Leonardo Pertuzzatti has what you might call a cosmic imagination. What happens when a dinosaur is abducted by aliens? In his comic book Space Parasaurolophus, he answers that question. His dinosaur turns into a rational creature and embarks on many space adventures as he becomes a star explorer searching for what has become the most important thing in his existence: finding his way back home. Fictional creatures from Dorothy to ET have gone on the same quest, but now there’s a new hero in town, one who comes from a world buried deep in the turned pages of time. Pertuzzatti’s hero doesn’t have ruby slippers or a finger that lights up, but he does have the support of the Kickstarter crowdfunding community, which is helping him reach his goal to raise $1500 by September 19.
This story is not a retelling of familiar alien abduction sagas. Not all comic books are character driven, but Pertuzzatti, who has an appetite for the fantastic rather than the boring, absorbed movies and comic books into his creative process from the time he was a child and brings those combined narratives to his work. He credits many inspirations for this project; for instance, science fiction. He’s fascinated by the way that an entire universe can be created with only the imagination for building blocks. He has a passion for dinosaurs and their mythic quality, so he gives his dinosaur the characteristics of a rational being. Aliens and space exploration have always caught his attention. Flawed superheroes with a strong moral code, combined with all the other sources that filled his mental library, led to the birth of Space Parasaurolophus. Why a parasaurolophus, you ask? “I like his head-thingy.”
The previous books that he’s published quickly sold out in the comic books that offered them for sale. That’s why he’s opting for a crowdfunding campaign to launch Space Parasaurolophus. If you like indie comics based on original concepts, stippling art, dinosaurs and prehistoric animals wearing clothes, aliens, pseudoscience, laser guns, forced artificial evolution and retro science fiction, Neil deGrasse Tyson and last but not least, returning home after millions of years, you’ll want to be part of this campaign. Told in a flashback style, the empathetic hero becomes the last of his species, which leads to a bittersweet ending when readers see where the journey takes him.
Pertuzzatti, who recently received his Master’s degree in illustration, is a Brazilian writer/artist who lives in San Diego, California and has published, in addition to his comic books, several children’s books. Aliens and dinosaurs can’t miss with kids, but the 36 pages of Space Parasaurolophus are aimed for all ages. The genres of adventure, science fiction and superheroes easily cross the age divide. As Pertuzzatti puts it, “This book is rated E for everyone.”
Fans old and new who read his comic book will be glad to know that Pertuzzatti is already at work on future issues of the series. He also wants his audience to know that if anyone out there wants to make a feature film based on this character and build a multi-media empire, he’ll take their call.