PREVIEW: Coronary by Burke and Saavedra on Kickstarter

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London is no longer sane, dominated by surgeons, lifestyle coaches and pill-pushers. And even these lines have become blurred. Within the madness, an unsettled businessman reconsiders the course of his life when a young lady crashes into it. But she doesn’t want him, or anyone.

Justin must put his business aside and concentrate on what it means to live, love, and be loved in return. He started the mania, and there are those both legal and criminal, that intend to finish it. Luna hopes he can gain his recompense. While he is still breathing that is.

Coronary is a contemporary graphic novel, with YA influences. It explores what it means to love in a loveless and deranged society, that is pushed to its limit. Coronary discovers the effects of a world becoming increasingly shallow and materialistic. Further, examines what this implicates about our own sources of familial and romantic love.

Below is the front cover of Coronary, along with the first five pages. It’s humbling to have someone as talented as Joel working on this project.

Coronary is aimed at a mature teenager/early adult demographic. It has some adult themes, such as surgery, drugs and self-harm. These instances make it more suited to a mature teenage audience. Yet that doesn’t harm the appeal of the story. It’s found that 55% of YA books are read by over eighteens, so we are covering both bases in that regard. It’s adult enough to be considered contemporary, and entertaining enough to appeal to a teenage demographic.

The graphic novel medium itself is gaining traction with an incredible rise in sales in recent years. In 2015 alone, graphic novel sales rose by 22% on average, with over ten million units sold (over eight and a half the previous year). It’s clear that this is a rising trend, and it’s not going away anytime soon.

The demand for original graphic novels has taken off in recent years, as the way has been paved by classics like Maus and Watchmen. This has led to an advent of bold, new and original works by the likes of Patience and Killing and Dying. These works reaped the reward of an entirely self-contained and well-developed story. There’s been a shift from the dime-a-dozen superhero tropes, and Coronary will be a champion of that, much as the great works that have preceded it.

BOOK LENGTH: Approximately 300-330 pages, additional content depending.

Branding

In addition to this, I’ve gotten a brand symbol finished up for Coronary. It’s vitally important that this work needs a symbol that can make it instantly recognizable to the consumer. This is much like the Mockingjay of The Hunger Games or the Smiley badge of Watchmen. This itself is the company logo of BeautX, a key proponent of Coronary.

This ensures that the brand is a consistent one (It’s plastered all over the artwork, and hidden subliminally most of the panels) and that it gives something that fans can instantly recognize. At first, we could simply tease this symbol, and make the readers wait to find out what it will come to mean.

Regardless, this symbol will be a cornerstone of Coronary’s presence both online and in the real world.

Support the Kickstarter HERE

Creative Team:

Ryan Burke – Ryan Burke always had an attraction to writing. Whether it was writing painful poetry in the painful romances of his teenage years, or something with at least basic structure. Ryan eventually chased this desire for writing creatively to London. There he cut his fingernails on short stories, film scripts, poetry, journalism and everything in between. He finally graduated with a degree in Creative Writing, and a strong addiction to writing comics. His admiration of the great works before him, and the sheer beauty of the craft, has lead him here.

Joel Saavedra – Joel Saavedra is what you’d call a tireless worker and a tireless creator. He hails from the sunny side of Rosario, Argentina. Both a comic book artist and a graphic designer, Joel has published works such as ‘Legionaries, Dogs of Rome'(La Duendes), ‘Red String’, ‘Darkest Star'(Ouroboros) and ‘Family Curse'(Mitomante).

Working under the tutelage of Marcelo Frusin (Hellblazer, Wolverine, Loveless, L’Expedition), he has gone from strength to strength, and his work is truly phenomenal.

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