One of the things I love about comics is that it can take you on a journey. A good comic can transport you to a land that’s never been seen before and all it takes is the imagination of a writer and an artist to bring that fantasy to life. No million dollar effects budgets, no sets to build. Just good ol’ story and art. This allows creators to mix history with fantasy, fiction with fact, action with adventure…..okay, so those last two go hand and hand already but my point is the sky’s the limit. That’s why I love it when I hear about projects that take advantage of this medium and bring us a project that’s not just fun entertainment but also satisfying art. Based on the materials I’ve seen thus far, I believe that Mark Twain’s Niagara, the planned graphic novel adaptation of the short story published in 1893 currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, is one such project.
Known best for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Prince and The Pauper, Twain wrote of his journey through the Niagara Region, visiting the famous landmarks of the area and interacting with historical figures along the way. Taking from a screenplay written by Niagara native Zachary Schwartz, AH Comics plans to adapt this lesser known story into a 150 page graphic novel, written by comic and sci-fi author Mark Shainblum with a special scene written by radio and tv personality (and former Geek Hard guest) “Fearless” Fred Kennedy. While that’s pretty impressive on it’s own, the comic has even more to offer with a wealth of great artists involved as well.
The main illustrator for the graphic novel will be one of Geek Hard’s favourite artists, rising star Adam Gorham (currently killing it with the Valiant mini-series Dead Drop). He will be drawing the base of the story. But every encounter that Twain has with a historical figure will be drawn by a different artist. The list of creators involved includes: Ty Templeton, Ken Lashley, Claude St. Aubin, filmmaker Nicholas Burns, Mike Rooth, and AH Comics’ own Andy Stanleigh. This will give each historical place and figure a different feel, creating mini-adventures within a larger tapestry.
The crowdfunding project sports rewards for contributions ranging from $2 to $6,000, offering the book in multiple formats (digital, trade paperback & special edition hardcover), art prints, framed canvas pieces and even a production credit in the book.
AH Comics has had success with previous crowd funding projects The Jewish Comix Anthology: Volume 1 and Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection. Each of these projects were a celebration of history and creativity and Mark Twain’s Niagara is no different. There are just 9 days left on the Kickstarter campaign for this graphic novel and the project has raised just under a quarter of it’s funding goal. If you’re interested in seeing this comic make it to your shelf, support the project right away. If you’re unable to at this time, share the campaign page on your social media pages. Let people know about this great comic that mixes history with fantasy and involves some fantastic creators. Click the link below to find out more about or contribute to the project.
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