Artist and writer Stephen White, also known as Stref’, has announced a crowd funding initiative to get his latest project, a full colour 96 page graphic novel of JM Barrie’s Peter Pan, off the ground.
“To me, Peter Pan is the greatest story in the world, and one I have been hooked on (no pun intended!) since I was a small boy,” says Stephen. “I intend the adaptation to be as faithful as possible to the original vision of the author, which is darker in tone than the Disney version that the majority of the world is familiar with. It will also contain scenes from the book that were not included in Disney’s version! Adapting this book is my greatest ambition, and something I have been working towards for many, many years. This character is loved by people all over the world, and I understand the responsibility I would have to do this book properly.”
Stephen White has been a producing work professionally for over 25 years, including 7 years on The Dandy and The Beano. He has also created the graphic anthology Milk+, originally published in hardback by Insomnia and now available as a softcover, Raising Amy, a collection of newspaper style cartoon strip published by Markosia. Peter Pan is the next project that he plans to work on.
JM Barrie left all the rights for Peter Pan to London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children (GOSH) and, having already approached GOSH, Stephen intends the hospital to benefit from a percentage of sales of the book. Stephen says, “I intend a classic visual style for the book, that will make it timeless. The adapted script is already written and has been read by several other professionals, including Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, and former editor of The Dandy, Morris Heggie, who has over forty years’ experience. I have many professional colleagues at hand for expert advice and support with all aspects of, and through all stages of, this project.”
Stephen is looking to raise $32000 via Indiegogo crowd funding to fund the creation of the book over the course of one year and is offering a variety of incentives for backers from signed art prints and signed books via original artwork from the book up to opportunities for “walk-on” parts in the artwork as pirates or lost boys and even one “speaking” part.
There are more details of Stephen White’s plans for his Peter Pan graphic novel on the Indiegogo website and on the project’s Facebook page including a selection of character designs, concept art and dummy covers.
Stephen White organises Reekie Roundup, the Edinburgh comic creators group. Meetings take place on the last Thursday of each month in Mathers Bar in Edinburgh’s Broughton Street. There are more details about Reekie Roundup and the date and time of the next meeting on the group’s Facebook page.