Alterna Comics is proud to announce the upcoming graphic novel Metaphase from new writer Chip Reece and artist Kelly Williams. Metaphase is a story about self discovery and living with Down Syndrome, wrapped in an exciting super-hero shell! Originally announced as part of World Down Syndrome Awareness Day (3/21/13) as a way to help raise awareness, this project stems from personal experience on Reece’s part. Metaphase will soon have a ten page preview available on Comixology for readers to get a taste of the story.
Jeremy Whitley, three time Glyph award winner and Eisner nominee for his book Princeless, writes, “Reece is writing a story that’s equal parts head and heart, and that’s hard to come by. I can’t wait to see where it goes!”
Alterna’s publisher, Peter Simeti, had this to say, “I’m really honored that Chip wants to partner with Alterna in bringing his book to people across the world. It has a fantastic message and is also just incredibly fun to read. Chip’s writing is witty and poignant and Kelly’s art is in a league of its own – just a perfect team-up!”
What happens when a son’s quest for power leads to the destruction of his father, the world’s strongest superhero? Metaphase is a graphic novel about Ollie, a boy with Down Syndrome who just wants to be “super” too. If it wasn’t hard enough sizing himself up with the most average of human strength, Ollie has grown up with a front row seat to the upper extreme of the physical spectrum! Incredibly, an opportunity may exist that could get him the power he desires.
Powers, Inc. is a company looking for volunteers to test their controversial and experimental chromosome treatment. This process promises to give super powers to anyone who wants them, or so it seems. As with any scheme that sounds too good to be true, there are sinister motives,ones that directly involve destroying the greatest superhero of all time, Ollie’s dad!
In 2010 Chip’s son Oliver was born with Down Syndrome as well as two congenital heart defects. Besides the monumental achievement of surviving three open heart surgeries, this little fella also spent over seven months in the hospital, and had a tracheotomy and feeding tube inserted to improve his chances of survival. Inspired by his son’s strength despite these odds, seeds were planted in this long time comic book fan’s mind to spin a tale that would spotlight just how spectacular individual’s with Down Syndrome are!
Chip has been an active supporter of the comic book community through his work as a writer, interviewer, and admin through the website Stash My Comics. The majority of that support has been through his weekly column, Crowd Funding Flash, a feature that spotlights crowd funding comic book projects using sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. It’s through his work on this front that he met artist Kelly Williams via his talents on the successfully crowd funded graphic novel, The Cabinet. You can find Chip actively promoting other projects on Twitter (@ChipReece).
Kelly is a seasoned veteran in the world of comics. He’s done work for publishers Alterna, Grayhaven, Topshelf, and on the recently successfully Kickstarted book The Cabinet with writer Christian Sager. You can find Kelly on Twitter (@TreeBeerd) or his Facebook fan page here.