About this project
Anybody who is familiar with me or my work probably knows that I have a certain fascination with dinosaurs. They frequently appear in my drawings or feature prominently as characters in my stories. In the late 1990s and early 2000s I even did a comic book series called Paleo: Tales of the Late Cretaceous.
With this new book, A Walk Through Dinosaurland, I wanted to return to one of my favorite subjects. Also, I wanted to address one of the things that I've noticed with many of the dinosaur books and reference that I use in my work. Pretty frequently I see that dinosaurs from the same family are shown together in the same scene, even though they may have existed several millions of years apart. Often it's difficult to get a sense of when these dinosaurs actually lived and what the evolutionary progression was that resulted in a Tyrannosaurus Rex, for example. One of my goals with this book is to try to present these creatures in a timeline, where the reader (along with the 2 characters in the book) witnesses this.
The story begins as John and Matthew enter and observe life in the early seas.
Then they discuss early life as it takes hold on the land- which includes the appearance of plants, following long with amphibians then reptiles and finally the development and dominance of the dinosaurs.
However all is not fun and simply looking at dinosaurs- there is actual danger (and a purpose) as the two characters walk through Dinosaurland.
The story is written for kids of all ages. It's not text-heavy or overly scientific. Still, as it's intention is to teach and inform, I'm very mindful that it is a comic book and I tried hard to keep the story entertaining. In a nutshell, what I hope to do here is to pass along my love of dinosaurs- in a medium that is fun and approachable to anyone. With any luck, both kids and adults will get something out of this comic.
I should note here that the book actually has two endings. Originally, there was going to be two separate versions of AWTD. I had a publisher lined up to do (what I considered ) a more "normal" version of the story.
Along with that, I wrote up a somewhat stranger ending- originally it was my intent to come to Kickstarter and hopefully get that other ending printed here. This alternate ending I think of as a more comic-booky, for lack of a better description. The two stories both share the first 105 pages. The standard ending adds another 13 pages from there. The alternate ending adds 22. Both endings are included in the book for a total of 141 pages of art.
Lastly, speaking about the book- I've always wanted to do a digest-sized comic. AWTD's finished print size will be 6 inches wide by 7.5 inches high, give or take a bit.
Just so people are clear I wanted to give examples and show what pledge-givers can expect from the rewards levels.
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges with this project are low. All the art is done. The book is basically print ready except for a few tiny odds and ends. I've done a Kickstarter once before- so I'm aware of what's involved with meeting the rewards and getting the books printed and making them ready for shipping.
My past project (Dragonfly) was successfully funded. I'm also aware that if I'm going to use this as a business model, that I need to deliver in a way and on a schedule that keeps folks happy.
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