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Medusa's Daughter is a book, graphic novel and ebook that is revolutionary in its imagery and approach to book reading.

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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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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    A signed 16x20 print from Steve Parke's photo archives. Visit www.steveparke.com or see my page on Facebook - steve parke photography which has a large selection of my work.

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    Unbound uncut sheets from "Catie and Josephine" picture book. These are rare indeed so we hope someone who was a fan of this book will support this book with a rare gem from our personal collection. And of course you get copies of each book.

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    Unbound uncut sheets from "In TheShadow Of Edgar Allan Poe" graphic novel. These are rare indeed so we hope someone who was a fan of this book will support this book with a rare gem from our personal collection. And of course you get copies of each book.

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    ORIGINAL PRINCE symbol with NPG band members tour shirt artwork! One of a kind collage on board I made, not a copy. Board is cut slightly odd on lower left. Will sign if you like, shipping and insurance are variable depending on where it ship but it will be actual cost - no hidden fees! See blog for photo of art!

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    ORIGINAL GRATEFUL DEAD CELTIC SKELETON HANDS tour shirt artwork I painted ! One of a kind actual painting on board, NOT A COPY. Will sign if you like, shipping and insurance are variable depending on where it ship but it will be actual cost - no hidden fees! See blog for photo of painting.

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    ORIGINAL PRINCE /NPG design for tour shirts and pins I designed, drew and inked ! One of a kind actual ink on board, NOT A COPY. Will sign if you like, shipping and insurance are variable depending on where it ship but it will be actual cost - no hidden fees! See blog for photo of painting.

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    ORIGINAL BLUES TRAVELER tour shirt artwork I painted ! One of a kind actual painting on board, NOT A COPY. Will sign if you like, shipping and insurance are variable depending on where it ship but it will be actual cost - no hidden fees! See blog for photo of painting.

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    ORIGINAL GRATEFUL DEAD CELTIC SKULLS tour shirt artwork I painted ! One of a kind actual painting on board, NOT A COPY. Will sign if you like, shipping and insurance are variable depending on where it ship but it will be actual cost - no hidden fees! See blog for photo of painting.

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    ORIGINAL Glam Slam video set design artwork! Drawn up as my paint scheme and approved by Prince for the painting on the stage of the GLam Slam video. A lot of the ideas made it to the Lovesexy touring set. I'll sign it if you want. Shipping and insurance dependent on where you are - but actual rates apply. See my latest blog for photo.

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    ORIGINAL PRINCE ALBUM TITLES tour shirt artwork I painted ! One of a kind actual painting on board, NOT A COPY. Letting was hand cut and painted by me! Will sign if you like, shipping and insurance are variable depending on where it ship but it will be actual cost - no hidden fees! See blog for photo of painting.

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    ORIGINAL "Keep The Faith" tour shirt artwork for BON JOVI! One of a kind actual painting on board, not a copy. Will sign if you like, shipping and insurance are variable depending on where it ship but it will be actual cost - no hidden fees! See blog for photo of painting.

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    Award winning author Jonathon Scott Fuqua will write a children's story about your child, including a storyline about something they enjoy and details you provide. Steven will create a cover (from a photo of your child provided by you) and you will receive a hardbound copy of the book along with a digital copy of the story. Try getting THAT on any other Kickstarter site!

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    Original digital Sideshow art created JUST FOR YOU! Steven Parke, artist and co-creator of Medusa's Daughter will create a sideshow character of your choosing and paint a likeness of YOU or anyone else you choose as that character. This art will then be printed on canvas up to 44 x 66 inches (Those with less space can be accommodated as well) which can be hung on your wall or framed for all to enjoy. This is a one of a kind piece offered to one generous donor. And of course you get copies of each book

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    Original art for Prince's "Three Chains of Gold" comic book painted and signed by Steven Parke. This is original art used for a Prince approved comic project. Painted in 1993 it measure approximately 12inches wide by 19 inched tall. This is a link to the comic cover http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/3/38687/959647-0prince_large.jpg - the original has no text, it is only the painting. Shipping cost will be additional depending on location of pledgee (is that a word??)

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    Original painted Sideshow Banner used in the graphic novel. Measures approximately 83x59 inches. That's a WHOLE WALL of remarkable SIDESHOW GOODNESS! This is a one of a kind painted canvas. We don't REALLY want to give it up, but more than that we ant to get these books printed! And of course you get copies of each book.

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