Industrial design major, Kelly Guillory, co-creates graphic novel series...

Model D Media

"Ashur Collective launches Detroit-themed graphic novel"
by Jon Zemke

A pair of young women are making a go of it in the graphic novel business with Ashur Collective, a company that is producing stories about rogues and their adventures in Detroit. Kelly Guillory, a Wayne State University undergrad studying industrial design, and her friend from New Jersey, Jaime Acocella, met online while exploring their fandom of the graphic novel genre. Guillory and Acocella have been writing their own books for years so they decided to take a stab at their own series. "We have four books worth of manuscripts so we thought, 'let's make some money off of this,'" Guillory says. The partners participated in Wayne State University's Blackstone LaunchPad entrepreneurship program. They collected a few thousands dollars worth of seed capital from a crowd-funding campaign and winning a grant from the Blackstone LaunchPad’s Warrior Fund.