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There are very few historically accurate Viking themed coloring books. This book will provide new scenes beyond warfare and interlace.
There are very few historically accurate Viking themed coloring books. This book will provide new scenes beyond warfare and interlace.
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The Viking Coloring Book will provide coloring and illustration options for those interested in Vikings. There are very few historically accurate coloring books concerning the Viking Age that include aspects of life and culture beyond warfare and interlace patterns. This coloring book aims to address this by providing new accurate visual representations of artifacts, plants, places and scenes of early medieval everyday life in Scandinavia. By providing such a coloring book to the world it is hoped that a new generation of students will be enchanted by the Viking World and its many achievements. Enough visual detail is being included that specialists too should enjoy the end result.

A sample page from the Viking Coloring Book illustrating a clinker built vessel awaiting loading.
A sample page from the Viking Coloring Book illustrating a clinker built vessel awaiting loading.

Currently I am looking for a publisher while producing motifs for the final work. Your pledge will help support my efforts in making this coloring book a real product, not just an idea in this archaeological illustrator's head.

A sample page from the Viking Coloring Book showing the Traen Brooch surrounded by Ribwort Plantain
A sample page from the Viking Coloring Book showing the Traen Brooch surrounded by Ribwort Plantain

Risks and challenges

Potentially a publisher may say no to this concept. Indeed part of what is being funded by this campaign is the means to be able to make more contacts than I can at the moment. The fact that ultimately no one wants the material from me is always a consideration.

Maybe no one other than I wants to have a historically accurate coloring book about Vikings. The interest I have received over the sample material when presented to both children and adults evidences otherwise. This is a project people want and a need as of yet unanswered.

Another risk is that another illustrator attempts this idea before I can complete the project. Indeed AG Smith already has several medieval titles including one on Vikings under Dover Coloring Books that is full of the stereotypes my project seeks to move beyond. Will this potential illustrator be an archaeological illustrator? Possibly. One with my particular specialization of Viking identity though [my doctoral thesis and the topic of my first book]- now that will be hard to find.

Marketing is a major challenge for me as I am an independent scholar and not a research group. This is another aspect of the publishing process that I will be using funds for.

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    A Viking Coloring Book bookmark.

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    A set of 3 postcards of Viking Coloring Book motifs.

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    For your pledge at this level you will receive a digital calendar of Viking Coloring Book scenes sent in monthly installments directly to your inbox. You will also receive a copy of the coloring book when it is ultimately published.

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    For your pledge at this level you will receive a digital calendar of Viking Coloring Book scenes sent in monthly installments directly to your inbox. You will get a set of Viking Coloring Book postcards. Finally you will also receive a copy of the coloring book when it is ultimately published.

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    If you are considering this thank you!!!! For your pledge at this level you will receive a digital calendar of Viking Coloring Book scenes sent in monthly installments directly to your inbox. You will also receive 2 copies of the coloring book when it is ultimately published as well as a signed copy of my first book Viking Nations.

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    Wow! Thank you for supporting Vikings and medieval research! For your pledge at this level you will receive a digital calendar of Viking Coloring Book scenes sent in monthly installments directly to your inbox. You will also receive 3 copies of the coloring book when it is ultimately published. You'll receive a signed copy of my first book, Viking Nations. Finally you'll receive an original piece of art at least 11"x17" in the same style as the Viking Coloring Book.

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