What is the Jekyll Island Chronicles?
The Jekyll Island Chronicles is a graphic novel adventure series blending historical fact with heavy doses of alternate history and adventure. Book One, The Machine Age War, opens the story in the days following The Great War – a time when a brief glimmer of peace and hope quickly fades as a cryptic organization moves to threaten fragile governments and their people with a campaign of chaos and terror.
Tired armies and bloated bureaucracies are useless against the new threat. As anarchy rises, one nation’s industrialists move to build an answer. With their resources and independence they seek out the tools to fight – and to win. What they find are physically scarred, broken men and women who have already sacrificed, but who haven’t surrendered; people who only need their bodies repaired – and perhaps improved – to mirror the strength in their souls. Together this strange combination of wealthy, weary and willing brings new heroes to the fight and gives the world a fighting chance, enabling them to do battle with the anarchist threat that is intent on terrorizing and destroying governments in the post-World War I landscape.
The Jekyll Island Club at the beginning of the 20th Century is featured prominently in the series and readers will get to see many of the locales, as well as the numerous historical figures that called the Jekyll area home. But the story is wide reaching, spanning locations throughout the United States and even to exotic and sinister places across the globe, as the anarchists plot and carry out their destruction.
At the beginning of the 1900’s, 1/6 of the world’s wealth, led by many Captains of Industry, vacationed in and around the tiny Georgia island of Jekyll. Using this place of grandeur and elegance as a backdrop, we developed an alternate history occurring between the World Wars. A time of great social, political and technological upheaval. A time of ingenuity and anarchy. A time for some of the most brilliant, and horrible, minds of the 20th century to confront each other. And a time of great new heroes and incredible new machines.
If you can imagine history and fantasy mixed together with action/adventure, then you’ve got a good idea of what the Jekyll Island Chronicles are about.
How was the project put together and when will the graphic novels be published?
In 2013, we got to work in earnest and engaged the help of the Savannah College of Art & Design. SCAD created a special class for our project, and in a one-of-a-kind venture, hand-selected 10 students from the School of Sequential Arts to work with us visualizing our story. We nailed down the script, created the sketches, fleshed out the characters, and developed the alternate history and the technology of the fantastical world of what is now called The Jekyll Island Chronicles.
The Jekyll creators originally worked with students in a graphic novel class at SCAD in Savannah to develop the design for the series. They enlisted 10 students to work on the project--sketching, inking and creating pages for the series. They have kept two of the students busy since their graduation, working to complete Book One in the series.
The first graphic novel in the series, A Machine Age War, is slated to be released by the graphic novel/comic book powerhouses of Top Shelf & IDW Publishing. The first book will be published in May 2016. We ultimately envision six books for the series. We will be presenting Book One at the Top Shelf/IDW booth in July 2016 at Comic.con in San Diego. Hope to see you there!