This is my first graphic novel based on a feature-length script of mine. Besides film, the graphic novel is a perfect medium for the pulpy and fantasmagorical world I've created in The Realm. I did exhaustive research on the few companies out there that convert scripts into graphic novels and struck gold when I happened upon Stephen Stern, President of StoryBoardGraphicNovels.com.
Stephen is best known as the creator/writer of the indie comic-book Zen Intergalactic Ninja, which has sold over three million comics and graphic novels, and he is also the author of Beowulf: The Graphic Novel. At Storyboard Graphic Novels, Stephen works with several of his longtime friends and associates—who just happen to be some of the highest-profile artists and writers in the industry today. In fact, he paired me up with legendary illustrator Stan Timmons.
Among Stan's many art credits is BLOOD FEAST, the comic-book adaptation of what is considered to be the first American "splatter" movie. Also a writer, Stan has penned a number of novels, including co-authoring ALIEN FACTOR with none other than Stan Lee.
In Stephen Stern and Stan Timmons, I have the best team to convert my script into a graphic novel. My unique deal for the entire production of The Realm will cost approximately $10,000 (for the graphic novel script, sketches, inking, lettering; and the cover art). I have already invested $5,000 out of my own pocket, and I'm asking for your support and contribution towards the remaining $5,000, while at the same making you aware of my first graphic novel and giving you the opportunity to be of part of it.
I'll post updates every few days, and I'd love to get your comments, questions and any requests regarding what you'd like to know and see about The Realm story and artwork.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge in the production of this graphic novel is to ensure that the film script translates well into a graphic novel. The process starts with formatting the film script into a graphic novel script, that is breaking down film scenes into comic book panels. Basically, I'm testing my story and my story telling skills. At every stage, from initial sketches to final lettering, I work closely with the illustrator so that the panels are faithful to the story. As a graduate of Columbia's University film program, I have been uniquely prepared for this challenge as I shape and edit the plot and dialogue from one medium to another. In essence, this graphic novel should stand on its own and also serve as a storyboard for the eventual production of the film. The risk is not whether it will work or not, but how well it will work in either or both mediums.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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