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What if there really was a Garden of Eden? A place with a history before the first people we know of, and a God before the one we now recognize? A civilization cursed and banished underground for breaking their own commandment – to live in balance with the Earth. When an evil coal operator discovers that the “sacred” carbon can burn forever, he will sacrifice the land and the people to extract the full deposit. After 30 years of failed attempts, covered up as fatal mining accidents, the coal baron has finally found a way to extract his riches. But in his final attempt he awakens and releases a hell the surface world cannot imagine. And the only thing that stands in the way of the end of the world as we know it, is a disgraced, ex-pro baseball pitcher and a community of courageous coal miners.
CARBON is a new take on Man, Earth, and the God we know. Or think we know. Fantasy? Maybe, maybe not. For certain, CARBON returns to life 2014!
Reflecting recent man-made human and environmental disasters, CARBON is sensationalism with “message.” Entertainment with “purpose.”
“Danny Boyd’s Carbon combines three distinct genres- Lovecraftian gorefest, religious picture book and politicall allegory- to tell the story of our slow and conscious self-poisoning.”
– John Sayles, from his introduction
“This graphic novel’s tale is a self-contained piece of world-building, loaded generously with imaginative flair and yet still grounded in reality like the wise Aesop born anew.”
- Richard Caldwell, Heavy Metal Magazine
“With CARBON Boyd marries sci-fi monster flick ideas with Appalachian tragedy, showing us imaginative allegory and authentic profundity do not have to be mutually exclusive.”
- Chris Oxley, “Elston Gunn” of Ain’t It Cool News
“CARBON reads like an H.P. Lovecraft-influenced Robert E. Howard yarn updated for the age of mountain top removal and hydrofracking. There is a message here, and Boyd and Guedes deliver it with a mother lode of action and horror.”
- Bob Calhoun, author of “Shattering Conventions: Commerce, Cosplay and Conflict on the Expo Floor”
“In a world overrun with second rate, copy-cat comic books, “Carbon” is a truly unique graphic novel experience. Where a lot of comic books try to be “cool” these days – “Carbon” is actually very cool! It’s a graphic novel that explores humanity’s exploitative relationship with nature that is heartfelt, intimate, and totally outrageous.
- Scott Marcano, graphic novelist, screenwriter of Bio-Dome and Sanitarium
“Faith can be a cruel mistress. Faith in our community, our employers, our churches and our leaders. Faith in ourselves especially. And while in these uncertain times having faith in others can be difficult, the talent displayed by the creative team here in a tale of very topical concerns is beyond any shadow of doubt. CARBON is explicitly for those who want to believe.”
- Dave Elliott, Co-Founder/Co-Owner of ATOMEKA Press
“Carbon is outstanding. A great fantasy adventure wrapped in a tale of greed and corruption gone haywire. Highly recommended.”
- Adam Hamdy, Writer/Filmmaker, The Hunter, Pulp
“Filmmakers, scholars, poets, authors, photographers, musicians and visual artists have used their skills to explore what mountaintop removal coal mining does to mountain communities and our life support system (water, land, air). Boyd’s pulse-quickening Carbon is the first creative work in the graphic novel medium to tackle this subject and it will inspire an entirely new audience to join the movement to end mountaintop removal.”
- Vivian Stockman, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
“This gorgeously illustrated, testosterone-torqued ride does nothing less than chronicle the history of time from Genesis to Revelation. Boyd exposes the symbiotic relationship between humans and the coal that may keep furnaces burning, create jobs, and fill corporate coffers, but it could ultimately cost us not only the Garden, but our very souls.”
- Marie Manilla, author of “Shrapnel” and “The Patron Saint of Ugly”
“CARBON is a great sci-fi adventure, with some serious political and economic themes running just below its surface. Boyd has crafted a story that manages to entertain and make you think without being too didactic or preachy and he still leaves you wanting more.”
-Rudy Panucci, PopCult
“With spectacular allegorical style and expressive artwork, Mr. Boyd’s graphic novel shows the struggle of live carbon (man) to deal with fossil carbon and the impacts to our earth. The graphic novel “Carbon” shows the need to transition from carbon based electricity to clean power. We hope that our political leaders heed the warnings and implement policies that lead to a cleaner, healthier world.”
- Bill Price, Sierra Club Environmental Justice Program.
‘”Carbon’ is a colorful, fast-paced thriller that draws on an iconic Appalachian theme — courageous coal miners who fight forces of evil underground. The book is a great read, and I look forward to the sequel!”
- Tom Rodd, Project Director, Friends of Blackwater
“Edi Guedes’ artwork brings Carbon and all of its monsters to life. His depiction of the Sheves is the stuff from nightmares…. Carbon is a comic book with a message. It shows a fictional consequence of coal mining in an effort to bring to light the true dangers to the environment and the people involved while the rich people continue to make more and more money off of it.”
- James Ferguson, Horror Talk
“Danny Boyd’s CARBON is both horrifying and thoughtful, and is especially poignant for those with family or friends in the mining industry.”
- Mark Justice, author of “The Dead Sheriff” and “Looking At The World With Broken Glass In My Eye,” and host of Pod of Horror
“… he has fashioned a spell-binding horror tale, a perfect vehicle for delivering the goods on what often seems to those who live here a tale of injustice too far-fetched to believe. But you will believe CARBON. Boyd is compelling truth-teller – the blood and gore bear witness.”
- Marc Harshman, Poet Laureate of West Virginia
” Without preaching, Boyd’s message seems clear: We the people endured the clear cutting of our timber; sacrificed long term benefits for coal’s short term jobs— jobs responsible for contaminating water, soil, air, and often wrecking the health of the employees. Jobs offered by irresponsible employers willing to ignore slurry dams and pollution. Boyd is saying it loud and clear. This book is fire in the hole!”
- Phyllis Wilson Moore, West Virginia Literary Historian
“… it is a masterpiece of action and adventure. This graphic novel provides unique perspectives on all things; beginning at the true beginning: creation. Compelling, genuine characters are relatable and unattainable. This cast includes a bad-ass baseball player; the gruff, grizzled, yet essentially kind mine workers, my personal favorite: the River Rat (aka as White Water River Guide), and The Man (He Who Gets Rich From The Fruit of Their Labors). His greed endangers the lives of his producers, yet he has no qualms. He underestimates the miners. Love, family, friendship and community create a strong, unbreakable bond, thus turning apparently ordinary folks into true, awe-inspiring heroes.
My fellow readers, if you seek something absolutely unlike anything you’ve read, this is it.”
- JV Poore, Goodreads
” Like a carefully constructed film, Carbon’s dialogue is secondary to, and in service of, image, but the characters are well defined and succeed in illuminating various aspects of the central theme. And, most importantly, Boyd honors the coal miners. Kudos to Daniel Boyd for giving them a Voice, and creating a wonderfully entertaining and fantastical journey in the process. Perhaps, like I am now compelled to do through this review, others who have been silent will now begin to speak.”
- Joey Madia, New Mystics Reviews
” Boyd wrote the book to make a point — in dramatic, apocalyptic and cinematic fashion — about the real villains in the Environment vs. Economy battle. … He (Boyd) is a native of West Virginia — you can hear it in his accent — and he loves the area and its people. But he sees the wool being pulled over their eyes by energy companies that are vilifying the government for its so-called “war on coal. Instead of adhering to Earth-friendly practices, he sees the coal companies as cloaking themselves in populist rhetoric, and deceptively switching the feud to one between the federal government and West Virginia residents who rely on coal for their livelihood.”
- Guy D’Astolfo, The Vindicator (Youngstown, OH)
BIG Love to FRIENDS OF CARBON Partners:
Bob and Susan Maslowski, Brendan Deininger, Guy Nelson, Curtis Baskerville, Jeff and Joyce Berryman, Lorre & Steve Wilson, Adam Castleman, Chris Rodrigues, Bill Richardson, The Angry Filmmaker Kelley Baker, Judy Poore, Mark Martin, Rick Kelly, John McIntyre, Barbara Leonard, Marina Hendricks, Sherry Skidmore, Rory-Owen Delaney, Laurie Keyser, Kim Hundley, Leslie Bragg, Steve Goff and Beth Allen-Goff, Susan Hayden, Tim McClung, Angela Neal, Lisa Bragg, Pat Kelley, Jan Bezouska, Tim Flint, Betsy Allen, CR Hays, Chip Hitchcock, Frank Larnerd.
With Production/Promotional help from:
Chuck Beil, Charlie Cooper, Lisa Bragg and Steve Gilliland.