Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Time of Faeries AFTERLIGHT The End of the World by J. Corsentino: Bewitching Tour Stop



 Title: Afterlight: End of the World
Author J. Corsentino
ISBN 978-0-578-08548-7
Size 98 pages
Genre: Full color fantasy art novel
Part 1 Time of the Fairies



Time of the Faeries: Afterlight is a four-part graphic novel series that explore the origins of the Faeries, the evolution of Angels and Vampires from a common Fae ancestor, and their own unique adaptations to the modern world. It follows the alliances and tensions that develop between these three species as they struggle to protect human civilization or shape it to their will. The Afterlight follows several lines of cause and effect, revealing possible versions of the Apocalypse at the hands of all three species.

In the first book, Afterlight, End of the World, we begin at the end with the Angel Apocalypse: a dying Earth, ravaged by war, now hosts only a few scattered pockets of humanity. These last survivors are being hunted to extinction by starving Angels, their energy consumed so that the Angels might live. Below ground, a small band of shape-shifting male faeries called the Phelans struggle to protect the last collection of human life in Los Angeles and a mysterious young girl who may hold the key to their survival. Above ground, as the winged forces amass to complete their genocide, a lone Angel named Halyon struggles to understand what went wrong, and why her race now hunts the very people they were charged to protect. 

Excerpt
The 8 page Prologue is available at http://www.freado.com/read/10047/time-of-the-faeries-afterlight-end-of-the-world in digital book form.

My Review
A Time of Faeries AFTERLIGHT
Book 1: End of the World
By J. Corsentino

5 STARS
 
This is a beautifully illustrated graphic novel.  I personally think the story was weird and very creepy.  I have a difficult time trying to accept the idea of evil angels….then I have the dilemma, are they truly evil?  It certainly seems so – mostly. But this series starts at the end, AND I am so eager for the next installment so I can hopefully find out what happened that brought about this bleak future. 

The bombs have detonated across the world, only a small group of humans remain alive, struggling for existence in Los Angeles 2078.  A few shape-shifting warriors do their best to protect the small human band. The situation truly is dire. With the world mostly depopulated, Angels – those beautiful immortal beings who once protected humanity – now must feed off the diminishing supply of energy, or life force, called Kai, from individual people; because, now, even the immortal Angels face extinction.  There is one Angel who vows to fight the hunger but will her efforts be enough?    

The imagination inherent in the amazing illustrations is just astounding!  I read this book on my computer since I have a regular Kindle only and I wanted to experience the breath-taking beauty of the images in their full, colorful glory.  This book has superlative illustrations on every page.  The beautiful artwork alone will blow you away. This is the first installment in a planned series, and it is not to be missed - it promises to be an expansive new mythology that is sure to set all sorts of creative benchmarks.

Laurie-J


INTERVIEW

What is Time of the Faeries?

Time of the Faeries is an epic re-imagining of the faerie mythology, bringing gritty realityinto fantasy. Currently, it is in the form of several books, and lots and lots of beautiful artwork based on photography and Photoshop.

Time of the Faeries, over the years, has developed into a massive storyline, taking us into a post-apocalyptic future and a not-so-idyllic past.

What is The Afterlight series?

The Afterlight Visual Novel Series combines digital art and narrative to create an epicfour part tale, delving into the evolution of the new mythology.


What made you write Time of the Faeries: Afterlight?

Time of the Faeries grew quickly and spans 10,000 years of the past, present, and the future. As the story matures, I realized that it’s too big to be told in just one art form,one image at a time. Instead, it began to take the form of a novel series grounded in artwork. The Afterlight series is actually only the first series in the entire mythology
already planned and drafted.

Where are the faeries?

The first book, Afterlight: End of the World, begins with the apocalyptic end, with angels hunting the last humans in existence. There are no faeries mentioned outright in the book! I started the story with this bleak future to show what the world would look like without faeries. Once the faeries arrive, then the fun can commence!

Why did you choose to make the angels the bad guys?

Someone had to be the bad guys, and many people will be mad that I chose the angels to be bloodthirsty killers. In the mythology, they represent the dogma of unchanging religion and the narrow mindset of “don’t rock the boat.” 
 The Future of The Afterlight
 
What is The Afterlight?
Time of the Faeries: The Afterlight is a four part urban fantasy graphic novel series that explores the idiological war between the conservative and oppressive Angels and the chaos-minded, freedom-loving Faeries.  The Humans, caught between the two powerful forces, struggle to find their own power and place in the universe.

The End of the World
The first part, entitled End of the World, begins at the ending, with all hope lost and Humans an endangered species.  A few male shapeshifters protect the remaining Humans while harboring a special little girl with no memory of the past.  The Angels amass, ready to complete the genocide.

End of the World ends with many questions.  Who is the little girl?  Why did the Angels turn on humanity?  Can they be stopped?  Most importantly, in a series called Time of the Faeries, where are the Faeries?

What’s next in store for The Afterlight
From such a dramatic beginning, the rest of The Afterlight series should pale, but doesn’t, quickly bringing back the long-awaited Faeries, time traveling, and introducing a shadowy new threat.  The last three parts of The Afterlight is planned for release in early 2012 and 2013.

Currently, author/artist J. Corsentino, star Elizabeth Maxwell, and producer Donny Ha Corsentino are busy producing the photoshoots that will soon become The Afterlight, Last Gleaming.


Praise for Afterlight:

“Love Afterlight! Every image is amazing.” – Rhonda Nolan, Facebook

“Having been a fan of J. Corsentino for several years, I knew the photographs would be visually stunning. What I did not count on was the story being so engrossing. His vision of a dystopian world is unique and engaging.” - Karen Mercer, Amazon.com


“Well, it blew me away how wonderful it turned out to be! Great storyline and plot points and gorgeously re-mastered photographs left a taste of blood for more.” – Wildcat, Amazon.com


“I found myself jumping from the words to the fantastic images, going back and forth through the pages like a hungry wolf wanting more; and yet in the end...I smiled with a certain pleasure you only get when you’re fed the very soul of the pages within. It is an amazing and fantastical journey you will truly enjoy!” - Rhonda R. Napoleon, Beyond Fantasy Magazine

Joseph Corsentino

Artist/Author
                                                                                    
Joseph Corsentino is a storyteller at heart who chooses photography as his medium.  He took his passion for Science Fiction and Fantasy to Los Angeles where he began Time of the Faeries, an epic retelling of the faerie mythology.  His stunning, ethereal, and realistic faeries, angels, and vampires can be seen in private collections and magazines all over the world.  His first book, published by Imaginosis Publishing, is a prologue into the Time of the Faeries universe.  Joseph is currently completing the four-part Afterlight graphic novel series and making appearances at conventions such as Dragon*con.

Some Career Highlights
2007 Time of the Faeries published by Imaginosis Publishing
2007-2011 Artist Guest and Artist Guest of Honor at Faerieworlds Festival
2009-2011 Artist Guest and Artist Guest of Honor at Faeriecon
2008 Artist Guest of Honor at I-Con New York
2008-2009 Artist Guest of Honor at Xanadu Las Vegas
2010 Best Photography Dragon*con Artshow


Links


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