Archeologists of Shadows (Vol. 1)

Every once in a while a book comes along that forces the reader to sit up and take notice.  Archeologists of Shadows is just that book!

This is classic sci-fi with a twist.  With elements of technology, religion, and some old-fashioned intrigue, Archeologists of Shadows has something for everyone.  Two “people” are on the run from the authorities.  They are resisting the mandate that they must mechanize, in essence give up their humanity and become machines, all because the Gods tell them to.

“In a world where every living thing is forced to become mechanical, the Authorities punish those who resist the transformation, although all wonder about the real reason for the changes.”

There is a little bit of Logan’s Run, some Fahrenheit 451, and a healthy dose of I Robot all mixed together in a dystopian society of Blade Runner proportions.

If that doesn’t pique your interest, can I interest you in this?:

The true star of the book is the art.  The hyper-real images are the result of blending photography, sculpture, computer graphics and traditional art techniques to create something that is unlike anything else you will read this year!  even if you choose to ignore the story (which I do not recommend) you could spend countless hours staring at each page.  There are so many little details crammed in to each image, that the book rewards multiple readings.

The story itself encompasses only about half of the 100 pages.  The remaining pages are full of concept art, unused images, and a peek at the production process.  Normally I am not too interested in this kind of thing (I am more of a writer than an artist…I prefer to see scripts and notes on art pages).  However, in this case, I found myself just as interested in the “how” it was done as much as I was interested in the end product.  I mean, how can you not be intrigued to see how all these little images ended up making one of the characters?

And then all of those are brought together to form this:

The sculptures are also used to add the depth that canot normally be attained through just computer manipulation of images alone.  So, this:

gets turned in to this:

So now we get down to the cost.  How much would you expect to pay for 100 pages of digital awesome?

How about 99 cents!

Archeologists of Shadows is available on: 
Graphicly
My Digital Comics
Comics+
DriveThru Comics

Also coming soon to the Amazon Kindle Fire, Nook, iBookstore, and the Kobo.

Issue 1 is out now.  Issue 2 is coming some time this summer.  For 99 cents and 100+ pages of fantastic art and story, how can you go wrong???

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