Nikola Tesla – Born To The Storm

TeslaStormbornCoverTesla Stormborn is a limited comic series launched on Kickstarter on June 10th by Anthony Smith Jr with art by Brenda Salazar. Stormborn is an epic tale centered on the life and inventions of Nikola Tesla. Close date July 10th (International Nikola Tesla Day) Digital Release date August. Physical release on Kickstarter only.

Anthony Smith Jr. writes,

When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.

Tesla Stormborn Part 1 takes you through the life of Nikola Tesla beginning with his tragic and eventful childhood and leading up to the start of Tesla's infamous War of the Currents with The Wizard of Menlo Park, Thomas Edison. Stormborn shines light on Tesla's electrifying life in a way that has never been seen before. While not being a pure documentary, it sticks to the facts and makes Tesla's story accessible to everyone.

So why would a weekend mobile DJ and graduate of Full Sail University with a degree in Music Production want to write a comic about Nikola Tesla? I have always been a Tesla fanboy and had a dream to turn my appreciation for Tesla into a comic book. Tesla's life often takes the backburner in the history books and classrooms to other mustachioed gentleman such as J.P. Morgan and Thomas Edison. I simply felt that this injustice could not stand any longer. With Tesla's name starting to make a resurgence in popular culture, I felt now would be the best time to clear Tesla's good name with his very own comic book.

Wanting a change of pace from the audio world and tired by the idea of creating sound for someone else's project, I decided to follow my passion in comics — an inherently more silent medium that what I'm used to. I didn't start reading comic books until around season 3 of The Walking Dead. With the long wait between television seasons, I decided I wanted to catch up on the graphic novels to see what all the fuss was about. Instantly, I was hooked. I read them all and when I finished I wanted more. I then read Y! The Last Man and Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns and there was no turning back. Now my subscription list at my local comic book store is larger than my income.

One day, I had a sudden realization while working at my mundane job at a retail store that rhymes with "Blordstrom". I wanted to create a world of my own in this new fascinating medium known as comics. I went to a local bookstore and purchased Scott McCloud's Making Comics and Brian Michael Bendis' Words for Pictures. I then felt like I had the framework and tools to finally put the wheels in motion towards creating Tesla Stormborn. I wrote a 5-page pitch and posted on in their r/comicbookcollabs sub-reddit to find an artist who was willing to work on my project. I thought it would be a long shot, but as it turned out all I had to say was "Tesla" and my Gmail inbox was flooded with responses from artists interested in working on the project. Soon after, I got an email from Brenda Salazar with a link to her online portfolio and the rest is history.

Now, I've been putting all my waking hours into bringing those dreams into reality. I've found a printer, created a Kickstarter campaign with T-shirts and other cool Tesla Swag, and made new friends along the way. Now we are just putting the finishing touches and lettering on Tesla Stormborn and with your help we will be able and ready to deliver Stormborn to your doorstep faster than Tesla's AC current.

We've priced our project at the absolute bare minimum. If we raise more, we'll be able to produce more copies, get a booth at NY Comic Con and give Tesla Stormborn #2 the green light as well as many other stretch goals. Tesla Stormborn will be printed in a beautiful 6.625×10.25" standard format that showcases the incredible talent of our artists and fits into a standard bag and board.

Make sure to like our Facebook page for a free 3 page preview of Tesla Stormborn and to check out our kickstarter…

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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