About THE SOLAR GRIDSet nearly 1000 years after a global flood, THE SOLAR GRID tells of an Earth basked in eternal daylight, made possible by a vast network of satellites that orbit the globe, transforming it into a solar-powered factory for Mars. But two orphans, Mehret and Kameen, who rummage through the wastelands of Earth in search of lucritive artificats, come upon an item that will alter the course of history forever.
THE SOLAR GRID, described by Warren Ellis as “big, complex, eccentric,” is a work of Concept Pop by artist/author Ganzeer. Industrialism, enviornmentalism, and race-relations are at the heart of THE SOLAR GRID, along with themes of speculative archeology, space-travel, and Afrofuturism.
After serializing the first 3 chapters online over the course of 2016, a Kickstarter campaign was launched to help fund producing the remainder of the book and publish it in hardcover format. Having met the crowdfunding target, THE SOLAR GRID is now geared for publication in its entirety by June 2019. This will be self-published, followed shortly by a Korean edition from Huud Books out of Seoul, South Korea.
In the meantime, however, THE SOLAR GRID will continue to be serialized in PDF format right here at thesolargrid.net.
“Already it's claimed the title of my favorite comic series of 2016 and one of my favorite science fiction comics of all time.”
– PATRICK LAROSE, COMIC BASTARDS
“[THE SOLAR GRID] is an intoxicating, ambitious read, and each installment brings new angles and exciting concepts to the story.”
– MARK ALLEN, FLICKERING MYTH
“A dire environmental warning.”
– FOREIGN POLICY
About GANZEERGANZEER is an Egyptian multidisciplinary maker of things he refers to as Concept Pop, a kind of cultural insurgency that can be seen in his wide-ranging artistic output, be it in installations, prints, traditional paintings, videos, objects, guerrilla actions in public spaces, and even comix. He has written for a number of publications such as Das Magazin, The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, and Creative Time Reports. He has lived across three continents and his work has been exhibited across five. Art in America Magazine has referred to Ganzeer’s work as “New Realism,” and the Huffington Post ranked him among “25 Street Artists from Around the World who are Shaking Up Public Art”, while Sci-Fi Addicts placed him on a list of “5 Comic Book Writers Who Could Continue Alan Moore’s Legacy.” In 2014, Carlo McCormick referred to Ganzeer as a “chameleon [who] adapts his visuals to the content” in a major New York Times profile penned by Barbara Pollack. Much of Ganzeer’s artwork is in a number of institutional collections such as the University of California (Irvine), RISD Museum, Barjeel Art Foundation, Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesly College, Bryn Mawr College, University of Connecticut, and the New York Public Library.
Every week, he fires up a newsletter called Restricted Frequency, which tackles art, sociopolitical commentary, and the creative act.