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A continuation of the acclaimed educational series that teaches the art of graphic storytelling, also known as “Comics.”

About This Project

P. Craig Russell’s Guide to Graphic Storytelling Series 2 is a continuation of the acclaimed educational series that teaches the art of graphic storytelling, also known as “Comics.” 

The purpose of the project is to increase the awareness of comics as a serious art form, and to teach processes and techniques that assist in the creation of effective graphic storytelling.

Past Accomplishments

P. Craig Russell’s Guide to Graphic Storytelling Series 1 was successfully funded via Kickstarter and the project was successfully completed. The free GTGS Series 1 lesson videos and the finished Special Edition DVD can be seen at P. Craig Russell's Official Website.

An Even More Ambitious Series 2

As with Series 1, a generous sampling of the Series 2 lesson videos will be put online, free of charge, for students, educators, budding creators and anyone else interested in the visual arts. A Guide to Graphic Storytelling Series 2 Special Edition DVD will be produced that contains all of the web lessons, as well as additional DVD-exclusive lesson videos and DVD-exclusive bonus segments. Most of our backers seem to prefer having physical media, so the DVD exclusives will be quite extensive.

Lessons will feature P. Craig Russell examining sequences from Conan and the Jewels of Gwahlur, Coraline, Stormbringer, The Gift of the Magi, The Dream Hunters and many more. See this campaign's "Updates" tab for more extensive previews of the pages that will be examined.

Original Art Deluxe Pledge Package

P. Craig Russell will create an 11" by 17" piece of original art just for you! We are only offering 3 of these very special Limited Rewards.
P. Craig Russell will create an 11" by 17" piece of original art just for you! We are only offering 3 of these very special Limited Rewards.

The Signed & Limited Study Guide

The Series 2 Study Guide features reproductions of the original b&w art that will be examined in the lessons—as of now, it's looking to be about 45 single-sided 11 by 17" pages. The Study Guide is an invaluable aid for studying page layout, lettering placement, fine line work, etc. P. Craig Russell will be personally signing and numbering the cover pages for the Study Guides, so they will be very limited (and exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign).

Other rewards include Series 1 and Series 2 DVDs, project credits and a benefit party/dinner/musicale at the artist's home!

Elric fine art Giclée print personally signed by P. Craig Russell
Elric fine art Giclée print personally signed by P. Craig Russell

Creator Biographies

The instructor is award-winning writer/artist/illustrator P. Craig Russell. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in painting, Russell has run the gamut in comics. After establishing a name for himself at Marvel on Killraven and Dr. Strange, he went on to become one of the pioneers in opening new vistas for this underestimated field with, among other works, adaptations of operas by Mozart (The Magic Flute), Strauss (Salome) and Wagner (The Ring of the Nibelung). His more recent work includes comics adaptations of both Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and Gaiman’s The Sandman: The Dream Hunters.

The filmmaker is Wayne Alan Harold. A graduate of Kent State University with a degree in Telecommunications and Film, Harold has over two decades of experience in independent film and video. His most recent feature-length project, Night Music: The Art of P. Craig Russell, has had public screenings at The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus. One of the most well-received portions of that production—Russell’s expert and engaging demonstrations of panel-to-panel storytelling—served as the genesis of the Graphic Storytelling educational series.

What The Funds Are For

The current Kickstarter goal amount is the bare minimum needed to complete this more ambitious Series 2. Funds are needed for the creation of the DVDs, the extensive 11 by 17" Study Guides and the fine art Giclée prints, as well as packaging materials, shipping and postage fees, Kickstarter fees, Amazon credit card processing fees, etc. If we can somehow raise more than the $5000 goal, we will be able to produce additional remote segments for the DVD, including (possibly) P. Craig Russell interacting with other comic-book creators.

Get Involved

Please take a look at our amazing giveaways and consider helping to make this important project happen. Thank you for your time and attention!

PLEASE NOTE: You cannot make multiple pledges. If you wish to pledge for more than one thing, please add those amounts to your initial pledge and notify us as to what they are.

FAQ

  • Yes! Originally, we were NOT going to offer a Series 2 Study Guide, but soon after we launched, we got a number of messages from our faithful backers asking for one. We already had 1 backer at the $250 level, so we could not change that text. But rest assured, the Series 2 Study Guide WILL be included with all pledge levels of $100 or more.

    The Series 2 Study Guide features 11" by 17" b&w reproductions of the original pages used in the Series 2 lesson videos. We expect there to be quite a few more pages used in this second series, so the Series 2 Study Guide should be even more substantial than its Series 1 counterpart.

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  • Yes! We're not "publicly" including the digital downloads with pledges of $25 or more, but links will be made available upon request. With Series 1, we found that most people were in one of two camps—those who need no physical media and those who still want something to hold in their hands. There are still some (including Wayne) who like having both, so if you pledge $25 or more and want the downloads, too, please send us a Kickstarter message after you get your DVD and we'll be happy to hook you up with the digital downloads.

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    The Guide to Graphic Storytelling Series 2 DVD, plus a beautiful Elric fine art Giclée print personally signed by P. Craig Russell. The print's image area is approximately 12″ high x 12″ wide with a 2″ border on all sides. Total print size (with the borders) is approximately 16″ high x 16″ wide. This fine art Giclée is printed with archival UltraChrome inks on 100% cotton acid-free rag paper. Outside of the United States, please add $25 for shipping.

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    The Guide to Graphic Storytelling Series 2 DVD, the Series 2 Study Guide, the Elric fine art Giclée print personally signed by P. Craig Russell, plus a “SPECIAL THANKS TO” credit with YOUR NAME in the final credit roll (end credits) of the Graphic Storytelling Series 2 DVD!

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER DELUXE PLEDGE PACKAGE! Backers get 3 copies of the Guide to Graphic Storytelling Series 2 DVD, the signed & limited Series 2 Study Guide, the Elric fine art Giclée print personally signed by P. Craig Russell, plus an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit during the opening titles of the Series 2 DVD, on the outer DVD packaging, and in the opening credits of EACH and EVERY segment of the Series 2 web videos!

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    AN EVENING WITH P. CRAIG RUSSELL DELUXE PLEDGE PACKAGE! Backers get the Guide to Graphic Storytelling Series 1 and 2 DVDs, the signed & limited Series 2 Study Guide, the Elric fine art Giclée print personally signed by P. Craig Russell, plus AN EVENING WITH P. CRAIG RUSSELL—at the artist's home! Backers will begin the evening with a pre-dinner party in Craig’s art gallery—enjoy refreshments and conversation in the midst of great original works by Burne Hogarth, Chester Gould, Wally Wood, Mike Mignola and Barry Smith. This will be followed by a beautiful sit-down dinner, prepared by P. Craig Russell himself, who will be seated at the head of the table. After dessert, backers will be the special guests at a piano musicale performed in the artist’s living room. If you think that Craig can draw . . . wait until you hear him play! PORTIONS OF THE EVENING WILL BE FILMED FOR A SEGMENT OF THE SERIES 2 DVD! That's right, in addition to backing this project, you will also be APPEARING in it! Backers are responsible for their own travel, lodging and related costs. This amazing event will take place on Saturday, September 29, 2012 in Kent, Ohio. Please keep in mind that this pledge is non-refundable, so be certain that you can make it here on that date in time for the evening's festivities.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER DELUXE PLEDGE PACKAGE! Backers get 5 copies of the Guide to Graphic Storytelling Series 2 DVD, the signed & limited Series 2 Study Guide, the Elric fine art Giclée print personally signed by P. Craig Russell, plus an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit during the opening titles of the Series 2 DVD, on the outer DVD packaging, and in the opening credits of EACH and EVERY segment of the Series 2 web videos!

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    ORIGINAL ART DELUXE PLEDGE PACKAGE! Backers get the Guide to Graphic Storytelling Series 1 and 2 DVDs, the signed & numbered Series 2 Study Guide, the Elric fine art Giclée print personally signed by P. Craig Russell, plus an ORIGINAL 11 by 17” black and white illustration by P. Craig Russell! Craig will do a single character illustration of your choice of the following: Killraven, Batman, Conan, Elric, Siegfried (from The Ring of the Nibelung), Doctor Strange or The Sandman—or you can allow Craig to choose the character and/or subject (which we heartily recommend). Craig does not accept commissions, so this is a rare chance to get an amazing piece of original comic art. A sample of the type of piece that Craig will do is pictured under the "About This Project" section. Expected delivery will be by December, 2012--just in time for Christmas!

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