Last year, after extensively researching sixteenth century Italy, I wrote, drew, and published the graphic novel Machiavelli online. I hoped to go well beyond the caricature of Machiavelli as a malevolent character of base cunning while creating an accurate picture of him and Renaissance life and politics. I based the artwork on the kind of artwork that got me fired up: the pen and ink works of 16th and 17th century artists. Except for the lettering, everything is done by hand, as suited to the time and place of Machiavelli, and in addition, I like to work in paint, paper, pen and ink: low tech.
The offer: Online readers of Machiavelli have been asking me for a print edition for years, and I want to print an edition that's worthy of their wait. I'll be making a paperback of about 160 pages with high-quality paper and offset printing. But I also want to make Machiavelli more accessible for those who want to read electronically: paging through hundreds of web pages is a chore. So I will create a downloadable ePub and/or PDF for easy download. Lastly the site will be professionally redesigned featuring extras, like historical notes and sketches, and a pay-what-you-like download of the book (contributors will get the electronic version as part of your reward, of course).
Here's what your contribution will make possible: A printed edition, an electronic edition, and a modern web site.
The artwork: Here's the prologue, showing the failed Pazzi conspiracy and Medici retribution that gripped Florence when Machiavelli was a child:
Thanks for your support!
Risks and challenges
Machiavelli is finished. At least, the drawing portion is, so the major challenge is manufacturing. Should the printer be busy or backlogged, it's possible the date could change depending on their schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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