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How would you feel if there was a way for you to reconnect with your departed loved ones? I’m not talking Ouija boards, seances or spirit mediums; I’m talking connecting with them as you would with people around the world online. Sounds great, doesn’t it? But how do you think those loved ones would feel? That’s the question in the upcoming graphic novel Elysium Online, and it’s up to you to get it off the ground so you can find out the real story.
Described by creator Ilias Kyriazis as a graphic novel about what happens when a “revolutionary social network that lets you interact with your dead loved ones” goes wrong, Elysium Online is a hauntingly promising idea for a comic that looks beautiful, touching and just a wee bit creepy all at once. Elysium is the name of that social network, and when it’s launched in October 2021, people worldwide flock to it hoping to reconnect with their loved ones long thought dead. What they don’t know is that there loved ones are indeed waiting for them in Elysium, but they hate the living and are plotting to wipe them out of existence.
Kyriazis says he’s already halfway through completing the 96-page graphic novel, and if he reaches his $7,500 goal by Dec. 5 he will use the money to pay for printing costs, shipping and artists’ fees. Based in Greece, Kyriazis is using the Kickstarter alternative site Indiegogo to raise funds for Elysium Online. And Kyriazis isn’t an unknown; he broke into American comics with a Zuda submission, and has since done a slew of work for Dark Horse, IDW, Zenescope and Dynamite. Pro comic creators like Michael Allred, Mike Carey, Christos Gage and Scott Lobdell have all lined up to sing his praises about Elysium Online as well.
Here’s a sample of pages from Elysium Online:
And here is the trailer: