Kickstarting Comics: Pope, Sienkiewicz, Bissette And More Bring You ‘The Golem of Venice Beach’ Graphic Novel

A virtual dream team of legendary comic book artists, Michael Allred, Stephen R. Bissette, Jae Lee, Nick Pitarra, Paul Pope, and Bill Sienkiewicz and the equally legendary letterer Clem Robins are teaming up with rising star artist Vanessa Cardinali and debut comic book writer Chanan Beizer to produce an all-new graphic novel, The Golem of Venice Beach.

Bill Sienkiewicz wrap around cover

“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, where the Golem has become entangled in a war between a gang and the police. Both a riveting narrative and a celebration of Southern California, The Golem of Venice Beach is now on Kickstarter, featuring a wrap-around cover by Sienkiewicz”.

Art by Paul Pope

Having first written this as a script back in 2018, and won the ScreenCraft Cinematic Book contest, Beizer has been spending the time since crafting this new graphic novel alongside a who’s who of comic book legends and newcomer Cardinali (Slumber). Here’s what Beizer said about the book:

“As a writer I know that story is important, but in comics if the art isn’t working, the story really doesn’t matter. It’s been truly thrilling to witness the artistic interpretation of my words. Every artist involved has left a lasting imprint on The Golem of Venice Beach. They’ve elevated the story beyond what I could ever describe on a two-dimensional piece of paper. That is what art should do.”

Art by Mike Allred

The Golem of Venice Beach features:

A wrap-around cover and a seven-page prologue by artist Bill Sienkiewicz (Moon Knight) that showcases the Golem’s creation in the year 1580.

A 10-page flashback sequence by Jae Lee (The Inhumans) and colorist June Chung that depicts how the Golem was resurrected during World War Two.

A 2-page spread and map of Venice Beach that captures everything weird and wonderful about the bohemian spirit that permeates the neighborhood by Michael Allred and colorist Laura Allred (Madman).

An eerie phantasmagoria by Stephen R. Bissette (Saga of the Swamp Thing).

A 2 page-splash page by Nick Pitarra (the creator of the highly anticipated Ax-Wielder Jon) that features every single person who is on panel in the book in one huge, cinematic crowd shot.

A stunning 2-page portrait, featuring the iconic Santa Monica Pier by Paul Pope (Battling Boy) and colorist Lovern Kindzierski.

Over 100 pages of gorgeous art by the book’s main artist, Vanessa Cardinali.

And here’s the full synopsis:

“In The Golem of Venice Beach, Adam is a Golem, a creature of vengeance and destruction, of violence and death. He was created 400 years ago, a world away in Eastern Europe, but today he lives in Southern California. Adam spends his days adrift on the sunny boardwalks of Venice Beach, pining for release from his lonely existence. His only hope is the clueless Jake Loeb, the sole remaining heir of the Golem’s creator. But when Jake becomes involved with a mysterious tattooed woman and a drug-dealing death worship cult, things get complicated and dangerous for Adam. Golems are not meant to walk the Earth forever. Can Adam make a difference? Can he find peace in the California sun? And can a monster have a soul?”

Art by Stephen BissetteArt by Stephen Bissette

Pledge vary with tiers for graphic novel including early bird pricing specials, Kickstarter exclusive prints by all the artists, and a limited-edition deluxe Sienkiewicz variant hardcover and more.To support the campaign, visit Kickstarter here.

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