While plenty of comic book creators have turned to Kickstarter to crowdfund new projects, few can boast the sheer amount of creative muscle behind the upcoming graphic novel The Golem of Venice Beach. This new book features contributions from truly legendary creators like Bill Sienkiewicz (New Mutants), Mike Allred (Madman), Jae Lee (The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born), Paul Pope (Battling Boy), Nick Pitarra (Ax-Wielder Jon) and even Saga of the Swamp Thing‘s Stephen Bissette, who will be debuting his first interior artwork in 20 years.
With The Golem of Venice Beach now live on Kickstarter, IGN can exclusively debut several of Sienkiewicz’s pages from the graphic novel. Check them out in the slideshow gallery below, along with a sampling of previously revealed artwork.
The Golem of Venice Beach: Exclusive Graphic Novel Preview
The titular character in The Golem of Venice Beach is Adam, a creature who was created 400 years ago in Eastern Europe. Nowadays, Adam soaks up the sun in Southern California and yearns for a way to end his long, lonely existence. He may just get that opportunity when he stumbles into a war between the police and a mysterious death cult.
The Golem of Venice Beach is written by Chanan Beizer, whose original script for the book won the inaugural ScreenCraft Cinematic Book contest in 2018. Vanessa Cardinali (Slumber) is the lead artist, responsible for roughly 100 pages of the 152-page story. The aforementioned artists are handling the remainder of the story, providing splash images or flashback stories that help flesh out Adam’s long, painful life.
“What’s so great about Vanessa Cardinali’s artistry is her ability to not only create magnificent comic panels but also to make the whole of the page come alive,” Beizer tells IGN. “An example is her portrayal of an intimate conversation between two main characters set amidst the famous Venice Beach Graffiti Walls. Most artists could easily make use of the colorful background. What sets Vanessa apart is the way she lends a skewed angle that gives a hint of character and balances the page itself. It enhances the cinematic intent I envisioned for the book. Add to that her penchant for color use in ways I’d never even thought to utilize. Her innate eye infuses a comic panel with a vibrancy that suits The Golem of Venice Beach perfectly.”
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