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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, March 21 2019 9:03 PM UTC +00:00.

About

My name is Jim Lawson and I'm a comic artist.

I've got some credentials but, unless you're lucky enough to stumble into a regular gig, it's a hard thing in this business to make a go of it. The factors that keep me churning out art and new content is my deep love of the medium and the fans that continue to support me. 

DRAGONFLY

So- I want to talk about some of this aforementioned new content that I have for you here. The first thing that I want to delve into is Dragonfly. Dragonfly is a book that I first published in 2013. A volume was released then using this platform, Kickstarter, as a funding vehicle. Some of you perhaps have that book. Following that, I wrote a second and a third book (neither published) and I abandoned the project with the art only partially done on book 3. 

The first Dragonfly book has a new "repaired" scene.
The first Dragonfly book has a new "repaired" scene.

A few months ago, a fan reached out to me and asked what was up with Dragonfly. I explained that it was unfinished and that I hoped to maybe get back to it someday. That conversation got me thinking however that I should finish the book and wrap up the first story arc, at least. I finished the inking on book 3 and wrote a new conclusion to the first storyline. That collection is what you will find here- books 1, 2, 3 and 4. 

John takes a shot in the second Dragonfly book.
John takes a shot in the second Dragonfly book.

So it's interesting, to me at least. Here is a book that began life 6 years ago, and then lay dormant up until very recently. If you pick this trade paperback, and look at it, everything from book 3, page 10 backwards, is from 2013 or thereabouts and everything beyond that page is new. Don't worry- the art is pretty cohesive, I think, and I can only pick out a few subtle differences myself- I just think it's neat that something could find life again after all that time. 

Dragonfly 3 is them in the world of giant insects.
Dragonfly 3 is them in the world of giant insects.

What is the book about? It's about these characters who find themselves in world with dinosaurs. Each of them are unable to recall anything about their pasts, and one of the overall concepts of the series is their struggle with that. Who are we?- what is real?- what manipulates us? Beyond that backdrop I wanted Dragonfly to be an adventure comic because that's what I love, so there's a lot of action to move the story along and be entertaining hopefully. Last, and somewhat oddly, even to me, was that the book ended up being a little bit about faith 

Ya gotta buy the book to find out what's going on here.
Ya gotta buy the book to find out what's going on here.

The physical book itself is smaller than standard comic book size- with a final printed size of 6 x 9 inches. It will be a trade paperback, square bound with a softcover and contain 158 pages total of story and black and white art and a final page count of 168 pages. I will leave the back cover blank to allow for original sketches. 

The cover to the Dragonfly trade paperback.
The cover to the Dragonfly trade paperback.

 OK- let's move on. 

HELLRIDE

I began the process of writing and drawing Hellride last fall. I was going through kind of a rough period then, and out of that came this story. 

So yeah, Hellride is about a journey. The ride that the main character is on, is the ride that all share as we travel from birth to death. All of us struggle- we all have trials and we all must face obstacles and there are times when things tend to become overwhelming. Sometimes our stubbornness gets us through, other times it's our determination. Life is not easy, nor is it fair. Accepting these things and finding the strength to go on- that's the story of this book.

Despite this and the sometimes way that darkness appears to prevail, occasionally a light is offered, or reveals itself. I've been there, and I know it happens. Ultimately, that's the message that I'm trying to get across here in this story. It's about strength and hope, and how the two go together. 

OK- enough of the serious stuff, let's talk about the actual book. I remember that when I used to work for the Ninja Turtles, one of my bosses would talk about how he hated black panel borders. I suppose that affected me because up until now, I've never done a book with them. This may seem to be a minor thing to most people, but artistically- this book is kind of a watershed work for me.

As well as the border thing, this book uses tons of full page bleeds. Once again, totally new to me and, I think, sets Hellride apart from other comics in my portfolio. Also- mostly from a visual standpoint, I've really made an effort to try different techniques and approaches with the layouts and page designs. I know, I know- it's just a comic but I really made an effort to make it interesting, or at least memorable. 

Hellride is going to be a smaller format comic. The physical book will measure 6 x 8 inches. The final page count of the comic will be 68 pages. 

Hellride cover.
Hellride cover.

STRETCH GOAL

If I can break the $6,000.00 mark I will include a signed Dragonfly print. It will be full color and measure an unobtrusive 8.5 x 11 inches. 

The print will automatically be included in all reward levels that include either physical book ($15.00 and up). 

The Dragonfly stretch goal print.
The Dragonfly stretch goal print.
Hellride original art reward 1 image. Art measures 9 1/2 x 12 5/8 inches.
Hellride original art reward 1 image. Art measures 9 1/2 x 12 5/8 inches.
Hellride original art pack 2 image. Art measures 11 1/4 x 15 1/8 inches.
Hellride original art pack 2 image. Art measures 11 1/4 x 15 1/8 inches.
Dragonfly original art reward 1. Image measures 11 x 14 inches.
Dragonfly original art reward 1. Image measures 11 x 14 inches.
Dragonfly original art reward B. This art appears on the cover to The Complete Dragonfly TPB. the image measures 8 1/8 x 12 inches.
Dragonfly original art reward B. This art appears on the cover to The Complete Dragonfly TPB. the image measures 8 1/8 x 12 inches.
Dragonfly original art reward C. This is the black and white image used for the stretch goal print. The art measures 11 x 14 inches.
Dragonfly original art reward C. This is the black and white image used for the stretch goal print. The art measures 11 x 14 inches.

Risks and challenges

This is my fifth Kickstarter, so I think I have a realistic expectation about finishing up the work that's left and what's required when it comes to fulfilling the rewards. It's a lot of work, but hopefully backers will be assured that I'm diligent and aware that when folks support you, there is a contract made between the two parties that you will deliver their stuff as promised.

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    The Dragonfly property.

    I don't think I've ever seen this before- the chance to buy an actual intellectual property here on Kickstarter but that is what I am offering. For the sum I'm asking, I will sign over the ownership to Dragonfly. All the rights will belong to you and as well you will have the ability to reprint the book, or sell it to The Cartoon Network or whomever. In my opinion, there's a lot of opportunity for building and expansion here. For the right person, it might be a cool thing.
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