With just three days to go for Chanan Beizer’s Kickstarter The Golem of Venice Beach – Graphic Novel, AIPT has an exclusive look at process art from Bill Sienkiewicz’s wrap-around cover art for the book! This 152-page epic story about the adventures of a 400-year-old Golem spans from 16th century Europe to the horrors of World War II, to modern-day Venice Beach.
The story is about a Golem named Adam that’s 400 years old, created in Eastern Europe, but now lives in Southern California. As a Golem who traditionally are a creature of vengeance and destruction, Adam spends his days on the sunny boardwalks of Venice Beach wishing for an escape from his lonely existence. Adam’s life becomes entangled in a war between a gang and the police.
That existence is depicted well by Sienkiewicz, who is a comics legend in his own right evident from the process shots.
“One of the great joys of working with Bill is knowing you will be surprised,” editor Chris Stevens said in a statement sent to AIPT. “There are legendary stories about his working with Frank Miller and Neil Gaiman and going off 100% in his own direction while somehow tapping ever more directly into what the author had intended, had hoped for.”
“I had the idea the cover should incorporate the three time periods in the book so I listed a few things to consider. Then Bill’s creativity took over,” writer Chanan Beizer said. “The most significant example is his version of the Vitruvian Man, which came 100% from Bill. The more I learned about what it represented, the more I was convinced that it’s the perfect concept to pull all the various images into a complete tapestry. I couldn’t be happier with the result.”
Stevens added, “Here, we went from emails and phone calls establishing an initial rather straight-forward, iconic idea — riffing on a famous THE THING cover Bill had done — to Bill taking things into the arena of widescreen museum quality painting as the golem straddles time and place and the nature of man is front and center.”
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