Uncle Silas: Genetis

Posted by on November 11th, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Way back in 2005, Australian artist David Follett submitted an idea to the Dark Horse Comics New Recruits program. Now, the results of his hard work are available as an all-ages graphic novel, Uncle Silas: Genetis.

“I won the gig from Dark Horse’s New Recruits program in 2005, and finished the book in 2010,” creator Follett explains. “Originally conceived as an interactive ‘choose your own adventure’ style Sunday newspaper comic strip where kids could vote to see what happens next, it developed into an all-out sci-fi adventure strip, which to this day has never been serialised in a Sunday newspaper(!).”

Uncle Silas: Genetis

Silas Mortimer Mulch is an ecological supergenius, with a laboratory greenhouse holding the keys to countless scientific breakthroughs. But when his niece and nephew, Selena and Tommy, come to visit Silas and find him missing, his organic computer SOFIA tells them that he is lost within the ever-expanding and constantly changing greenhouse. Donning high-tech greenhouse suits, Selena and Tommy must go in after Silas, and are soon confronted with astonishing nanotechnology, fungi that act as hard drives of information about the greenhouse, and plants that can create duplicates of people they encounter.

Follett’s lush, inviting artwork and lively colours suit the premise perfectly and at 72 pages, it’s a chunky, action-packed GN for readers of all ages.

It’s available now.

A visit to the Uncle Silas blog is worthwhile as well, as Follett has comic packages available for sale and lots of interesting posts about the Uncle Silas project and other comic-related items.

David Follett’s Uncle Silas blog:

Uncle Silas at Dark Horse.

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