“A cover mockup of Justice #I”
“Justice is an exploration of an exotic land (for Americans, anyway) with all too familiar human challenges. The world keeps getting smaller…” – Paul Levitz, American graphic novel writer, publisher, and former president of DC Comics
The campaign aims to help raise funds for the publication of a new graphic novel chronicling a young woman’s courageous journey to reclaim the life she left behind during the relentless conflict of Nepal’s civil war.
Ram Khatri, translator of ‘The Metamorphosis’ in Nepali, has launched a 30-day crowdfunding campaign starting Friday, January 28 on Kickstarter to help raise funds for the publication of his new book Justice: A Civil War Graphic Novel. This project chronicles the events surrounding Nepal’s civil war and focuses on a young woman’s courageous journey to reclaim the life she left behind during this chaotic period. The 120-page graphic novel is divided into three 40-page issues, known as Justice #I, Justice #II, and Justice #III. The current Kickstarter campaign focuses on Justice #I.
The plot follows 17-year-old Tara, whose life is thrown into chaos when Maoist rebels and a hate-blinded local police force make sure nowhere is safe for her and her family. Following the kidnapping of Tara’s older brother by rebel forces, the family’s struggle to find him continues until the end of Justice #III. Tara’s family is forced to flee their home while still fighting for their missing relative. Tara returns to her abandoned home a few years later and is confronted with the trauma and suffering caused by the protracted conflict, known as “The People’s War”, which forever altered the lives of countless families. The story has an open ending that clearly indicates an uncertain future for Tara and the surviving members of her family.
Ram Khatri, the author and project manager of the long-awaited graphic novel, revealed that he specifically chose the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform due to its reputation as a strong supporter of diverse storytelling. “I have been working on this graphic novel to share with the world one of the most unique and underrepresented stories. Kickstarter has a great reputation for supporting diverse storytelling,” said Mr. Khatri, “so this campaign can also be taken as a pre-order campaign if it reaches the funding goal.”
Other people involved in the team are Sandipan Santra, artist and illustrator; Blake Hoena, development editor and graphic novel writer; Rachel Slaiman, copy editor; and Shahab Khan as the novel’s marker pen.
Tara Sigdel, an associate professor at the University of California, describes the work as “a realistic rendering of a window into Nepali history.” According to Professor Sigdel, Justice is “a beautiful story of an ugly war in Nepal”. In the same vein, American graphic novel writer, publisher, and former DC Comics president Paul Levitz describes the work as “an exploration of an exotic land (for Americans, anyway) with all-too-familiar human challenges.”
REQUEST FOR SUPPORT:
For fans of war and conflict related stories, Justice promises to be an exciting and historically illuminating piece of visual literature that will bring a new and different flavor to mainstream audiences. Anyone interested in supporting the project can simply click the link below to access the project’s Kickstarter page at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/justicegraphicnovel/justice-ia-civil-war-graphic-novel . Sponsors are expected to be handsomely rewarded.
Cover images, sample illustrations, and additional graphics for media use can be accessed via this Dropbox link: https://bit.ly/3AmiUb9.
RAM KHATRI (Author, Project Manager):
A translator of Franz Kafka’s ‘The Metamorphosis’ into Nepali, Ram has worked as an editorial director and editorial director for academic and commercial publishers. With degrees in Book Publishing from Pace University, New York, and English Literature from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, he is always fascinated by truly diverse, unrepresented, and moving stories that touch lives.
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