The Solar Grid
A graphic novel by Ganzeer
Hundreds of years after the Earth has suffered an environmental catastrophe, a vast network of satellites now keeps the planet basked in eternal daylight, powering factories that operate ceaselessly to produce goods for the Martians.
Two children, however, who scavenge the wastelands of Earth for valuables from the civilizations that once were, come upon something that will disrupt Earth/Mars co-dependency forever.
THE SOLAR GRID is a political science fiction epic that explores the relationship between environmentalism, capitalism, and race-relations.
Since the beginning of 2016, I have been serializing THE SOLAR GRID at thesolargrid.net in PDF format. So far, I've completed 3 chapters, clocking in at a little over 100 pages of comics, which account for 1/3 of the story.
It's a story that is not only timely, I think, but one that is necessary, and in dire need of being told, and I am very excited to be telling it.
“THE SOLAR GRID is investigating and discussing the relationship between mankind and environment and the impact on a (metamorphic) Earth.”
– Elisa Pierandrei, EASTWEST.EU
"Ganzeer’s detailed monochrome art and retro-futurist designs describe a civilisation sprung from both science fiction lore and keen observation of how our own flawed one already functions.”
– Mark Allen, FLICKERING MYTH
"This series has only released 3 issues in 2016 but already it's claimed the title of my favorite comic series of 2016 and one of my favorite science fiction comics of all time. 5/5"
– Patrick Larose, COMIC BASTARDS
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120 pages finished. 330 more pages to go!
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This 3-color reproduction of one of the interior pages of the book will only be available through this campaign and be delivered to you along with your hardcover edition of THE SOLAR GRID.
SOLAR PROCESS is a limited edition process booklet that will be riso-printed in 3-colors. It will be the most detailed and candid account of everything that went into the making of THE SOLAR GRID, from first draft concepts, to detailed scripts, helpful research, rough layouts, and final pages. Copies will be signed.
Limited to only 100 copies, this over-sized 1-color screenprint, featuring one of the key characters of THE SOLAR GRID can be yours.
Get a one-of-a-kind 9x12 inch ink sketch on Stonehenge Kraft paper featuring characters from THE SOLAR GRID.
Get a one-of-a-kind 9x12 watercolor sketch featuring characters from THE SOLAR GRID.
The very first page from THE SOLAR GRID as a limited-edition oversized lithograph (32x12 in.) on handmade Indian hemp paper.
Rare Art Print
Get a rare 3-color screenprint on colorplan paper of one of Ganzeer's famed art pieces.
Get your portrait illustrated by Ganzeer, and printed in the book's thank you page. You will also receive the original ink drawing of your portrait.
How about the original metal plate used to print the lithograph?
Portrait by Molly Crabapple
Get an original 5"x5" pen and ink portrait of your face illustrated by Molly Crabapple! The portrait will also be printed in the book's Thank You section.
Along with the portrait, you will also receive your copy of the book, a complimentary limited edition poster, and a process booklet all signed by Ganzeer.
Get an original painting by Ganzeer on canvas (36x36 in.) painted just for you.
Ganzeer is a maker of Concept Pop, a kind of cultural insurgency that can be seen in his wide-ranging artistic output, be it installations, prints, traditional paintings, videos, objects, guerrilla actions in public spaces, and even comix.
Art in America Magazine has referred to Ganzeer's practice as “New Realism,” while the New York Times called him a “chameleon” and the Huffington Post placed him on a list of “25 Street Artists from Around the World who are Shaking Up Public Art”. Sci-Fi Addicts placed him on a list of “5 Comic Book Writers Who Could Continue Alan Moore’s Legacy”, and Comic Bastards called him "a punk rock Eddie Campbell". Most recently, he made Foreign Policy's 100 Global Thinkers of 2016.
Ganzeer's artwork is in a number of institutional collections such as RISD Museum, The University of California (Irvine), Barjeel Art Foundation, Davis Museum & Cultural Center, Spencer Museum of Art, Columbia University, and the New York Public Library.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge involved in completing THE SOLAR GRID, is quite frankly, allocating the time it requires to create it. This campaign is aimed at raising enough funds to both dedicate time and energy to work on the actual contents of the book as well as produce it in a quality hardcover format.
Failure to meet the campaign's target, however, may actually mean the unfortunate death of the project. Or at the very least, a very prolonged production schedule instead of the initial 2 year plan.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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