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Steven Sanders creates world from ground up in ‘Symbiosis’


After wowing us with Five Fists of Science, shocking us with Our Love Is Real and winning over the mainstream with Wolverine & The X-Men and S.W.O.R.D., Kansas City comics creator Steven Sanders is going back to square one with a simple idea: Create a whole new world.

Sanders is doing so with his elaborate mixed-media book Symbiosis, now the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. He describes Symbiosis as “exploring a world where all technology is powered by biological engines that are deeply linked to humans,” told through a series of texts and illustrations.

“[Symbiosis] explores a world where there are no mechanical sources of power,” the writer/artist explains on his Kickstarter page. “Instead, humanity has learned to utilize biological engines that harness a ‘bio-ether’ present on the planet. They can control and feel what these bio-engines feel via a ‘Resonance Tooth.’ Consider it 1940s era bio-punk.”

Planned to be more than 100 pages, it will be available both in digital formats as well as a high-end print edition. And when Saunders says “high-end,” he means it. The print edition of Symbiosis will be an 11-inch by 17-inch hardcover monstrosity with a clam-shell box, gold foil, debossed logos, and tipped-in vellum sheets. The artist says this immense production is an “ode to old books” he read as a child and now collects. But no matter which format you buy Symbosis in, it promises a full-on experience that looks part comic book, part RPG and part life.


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