Medusa's Daughter is the brainchild of Steven Parke and Jonathon Scott Fuqua. Both have worked on books and graphic novels that break from tradition visually and narratively. Their foray into graphic novels began with In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe published by DC Comic/Vertigo http://www.dccomics.com/media/excerpts/1628_x.pdf nominated by YALSA as a Popular Paperback for Young Adults (2005). Then they worked on a children's book published by Houghton Mifflen, called Catie and Josephine. Both books were well recieved and featured the photographic art of Steve and the award winning writing of Jonathon.
Medusa's Daughter was a natural followup with a slightly altruistic goal included : to get readers to read as they like to read. Most books are either formatted as novel or a graphic novel. We decided that since some readers prefer one format over the other, we should create both at the same time. We even came up with a shorter, picture rich version targeted to an audience with reading issues. This approach can have a significant impact on readers who might challenge themselves to read through the formats that offer slightly different parts of the whole story, engaging different parts of their brain, while still remaining stand alone books if choosing to read one edition.
Primarily we want to tell a story, and tell it in a unique way. Photography has been employed in sequential art for some time, but digital technology has allowed for greater creativity and the creation of epic imagery without having to mount a full scale movie scene. These images were all storyboarded then primarily photographed in a studio with exterior settings collaged seamlessly to create the illusion of a big budget film...in book form. This is forward thinking artistry that challenges what art should be, and what will work in a graphic novel.
The writing is handled by a genre jumping writer who has several significant awards to his credentials. His ability to write across styles makes this project even more unique in it's full bodied descriptive narrative for the novel, and it's more hands off approach as support for the images in the graphic novel.
Our goal is to get this into the marketplace and into your hands. We have a generous small publisher who has distribution channels and will be helping us from that end. Jonathon has great ties to libraries and librarians who have expressed interest in a book with multiple formats. We labored long and hard to make it as compelling a project as possible, so now we ask you to help us with the last piece of this marvelous puzzle. Meeting our goal pays ONLY for printing - we have already provided the labor and print ready files.
Curious why you don't use Print On Demand rather than paying up front for publishing costs? Didn't you do a Blurb book before? Is it a print quality issue?
Because we have a huge demand in the libraries for this book. The author is a well known YA author, and we have spoken at ALA to VERY receptive librarians. A component of it is for kids with reading issues. We didn't pull that into the Kickstarter becasue we have some possible Grant funding if we get these two printed. We aren't asking for donations, you are essentially pre-buying the book at the smaller levels. ALL this pays for is printing. We have a publisher who will do distribution for free for us which means we can get into retail and libraries!
Of course that is up to you - the parent. However Jonathon has a strong track record in YA (Young Adult) fiction and is aware of the boundries of that format. However he doesn't write "down" to anyone which is what makes it a good read at all levels. My son, who is ten, has read it and thoroughly enjoyed it...if that helps;)
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