In the following paragraphs we will tell you the story of the comic magazine inspired by the best Romanian science fiction novel called “Abația” (The Abbey), written by Dan Doboș.
For thousands of years, Earth was the only home of mankind, a small blue dot in a forgotten corner of the Galaxy. Thousands of years of war and peace, tragedy and happiness, science and ignorance. Until an unexpected discovery helped mankind fly to undreamed summits. On the Moon, scientists discovered an asteroid containing a new energy source, which would be called Dizilium. With this resource, people were able to invent hyper-propulsion engines, which allowed them to travel beyond our Solar System. People gradually left Earth, overwhelmed by atomic wars, and the Abbey was the ultimate cradle of civilization, which remained in the Pannonian Plain. Between its walls, entire generations of clones are produced, which are being used for working the land of the Agricultural Planets providing food for the entire Galactic Empire.
The action of The Abbey takes place thousands of years into the future: a large part of mankind belongs to a Galactic Empire, led throughout the ages by Emperors and boyars, which were more or less corrupt or incompetent. An unexpected discovery makes the Emperor believe that he can exclude the Abbey from the economic equation of the Empire. But in order to achieve this plan, he needs to know the secrets of clone manufacturing and control. Thus, he sends off to Earth, into the Abbey, his most fearful weapon and most loyal quint, a super-soldier whose fighting and analysis ability equals that of an entire army.
Abbot Radoslav knows that mankind is approaching the sixth prophecy period foreseen more than three thousand years ago, the Armageddon, but knows nothing about what will the trigger be. He hears about quint Rim’s visit to the abbey as a divine sign that the end may still be avoided.
Meanwhile, the Emperor’s father, Kasser, sets off to a voyage to Old Earth to discover the connection between the imperial dynasty and the Abbey, believing that this might be a way to impair the privileged position of the monastic order within the Empire.
You can find out more about these characters and their trip to Old Earth in the pages of the magazine. And don’t think that if you read the book you won’t be in for surprises.
Why a comic based on the “Abația” novel?
Because “Abația” is a Romanian novel :). Moreover, it’s science fiction (and the people who initiated this project are voracious science fiction literature readers) and it’s considered by critics and SF readers as the best Romanian science fiction novel. In 2003, it received the Vladimir Colin Award for the "Best SF novel of 2002", it was nominated for the "Best European SF novel" Award during the European Science Fiction Convention in 2006, and it was translated in the US in 2010 (yes, it won lots of awards and, plus, we like a lot!).
What we want to do
We want to deliver an artistic interpretation of the book, how we believe the Abbey world could look like, including something more, the type of comic that we, SF and comic fans, would read with delight.
The idea of the project came spontaneously from a discussion about comics and SF books. Then followed longer debates, plans, ideas, which led us to a meeting with the author of the book, Dan Doboș, who liked the project idea and allowed us to use the subject of the novel as the theme of our comic magazine.
We want to make a 100% Romanian comic magazine and play a part in bringing this phenomenon back to life in our country. The comic magazine “Abația” will have 30 color pages and will be issued every two months.
We set out to bring SF readers closer to comics and comic readers closer to the SF realm.
We currently have the script ready for the first issue, we are working on the script for the second issue 2, we have more than half of the pages drawn and we are about to color these pages and prepare for print.
The money from donations will be used for:
We need your help for the comic magazine to be printed and reach as many people as possible. We are inviting you to support a 100% Romanian project, on which we are working with passion! You can also tell your friends about our project, if you like.
We will finish drawing and coloring the last pages of the first issue and then, with your help, we will go to print.
This is a project initiated by two engineers who are passionate about SF literature and comics :). A graphic designer joined in (it’s all he dreams about and the only thing he paints), a script writer (he always has the magic words at hand), and a colorist (colors are under his command).
One fine body…