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Citizen of the Galaxy takes you beyond Mars and will be the first graphic novel adapted from Robert Heinlein’s Virginia Edition.
Citizen of the Galaxy takes you beyond Mars and will be the first graphic novel adapted from Robert Heinlein’s Virginia Edition.
Citizen of the Galaxy takes you beyond Mars and will be the first graphic novel adapted from Robert Heinlein’s Virginia Edition.
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Robert A. Heinlein 's Citizen of the Galaxy Graphic Novel

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Citizen of the Galaxy will be the first graphic novel adapted from Robert Heinlein’s Virginia Edition, which is the complete and definitive 46 volume collector’s set of all of Heinlein's works. This project is approved by the copyright owner, the Heinlein Prize Trust and will be produced with the support of the Virginia Edition Publishing Company. The purpose of the Heinlein Prize is to encourage and reward progress in commercial space activities that advances Robert and his wife Virginia’s dream of humanity’s future in space. The Virginia Edition Publishing Company is responsible for the production and distribution of the authoritative text of all of Robert Heinlein’s published fiction and non-fiction – The Robert A. Heinlein: Virginia Edition Collection.

What's this all About?

Robert A. Heinlein™ is an enduring and influential American writer of speculative fiction. In his lifetime, Heinlein published over 150 novels, short stories, and articles, won six Hugo awards, and has had his work adapted to big-budget movies and television shows. His books are in print in dozens of languages spanning the globe and his influence can be seen in many authors today.

This project will feature some of the best and fastest-rising talents in the graphic novel industry including award-winning, veteran artist Steve Erwin. Steve has worked on some of the biggest comic titles such as Batman, Deathstroke the Terminator, and Star Trek. After more than a decade drawing primarily for DC Comics, Steve served as the Art Director for an international promotions manufacturing company designing, storyboarding commercials and creating concept work for many different products. Among the properties Steve worked with were: Star Wars - Episode One; Godzilla; Batman & Robin; DC Comics Superheroes; Universal Monsters; Rugrats; Looney Tunes; Hasbro Toys; Superman - The Animated Series; and Batman Beyond. Steve was also inducted into the Oklahoma Cartoonist Hall of fame in 2007! 

Steve Erwin Sample Art
Steve Erwin Sample Art

If Citizen of the Galaxy is successful other Heinlein titles from his Virginia Edition Collection will be considered for adaptation into graphic novels with artists such as Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise, Echo), Guy Gilchrist (The Muppets, Nancy) and Collen Doran (Spider-man, Wonder Woman). So, please pledge your support to re-imagine this epic and timeless story of Robert Heinlein into the visual medium of graphic novels.

Citizen of the Galaxy

Citizen of the Galaxy working concept
Citizen of the Galaxy working concept

Citizen of the Galaxy, a coming-of-age story set on an intergalactic stage, is one of Heinlein’s most celebrated books. 

(Synopsis) In our own galaxy, the atrocity of slavery was alive and well, and young Thorby was just another orphaned boy sold at auction. But Thorby's destiny will be forever changed when he discovers the truth about his own identity.... 

The goal of this project is to raise $26,400 before the end of March 2013. The pledge money will be used to print high-quality copies of the graphic novel, shipping and distribution, promotion, and miscellaneous supplies/expenses that will be required to complete the project (see budget breakdown below).

Our Budget Breakdown:

$9,000 for printing high-quality paper-back copies and hard-back editions

$3,400 for shipping and distribution to backers $4,000 supplies and miscellaneous expenses $10,000 for marketing and promotion at tradeshows, conventions and other promotional venues Total: $26,400

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This Kickstater project seeks to broaden Heinlein’s enduring legacy and influence by translating the works of one of the greatest literary writers in history into the medium of graphic novels. The Robert Heinlein: Citizen of the Galaxy graphic novel project (Goal $26,400) seeks to visualize and illustrate Heinlein’s classic story for a new generation to discover as well as for existing fans to rediscover. So, please pledge your support to re-imagine this epic and timeless tale from Robert Heinlein into the visual medium of graphic novels.

Thank you for your Support!

We completely understand if you cannot contribute monetarily, but please help us by spreading the word and sharing our project on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other social networks. We greatly appreciate your support in any form! 

Risks and challenges

We understand that this is no small undertaking. Heinlein said it best; 'TANSTAAFL'. But we live by the motto: "Ad astra per aspera!" and ask that you join us in this journey!

“Yield to temptation. It may never pass your way again.”
~Robert A. Heinlein

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    Your name listed as a supporter of the project on the Citizens of the Galaxy Blog site and wallpaper graphic. Visit the COTG blog site at: http://thorby97.blogspot.com

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    Your name listed as a supporter of the project on the Citizens of the Galaxy Blog and wallpaper graphic. and an eBook copy of the Graphic Novel.

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    Soft cover copy of the Graphic Novel.

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    Hard cover copy of Graphic Novel.

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    "Package Deal" - 1 Hardcover Edition, 1 softcover edition and 1 eBook edition. So you can keep one for you, one for a friend and another for your eBook reader.

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    "Signed Package Deal" - 1 Signed Hardcover Edition, 1 Signed softcover edition and 1 eBook edition.

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    Signed hardcover edition and name listed in graphic novel.

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    "Mom & Pop Comic Shop" Deal - You will receive 10 advanced hardcover editions before all other retailers.

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    Signed hardcover edition and limited edition lithograph plus your name listed in graphic novel.

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    "Big Daddy Comic Shop" Deal - You will receive 20 advanced hardcover editions before all other retailers.

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    Signed hardcover edition and original art page from graphic novel signed by artist.

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    You will receive both a signed hard cover and a signed soft cover edition of Citizen of the Galaxy as well as an e-book edition and YOUR NAME listed in the back of the graphic novel plus a lithograph and an original art page both signed by the artist.

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    "The Godfather Comic Shop" Deal - You will receive 50 advanced hardcover editions before all other retailers.

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    Character Level 1: Your likeness drawn in as a background character with your name and page appearance listed on the supporter page, plus 1 signed hardcover Edition, 1 signed softcover edition and 1 eBook edition.

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    Character Level 2: Your likeness drawn in as a background character with your name and page appearance listed on the supporter page, and the COMPLETE 46 volume leather bound Virginia Edition Collector’s set of Robert Heinlein's published works PLUS signed graphic novel hard cover edition.

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    Character Level 3: Your likeness drawn in as a Supporting character with dialog and your name and page appearance listed on the supporter page, and the COMPLETE 46 volume leather bound Virginia Edition Collector’s set of Robert Heinlein's published works PLUS signed graphic novel hard cover edition.

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    Character Level 4: Your likeness drawn in as a Supporting character with dialog and your name and page appearance listed on the supporter page with signed original art page of your appearance and the COMPLETE 46 volume leather bound Virginia Edition Collector’s set of Robert Heinlein's published works and signed graphic novel hard cover edition, PLUS lunch with the artist!

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