Two of our favorite cartoonists here at Comics Bulletin are the team of Arnold and Jacob Pander. The brothers from Portland have released a shelf full of interesting and compelling graphic novels over the last 30 years (has it really been that long?!). The team is now looking for support for their latest book, The Dissident, on Kickstarter.
The Dissident is an international political thriller set in the near future. A young American dissident escapes to Amsterdam only to discover there is nowhere you can run from injustice!
Follow the adventures of Hans Nobel, an American exile who escapes to Amsterdam after America’s democracy collapses. Hans soon discovers that you can’t run from tyranny when he uncovers a corrupt Dutch leader’s conspiracy involving eco-assassins, kidnapping, human experiments, and a plot to kill anyone who resists the despot’s plan to take over Europe. With the help of an underground resistance network Hans resurrects a legendary outlawed newspaper to expose the truth and spark a revolution.
This spectacular thriller was originally published under the name XXX by Dark Horse Comics in the mid-1990s by Dark Horse Comics. The 336-page graphic novel was always intended to be presented in color, but financial problems caused the book to be released in black and white. The pair recently reacquired the original scans for all the pages and are remastering and recoloring this story to fit a modern standards of quality. Below you can see samples of how the black and white art contrasts with the colored art.
They have a number of exciting rewards that include one-of-a-kind original paintings, as well as the original printed XXX series, selected graphic novels, and advanced digital copies of the remastered color edition of The Dissident.
We strongly recommend you check out this Kickstarter and consider pledging,