Graphic novel inspiration

I’ve been asked to spread the word on a very interesting project.

This is a project made by James Mascia, a High School English teacher with affinity to comics and novels. He is using his creativity to step up and be more than just a teacher.

Inspiration comes from a short story “The Most Dangerous Game” also published as “The Hounds of Zaroff” by Richard Connell. For those who are not familiar with the story or the author, this title is often required reading in middle schools, and has been since adapted into movies and extended versions. The story was first published in Collier’s magazine in 1924. and is considered one of the greatest short stories ever written.

James Mascia has decided to create a graphic novel adaptation of “The Most Dangerous Game” and offers a chance for all who are interested to participate by funding the project on Kickstarter.

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While the short story is a basis for the graphic novel there will be a twist to the tale. In Mascia’s sci-fi adventure story, the main character, Rainsford, crashes on a planet that is overseen by aliens who have a hunger for prey of the human variety.

“The graphic-novel will be told in the style of a sci-fi thriller, in which the characters are pitted against each other in a fight for survival. It is my hope that by creating this, it will interest young people in some of classic tales.”


The Kickstarter campaign’s initial goal of $2,500 is currently active and runs through Sep 5, 2014. There are many cool rewards for those who participate. Aside from personal pleasure of supporting creativity and being a part of a project that helps promote reading to the young minds, there is a chance for you to get some collectible goodies, have yourself or someone else as a character in a graphic novel or even get acknowledged as a producer!

Go and be a part of it!

As someone who loves stories, old and new, this is an excellent opportunity to dig out some of the many amazing authors and their work and make them shine in new light.

Who knows, maybe we even begin a new renaissance by making the some of the 20th century stories come to life. There are many of these gems out there and I hope there will be more projects like this one!