Cool indie director seeks ‘mega illustrator’ for graphic novel

Earlier this week, in my other job at CG Channel, I posted a little article on Auroras, a beautiful new VFX short created by former Digital Domain and Weta lighting artist Niles Heckman.

I asked Niles what he planned to do now that Auroras is complete, and he mentioned that he had a 40-page script he hoped to turn into a graphic novel – and that he was looking for an illustrator to collaborate with.

Niles writes:

Here’s the synopsis: a young military sniper is suffering from severe PTSD from witnessing the gruesome death of his dear friend and spotter, who perishes in a very unusual manner in the desert in the Middle East. After being back home at his farmhouse in the US with his elderly single parent father, he undergoes a cutting-edge experimental procedure at a state-of-the-art defense contractor which uses advanced, alien-like, neurological technology to remedy his symptoms, allowing him to relive his mission with a different mind-bending alternate outcome.

The style would be black-and-white like manga: not cartoony or sketchy but more full realism like high-end storyboards. My current plan is to find a mega graphic novel illustrator, give them a bit of money up front, then just give it to them to run with creatively for however long it takes. [There will be a] potential split of sales and royalities on the back end.

If you are that illustrator, and you’re interested in collaborating with Niles, you can find contact details on his website.


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Jim Thacker is a contributing editor for ArtStation Magazine.