horizon Book One - The Falling pocket edition
Created, written and drawn by Andrew Wildman Editorial assistance by Jason Cobley This edition published in Great Britain by Paper Theatre www.papertheatre.co.uk HORIZON - The Falling copyright ÂŠ 2013 Andrew Wildman For further information about HORIZON visit www.horizongraphicnovel.com Special thanks to Jo Davis, All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without permission from the creator. Small extracts of this work may be used for publicity or review purposes. This book is a work of fiction. Any resemblances to situations or persons living or dead is purely coincidental. Printed in the UK
introduction So let’s cut to the chase. You want to know how HORIZON came about, yes? Fifteen years ago I reached a turning point in my life. A point that began my search for some ‘answers’. The questions? Pretty common ones really such as: Who am I? Why is life like this? And more importantly... what on Earth can I do to make it better? Big questions. Through some guidance of a very dear friend of mine I started looking at various avenues of personal development, counselling and philosophy. Some interesting, some amazing, some a bit, well, ‘fluffy’. But some offered huge insight into the nature of being human and the kind of internal conversations that give us our view of life. During one of those explorations, I came up with the idea of a book. An illustrated book that would take what I had learned of myself and life and put it into a narrative that would resonate with others. A story that would contain elements that are common to us all and could even contain some answers. That book is not this book but it was the beginning of an idea. I toyed with this concept for a few years and then left it on the shelf. In 2005, after completing a personal development course in London, I made a commitment. I would take all I had learned and do it as a graphic novel. An idea was born and it was called... ‘The Uninvited Guest’. In part it was based on the work of a favourite band of mine. I had the idea but, not being a writer, I needed to find someone to script it for me. My long time creative colleague, Simon Furman was up for the challenge so we fleshed out the idea. I even approached said band and they were interested in doing it as a joint venture. After working on it for a while, Simon decided to move on to other projects so I spoke to another writer friend, Jason Cobley, who was also a fan of said band, and he started to really get his teeth into it. After much negotiation, the deal with the band fell apart. Nobody’s fault, just that in the final analysis it wasn’t a good creative fit. I then started conversations with another band - a very high profile one, the front man of which was very interested. The book was retitled ‘Driftwood’. All was going well and then... that band finally decided not to pursue it. Ok, so at this point there is something to get. When there is a ‘fire in your belly’ you don’t give up. When you have made a commitment to something, you adapt, and change, and keep going. I changed the book idea slightly and it became known as ‘Meta-Light’ and it felt (almost) right. It felt like a better representation of what it was I was trying to say. We fleshed it out and presented it to a publisher who liked it but wanted to see more. But something was still not quite hitting the spot. Jason then suggested that I write it myself as it was clear to him that it needed my ‘singular voice’. Another barrier. I am not a writer. I am an artist. What now? Life is the connections we make. A conversation in a London pub with renowned children’s book writer/artist, Sarah McIntyre created a big breakthrough for me. She said, ”You know how to tell a story. You do it in pictures all the time. These are your characters, just put the words into their mouths”. Obvious, isn’t it? So I began. And it felt like one of the most natural creative processes I had ever been through. Some of the plot points of the book were changed along with the names of the main players but the original intention of the story was retained. I thumbnailed the first section of the book (while on a break to Holland to see the band who were originally going to be involved) and, when I started to draw the pages up full size, an amazing thing happened. Our protagonist, Alisanne (Ali) actually led the way. There were points in the thumbnails where I had her turn one way and yet when it came to it she wanted to go the other. Crazy, right? But that is how it went. What this demonstrated clearly to me is that our intuition is an incredibly powerful force. We may sometimes ‘think’ that we should do something, but if we trust our intuition we are rarely wrong. Many times I thought I should give up on the idea of the book but my intuition kept pulling me forward. And here we are. You hold it in your hand. Fifteen years in the making. Not all of it, mind. This first volume takes you to the point at which Ali has had a sense of what may be possible for her but as yet does not have the ability to do anything about it. A bit like me fifteen years ago, I guess. But, all being well, and with a following wind, you won’t have to wait fifteen years for part two ;-) Love and rabbits, Andrew Wildman.
horizon book one - the falling
For my Dad.
He influenced me more than he will ever know.
it feels like it’s never been right. Like something doesn't quite fit, or more like...
I don't fit.
and how does that make you feel?
sad, lonely, angry. Y’know, that kind of thing.
But then something happened.
Well. I started to have these dreams. About me, and other people. well, not people. Kinda weird stuff, y’know. Like a journey, with... weird stuff happening.
“I want you to think back. Put yourself back into the moment, Back into the dream and tell me...”
“... How it all started”
don’t forget your appointment
and don’t slam the door!
ner ner ner. annoying. annoying!
That dark feeling in the stomach again. Dark tension, and knots. It’s hard to swallow. This time the same as last time.
Itâ€™s hard to swallow.
I hate Mondays.
I hate Mondays.
This time, same as last time. Donâ€™t do anything, it will only make it worse.
had enough of this, Moon. Canâ€™t take it any more. Why do they do it? Do they think it doesn't hurt?
do they think that doing the same thing over and over again is going to change anything?
Mum seems to think that that woman will help. but She's the crazy one. Not me.
it's not me that keeps picking on everyone.
Dad would have sorted it out. Dad would have been down the school and done something. He always spoke so much sense, like he could read peopleâ€™s minds.
Get into their world.
holy crap. They wanna try being in mine.
Not mum though. mum thinks I should accept them as they are.
...not quite right ...a mess
...looking for a way out
...to close to the edge
...at the bottom
...looking for a way out
...no way up
...lots of possibilities
...out of reach
A preview of HORIZON. A transformational graphic novel by Andrew Wildman.