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An ailing Earth. A superior Mars. And two orphans who will change everything.
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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

*** FOR MATURE READERS ***

120 pages finished. 330 more pages to go!

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Poster

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.

Process Booklet

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.

Screenprint

Limited to only 100 copies, this over-sized 1-color screenprint, featuring one of the key characters of THE SOLAR GRID can be yours.


Ink Sketch

Get a one-of-a-kind 9x12 inch ink sketch on Stonehenge Kraft paper featuring characters from THE SOLAR GRID.

Watercolor Sketch


Get a one-of-a-kind 9x12 watercolor sketch featuring characters from THE SOLAR GRID.


Lithograph

 

 


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.

Portrait

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.

Metal Plate

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.

Custom Painting

Get an original painting by Ganzeer on canvas (36x36 in.) painted just for you.

About Ganzeer

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.

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    Digital Comix

    Receive all 9 chapters of THE SOLAR GRID in PDF format.

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    • The Solar Grid (digital download)
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    Digital Comix + Digital Process Booklet

    Receive all 9 chapters of THE SOLAR GRID in PDF format, plus a digital booklet that details some of the process that went into the making of THE SOLAR GRID.

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    Hardcover Book + Complimentary Poster

    Hardcover edition of the book, signed by the artist. Plus a complimentary poster, also signed by the artist.

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    • The Solar Grid (signed hardcover edition)
    • Poster (3-Color Print, signed by the artist)
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    Book + Poster + Process Booklet

    Get the hardcover book, 3-color poster, and limited edition process booklet, all signed by the artist

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    • The Solar Grid (signed hardcover edition)
    • Poster (3-Color Print, signed by the artist)
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    Book + Poster + Booklet + Screenprint

    Get all of the above, plus a limited edition screenprint, signed by the artist.

    Includes:
    • The Solar Grid (signed hardcover edition)
    • Poster (3-Color Print, signed by the artist)
    • Process Booklet (3-color limited edition, signed)
    • Screenprint (15 x 25 in.)
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    Book + Poster + Booklet + Ink Sketch

    Receive an original ink sketch from Ganzeer, along with the Hardcover Book, Poster, and Process Booklet. All signed.

    Includes:
    • The Solar Grid (signed hardcover edition)
    • Poster (3-Color Print, signed by the artist)
    • Process Booklet (3-color limited edition, signed)
    • Original Sketch (9 x 12 in.)
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    Book + Poster + Booklet + Watercolor

    Receive a one-of-a-kind Watercolor Sketch from Ganzeer, along with the Hardcover Book, Poster, and Process Booklet. All signed.

    Includes:
    • The Solar Grid (signed hardcover edition)
    • Process Booklet (3-color limited edition, signed)
    • Poster (3-Color Print, signed by the artist)
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    Book + Poster + Booklet + Lithograph

    Receive a limited edition oversized lithographic print of the very first page from THE SOLAR GRID, along with the Hardcover Book, Poster, and Process Booklet, all signed by Ganzeer.

    Includes:
    • The Solar Grid (signed hardcover edition)
    • Poster (3-Color Print, signed by the artist)
    • Process Booklet (3-color limited edition, signed)
    • Lithograph (23 x 12 in.)
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    Book + Poster + Booklet + Rare Art Print

    Receive one of Ganzeer's rare artprints (3-color screenprint, 35.6x24 in.) along with the Hardcover Book, Poster, and Process Booklet. All signed.

    Includes:
    • The Solar Grid (signed hardcover edition)
    • Poster (3-Color Print, signed by the artist)
    • Process Booklet (3-color limited edition, signed)
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    Book + Poster + Booklet + Portrait

    Have an illustrated portrait of yourself printed in the book's thank you page!

    Receive the actual ink portrait with the Hardcover Book, Poster, and Process Booklet. All signed.

    Includes:
    • The Solar Grid (signed hardcover edition)
    • Poster (3-Color Print, signed by the artist)
    • Process Booklet (3-color limited edition, signed)
    • Art Print (3-color screenprint, signed by the artist)
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    Book + Poster + Booklet + Metal Plate

    Receive the original metal plate used to print Ganzeer's lithograph, along with the Hardcover Book, Poster, and Process Booklet.

    Includes:
    • The Solar Grid (signed hardcover edition)
    • Poster (3-Color Print, signed by the artist)
    • Process Booklet (3-color limited edition, signed)
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    Portrait by Molly Crabapple

    Receive an original 5"x5" pen and ink portrait of your face illustrated by none other than Molly Crabapple!

    Your portrait will be published in the book's Thank You section.

    Along with the original portrait, you will also recieve a copy of the book, a poster, and process booklet, all signed by Ganzeer.

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    Book + Poster + Booklet + Painting

    Receive a custom painting on canvas by Ganzeer, along with the Hardcover Book, Poster, and Process Booklet. All signed by the artist.

    Includes:
    • The Solar Grid (signed hardcover edition)
    • Poster (3-Color Print, signed by the artist)
    • Process Booklet (3-color limited edition, signed)
    • Painting (36x36 in.)
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