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Steven Sanders creates world from ground up in ‘Symbiosis’

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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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