Sept. 12, 2012
Rangers Arrive on the Old No. 3
-- A countdown to Apocalypse has started, but there are no zombies here–just "gut-wrenching realism in what may come if America loses her way," according to the "Republic: The Graphic Novel" web site (www.RepublicTheNovel.com)
which is featuring a ticking clock revealing the approaching publication date and offering readers a chance to sign up for updates. The site also offers glimpses of some of the preliminary illustrations. According to the graphic novel's author, Lucas Cole, the site will update the drawings periodically and may offer freebies to subscribers.
In this near-future graphic novel, the last Republic resides in Texas as a post-EMP invasion force comes down from the northern New Union. Combining 3D models from SketchUP, vector images, and actor-based characters, Republic breaks new ground in this non-PC, post Apocalyptic graphic novel.
A group of townsfolk stem off an expeditionary force comprised of Red China and Persian (Iranian) forces led by a former American who goes by the dubious nickname of "Butcher." It turns out that the butcher was a Chicago delicatessen owner who jumped at the chance to earn a piece of the New Union pie--especially against the hated Texas Republic.
The site promises a unique blend of 3D models from Google's SketchUp contributors, characters based upon real actors, and vector-based drawings. It also promises to be non-PC which is a given from its description of multinationals invading the good people of Texas--the last standing Republic in a world gone One Government. (SketchUp is a trademark of Google and is not officially related to this novel or publishing firm, nor does Google officially endorse this effort or product.)