BREAKING NEWS! STRETCH GOALS UNLOCKED!
Given your amazing support our three initial stretch goals have been unlocked and the Sinister Path will now be expanded to 80 pages of story!
Hot on the heels of our successful first Kickstarter for Dan's artbook, Enchantress, Dan now seeks to elicit your support to allow him to complete a brand new fully painted Nocturnals original graphic novel, The Sinister Path.
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF THE NOCTURNALS!
Over two decades ago, five time Eisner Award nominee, Dan Brereton brought us NOCTURNALS, a series of graphic novels and stories with a pulp-style blend of Crime, Gothic Horror and Adventure with a twist of Halloween. Following the adventures of Evening, AKA Halloween Girl, a youngster gifted with paranormal abilities, and her father, Doc Horror, occult adventurer and scourge of the criminal underworld. With a crew of night creatures as allies, Doc and Eve are the only force standing between the sleepy town of Pacific City and the predatory forces lurking in its shadows.
2015 will see a new original Nocturnals Graphic novel, THE SINISTER PATH, a 64 page story that promises to be the scariest, hard-boiled tale yet told in their saga. As part of this Kickstarter, we will be offering three editions -- the soft cover which will also be available through comic stores; a limited to 300 copies sketch cover edition which will have the same contents as the soft cover edition with a blank cover suitable for sketching by Dan or any of your favorite artists; and an expanded wrap around hard cover Kickstarter edition which will feature a minimum of eight additional pages of additional content. The wrap around cover image is included at the end of this description. The cover for the soft cover is not yet available.
The Nocturnals, by five-time Eisner nominated creator, Dan Brereton, debuted in 1994 as a six-issue comic book serialized graphic novel entitled "Black Planet" published by Malibu Comics' Bravura line. (Soon to be made available again in a new printing from Big Wow! Art) Since then, the Nocturnals have returned in other graphic novels, including Nocturnals: The Dark Forever; Gunwitch: The Outskirts of Doom; Nocturnals: The Witching Hour; Nocturnals: The Troll Bridge; and Nocturnals: Carnival of Beasts. We are now seeking your assistance to continue the Nocturnals' saga with a new graphic novel, "The Sinister Path". The Sinister Path is projected to be a 64 page graphic novel we hope to publish in Fall 2015.
The graphic novel has not been completed and this Kickstarter project seeks to raise funds to allow Dan to forego other work to focus on completion of this graphic novel. To date, Dan has completed twelve pages from the book. Three representative pages from the story can be seen here:
More pages will follow as updates through the life of this Kickstarter project and, thereafter, to supporters of the funded project.
As Rewards, we have compiled a number of enticements for those of you who support our project. First, while The Sinister Path may take a number of months for Dan to complete, we have recently published an art book featuring the Nocturnals.
This art book, Nocturnals: Legend, is offered in three different options: the book alone; the book with an original pencil sketch of a Nocturnals character; or the book with an original watercolor drawing of a Nocturnals character.
Once published, The Sinister Path will have three editions available through this Kickstarter project: the soft cover trade edition, a sketch cover edition and a limited expanded hardcover edition which will feature additional sketches, paintings and pinups of the characters from the Nocturnals. The hardcover edition will also offer the option of obtaining an original pencil sketch or watercolor drawing.
For those of you who prefer finished art, we have you covered with a number of pieces of artwork, including the wrap around cover to the hardcover edition of The Sinister Path. The initially available pieces of art can be seen here:
Thank you for your support! Best, Steve and Dan.
Since we have met our initial funding goal and you guys keep supporting us, we wanted to add some things to say thank you. As it stands now, we will produce a PDF sketchbook which will go to all supporters irrespective of level.
But since you're really supporting the project to all Dan to produce the project, what is better than making the project even better? So if we hit a funding level of $40,000, we will include an extra four pages of story in the Sinister Path; at $45,000, we will include another four pages (8 pages extra total for a 72 page story; and if we hit a funding level of $50,000 or more, another 8 pages will be added for a total story of 80 pages. The best part, at $50,000 the additional 8 pages will be a Kickstarter exclusive and will not be included in the ultimate story offered through other sources. As discussed in the original project, the hard cover will contain additional pages from the soft cover. We're playing with some other ideas, but I hope that you like these stretch goals!
Risks and challenges
This project will support a book that has not yet been completed. The book will be 64 pages and 12 pages of the book have been completed to date. The story has been written so the risk associated with this project is that Dan is able to complete it in a timely manner. Dan's history in the comic book industry has been one of timely performance of his projects. While things happen, we do not anticipate any unforeseen major delays in the completion of this project following its successful funding.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter