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The first page of Flight Nineteen, Chapter One: The Candle and the Flame. Andromache's father Pyrrhos is working in a glass studio when an accident blinds him.

The first page of Flight Nineteen, Chapter One: The Candle and the Flame. Andromache's father Pyrrhos is working in a glass studio when an accident blinds him.

Basic Info[]

  • WRITER: Audra Balion
  • ILLUSTRATOR: Audra Balion
  • COLOURS: Audra Balion
  • LETTERS: Audra Balion
  • COVERS: Audra Balion

Mediums[]

  • Covers: Digital
  • Interiors: Marker on paper
  • Splash Pages: Acrylic on canvas

Published by Audra Balion Art & Design, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Characters Appearing[]

  • Andromache
  • Appolyon
  • Atlantis
  • Cyclops
  • Elpida
  • Gaia
  • Icarus
  • Jia & Pan
  • M. Hepha
  • Medusa
  • Oil (Anesidora)
  • Omen
  • Pyrrhos & Fayruz
  • The Chameleon
  • The Mothren

Places Featured[]

  • Basca Raan, The City of Lights
  • Mephistopolis, The City of Oil
  • The Floating Forest, including Acadia, and The Swamp of Spectres
  • Kamalos, The Sunken City

Description[]

A Silent Graphic Novel[]

Flight Nineteen is a silent graphic novel; there are no speech bubbles or narration boxes. Your reading of it may differ from the original plot, or from other readers’. The goal of the format is visual storytelling. The whole project began with one drawing, and the story developed with pictures first.

Story[]

"Flight Nineteen" Prequel, Issue 1: The Trade[]

A young merfolk witnesses divers from Mephistopolis drilling underwater for oil - and they witness him. The third eye might be just what the scientists have been seeking.

"Flight Nineteen" Prequel, Issue 2: The Cult of Oil[]

Anesidora's reign as leader of the Bio-Mech Revolution in the great City of Oil elevates her status and power. Shedding her humanity, she's not afraid to wield her power in the name of progress.

"Flight Nineteen" Prequel, Issue 3: The Revolution[]

Gaia's family fled Eirport when the Bio-Mechanical Revolution began, seeking to maintain a life of natural evolution. When Gaia is drawn back to the city, renamed Mephistopolis, she finds out what she's been missing.

Flight Nineteen, Chapter 1: The Candle And The Flame[]

After her father is blinded in a work accident, Andromache travels to Mephistopolis, the birthplace of the Bio-Mech Revolution. Ruled by its brilliant potentate, Oil, the city of Mephistopolis presents Andromache with a ray of hope in regaining her father’s sight. She learns of an experimental program that augments flesh with metal. But what else goes on in the labs of Oil’s estate?

Flight Nineteen, Chapter 2: The Flight and The Fall[]

Andromache came to Mephistopolis to help her family, and now she is forced into Oil’s twisted project to start a new one. As Oil’s cruelty mounts, Andromache realizes that her life is not the only one at risk. Can she escape Oil’s tyranny, or will Andromache be just another failed experiment?

Flight Nineteen, Chapter 3: The Sanctuary and The Sorcerers[]

Badly wounded and nearly drowned, Andromache is taken to the secret Naturalist village of Acadia, hidden in the Floating Forest. The village isn’t the only secret the Floating Forest holds though, as Cyclops takes Andromache to seek the aid of the mysterious Mothren. Can they help her reunite with her captive child, or is it too late?

Flight Nineteen, Chapter 4: The Chameleon and The Calamity[]

Her world shattered, Andromache ventures alone into the Swamp of Spectres. There she must search for the truth of herself and of her enemies. The swamp has consumed others before; can she survive its mysteries? Meanwhile, Oil’s anger at Andromache’s betrayal is turned on the people of Mephistopolis, putting more lives in danger.

Flight Nineteen, Chapter 5: The Wreckage and The Warrior[]

Following the Mothren's instructions, Andromache makes her way underwater into the Sunken City. Within the depths she faces  harrowing danger and terrible heartbreak that will reshape her journey. Meanwhile, Oil's machinations continue to ramp up with little regard for the subjects of her experimentation.

Flight Nineteen, Chapter 6: Hostility and Hospitality[]

Andromache discovers Medusa in the oil pipes under Mephistopolis, who leads her to “The Repair Shop,” a secret hospital for refugees of Oil’s labs. There she meets new allies, whose lives were affected by Oil’s tyranny, and they begin to hatch a plan for a coupe. While Oil rages over the family that she regrets pushing away, Medusa builds a new family from the survivors.

Flight Nineteen, Chapter 7: Blood and Oil[]

From flight to fight. The journey ends. Andromache and her allies come together to take the fight back to Oil and put an end to Oil’s perversion of the Biomechanical Revolution. In one final strike, Andromache must take to the skies over Mephistopolis while her friends work to rescue the innocents trapped in Oil’s vile machinations. Can they succeed? And if they can, what will it cost?

Additional Info[]

  • Chapter 5 won Audra the award of "Favourite Colourist" 2021 in Sequential Magazine.
  • Chapters 6 & 7 were supported by a grant from SK Arts.

About the Creator[]

Audra is an award-winning artist and designer from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She has a BFA in visual art and a background in theatre. The combination of these arts led her to use gesture, colour, and design to communicate plot, mood, and narrative.

Issues[]

  • "Flight Nineteen" Prequel, Issue 1: The Trade (BnW, 8 pages) Released September 2015
  • "Flight Nineteen" Prequel, Issue 2: The Cult of Oil (BnW, 8 pages) Released March 2016
  • "Flight Nineteen" Prequel, Issue 3: The Revolution (BnW, 8 pages) Released July 2016
  • Flight Nineteen, Chapter 1: The Candle And The Flame (Colour, 12 pages) Released April 2017
  • Flight Nineteen, Chapter 2: The Flight and The Fall (Colour, 12 pages) Released April 2018
  • Flight Nineteen, Chapter 3: The Sanctuary and The Sorcerers (Colour, 12 pages) Released April 2019
  • Flight Nineteen, Chapter 4: The Chameleon and The Calamity (Colour, 12 pages) Released April 2020
  • Flight Nineteen, Chapter 5: The Wreckage and The Warrior (Colour, 16 pages) Released July 2021
  • Flight Nineteen, Chapter 6: Hostility and Hospitality (Colour, 12 pages) Released March 2023
  • Flight Nineteen, Chapter 7: Blood and Oil (Colour, 16 pages) Released September 2023

Websites[]

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