THE LAST KIWI - An Entirely Handwritten & Illustrated Book
The LAST KIWI a remarkable memoir of a lost world, penned by Gen Isaiah Whatipu, on the eve of his last battle with the Weasel Armies.
It is a world entirely created from the imagination of NZ author and artist Stu Duval.
The first glimpse into this fully imagined world comes in the form of a weatherbeaten journal.
It is the journal of General Isaiah Whatipu, a Kiwi soldier in command of the remnant bird army, in the fall of 1863.
The story within is of an imagined world, 'Birdlandiium', set in the Southern Seas, and of the Birds who populate its' tranquil islands, most notably the Kiwi.
Peace-loving by nature they fill their days with whisky making, Moa shearing and much song and dance.
The Weasels and Stoats, in far away Weaslepotamia, a smog shrouded industrial wasteland, eye Birdlandium and plot to invade and conquer her.
Their vast armada of boats soon set sail and the Kiwi must take up desperate arms to repel them.
This is an impossible task, especially as the Rats have joined the invaders and swollen their ranks.
So it is that the General in Command of the Army of the Kiwi, Isaiah Whatipu, awaits the final battle atop Lion Rock on Black Sand Bay.
For at dawn the Battle is joined ...he will put down his pen and pick up his sword ...and he will be the Last Kiwi!
This then is his Journal.
The original Journal ( illustrated in the accompanying photos) was written and illustrated entirely in Stu's own hand with pen and ink on hand-crafted parchment paper. It was leather bound and only 33 will ever be produced.
The cost of this limited edition version placed it only in the hands of avid collectors.
So, a more affordable copy of the limited edition version is what this project aims to achieve!
It will be facimile copy of the original in almost every detail.
With hardcover and printed pages replicating Stu's original copy.
The internal illustrations will include Stu's pen and ink drawings as well as
a selection of his beautiful character paintings ( see pics below).
The print run will initially be 1000 copies.
The funds raised will enable Stu to:-
- Create the Last Kiwi Journal into a printed version.
- Pay for the digital photography of every page and painting.
- Have 1000 copies printed and bound
Risks and challenges
The creative challenge is turning a hand-written and illustrated piece of art into a printed version - without losing the wonderful intimacy of the former.
Precise photography, digital reproduction and selection of paper stock and cover stock will all add to the feel and gravitas of the original.
Sourcing a quality printer to bring this project to life will be paramount.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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