Mayan Myth and Victorian Sci-Fi in a Unique and Exciting Graphic Novel.
Costa Rican-American artist and author Joaquin ("Kino") Gil is no stranger to creative mixtures, and in this conjoining of Graphic Novel and colorful digital artwork he in turn mixes Latin American mythologies, Victorian science-fiction, and a changed Old West, integrating past and present with magic, age-old technology and vanished civilizations for a rollicking fun yarn.
"The Road to Xibalbá" is set on an alternate West Coast, and follows an Open Call to all those who dare, a motley group of adventurers, for a contest to decide who will control the Gates of Xibalbá, a real-life Hell. The contenders have to face for six nights the deadly riddles that the Houses of Xibalbá will lay before them. While winning will make one a Gatekeeper, with extended lifespan and incalculable riches... losing means death.
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Joaquin ("Kino") Gil, a graduate of CalArts with experience in Hollywood special effects (Starship Troopers, Contact, As Good as it Gets, Michael, Sphere, The Outsider), has written novels, screenplays and short stories, and has created award-winning abstract animation. He has Master's degrees in Anthropology, Film and Video and Computer Graphics, and he employs all extensively to produce the worlds in this work, three years in the making and inspired on legends from the Maya Book of Council, the Popol-Vuh, retold as "Steampunk" or Victorian Science-Fiction adventures.
Joaquin Gerardo Gil Quesada (born May 1, 1952) is a filmmaker (producer, director, writer, editor and special-effect/animation artist) known for the creation of "animation-rich" feature films, where live actors interact on animated, usually computer-generated imagery environments. He had worked on films such as Starship Troopers, Contact and Godzilla as part of Sony Imageworks before starting the creation of his own "niche" films in the year 2000.
A graduate of the Film M.F.A. program at California Institute of the Arts (1997), Kino studied visual arts with Jules Engel, Ed Emshwiller, Vibeke Sorensen and Michael Scroggins. His Electro-acoustic Music studies were under Morton Subotnick and Mark Waldrep. He has also a degree in Social Anthropology from the Universidad de Costa Rica (1971).
His earliest recorded work occurs in Costa Rica with the Centro Costarricense de Produccion Cinematografica, where he participates in the creation of the Center's first three documentaries on bio-diversity and conservation. Gil has written and registered with WGA West (Los Angeles, California) seven screenplays for film and video, and has two unpublished Steampunk novels as of May 2010, "Gatekeeper" and "Castle Griffon", as well as numerous artistic and technical articles for film, imagery and animation themes published on print and the Web.
Mr. Gil is the director and creator of the Vasst Training DVD: "Video Editing Master Class" Editing on the Right Side of the Brain" on sale on the Internet.
A creator of fantasy and science fiction, Joaquin wrote, produced, directed, edited and created the animation for the feature films "Zipacna" (2006) premiered at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on May 9, 2006, (in limited distribution) and "The Outsider" (2008) winner of the Best Sci-Fi Film Heart Award from the Heart of England International Film Fest 2008 and the "Festival Choice Award" from the Paso Robles Digital Film Festival 2008.
Joaquin is also very active as an artist in the field of Abstract Animation. His stark B&W piece "Mecanismo" (2007) was a selected finalist in the 2008 "Punto Y Raya" animation festival from MAD/Actions, Spain.