The God Machine

 

Welcome to the dark, yet humorous, world of “The God Machine.” An on-going, full color graphic novel series about a young man’s search for love and sanity~!

Drawn and written by Chandra Free. Published by Archaia [formally known as, Archaia studios Press.]

The first graphic novel in the series came out in November 2010. There are more on the way!

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Synopsis:

Stricken with grief from the death of his girlfriend, Sith, Guy Salvatore struggles day-to-day to make sense of his world. He’s plagued with hallucinations of monsters that torment him with outrageous requests and threaten his life wherever he goes. He’s unsure if these manifestations are real or are being invented by his own sickened mind.TGM Issue 1

A man calling himself Satan holds the answers to Guy’s woes. Satan’s twisted tongue removes the tragedy of Sith’s death, and restores hope with the promise of her being alive. But there’s a catch… It seems that the two Gods that govern all of existence let her be stolen from her world by an unknown force. Now she is floating aimlessly in and out of dimensional planes known as the “Dream Worlds.” Satan implores Guy to take action and call upon his latent power to break through his world’s plane, search out Sith, and take vengeance upon the vile Gods that caused this atrocity.

What’s a “Guy” to do?  Especially when you think you’re going out of your skull, and a suspiciously cliché and creepy man in a graveyard tells you that your dead girlfriend is alive.

Join Guy as he battles his perceptions of reality and starts to discover things that go beyond his world and into another.

An ongoing psychological drama-comedy about life, love, the politics of Gods, and everything you wanted to know about existence, but were afraid to ask!

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What fellow comic creators are saying about The God Machine!

Utterly gorgeous work. Unlike some, Chandra’s painterly art blends with the story instead of overpowering it, which is often harder than it looks. & any story involving Satan & other fables always brings a smirk. Great dark & quirky stuff!

-Ben Templesmith Creator & Writer/Artist; Wormwood: Gentleman Corps

Sometime in the late 1990’s a dream began to seep into our collective reality. Enigmatic, beautiful, darkly alluring, so striking and persistent was this dream that it transcended the realm of mind to take the form of one Chandra Free. Through Chandra’s gift for art and story, this persistent dream is now being written into our conscious minds, and frankly, we’re all the better for it.

-Josh Finney Author, Artist, Twisted Mentat.

Like a twisted Alice in Wonderland, Chandra Free’s THE GOD MACHINE will take you on a surreal trip down the rabbit hole, leaving you wondering what is real and what is fantasy.

-Nick Tapalansky Writer, Awakening

I love it in comics when someone creates something so personal it could not have come from anyone else. It doesn’t take more than a quick glance to see that THE GOD MACHINE is a highly unique book. Every page is just bursting with personality in both writing and art. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Chandra Free has created the most Chandra-esque book of 2009!

-Stephen Emond, Creator of Emo Boy

 

  12 Responses to “The God Machine”

  1. [...] Archaia Comics (nee Archaia Studios Press). Though she was already a skilled artist, her first God Machine comic hadn’t come out yet. Still, she was already quite a draw with her samples, her sketches, and [...]

  2. One of the best comics I have read since the Evil Ernie series. I love the way that it incorporates the whole randomness (and of course cuteness) of a manga but still keeps true to the western comic book style.
    I have only managed to get a hold of the preview within the last two months but I suppose that is what you get living so goddamn far away from the source. Anyway just wanted to say keep up the GREAT work and I hope to see the issues pouring into Australian comic stores soon.

  3. Fiiinally got it here in france after 3 months of postponement… and was worth the waiting. Stunning work, great story delightfuly rich, charming and and and … only hope for more now <3

  4. Just placed my order tonight and I can not wait! Having little mini-seizures of excitement!

  5. I was in Borders when this book caught my eye. The art and style of this book seemed interesting to me so I decided to give it a try. I am glad I did because I really like this book. It’s amazing what you can find when you get a certain feeling from something catching the very corner of your eye. I can barely wait for the next one now.

  6. I absolutely adored your book! A friend of mine introduced it to me, and I was instantly struck by the beauty of your illustrations. I’m studying illustration in school, but your style is so far beyond believable. I cannot wait for the new book to be out :)

  7. I was walking around the comic section of Barnes and Noble the other day and I saw this book on the shelf. The cover caught my eye because the art was so beautiful. As I paged through and saw every page of that art I knew I had to buy it.

    I just finished reading it and I believe that it is at the top of my list, right next to Sandman, as one of the most visually brilliant comics I’ve ever read. I might also say that it is one of the most well written comics I’ve read in several years. The story is intriguing and the characters have so much depth. I can’t wait for the next volume.

  8. I saw THE GOD MACHINE at Comikaze and I was blown away by the artwork!!! I have always loved this style of illongated bodies. One of my ultimate favorite heroes is Tim Burton who completely changed my life forever. I became an artist and am now currently completing my final year as an undergraduate fine art major, and I just want to thank you for reminding me again why it is I do what I do. You have envoked a spark within my heart that I believe will get me through this treacherous final year! I sincerly appreciate what you have done, you may not realize what an impact you have made, but believe me when I say YOU ARE MY HERO! Thank you again, and now my rant shall be at an end!!! ;)
    p.s. get on with printing the next one!!!

  9. I think you are awesome! I can’t wait to get my copy of your book!

  10. Great book with amazing artwork. Love the Tool reference and the spoof of Maynard’s lyrics. Andrew the goth (with blonde hair?!) refusing out of shame to admit he likes them cracked me up! Typical of the people who restrict themselves to one style only – I used to be a metal-head, so I know. By the way, was your title inspired by the now sadly split band The God Machine, by any chance?

    Now on to less pleasant matters: it’s been almost 3 years since the release of TGM vol. 1. When the hell will vol. 2 be out? You said in these very comments that it would be sometime in 2012 but we’re still waiting…

  11. I had just happen to come across The God Machine” in B&N and I can’t tell you how many times I have read it. The art work I love it a mix of Gothic with a little anime and the cameo of evangelion in the school was a fun touch. The story is amazing with a little darkness there a little comedy here and goth everywhere, it keeps reminding me that I miss the 90′s.
    The only thing driving me mad is the wait for Vol.2 with an ending that starts with tripping on fairy dust, talking to a lamp (loved that part) and running into wall that may or may not be a portal. Will Guy make his way through another world full of mystery and vague answers or will he run himself face first into the wall causing me to laugh for two days thinking about.

    Can’t wait but will be patient but for how much longer I do not know.

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