Inferno 2010 - a graphic novel that pits the timeless story of the underworld in our postmodern era. New characters, new conflicts, same torments.
It's been 700 years since Dante was led though hell by the poet Vergil and shown the torments that plague us all. The world has changed much since then, but hell's torments are still timeless. Inferno 2010 is a graphic novel that takes a second voyage down, and we see new characters, a changed landscape, and yet the more things change the more they stay the same.
INFERNO 2010 is a 100-plus page color graphic novel that‘s well on its way to completion. At this writing, we already have 50 pages penciled, and a number of them inked, gray-toned, colored and lettered.
The money you pledge is to finish the art on INFERNO 2010 and prep it for publication. When that’s done, we will either make the decision to go with a publisher or choose to publish it ourselves. Either way, we’ll see that you get the Rewards we promise you.
Take a look at our video to see what we have in store for you!! It's an impressive production in itself. You can also check our our twitter feed to hear about backers-only sneak previews, or just join the facebook page to stay in touch after the project is over.
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About the writer RON BASSILIAN:
"It’s been a simple life really – I graduated UCLA in Political Science and Mathematics in 1997, with a firm foundation in the classics. I originally wanted a career in politics but decided to go into IT instead, once I found out a political career would have me bombing brown people for a living. But my passion for the storm of politics never waned and I’ve been involved ever since, and my many years of involvement have given me some rich experiences. And I’ve learned some interesting truths about people and found a deeper appreciation for the classics."
"In light of my experiences, I find this is a story that needs to be told, in a world that’s become far too blind. Dante wrote the Inferno not to relish in gruesome torments and monsters like so much of our pop culture, but as an understanding of what can drag us down. It’s a story of sorrow, of pity, but ultimately of clear insight through the worst the world has to offer, and of liberation from it. And it’s so much more than that."
About the artist JIM WHEELOCK:
"I’m a cartoonist who writes, myself, so what I look for in a collaboration is a writer who has a story that excites me and is one that I can’t write myself. INFERNO 2010 is that kind of story. Ron’s tale is a strong personal vision and one he’s dedicated to. I’m very pleased to be able to visualize it with him.
"‘Lots of rocks and flames -- shouldn’t be that hard,’ I thought, optimistically, at the start. However, INFERNO 2010 is a big job, though, with hundreds of characters. Telling an epic tale like this in the 100 or so pages we’re doing it in means most of the panels are “master shots” -- I can’t get away with just “big head” panels and “talking planet” pics. It’s a challenge, but a fun and exciting one.
"INFERNO 2010 also gives me a chance to come up with a world that’s influenced both by my interest in classical fine artists like the prototypical Dante illustrator, Gustave Doré , the visionary William Blake, the apocalyptic painter John Martin, and the master woodcut novelist Lynd Ward, as well as by my great comics heroes, guys like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Joe Kubert. Alex Toth. Bob Powell and so many others.
"INFERNO 2010 is that strange animal, a serious “art” graphic novel that’s also both a topical satire and an epic adventure. It excites me -- that’s why I agreed to draw it for an advance that barely covers my health insurance, and that’s why we’re asking for your help so we can get to spend more of our time working on it -- and get it out to you sooner!”
Jim Wheelock is a Los Angeles-based illustrator and designer. His comics work includes stories in the legendary horror anthology, TABOO and Ninth Circle’s SONAMBULO, and his illustrations have appeared in national magazines and newspapers. Jim’s work in animation includes stints as a storyboard artist and/or designer on TV series including THE ADVENTURES OF THE GALAXY RANGERS, G.I. JOE: EXTREME and ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN: THE SERIES. He has storyboarded numerous live-action music videos and commercials, and several feature films. Recently, he has contributed artwork to TV projects including NUMB3RS and DEAD LIKE ME . Jim’s sketch art blog is at: http://qwelogian.livejournal.com.
PLEASE NOTE: the final published version of INFERNO 2010 and some of our rewards contain adult language and situations, as well as graphic depictions of the torments of Hell. It is not intended to be read by children.
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A signed 8 1/2 by 11 color digital print of Ron and Dante on their perilous descent into Hell. Your name will appear on the acknowledgements page in both the print and PDF editions.
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You get all of the previously mentioned rewards PLUS a PDF copy of the finished book.
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You get all of the previously mentioned rewards PLUS one signed copy of the final printed book. International Backers please add $10 to your donation for shipping and handling.
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You get all of the previously mentioned rewards PLUS you will also receive a signed special edition “ashcan” style sketchbook featuring sketches, pencils and concept art from the project. International Backers please add $10 to your donation for shipping and handling.
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You get all of the previously mentioned rewards PLUS a special “Backers Only” signed 11 by 17 limited edition digital color print, suitable for framing, and a second signed copy of the printed book. In addition, you will receive a signed copy of artist Jim Wheelock’s noir mini-comic SILENT BUYBACK. International Backers please add $15 to your donation for shipping and handling.
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RESERVE YOUR PLACE IN HELL! You get all of the previously mentioned rewards PLUS Your likeness will appear in a panel of INFERNO 2010 in one of the levels of Hell. You will receive a signed original pencil sketch of your character, and a color digital print of the finished page.To do this, we’ll need a couple of photos of you, and your participation is considered permission for us to use your likeness in any horrible manner we see fit. International Backers please add $15 to your donation for shipping and handling.
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HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD IN HELL! You get all of the previously mentioned rewards PLUS your likeness will appear in a speaking part in one or more panels of INFERNO 2010. At our discretion, you will “act” the part of a character in the book. You will receive a signed original pencil sketch of your character and signed color digital prints of the page (or pages) you appear in. Again, we’ll need a couple of photos of you, and your participation is considered permission for us to use your likeness in any bizarre manner we see fit. International Backers please add $15 to your donation for shipping and handling.
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