The Black Ibis is a graphic novel told in nine books. Each book takes you a little deeper into a dark fairy tale that is based upon my own love of the idea that there exists a world beneath the world. This idea that sometimes a door is not just a mundane door but an entrance to someplace we reserve for our dreams. The story, at its heart, is a simple one. It revolves around one sister trying to find her sister who has become lost. She must follow the same path her sister has set out on going a little farther into this underground world of dark cabarets and strange theaters as she attempts to catch up to her sister, who is falling faster down this path in her desire to finally find a performer known as the Black Ibis. The story is absurd at times, illustrated in my particular style and filled with my legion of wonky characters and enigmatic performers. Two tarot decks accompany the story, the Sepia Stains tarot and the Black Ibis tarot, which offer illustrations of the Black Ibis underworld on each card. More about the story and samples of the tarot and artwork can be found here.
What I want to do is earn enough money to invest in the initial printing of the first book of the Black Ibis graphic novel series and the major arcana tarot deck that goes along with the novel. I want to do this so I can offer the book and tarot deck at the World Steam Expo this coming May. It will be the first time I've attempted a more formal launch of a project of mine. Normally my work is print on demand because I seldom have the funds to make large orders and keep a ready stock of my own work on hand.
To hopefully entice individuals to help invest in my project I've created artwork & items of my work that I will be offering through this fundraiser. Some are small, some are huge, a couple (big and small) will actually put you into the Black Ibis books. They're all quite lovely things I've worked very hard on.
I want to thank you in advance for any help you can offer for my project, from a one dollar donation to just promoting the project and this fundraiser. I truly appreciate anything you're willing to do. At any given time I have a number of projects I sort of juggle and like to work on -- I'm an air-fairy artist type who likes to scoot from one idea to the next and sometimes have problems seeing them get done before the next idea lures me off. I'm so proud of the artwork and fiction I've created for this story that I've tenaciously worked on it the last few years to see it done. And now that it's done I want to honestly offer it the way graphic novels are meant to be offered and promoted. :)
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