SAGE ESCAPE - A SCI-FI EPIC WITH A FEMININE TOUCH

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Sage Escape A long-long time ago, in a galaxy far-far away, there lived a man called Damian Simankowicz. Now by no means was Damian any ordinary man, but rather, he was a man of science, a man of peace, and a man who was willing to tell me about his comic book series set in space. Damien, it's now over to you, pal.


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1) What are your own origins, Damian?   I grew up surrounded by sci-fi movies, TV shows, and superhero comic books, and I still have over 300 Transformers to my name. I did 3 years of film study after school, worked on a few big feature films and a miniseries, directed some TVCs, corporate videos, music videos, wrote and directed an award winning indie feature film, plus wrote some feature film scripts and created concept art for local indie producers. Then, in 2012, I turned my full attention to seeing my own projects realized. The first story I tackled was Sage Escape.

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2) What inspired you to create, ‘Sage Escape’?   The villain Groth (that’s the big scary looking blue guy with tentacles and spikes), was the first character I drew when I was in high school (I still have the notepad sketch). So the Sage Escape universe has been growing for a long time.

I’d say the characters and story were inspired by passion. Basically, I had a burning desire to make this series.

3) In your own words how would you describe this story?   Sage Escape is a Sci-Fi epic. It's set in the future and explores topics that effect us right now.

4) What song would you say best represents this comic and why?   Great question! Although the answer depends on the miniseries: as each Sage Escape story is tonally very different. So I’d say for:

Sage Escape: Mars Gambit, it would be New Order’s Here To Stay. An incredibly upbeat song with a touch of dullness / sadness to the verse delivery. It kind of mirrors Sage’s level-headedness as she takes action: she’s proactive but there’s a dullness of feeling in her at this point (she spends the entire miniseries with her military mind engaged and doesn’t reengage her feelings until Equinox). 




Sage Escape: Equinox, would have to be Fear Factory’s Obsolete. Both the song and the theme of the comic book are heavy. It’s a bleak plot and we see what Friendly Corp is capable of in wartime. There is simply no stopping them: humanity has become obsolete. 




Sage Escape: Transhuman, is Kylie Minogue’s Into The Blue. Transhuman is a brighter story set in a beautiful part of the universe. The lyrics also match Sage’s head-space (for the most part).




5) If you could get a celebrity – either living or dead – to promote your wares, who would you choose, and why would you want to choose this particular person?   I’d get Emilia Clarke in a Sage cosplay: the full combat outfit with gun holsters, silver and black bodysuit, knee high boots and maroon frock coat. Give her a stylized wig (Sage’s dark metallic blue hair when its mid length to long) and contact lenses. Plus I'd put her on YouTube saying a few key lines of dialogue from Equinox or Transhuman (when Sage has a game plan and is ready for action).

Emilia ClarkeWhy Emilia in particular? Because Sage is short, tough, intelligent, charming when she wants to be, and Emilia looks great with dark hair. 

6) What have you learnt about yourself through this endeavour?   Determination pays off. I’ve learnt that the sooner you pour all your energy into exactly what you want from life, the happier and more fulfilled you will be. Sooner is better than later.

7) During your time in this field, what is the one thing that has kept you in good stead?   Growth. Having a pipeline of stories and ensuring the quality of the comic book gets better and better.

8) If ‘Sage Escape’ had a motto, what would it be?   “Get up! Do whatever is required. Improve. Achieve your outcome” -- You’ll see that in Sage’s approach throughout the series.

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And on that note, I'd like to thank Damian for telling us about his comic book, Sage Escape, before directing you towards his website, facebook and instagram pages. 

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