What if angels carried swords instead of harps? What if they were the only things standing between creation and oblivion?
It began with a single image. An embattled angel out of the depths of time, alone and lost in a shattered world. Not some shining otherworldly spirit of grace and peace but a tangible being compelled by emotions and wracked by the toll of its existence. From this single image I composed a short story, my own imagining of what life must be like for such a servant of a higher power; messenger, killer, soldier, damned to fight this being's enemies and do its bidding. Could there be a greater meaning to such an existence?
Shortly after completing the story I met my co-writer and friend Daniel Agatino. Daniel contributed his own wealth of theology and myth to my dark and dystopian vision, uniting it into a tale of divided loyalty, compassion and violence, set against the backdrop of an infant universe. Ruled by gods and goddesses only freshly come to power themselves, there could be no telling what would happen next. How would their actions set the stage for the coming of mortals? With destruction and horror? With grace? Or, like with our own human race, must all of these ingredients be present?
Before we could proceed we decided our story would only truly work if we rendered it into a medium as visually stunning as the images swimming in both of our heads. 'Dawn of the Black Age' had to be a graphic novel. And so we set out in search of a suitable artist. Enter Zack Stella, professional artist extraordinaire, who managed to complete only one incredible issue before our lack of funds prevented us from continuing.
I don't say that lightly. It's expensive to do these projects right. With Zack we were able to attain a superb level of professionalism. There was a time when three friends could do this on the side, for nothing, but with life changes and career paths opening up, that window has completely shut. The artist has to get paid, and we simply don't have the money to realize our dream. And that's where you come in. With your help we will be able to give the world 100+ magnificently painted pages, weaving imagery and myth familiar to us all, but cast in an entirely new light.
We look forward to your support, and thank you for taking the time to check us out.
Nicholas Franco & Daniel Agatino
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Our project has existed before in a couple of incarnations. The first was a black and white 30+ page issue and the second, a much better wrought 50 pager in full color. Neither of these came close to the complete story and vision of "Dawn of the Black Age." However, only through these first attempts did we learn the ins and outs of printing costs, printing logistics, and the time it takes to complete these types of projects. We are confident that should we manage to achieve our goal here, we will be able to avoid these pitfalls and produce the right product for the money invested. Our artist will be able to complete the work knowing his own costs will be met, and Daniel and I can focus on promotion and sales.
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