Seven Extraordinary Things

It's refreshing to be reminded every now and then by just how transcendent comics and graphic novels have become. Like when Doug Lefler, a film director, comes up with a graphic novel and posts it online for FREE. Seven Extraordinary Things is a graphic novel from Lefler that asks how much Greg Drucker McTeer would be willing to sacrifice for art. Desperate to escape mediocrity, McTeer becomes a secret benefactor to Nina, a dancer that doubles as his muse. In the end, the work is about Greg's bucket list as Nina's willingness to die for her craft puts his life in perspective. Check out the full press release and trailer after the jump. And when you attend the California Institute of the Arts and can count Tim Burton, John Lassiter and Brad Bird among your classmates it may be said that you have some talent. Film director presents a new trailer for his free online graphic novel Los Angeles, California, January 11th, 2010. Filmmaker Doug Lefler has created a website to offer his original graphic novel SEVEN EXTRAORDINARY THINGS for free. To celebrate the launch a newly completed trailer has been posted, edited by Todd Busch, with music by Mark McKenzie and narration by Seth Harrington. How much would you sacrifice for art? This is the question that haunts Greg Drucker McTeer, the eighteen year old protagonist of SEVEN EXTRAORDINARY THINGS. At art school, Greg will do anything to escape mediocrity, including becoming the secret benefactor to Nina, a gifted dancer who is his inspiration. When Greg learns Nina is willing to die for her art, his own conviction is tested to the limit. This 136 page story about Greg’s struggles to live up to a list of life goals he wrote as a child has been repurposed for easy reading on the computer screen. New panels of the story are added to the site daily. Doug Lefler is a director whose feature film, THE LAST LEGION, starring Colin Firth, Ben Kingsley and Aishwaria Rai, was released 2007. He attended California Institute of the Arts in the late seventies, during the first two years the Disney Character Animation program was in existence. Among his classmates were Tim Burton, John Lassiter, Brad Bird and many other talented individuals. Although not autobiographical, SEVEN EXTRAORDINARY THINGS was inspired by his own experiences and those of his fellow students. More info please visit