Wow, July is so extraordinarily busy. Sorry for missing a week with our Kickstarter. However, we are back with a great project that has been a long time in the making. We talk with sci-fi/fantasy epic Light-Earth‘s creator JR Blanton.
Digital Nerdage: What is Light-Earth?
JR Blanton: Light-Earth is a sci-fi/fantasy saga that plunges readers into an ancient, enslaved world with constant wars being waged over it’s freedom. Much of the story focuses on themes such as how war, hatred, and grabs for power can bring a world to the brink of destruction, and appreciating the world we live in. I spent decades painstakingly editing and crafting what I still today believe is unlike anything readers have ever seen. Though, I have had reviewers making comparisons to other established properties. Some have even said things like “Light-Earth mixes the fantasy feel of The Lord Of The Rings, the brutal action of Game Of Thrones, the epic drama of Star Wars, and the complex-storytelling of Fringe into a nice little package that will keep you coming back to this world.” That is hard for me because I intentionally didn’t include classic fantasy elements such as dragons, hobbits, dwarves, elves, orcs, goblins, wizards, and magic to keep from being just another Hobbit rip-off. The more original the better has been my thinking since the beginning. The main characters are prominently displayed in this opening issue. The evil lord Vylezor has conquered Light-Earth. Ravnar of Agondul and Anarra of the White Realm lead a resistance to find the ancient champion of all the realms to help them win their freedom. The world is gorgeous, but the roads are perilous.
DN: Can you tell us about the creative team?
JRB: I am so lucky to have collaborated with famous names such as Ale Garza, Laura Braga, Ace Continuado, & my art hero Darryl Banks on covers. But I have also worked with red-hot talent such as Dino Agor, Carlos Braga, Jeremy Clark, and more. The interior pencils and art were provided by my good friend Sika Murti with colors by another good friend Bryan Magnaye. Their styles work perfectly together and really brought this world and it’s characters to life. There is also work by Don Edwards, Kitty Pierce, Mervin Gadaingan, Mark Marvida, Aaron “Aarpie” Pierce, and Ted Woods.
DN: What is the reward (besides the comic itself) that you were most excited to offer?
JRB: The #0 issue currently ending this Friday at midnight on Kickstarter has 7 different covers for the collectors, several exclusive prints like the Armando Huerta Risque and Nude versions of Anarra for fans of the sexy art, and my favorites which are the blank cover sketches by Garza, Braga, Marvida, Murti, & myself.
DN: You have been working on Light-Earth for the majority of your life. Do you recall where the idea originally came from still?
JRB: The story itself was first created when I was a child 30 years ago. It came from my imagination when I would sit with my toys and run them through storylines, in much the same way I did with my wrestling toys. I brought many of the early comics I drew for it to Elementary school to show around but teachers, classmates, even some members of my extended family were extremely harsh on me, calling my dreams delusional, and claiming I needed to stick to more realistic “life goals”. It still gives fuel to my fire to prove that garbage wrong.
DN: Is there anything else you would like to share?
JRB: I would first like to thank you for taking the time to hear my story. Secondly, dreams do come true when you work hard and never give up. I have survived serious health issues, homelessness, and even crippling bouts of depression to get where I am. Let it be known that without my fellow creators and friends believing in me, I would have given up years ago. My mentor Dirk Manning gave me one of the best pieces of advice I ever received straight from his hit book Write Or Wrong…”It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”…meaning patience and perseverance will pay off in the end.
Personally, I hope this is the first of many projects from JR Blanton and the team at No Gravity Studios. The work being done on this is really beautiful and I am excited to see the completed product. This Kickstarter is just a few dollars away from being funded and ends this week. I hope you will consider helping them reach their goal as I think you will not regret it! Check out their Kickstarter here, and stay nerdy my friends.