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By Joseph Collard
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About

It's an idea whose time has come.

SOLON is something new. It's a hybrid graphic novel, where the science and myth are portrayed in both image and prose.

You'll get enough breathtaking art to fill a normal graphic novel issue (at least 35 full pages), PLUS a short novel's worth of careful storytelling, in a standalone book.

This allows us to do something very few comics do well: present deep, complex motivations and exciting interrelated plots in a single story arc. 

Carolyn Solon and her mentor, Benjamin Arcos
Carolyn Solon and her mentor, Benjamin Arcos

It allows us to do something very few novels do well: bring characters visually to life, showcasing their internal visions as well as their external conflict.

Carolyn Solon is a microbiologist who discovers a way to achieve unlimited amounts of fiery, superhuman energy through manipulation of a virus, which feeds on the calcium in a human body. She fights mythical beings and traces their origins using her uniquely perceptive abilities, so having large amounts of artwork lets me show you, the reader, exactly how she arrives at her conclusions: VISUALLY. 

Carolyn's visualization process
Carolyn's visualization process

Dr. Solon sees the world through a scientist's eyes, but myth and fantasy slowly creeps into her world. She is a steadfast believer that it can all be explained with science; we get to follow along as she decodes the origins of the intruding fantastic beings. There's action and exploration involved at every level.

For a general idea of the kind of format we're working to achieve, I recommend you check out an excellent book called "The Last Hero" by the late great Terry Pratchett.

We're looking at about 300 pages in total. 

When you back SOLON, you're first helping me commission top-notch art, produced by professionals in a modern style. You're bringing SOLON to life in a full color bound edition. These two things are where the money goes, but your pledge also contributes to an experimental format that could kickstart a new trend in graphic novels.

Progress:

The prose portion of the book is complete. Initial storyboarding for the illustrations is also complete, as are seven draft images you can see at solonexperiment.com. Artwork should take 2 or 3 months to complete based on experience with the art we have now - this is Brian's full time job.

Back the project at the $125 level and get a unique plushie of the virus!

Each one is handcrafted and unique
Each one is handcrafted and unique

Video full text:

http://solonexperiment.com/kickstarter_text.html

 Further resources:

Website: http://solonexperiment.com/
Blog: http://blog.solonexperiment.com/
Crude mockup (contains major spoilers): http://solonexperiment.com/solon_mockup_chapter.pdf

Further plot details where you can control the level of spoilers. 
Twitter
Email: carolyn@solonexperiment.com

Video music by Vindsvept

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge is the experimental format.

This book is for an audience that likes to chew and digest what they read, whether they're reading a graphic novel or a traditional one. So that's one point of experimentation: firmer scientific standing in a superhero-themed comic.
Having art makes it very accessible, though.

The format also creates publishing challenges. When I publish a copy of Solon, I pay the full-color price for every page, even the pages containing mostly prose. To get the most out of this effect, we'd like to produce as much art as possible, so you truly get your money's worth on every page. This format is something that traditional publishers are unlikely to risk, so Kickstarter is the perfect place to try it.

Publishing will likely be through Ingramspark or PrintNinja.

All graphic novels have the challenge of producing large amounts of quality art in a limited amount of time. Brian is a professional illustrator with a lot of experience meeting deadlines. We expect to take about two months to do the necessary artwork, plus time for revision and actual publishing. This is well in line with how long it takes Brian to do the sample artwork. With digital painting techniques, Brian can produce detailed, realistic art in a deceptively short amount of time.

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    Inclusion on the supporter recognition page! on http://solonexperiment.com/ and in the ebook.

    You can be listed as your business, a joke, a handle, or your real name, as long as it is appropriate for all ages.

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    SOLON ebook!

    Features full color art, 300 pages of prose and art combined, careful formatting, and extra making-of pages that are not in the hard copy.

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    SOLON signed hard copy!
    Professionally published, full color, 6.5x10.25.
    About 300 pages.

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    SOLON T-shirt!
    2 color with SOLON biohazard logo.

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    Custom Bridgeforth Art!
    Bridgeforth Design Studio will do a standard-size sketch of your choice. Get yourself drawn, or a fantastic creature!

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    SOLON handfelted plush virus!
    Each is unique and handmade. And very cute!
    A cartoony version of the Phoenix Virus in the story.
    Quantity will be limited!
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    Custom writing!
    Joey will write 5000 words on a topic of your choice (safe for work only). A story you've always wanted to read, a minisode about Solon, or a joke.

    Includes FREE shipping within the United States of all rewards!

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    Unique Bridgeforth canvas!
    This will be on a full size canvas, professional quality, highly detailed, and customized just the way you like it. A far cry from a sketch!
    Examples:
    http://solonexperiment.com/images/1.jpg
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    http://solonexperiment.com/images/3.jpg

    Includes FREE shipping within the United States!

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