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The Kickstarter Report: ‘Chroma: Volume 1’ Graphic Novel

With the hard sci-fi novel, The Martian, topping best-seller lists across the globe and the upcoming film adaptation starring Matt Damon (and a host of other award-winning actors) captivating the attention of movie-goers everywhere, there can be no doubt that science fiction stories are still capturing and exciting audiences through a variety of mediums.  Given our collective desire to boldly go where no one has gone before, stories that feature individuals taking extraordinary risks and facing insurmountable odds to travel light years away from our galaxy will always incite interest.  For that reason, this issue of The Kickstarter Report features the recently launched Kickstarter campaign for Chroma: Volume 1, the first installment of a trilogy of science fiction graphic novels from Marcus Perry (creator of Image Comics’ Descendant and Albert Einstein: Time Mason), acclaimed entertainment marketing editor and producer Bob Schulze, and artist Michael Yakutis (William Shatner’s Man O War,  The creators are excited to initiate a new and daring sci-fi series, and they need your help to raise the necessary funds to make their dream a reality!

Set in a dystopian version of the future, Chroma: Volume 1 is the story of astronaut Paul Pearce, whose mission to explore an emerging black hole that could change our world rewrites his own destiny when it bestows him with seemingly unlimited abilities. The 44-page space adventure will be presented in the style of epic science fiction films like Interstellar and Blade Runner. Full of spectacle and unforgettable characters, Paul’s very human struggles find a mirror in this fantastic setting, and humanity finds a new hope in the darkest corner of the cosmos.

If successfully funded, the money raised would be devoted to the printing costs required for the project.  The first volume of Chroma is over halfway finished, presented in a unique “wide screen” format to convey the scope of a blockbuster film, painted with stunning detail by artist Michael Yakutis.

If you will be in the SoCal area this weekend, you can learn more about the series and meet creators Schulze and Perry who will be in attendance at Long Beach Comic Con.  The co-writers will appear on a panel entitled “Building a Better Blockbuster” on Sunday afternoon from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Room 102 B/C, along with Craig Miller, who started his career as a publicist for the motion picture industry and Steven L. Wagner who is a writer-producer/editor at NBC Entertainment Marketing and Digital.  Tickets are still available for the convention!

Be sure to visit Chroma‘s Kickstarter page, and don’t forget to check out the backer rewards, which include original page art, sketches, scripts, the opportunity to be drawn into an issue, and a VIP tour of a major Hollywood movie studio. The Kickstarter campaign will close on Saturday, October 10th, so be sure to donate soon!

Barbra Dillon, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief




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