I'm currently looking for an artist to collaborate with on my new graphic novel project "Phoenix". Phoenix is set in the guerrilla war fought between Kansas and Missouri during the American Civil War. The most brutal conflict of the Civil War, the Kansas-Missouri guerrilla war is largely ignored by historians and the public.
Simply put, the Kansas-Missouri guerilla war was genocidal. Convinced that the other side was an instrument of evil, pro-slavery and anti-slavery forces fought to eliminate each otherís existence. Atrocities by both sides were routine: the burning of towns, looting, mutilations, random killings, and mass executions. Societal rules and norms broken down completely. Trust was impossible.
In Phoenix I explore how a young Southern subsistence farmer, Mel Bishop, is effected by the conflict. He and his younger brother Matty join the fighting when their farm is razed and their mother killed by marauding Union soldiers. Mel becomes obsessed with the fight, quickly moving up the ranks thanks to his skill and bravery. Melís rise sharpens his conflict with Matty, who already feels inadequate compared to his older, better brother. Matty, his resentment stoked by Melís rival, eventually betrays his brother. As a result, Mel is imprisoned by the Union army. After six years of confinement in a prison hellhole, heís released. Mel seeks out Matty to exact his revenge. In doing so he discovers that everything he was fighting for, heís lost.
Phoenix is not a typical Civil War Western. Itís an unflinching look at a forgotten chapter of American history which we must understand in order to put our current conflicts into context. A highly visual story, itís well-suited to the medium. In addition, I anticipate that the sophisticated readers of historical graphic novels will be most receptive the characters and story.
In terms of style, I'd like the final novel to have a similar feel to Greg Ruth's work in the series "Freaks of the Heartland".
I'm open to two different working arrangements: 1) Doing a few pages of the script on a paid basis for presentation to publishers as a sample or 2) a collaboration on the entire novel, for which the artist will receive a 50% stake in the revenue from publication.
If interested, please contact me with samples of your work. I will then send you a copy of the script.