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The Book - Sample Pages
The Book - Sample Pages

 This massive Art Book will detail the world of Katana of Gion, bringing together all the characters and places that compose it. Through it you will get to know every street of Gion (Kyoto), all the stories and characters I have created: each heiress from the Saionji Family, and every individual generation of geisha. All of which have their own histories, friends, lovers and enemies. This even includes mythical characters like the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu and the Blind Empress Koken, from the VIIth Century. 

Aside from including information of the Katana of Gion universe, we strive to capture the essence of the life of a Geisha including its sensuality and its haunting heartbreaking beauty through over 100 illustrations contained in this beautifully designed Art Book.

 

Help us make this happen!

Digital Wallpaper featuring never seen before Katana of Gion artwork by Eimi Hu, just for our Kickstarter Backers. 

Sticker Pack

Postcard Set (4 designs postcards ea.) 
Artists: Kme, Fée Absinthe, Narilys, Utena-Sama.

Postcard Set Ft. Art by Kme, Fee-Absinthe, UtenaxChan and Narilys
Postcard Set Ft. Art by Kme, Fee-Absinthe, UtenaxChan and Narilys

Prints Set (4 Illustrations ea.)

Katana of Gion Hair Ornament

"Katana of Gion" Hair Ornaments by KUMI / Photo by Clange
"Katana of Gion" Hair Ornaments by KUMI / Photo by Clange

Limited Edition Giclee Print  - Made with Archival pigments on Acid-Free Matte paper, 12" x 18" inches.

Limited Edition Giclee Print / Art by Eimi Hu
Limited Edition Giclee Print / Art by Eimi Hu

Wood Print 12" x 24"

Wall Scroll Print (Magnetic Wood Hanger Frame) 12" x 18" inches

Wall Scroll / Art by Eimi Hu
Wall Scroll / Art by Eimi Hu

Katana of Gion - Sketchbook
Author: Cecile Khalifa, Featuring Illustrations by 11 artists
Design: Clange - Cover: Full Color - Interior: Black and White
95 Pages / Size: A5

Katana of Gion Sketchbook, Cover by Narilys
Katana of Gion Sketchbook, Cover by Narilys

The Katana of Gion Sketchbook features artwork by Eternal-S, Alistia, SambreSambre, Iksumi, FeeAbsinthe, Rocktuete, Kme, Mariposa-Nocturna, Piccolaria, Springouille, Doria-Plume and AudreyMolinatti.

Katana of Gion Sketchbook Back and Open
Katana of Gion Sketchbook Back and Open


Katana of Gion Manga Vol. 01

Author: Cecile Khalifa - Art: Bob Raigen - Design: Clange  
Cover: Full Color - Interior: Black and White Size: A5 / 196 Pages

Katana of Gion Manga Vol. 01
Katana of Gion Manga Vol. 01

Katana of Gion Manga Vol. 02

Author: Cecile Khalifa - Art: Bob Raigen - Design: Clange
Cover: Full Color - Interior: Black and White Size: A5 / 114 Pages

Katana of Gion Manga Vol. 02
Katana of Gion Manga Vol. 02

 


Here’s a breakdown of the costs for the making of this Project:

Production (including Artist Fee, Project Rewards, Taxes, VAT, etc.) - 67%  - The Book has been written, but hasn't been Illustrated or Designed yet (I can't afford to pay the artist and designer without your help!) That is why this Fee is included in the Budget. Please kindly note that the production includes the making of ALL Rewards, of 4 Books (2 Standard edition 1 English and 1 French / and 1 Collector's Edition English and 1 Collector's Edition in French), and all the Taxes involved in the process are included here.

Diagrammatic & Design - 6%

Shipping - 19% - Even though under each pedge there is an Option to Select Shipping, this amount is also added to the total amount backed (We are not making "Extra" with the shipping amount, since it has been calculated from the beginning and taken into consideration in the 19%). For example: If you pledge $5 + $5 shipping, the total amount reflected will be $10 (not 5USD). Meaning if we are funded, we will get the $5 you pledged and the $5 necessary to ship your Reward/etc.

Fees - 
8% Kickstarter + transaction fees (Kickstarter's 5% fee, and payment processing fees 3%) Only if the Campaign is funded.

Hi! Meet the people involved in the Project:

Art by Bob Raigen
Art by Bob Raigen

 Cécile Khalifa - Author

IG: katanaofgion
FB: Katana of Gion
Web: www.katanaofgion.com

Cécile is a French medievalist historian, passionate about Japan. Her motivation is to improve the image of the Geisha, by debunking the clichés that plague those true artists. The Katana of Gion manga is available online since 2010, thanks to a meeting between the author and the Indonesian designer, Bob-Raigen. The story, including three volumes and a sketchbook, has been developed since 2008. Cécile has been travelling to numerous conventions to spread the word about her project, such as: Japan Expo (2011, 2012 & 2016), Thursday of Nîme (August 2011), Mangazur (April 2016), Polymanga (March 2016), Quai des Bulles (October 2015) and Lill'Otaku (October 2016). In July 2016 the Project was featured in the Magazine "Art of Japan" in the Article "Photoshop Advanced Serie" and includes an interview with Cécile.

Cut Here by Eimi Hu
Cut Here by Eimi Hu

Eimi Hu - Artist

IG: @eimihu
FB: Eimihu
Web: www.amyhussein.com
Tumblr: eimihu.tumblr.com

Amy Hussein (Eimi Hu) is a dominican-american visual artist. She meets Cécile in 2012 on the Deviantart online platform and they have worked together on several occasions since then. An Altos de Chavón School of Design graduate (Fine Arts/Illustration), she has shown her work in several spaces and institutions in her home country, such as La Alpargatería, Casa Quien, Museo de Arte Moderno (MAM), and is currently part of Quisqueya Henríquez's "Unidad Útil" Project in the XXVI Concurso Eduardo León Jimenes, Centro León. Her work references pop and mass culture, mythology and fairy/folk tales, and has been greatly influenced by japanese wood prints (ukiyo-e), anime, video games and the internet. She currently lives and works in the Dominican Republic. 

Detail of artwork by Ivanna Candelier for Franny & Zoe
Detail of artwork by Ivanna Candelier for Franny & Zoe

 

Ivanna Candelier - Graphic Designer

IG: ivannacandelier
FB: Ivanna Candelier
Web: http://www.ivannahace.com/

Ivanna is an independent graphic designer and illustrator. She has consolidated her work with more than 4 years experience developing and working with different brands. Great approach to detail, typography and personality define her work. Her studies include: Advertising Communication (UNIBE), Online Communication Strategy (IED Madrid), Portfolio Illustration (School Of Visual Arts, NY).

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*Previous Commissions featured in the video by artists: Kamidoudou (http://kamidoudou.deviantart.com), Doria-Plume (http://doria-plume.deviantart.com) Raka-Raka (http://raka-raka.deviantart.com) Ooneithoo (http://ooneithoo.deviantart.com), Bob Raigen.

Risks and challenges

This is not my first Publication: Katana of Gion already published 3 Manga and 1 Sketchbook (which are available as rewards in this Campaign). This helps to show that I have experience with taking ambitious projects into completion. By launching a public Kickstarter I am putting my reputation at stake. This is how much I believe in this Project.

I know that I am asking a lot from you, kind stranger, by asking you to believe in me, someone that you don't know personally and that is why I have been upfront and transparent on every step. I'd like to kindly remind you that the book is already written, but hasn't been illustrated yet. The purpose of this Kickstarter Campaign is to help me not only to be able to pay the artist and designer for their time and work, but also for the production and distribution of the book. The Delivery date is October 2017. I can't do it without you.

There's always the possibility that something unforeseen will happen, but I will give you updates every single step of the way, and if you have any questions or need to reach me, please don't hesitate to contact me through Kickstarter's Message System or email me at cecile.khalifa@gmail.com

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    The Book (Collector's Edition) + PDFs of the Katana of Gion Books and a beautiful Geisha inspired hair ornament by KUMI for Katana of Gion.

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