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Tribute: The B.U.t14u7 1s (or, The Beautiful Ones)

A 28-page one-shot comic inspired by the music of Prince.

Tribute: The B.U.t14u7 1s (or, The Beautiful Ones)

A 28-page one-shot comic inspired by the music of Prince.

$1,943
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, October 3 2019 12:00 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 3, 2019

About

Sometimes it snows in April...

Two weeks prior to April 21, 2016, I was in a car accident after a freak snowstorm created rough conditions and my car lost control on black ice. I hit into the back of a car. As I was on the phone with my wife, explaining what was going on, another accident occurred just feet away from me, and one of the cars came within inches of hitting my car. I walked away unscathed. The car had to be totaled. For a couple of weeks, I was using my wife's car and in that time, I started to listen to Prince. Specifically, the song alluded to above. It resonated with me because...well, he was right. Sometimes, as rare as it actually is, it does snow in April. I was alive and all I could think about was how resonant that song was to me.

And then the news came.

I am not blessed as an artist. My gift is storytelling, words...which, yes, is an art unto itself, but when someone of such magnitude dies, when their art has ceased, your first instinct (or mine, anyway) is to paint something. I'm just not gifted in that way. So, I came up with a story, a story told to me via a specific playlist, a specific order of Prince's music. Arranged by title only (no music or likenesses of Prince appear in this comic), the songs created a story of its own. Something that, maybe, could have been a Prince song that was left unwritten. Or something that has always existed. I did something similar a few years ago for a Nine Inch Nails anthology that we decided to pull at the last minute. For the first time anywhere, I present, HYPERPOWER, by Ricardo Venâncio (art), Alejandro Bruzzese (colors), and me (script and letters). As you'll see in HYPERPOWER and in TRIBUTE, it's a very non-linear style of telling a story, but it doesn't skimp on storytelling. I have this view about music that has always had a universal truth to it; music can reach everyone. Like the emotion of love, music is something that we all have within us, whether we can sing or dance, or not. Everyone has the hum of the universe.

That's how it started. 

And then I was introduced to Vasco Georgiev.

Vasco is a once in a lifetime talent (currently working on Dynamite Entertainment's XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS), and I'm grateful to Sean Izaakse (my co-creator on STRAY) for introducing us. I had ideas of what I wanted to write for him, but for some reason, TRIBUTE kept coming up whenever I saw his art. We reached a common understanding about the project, and he CLEARLY knocked it out of the park.

So, here we are. As of right now, only five or six people (besides Vasco and myself) have seen the book. We're ready to share it with everyone.

What's TRIBUTE about? 

TRIBUTE is a classic "boy-meets-girl" story...but in this case, the boy is an androgynous alien from a planet where silence is golden. The alien (whom is unnamed in the story) is a rebel, and has continually snuck off his planet to experience music and life. Which comes into direct conflict with his father's orders.  

That's when the B.U.t14u7 1s are brought in. Cold and unfeeling, the B.U.t14u7 1s have the ability to silence entire worlds. The alien is undeterred. Knowing his time is short, he seeks out a special girl and finds her...here on Earth.

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The Creators

Vito Delsante is a comic book writer, graphic novelist, editor, letterer, and the co-creator/writer of STRAY with Sean Izaakse, and THE PURPLE HEART with Dean Haspiel and artist, Ricardo Venâncio. He’s written for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, AdHouse Books, and Simon & Schuster, among others, and his stories have been reprinted in other countries. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife, Michelle, his daughter, Sadie, his son, James, and his pitbull, Kirby.

www.incogvito.com

Vasco (“Vasil”) Georgiev is a comic book artist, writer, and the creator of the comic book series, SHIFTED. His kinetic art style is has drawn comparisons to Paul Gulacy, Jorge Jimenez and Guido Crepax. When he’s not drawing comics or working as an architect, he’s cruising around on his road bike. He lives in the French part of Switzerland with his wife, Victoria.

https://www.diamondagecomics.com 

(NOTE: IT MUST BE STATED OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT PRINCE'S LIKENESS AND MUSIC DO NOT APPEAR IN THIS BOOK, AND ANY SIMILARITIES ARE PURELY COINCIDENTAL. TRIBUTE WAS INSPIRED BY HIS WORK, BUT IN NO WAY DO WE APPROPRIATE ANY OF HIS WORK OTHER THAN THROUGH INSPIRATION.)

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Very little, in terms of production. The story has been written and illustrated completely. Funds raised will go toward printing and shipping.

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