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Local Hispanic Writer Launches Graphic Novel
Aspires to Compete with Larger Companies
“Write what you know” is an old adage that author, Rodolfo Martinez, live by in order to make his stories personal and relevant. But as Rodolfo has learned in writing his latest graphic novel The Kursk, detailing difficult life experiences can sometimes be more challenging than you expect.
A graphic novel blends visual and written elements to tell a story. Think of it as the best of both worlds: text that let’s you get inside the head of a character, while still having the visual elements of film.
The Kursk is based on the true events of August 12th, 2000, when the Russian nuclear submarine was lost with all 118 hands on board. Adapted from Sasha Janowicz’ award winning play, we explore what really happened that day. To this day, many scholars, journalists, and military enthusiasts still debate why The Kursk sank, and why the crew could not be rescued. Theories range from conspiracies involving an American attack and cover up, to the Russians abandoning their own for political reasons, or simple pride that did not allow the Russian Navy to request foreign help.
After The Kursk disaster, Sasha Janowicz wrote a play to reflect his feelings on this tragic event. His writing would make its way to the Australian theatre where it won multiple awards. After seeing the success of this play, American screenwriter James A. Bretney chose to adapt Sasha’s vision to the medium of graphic novels.
Rodolfo, why did you start Lucha Comics?
For over 30 years I have loved Comic Books. I began with Batman, (which I still read today!), and decided that I could bring new stories to readers like myself. Lucha Comics allowed me to search for new stories abroad that would not typically be published by DC or Marvel. Lucha Comics has published stories from around the world and in Spanish, English, Russian, and French.
Who should read The Kursk?
The Kursk is about an important event in our shared human history. Some have gone as far to say that if it happened today that it could trigger a third world war. The story is simply fascinating, and has strong roots in reality. It is accompanied by incredible artwork by Colombian artist Andrea Montano, and is really a great new way to reach youth. If you like comic books, you’ll feel at home; if you’re a military history enthusiast, you’ll find a great new way to look back at key events.
How can the community help you?
Lucha Comics is about more than just Comic Books. It is about showing the world that a London based company, powered by a multi-cultural team, can create stories on par with those of far larger companies.
We need your help to spread the word. Head over to our kickstarter campaign, and consider backing us. For just $15 you can get a print copy of The Kursk – that’s over 150 pages of content. Digital rewards start at just $1, and if you can’t contribute financially, then help us spread the word via social media. Show your support at our campaign here: http://kck.st/1U99Aiv
Editor’s note: First of all, this graphic novel will keep you entertained. The Kursk is a deeply personal story but it’s also a really good ride. In its way, The Kursk is a fast moving story, not ponderous at all. The intention of this article is for the readers to come away with is an appreciation of the costs and rewards of an artist’s life.