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‘Before Tomorrowland’ Novel/Comic to Establish Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland’

Post by Sevens on Sat 09 Aug 2014, 04:31

‘Before Tomorrowland’ Novel/Comic to Establish Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland’
Posted on August 8, 2014 by Stitch Kingdom


Amazon is listing Before Tomorrowland, a ‘deluxe novel’ which ‘dives into the history and ancient conspiracy behind the world of Tomorrowland with an action-packed original story.’ The publisher’s description also notes that the title is ‘perfect for fans of Tomorrowland and fans of science fiction and alternative history.’ The 288 page novel — which also includes a 20 page full-color comic insert — is currently slated to be released on April 7, 2015, just shy of two months before the film’s May 22, 2015 release date. The book is a combined effort of Brad Bird (director/co-writer/story), Damon Lindelof (co-writer/story) and Jeff Jensen (story) along with noted comics writer and illustrator, Jonathan Case.

Based on previous photos and the 2013 Disney D23 Expo presentation, alternate reality game and pavilion booth which has found the Tomorrowland campaign promoting artifacts and documents that relate to a blurred reality that combined both the real-world and a re-imagined 1964 World’s Fair and Disneyland’s Tomorrowland, where the film had been partially filmed.

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s  Tomorrowland, a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney) — jaded by disillusionment — and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as Tomorrowland. What they must do there changes the world — and them — forever.

Featuring a screenplay by Brad Bird and ‘Lost’ writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof, from a story by Lindelof & Jeff Jensen and Bird, Tomorrowland promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy as Athena and Thomas Robinson as young Frank, as well as Kathryn Hahn, Tim McGraw, Keegan-Michael Key and Judy Greer. Tomorrowlandis produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with Jeff Jensen and John Walker serving as executive producers

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Re: ‘Before Tomorrowland’ Novel/Comic to Establish Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland’

Post by Sevens on Sat 09 Aug 2014, 04:38

Here's the book's link:

This deluxe novel dives into the history and ancient conspiracy behind the world of Tomorrowland with an action-packed original story. It includes a 20-page full color comic insert, bringing to life a comic that plays an integral role in the plot. Created by the film's writers, Brad Bird (The Incredibles), Damon Lindelof (Lost), and Jeff Jensen (Entertainment Weekly), as well as noted comics writer and illustrator, Jonathan Case, this book is perfect for fans of Tomorrowland and fans of science fiction and alternative history.
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Kinda surprised as they've keep this super top secret status about this film and then they're going to blow the whole mysteries by pulishing a book a months before the film's release?
Anyway I'm curious about its story. Judy Greer said she was crying by the end of reading the script and there're George,Hugh Laurie, Tim Mcgraw and Britt Robertson all love the script. Besides, I like Brad Bird's works.
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Post by Sevens on Sat 09 Aug 2014, 07:02

Kinda surprised as they've keep this super top secret status about this film and then they're going to blow the whole mysteries by publishing a book a month before the film's release?
Anyway I'm curious about its story. Judy Greer said she was crying by the end of reading the script and there're George,Hugh Laurie, Tim Mcgraw and Britt Robertson all love the script. Besides, I like Brad Bird's works.

Correcting some typos... and maybe it's telling the story from another role's perspective.Fascinating idea if that's original.

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Post by Sevens on Fri 05 Sep 2014, 01:40

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First look of this book
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Post by Sevens on Wed 17 Sep 2014, 01:42

Intriguing cover! Is that man George's character Frank Walker? Are they in Tomorrowland?
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Could be the mother and the son though.
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The year: 1939. The place: The World's Fair. The people: A mother and son suddenly wrapped up in a conspiracy that extends beyond their wildest dreams.

Unlock the secrets of Tomorrowland with this original novel and full-color comic book insert.
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Post by Sevens on Thu 18 Sep 2014, 03:49

Looks like they're launching an extensive marketing campaign regarding this book. It's confirmed to have a preview at the NYCC along with the film.
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Post by Sevens on Fri 19 Sep 2014, 08:39

Sevens wrote:Looks like they're launching an extensive marketing campaign regarding this book. It's confirmed to have a preview at the NYCC along with the film.
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Post by Sevens on Sat 15 Nov 2014, 09:19

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what an amazing story!



One of the most interesting aspects of the NYCC preview was the small preview copy of Before Tomorrowland that we received. As you may recall, we found an [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.], and [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] shared by Johnathan Case, the book's artist.

The NYCC preview copy picks up at Chapter 10, with three characters; Lee - a young boy who's about 17, his science-fiction loving mother Clara, and a cyborg called Henry. Henry wants to destroy Plus Ultra - the same secret society explored in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.], the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] footage, and [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.].


There's spoilers ahead for the chapters that we've gotten the preview for.


The preview starts with Lee and his mother visiting New York in 1939. He somehow discovers a comic book that explains the origins of Plus Ultra. Inside this comic book, is a pair of glasses. The comic book explains to put them on while reading the comic. While this does nothing for Lee, once Clara puts them on - she sees fantastic visions of things around her - and a voice. The voice of Orson Wells telling her about "the world according to Plus Ultra!" Her and her son go on an amazing journey of the city, with the glasses telling them all about the wonders of the future, and what Plus Ultra can do for our society.

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Clara sees the future as envisioned by Plus Ultra by wearing special glasses found with a comic book. Picture from the preview copy, and © Disney.
At the same time, we have a story of various Plus Ultra dignities working on their next plan. Chapter 11 starts with Amelia Earhart's plane and the USS Faraday (a Plus Ultra ship) being attacked. Earhart discusses the attack with Albert Einstein and [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] (who invented the Atomic Bomb for Plus Ultra as an energy source) - who determine that Henry is to blame for the attacks. We then find out that Dr. Werner Rotwang ended up leaving Plus Ultra to join the Third Reich, the Nazis, with some of this advanced tech.

However, this ends up thwarting Plus Ultra's plan to do a big public reveal of their technology on July 4th, Einstein didn't want the atom bomb to be used as a weapon, and wanted to get "the father of Plus Ultra" involved - Tesla. Einstein  hands a EMP (electromagnetic pulse) gun to Earhart, who discovers that Henry is in Manhattan.

This is where our two stories intertwine. The glasses offer Lee and Clara a chance to see more if they want to, they need to go to the New Yorker hotel, and ask to speak to a bellhop. The bellhop greets them, and then takes them up to room 3227 (this is the room where Tesla [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]), and they are joined by Henry who leads them on the rest of the tour. Henry questions why Plus Ultra would revel their secrets on the eve of war with Germany. On the inside of the room, there's a magnificent display of Plus Ultra's leaders, and fantastic technology they are going to bring to society. Henry is disapointed that this isn't the base of operations like he expected, but is basically a copy of the 'World of Tomorrow' exhibit (from the 1939 World's Fair?).

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The New Yorker hotel - home of the secret Plus Ultra display of future technology, in Nikola Tesla's room - 3227.

Rotwang follows his creation, HS1 (Henry) into the hotel. Suddenly, Nazis bust into the secret Plus Ultra exhibit and attempt to capture Henry, and Rotwang realizes that Henry was going to use Clara and Lee to execute his plan to attempt to infiltrate Plus Ultra. After a struggle over the now-disabled weapons, Rotwang pleas with Henry (and talks about creating, losing, and then finding him) - but it doesn't work. Rotwang realizes that his creations' body is perfect for his own use - Rotwang could live forever.

Earhart breaks into the door, and Lee and Clara nearly escape through the fire exit, nearly being killed by the battle. We don't know if Earhart successfully disabled Henry, or if Rotwang escaped with his body.

What a story! While just a preview of what we can expect from the world of Tomorrowland, there are aspects of this story that we already know line-up with aspects of our experiences and the film:

Rotwang's obsession with using Henry's body to host his mind - Based on information that we got from The Optimist, Plus Ultra developed technology that prevents people from aging. Could be it just be that there brains were loaded into cyborgs - like Rotwang's intended goal here.

The future only being shown to optimistic people - The glasses seem like an early concept of the pin seen in the trailer. Clara, who was a science fiction lover, can see the objects through the glasses no problem. However, Lee doesn't see anything. Clearly only optimistic types can see the promise of Plus Ultra.

A game-like discovery of Plus Ultra - In the same way that we were awestruck by The Optimist, and finding clues - Lee and Clara have the same reaction upon their New Yorker adventure. Clara even goes so far as calling it "a game", thinking that Henry is an actor (not unlike our Wallace character).

Puzzles in the comic - Maybe that final comic in Before Tomorrowland will contain the puzzle that gives us "greater engagement with Plus Ultra" as was promised to readers?

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Post by Sevens on Wed 08 Apr 2015, 10:02

First book review here:
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Post by Joanna on Wed 08 Apr 2015, 14:35

Congratulations Sevens ! You've done some
fine detective work there. Coolio
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Post by Sevens on Thu 09 Apr 2015, 03:02

'Before Tomorrowland': A deep-dive into the new alt-history novel by EW's Jeff Jensen
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interesting and in-depth interview here about the book.
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