Frequently Asked Questions
The best description I ever got was from CONCRETE creator (and Matrix Online writer) Paul Chadwick: it's a "Dark-And-Stormy-Night" story. Old-school folklore-type fantasy. Think Washington Irving, after he's had dinner with Joseph Campbell and Douglas Adams. :) The heart of the story is this: On a certain night once every century, near the town of Raveloe, in a place called Fool's Hollow, a strange gathering takes place. A gathering of Storytellers who take masks from an ancient tree and tell their stories. One of them, the last, is chosen to wear a cloak called the Mantle which has the power to make the story they tell come true - or so the legend goes. The last storyteller who the Mantle - an old weaver named Ezekiel Higgins - disappeared decades ago, and has not been seen since.
But all stories have truth in them - and Higgins' twin sons, Homer and Matthew, now grown men, have found proof that their father may STILL be alive, and have returned to Fool's Hollow to search for him. They also brought Homer's son, Anders - who carries with him the red cloak that his father and uncle had been wrapped in as infants. And at a place called the TwoPenny Inn, where stories may be traded for room and board, they begin to unravel the mysteries of their father, the Mantle, and the place called Fool's Hollow.
The century is nearly over - and all manner of strange characters have begun arriving at the Inn, searching for the Mantlebearer. The storm is coming - and with it, the truth: about hermits and magic inns, about fairytales and folklore, and about whether or not stories do indeed have the power to reshape the world.Last updated:
So, I've still got all the originals, but am curious about the phrase "nearly complete". Can you elaborate on what's missing, or is there still an ending to be told?
What's missing is the end of the Mythopolis storyline, as well as the latter stories I never even got to start when I was actively doing the comics. I had planned to go back and finish at least Mythopolis, and even started to with Desperado Publishing, but the timing wasn't right, and I had other (read: better paying) obligations with books I was writing and Illustrating.
Then, when I COULD go back to the comics — I realized I couldn't finish the stories I'd started. I had changed too much as a storyteller. That's where the upcoming FOOL'S HOLLOW novels originated: I'm retelling — and completing — the whole story, including the Mythopolis storyline and the three that were to follow as illustrated novels. BUT... there is a lot of really wonderful material that ONLY works as comics; and some great material that won't survive the transition to illustrated prose. And because of my Imaginarium Geographica novels, a lot of people loved my work who had never seen the comics. So, we decided to do one last, extraordinary book with ALL the material, including a lot of unpublished stuff, in one book. So it's 'Nearly-Complete'. :)Last updated:
Mostly because this book is essentially a BRICK of paper. It's likely to weigh in at around six pounds, and so options are limited — and ALL of those options are VERY pricey.
We are looking into some possibilities to try to reduce the cost...but even those mean slow-boat shipping at best, so you may be trading in saving on the higher cost for a long wait — a couple of months, maybe.
The shipping cost is factored in to Domestic Pledges — but adding the shipping charges to the International Pledges is the only way we can really do it, and trust me, we are VERY grateful to those readers in faraway lands who have made this commitment!Last updated:
Why does the Pledge $125 level for the Bookseller's Pledge say 5 books and the Pledge Level graphic show 6 books?
Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is: I've said that I included a Bookseller Package in the Kickstarter Campaign for the big Spider-Whomping StarChild book not just so the retailers who sell my novels can have a chance to offer it to their customers, but also so that retailers who supported StarChild and me throughout my career can have a chance to profit from it as well. Because retailers have already pledged we can't change the description on the pledge itself, but we're replacing the graphic and adding to the main description to let people know I'm adding a SIXTH book to the package to bring the retailer cost in line with a traditionally-offered discount, without raising the price. And I'm helping mitigate the shipping cost for retailers outside the USA who want to offer it. I still plan to offer it through Diamond, but this will be the fastest way to get copies - and I want you guys to benefit from the choice to support this. Who loves ya, baby? (And I should point out that discussions with Joe Field had a lot to do with this. Thanks, brother!)Last updated:
Absolutely. The designer in me wasn't going to let the opportunity to do something really special just pass me by. Count on seeing something wonderful.Last updated:
7 inches x 10 inches x 704 pages, so a few inches thick :)Last updated:
The Bookseller's Pledge will receive 6 hardcovers, all with remarqued leaves and slipcases (if the slipcase stretch goal is met), as well as one of each of the following: Martin Humble print, MYTHOPOLIS poster, cover illustration mini-print, unpublished cover art for Seventh Essential StarChild mini-print, print of Ezekiel Higgins' journal page, antique newspaper, Two Penny Inn tuppence coin.Last updated:
If we opened it up for everyone to choose their color plate, then we have two conflicts: first, it will add a LOT of time to fulfillment, because it means over 700 books will basically be personalized; and it would mean changing how we plan to assemble the books at the printer, because the numbers may come out very uneven. I'm not saying we're totally writing off the idea, but we'd have to look at it more to offer it. If we do, we'll send out a Kickstarter Update to let everyone know so it can be included in the Backer survey info.
For now, if you order three or more books by adding $45 per book (and an additional $30 per book for international shipping ) to your current pledge, you can request specific color plates.
The Bookseller's Pledge will get one of each of the color plates as they are receiving six hardcovers.Last updated:
Don't see the answer to your question? Ask the project creator directly.Ask a question