About this project
I came up with the idea to do Dragonfly about a year ago. I've done dinosaur comics in the past, but I wanted this one to be a little different.
Although I've just labeled this a dinosaur comic, I don't really consider it simply that. In the pages of Dragonfly, I knew that I wanted to gather all the creatures, things and characters that I have an affinity for- aliens, robots, funky post-apocalyptic vehicles and then of course, the occasional T-Rex. Secondly, I made my decision early in the creative process to include both human and anthropomorphized characters in this world. I think that the cast of a story is terribly important and I've put a lot of thought into developing characters that work well together and enhance one another. The relationship that these individuals have seems like it could lead to some fun interactions and situations. Along with that, I wanted this new comic to be a little wacky and strange- I didn't want to be constrained by scientific fact, or things that just wouldn't be possible in our reality.
Dragonfly features 3 main characters (Dragonfly, John and Ketch)- each with a unique ability. They have been brought together under mysterious circumstances in this strange, dinosaur-inhabited land and must come together and adapt.
As I said earlier, although this first issue features a bunch of dinosaurs, Dragonfly isn't just about that. As of this writing, I already have issues 2 and 3 written, and up through issue 5 plotted. Among all those issues, the only one featuring dinosaurs in the storyline is this one (issue 1) and the last one, issue 5.
But all that is off in the future....
The first issue of Dragonfly is done and the reward for me is just that- writing the story and producing the art. The funds that I am asking for will cover the cost of printing the book and shipping it to the individuals whose project this really is.
So- I guess a little introduction is in order...
My name is Jim Lawson.
I've had a long career drawing comics, and for practically the entire time that I've spent doing that, it's been for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The company that I've worked for (Mirage Studios) was a small creator-owned outfit that I still remain close to and consider more like a family.
It's taught me a lot. The success that the Turtles achieved is legendary, but more than that, it's given me a love for the medium, and a desire to continue drawing and making comics.
Folks that are familiar with me and my work know that I love dinosaurs. It's almost a given that any book that I'm involved with will include them somehow. OK- so Dragonfly has dinosaurs. Beyond that, my hope with this new project is to simply tell stories that are fun and entertaining. Some of this is in reaction to an observation on my part, that an overwhelming amount of comics out now are too dark, or too serious. This comic is meant to be fun- and if a situation or condition occurs that might be considered goofy, or scientifically questionable...well, I'm not going to be too concerned about that. I want this to be a good time- both for myself, in the drawing and for the reader, in the reading.
Risks and challenges
The interior art for the story is done. This leaves the 5 page back-up story, and the 5 pin-ups yet to be completed, and I should know exactly what I need to do (as far as those items go) when the project funding period is over. The physical job of having the book ready for the printer is very nearly there. Beyond that, what remains is to find a printer and schedule the actual printing of the book itself. My preference is to deal with someone local, so that I can actually be available to them, should any issues arise. As a freelance artist, my schedule is flexible- so any attention that this project might need to see it to completion (and delivered) shouldn't be a problem.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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