The idea for the album and the whole series came to me when I was pondering over 9/11. What if United States were just a piece in a global puzzle? What if the attackers were unknown and their intentions and plans were veiled?
How would I, a resident of Europe, citizen of a capitol city in a large country, would act if I were to pack my belongings, leave my home and travel several thousand kilometers. What would be if the whole world as we know it, were to disappear and was replaced by new states, social order, settlements and cities. In other words: what we have here, is a classic post-apocalyptic scenario.
„Strange Years: Autumn”, is part one of our graphic novel. I wrote the story and a brilliant artist Michał “Śledziu” Śledziński created art and lettering. We spend much time working on a story, creating protagonists, all the time trying to think outside of the box. Did we succeed? – see for yourself.
In the „Strange Years” setting you’ll find many references to movies, literature and art, as well as to broadly defined mass culture. We wanted you to find this “easter eggs” yourself, while having as much fun discovering them as we had making them up.
Main protagonists are two young men in their twenties. They vaguely remember 9/11 events. Elvis’ and Reuben’s adventure begins when they meet a mysterious scientist, obsessed with apples and circles, a redheaded innovator, that wants to unite people and a Afro-American prophet that was foretold to change the world…
We’ve planned four albums (it’s not hard to guess that after “Autumn”comes “Winter”, “Spring” and “Summer”) and if only time allows we’ll also create an interactive application – an animated comic book. It all depends on yours and other readers’ reaction to the first chapter. Why we don’t want you to pay for the graphic novel and even add a free soundtrack? Firstly, because we want our work to reach the largest group possible. Secondly, because we want to thank that way all people that inspired us and those that helped us make it all happen – there are so many of you that I ask you to accept our loud “Thank you!”. Filip Szczęśniak handled the English translation, Piotr Koszewski composed the music and the application was created by Can Explode (http://www.canexplode.com/). Download the comic and share your link with others – that will be a great way to appreciate all work and toil that we put into creating this album.