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This is the second volume in the series "The Fantasy Illustration Library."  GODS and GODDESSES will contain over 100 original paintings from fantasy artists, illustrators, sculptors and others from around the world.  Each artist picked their subject to do for the book.  All the images will be a full 9" X 12" in the book.  It will be printed on McCoy SILK paper.  The book will be over 300 pages in length and each text page facing the painting has a signature line for the artist to sign.  There is a complete list of the participating artists at the end of this story.

Paged for St. George snd the Dragon by Melvyn Grant
Paged for St. George snd the Dragon by Melvyn Grant

We have invested more than $100,000 out of our retirement account to do Volume One in this series. At age 70, that is a major gamble on our part that people do love heirloom quality art and will purchase the books for themselves and/or their children. 

Our artists receive 70% of the net profits from the book sales divided among them.  Over 65% of our artists from Volume One came back to do Volume Two. They do this for two reasons: they are themselves deeply invested in the book's success  and they feel strongly about the artistic freedom they have with us and the quality manner in which their art is displayed in such an heirloom volume.

Some of the offered premiums.  Additional images can be found in our GODS and GODDESSES galleries at ComicArtFans at this link:  http://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryDetail.asp?GCat=6864

"Das Rheingold" a limited signed Dallas Opera lithograph by Kinuko Y. Craft
"Das Rheingold" a limited signed Dallas Opera lithograph by Kinuko Y. Craft
"Dragon Reaper" limited signed print by Ed Beard Jr.
"Dragon Reaper" limited signed print by Ed Beard Jr.
"Tori" a 13" X 19" signed print by Craig Elliott.
"Tori" a 13" X 19" signed print by Craig Elliott.
"Demon" 11" X 17" signed print by Milivoj Ceran
"Demon" 11" X 17" signed print by Milivoj Ceran
"Old Friends at Play limited signed print by Ed Beard Jr.
"Old Friends at Play limited signed print by Ed Beard Jr.
Thor cold cast 11" resin bust by Monte M. Moore
Thor cold cast 11" resin bust by Monte M. Moore
Example of a 9" X 12" original ink of two figures + background by Milivoj Ceran.
Example of a 9" X 12" original ink of two figures + background by Milivoj Ceran.
                    

All our books are serial numbered and we keep a register of the owners. When Volume Two is ready, we will e-mail everyone who purchased Volume One to have the opportunity to reserve the same serial number in Volume Two. This means that you could build the entire set of ten volumes in matching numbers over the next ten years.

The artists include Magic card and fantasy artists like Ed Beard Jr., cover artists like Kinuko Y. Craft, Donato Giancola,  and Chris Moore; one of the set and character designers from LOTR and The Hobbit - John Howe; comic book artists like Tommy Castillo, Bill SIenkiewicz, Franchesco, and Joe Phillips; Star Wars fan favorites Dave Dorman and Steve Palenica; leading illustrators like Chris Dellorco, Tom Woods, James C. Hill and Thomas Durham; movie and television set designers and artists like Rob Prior; fantasy artists like Ruth Sanderson, Tom Canty, Janny Wurtz, Omar Rayyan, Britt Nartin, Jeff Easley and Doug Shuler; and Magic artists like Mark Poole, Raven Mimura and Charles Urbach and many, many more.

There are more than twenty-three different pantheons represented in this collection of original paintings for religions from all over the world like African tribal, American Indian and Aztec to Hawaiian, Persian, Slavic and Summerian; not to mention the more popular Egyptian, Greek, Irish, Norse, Roman and Welsh. Preview pieces:

Mtka Zeimia, Slavic Earth goddess by Janny Wurtz
Mtka Zeimia, Slavic Earth goddess by Janny Wurtz
Mars, Roman god of war by Gary Ciccarelli
Mars, Roman god of war by Gary Ciccarelli
Rhiannon, goddess of the birds by Chris Dellorco
Rhiannon, goddess of the birds by Chris Dellorco

We have Pele, Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes; Crnobog, Slavic god of night and darkness; Shango, African god of fire, thunder and lightning; Iktomi, Amerindian spider trickster god; Citlalicue, Myan goddess of the Milky Way and stars and Amaerasu, Japanese goddess of the sun just to name a few of the deities represented in these astonishing paintings.

Amaterasu, Japanese goddess of the sun (preliminary inks) by Christina Yoder
Amaterasu, Japanese goddess of the sun (preliminary inks) by Christina Yoder

Here is a listing of all the participating artists in GODS and GODDESSES: Durlyn Alexander; David Lee Anderson ; Ed Beard Jr.; Alan F. Beck; Mitchell Bentley ; Patrick Blaine ; Richard Bober; Michael Budzisz ; Christopher Burdett ; Jim Burns; Armand Cabrera ; Tom Canty; Rob Carlos ; Tommy Castillo; Milivoj Ceran ; Echo Chernik ; Link Chiang ; Brent Chumley Gary Ciccarelli; Matt Cowdery ; Jessica Cox ; Kinuko Y. Craft ; Steve Crisp ; Raul Cruz; Sue Dawe ; Chris Dellorco ; Larry Dixon ; Dave Dorman ; Tom Durham J; eff Easley; Felipe Echevarria ; Ariana Edwards ; Bob Eggleton ; Craig Elliott ; Steve Ferris ; Sam Flegal ; Mitchell Foust Franchesco ; Gabe Gault ; Ashraf Ghori ; Donato Giancola; Linda Graves ; Daerick Gross Sr.; Mark Harrison ; Richard Hescox; Stephen Hickman; James Christopher Hill ; Bill Hodgson ; Maria Huidobro ; Jael ; Tom Kelly; Doug Klauba ; Edward Ko; Andrew Kudelka ; Jessica TC Lee ; Kiri Ostegaard Leonard; Don Maitz; Britt Martin ; Jeremy McHugh; Jeff Menges; David O. Miller; Kurt Miller ; Raven Mimura; Diosdado Mondero; Monte Michael Moore ; Stanley Morrison Lee Moyer ; Scott Murphy ; David Nash ; Winona Nelson; Pete Novak S; teve Palenica ; Joe Phillips ; Jeff Pittarelli; Marianne Plumridge; Mark Poole ; Rob Prior; Omar Rayyan ; Tooba Rezaei;  Mark Roland ; Scott Rosema ; Ruth Sanderson ; Michel Savage; Tom Savage ; Laurence Schwinger; Doug Shuler; Jonathan Skalba; Jeffrey Sturgeon Eddie Terrell ; Tammy Tripp; Charles Urbach ; Dorian Vallejo; Dave Walsh ; Eric Wilkerson; Tom Wood; Kayla Woodside ; Yishu Wu; Janny Wurts; Christina Yoder; Chris Moore ; Mitchell Bentley ; Jim Burns; Dave Dorman ; Simon Erlich; Anne Gerard ; Justin Gerard ; John Harris; John Howe ; Tom Kidd ; Matt Mrowka ; Bill Sienkiewicz ; Duglas Sirois ; Ruth Thompson ; Christopher Vacher Michael Whelan

Risks and challenges

From initial solicitation through the Kickstarter project to book production; the time frame is seven months. This is for coordinationg over 120 artists from around the world to complete royalty pieces for the book and their biographies and discussion paragraphs. This is an extremely short time frame for a book of this magnatude.

However we did volume one in twelve months and have learned lessons on project management that will make this project easier to control and complete. The three most important items are: a clear and accurate project plan with deliverables and timelines known by all participants; consistant and timely communication with all participants; and meticulous record keeping and attention to detail.

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