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Carbon: A Graphic Novel

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Pages: 120
Trim: 7 x 10
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 978-0-9857493-3-0

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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? A civilization cursed and banished underground for breaking their own commandment to live in balance with the Earth. When an evil coal baron discovers that the "sacred" carbon buried in the Appalachian Mountains can burn forever, he will sacrifice the land and the people to extract the full deposit. However when he awakens and releases a hell the surface world cannot imagine, the only thing that stands in the way of this ecological disaster, is a disgraced ex-pro baseball pitcher and a community of courageous coal miners.


Danny Boyd’s Carbon combines three distinct genres- Lovecraftian gorefest, religious picture book and political 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

“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

"…explores humanity's exploitative relationship with nature that is heartfelt, intimate, and totally outrageous !" - Scott Marcano, screenwriter of Bio-Dome and Sanitarium.

“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”

“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