The HOAX graphic novel is companion and sequel to the HOAX musical stage performance, which together tell the story of a young man suffering from schizophrenia, both pre and post diagnosis. The young man's name is Rob.
The project is inspired by my younger brother, with the content of both the graphic novel and the musical stage performance being around fifty per cent fiction and fifty per cent fact.
My brother used to write poetry. Often we'd work on poems together. The musical HOAX My Lonely Heart is based on one of these poems, and the graphic novel HOAX Pscychosis Blues on a whole series of them - each one illustrated by a different artist to reflect the varying states of mind that Rob encounters.
When I first started shaping HOAX Pscychosis Blues in my head, I had a pretty good idea of the many artists that I wanted to illustrate it. As the project framework developed, and the resources available to us became clear, I settled on ten of these talents, and am thrilled that all ten are now confirmed.
We have the ultimate in graphic novelists:
The incredible digital, textural artists:
Effortless international hero:
Leonardo M. Giron
And our humble newcomer:
It's an awesome list. And it makes me very happy indeed.
What's more, we can add to the list Paula Knight. Paula's a brilliant artist in her own right, but she's also a professional proofreader and will be the ultimate eagle eyes on this project.
For my part, the graphic novel scriptwriting process has begun and, although it is quite heartbreaking reading over the original poems again, for the first time since my brother's suicide five years ago, I feel the narrative that will come out of this process will be very strong indeed.