Time is running out! Even though we reached our goal, you can still donate. The more we exceed our goal, the more we will have for the other volumes in the series. Book 2 is already fleshed out, so please continue to give until the Kickstarter campaign is over. It will help us keep the story line moving forward and will help us keep our two young and extremely talented artists working into the future.
What is The Jekyll Island Chronicles? It started with an idea -- a few guys who always wanted to do stories, but never had talent to match the dream. That's old news -- like a dozen old sitcoms. But then we hit on something different than just wishful thinking, and the story began to become real.
We didn't score any fairy godmothers, no angels showed up to change our lives -- but we did connect with a near magical place where everything we lacked -- mainly talent, professional knowledge and skill -- could be found.
The Savannah College of Art and Design; known around the world simply as SCAD.
This fantastic school houses more art and design talent in just about any field than just about any other place in the known universe. Best of all, they are as creative in process and education as they are in the topics they cover. We talked with SCAD leaders about our book, about our dream (and about our abject lack of ability), and they were quick to help.
SCAD actually worked with us to create a master class to produce the first drafts of artwork from the characters to the environment and equipment we envisioned. They made it a real challenge for their students, allowing only the best in their Sequential Arts department a chance to join the class -- and they made it a course for credit, too!
Working with 10 talented students, we were able to create the world embodied in the Jekyll Island Chronicles. We also found the two young talents -- Moses Nester and Sarah Miller -- who continue with us today. You can see more of their work here: partthewaters.tumblr.com and here: sjmillerart.com.
Book one is almost ready. The story has been written, the artists in place and even a publisher lined up. All that remains is enough funding to finish the artwork.
The Jekyll Island Chronicles will be published. There is a signed contract with IDW's Top Shelf, one of the nation's leading graphic novel publishers, but the publisher doesn't assume all the costs. We have to deliver a finished product -- and that's the biggest single challenge. The great young artists we've got on board are truly dedicated, but not independently wealthy. They have to pay their bills and earn a living while they spend time on this, their first major project. Funds from this campaign will pay their fees while they finish the last half of the book and help get it into print.
Risks and challenges
The Jekyll Island Chronicles will be published. There is a signed contract -- but we have to finish the artwork for the book! That's the biggest single challenge.
We are confident we can hit the target dates but recognize there's a chance of unforeseen events intervening (such as a short illness of an artist, or a printing error). We'll keep Kickstarters informed frequently along the way, so if anything does come up, you'll never be left in the dark -- and if there are delays, we will let you know what that means and how we are going to correct things in order to deliver. We'd be crazy to assume everything will go perfectly -- but we are going to do our best to see it does!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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