Jamie Me (Writer/Letterer), Bernadinus Gita (Artist) and Sean Callahan (Colorist). Close Date: Sat, Jun 6 2015 12:00 PM BST. Release Date: August.
Jamie Me writes,
The Prime Minister is dead. His deputy, Emily Green, sits next to him. In front of them is a silenced handgun. We are all to blame.
I remember 2 years ago I’d sit in a waiting area ready to be seen by a therapist for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I’d look around at people and wonder what went wrong somewhere that I ended up with a mental illness. You resent it to begin with in all honesty, but my therapist was kind, clever even, and talked to me like a human. She was my teacher, and she taught me something called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that allows you to understand the cycle of anxiety, and to gradually cope with whatever quirks your condition throws at you. For me it was hand washing, hygiene and a fear of technology.
I was fortunate enough that the National Health Service in Britain provides services for people like myself free of charge. It’s one of the most amazing things in the world really. It’s what makes my country special. If you are hurt, physically or mentally, the United Kingdom will help you when you are at your most vulnerable. It’s heroic when you think about it.
One of my escapes from my condition was thinking up stories in my head. Because I was scared of technology they never really got recorded. They were simply daydreams in many ways. One of the most potent was of this character that would be given an opportunity to fight against corruption, but at a cost. When my condition improved I became fascinated by the idea of challenging society, and the political climate in Britain did nothing but add fuel to the fire. You see the constant rumor you hear is that the government is trying to privatize the NHS. It makes for frightening research to say the least.
This fear became a powerful motivator behind creating Emily Green, the Queen protagonist, and her journey in an alternate version of Great Britain. She is part of the Conservation party and is the Deputy Prime Minister. Something is wrong though. Too many rumors of corruption and secret Nominated Health Service privatization plans have made Emily question her life choices. Did she join the right party, are the rumours true or is it just conspiracy theories. Somehow all these questions lead to Daniel Camden, the Prime Minister, dead.
I am fortunate enough to have a fighting chance on Kickstarter with a very solid team working on Queen. On art I have Bernadinus Gita who is a monster when it comes to dedication in producing a quality product. This is a guy who drew 77 characters for a page because ‘it had to be right.’ It’s an honor to work with someone of this level on my first major comic. Last, but certainly not least, is Sean Callahan as the colorist. Funny story: we actually competed against each other in a comic competition before working together. He ended up winning the competition with his team and was named ‘Best Colorist.’
This weekend only we’ll be offering a special tier for Bleeding Cool readers. For £16 you’ll get a physical copy of the comic and an A4 poster of the cover art. Head on over now and take a peak at the 6 preview pages: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jamieme/queen-part-one-nidus
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