DIRECTOR: Nick DiLiberto
CAST: Nick DiLiberto
COUNTRY: Canada / Japan
YEAR: 2016
RUNTIME: 64 min

DATE: July 2nd, 2016
VENUE: The Royal Cinema
FORMAT: Digital Print

DATE: April 18th, 2017
VENUE: Dundas Video Bar
FORMAT: Digital Print

As if plucked from the era of MTV’s LIQUID TELEVISION, NOVA SEED is both a propulsive menagerie of pulp sci-fi eclecticism, and an extraordinary testament to the audacity and dedication of its creator Nick DiLiberto. In conjuring a vibrant post-apocalyptic adventure as imaginative as those of Moebius or Miyazaki (and no doubt inspired by both artists), every character, backdrop and frame of animation of this film was born from DiLiberto’s brain and rendered by his single tireless hand across 60,000 sheets of paper over four years. Even the sound design springs directly from the artist, as many of the effects are vocalized a cappella by DiLiberto himself in lieu of traditional foley. It is a remarkable and endearing feat of DIY discipline, one that anecdotally even required bandaging his hands to prevent his paper cuts from bleeding onto the page as he drew.
Set in the aftermath of a devastating global war, one fought on behalf of mankind by armies of gene-spliced animal/human hybrids known as NACs (Neo Animal Combatants), a malevolent scientist plots to subjugate the remnants of civilization through the wielding of the Nova Seed, an entity that holds the power to restore the planet’s debilitated eco-system. (Think WRATH OF KHAN’s Project Genesis meets THE FIFTH ELEMENT.) To combat this threat, humanity’s last vestige of government desperately enlists the reluctant aid of a lion-man NAC in a bid to destroy both the Nova Seed and its power-hungry creator, the sublimely named Dr. Mindskull.