Oklahoma artist aims to illustrate Heinlein story

‘Citizen of the Galaxy' seeks funding on Kickstarter
by Matthew Price Modified: March 21, 2013 at 4:26 pm •  Published: March 22, 2013
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An award-winning Oklahoma artist is set to draw a project by a science fiction master.

Steve Erwin, artist of DC Comics, including “Deathstroke the Terminator,” is attached to the project “Citizen of the Galaxy,” which would be a graphic novel adaptation of the Robert Heinlein book. A Kickstarter campaign is currently under way for the graphic novel.

Erwin, who was born in Tulsa, was inducted into the Oklahoma Cartoonist Hall of Fame in 2007.

The project seeks to raise $26,400 via Kickstarter. “Citizen of the Galaxy,” the story to be adapted, was one of Heinlein's last stories he wrote for teens. The story originally appeared in 1957 as a four-part series in Astounding Science Fiction magazine. Eric Gignac is spearheading the project.

The story is about a young boy named Thorby who was captured at an early age, Gignac said in an email interview. The story follows Thorby as a slave on the planet Jubbal who becomes a free trader aboard a starship, then a soldier in the galactic guard before making his way home to Earth.

Gignac met with Erwin at the recent Dallas All-Con Science Fiction Convention, where they discussed the project.

“During All-Con my son, age 13, and I had dinner with Steve and his son, also 13, and we discussed in great detail the entire story of ‘COTG,'” Gignac said. “Everything from the setting of the planet ‘Jubbal' to the look and dress of the ‘Free Traders' and we even discussed which eye the beggar Baslim was missing.”


by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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