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Orson Welles: Warrior of the Worlds (Vol. 1)

A graphic novel about Orson Welles and his secret life defending Earth from aliens.

Orson Welles: Warrior of the Worlds (Vol. 1)

A graphic novel about Orson Welles and his secret life defending Earth from aliens.

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Orson Welles: Warrior of the Worlds is a two-volume graphic novel series with the premise that Orson Welles's legendary War of the Worlds radio broadcast was not a prank: an alien invasion really happened. After Welles's first interaction with "Martians", he joins an organization that defends Earth from extraterrestrial threats and lives a double life as a film director by day, alien-hunter by night. This Kickstarter campaign is for Volume 1, which tells the first half of the story.

Each chapter of the graphic novel is illustrated in a different style, often as an homage to one of the many films of Orson Welles. The structure of the story is inspired by Citizen Kane. When Orson Welles dies, he leaves Paula, a lifelong friend and filmmaking collaborator, a clue that leads her to search for answers to many mysteries Welles left behind. She soon finds herself in over her head - amidst secret government agents, laser guns, and powerful alien technology. Her curiosity puts her on an irresistible path to adventure. Film lovers will find several easter eggs and Welles aficionados will notice thematic parallels between our alien-hunting warrior and the maverick film director.

Volume 1 will include approx. 85 pages of art and story, a mixture of black and white and full color. 

Preview art pages: 

Double-page splash by Erik Whalen:

Two pages from a chapter with Welles in Brazil in 1942, art by Martyn Lorbiecki:

 Here is the cover and the first five pages of Orson Welles: Warrior of the Worlds :



Orson Welles: Warrior of the Worlds is written by Milton Lawson, the writer of Roger Ebert and Me (Ghost City Competition Finalist), Winter Sale, and Thompson Heller: Detective Interstellar. 

The team of artists on Orson Welles: Warrior of the Worlds has been assembled to bring an array of visual styles to the story - with the art for individual chapters often being inspired by films from Welles's work as a film director. The artists in the book are: 



The lettering for Orson Welles: Warrior of the Worlds will be by: 

VIDEO ART TEAM

The promo video for the Kickstarter uses illustrations by Dave Chisholm and Christopher Doray. If Volume 1 is successfully funded, there's a good chance you'll see both of them again, contributing chapters to that volume in 2021.



 EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS 


Special thanks to Maurice LaMarche for providing the audio narration for our video. DISCLAIMER: The narration in this video is fictional, any similarity to any historical figures is simply due to the marvelous vocal talents of Mr. LaMarche. 

BUDGET BREAKDOWN

Where does the money from the crowdfunding go? Funny you should ask, we've got a pie chart for you that shows where the funding money goes:

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge for the project will be maintaining the original artist lineup 100% as planned. We've given ourselves enough of a delivery window to overcome most scheduling conflicts, but, the comic industry is unpredictable and it's possible one of the team members will need to leave or delay their contribution until the second volume. We already have a roster of amazing talent already helping the project in various ways, including prep work for volume two, so if one of the collaborators has to change, we will be able to do so swiftly and be able to maintain a high level of quality.

This is my first Kickstarter project, but I have delivered two comic shorts, one of which was a finalist for the Ghost City competition. I've also completed a three-issue miniseries which has a publishing deal and is expected to be in comic book shops in 2020. Since there are multiple artists on the project, once it is funded, all of them can begin work simultaneously, and make progress quickly. We hope to deliver ahead of schedule. We will frequently update backers as to our progress throughout the production and completion phase.

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