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A powerful new graphic novel about love and prejudice, set thirty years from now in the Welsh Valleys.
The Welsh Valleys, 2045. A girl falls in love with the robot next door.
The Welsh Valleys, 2045. A girl falls in love with the robot next door.
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Welcome to the Silicon Heart Kickstarter!

January is a bullied teenager who finds solace in the embrace of synthetic-being Rho. Her friends and family are unready to accept this, but when January takes a stand against the prejudice of the law, no-one is prepared for what happens next...

Silicon Heart is a 120 page graphic novel, made up of four 30 page issues, written by Sam Roads and illustrated by Kat Nicholson.

Having won a prestigious Literature Wales grant in 2014 to help complete issue 1 of Silicon Heart ('A Better Tomorrow'), we launched it in April at the Egbaston Comic Festival, to excellent reviews. (See below)

Our aim with this Kickstarter project is to raise additional funds towards the completion and quarterly publication of the remaining three parts of Silicon Heart.

  • Part 1: A Better Tomorrow - COMPLETED
  • Part 2: Tin Soldiers - Summer 2015
  • Part 3: Cycles - Autumn 2015
  • Part 4: Sympathy - Winter 2015

We have hit our target of £6000! Here are some benefits we'll organise if we can hit some stretch goals:

STRETCH GOAL 1: COMPLETED! We will add 4 bonus postcards to every physical copy pledge.

STRETCH GOAL 2: COMPLETED! We will produce a 120+ page graphic novel version of Silicon Heart. Anyone who purchased a reward which included physical copies of issues 1-4 will be invited to optionally upgrade to the graphic novel, at no extra cost.

STRETCH GOAL 3: £7500 We will add an appendix to the graphic novel, including a selection of our working-process documents, such as script, layouts, character portraits.

STRETCH GOAL 4: £8000 We will commission and publish extra portraits of the protagonists, by guest artists.

Please take a look at some of the marvellous rewards on offer and make a pledge. We'd also love it if you promoted us on social media.

"BLINK2ACCEPT!"

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Silicon Heart Art

Reviews

"Prophetic and profound, Silicon Heart enables us to take a look at our prejudiced and judgemental world with fresh and forward looking eyes." - Andrew Wildman (Spider-Man, Transformers)

"It's very professional and stylish with excellent characterisation in both story and art. A very impressive package." - Pat Mills (creator of 2000AD)

"Roads' and Nicholson's touching, heartfelt tale of teenage love and alienation starts out with the particular and becomes universal." - Mike Carey (X-Men, Hellblazer)

"Evoking classic outsider stories, whether marked by class, race or colour, Sam and Kat give us a heartbeat-away future where synthetic humans (though still overtly robotic) live amongst us.

There's a back story, hinted at but as yet unrevealed, suggesting a bigger, grimmer aspect to this world- what exactly IS the New Model Army, and why was it needed?- and the casual racism (cog-ism?) goes unquestioned and unremarked. It's as normal as the driverless cars.

Kat's sweet, warmly rendered art illuminates a charming tale of the girl-who-doesn't-fit, where all the humans are self-deluded and the only self-aware character is mechanical. Her style cleverly distracts us from the dark, hidden truths.

Simply gorgeous, and I want more."

- Mike Collins (Doctor Who, Judge Dredd)

"Subtle world-building, well-observed relationships, lovely layouts and a great ending to the first issue."

- Alec Worley (Judge Dredd, Judge Anderson)

Magazine Reviews

"8/10." - Starburst Magazine

Comics Anonymous

Bleeding Cool

Interviews

The Moor Maiden

Pipedream Comics

Scratch Media

A Place to Hang Your Cape

Additional Info

Sam's Bio

Kat's Bio

Risks and challenges

Silicon Heart will be Sam's second Kickstarter project. In 2013 he successfully Kickstarted 'Kristo' (a retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo, set in Soviet Russia). https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/samroads/kristo-graphic-novel

Sam is director of a game development studio and Kat is a successful freelance artist. We are both experienced professionals and are well used to producing high quality work and meeting exacting deadlines.

The scripts for the remaining three parts are complete and the artwork for Part Two is currently in progress. We will use the talented, comic-friendly printers UK Comics, who not only publish about 90% of the UKs indie comics scene, but also did a sterling job on Kristo.

We are confident in our ability to see the Silicon Heart Kickstarter project through to its successful conclusion. In the unlikely event of any unforeseen delays or difficulties we will of course keep you informed.

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    * Issue 1 as a PDF download.
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    * Shrink-wrapped copy of issue 1, signed by Sam and Kat.
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    * Unique pencil sketch of your favourite character, on request
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    * Shrink-wrapped copies of issues 1-4, marked '# of 100', signed by Sam and Kat, delivered quarterly, starting August 2015.
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    Pledge £70 or more About $108

    * Shrink-wrapped copies of issues 1-4, marked '# of 100' (where # is 2-10), signed by Sam and Kat, delivered quarterly, starting August 2015. First come, first served.
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    * Five shrink-wrapped copies of issues 1-4, signed by Sam and Kat.
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    * High quality framed print of any page of Silicon Heart, signed by Kat. Please state whether you want the full page (with lettering) or just the underlying art.
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    * A full page advert in issue 2,3 or 4. Please email us in advance to agree content.
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    * You or a loved one immortalised on a page of Silicon Heart issues 2-4. (This could also cover band logos, pets, business logos).
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    * The first printed copy of either issue 2, issue 3 or issue 4, signed by Sam and Kat, shrinkwrapped and marked '1 of 100'.
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    * You or a loved one immortalised in a speaking part. Please specify if you mind being cast in a villainous role.
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    * The first printed copy of the graphic novel, signed by Sam and Kat, shrinkwrapped and marked '1 of 100'.
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    * Insider access and creative input on issues 2-4.
    * Executive Producer credit.
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