Dance of Mind is a graphic / photo novel by Venus Uprising, a New York City-based collective of artists and publishers. The book is a work of love, a creative experiment, and a tribute to the irresistible charisma and the anything goes attitude of the comic book culture. It serves whimsy, action, irony and magic in a sincere and sexy fantasy-fiction plot with an alternative edge, placing its heros at the crossroads of colorful subcultures such as bellydance, the Goth / vampire world, and tabloid journalism, all colliding and intertwining in the streets of Gotham.
Dance of Mind features artists and personalities of the New York City dance and music scene and a few guests from California and the UK - Ariellah, Ayshe, Blanca, Carmine Guida, Jeniviva, Kevin Fox, Neon, Pete List, Sarah Skinner, Sashi, Scott Shuster, Sean Adair, Tayah Kansik, Tempest, Will Sherratt. The characters bear the names of the actors who play them, but, in most cases, the real-people names are our characters' only link to reality: Their traits and stories are fictitious, they blend the worldly and the supernatural, light and darkness, good and evil.
Dating to the fall of Constantinople, a worldwide conspiracy of governments preys on the creativity of artists to produce strategic algorithms that will guide nations, secret services, and the mortal and immortal elites of the world toward maximizing their ability to retain power. But rebellion erupts. The courage of the creative souls who survive the powers exploitation saves the doomed from the grip of death. Rebellion flares even in the family of the King of Darkness himself, leading him to embark on a very personal vendetta.