About this project
With great pleasure we offer this project to fund the beginning of an “Arthurian Library”. Three amazing books are a part of this single project.
There’s a new edition of the classic text that’s the most important source of the legend as we know it today. We also offer the first volume of an illustrated graphic novelization of Le Morte d’Arthur. Finally, we offer The Arthurian Concordance, an encyclopedia overflowing with lore.
Thanks for your help seeing all of these books of the Arthurian Library to publication.
Digital copies of all three books will be delivered in three formats: PDF, Mobi and ePub.
The new text edition of Le Morte d’Arthur is edited by renowned Arthurian scholar John Matthews. The author of dozens of Arthurian books, John brings a lifetime of knowledge and insight to this edition of the classic by Sir Thomas Malory.
The deluxe hardcover book features reinforced binding and an interesting 8x8 inch format to feature the stunning cover art by Natee Puttapipat. The book will be an awesome 750+ pages and full-color throughout.
The interior design features an outside margin for notes to annotate the classic Malory text. This text is provided by John Matthews as well as Arthurian scholar and storyteller Greg Stafford, the renowned game designer of King Arthur Pendragon, a bestselling and award-winning tabletop roleplaying game considered among the most influential.
The main text of the book is complete and ready to print. Above is a sample page from the current layout. You may also download the page to see it full size (be certain to view at 100%). Text to fill the ample margins is not complete, but it is already in progress, and achieving the first stretch goal of $10k funding has doubled our original plan to now 10k words of additional material.
With a script by John Matthews, this first volume of the graphic novel retelling of Le Morte d’Arthur is guaranteed to convey the essence of the timeless story. The artwork by Tom and Nimue Brown (Hopeless Maine) is at once whimsical and darkly gothic, perfectly capturing the range of the story itself.
The softcover graphic novel features 120 pages of full-color artwork. The artwork and script are 100% complete. Only the lettering remains and that is already in progress as you can see on the first page below.
Or enjoy this PDF of the first eight pages. Thanks to achieving the $15k stretch goal, the graphic novel has been upgraded to hardcover.
This is the first of four volumes. The script for the second is complete and illustration is underway. The second volume will be included in a Kickstarter project to fund more books of the Arthurian Library (late 2017).
Earlier editions of this amazing reference book by Phyllis Ann Karr are known as the King Arthur Companion or The Arthurian Companion. The first edition was published by Chaosium, the original publisher of Greg Stafford’s King Arthur Pendragon RPG. This new edition contains more than 1000 entries that have been thoroughly re-edited. All the people, places and things associated with the Arthurian stories receive attention in this invaluable tome.
The deluxe hardcover book features reinforced binding and the same 8x8 inch format as the new edition of Le Morte d’Arthur. It also features original cover art of the elusive Questing Beast by Natee Puttapipat. The book is 450+ pages and full-color throughout. It features decorative elements and illustrations may be added with a stretch goal.
The text for this book is finished and has already been re-edited for this edition. The cover art is not quite complete, but the artist has started to color the work. The final cover art is expected prior to the conclusion of this project and will be shared in an update.
Limited edition giclée art prints of the cover illustrations are available as add-ons. A complete set of all three prints is included in the $280 and $350 rewards. There are two illustrations by Natee Puttapipat (King Arthur and Questing Beast) as well as the graphic novel cover by Tom and Nimue Brown (Sword in the Stone).
The quantity of each limited edition is strictly limited to the rewards and pre-orders for this project, though we'll also produce a handful of extra prints for the artists and display purposes. So, for example, if there are 125 orders for the Questing Beast print, then we'll limit that print to about 130 copies.
All prints will be produced at twice the size of the book they adorn and all are printed on archival, museum-quality fine art paper. Specifically, we'll print on Somerset Velvet, a 255gsm cold-press paper. Here are the details for each print:
- King Arthur (16x16")
- Questing Beast (16x16")
- Sword in the Stone (12x18")
Each print is a $60 add-on, plus a flat rate amount for shipping regardless of the number of prints ordered. Shipping is $15 in the USA and $25 everywhere else. So, $75 total for one print and $135 total for two prints if shipping in the USA. You may of course order more than one copy of any print.
Shipping is FREE (international included) if you add a set of all three, so $180 total (including shipping) for all three prints.
Because of printing and packing requirements, this free shipping only applies to orders of a set of all three prints, though you may still add extras of any of the prints.
John Matthews, once described as ‘Oxford’s answer to all things mythic’, has been a professional writer since 1980. He has made a lifetime study of the legends of King Arthur, and more recently of the history of piracy. His list of publications totals over 100, including Pirates (Athenaeum) which was a number one New York Times best seller for 22 weeks and was translated into 18 languages. He has acted as an advisor on several big budget movies, including King Arthur, Pirates of the Caribbean and Prince of Persia. His work on the education DVD to accompany King Arthur won a BAFTA awarder in 2003. He recently formed his own production company, Mythwood Films, with his writing partner Wil Kinghan, closely followed by an epublishing venture, Mythwood Books.
His best known and most widely read works are ‘Pirates’ (Carlton/ Athenaeum), ‘The Grail, Quest for Eternal Life’ (Thames & Hudson, 1981) ‘The Winter Solstice’ (Quest Books, 1999) which won the Benjamin Franklin Award for that year, and ‘The Wildwood Tarot’. His book ‘Celtic Warrior Chiefs’ was a New York Public Library recommended title for young people, and the more recent ‘Arthur of Albion’ won a Gold Medal from NAPPA, a gold Moonbeams award and aBIB Golden Apple Award.
His passion is for telling stories, in any format, most often drawing upon the deep mythic landscapes of the ancient world.
Born in 1944, Phyllis Ann (“Penny”) Karr began early to develop an interest in the Matter of Britain, by following the adventures of Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant Sunday by Sunday in the funny papers. While continuing to read these chronicles into middle age, as long as she could get a Sunday paper that carried them, the local public library enabled her to branch out in her grade-school years with the retellings by Howard Pyle. In high school, she read for the first time the story of Twain’s Connecticut Yankee, and, one rich summer, T. H. White’s wonderful ONCE AND FUTURE KING, which finally decided her to become an Arthurian scholar, a goal which flowered in a commission by Greg Stafford to do the research for an Arthurian roleplaying game his company, Chaosium, had in the works. At that time, she was working in a university library that had the multi-volume edition of H. Oskar Sommer’s Old French Vulgate Version of the Arthurian Romances (which could well be the “French book” Malory worked from).
For some reason, Sir Kay had been her favorite among the Round Table champions from the time of reading Pyle’s versions; in college, Gawain became her second favorite thanks to SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT. Among her published Arthurian fiction are the novels IDYLLS OF THE QUEEN and THE FOLLIES OF SIR HARALD. (Harald de Folgeste being her own addition to Arthurian lore.)
Greg Stafford is an American game designer, publisher, and author. He is the founder of Chaosium, Inc. and Issaries Inc., and the discoverer of Glorantha. His favorite creation is the award-winning roleplaying game King Arthur Pendragon and its acclaimed supplement The Great Pendragon Campaign. Other notable works include several other roleplaying games including RuneQuest, Prince Valiant, Ghost Busters, HeroQuest and the computer game, King of Dragon Pass; and innumerable acclaimed supplements and scenarios, including Thieves’ World and Cults of Prax. He is the author of the two volume monumental Guide to Glorantha and King of Sartar; has contributed fiction to the anthologies Worlds of their Own; Gods, Memes and Monsters; and The Lion and the Aardvark. His nonfiction works have appeared in Choirs of the God, The Household of the Grail, Voices from the Circle, At the Table of the Grail; and the periodicals Shamans Drum and Avalon to Camelot. He currently lives with his wife Suzanne in Arcata, California; among the redwoods, between the mountains and the ocean.
Tom and Nimue Brown have been working together for about a decade. This is a creative partnership that turned into a marriage, and that continues to result in books, comics and other curious offspring. Their story started on opposite sides of an ocean and now finds itself alive and well, and living in Stroud, Gloucestershire. The joint project that brought the Browns together is Hopeless Maine — a graphic novel series set on a co-created island, inspired by a shared love of all things strange, steampunk, gothic and moody, as well as ongoing love affairs with landscapes and wildlife.
Working at the same table, sharing the same coffee maker, being trampled by the same cat has led to greater depths of collaboration, with non-fiction titles, novels, and an illustrated novella with Professor Elemental. Aside from the bookish joint projects, Tom and Nimue do workshops together, lead bad poetry slams, sing radically political folk songs and turn up wearing hats in places no one expects hats to be... (the events, not the bodily location)
They are almost giddy when they contemplate the challenge and honour of working with Mr Matthews in the telling of this this tale which is such an integral part of our cultural heritage.
Natee Puttapipat writes:
I was born in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, where I grew up drawing, devouring books, imbibing animated films and playing out stories. I have lived longer in London now than in Chiang Mai, but I still haven’t stopped doing those things; except that the playing out of stories is more confined to images on paper. I may have been sorely tempted once to audition for the chorus of an amateur Gilbert and Sullivan production, but the thought was quickly extinguished by the horror of having to perform publicly.
My work is fed by my lifelong love of literature, folklore, history, the arts, and the natural world. Like everyone else, every new artist I discover inspires and depresses me afresh in equal measure, though my strongest influences (in other words, those from whom I purloin most) are the ‘Golden Age’ illustrators, Chinese painting, Japanese prints, and Persian miniatures.
*Information about adding giclée art prints to your rewards is provided above.
The three books of the Arthurian Library are available in any combination in the pledge levels to the right, but you may also add additional copies to your pledge (no additional shipping charge).
Le Morte d’Arthur Graphic Novel = +$20
The Arthurian Concordance = +$40
Le Morte d’Arthur Text Edition = +$50
If you would like digital copies of any of these added to your print order for another book, then please add +$10 to your pledge. For instance, if you’d like The Arthurian Concordance in print and digital copies of both the text and graphic novel versions of Le Morte d’Arthur, then please pledge $60 at the $40 The Concordance pledge level.
In addition, if you wish to save on shipping, you may add printed copies of either of our Arthurian tabletop roleplaying games to your rewards. Both of these games are already well into production and will easily be available to ship with your Arthurian Library rewards. The PDF of KAP 5.2 is available now and the Prince Valiant PDF will be available right around the time this project ends, but if you'd like to include these as add-on rewards for this project to help us achieve stretch goals, then please do so!
Prince Valiant The Storytelling Game
- PDF = $12
- print = $30
King Arthur Pendragon Edition 5.2
- PDF = $18
- print = $45
If you’d like to order the print editions of either of these books to receive them before your Arthurian Library rewards (but for an additional shipping fee), then please place a pre-order at our Prince Valiant The Storytelling Game pledge manager.
The goal of this project is to fund the three books of the Arthurian Library, but an updated edition of King Arthur Pendragon (Edition 5.2) is now at press and you may include it among your rewards as an Add-On (see above).
KAP Edition 5.2 is a complete facelift from the prior edition of the game as it features artwork by Jaime García Mendoza that first appeared in the Spanish translation of Edition 5.1. This new edition features exhaustive corrections to the text, but it is essentially the same game as the recent edition.
You may include this game among your rewards as an Add-On (see above).
Outstanding for both beginners and experienced players, Prince Valiant® The Storytelling Game is a roleplaying game set in the Arthurian world of Hal Foster’s masterpiece comic strip. The game is by world-renowned game designer Greg Stafford (Runequest, King Arthur Pendragon).
This storytelling game features deliberately simple mechanics to make it more accessible to younger players. The ease of play allows players to cooperate and enjoy the social activity of collectively creating a story, a pastime made easier as players take turns as the Storyteller.
Hal Foster’s comic strip has been praised for its art, story, historicity, and humanity. Prince Valiant and the other characters are brought to life through Foster’s storytelling and stunning artwork. Greg Stafford vividly communicates the wonder and adventure of Prince Valiant® in this new edition of his storytelling game, and players of the game find themselves continuing the traditions of the oral storytellers of old.
You may include this game among your rewards as an Add-On (see above).
Shipping prices are in addition to your pledge and will be added to your pledge level. The rates slightly escalate depending on whether your pledge for a reward featuring one, two or all three of the books, but only by a few dollars each time. There is no increase in shipping when you include Add-On books to your pledge. Please message us if you have any questions about shipping rates.
It’s worth noting that all shipments in Canada, the EU (still including the UK!) and Australia/New Zealand are “customs free”. This means you will not pay any additional customs fees to receive your rewards because they will ship to you from within your economic zone.
Our funding is set at $6000, which is earmarked as $2000 per book of the Arthurian Library. This doesn’t actually cover all the expenses involved in the production of these books, but it provides a large enough basis that we’re confident to proceed with all three of them in anticipation of future sales.
Kickstarter projects often offer “stretch goals” that represent additions to the project if the projects succeeds at levels beyond the funding request. We have a variety of stretch goals associated with all three of the books in the project and we’ll detail those if/when the project reaches it’s funding amount.
The first goal for each book is as follows:
Le Morte d’Arthur Text Edition (MORE TEXT ADDED!)
This deluxe book features about 5000 words of margin text from John Matthews and Greg Stafford, but we’ll double this amount at no additional cost to backers now that we've reached $10k funding. Higher funding amounts will add even more margin text.
Le Morte d’Arthur Graphic Novel (HARDCOVER ADDED!)
This softcover book will now be upgraded to hardcover at no additional cost to backers as we have achieved $15k funding.
The Arthurian Concordance (MORE ILLUSTRATIONS ADDED!)
The interior of this books features full-color design and ornamentation, but we’ll add a dozen illustrations at no additional cost to backers if this project reaches $20k funding.
Le Morte d’Arthur Text Edition (MORE TEXT & BONUS PDF ADDED!)
We have surpassed $25k funding, so we'll now add even more text to the primary edition of this book, but we'll also produce a bonus PDF that's free to all reward levels including the PDF of the main edition. This bonus PDF will feature game commentary from Greg Stafford that connects the events of Le Morte d'Arthur to his award-winning King Arthur Pendragon RPG.
SILK BOOKMARKS ADDED!
At $30k we added sewn-in silk bookmarks to all three hardcover volumes!
PRINTED ENDPAPERS ADDED!
We're adding printed endpapers to all three volumes now that we reached $35k funding.
NEXT: BONUS GRAPHIC NOVEL ILLUSTRATIONS!
At $40k, we'll add bonus artwork to the graphic novel. We'll include illustrations of Merlin and Arthur that Tom and Nimue completed as they started their work. Plus, Tom has indicated that he'd like to return to Tintagel, so he and Nimue will create a brand new piece.
Risks and challenges
We have launched a dozen Kickstarter projects and fulfilled most of them either partially or completely. Those not already 100% fulfilled remain in-progress and the rewards will be delivered to backers. We made extra certain that all the pieces of this new project were in place before launch. We fully expect to deliver your printed product before the end of 2017.
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