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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, July 10 2019 8:20 PM UTC +00:00

About

After a short film broadcast on  Canal Plus, Fusion Man goes on with his journey in a comic book  featuring LGBTQ superheroes. A TPB of short stories was published last  year. And today via this campaign, we wish to return to the origin story  of this hero with a complete 120-pages story called "The Birth of a  Superhero" .  A french version is already in the work. But we want English readers to be able to enjoy Fusion Man and Queer heroes as well, as, sadly, there is not a lot of them around. 

Come  participate in the creation of the story of a superhero who is not  afraid of diversity. Fusion Man has existed since the  short film I wrote and released in 2009 on Canal Plus, yet nobody knows  the origin of his powers. It is high time for us to share state how everything started! This is the beginning of a new adventure!

 "In  2009, at just 20 years old, I learned that Canal Plus Channel was  launching a call for projects. In partnership with the Ministry of  Health, they wanted to make a collection of five short films to talk  about homophobia. As a fan of US superheroes and Buffy the Vampire  Slayer, I decided to use this kind of fantastic universe that is  so dear to me to tell the story of a superhero : a hero, a victim, a  journalist in love and a super-villain. Classic. What’s more, our hero  is gay and must save a young boy in touch with his own sexuality. My  screenplay was screened in 2010 by Marius Vale and Xavier Gens (Hitman,  Border) with Raphaël Personnaz as Fusion Man and Félix Moati as  Raphaël.

Following  the success of the short film, I launched a political and experimental  French-language webcomics, with a team of talented and passionate  artists. At the time of the debate on gay marriage, Fusion Man also faced those who opposed that difference becoming the norm. The reviews that follow the publication of this comics online were very positive. They  debuted in September 2017 with the publication of a series of short  stories in a French print comic book: Fusion Man, the gay French  superhero. But it’s time for Fusion Man to go international. English  speakers deserve diversity as well."

_ David Halphen, author of Fusion Man.

But Fusion Man is not limited to "being gay".

The short film by Canal Plus was commissioned for educational purposes. The  webcomics was a cathartic tool, an outlet for the young french LGBT  community, facing the liberated expression of homophobia. Fusion Man is a  gay superhero who evolved within the LGBT community.

Yet,  a desire to speak further on this topic as come to light from our  readers. And from me : Fusion Man is gay, so what? It is the right time  for our hero’s sexuality to no longer be the central object of the plot.  He should emancipate himself from his militancy. Fusion Man must be  politically committed ... by no longer being so. Fusion Man is gay, so  what?

In telling the origin of his powers, I want to  show the reader who he is in all his complexity. I want to tell the  story of the birth of a new modern superhero, in tune with his time, his  era and the future. A future where the question of sexual identity is  not an issue. Like Connor in How To Get Away With Murder, or Willow in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, the hero does not go through adventures solely related to his difference.

Fusion Man, the Birth of a Superhero speaks of identity, in all that the term can imply. 

 
Fusion  Man’s sexuality is no longer the central subject of his adventures.  This does not mean that Fusion Man goes back in to the closet.

Some  heroes share their adventures with Lois, or Mary-Jane, and yet Fusion  Man is also entitled to his romantic love story. His sexuality is no  longer at the center of the plot, but remains at the heart of his daily  life. Uninhibited, he leaves behind the eternal stories of coming out, homophobia and self-acceptance.

He is still a proud flag-bearer of LGBT people. Being able to be onscreen or in a book, in positive and nuanced representations, is essential. And many of us have grown up without seeing each other anywhere other than in gay nightclubs. "Love, Simon" kinds of stories do not run rampant.

Fusion  Man is at the center of the plot, but his universe is diverse. There is  a diversity of sexualities, but also of skin colors, religions and  gender identities to represent the world around us.

There are even heterosexuals, can you imagine ? ;)

Like classic superheroes, Fusion Man is a mainstream superhero, and although sexualized, our story does not show graphic or erotic sex scenes. The gay comic book and Yaoi (Japanese manga) market has many notable works with gay heroes, including explicit sex scenes. Our goal with Fusion Man, The Birth of a Superhero,  is to create a book that parents can easily give to their daughters or  sons, accessible for the whole family from 12 years old and up, without  an infantilizing the tone. This book is intended to appeal to adults who grew up with Batman, Wonderwoman and Spiderman, with a complex treatment of the characters and the universe.

By participating in this project, you will offer a chance at "mainstream" visibility to the LGBT community.

Where  do his powers come from? Why does he use it to do good? What mythology  governs his universe? How will he manage to face a terrible villain out  of his past? There will be action, emotion, introspection, and a little  horror.

"How many times have I been rightly asked: Why Fusion Man?"

 
THE STORY : Dan  was already kind of depressed. And his school trip to Italy was not  going to help him get any better. The 17 years old boy didn't have in  mind to wake up naked on the flanks of Vesuvius, without any memory of  what happened to him, with a mysterious tattoo above his butt. But no  time to ask too many questions, it is already time to return to Paris.  When the city of lights becomes the setting for strange events, Dan  understands that the powers that made him Fusion Man are not due to  chance. With the help of a somewhat sticky (and loosely enamored)  team-mate and a group of loyal friends, Dan plunges into an  investigation to discover the origins of his powers. But accepting the  answers to the questions we ask ourselves is sometimes more difficult  than finding them ...

Fusion Man, The Birth of a Superhero is a 120-page book, divided into 5 chapters of 24 pages. Somewhere between Spider Man: Miles Morales and Buffy.  This book is considered the first volume of a long series of  adventures. But each volume has a beginning, a middle and an end. A full  story.

  It  has been written to be fully accessible to English readers who do not  know about the short movie or the webcomics, rather as the pilot of a  brand new show, a new comic book title ready for a new run. With some  nods to the faithful who have followed our hero since 2009, the tone  will be much darker than the short film by Canal Plus, which was almost  parodic. 

The album will be in comics format, with a hard cover,  including the 120 comics pages, a short making-of with the author's  notes, and of course your name in the book if you possibly participate  generously in its creation. (see counterpart section). 

How do I work? 

I've  been mixing traditional art and digital art for many years,  specializing in black-and-white line art, but I'm always exploring other  interesting graphic tracks. In parallel, for comics, I draw according  to the needs of the project: in traditional style to best display  the  concepts through the sketches, or with digital means in order to ink or  to colorize with an incredible range of possibilities. My drawing is the  most coherent when paired with the atmosphere, the story and the  intention of the author’s script. 

What motivated me to work on the Fusion man project?
It  is my duty, not necessarily as an artist but as a human, to align  myself with a vision of society, an ideal towards which to strive  despite the uncertainties ... If I remain so feverish about the subject  of discrimination, it is because it is a subject that echoes with  something that goes beyond reason. Often tinged with the colors of a  certain cultural or religious heritage, forged by traditions whose roots  we cannot grasp, we discriminate on unproven fantasies like the  immutable order of things. And for me, homophobia is one potential  unfortunate outcome. As for the question of if one must be gay  to  participate in a project against homophobia: the answer is no because I  am not."

_Yas Munasinghe, draftsman of Fusion Man. 

*drawings and character designs may change on the final version.

PAGE 1 : Ink + Text are finalised. Color in progress.

PAGE 10 : Ink + text. Color to be done soon.


 The book will cost 22 € (20 pound, 26 dollars) in bookstores, so investing 26 dollars allows you to pre-order “Fusion Man The Birth of a superhero” (not including the shipping costs outside of France). You  can be sure to have your book at the foot of the christmastree ... or  at the beach according to the release date: we are aiming for the end of  2019 through to early 2020.

Risks and challenges

120 pages of comic book to translate is a HUGE work. Plus changing all the text on the pages. It's a hard work for the translator and for the artist. Plus the printing of brand new books in English, which is expensive. If we want to get more diversity in fiction, project like Fusion Man needs to be available for the most to read. An English translation is the best way to reach this goal.

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