A sci-fi fantasy feature film that will make you curious about yourself, your limited time on earth, and your relationship with the universe.
Influenced by Japanese animation classics and the work of David Bowie, David Lynch, and Stanley Kubrick, Lab 99 is a dreamlike story that combines Carl Sagan’s Cosmos TV series and the Ancient Alien theory, with thought-provoking existentialism, symbolism, and a healthy amount of quirky humor.
Rujanee Mahakanjana, the creator of this Kubrick-Bowie inspired narrative in development, started working on the screenplay since 2010.
“Growing up watching a good amount of Japanese animated TV series, I have always been fascinated by existentialism communicated through artful science-fiction stories and metaphors. To me, it’s a form of enlightenment and a door to endless possibilities. Coming from a culture where survival is often considered more important than passion, material things rather than meanings and morality, corporeality rather than feelings and emotions, I see Lab 99 as a symbolic expression rather than a literal translation of life, or even death, itself.”
-Rujanee Mahakanjana (Writer, Director)
THE COMIC BOOK SERIES
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Lab 99 Comic Book Reviews
“I love Rujanee’s fascination with water. I kind of have the same thing. And also dreams. I think this metaphysical aspect of Lab 99 really draws me in. There is more to humans than just particles. There is more to space than meets the eye. Think of Dark Matter and Dark Energy. We can’t even see it, but it’s there. That’s why Lab 99 hidden dimensions seem plausible to me.”
– Oksana S., Scaffolding Magazine
“…it is the metaphysical aspect that really hooks the reader. This comes into the plot, but it is really carried out in the visualization of the story. It is terrifically rendered and profoundly cinematic – as all great graphic novels are.”
– Ron F., Film Professor at Columbia College Chicago
“I picked up the free preview issue at Chicago Comics store and I think this project is very exciting. Can’t wait to read the next issue- You guys rock!”
– Jan T., Comic Book Lover and Lab 99 Supporter