Battlestar Galactica artist makes graphic novel debut

Encoding Bushido: Creating the honorable robot

New graphic novel from Emmy nominated visual effects artist

Jesse Mesa Toves, an Emmy nominated visual effects artist, is launching a Kickstarter campaign to print “Encoding Bushido,” a graphic novel told in seven parts. The campaign begins in September and runs for 30 days.

Completed during the coronavirus lockdown, “Encoding Bushido” asks readers “can a robot have honor?” It sets the robotic siblings of a genius inventor against each other in a future where the virtues of the Budo are forgotten.

Set in an alternate future, Master Mecha designer Takeshi Nakamura stalls the government acquisition of his latest creation – the perfectly loyal soldier. But the prototype, Anjin, cast aside in the Master’s favor has developed an emergent behavior – jealousy.

“Encoding Bushido” is the first full graphic novel by Jesse Mesa Toves, a Los Angeles based Emmy nominated, multiple VES award winning visual effects artist and animator. Best known for his work on Battlestar Galactica and Syfy’s Defiance, Jesse is originally from the island of Guam, USA.

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