if the life you remembered living actually belonged to someone else?
What if you woke up one day and found out you were a clone? And what if the very
idea of cloning conflicted with your personal beliefs? These are the questions
explored by writer Parker Smart in his independent comic book "CiCi,"
which is now attracting attention in Hollywood.
Smart is the latest talent from the comic industry to sign a management deal
with Energy Entertainment, who is looking to develop "CiCi" in
is the heroine of Smart's four-issue story, a woman who discovers that she was
brought into existence just days earlier through a nanotechnology-based cloning
system developed by a private corporation.
conflicts with all of her beliefs that have remained intact," Smart told
Comics2Film/CBR News. "She tries to learn
more about her creation as her beliefs slowly crumble while attempting to put a
stop to future creations."
As an action heroine, CiCi discovers that she's actually an improvement
Cynthia Christiansen, the woman she was cloned from. The nanotech that built her
cell-by-cell remains inside her and has a mind of its own. CiCi struggles to increase
her control over
it and use it to her advantage to form armor and weapons.
"The main character is a strong female lead, but she has a certain
vulnerability with regard to what's happened to her (which in itself, is a very
topical issue)," Alter told C2F/CBR News. "I think that makes her
relatable to a general audience, but the long and short of it is, CiCi is a
great ride: Action-packed. A kick-ass heroine. Lots of twists
and turns and some sweet set-pieces."
The ink on the deal between Smart and Energy is still fresh. Plans are to try
to get the property set up as a film or TV series. Smart told C2F that he's very
excited about the arrangement.
"I like Daniel and [Energy founder Brooklyn Weaver's] enthusiasm. I mean nobody can have the passion
for the project that I have, but to have people that are pretty close, that gave
me a warm fuzzy," Smart said.
"Parker's a really amiable guy," Alter said. "My focus now is
to line his pockets and get this thing set-up in as a film franchiseor
Up until now Smart has self-published the book under his Spilled
Milk banner. However, Alter calls the book "the best Top Cow book Top
Cow never published," and added, "if Image or Top Cow are reading
this, contact this guy about putting out the trade and doing a new
The original four issue run of "CiCi" is currently available on the
Spilled Milk website.