THE DRAYCOX AWAKENS is not your typical superhero comic. If old-school comics depend on the traditional superhero-against-a-villain narrative to drive the plot, this bold new comic by Alice Holtom and Jonathan Minott can make you care about the anti-hero as much as you’d root for the hero.
As the owner of Atop Throne Comics, Alice Holtom believes there is a hero in everyone. Growing up, she would spend hours reading comics, getting lost in magnificent worlds, and dreaming that one day she would turn stories into comics herself. A chance meeting with Jonathan Minott (Jay) brought it all home. She found out that Jay was equally passionate about comics that tap into the diverse experiences of people and cultures. That’s how a dream team was born.
The stories developed by Alice and Jay are inspired by their search for a more diverse, inclusive world where characters represent the multiplicity of human experiences. They believe that there is a hero in everyone, and that transcends race, gender, and sexuality. That’s why they aim to bring you all a whole new perspective when it comes to comics. And THE DRAYCOX AWAKENS does just that!
While Alice is the storyboard and panel creator of the comic, Jay is the other genius behind it all. Growing up, he was fascinated by various comics and animated TV series including X-Men, Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokémon and Digimon, as well as Marvel and DC comics/movies, and he dreamt that one day he’d create his own. Enter, THE DRAYCOX AWAKENS.
The comic tells the story of an exceptional young teen from St Micheal’s High, a kid who never had any luck and was moved from one foster home to another. All Micheal wants is a friend, someone with whom he could share his accomplishments and connect with. Micheal, who is an expert in the vast field of science, continuously searches for something big. One day his long-sought-after achievement arrives in a different form, one which he never imagined.
With immense abilities now coursing through his veins, Micheal, fueled by rage and retribution, is faced with a decision that could lead either to his fortune or his demise. Will Micheal choose the right path, or will he let his vengeance rule him?
Blending sci-fi, superhero, and Manga elements, this tale asks one big question: How would you react if you woke up one day with an immense power? Chances are, you would somehow change the world. But would you do the right thing and change it for the better? There is no easy answer and that is what makes THE DRAYCOX AWAKENS such a gripping read.
The most exciting part of it all: THE DRAYCOX AWAKENS is now live on Kickstarter and has already attracted $5,448 from 17 backers! Supporters can get both a print and a digital copy. The digital issue comes with various perks, including a digital thank-you card and a digital poster of Michael next to a high-resolution pdf of the comic.
But we all know there’s nothing like the feeling of a physical copy. There is something magical in flipping through the pages and feeling the paper on your fingers. So if you prefer reading physical books and carrying them everywhere you, they’ve got you covered as well! You can get a physical edition that features 18 uncoated pages printed on 120gsm-150gsm paper. For the avid comic book collector, there is also a special limited silk edition featuring 18 gloss-coated pages.
Whether you go for the digital or print copy (or both!), you’re guaranteed to be in for a treat. Joining forces with artist Owolah, the team behind THE DRAYCOX AWAKENS has put together a thrilling superhero narrative in the style of Japanese Manga. It combines unique visual storytelling and a captivating anti-hero story that makes the comic highly relatable for contemporary readers from adolescents to adults.
THE DRAYCOX AWAKENS challenges the commonly-held notion that superhero stories are simple and always lead to a “happily ever after”. Human experience is much more nuanced than that, and it is Alice and Jay’s goal to reflect that in their comics. Even if you never stumble upon a Draycox egg, chances are that just like Michael, you’ve experienced your fair share of challenges in life, and that’s what makes this journey a truly relatable, thrilling, and fun experience!
You can check out their Kickstarter campaign for more details on pricing and to find out how to add THE DRAYCOX AWAKENS to your library today!
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