In the fall of 1966, NASA and the Department of Strategic Affairs, a hidden branch within the U.S. government, secretly sent an astronaut to Mars. The mission was highly-classified and went by the codename QUADRANT 75.
The objective of the mission was perilous: send an astronaut to Mars with limited technology to drop an atomic bomb onto its surface from orbit. This specialized bomb, when detonated, would trigger an atmospheric shock wave meant to terraform the planet for future colonization.
To pull off such a feat, QUADRANT 75 would secretly piggyback off the Apollo space program. The vast majority of NASA personnel was kept in the dark to protect the integrity of the mission. This allowed NASA to work secretly with very little suspicion.
The astronaut selected for QUADRANT 75 was Lisa Summerhill. She was an unknown test pilot who was hand-picked by the Department of Strategic Affairs to carry out the mission. Two months after Lisa left Earth to Mars, she was pronounced dead by the U.S. government.
This is her untold story.
I have been working on this graphic novel for a considerable amount of time. The storyline and character designs have already been finished. Hopefully, this campaign will enable me to share this amazing story with the world.
Below are the first three pages of Chapter 2. The illustrations are designed to be graphical, bold, and minimal. Yet, they are rich enough to immerse the reader into the story. I strategically used contrasting colors to emphasize location, mood, and atmosphere.
I’m a multidisciplinary designer from Toronto, Canada, who possesses a diverse background in fashion, design, and illustration. I love to create engaging experiences through my artistic ventures.
QUADRANT 75 is my first graphic novel; it combines my love for storytelling and anything related to cosmology/astronomy.
If you wish to see my other creative adventures, you can visit me on Dribbble.
I have created a first edition stamp for selected rewards (CAD $38 and above). This special stamp will be used to authenticate your reward. I will also couple this stamp with my signature (in red ink) to validate your first edition copy of QUADRANT 75.
QUADRANT 75 GRAPHIC NOVEL
The cover is designed to resemble the classified files from the 1960s. The book will be a high-quality trade paperback, with full-color pages printed on uncoated off-white paper. Depending on your pledge amount, each copy will be signed and stamped with a first edition seal. The dimension of the book is 7x9 in.
SOTERIA 11 ENAMEL PIN
NASA designed a unique patch for every Apollo Program Mission. These patches were then worn proudly by NASA astronauts. I wanted to incorporate this history into my story, so I created a mission patch for QUADRANT 75 to carry on this tradition.
This patch is recreated in the shape of an enamel pin to enrich the story further. The dimension of this enamel pin is approximately 1x1 in.
Depending on the pledge amount, you will receive an original pencil sketch that is hand-selected from one of the panels/scenes from the story.
Every sketch will be numbered, signed, and stamped to prove its authenticity.
These top-secret files expose classified details of QUADRANT 75. This folder contains blueprints, memorandums, and letters that were hidden from the public for decades.
All the files you receive for this award will be uncensored. There are additional rewards within this folder, which will be revealed at a later date.
Below are four special pledges that are available exclusively for Kickstarter backers.
Risks and challenges
The main goal is to get 500 copies of this graphic novel printed.
1. All merchandise will be produced by various trusty printers and manufacturers, both in Canada and overseas. I will ensure everything meets my standards within reasonable allowances. Please note that actual products might be slightly different in terms of designs and colors.
2. The shipping cost does not include any potential customs and import duties. Duties and customs vary widely from country to country. Please contact your local customs office for more information.
3. I want to deliver the best possible book. Therefore, the established goal was calculated to allow me to fully dedicate my time and resources into finishing the book, printing, and shipping alone. However, as with any project where manufacturers are involved, there can be unforeseen obstacles that delay the production process. I will keep everyone well-informed and updated.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter