February 21, 2013

Greeting Citizens!

Welcome to our "Citizen of the Galaxy" blog site! This is where we talk about everything Heinlein, but primarily this is where you can see the latest updates to the "Citizen of the Galaxy" (COTG) Graphic Novel and we can answer any questions that you might have about the process.

So to get this party started I'd thought I'd reprint a question from Owen Symes, who's been following our efforts on Kick Starter.

Owen writes; 
"How would you go about translating Heinlein into graphic novel form? Would some part of the text need to be sacrificed in order to make room for the illustrations; would the text have to be reworked entirely for this specific medium; and would his unorthodox views on sexuality be translated honestly? Imagine the Puppet Masters illustrated and you might see where difficulties might lie. To paint the characters therein faithfully would cause quite a stir, I think, given their nudity, and yet to add clothes would perhaps do harm to his overall message of pragmatism, individualism tempered by duty and love, and liberation from cultural superstition, especially in the realm of sexuality--something quite consistent throughout his works."

Great question Owen. The task of translating Heinlein's work into graphic novel is a daunting task at best, and full disclosure; this is our first venture into the Kick Starter universe. Which is why we carefully selected "Citizen of the Galaxy" out of Heinlein's juvenile series as first novel. We need to crawl before we walk. Citizen tells a complete story from end to end. And judging by the preliminary storyboards and staff discussions the final product should be faithfully close to the mark. As for future novels, we are also not alone in this endeavor. We are currently interviewing the best names in the graphic novel industry. As you can imagine Heinlein's name has attracted quite a slew of amazing talent! The kind of talent and expertise that would be a perfect fit for some of Heinlein's more adult-themed novels. As we get commitments we will post their names and samples of their work.

Also we'd like to give a special shout out to Chris Stott,  Jon P. Ogden and Michael F. Stewart our first 3 sponsors within the first hour of our launch. This kind of support is encouraging and make us feel that we're on the right track!


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