Noble Beast Classics — Creating Interactive Literature
Noble Beast Classics — Creating Interactive Literature
The classics retold by 30 brilliant authors and artists, made into interactive books with a science fiction or fantasy twist!
The classics retold by 30 brilliant authors and artists, made into interactive books with a science fiction or fantasy twist! Read more
About this project
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Check out the demo on the video below ↓
You: Ok! Ok! I think I get it. When I donate $8 or more I get an invite to download Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus for FREE and my choice of enhanced Noble Beast Classics. Can you give me some more details?
Us: Sure thing! Keep reading!
The enhanced digital book publisher who brought you Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus has put together a brilliant cast of authors, artists, and composers to retell their favorite classics—only they will be no ordinary books—we want our readers to have an immersive storytelling experience.
We are introducing 13 NEW titles that need to be funded and throwing in 2 BONUS TITLES so you'll have a choice of 15 Noble Beast Classics!
Noble Beast is making these classic twists available in four formats*:
Check out the video demo of the Enhanced iBook Edition ↓
We've brought together 30 authors and artists to create 13 new titles to add to our Noble Beast Classics line.
Adapted from Herman Melville's masterpiece.
THE RETELLING: Ishmael joins a whaling spaceship, the Pequod, only to discover it's led by a cyborg intent on destroying the great white Space Whale, Moby Dick. How far will Captain Ahab go in his quest for revenge?
THE AUTHOR: Albert Berg is a literary horror writer whose works include A Prairie Home Apocalypse: What The Dog Saw, The Mulch Pile, and Derelict. His haunting prose and compelling plots make him a perfect match for Melville.
THE ARTIST: Cesar Sabastian Diaz is an illustrator and comic artist who lives in Valencia, Spain. He occasionally blogs under the name The Little Bastard, and is exceptionally talented at black and white pieces.
Adapted from Lewis Carroll's masterpiece.
RETELLING: When Alice falls asleep on the train, a white rabbit leads her down a manhole. She's transported to a medieval Wonderland where she must take back the Queen's sword before all Wonderland is destroyed.
THE AUTHOR: Richard Ellis Preston Jr., is the esteemed author of the steampunk bestseller, Romulus Buckle and the City of the Founders. His lively imagination and ability to write a great cast of characters makes him the perfect match for Carroll.
THE ARTIST: Brian Koschak is a professional illustrator/writer, of Narcoleptic Sunday for Oni Press as well as several Star Wars graphic novels for Dark Horse Comics. Currently he is the curator of HeadMedicine, an online art/music/culture magazine.
Adapted from Charles Dicken's masterpiece.
THE RETELLING: A disgruntled spaceship captain who'd lost his family during the holidays forbids anyone to celebrate Christmas—until the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future give him a change of heart.
THE AUTHOR: PJ Haarsma is the YA science fiction author of the Softwire series and creator of popular online game, Rings of Orbis. His vivid storytelling and humor make him a perfect match for Dickens.
THE ARTIST: Juan Gedeon produces storyboards, layouts, and traditional animation for movies. His artwork has been featured in Tomb Raider: the Beginning (Dark Horse), and he is currently working in another Tomb Raider project. He is a fantastic illustrator with a keen eye for action and detail.
Adapted from J.M. Barrie's masterpiece.
THE RETELLING: On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Wendy is visited by a rogue lad named Peter Pan and told she must escape with him into Neverland—the untamed wilds around London—or be brainwashed at the government's hands. Will they face the perils awaiting them in Neverland, or will they choose to fight Hook and the corrupt government?
THE AUTHOR: Erin Keyser Horn is the YA paranormal author of Eyes of Lightning, River's Edge, and the upcoming Wings of Thunder. Her whimsical prose and endearing characters make her a perfect match for Barrie.
THE ARTIST: Alex Kosakowski is a concept artist and illustrator for many independent games and large mobile game studios, such as Kabam and DeNA. Alex brings together many different disciplines and traditions to create colorful, interesting characters and illustrations.
Adapted from Joseph Conrad's masterpiece.
THE RETELLING: Marlow is a noble emissary sent by his King to ask for the mysterious, magical Kurtz's help, which means he must travel upriver into the very heart of darkness. What Marlow finds on his journey not only changes what he believed about himself—it changes the whole Kingdom.
THE AUTHOR: Matt Betts (tentatively confirmed) is the fantasy author of Odd Men Out. His depth of emotion, phenomenal settings, and strong prose makes him a perfect match for Conrad.
THE ARTIST: Max Dunbar is the comic book artist of Red Sonja: Atlantis Rises and The Mocking Dead from Dynamite Entertainment. His gorgeous backgrounds and eye for composition make him stand out from the crowd.
Adapted from Jane Austen's masterpiece.
THE RETELLING: The most powerful witches in America--the Bennet sisters--have put down their wands and gone undercover. But when two bachelors move into the house next to them, their secrets--and their hearts--are threatened.
THE AUTHOR: Emily Hall is the writer and editor for Outland Entertainment. Her gentility, wit, and insight make her a perfect match for Austen.
THE ARTIST: Steven Black is a painter with an obsessive compulsion to champion the odd, fringe, or otherwise unappreciated.
Adapted from Alexander Dumas' masterpiece.
THE RETELLING: Young D'Artagnan escapes his slave master and makes for Paris with his father's magical sword intent on becoming a famed musketeer as his father was. But when four Martians land and violently seek out D'Artagnan's sword, he must tap into its power and defeat the aliens before all of France is destroyed.
THE AUTHOR: Ellie Ann is a science fiction and comic author of The Silver Sickle, Slice of Life, and Tale of Frida. Her humor and ability to create wondrous new worlds makes her a perfect match for Dumas.
THE ARTIST: Jeremy Mohler is an illustrator, professional colorist, and the art director for Noble Beast. He's worked on the World of Warcraft CCG, colored for Marvel Comics, and art directed numerous projects, including an exhibit for the History Colorado Museum. He's phenomenal at drawing personality into his characters and creating epic settings.
Adapted from Nathaniel Hawthorne's masterpiece.
THE RETELLING: Hester Prynne had an affair with a Dark Elf, which means her illegal hybrid child will have have an extreme level of magical talent and be prone to madness. Can Hester and her daughter Pearl overcome the hate and prejudice against them? And when an evil army crosses their borders, will Pearl have the love and forgiveness to save the village?
THE AUTHOR: Scott Colby is the fantasy author of Shotgun and All Your Fault (A Date with Death). His creative prose, honesty, and poignant characters make him a perfect match for Hawthorne.
THE ARTIST: Timothy Green is the comic artist of Fraction, Rush City, Annihilation: Conquest – Star-Lord and The Immortal Iron Fist.
Adapted from Jules Verne's masterpiece.
THE RETELLING: As Otto is teaching a class one night, the spirit of his deceased mother appears to him: she is trapped and tortured in some hellish way station far below the surface of the earth. Together, Otto and his estranged brother, Axel, have to descend into the depths to free their mother and all those trapped with her.
THE AUTHOR: Ryne Douglas Pearson is the author of thrillers Simple Simon and Confessions, and the screenwriter of Knowing. His undaunted imagination and engaging prose makes him a perfect match for Verne.
Adapted from Frank Baum's masterpiece
THE RETELLING: The Wicked Witch of the West has a daughter, and she's on a mission to retrieve the magic shoes that Dorothy stole from Oz. But on her journey from Oz to LA, she discovers things aren't as black and white as she supposed.
THE AUTHOR: Jesse James Freeman is the fantasy author of the Billy Purgatory series. His quick wit, compelling characters, and audacity make him the perfect match for Baum.
THE ARTIST: Shannon Potratz has been an illustrator and graphic designer since 1993 and done everything from web design to book illustration. He works full-time for Bassett & Brush Design and is working on a creator-owned graphic novel called The Redeemers.
Adapted from Rudyard Kipling's masterpiece.
THE RETELLING: When an orphaned boy is abandoned near a werewolf pack in Detroit, the alpha shapeshifter sees him as a tool they can raise to destroy the serial killer, Shere Khan. With training from shapeshifters Baloo and Bagheera and the friendship of the irrepressible Rikki Tikki Tavi, the boy Mowgli might become more than just a tool—and grow to create his own fate.
THE AUTHOR: Alana Joli Abbott is the fantasy author of Into the Reach, Departure, Regaining Home, Cowboys and Aliens II, and the interactive novel apps Choice of Kung Fu and the upcoming Showdown at Willow Creek. Her cunning characters, wondrous prose, and exciting tales make her a perfect fit for Kipling.
THE ARTIST: Steven Sanders is a comic and concept artist who has worked for Marvel (Infinity:The Hunt, Wolverine and the X-Men) and recently Kickstarted Symbiosis, an open-source world-building art book. Steven's work seamlessly bridges the gap between fantasy and reality.
Adapted from H.G. Wells' masterpieces.
THE RETELLING: At the scene of a horrific murder, Griffin, The Invisible Man, recognizes the work of his old associate Dr. Moreau. He visits the island and is confronted with the consequences of madness meeting science.
THE AUTHOR: JRD Skinner is the author of Flash Pulp. His gift for noir storytelling and thrilling action make him a perfect match for Wells.
THE ARTIST: Mike Walton "Big Mike" has toiled as an animator, children’s book illustrator, miscellaneous illustrator, designer, art director, amateur beardsman, and comic book artist and writer. His Eisner Award-waiting, critically-ignored comic, Dual, debuted through DC Comic’s Zuda imprint in 2008. Between odd jobs, he writes and illustrates the ongoing horror webcomic, False Positive.
Adapted from Bram Stoker's masterpiece.
THE RETELLING: Dracula returns....to a Vegan cafe?! He's immortal, charming, handsome and an egotistical jerk. He's on the prowl and looks at barista Mina as his next conquest. All that stands in his way is her hipster fiancee boyfriend, Jonathan. But Mina is in a rut. Her fiancee never seems to have time for her; the job feels like an endless Portlandia skit and she's ready for a big change.
THE AUTHOR: Bonnie Burton writes about everything from Wookiees to mean girls. Her works include: The Star Wars Craft Book, Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Planets in Peril, Girls Against Girls: Why Are We Mean To Each Other and How Can We Change, and Womanthology. Her snappy dialogue, depth of characters, and beautiful descriptions make her a perfect match for Stoker.
THE ARTIST: Alan Gallo has a degree in Architecture in the University of Philippines. A couple of years after graduation, he decided to pursue his love in illustration and began working with independent publishers and studios. He's illustrated: Planet stories, Teddy and the Yeti, and Victorian Horrors - Tales of Old Mauch Chunk.
Adapted from HG Wells' masterpiece.
THE RETELLING: When Traveler sends the model of his Time Machine into the distant future, it ends up in the hands of an eccentric billionaire who uses it to build his own Time Machine. The threads of time are in danger of becoming unraveled unless a lone scientist can repair them.
THE AUTHOR: James Floyd Kelly is a freelance writer, currently writing non-fiction and YA science fiction. His incredible insight into technology and humanity make him a perfect fit for Wells.
THE ARTIST: Federico Dallocchio began his professional career at Desperado Comics and soon took over major projects at WildStorm Productions, including Starcraft, Gears of War and covers on Call of Duty, Modern Warfare, and Ghost. Since then, he has worked on many titles for DC Comics, including Green Arrow, Batman and the New 52 relaunch of Suicide Squad.
The following two titles were a part of our last Kickstarter. Since they are in Noble Beast Classic's line of titles, we are making them available to contributors of this campaign along with the other Classics.
Adapted from Arthur Conan Doyle's series, Sherlock Holmes.
THE RETELLING: Mycroft has gone missing, and Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are investigating. When Holmes discovers that the macabre genius, Dr. Frankenstein's Monster, is behind it all, they must find Mycroft before she is forced to become Frankenstein's Bride.
THE AUTHOR: P.C. Martin is the fantasy author of Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus. Her brilliant wit and profound ability to write mysteries make her a perfect match for Doyle.
THE ARTIST: Levi Hoffmeier (a.k.a. Leviathan) is an award-winning artist best known for his work in the Shadowrun sourcebooks and in Halo: Evolutions Volume I. Levi is also responsible for the popular Halo fan-comic, A Fistful of Arrows, and the Mayflower graphic novel.
Adapted from Arthur Conan Doyle's series, Sherlock Holmes.
This Enhanced iPad Book is already available for sale in the App Store - you can learn more about it at the Steampunk Holmes web site.
THE RETELLING: Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are called in by Sherlock’s sister, Mycroft Holmes, to help find the stolen plans of a very advanced submarine, the Nautilus, recovered from the watery grave of the most notorious terrorist of the British Empire, Captain Nemo.
THE AUTHOR: P.C. Martin's brilliant wit and profound ability to write mysteries make her a perfect match for Doyle.
THE ARTIST: Daniel Cortes is a jack-of-all-trades who worked on the book layout, illustrations, sketches, and animations. Daniel is in high demand in the video game industry.
How FREE Subscriptions Work
Each award level includes a FREE subscription to Noble Beast that allows you to access your Noble Beast Classics at any time across multiple formats. After logging in, you can download and re-download any books you select as many times as you like in perpetuity.
For the Enhanced iPad Edition you'll access and read your books using our FREE Noble Beast Reader. The books you select for your award level - you will have a chance to select them when the Kickstarter is over - will already be listed in your personal library.
If you have used Netflix or ComiXology than your experience will be similar. The Noble Beast Reader is both a catalog of our titles and an enhanced digital reading platform.
Other formats such as the Enhanced iBooks Edition, PDF, and eBook can be downloaded directly from our web site to the device of your choosing.
The FREE Subscription has no time limit or obligations. You do not need to do anything to get it. When the books are ready we'll send you an email and invite you to log-in to access the titles you selected.
This Kickstarter will be providing funds to cover the cost of authors, artists, editors, producers, the colorist, the mapmaker, and coffee. Lots of coffee. There are 28 authors and artist creating these works, all of whom need to earn a living. All the money collected up to our goal will be used to pay these individuals.
These classic stories are already so alive--and the authors and artists are excited to keep telling them in a new way. Through our enhancements, we want to create an even richer and more immersive world, giving readers new things to discover about these wondrous old tales.
Risks and challenges
Each book is quite a big production and involves a lot of people. If something happens to an author/artist/producer and they are unable to continue their work, then we will do our best to hire a new person to replace them and start where they left off. If this happens and we are unable to finish the book that you chose--we will give you another choice of any of our Noble Beast Classics.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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