John Stanisci is a comic book artist having worked on Spider-Man, Batman, Constantine, Justice League Dark, Judge Dredd, X Files and many more in his career, including the bestseller Batman Beyond: Hush Beyond, premiered at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels.
Stanisci has now launched an exclusive Kickstarter campaign to publish his original science fiction epic, LifeDeath, told in part from the perspective of a teenage female Jewish resistance fighter in the Second World War.
LifeDeath has added the Emmy-award winning producer Jared Safier as an Executive Producer, alongside veteran actor/producer Stelio Savante to help the graphic novel find a home as a series and to explore its development as a feature.
“Having a strong female character at this time is very important to where we are heading as a society” says three-time Emmy winner, Jared Safier. “Beyond that, the bravery of a 14 year Jewish freedom fighter during the Nazi regime really hits home with me personally. I grew up in Jewish family with many stories of oppression that my ancestors had to endure. It’s great to see a strong female Jewish character standing up to this oppression that past generations have had to do endure.”
In the year 2211, Dr. Emil Heydrich, a fugitive scientist on Mars, discovers that humans invented the afterlife long before man existed on Earth. The ‘afterlife matrix’ is an ancient computer program, an uploading device to preserve human consciousness. After many millennia, that matrix grew to sentience and now, like anything that lives, the afterlife matrix is dying.
Deke Renner, an elite Martian soldier, is slowly going insane. His mind is being torn apart by his memories of a past life where he was Lucet, a Jewish 14 year-old female resistance fighter in World War II. An ancient evil has entered Deke’s past life as Lucet, in hopes of corrupting his past life soul. If it succeeds, and Deke dies in his current life, he will be erased by the Lifedeath. The story takes place over two timelines: the future year of 2211, and the year 1944, during the Jewish uprising of the Warsaw Ghetto. Lifedeath is an action packed thrill ride where the spirit world collides with a future science spiraling out of control.
LifeDeath will debut as a 140 page graphic novel, written and drawn entirely by Stanisci, and produced through LifeDeath Media LLC, a trademark co-owned with editor Joseph Navarra. The graphic novel is currently available exclusively on Kickstarter, with distribution to its supporters slotted for early 2018.
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