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Local author chasing his dream
By Michael Purvis, Sault Star Wednesday, August 15, 2012 12:07:36 EDT PM
SAULT STE. MARIE - Jesse Jordan has had some success as a screenwriter, but he's always dreamed of seeing his ideas put down in plain old print. He hopes his latest project, a graphic novel based on digitally altered photographs, will get him a step closer to that dream. “I would love it if this was my thing,” said Jordan, 23. “I have so many stories written and so many ideas, I would love to be a fulltime author.” What Jordan is working on now may just be a first – a long form comic book based entirely on photographs of real people. He's been splitting his time between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury this summer directing two photographers – Jenn Floyd and Robin Clayton – and a team of volunteer actors on the independent project. Jordan expects that by the end of shooting he'll have amassed thousands of digital photos, which he and his graphic artist will need to pare down to 400 finished digitally-altered pics to complete the roughly 80-page comic book. Before the photos are placed, they'll be heavily digitally altered to give the book the kind of “Frank Miller-esque” feel Jordan is
looking for. “In the opening scene we're going to have the main character pull up in a cab, but the cab looks so vibrantly yellow that it looks as though it's an element of a hand-drawn comic book, that it's been drawn in,” said Jordan. But it won't be drawn in. It will be the real car, just run through the digital wringer. The same goes for the Sault and Sudbury. They'll be “kind of mashed together,” into the gritty fictional domain of lead character Johnathan Ash. Ash (played by Saultite Josh Ingram) is a disgraced police detective with some serious baggage. Left mildly psychic after an automobile crash, he finds himself driving a cab, solving crimes and occasionally tipping off the police. Jordan said he originally imagined Ash as a television series, but he was driven to get the story told and decided a graphic novel was the way to actually get it completed. “I can't draw at all, so going the standard comic-book route was not the way to do it,” said Jordan. He said he hopes it will open doors for him in the print world. “Getting into print is a pretty closed shop – you have to have something published in order to get published,” said Jordan. The father of two said the actors who have signed on will get a cut of whatever profits the book brings in. He said readers shouldn't expect Ash's psychic abilities to rival those of other comic book heroes. “It's very faint, but in a world where nobody has any powers, even a faint amount puts you a cut above everybody else,” said Jordan. Jordan was born in Echo Bay, Ont., just outside the Sault, and while he spent part of his childhood here, growing up, his family moved around a lot and he eventually ended up in Sudbury. He returned to the Sault a few years ago while attending Algoma University. He's raising money on crowdsourcing site Indiegogo for a hard-copy version of Ash, which he intends to produce. He has set a release date of February 2013, but he said he'll release a digital version of the story when it's done, likely in the fall.
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Jesse Jordan has had some success as a screenwriter, but he's always dreamed of seeing his ideas put down in plain old print.
He hopes his latest project, a graphic novel based on digitally altered photographs, will get him a step closer to that dream.
Jesse Jordan is raising money on crowdsourcing site Indiegogo for a hard-copy version of Ash, which he intends to produce. He has set a release date of February 2013, but he said he'll release a digital version of the story when it's done, likely in the fall.