Written by: Daniel Boyd
Illustrated by: Edi Guedes, Alzir Alves
Published as a graphic novel
Full Color print
All Publishing and Media rights available
there really was a Garden of Eden? Before the fabled one of our Old Testament –
A place with a people before the first people we know of, and a God before the
one many recognize?
There would be an archeological record. Oh but there is. Buried deep beneath the coal-rich Appalachian Mountains, imprisoned in their original form – CARBON!
1978. When an evil West Virginia coal operator discovers that the “sacred” carbon he has unearthed can burn forever, he will sacrifice the land, the people – all life as we know it – to extract the full deposit from the Earth. But the dormant Carbon beings of centuries past are not the only creatures in this underworld. When the original God exiled this forgotten civilization beneath the Earth until the world could replenish itself, He immortalized an army of flying warrior beasts to guard the human remains until such time as they would be allowed to resurrect and return to the surface.
2011. After 30 years of failed attempts, covered up as fatal mining accidents, the coal baron has now finally found a way to extract his Carbon riches. But in his final attempt he awakens and releases a Hell the surface world cannot imagine.
The only thing now that stands in the way of the “greed of the few, destroying the life of everything,” the end of the world as we know it, is a disgraced, ex-pro athlete and a community of veteran coal miners.
REVIEWS FOR CARBON
“Danny Boyd’s Carbon combines three distinct genres- Lovecraftian gorefest, religious picture book and political allegory- to tell the story of our slow and conscious self-poisoning. “ - John Sayles, from his Introduction
"This graphic novel’s tale is a self-contained piece of world-building, loaded generously with imaginative flair and yet still grounded in reality like the wise Aesop born anew." - Richard Caldwell, Heavy Metal Magazine
“Boyd marries sci-fi monster flick ideas with Appalachian tragedy, showing us imaginative allegory and authentic profundity do not have to be mutually exclusive." - Chris Oxley, "Elston Gunn" of Ain't It Cool News
"…explores humanity's exploitative relationship with nature that is heartfelt, intimate, and totally outrageous !" - Scott Marcano, screenwriter of Bio-Dome and Sanitarium.
“CARBON reads like an H.P. Lovecraft-influenced Robert E. Howard yarn updated for the age of mountain top removal and hydrofracking. There is a message here, and Boyd and Guedes deliver it with a mother lode of action and horror.”- Bob Calhoun, author of “Shattering Conventions: Commerce, Cosplay and Conflict on the Expo Floor”
“Faith can be a cruel mistress. Faith in our community, our employers, our churches and our leaders. Faith in ourselves especially. And while in these uncertain times having faith in others can be difficult, the talent displayed by the creative team here in a tale of very topical concerns is beyond any shadow of doubt. CARBON is explicitly for those who want to believe.” - Dave Elliott, Co-Founder/Co-Owner of ATOMEKA Press
“Carbon is outstanding. A great fantasy adventure wrapped in a tale of greed and corruption gone haywire. Highly recommended.” - Adam Hamdy, Writer/Filmmaker, The Hunter, Pulp
“Filmmakers, scholars, poets, authors, photographers, musicians and visual artists have used their skills to explore what mountaintop removal coal mining does to mountain communities and our life support system (water, land, air). Boyd’s pulse-quickening Carbon is the first creative work in the graphic novel medium to tackle this subject and it will inspire an entirely new audience to join the movement to end mountaintop removal.” - Vivian Stockman, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
“This gorgeously illustrated, testosterone-torqued ride does nothing less than chronicle the history of time from Genesis to Revelation. Boyd exposes the symbiotic relationship between humans and the coal that may keep furnaces burning, create jobs, and fill corporate coffers, but it could ultimately cost us not only the Garden, but our very souls.” - Marie Manilla, author of “Shrapnel” and “The Patron Saint of Ugly”
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