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  • All backers $21 and up get the making-of-book + listed in the acknowledgement
  • All backers $30 and up get the making-of-book + a 18"x 24" art print + listed in the acknowledgement
  • All backers $35 and up get the making-of-book + and a 18"x 24" art print + a PDF the graphic novel + listed in the acknowledgement
  • All backers $50 and up get the making-of-book + and a 18"x 24" art print + an oversized, limited hardcover edition of the graphic novel + listed in the acknowledgement
18"x 24" art print
18"x 24" art print

THE STORY

A kingdom of wealth and grandeur reliant on a force so vast it shakes the earth. An island in a sea of poverty and suffering. 

Standing between mysticism and tyranny, on the edge of apocalypse, a girl and a boy seek the truth and ultimately justice.

THE CREATOR

Peter Popken is a well known illustrator in the film industry, contributing designs and concepts to several blockbusters including Wrath of the Titans, Prince of Persia, Robin Hood, Thor, Aeon Flux, Bourne Supremacy, V for Vendetta, Scorsese's Oscar© awarded Hugo, and many more.

THE GOAL

To produce the highest possible quality graphic novel, containing a suspenseful story with striking characters and artwork worthy of a collector's bookshelf. In order to achieve this, I need to take a year off, to write, draw, manufacture the book and finally send it to all of you.

Half the book is already finished, the other part will be carried over another six months. To play it safe, I have estimated delivery in Sept. 2013, although I am aiming for an earlier release date. If so, your rewards will be shipped earlier as well.

WHY?

Surrounded by remakes, reboots and game, comic, fairy-tale adaptions, I want to invite you to take part in the creation of a story with more original thought to it. Like no one else, Kickstarter enables us to explore new territory and develop ideas outside the box.

Join me in this thrilling adventure into the unknown and please support me with your ideas and comments via social media. Thank you!

character concept art
character concept art
page 6 of the graphic novel
page 6 of the graphic novel
page 7 of the graphic novel
page 7 of the graphic novel
page 8 of the graphic novel
page 8 of the graphic novel
page 9 of the graphic novel
page 9 of the graphic novel

ABOUT

The initial print run is an exclusive limited edition for kickstarter supporters only and won't be available in this form anywhere else. Each book is customized, either with your name printed, signed or with an original drawing inside.

SUPPORT

You can support me by connecting to the following websites (blog, facebook) and linking to this page will help spread the word. The more we are, the stronger the foundation for this project. If you decide to pledge, I'll provide the following rewards for you:

Remember, your card will only be charged when funding was successful. Under no condition your pledge will be lost, for every amount will be rewarded.

(*Let me know, if you consider a reward as a Christmas gift and I'll deliver in time, except for the book/pdf.)

Risks and challenges

Drawing Comics is probably the most challenging task I have encountered in my career. It combines multiple artistic skills, from design to anatomy, and each illustration is dependent on the one before, the whole page and the story. I seriously started working on this in 2005 and have now reached a point of no return. Since I am already half way through I am determined to finish it regardless of successful funding or not. Without your help, it will take a lot longer, for I have to pursue film work inbetween to pay the bills. The blog will be updated on a regular basis to keep you informed about its progress and development.

THE SPECS:
Collection : Farland Chronicles, Volume I, Black Idol
Edition : Limited Edition Hardcover, 1500 copies
60 pages, full-color, quality print
Size: Oversized, 9.5 x 12.5 inches

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    THE CREATOR: a high resolution and layered PSD.-file of a comic page, available to download from the website.

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    THE SPIRIT: Your name listed as an early supporter in the acknowledgement of the website.

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    all the above and a 50-page Making-Of-Book, including the development of character, location and prop designs and it's alternatives, preliminary page layouts, illustrating the techniques and the process of creation in PDF-format.

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    THE BELIEVER: all the above and a 20-page PDF-preview of the graphic novel, including character & concept designs, thumbnail sketches and an exclusive climpse into the process of creation.

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    THE WARRIOR: a Limited Edition Poster 18"x 24", signed by the artist.

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    THE ADVISOR: an early PDF of the book emailed to you.

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    THE PROPHET: a printed copy of the book mailed to you and credited as an early supporter in the acknowledgments of the graphic novel. (priority mail, shipping costs included)

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    THE GOLEM: a printed copy of the book, signed by the artist and credited as an early supporter in the acknowledgments of the graphic novel. (shipping included)

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    THE WARLORD: a printed copy of the book, signed with your name and credited with "Special Thanks" in the acknowledgments of the graphic novel.

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    THE DEMON: a printed copy with an original drawing inside, credited with "Special Thanks" in the acknowledgments and signed by the artists.

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    THE EMPEROR: all the above and an original piece of concept art for the development of the book

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    THE MAGICIAN: a signed book and a 1 hour Skype conference about comic and concept art, revealing the techniques of an industry professional, shortcuts and tips. (the book will be delivered in Sept. 2013)

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    THE IDOL: get your likeness drawn in as one of the characters in the book receive 2 copies and an exclusive print of your portrait, all signed by the artist.

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