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Corban WilkinBy Corban Wilkin
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Corban WilkinBy Corban Wilkin
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About

Breaker's End, the complete graphic novel, as a handsome paperback book.

I'm Corban Wilkin and I want to publish a graphic novel as a great-looking book. Something you can sit down with and enjoy at your own leisure. A book that will look great in your collection, and that you'll enjoy for years to come. This book is Breaker's End.

Read the first chapter of Breaker's End.

Breaker's End is about an ageing couple who live their lives in a tent in a dingy forest somewhere in England. Chloe sells paintings and seashells for a bit of money. Isaac wiles away his days playing a tuneless upright piano someone dumped in the forest years before. It's miserable, but it's the only life they know. But then the government passes a bill authorising the sale of England's remaining forests to private interests, and the simple little life they've managed to eke out is split apart...

I drew the first draft of Breaker's End way back in January 2011. Long before winning the Cape Graphic Short Story Prize in 2012 with But I Can't. That first draft was rough and illegible and the story was a mess, but it was there. After a lot of editing, I spent the majority of 2012 going through the long process of drawing the book in multiple drafts and finally bringing it to completion as 200 pages of black and white comics artwork.

And now I'm dying to share it with you.

Drawn in the tradition of great brush-and-ink artists such as Will Eisner and Craig Thompson, this is a book that deserves to be beautifully printed to show off all the black, inky goodness in the drawings.

All it takes from you to make this a reality is £10. All I want is for as many of you as possible to enjoy this novel that I've invested so much time and love into. If you, too, are less interested in ray-guns and robots and prefer emotionally wrought, character-driven comics, become a backer for Breaker's End.

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So what's the book gonna look like?

Something like this. I've had some prototype copies printed up, but the final version is going to have thicker paper and a thicker cover with a nice matte finish. Basically the whole thing's going to be thicker!

Read the first chapter!

Browse a selection of spreads from later in the book.

Read my prize-winning short comic But I Can't.

And visit Kicking It Forward!

Risks and challenges

As I've mentioned, the book is complete, and the only challenge now is to get it printed. If the basic goal of £5000 is met, then we'll be able to send the book to print, and after approval of a final proof copy, we'll get these babies rolling off the presses in no time.

All the pre-press work is done and I will make it my dedicated duty once the funds are raised to get these out to you as soon as possible. They'll be packaged and sent as soon as they're received.

I've had a fair bit of experience working with book printers before, so I've learnt about the difficulties and pitfalls from bitter experience. And I've learned how to avoid them, too, so it should all be smooth sailing.

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    A copy of the first printed edition of Breaker's End, with BOTH an original sketch of the characters in ink on the inside cover, plus the exclusive 'Isaac's Stronghold' colour print (15x21cm) and an accompanying piece of 15x21cm original artwork featuring you drawn in brush and ink in the Breaker's End style. Drawn from photos you provide.

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    A copy of the first printed edition of Breaker's end, with an original sketch of the characters in ink on the inside cover, plus the 'Isaac's Stronghold' mini-print.

    Plus I will TRAVEL TO YOU, anywhere in the United Kingdom, and spend the day with you drawing portraits and scenes in brush and ink of you, your friends, your family, your house, your pets, and you keep all the original art at the end of the day (probably around ten pieces).

    PLEASE NOTE: Depending on your location, travel expenses may also be required.

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