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The story of what happens after The Tempest as Aron Tarbuck and J Kovach bring the visions of Lovecraft and Shakespeare together.
The story of what happens after The Tempest as Aron Tarbuck and J Kovach bring the visions of Lovecraft and Shakespeare together.
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A million thank yous is not enough to show our gratitude about the support, love, and joy we have received during this project.  We are sincerely grateful and humbled by what happened with this project.  I will be writing an article about our experiences running this Kickstarter to show you the ups and downs we went through.  In the end, though, we feel completely drenched in love and support from you all...  <3

  • GOAL 1: ACCOMPLISHED! 10 more pages of story!
  • GOAL 2: $4000 = ACCOMPLISHED! Full Color Story! yay!!!
  • GOAL 3:  $4500 = ACCOMPLISHED! 15 pages from the forbidden tomes!  I'm loving this one!
  • GOAL 4:  $5000 = ACCOMPLISHED! 100 PAGE COUNT OF PURE EVIL!  You helped us get to this page count!  THANKS so much!!!
  • GOAL 5:  $7000 = A UPC Code to get our book into circulation and an official website/design so we can keep producing and promoting our books in the future.  Cthulhu Fhtagn!!!
Bibliophile shirt available in men's standard shirt and women's bella.  White print on black!
Bibliophile shirt available in men's standard shirt and women's bella. White print on black!
 
Our Add On Store!  Hooooray!
Our Add On Store! Hooooray!
Steam Owl Shirt Mock Up!  Comes in Bellas for ladies, too!
Steam Owl Shirt Mock Up! Comes in Bellas for ladies, too!

Dare to Dream!

Aron Tarbuck and myself have come together to do something that we have always dreamed of:  to write and illustrate a graphic novel.  After watching The Tempest late one night, we began to realize that we wished the story had not ended with Prospero giving up his magic.  So the story and this Kickstarter were born...

Prospero's Price, A Continuing Tale of The Tempest
Prospero's Price, A Continuing Tale of The Tempest

The Book

The book itself will be a 32 page black and white version with Stretch Goals for making it full color and of longer length.  The entire story of Prospero's Price will be told in 32 illustrated pages.  As we progress on the Kickstarter, more sections of pages will be added that will show the expanded world, more spirits and gods, and even deeper character development.  We have a story already outlined in several lengths and will be updating our progress as the Kickstarter goes on!

Steam Owl T-Shirt Design.  See the Add Ons to add one of these to your goodies!
Steam Owl T-Shirt Design. See the Add Ons to add one of these to your goodies!

The Writers Write

I am writing this Graphic Novel with Aron Tarbuck who's vast knowledge of both Shakespeare and Lovecraft makes him uniquely qualified to be its lead writer.  With his twenty years of professional writing experience and 15 years of experience finding and recommending the best stories at his store, The Dreaming Comics and Games, he has developed a keen ability to make one fall in love with characters to the point of addiction.  I have been writing and illustrating in the gaming industry for 10 years and it drives me to write the story I've always wanted to read; and illustrate it with a world that might make one's eyes bleed if they stare too long.

Check out our 'About You' page for a list of creation credits for Aron and myself.

Our Story, Sequel to The Tempest

In our story, Prospero discovers there is a price to be paid for cracking open the forbidden tomes and riling the anger of Gods no mortal should ever know... There is a price:  For awakening and using the powers of cosmic, unknowable creatures... For breaching magic for selfish, dark intent... For enslaving the son of a God.  How does Prospero survive the chaos he has created?  How will Prospero's seemingly bootless daughter rise up from her protective shell and discover her prowess as she navigates the perilous paths left there by her own misguided father.  What will the spirits Ariel and Caliban have come to after their emancipation from servitude and how will they unknowingly pull the web ever tighter over their old master.

The Original Story

The Tempest is a brilliant play by William Shakespeare and one of our favorites of all time.  In it, Prospero seeks to exact vengeance on those responsible for taking his throne and having him exiled to a distant island with his daughter Miranda.  He does this by tapping into alchemy with his own tomes and the dark, forbidden tomes of the witch Sycorax, whom he kills soon after his arrival.  Prospero invokes all the magics and alchemy he knows to bewitch and torture his enemies... But in the end, he finds release from hatred by forgiving those who have wronged him.  He returns to his dukedom after throwing all of his beautiful tomes into the sea and giving up Magic forever to reclaim his throne... For these practices were what led him to his punishment to begin with... "Every third thought shall be my grave."

THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!

You Are Helping Make My Dreams Come TRUE!
You Are Helping Make My Dreams Come TRUE!

Thank you again for last year's success on The J Kovach Exposure Project.  :)  Much mushy and smoochie LOVE to you all!!! boing boing boing!!  (That's from me, not Aron.  He's way too dignified to be all smooshy and stuff.

Examples of Reward Sketches

Example 1 of an Easy Drawing
Example 1 of an Easy Drawing
Example 2 of an Easy Drawing
Example 2 of an Easy Drawing
Example of a Pen & Ink Drawing
Example of a Pen & Ink Drawing
Stretch Goals •GOAL 1: ACCOMPLISHED! 10 more pages of story! • GOAL 2: $4000 = ACCOMPLISHED! Full Color Story! yay!!! • GOAL 3: $4500 = The Forbidden Tome Pages! We will send you 15 pages that were torn out of the forbidden tomes Prospero uses to tap into great, unknowable gods and summon forbidden monsters! •GOAL 4: $5000 = Annotated Companion. 32 page book showing concept art, explaining sources from Lovecraft, Shakespeare and beyond, and showing inspirations and facts about our story.

Risks and challenges

Thanks to everyone for making my Kickstarter from last year so successful! It was an amazing experience and one that I have looked forward to repeating. This time around, I've decided to create a product; A Graphic Novel. As with everything I do, my biggest obstacle is money. I have asked for the minimum amount I need to create this story. I feel confident that this obstacle will be overcome with your love and support! A dream is just a goal without a plan!

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    DEEP ONES LEVEL: Digital wallpaper you can put on your computer or device and our most excellent thank you for making our dreams come true!

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    FORBIDDEN TOMES LEVEL:
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    CALIBAN LEVEL: One copy of Prospero's Price signed by the authors and our most humble THANKS!

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    BLEEDING COOL LEVEL: You get a physical art print by J Kovach of your choice plus everything at the CALIBAN LEVEL.

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    QUEEN OF THE GODS LEVEL: A black and white easy sketch of your choice on the inside blank page of the graphic novel and everything from the CALIBAN LEVEL.

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    CTHULHU LEVEL: An 8x10, original, black and white, pen & ink drawing of your choice created by J and everything from the CALIBAN LEVEL.

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    ARIEL'S SPIRIT LEVEL: A limited edition, signed and numbered copy of Prospero's Price in hard cover (only 25 printed), book includes 20 extra pages not yet in any other version showing concept art, splash page art, and sources for our creative choices. You will also receive an 8x10, original, black and white, pen & ink drawing of your choice created by J. This is a special level available only during the last 19 hours of our Kickstarter!

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    PROSPERO LEVEL: You get to name a character in the graphic novel, get your name in the credits section, and everything from the CALIBAN LEVEL.

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    HAUNTER IN THE DARK LEVEL: You or a loved one can appear in the graphic novel as a character, your/their name in the special credits, everything in the GREAT OLD ONES LEVEL, and everything in the FORBIDDEN TOMES LEVEL.

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    HASTUR LEVEL: You or some one of your choosing will be on an alternate cover of our graphic novel. We will then send you the very rare book with that alternate cover for your collection, signed by the creators. You will also receive a full color, 14 x 20, signed and numbered, limited edition print of the alternate cover for your home and your name in the special credits section of the book.

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