As I write this, my good friend Susan Turner of www.elephantinscarlet.co.uk is close to the final edit on the crowdfunding trailer for my graphic novel, ‘Minding Mama’.

Here’s the lovely Kate Davies-Speak as Mama, lead character in my post-apocalyptic tale of life on Earth after decades of intense solar flare activity has severely damaged the ozone layer and sent humanity underground.  The fragile community is facing starvation as their aged hydroponic equipment starts to fail. Desperate to save her son, Bully, Mama and her trusty FarmBot Cyril (voiced by ‘The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ actor David Learner)  set out to find other survivors.

image by Stephen R Cox

Mama prepares to make a broadcast for help

image by Stephen R Cox

Cyril is a FarmBot – immune to UV radiation, he can safely venture onto the surface in order to raise UV-resistant food plants for his human charges.

 

Creating a live-action trailer (complete with a set, props, and limited green screen effects) has been a real challenge – and, I should add, a lot of fun!  From the original short story, to first concept art by Amanda Fullwood

to the first sample pages from  Dan Schaefer  (who has worked for DC, Marvel and Dark Horse Comics, and more recently as storyboard artist on NBC’s ‘Grimm’) , it has been an interesting journey!  There is a saying that one should not work with children or animals – should we add robots to that list, I wonder?  Filming Cyril wasn’t without its challenges!  And it’s not over yet…

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art: Dan Schaefer,  coloring: Grant Kempster

Now I’m working on the details for the crowdfunding campaign which, if successful, will allow us to produce Issue 1 later this year. We’ll be offering some fabulous rewards to our patrons, including signed canvas prints, signed scripts, photos and more.

You can find out more on www.mindingmama.org

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WIP -Minding Mama – from a short story by EJ Jackson, art: Dan Schaefer, colouring: Grant Kempster

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About EJ Jackson

I write, therefore I am! Love film, theatre,TV and books: science-fiction, thrillers/crime and mystery. Geek, wife and mum, sister. Created the official Appreciation Society for 'The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy', www.zzz9.org Author of 'The Journey & Other Short Stories' (August 2014) and 'The Methuselah Paradox' (August 2016) and 'Minding Mama' (tbc). Lots more in the pipeline! "Imagination is the highest kite one can fly." - Lauren Bacall

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