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Machiavelli is a historically accurate graphic novel; hand drawn, hand painted and set in Renaissance Florence
Machiavelli is a historically accurate graphic novel; hand drawn, hand painted and set in Renaissance Florence. If you missed the Kickstarter, there are still books (both print and ebooks) available:
Machiavelli is a historically accurate graphic novel; hand drawn, hand painted and set in Renaissance Florence. If you missed the Kickstarter, there are still books (both print and ebooks) available:
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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!

Don MacDonald

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.

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    The Borgia option: An original page of Machiavelli, your choice of page (first come, first served!): pen & ink and watercolor wash on paper, 10" x 15". Copy of the paperback edition, along with an electronic version of the book (either ePub or PDF), handsome alternate sepia toned version of the prologue in PDF, the signed ashcan/minicomic of the prologue, and desktop images for your computer or tablet.

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    The Medici option: A newly created drawing of a historical subject of your choice (subject to the whims of the artist). An original page of Machiavelli, your choice of page (first come, first served!): pen & ink and watercolor wash on paper, 10" x 15". Copy of the paperback edition, along with an electronic version of the book (either ePub or PDF). Handsome alternate sepia toned version of the prologue in PDF, the signed ashcan/minicomic of the prologue, and desktop images for your computer or tablet of choice.

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