Announced in mid-2012, “The Joyners in 3D” reunites the “Syndrome” creative team of R.J. Ryan and David Marquez for a new series from Archaia Entertainment. The series, a futuristic story about an inventor whose personal life is crumbling even as his professional career is blooming, utilizes traditional anaglyph 3D in a manner designed to enhance the story. Each issue of the series will come with a set of red and blue lensed glasses in order to assure the reader experiences the comic in the manner its creators intend.
“One thing R.J. Ryan and I talked about a lot during the development of the book is that we haven’t seen a lot of well-done, well thought out, in-depth story in 3D,” Marquez told CBR at last summer’s Comic-Con International. “A lot of times it’s been used for the flash and bang. You can see this in the way 3D is used in other media, movies being the most obvious. Most people have used it as a way to produce eye candy for an otherwise fairly empty story. That isn’t to say that every single 3D story is bad, but we can’t think of a time we’ve seen a really in-depth, for lack of a better term, 3D character study. First and foremost, we’re trying to tell a really good story — 3D is one more storytelling tool in our toolbox. Part of that is that we’re trying to take a really rounded look at the characters themselves. They’re very, very subtle, very complex characters. At a very basic level, that’s the storytelling motivation. It’s trying to use 3D as a storytelling tool in order to give as deep of a look into the characters as possible.”
As Archaia, Ryan and Marquez prepare for “The Joyners in 3D” to debut in stores, CBR presents the exclusive debut of director Will Jobe’s trailer for the graphic novel.
“This trailer is really a mood piece to set the tone for our readers of the world and characters that Josh [R.J.] Ryan and Dave Marquez are building,” editor Stephen Chriisty said. “‘The Joyners in 3D’ is a post-modern pop tragedy… and a look at a family that will destroy themselves from the inside no matter how wealthy or successful they are. This trailer really gets you into the mind of George Joyner, the family patriarch of The Joyners and also our story’s Icarus. His professional brilliance and his love for his children can’t hide the fact that he’s a very, very damaged person. I need to give a strong shout-out to director Will Jobe for capturing the mood and tone of our book perfectly.
“You can’t imagine how much fun it is to be working on a technically groundbreaking book with an unhappy ending, or at least an inevitable ending. I’m excited to see readers’ reactions to the brilliant work that Josh and Dave are producing on this book.”
Directed, shot, and edited by Will Jobe
Â Original Music (“The Fighter”) by Nicolas Ruth
Â Exclusive Trailer for the full-length 3D Original Graphic Novel
Â Written by R.J. Ryan (“Syndrome”)
Â Illustrated by David Marquez (“Ultimate Spider-Man,” “All-New X-Men,” “Syndrome”)
Â Designed and lettered by Jon Adams (“McSweeney’s,” “Wired,” “Friendship Town”)
Â Edited by Stephen Christy
In mid-21st century Northern California, prosperous technology executive George Joyner stands on the brink of revolutionizing life in America (again) with his latest high-flying invention. But just as business booms, George’s private life begins to implode, with devastating consequences for his wife Sonya, their children Rochester and Michelle, and Sonya’s ailing father, David.
Brought to life in stunning anaglyph 3-D (two pairs of glasses come enclosed with each book), “The Joyners in 3D” details a story of personal betrayals, industrial intrigue, and sexual desire in uncompromising and visually impeccable terms. “The Joyners in 3D” reunites writer R.J. Ryan and “Ultimate Spider-Man” illustrator David Marquez, collaborators on Archaia’s acclaimed graphic novel “Syndrome,” for which Marquez earned a 2011 Russ Manning Award nomination.