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Reigate author claims "world first" with debut graphic novel
10:40am Thursday 28th November 2013 in Local News
A Reigate man, who works for a company designing scientific instruments, is believed to have chalked up a world first with the penning of his debut graphic novel.
For Vincent Kamp's children's science fiction tale, Robotslayer, is being simultaneously released as a physical graphic novel and as an animated hand-drawn comic book app, soon to be downloadable from the Apple App Store.
The novel has been accepted for stocking by the Dorking branch of high street chain Waterstones, and a number of prominent independent comic book stores.
Father-of-two Vincent, by day the co-owner of a company in Tadworth that designs and manufactures scientific instruments, including products used for stem cell research, has also created life-size robots from his story, to greet shoppers with.
He said: “I’ve created a couple of giant robots from the story in real-life in my “Robot Lab/garden shed,” including one that stands 8ft tall, so local shoppers might be seeing more of them in the coming months!”
Vincent said: “What began as a story I told my children has evolved into something I’m proud to be able to share with others, in the hope it may inspire children, as well as prove a fun read for adults too.
“I’m a big comic fan myself, and as such, I really can’t wait to see it on sale on the App Store and at some of the coolest comic shops in the country, including Orbital Comics in London.”
Robotslayer tells of a hero's journey and of overcoming adversity and stepping up to do what is right, even when it may seem impossible.
In the story, humans and robots live in harmony with life in Robotolis perfect until revenge-bent evil genius Dr Ludwig Grububble builds a personal army, enslaving the minds of the robot citizens. When his brother is captured, the boy hero must overcome his fears and save Robotolis, and, with his grandfather’s help, become the Robotslayer.
Robotslayer’s young hero, Leo, is named after Vincent's elder son, while the character's brother, Benny, is named after his younger son.
Vincent had the idea to develop Robotslayer as a book and interactive app in late 2009. It took him more than three years to illustrate and develop it from his initial sketches, getting up each day at 4am to work on creating a story that both children and adults would enjoy, before starting his day job.
After watching how engrossed in apps his children would become, Vincent thought about the next generation of comic fans and how they might enjoy the medium. Recognising the opportunity digital publishing offers to create an experience that complements a story, he teamed up with interactive design agency hoverstud.io to create a fully immersive cinematic experience, with interactive animations, sound effects and a specially-composed film-like musical score.
The form Robotslayer is available in is helping take the future of comic book storytelling in a new direction, with the fully interactive hand-drawn comic book app version of the story.
For more details about Robotslayer, including prices and where to buy it, visit the website: www.Robotslayer.com. Robotslayer can be found on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/TheRobotslayer and can be followed on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/TheRobotslayer
Robotslayer is available online from Amazon at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Robotslayer-Vincent-Kamp/dp/0992705002