Written by James Curcio
Illustrated by James Curcio, P. Emerson Williams, Alexey & Olga Andreev, and Amun DiSalvatron.
Tales From When I Had A Face is an existential fairy-tale told for those of us who still remember the uncertainty of a world steeped in the occult logic of dreams, exploring the sense of perpetual loss of self and community that seem so endemic in modern life; the repression and dissociation of trauma, and how that can catalyze the nightmares we’ve recorded in history books. It aims at the liminal spaces, between the light of remembrance and dark of forgetting; ultimately asking us what we gain when we choose tradition, or when we choose progress. All paths have repercussions.
On Ayta’s seventh birthday, there came a knock on the door, and there stood her Gran. Once a thing of myth, descended from legends, now just a stooped old woman. Through her Gran’s fantastic stories, Ayta’s lonely life as an immigrant growing up in a world she didn’t belong, transformed through the Second World of Alterran. In this land of the distant future, tribes guided by symbol, prophecy, and portent face their own impossible decision, between the Chernayan Empire in the North, and the apocalyptic threat of New Babylon rising in the South.
Seven years later, her Gran would be dead, and Ayta must then come to terms with her legacy: bearing ancestral myth in a world that has no need for what it sees as childish things.
This seven year long art-ritual will be completed in the form of a book with over 100 full page, full-color illustrations done in 4 styles, alongside approximately 220 pages of story. These 4 styles correspond to the 4 sections of the book, and the system of witchcraft passed from grandmother to granddaughter.
In 2020 we will be crowdfunding to finish production with an early, limited edition version which we will pitch publishers, in hope of a subsequent, final release. This early edition will not be available for sale online or through retailers. In the meantime you can support us through the writer’s patreon, the blog, and stay tuned to the mail-list for announcements.