About this project
If we reach $8,000 we will add 8 EXTRA PAGES to each book! These will include extra art pages, behind the scenes process and more character designs!
If we reach $10,000 we will make EVERY BOOK BIGGER at a 9"x12" size! This is the intended size of our book and would make the reading experience even better!
OPENING THE HIDDEN DOOR
Hidden Door Comics is a collaboration project between two experienced independent comics sisters, RC Young and Carla Wyzgala. Together, they share their combined love for all things fairy tale, fantasy, and art with the world of comic books through a series of one-off graphic novels that revisit classic tales of romance, mystery and adventure with their own added twist.
Carla, aka Carlations, is an illustrator of traditional watercolor pin ups and self-published author of successfully kickstarted art process book and webcomic turned graphic novel. RC, or Rachel, is the self-published author and illustrator of “Witchman” and has a background as a 2D animator in TV and web. Combined they form Hidden Door Comics, devoted to bringing more magic into the world one graphic novel at a time.
The purpose of making these books is not just an outlet for us, but for the many like us who yearn for fantasy that is fully immersive, taking you into a new and exciting world where one can get swept away in thematic story and art. Our work is made for those who want fantasy in all its magical, glittery, and otherworldly glory. If you feel at all like we do, then join us on this journey to create books that reflect the hopes, fears and deepest desires of a generation of dreamers.
A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE BOOK
The premiere adaptation by Hidden Door Comics, BLUE EYES AND THE BEASTLING, is a classic story about a young woman who is too beautiful for her own good, drawing upon her the wrath of a wicked Elf Queen who imprisons her in a magical and mysterious castle. There, Cerulea, named for the color of her eyes, searches for other missing members of her home village, while befriending a handsome, but unusual man-of-her-dreams, or rather, in her dreams. The line between fantasy and reality become increasingly blurred for Cerulea as she comes closer and closer to discovering the truth!
This book is written by RC Young and illustrated in traditional watercolor by Carla Wyzgala. It will be an approximately 8" x 10.5" inch hardcover book with 160 pages including pages of production art, character design, creator commentary and even a preview of our next book in the back.
Additional process images and videos of the watercolor pages coming to life can all be seen on our Instagram page @HiddenDoorComics and the Hidden Door Comics facebook page.
THE PRECIOUS REWARDS
Every pledge over $30 will receive a copy of the hardcover graphic novel Blue Eyes and the Beastling and a Kickstarter exclusive Cerulea (our leading lady) art print.
THE MASQUERADE BALL Reward includes 5 signed 8.5"x11" art prints by Carla Wyzgala from her series Skull Masquerade. These ladies are even hidden within the pages of Blue Eyes and the Beastling!
THE TALES OF BEASTLINGS AND OTHER MONSTERS Reward includes a signed copy of the 260 page 6.25" x 8.25" hard cover graphic novel Witchman: Book 1 by RC Young. This hard cover edition includes issues 1-5 of the ongoing self-published comic.
THE GOLD LIMITED EDITION copy of Blue Eyes and the Beastling is included in every reward over $100 and will be a special single run of 200 vinyl/fabric and gold foil stamped hard cover edition with watercolor safe end pages for the kickstarter exclusive watercolor sketch by Carla in each copy.
A CROWN OF ROSES Reward includes the twelve 9"x12" original watercolor paintings by Carla Wyzgala for the chapter art in Blue Eyes and the Beastling. The twelve paintings will be chosen upon your request via a first come first serve basis in the order of the A Crown of Roses pledges received.
The cover of the book is not pictured yet because how fancy the book can get is up to you! We have many stretch goals planned and they involve a BIGGER and BETTER book, so let's hope that we can get there!
With the success of this fairy tale graphic novel, we hope to make many more, some of which are already in the early stages of production. **cough***mermaids***cough**
Risks and challenges
GOOD NEWS! This project is practically done!
With all of the artwork and lettering already 90% completed, the main task ahead is editing, designing the cover and final page layout. A few tweaks and adjustments will need to be made after funding if there ends up being any add on incentives to our project like extra art pages or fancier cover and printing options. But hey, that just means you get an even cooler book! Other than that, this project is almost ready to go out to our printer, KrakenPrint, where the experts there have guided us to some really exciting options that will make for some really beautiful fairy tale style books.
Without any delays, we are shooting for all orders to ship out to you by the end of August. If any delays should arise that is out of our hands, we will be in constant contact to inform you of the reason and provide you with a new shipping date.
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