HI everyone. I have an idea and am looking for one or two artists and / or writers who would be interested in helping out. (I would also like to hear what people think of the idea) Here goes:
Mission: Provide Young Adults with an entertaining anime adventure with Characters they can actually identify with and look up to while causing them to explore and understand the ideas of the Christian faith in a way that goes will beyond the often presented concepts of morality and right living (ie learning actual theology).
Setting: A Gritty Dystopian Future city run similar to the Roman empire (monarch, class system, slavery, brutal "justice"). High technology (think blade runner, 5th element with no aliens or mutants). Set inside a massive city with a culture where Christians are highly oppressed by the Government. Scripture has been lost but pieces can be found in small data crystals. There is almost no underground church. The story will start in a metropolis with different districts (rich, poor, industrial). People will not normally leave the City as the outskirts are and industrial waste land with Robots and outlaws running amock (fun setting for our characters to adventure in).
The idea would be to show characters struggling with the basic ideas of the christian faith with a backdrop of high drama and action from lots of external sources (ideas: running from the cops, watching their leader go on trial for being a christian, questing through abandoned evil automated robot factories to find lost bits of scripture, hacking databases to find out where stuff can be found). It would be powerful to see characters arguing about what scripture says and living out concepts like what is more important, faith in God or Good works done in God's name while dealing with oppressive governments and crazed rouge robots.
Spiritual World: The spiritual world will not be unlike that experienced by the average believer today. The characters will recognize the holy spirit at work but will not experience a lot (if any) miracles. The Devil will not be a character in the story (although his existence will not be denied and perhaps discussed.) Likewise, The Holy Spirit and God will be active in their lives helping them understand scripture and preparing them to submit and follow God but will not be a "Character." The Characters will experience the peace and power of living with the Holy Sprint as any of us who currently have a relationship with God do today (flaws, frustrations, doubts and imperfections included).
Level of Realism: I am really only interested in doing a project that shows realistic people (not shiny perfect Christians who learn a perfect moral). I would want to let the reader explore Christian ideas as the characters delve into what we as Christians really believe and why (showing a wide range of Christian beliefs and highlighting the areas of agreement between denominations not our divisions). The mission would be to entertain and educate (not really trying to pursued people to be Christians although the truth of scripture might just do that).
Bringing the Project to Market: I would want to start out with a small set of drawings that we would use to run a kick-starter campaign (i.e. we get paid in advance for our work but will be bound to actually finish in a reasonable amount of time).
About Me: I am not an artist, I am a 34 year old graduate level theology student and full time director of program management for a government IT firm. I will be able to contribute story ideas, theological knowledge, access to theology experts, business/ finance experience, some financing for initial marketing. I have experience with lots of tools (image editing, basic web design, desktop publishing, etc).
Who I am Looking For: A small team who is interested in partnering to take an equal role in coming up with characters, a story-line, and working on the art (I cant do the art). I have ideas but no firm vision and am 100% ready to collaborate to come up with a great story.