A boy alone in a savage land, fighting the forces of darkness. His people are all but gone, his kingdom destroyed apart from one surviving relic: a magical sword of light that was forged by gods, which will help this lone hero return his land to freedom.’
So begins the tale of Niko and the Sword of Light, a project that emerged from combining the originality of Imaginism Studio’s Bobby Chiu and Kei Acedera (character designers of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland), with the creativity and vision of their friends Jim Bryson and Adam Jeffcoat, animation directors from Studio NX.
Each panel has been lovingly hand-painted by the fantastically talented duo of Bobby and Kei. Then the images are brought to life by the talented folks over at Studio NX using cool 2D animation in a modern filmmaking style, complete with a score of contemporary classical music featuring DJ Yoda.
With the massive popularity and rapid spread of iPads and other tablets across the globe, exciting possibilities for storytelling have now opened up that, in the past, we could only dream of. (Personally, I’m REALLY loving doing my Wednesday comic book shopping from the comforts of my office. THIS story is fully animated! I can’t wait to get my hands on it.)
With this Kickstarter project Imaginism and Studio NX are merging these capabilities with their own skills and knowledge of the movie industry to bring you a comic book where every panel is transformed into a fully animated audio/visual experience.
The project is now halfway done and they are hoping to have it completed by the end of this summer. Their goal was £20,000 and they are currently at £17,232 with only 21 days left to go on the Kickstarter Project.
As with all Kickstarter projects, they offer incentives for backers and this project has a TON. One of the really great things they are offering is this extremely cool, 72-page book. It features official promotional artwork as well as behind the scenes concepts and illustrations.
I was fortunate enough to meet Bobby at last years SDCC and he couldn’t have been a nicer guy. Head over to their page HERE and throw them a few bucks. Every bit helps and if they finished product is as good as the samples we have seen, we are all in for a treat. You can also check out their FACEBOOK page for updates on the project as it gets closer and closer to fruition.