PRINCELESS: SAVE YOURSELF

ICYMI: Here’s me on the internet radio talking about Illegal, Princeless, misrepresentation and under representation in the media, and diversity in comics and other media - a thing which, if you didn’t know, I maintain is important.

Looking for another book with a black female lead?  How about a black female superhero?  Why don’t you help one get made?

There’s another awesome kickstarter going on right now for a series called Ajala about a young girl in New York who decides to become a hero.  And, it just so happens to have won the same “Best Female Character” Glyph award that Princeless did!  So if you want more books like this it’s time to throw down your wallet and make it a reality!

Hey Kickstarter backers!  Now it’s time to play get to know you with Heather Nunnelly aka imaginetheending.

She talks all about Illegal and the Kickstarter effort to raise money for this fantastic comic!  Check out what she has to say and before you know it you’ll be pledging at the Team Heather level!

And that pledging happens here, btw:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/787527503/illegal-by-jeremy-whitley-and-heather-nunnelly

Just a little over $600 left to get the first volume funded!  This is it ladies and gents.  If you’ve been holding off, now’s the time to chip in and put us over the top.  Then the real fun starts!

Back us here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/787527503/illegal-by-jeremy-whitley-and-heather-nunnelly

princelesscomic:

5 Page “Illegal #1” Preview!  Check out the opening to our story.  If you like what you see please support imaginetheending and I on our Kickstarter.  We’re getting close to our initial goal, but we need your help to get there!

Come back us here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/787527503/illegal-by-jeremy-whitley-and-heather-nunnelly

imaginetheendingart:

The first wallpaper choice out of two for the Illegal Kickstarter. This is own Gianna. The second one will be of Emma. if you like this, and would like to use it as on your desktop, please pledge! I will be providing a bigger version of this that will be easier to use.

A preview of Heather Nunnelly’s awesome Illegal wallpaper.  If you want to get the full thing all you have to do is back at the $5 level!  You in? 
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/787527503/illegal-by-jeremy-whitley-and-heather-nunnelly

imaginetheendingart:

The first wallpaper choice out of two for the Illegal Kickstarter. This is own Gianna. The second one will be of Emma. if you like this, and would like to use it as on your desktop, please pledge! I will be providing a bigger version of this that will be easier to use.

A preview of Heather Nunnelly’s awesome Illegal wallpaper.  If you want to get the full thing all you have to do is back at the $5 level!  You in? 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/787527503/illegal-by-jeremy-whitley-and-heather-nunnelly

tres-minutos-con-la-realidad:

princelesscomic:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/787527503/illegal-by-jeremy-whitley-and-heather-nunnelly
In “Illegal” I wanted to take that same sort of story - a girl from Mexico who has an abusive father and no future worth speaking of makes a split second decision with her mother to leave it behind in favor of a chance to do or be something better.  But what I also wanted to do was bring in the current landscape of modern technology, government surveillance, and the increasingly ridiculous state of immigration reform in the US.
The thing that always bothers me about sci-fi stories is that we come in so late in the story.  We only really see and learn about the government corruption and abuse when it threatens the life of our well to do young white and male protagonist.  That’s not the beginning.  First they isolate the outsiders: the poor, the sick, the powerless, the minorities.  If the government is turning against the young strong white men, then a lot has already gone down.  Where are the stories of the sick who were experimented on?  Where are the stories of the minorities whose cries of racism were ignored?  Where are the stories of the ones who aren’t missed when the government turns on them, because the government convinced you that their very presence was illegal?
What resulted was “Illegal”, a story about Gianna Delrey - a young woman who is living outside the system and in constant danger of being arrested and detained just for daring to exist in America.  But the America she knows is one where the rich live high above the ground in rooftop villas and build themselves neighborhoods they never have to leave hundreds of feet in the air.  One where the poor and undocumented are forced to live off the scraps and face constant harassment from the authorities.
But in a world where every move of every citizen is tracked - from their location to their purchases to who they meet - being invisible can present an interesting opportunity in the right hands.  And when one of her upper class employers decides to turn on her, Gianna finds herself on the run and falling in with a group that deals in black market identities.  
I wanted to see the insane chases through the skyscrapers the make up the city.  I wanted to add elements of parkour and sci-fi action.  In a world that’s packed full of people stacked into massive buildings, it’s possible to have a foot chase hundreds of feet in the air.  Gianna will be jumping out of apartment skyscrapers and onto rooftop gardens with no net and no chance of rescue.  Gianna and her new friends will be using the skyscrapers under which they’ve been buried as their paths weapons and escape routes.
FROM HEATHER
When Jeremy pitched to me Illegal I was immediately grabbed by the concept, and the fact that GIanna was the female lead. For a while I had wanted to draw a comic with a woman main character, and I was glad that I was able to collaborate with Jeremy on the project. The script was very in depth and explored a lot of politics that we deal with today –racism, sexism, abuse, and the immigrant system. It was a very powerful piece that I think comic books fans today would thoroughly enjoy. Illegal is smart, daring, and different. It stood out to me, and I I am confident others will feel the same.

Crossing fingers. Nononono, MAKE IT HAPPEN.

tres-minutos-con-la-realidad:

princelesscomic:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/787527503/illegal-by-jeremy-whitley-and-heather-nunnelly

In “Illegal” I wanted to take that same sort of story - a girl from Mexico who has an abusive father and no future worth speaking of makes a split second decision with her mother to leave it behind in favor of a chance to do or be something better.  But what I also wanted to do was bring in the current landscape of modern technology, government surveillance, and the increasingly ridiculous state of immigration reform in the US.

The thing that always bothers me about sci-fi stories is that we come in so late in the story.  We only really see and learn about the government corruption and abuse when it threatens the life of our well to do young white and male protagonist.  That’s not the beginning.  First they isolate the outsiders: the poor, the sick, the powerless, the minorities.  If the government is turning against the young strong white men, then a lot has already gone down.  Where are the stories of the sick who were experimented on?  Where are the stories of the minorities whose cries of racism were ignored?  Where are the stories of the ones who aren’t missed when the government turns on them, because the government convinced you that their very presence was illegal?

What resulted was “Illegal”, a story about Gianna Delrey - a young woman who is living outside the system and in constant danger of being arrested and detained just for daring to exist in America.  But the America she knows is one where the rich live high above the ground in rooftop villas and build themselves neighborhoods they never have to leave hundreds of feet in the air.  One where the poor and undocumented are forced to live off the scraps and face constant harassment from the authorities.

But in a world where every move of every citizen is tracked - from their location to their purchases to who they meet - being invisible can present an interesting opportunity in the right hands.  And when one of her upper class employers decides to turn on her, Gianna finds herself on the run and falling in with a group that deals in black market identities.  

I wanted to see the insane chases through the skyscrapers the make up the city.  I wanted to add elements of parkour and sci-fi action.  In a world that’s packed full of people stacked into massive buildings, it’s possible to have a foot chase hundreds of feet in the air.  Gianna will be jumping out of apartment skyscrapers and onto rooftop gardens with no net and no chance of rescue.  Gianna and her new friends will be using the skyscrapers under which they’ve been buried as their paths weapons and escape routes.

FROM HEATHER

When Jeremy pitched to me Illegal I was immediately grabbed by the concept, and the fact that GIanna was the female lead. For a while I had wanted to draw a comic with a woman main character, and I was glad that I was able to collaborate with Jeremy on the project. The script was very in depth and explored a lot of politics that we deal with today –racism, sexism, abuse, and the immigrant system. It was a very powerful piece that I think comic books fans today would thoroughly enjoy. Illegal is smart, daring, and different. It stood out to me, and I I am confident others will feel the same.

Crossing fingers. Nononono, MAKE IT HAPPEN.

A part of me has been asking all day today whether or not I should be talking about my Kickstarter in the wake of everything going on in Ferguson.

And then I was reading some tweets from gailsimone and I remembered remembered.  This is how I make a difference.  This is what I do.  I’m not self important enough to think it’s on the same level as every other form of protest, but it is what I do.

I make comics that address what I think are important issues: whether that’s addressing injustice or promoting giving young black girls a place where they’re the hero in comics.  Comics is how I address the world.  And there is no such thing as a situation that is too bad or serious for art to address.

So, if you’re into that sort of thing, support the Kickstarter how you can, whether it be contribution or sharing.

New article about “Illegal” from dot429 magazine!  Check it out and, if it moves you, head over to the Kickstarter to bring the book to life! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/787527503/illegal-by-jeremy-whitley-and-heather-nunnelly

ripopentheuniverse:

Just a quick column catching up with one of our faves Jeremy Whitley princelesscomic and the newest project he’s working on. Together with artist Heather Nunnlley imaginetheending, they have created an unique new comic focused on one Gianna Delrey, a young undocumented worker living in an America city in the not too distant future. It’s a place where she lives as a second class citizen—something akin to a crime. Illegal looks to be a sci-fi treat with a very important theme behind it. 

http://blacknerdproblems.com/site/catching-up-with-jeremy-whitley-a-new-project-illegal/

Feel free to read the write up in its entirety and be sure to take a look at their new kickstarter campaign—they’ve made a great start but still need pledges! Let’s help make this awesome comic a reality! 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/787527503/illegal-by-jeremy-whitley-and-heather-nunnelly

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