Garry Mac is creating queer superhero comics
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I've been making comics for around ten years now. I started in DIY, independent small press comics, and since then I've drawn for loads of different writers, in all kinds of genres and styles.

AION is my forthcoming OGN (original graphic novel). It’s a 100(ish) page comic book released as one book, hence OGN.

The book is my attempt to both exorcise the past and reposition my relationship with the future. It’s a semi-autobiographical work, my first such book, which I’ve been toying with in my head for a couple of years. The second draft of the script is almost finished and I’m about to embark on the art.

AION is the story of a man trapped in a psychologically abusive relationship. Unhappy with the present, feeling like he’s been shortchanged with life, he begins to have violent visions of past that, until now, he hadn’t remembered. As he struggles to reconcile what he’s seeing, he also has glimpses of a bleak future.

As Time presses in on him from both angles, he is also trying to cope with living with his partner; a jealous narcissist who insists on controlling him. With no escape from any direction of Time, he begins to unravel and, in so doing, pulls the threads of the reality of his past – one that is filled with bright, neon superheroes and an imminent cataclysm – and has to learn harsh truths from a future bereft of lies.

My aim with the book is to tell the story of an abusive queer relationship, something that is rarely talked about in fiction. As a community, we concern ourselves with the need for positive representation and portrayals, but successive generational breaks in queer temporality means that it can be difficult to learn from previous generations. I aim to tell my story, though loosely autobiographical, because I believe it’s important that (particularly young) queer people have fiction that helps them to recognise the warning signs and realise that they don’t have to accept such relationships, built as they often are on crippling lack of self-esteem.

In using genre fiction tropes (a past filled with superheroes and a Burroughs-esque future), I’m attempting to also interrogate our relationship with Time. Is the past worth saving? Can we ever really go back? Or do we have to forge ahead, accepting the decisions we’ve already made, even when the burden of those choices seems to heavy to carry at times?

The book is a work of magical/psychotherapeutic ritual: in creating the work, my goal is to transmute my own past, one that I’ve worked hard to reconcile over the years, into something positive. Above all else, though, I’m aiming to create an exciting work of fiction that stands on its own, without necessary relative positioning to the author.

Over the course of early 2018, I’ll be completing my Masters degree in Comic Studies and will be folding the creation of AION into my academic studies. Through the next year, I’ll be working steadily on the art for AION too, with the aim of completing it in late 2018. I’ll use this website as a way to record my progress, with updates for anyone who’s interested in seeing the book come together.
Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per month
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$1 dollar seems like a drop in the ocean, right? Not for me - everything counts, and so anyone pledging any amount to my Patreon campaign will have access to the supporters page where you'll be able to see regular pages from 'AION'.
Pledge $5 or more per month
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$5 gets you access to a different tier of rewards - you'll have access to some work-in-progress shots from the book as it's made, plus a PDF of the finished book in whatever form that eventually takes. You'll have the work-in-progress shots, but you'll also be able to see video of the pages being put together, with some insight from me on the process.
Pledge $10 or more per month
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$10 a month gets you access to more rewards on top of the previous ones. All of the above, plus a PDF sketchbook containing unseen concept art and sketches for the book, as well as scribbles and notes on the script pages.
Pledge $20 or more per month
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You'll get all of the above, as well as the opportunity for a Q&A while I create - so if you're interested in the process of making comic books, you can chat with me and ask questions while you watch me create the art for the book. I'll happily talk over the process of writing the script as well. This is your chance to sit in on a Google Hangout where I answer your questions about 'AION' and describe the process of making the work.
Pledge $30 or more per month
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For this upper level tier, you'll get all of the other tiered rewards, plus a fully coloured, cover/pin-up style image of your choice - you tell me your brief, and I'll deliver! Whether it's a poster, a comic book cover or a piece of commissioned art, it's your choice. UK patrons at this level also have the choice to receive a piece of hand-drawn art delivered to their home.
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For £1000 a month, I'll effectively be able to commit full time to 'AION' and my Uni course, which means you'll see the finished book much quicker!
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I've been making comics for around ten years now. I started in DIY, independent small press comics, and since then I've drawn for loads of different writers, in all kinds of genres and styles.

AION is my forthcoming OGN (original graphic novel). It’s a 100(ish) page comic book released as one book, hence OGN.

The book is my attempt to both exorcise the past and reposition my relationship with the future. It’s a semi-autobiographical work, my first such book, which I’ve been toying with in my head for a couple of years. The second draft of the script is almost finished and I’m about to embark on the art.

AION is the story of a man trapped in a psychologically abusive relationship. Unhappy with the present, feeling like he’s been shortchanged with life, he begins to have violent visions of past that, until now, he hadn’t remembered. As he struggles to reconcile what he’s seeing, he also has glimpses of a bleak future.

As Time presses in on him from both angles, he is also trying to cope with living with his partner; a jealous narcissist who insists on controlling him. With no escape from any direction of Time, he begins to unravel and, in so doing, pulls the threads of the reality of his past – one that is filled with bright, neon superheroes and an imminent cataclysm – and has to learn harsh truths from a future bereft of lies.

My aim with the book is to tell the story of an abusive queer relationship, something that is rarely talked about in fiction. As a community, we concern ourselves with the need for positive representation and portrayals, but successive generational breaks in queer temporality means that it can be difficult to learn from previous generations. I aim to tell my story, though loosely autobiographical, because I believe it’s important that (particularly young) queer people have fiction that helps them to recognise the warning signs and realise that they don’t have to accept such relationships, built as they often are on crippling lack of self-esteem.

In using genre fiction tropes (a past filled with superheroes and a Burroughs-esque future), I’m attempting to also interrogate our relationship with Time. Is the past worth saving? Can we ever really go back? Or do we have to forge ahead, accepting the decisions we’ve already made, even when the burden of those choices seems to heavy to carry at times?

The book is a work of magical/psychotherapeutic ritual: in creating the work, my goal is to transmute my own past, one that I’ve worked hard to reconcile over the years, into something positive. Above all else, though, I’m aiming to create an exciting work of fiction that stands on its own, without necessary relative positioning to the author.

Over the course of early 2018, I’ll be completing my Masters degree in Comic Studies and will be folding the creation of AION into my academic studies. Through the next year, I’ll be working steadily on the art for AION too, with the aim of completing it in late 2018. I’ll use this website as a way to record my progress, with updates for anyone who’s interested in seeing the book come together.

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Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per month
0 patrons
$1 dollar seems like a drop in the ocean, right? Not for me - everything counts, and so anyone pledging any amount to my Patreon campaign will have access to the supporters page where you'll be able to see regular pages from 'AION'.
Pledge $5 or more per month
0 patrons
$5 gets you access to a different tier of rewards - you'll have access to some work-in-progress shots from the book as it's made, plus a PDF of the finished book in whatever form that eventually takes. You'll have the work-in-progress shots, but you'll also be able to see video of the pages being put together, with some insight from me on the process.
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 patrons
$10 a month gets you access to more rewards on top of the previous ones. All of the above, plus a PDF sketchbook containing unseen concept art and sketches for the book, as well as scribbles and notes on the script pages.
Pledge $20 or more per month
0 patrons
You'll get all of the above, as well as the opportunity for a Q&A while I create - so if you're interested in the process of making comic books, you can chat with me and ask questions while you watch me create the art for the book. I'll happily talk over the process of writing the script as well. This is your chance to sit in on a Google Hangout where I answer your questions about 'AION' and describe the process of making the work.
Pledge $30 or more per month
0 patrons
For this upper level tier, you'll get all of the other tiered rewards, plus a fully coloured, cover/pin-up style image of your choice - you tell me your brief, and I'll deliver! Whether it's a poster, a comic book cover or a piece of commissioned art, it's your choice. UK patrons at this level also have the choice to receive a piece of hand-drawn art delivered to their home.