RABBIT is a graphic novel that tells the story of a small rabbit working as a bar-bouncer in a city of carnivores.
Rabbit was very young when he witnessed the brutal killing of his brother. That was the day that he left the fields and moved into the City Of Animals where he became a dancer, a gigolo, and a bouncer in bars.
Follow Rabbit as he plows through years of failed friendships, alcoholism, embezzlement, poverty, hypocrisy, promiscuity, violence, supernatural misunderstandings and physical decay.
What is the plan?
I am planning to turn a book that I have written (RABBIT) into a graphic novel. Rabbit is currently in the form of a 45-page novella. The first draft was written ten years ago. It has never been published. Very few people have seen it, with the exception of select passages that I presented at the Los Angeles Hammer Museum in 2007. My goal is to create and enhance the world of RABBIT through illustration. The writing style is lean and fast, like a rabbit. Little time is wasted. The visual style is inspired by xeroxed nightclub-flyers of the 1980’s and my own newspaper drawings.
- "Rabbit's dream: Rabbit stood on a cliff next to an Angel. The Angel introduced him to a Woman who was so tall that Rabbit could only see up to her belt. The Woman said to the Rabbit, “I am going to give you a gift. I am going to give you a power. Choose a power and it will be yours.” A thousand possibilities raced through Rabbit’s head. He tried to concentrate on flying, stopping time, or being invisible. When the word “Vulgarity” popped into his head, the Woman said, “You have chosen” and disappeared. Rabbit turned to the Angel and asked “Vulgarity?” “You have the gift of vulgarity,” said the Angel."
- "Rabbit asked the Rat to hire Crow as a bartender. Rat was reluctant at first because she had been a drug addict. Rabbit reminded Rat that all of his bartenders were drug addicts. Rat insisted that none of them had been when he’d hired them."
- "The impoverished periods in his life had taken their toll on his teeth. They were completely rotten by this point. Any cool drink or slight breeze that came in contact with his open mouth would torture him. No one could tell. He would just stand up a little straighter. Rabbit believed in tooth decay. It inspired him."
Why take this approach?
The story was completed in 2003. Variations on the first 5 pages were completed in 2011. It has proven difficult to develop this project without support.
I believe Rabbit is the best story that I have ever written. I hope to finish it with your help.
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I have factored in potential obstacle when choosing a delivery deadline. The only true threat to this deadline would be the production of one of my screenplays. An opera that I have written has been signed for production, but no schedule has been put in place. If a production schedule should conflict with the completion of this book I will notify you all. My hope is that any outside project will enhance the value of our book.
I'm hoping that someday the book will be published. The money I'm raising is for the completion of the book. I won't have the resources or funds to create hard copies on my own. That's a very expensive process. I will keep everyone posted if the book ever does get published.
I chose the lowest amount I could imagine possible to produce this project with. I aimed low with the hope of achieving a basic fundraising goal. If I can exceed it I will have more freedom to develop the book, but If I can at least cover the bare minimum the book will be a reality and I will make it something that we can all be proud of.
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