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DESTINY, NY
Chapter One, Page 6
WRITER: Pat Shand @patshand
ARTIST: Manuel Preitano
LETTERER: Jim Campbell
Created by Shand & Preitano

Read Pages 1 - 5 here.

Page Seven coming this Friday at 12PM!

DESTINY, NY updates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The entire 22-page Chapter One will be free online, leading up to our Kickstarter in October for a full-length graphic novel.

Read more about Destiny, NY here.

Kickstarting DESTINY, NY

Since announcing DESTINY, NY, the question I keep getting is “Who is publishing it?”

We are. Manuel Preitano and I (Pat Shand, the writer). And… well, we kinda hope that “we” includes you, too.

This October, we are going to launch a Kickstarter to publish DESTINY, NY as a full-length graphic novel. Leading up to the campaign, we will release pages from our first chapter on this blog every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday beginning next Monday, August 22nd.


Now, a little about DESTINY, NY and what it means to me. I’m going to talk a lot about this on the Kickstarter, but this story has been kicking around in my head and heart for quite a while, so I admittedly have a lot to say.

Our high concept is this:

How are you supposed to find your path when you’ve achieved your destiny before your thirteenth birthday?

Set in a version of New York City where magic is a real and accepted part of life, our story follows Logan McBride, a woman who was the subject of a prophecy when she was young. However, much like the child stars of our world, Prophecy Kids often burn out in the worst ways.

Destiny, NY follows Logan as she navigates through post-grad school for Prophecy Kids, dating in 2016, and finding her place in a world that tells her she’s already finished…

That’s our hook, and I’m excited to explore this mythology and introduce you to our left-of-center version of New York City, but if I’m being honest, that’s not exactly what DESTINY, NY is. The magic realism and the prophecies are the backdrop for our story, which is focused squarely on the characters, their lives, and the way they shape each other. It’s about people.

It’s kind of about us.

I began writing DESTINY, NY in late 2014. I was undergoing a huge change in my life, and I was pouring a lot of what I was going through into my run on ROBYN HOOD. In certain ways, that wasn’t the right place for this specific story, so when it became clear around the sixth issue that I had to find a different outlet, I started creating DESTINY, NY even though I didn’t really know what it was yet. It was more raw, more me than anything I’d written before, and was thus immediately more personal.

And then, because Manuel is one of the best and fastest artists around, I reached out to him and asked him to be my co-creator and artist. Days later, with nothing more than my rough concept sent to his e-mail, Manuel replied with the first two covers. Because that is how Manuel gets down. Shortly after that, we had a full issue complete, with letters by Jim Campbell and select color samples by Slamet Mujiono.

DESTINY, NY is about the New York City that many don’t see. It’s about our constantly changing perspective on who we are, how we can look back just two years ago and ask, Who was that? In fact, I’m a different person now than when I began this story, which has led me to make some lovely discoveries – both story discovers and self-discoveries – as I continued to write, up to this day.

We have a lot of content already created for DESTINY, NY, and we will spend this next month and a half showing it off. We believe in this story and these characters, very much, and it would be an understatement to say that we’re excited to share it with you. 

We hope we see you back here on Monday to meet Logan McBride and the world we’ve built around her. We don’t know what her future or our future holds, but we can’t wait to find out.

- Pat Shand, 8/19/16