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I’m raising funds to self-publish my urban fantasy/horror novel, The Zombie Axiom. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I’m raising funds to self-publish my urban fantasy/horror novel, The Zombie Axiom. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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My name is David Monette. I am an artist, an illustrator. During the course of my career, I have painted and drawn images for all sorts of companies, for all sorts of projects. I’ve worked on book covers, role-playing guides, board games, collectible cards… you name it.

A few years ago, I had begun to notice that the illustration market was getting pretty stale. There are a lot of reasons for this, most of which are kind of boring unless you are an illustrator talking with other illustrators lamenting the state of illustration. Bored yet? 

To make a long story short, I decided that the best way forward was to develop my own intellectual properties so that I could have creative control of a project from start to finish. But what would that look like? What would it be? Thankfully, as I was completing my MFA in illustration at the University of Hartford, I had received some advice from a person I consider to be my mentor, Murray Tinkelman. At the time, he had looked at my written projects and had strongly suggested that I combine my writing ability with my talent as an illustrator to chart my own path. As usual he had offered incredible advice, advice that I had decided to follow.

And so, a few years later, I have written my first novel. It’s a book about zombies, called The Zombie Axiom. It was quite a project. The artist that I hired to do the cover and the interior illustrations for this project was me, the guy worked really cheap and he’s done a bang-up job. Note:

The Longhouse
The Longhouse

And:

Zombie Girl
Zombie Girl

In this book, set in modern-day Northern New York State, an alien intelligence transforms most of the world’s human population into the walking dead, leaving only a handful of survivors to claw out a life amid the ruins while fighting a mysterious, necromantic villain and his zombie hordes. Three uncommon allies lead one of these bands in this epic struggle as they learn both the strengths and weaknesses of their enemies… and of themselves. There is Virgil, a silent ex-soldier suffering from PTSD, Derek, a commanding martial arts instructor, and Sasha, a nurse struggling through an abusive marriage. These people must somehow navigate the chaos of their new world. Their trials forge the backbone of this character-driven tale.

That’s a pretty short synopsis of the story. And the illustrations you see on this page and in the video above are examples of the work you’ll see on the cover and the inside of the book. Does it look cool? Does it sound cool? I hope you think so, because the next step in the process of getting this project off the ground involves you folks. More specifically it involves you investing your money into the endeavor to help me pay for editing (becuse I cant stan typos, an u cant eithr), ISBN numbers (you need two – one for print and one for digital), and marketing (ah… marketing, can’t forget marketing). 

 So here we are. Two people connected by electricity and wires and invisible waves traveling through the air. On your end, you’re trying to figure out if this project is worth your time and money. That’s understandable. It is. On my end, I’m waiting to see what you are going to do. All the while, in my head I’m thinking, “Go ahead. Jump in… use that electricity and those wires and those invisible waves for something good. Help me make this project.” 

Thank you.

Stretch Goals

I'll be showing these when it looks like we are approaching success!

Don't worry, I've got a bunch of cool stuff to offer.

Oh, and here are the paintings. The $450 tier (it's a steal, really) and the other paintings (they're steals too). Enjoy!!:

Winnipeg Hive
Winnipeg Hive
Boar Trollic or Cut Supply Lines
Boar Trollic or Cut Supply Lines
Eagle Trollic
Eagle Trollic
The Philosopher
The Philosopher
On the Battlements
On the Battlements
The Emperor's Lands
The Emperor's Lands
Bear Trollic
Bear Trollic
The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse
Falconers
Falconers
Warrior Spell
Warrior Spell
The Two Knights
The Two Knights
The Undervaults
The Undervaults
265 Jubal the Knife
265 Jubal the Knife
578 Tactical Followers
578 Tactical Followers
Tiger/Ape
Tiger/Ape
Truthtrance Inquest
Truthtrance Inquest

Risks and challenges

Risks? Challenges? Yes. There are those. At this point, they are of a mostly organizational nature, however. The really hard parts, writing the book and illustrating the thing, are done. Now comes the part where I have to pay other people and agencies to do things for me. Once that is done, there is formatting
and marketing, both of which I am pretty confident I can accomplish.

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    The universe is a big place. My eternal gratitude is part of it and so are you. An incredible, unlikely, and just plain odd thing has occurred… they just ran smack into each other. Thank you.

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    There it is again, a very odd thing. And you get the above mentioned things as well as a zombie bookmark (image by author). Thanks so much!

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    For this pledge, you get the BIG Bundle and... the pen and ink spot illustration, "The Philosopher," that I created for the Ars Magica role playing guide, Heirs to Merlin (pg 6). Thank you!

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    Check this out! You receive the BIGGER Bundle, plus I mention your name in the next book! Could be anything, a painting, a house, a street, a dead lady walking around, let’s just see shall we? Thank you.
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    Okay, here it is… you get the BIGGER Bundle… and you get a hand drawn 5x7 (graphite) drawing of a zombie by yours truly. Crazy, I know, but there it is. Thanks!
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    You get the BIGGER Bundle and the black and white image, The Two Knights, a pen and ink stipple piece I did for the Ars Magica RPG, Triamore (pg 112)!

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    You get the BIGGER Bundle… and… you know that hand drawn (graphite) drawing of a zombie? Well, you get one that looks like you! You’ve got to send a picture, of course. And thanks!
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    For this pledge, you get the BIGGER Bundle and the original oil painting, "598 The Emperor's Lands." I painted this 5x7 piece for the collectible card set, The Legend of Five Rings, Hidden Emperor Expansion 4: Oblivion's Gate.

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    You get the BIGGER Bundle and one of my favorite oil paintings, "265 Jubal the Knife." I painted it for the collectible card game, Legends of the Burning Sands, Expansion 2: Black Hand, Black Heart. It's my favorite for mostly personal reasons. My two brothers posed for the two characters shown and I remember the photo shoot and how much fun we had. Good times. And the painting is yours for $365. Snap it up before I reconsider.

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    You get the BIGGER Bundle, and the oil painting, Truthtrance Inquest! It is an oil painting of a Bene Gesserit sister I did for the Dune collectible card set. I love this painting. It's small at about 5x6.5, but it is richly detailed like all my work. Check it out!

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    OK... This for those Middle Earth collectible card enthusiasts... it's crazy, but... you get the BIGGER Bundle and you get the painting, "The Undervaults," that I did for the Lord of the Rings card set! For $300!!! 8.5x10. Wow. You better snap this one up quick!

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    (Quick Sneak): You get the BIGGER Bundle, and you also get the Tiger/Ape oil painting Shown on the left (at bottom)! Nice… thank you!

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    You get the BIGGER Bundle, and you receive the original oil painting "Eagle Trollic!" I painted this piece for the collectible card game, "The Wheel of Time." Thank you so much!

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    You get the BIGGER Bundle, and you receive the original oil painting "Boar Trollic" (or "Cut Supply Lines")! I painted this piece for the collectible card game, "The Wheel of Time." Thank you so much!

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    You get the BIGGER Bundle, and you receive the original oil painting "Bear Trollic!" I painted this piece for the collectible card game, "The Wheel of Time." Thank you so much!

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    You get the BIGGER Bundle, except instead of the graphite drawing, you get an original 8x10 zombie oil painting done by yours truly! And, wow… a huge thanks!! (The date of delivery for the painting will be earlier than the date listed depending on how many people sign on for this pledge.)

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