COMICS – GRAPHIC NOVELS – PRINTS – DESIGN – CONSULTING SERVICES

Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”

Joseph Campbell

SYNOPSIS

Every story has a beginning and an end. The Fathom begins with the beginning of the end.

It’s been two years since the living dead awakened the apocalypse. A man wakes up in an underground garage, clothed in a bloody lab suit and has an electronic clasp on each wrist. He works his way out into a world he’s familiar with, yet remembers nothing of his past or how he came to be in this situation. He connects with others and begins to unravel the mysteries surrounding his past, learning to survive through the horrors of this new world. Then suddenly… the clasps begin flashing.

In the Fathom, readers will be taken along his journey through strange fortresses and war torn cities. He will meet other survivors, some good and others a different type of monster. All this, while figuring out the meaning of the flashing clasps.

Connecting to the Fathom, the side stories ‘Demolition Men’ and ‘The Philadelphia II’ will give the reader a greater understanding of the extent people have had to do in order to survive this new world.

From the mind and hand of Mike Wilcox, Squared – Idea presents The Survival And The Horror Of Mankind.

MIKE WILCOX

My name is Mike Wilcox. I was born in the 80’s and raised in Montreal, Quebec. Ever since I was a child, I have always enjoyed drawing. I started with tracing paper on superhero comics, then moved to drawing environments and human anatomy. I enrolled in the arts program at Vanier College and developed an intense love and appreciation for the world of arts. I remained in the program for only a year because I had a hard time seeing a future in which I could acquire a stable income. I received my DEC in Special Care Counselling in 2008. I spent the next 6 years working in group homes, elementary schools, high schools, alternative schools, foster homes in northern Quebec and outreach programs. Although my current career has been very satisfying, I always found that something was missing in my life.
Although I was satisfying my passion for helping people, whenever I had free time, I spent it doodling and drawing comics, usually containing dark subject matter. Along with fellow writer/artist Cris Nicholson, we’d spend afternoons on my apartment’s rooftop smoking cigarettes and drinking beer like good Quebecois’ should. All the while talking about different concepts and ideas for comics, movies and graphic novels.
In 2014, Cris had brought up the idea of starting our own small company geared towards the creation and production of our stories into comics, graphic novels and other mediums. This gave birth to Squared-Idea, a project that will also aid others who have the concepts, but lack the resources. After researching the medium and its different formats, we started to work on our own projects.
For the past year, I have been working on a comic called “The Fathom”; a realistic take on a zombie epidemic. At the same time I have been working on different projects such as Overseer, Controversy and Paradox. One of my main objectives when it comes to the creation of my concepts is to play with subjects that blend fantastical factors and realistic scenarios. With this, the reader can feel the subject matter isn’t too farfetched.
My hope for the future is that I will continue to progress my craft, as well as work alongside many different creative minds. Everyone has at least one story to tell. I look forward in aiding the struggling artist community and helping them turn their stories into a reality. Throughout my life I have been inspired by writers such as Robert Kirkman, Alan Moore and Jhonen Vasquez. All who have been an absolute delight to read. Nothing could possibly be more satisfying than providing the same service for others that these artists provided for me.


SYNOPSIS

For millennia, the world has been under attack from the armies of the fallen angel, Lucifer. These demons come in all shapes and sizes, all with one intent: to destroy the realm of man and obliterate the kingdom of Heaven. To prevent this, an order was created that would protect mankind and battle these monsters of myth and legend. This order is known as TRINITY. Utilizing cutting-edge technology, coupled with the most advanced weaponry on earth, TRINITY stands ready to act upon any attack.

TRINITY is a worldwide entity kept in secret. It has infiltrated all kinds of governments, facilities and media in order to maintain their existence in the shadows. They have enlisted warriors with all kinds of abilities from different walks of life. The most dangerous and skilled of these warriors become members of the most coveted unit in the organization: TRINITY-ONE.

From the minds of David Koziol and G. Cristopher Nicholson comes a modern twist on the everlasting battle between Heaven and Hell.
After a series of puzzling attacks in Montreal, Trinity-one stumbles upon Joseph Trent, a young security guard who was able to defend himself against a pack of werewolves. Impressed by how well Trent handled himself, they offer him the opportunity to join TRINITY.  As the team continues to investigate these attacks, they stumble across a much deeper plan, one that could change the tides of war in favor of Lucifer. TRINITY must use all its resources to stop this danger before its too late.

AT THE END OF IT ALL, FAITH WILL PROTECT YOU. WARRIORS WILL GUARD YOU.

DAVE KOZIOL

Born and raised in the suburbs of Montreal I found my passion for comics and animated features early on in life. My first exposure/love came from seeing four human sized turtles jump out of a sewer to take on a robot the size of a building with a big pink brain in his stomach.  This followed up with the first real life TMNT movie which blew my mind, knowing that something from TV could go on to the big screen. What was animated, now can become reality which was surreal to me, pardon the pun. This would result in hours of drawings of my four heroes and start the plunge into the world of comics.
As time would go by, I would see many more of our now popular heroes come into my home every week.  From Adam West’s Batman, to the historic animated series, to seeing a bunch of misfits with mutant powers rally together behind a X symbol to save the world.  As a child, I would not know the origins of these creations but just accept this awesomeness entering my home every week. That was until I found Fantasia, my first comic book shop, located in a random strip mall in the West Island. This is where I found out that all these characters I learned to follow, love and hate all came from books written years before they ever appeared on TV or in movies. Here is where I bought my first comic: Wolverine #90. This is the place where I would branch off of the mainstream characters and start my first comic book collection of Cable’s X-force.
Years would go by and my love for comics would only grow, hoping to maybe one day be in the field, creating these great stories. However, as most of us do, I would “grow up” and see how hard it was to earn a dollar in this industry. This would lead me to making “the smart call” and go to university into other fields I enjoyed and eventually make it in the accounting profession. With all this hard work and time, I would eventually build a good career in my field that allowed me to live the life I enjoy. However, something was always missing. I tried picking up hobbies to encourage a creative side of me; even tried picking up an instrument, but nothing seemed to work. Then, on a cold winter’s night in Chisasibi Quebec, I received an email from Cris Nicholson named “Trinity Summary”. I had asked him what this was and he told me “just read it and let me know what you think”. I proceeded to read the two page word document that outlined how an organization was formed to fight off the underworld due to a disagreement between God and Lucifer. I remember that all I could think of, was how rich of a past and future this story could have. I immediately skyped Cris and told him how curious I was about how the book got to this point and how far he could go with the idea. Cris, in his nonchalant way, simply smiled at me and said “Great to hear, because I want you to help me write it”. I said yes and since then I have been able to find my creative voice.

G. CRISTOPHER NICHOLSON

I was born in the deepest, darkest parts of the Peruvian jungle. At least, that’s what I like to tell people when I tell them I was born in Peru. I didn’t stay there too long since my father’s job required him to move every few years. I lived in places such as Czechoslovakia and London, which showed me a whole other world from the one I grew up in. My name is G. Cristopher Nicholson and I know what you’re thinking: that is the most Peruvian name you’ve ever heard.
I come from a long line of diplomats and generals but I mostly took from my grandmother; an award winning artist who has exhibited her paintings around the world. I remember spending hours next to her, painting the back garden and asking how I can make my paintings more like hers. This is where my interest in art began. One evening, my father came back from work with a small ten page booklet, about a man who fought crime dressed as a bat. This is where my love of comics began. My father would tell me stories of heroes and villains, good and evil fighting to see who would prevail. I was utterly inspired! I combined my two passions and have been fascinated by them ever since. I graduated from Inter-Dec College with a degree in video game design which introduced me to the digital arts. I was able to incorporate what I learned into small projects for individuals and local businesses, ranging from advertisements to commissioned prints.
Currently I am living in the great white north. Montreal to be exact, where my best friend, Mike Wilcox and I, have started our own little studio which we have big plans for. Ever since I can remember, we’ve been sketching out ideas. Ideas that have turned into stories, intriguing characters, engrossing histories and explosive conclusions. We started Squared-Idea in 2014; a new project that will see life come to our stories and at the same time, give other people the chance to bring life to theirs. While we might not have any formal training in creating comics; we have spent hours researching the medium and even incorporated points from other art forms we’ve studied in. Currently, I am involved in three projects: FEARED and L.O.C.U.S which are original concepts of mine and TRINITY, a collaboration with fellow Montrealer David Koziol. We hope that through Squared-Idea, we’ll be able to bring writers and artists together and help guide them through the process of creating their own comic.


SYNOPSIS

Throughout history, there have been countless tales of masked men doing Incredible feats. From the masked soldier of the great war, to the ghost that helped take down Al Capone; these men were both admired and feared in their heroics. But what if all these acts of heroism, were the work of just one man?

Oscar Emanuel Haunt has died more times than he can remember. Every time he’s died, depending on the circumstances, Haunt comes back to life looking as young as the first time he passed. After promising his wife that he would use his gift to take care of their family, he spent years keeping true to his word. He raised and protected his family in a safe and thriving environment. But after a tragic incident, Oscar realized that he would need to do so much more to protect his family. He travelled the world and learned many of its secrets. From the sciences of the European scholars, to the martial arts of the Eastern masters; Haunt trained himself to be the weapon needed to help create a world that his bloodline could live safely in.

But the world fell into darkness, cultivating and evolving the evil in man. The greed of money and power led the underworld to thrive and take control of this new civilization. Oscar knew that he himself would have to walk in this darkness and become what these men feared the most.. But at what cost?

Written and illustrated by G. Cristopher Nicholson, experience the wonders and horrors of Oscar Haunt’s immortal life.

Squared – Idea takes you into the graphic and violent world of FEARED.


SYNOPSIS

In an ultra-corrupt Montreal, Inspector Dan Chican—a sleazy, alcoholic French Canadian cop—uses the mystical power of The Police Force to transform into a super powered girl super-sleuth named Alici by saying the magic word, “EXCELSIOR!”. As Alice, Dan fights to arrest corrupt bureaucrats, stop a biker-mob war and expose a sinister occultist society within the government that he suspects has something to do with the disappearance of his childhood best friend and dozens of other missing children.

From the minds of RMJ Patry and art by Little Moonglow, this is EXCELSIOR!

RMJ PATRY

R.M.J. Patry is actually two kids in a trench coat and fake mustache who have been crafting tales of love, loss, action, adventure and mystery since before they could spell. They believe ideas choose their creators to give them life and share them with the world. On behalf of the ideas you may find yourself discovering through Squared Idea.


R thanks you for reading.

LITTLE MOONGLOW

Hello! My name is Qian.
I illustrated a comic for a literature contest. I drew for a school’s newspaper club. However, back then, I didn’t felt secure enough to think of it as a career path. But at some point in time in college, I think I might have figured out that doodling a dragon on my chemistry notes brought me much more joy than actually reading them.
So here I am, a game art undergraduate student by day, a mad scientist—no, I mean—a self-taught illustrator and aspiring concept artist by night.
I draw with both traditional and digital mediums. Anything related to fantasy, science fiction, or horror is probably going to be my cup of tea. I love getting lost in world that I manage to bring to life, and I hope that my drawings bring some enjoyment if anyone happens to come across them.
P.S. Oh, I probably still have that dragon doodle somewhere, hidden away in a classified folder.


SYNOPSIS

Syndicate is a counter-terrorism agency operating covertly around the globe. Formed after the second world war and sanctioned by the U.N., the unit consists of highly-trained operatives from different military fields. Their skills and expertise, combined with cutting-edge technology, makes them the deadliest agents in the world.

November 7th, 2021
A coordinated terrorist attack in New York.
A devastating nuclear explosion between Belgium and France.
A deadly chemical compound released at a school in Guangzhou, China.

After these catastrophic attacks, Syndicate activates all its agents and prepares a global investigation into these incidents. As agents begin to uncover new intelligence and escape dangerous threats, they realize there’s a bigger plan in motion. One that could bring about a third devastating world war.

Written by Michael Rutledge and G. Cristopher Nicholson with illustrations by artist Matias Jacobs. Squared – Idea invites you to experience espionage and betrayal in the world of SYNDICA7E.

MICHAEL RUTLEDGE

Living in Montreal via Dublin and London and never expecting to find myself working on a comic book. An Economics graduate born in the 90s, I travel for my work in finance and occasionally meet some pretty interesting people. Perhaps the most interesting person I have met is Squared- Ideas very own G. Cristopher Nicholson. Now, in addition to my day job and trips to the pub, I am learning a new set of skills. With Cris, I am crafting SYNDICATE, an international spy story and am excited to see where this journey will go. 

G. CRISTOPHER NICHOLSON

MATIAS JACOBS

Hey, My name is Matias Jacobs. I’m a Canadian Peruvian digital artist/ illustrator/ graphic designer currently living in Lima, Peru. I love art and illustrating is one of my favorite things to do whether it be fanarts from series, movies or creating completely original comics.


SYNOPSIS

AWW (Animals With Weapons) was an idea created with a 3 step program:
Step 1) Draw a cute animal.
Step 2) Draw a weapon that rhymes with their name. 
Step 3) Mash them together into a funny package. 

AWW is what we would call a Sequential Art Project, which is basically to depict a story without using any words. But guess what? I’m going to go a little beyond this by creating Odd back stories for all of them and develop it into a wonderful little package for 2023 (Fingers Crossed). I’m a big believer that people should have the opportunity to be a part of projects such as this. So in addition to my brain (which is mainly composed of tacos, pickles, marmalade and ramen noodles), I encourage people to give me suggestions for AWW. If it sounds awesome and it rhymes, chances are it’ll make the cut. I would say that about 50% of AWW has been conceived through the contribution of others.


So if you can think of an animal that rhymes with a weapon, please DM on instagram @coxy_artist
P.S. I’m quite reluctant on the use of guns. Otherwise it’d be waaaaaay too repetitive.


SYNOPSIS

In an underwater world not unlike Hollywood’s Old West, a botched train robbery sends the derailed engine into the unexplored darkness of the deep ocean. After its dramatic return from the depths, Wilbur MacKay, the sheriff of the struggling reef of Low Tide confides in the remaining reliable men in town in an attempt to cover up the disaster rather than explain it. His co-conspirators are Low Tide’s doctor Fitzgerald, the religious leader Morayarty, the train’s loathsome owner Bolton Hayes, and his best friend Leon; who barely escaped from the train prior to the wreck.

The cover up soon fails after locals from Low Tide begin to vanish, while volcanic ash falls like snow after the sun goes down. He begins to ask himself how the train engine returned and what did it agitate during its brief time in the deep. Desperate for help, the sheriff reaches out to both the local government and a wealthier neighboring town. However, his poor luck appears to doom everyone around him.

The Black Frontier is written and illustrated by Peter O’Donoghue; inspired by his love of the natural world, its mysteries and the flexibility afforded to him by the unknown. That and the fact that “pistol shrimp” is a good name for a cowboy.

PETER O’DONOGHUE

I was born in Montreal in 1991, however I only lived in the city for about 100 days before moving. My parents didn’t have much, so when my dad got a good job in Kuujjuaq, Quebec we moved up north. Way north. Still snows in June despite climate change north. I still didn’t have much, but I did have Gary Larson’s The Far Side in the newspaper, The Simpsons when it was good on the CBC and all the stolen pens and paper I could ask for. The Holy Trinity of free stuff to set a kid up to start drawing. My first love was paleontology so I spent most of my time drawing the equivalent of silent films about dinosaurs on lined pads of paper; I assumed that one day I’d head off into the desert to dig up fossils while wearing a cowboy hat and denim shirt. Turns out I’m not well suited for school, and gave that up for a life decomposing in the offices of downtown Montreal. In my spare time I try to enjoy single-player video games and other people’s creative work. Working with so many different people gave me a lot of material to write and illustrate strange short stories about customer service, tech support and finance until eventually I started work on something I actually though people might want to see. I also met the guys I would eventually start a podcast with, for which I still do the weekly episode title cards and rotate hosting duty. Regarding Squared-Idea, I am the writer and illustrator of The Black Frontier, an idea for a western I got while watching National Geographic clips on YouTube about the pistol shrimp.