edition collector's item. It will NOT be available in any stores. It will ONLY be available through Kickstater! The amount we print will be decided by how many people pick up a copy of the book during this campaign!
The story begins in New York City...one hour into the future. Crime runs rampant, rogue cops patrol the rubble-strewn streets, predatory gangs steal anything that isn't nailed down, and the once powerful mafia dons cower in fear in their tenement prisons. Someone is killing the mob chieftains one by one, and the last survivors call on Alonzo, The Family Man, to hunt down the murderer. But it won't be easy - not when Alonzo's own brother Charles, the gun-toting Monsignor of the corruption-ridden New York City police department, is a prime suspect.
FAMILY MAN was originally published as three 96 page digest-sized, square bound comic books by DC Comics' now defunct Paradox Press (an imprint developed by Andy Helfer, who Jerome mentions several times in the above video. Helfer is a talented gentleman you will learn more about in this new collection's accompanying essays). Although a couple projects that came out of Paradox, Road to Perdition and A History of Violence, were able to achieve mainstream success by being turned into Hollywood movies, a lot of what Paradox was publishing at the time flew under everyone's radar. Many believe this is because stories, such as FAMILY MAN, were decades ahead of their time.
Now, twenty three years later, we believe the time has finally come to bring this incredible story of crime and corruption back to life! But with a massive improvement! We will be taking Joe Staton's original artwork, created using Craft Tint (a process Joe explains in the above video), and presenting it full size (8.5 x 11) and full color, the way it actually appears on the art boards. Therefore, instead of flattening it all down to black and white, you get the full tonality of Craft Tint.
Because of this, we have to scan all 288 pages of Joe's original artwork (which thankfully he still has), then carefully restore the digital files so that we don't lose any of the textures and subtle colors, originally created by the Craft Tint process. Because of the way the ink and chemicals soak into the art boards after so many years, it will take a lot of hard work to restore all these pages.
We also need to take into account paying the creators, and printing and shipping the books, which at 8.5 x 11 hard cover, and over 300 pages, won't be cheap. We will also be paying to add a lot of important historical content, in way of essays about the history of Paradox, and all the creatives originally involved with bringing the story of FAMILY MAN to life. Therefore, we have put together a budget, wherein we cut out any unneeded costs, in order to complete the whole project for $10K.
We hope you will seriously consider backing this exciting project by two giants of storytelling! It is only with your help that FAMILY MAN will finally be collected and presented to readers in a definitive, archival volume, that everyone can be proud to place on their bookshelf.
ABOUT THE CREATORS
Jerome Charyn, master of lyrical farce and literary ventriloquism, published his first novel in 1964. He's the author of Johnny One-Eye, The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson, I Am Abraham, and dozens of other acclaimed novels, as well almost a dozen graphic novels such as The Magician's Wife, and several other nonfiction works. His short stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Paris Review, American Scholar, Epoch, Narrative and Ellery Queen.
Eisner Award winning illustrator Joe Staton is best-known for his decades of work on DC Comics characters like Batman, Green Lantern, The Huntress, Plastic Man and the Justice Society of America, his co-creation (with Nicola Cuti), E-Man, and many popular "all-ages" comics like Jughead and Scooby-Doo. He is currently the artist on Tribune Media Services' long-running newspaper strip, Dick Tracy.
Risks and challenges
I am going into this with the experience of having brought over thirty comic book and graphic novel collections to print. Beyond that, I am lucky enough to know several really talented people, who can help out with any bumps in the road.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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