Written by J.M. Barrie as a play in 1904 and then as a novel in 1911, Peter Pan is a timeless tale that is widely known and loved. Despite this, much of the original book has been left out of many of the more modern adaptations. This is the reason, as well as the book being my all-time favorite ever, that I decided to make my adaptation.
While I hope this rendition will be enjoyable for anyone who would read the book, I've drawn the manga for teens and young adults, as well as for those of us in adulthood who enjoyed the story as children, and would like to relive the story again.
The novel is in public domain, which allows me to publish this comic. However, as J.M. Barrie gifted the rights originally to Great Ormond Street Hospital, I will be including a short history on the hospital and Barrie’s gift written by Christine De Poortere, the Peter Pan Director at GOSH.
Volume one will contain chapters 1-3 of the webcomic (Chapters 1-4 of the novel). The total page count is not precise, as stretch goals and so on may add extra content to the book, but there will be at LEAST 170 pages in the book!
I updated the art and the paneling of the first two chapters, as I have greatly improved since I first drew them. The book will also contain 11 entirely new pages that will have more information on the Darlings. These pages will not be posted online, so the only way to read them will be by getting the book. Depending on if the kickstarter does well, more may be added to the book... ^_-
I have been asked if I will continue to adapt the comic past this first volume of the manga, and the answer is: of course! I intend to adapt the entire original novel as loyally as possible, as well as expanding on a few adventures that Barrie talks about in the book, but doesn't go into great detail about. So, never fear, this project will be continued and, if this kickstarter is successful, more books will be released!
If you'd like a little insight into the comic, please check out LOOM's review of the comic.
Elaine Tipping is located in Nishio, Japan, with her husband and two cats. In addition to her Peter Pan adaptation, she and writer Ben Hsu formed Tiny Blue Dragon Studio where she also is the artist for Dubious Company and Licensed Heroes. She is finishing up her last year studying manga with Kodansha, drawing full time, and teaching English part time. In her spare time (of which there is little) she reads manga, plays video games, and does whatever new hobby she’s discovered. (no, seriously, she needs to stop getting new hobbies). Last year, she ran a successful kickstarter for her slice-of-life comic about living in Japan. The finished book can be found on Amazon.
Firstly, if you pledge within the first 24 hours of the kickstarter, you will receive a Special Early Bird Print!! ^_^ This is the only chance to get this image, it will not be posted anywhere online, and only the people in the first 24 hours will receive it ^_^ *NOTE: as the first 24 hours of the kickstarter is over now, this offer is no longer available. Congrats to those Early Birds who pledged in time to get the reward! ^_^*
**New Limited reward! When we reach the goal, anyone who is currently a backer will get a special "goal met" gift added to their final rewards: a Peter Pan wallpaper for their computer and/or mobile device!. Anyone who backs after the pledge that helps us reach our goal will sadly miss out on this limited gift. **
There are a number of rewards to choose from, as you can see over on the right! All rewards are cumulative, unless stated otherwise. This means, if you get the $25 level reward, you not only get the book, but you also get your name in the book, a special Kickstarter-limited digital image and 5 bookmarks.
If you are located outside of Japan (ie. International to where I am) please include $10 for shipping for levels $25-$250. If you get level $550, that will need considerably more because of the doll's weight, so I would ask for $20 for shipping. This will assure that you get your package in a timely manner!
More details on the $40, $80 and $550 reward levels:
Anyone who pledges the $40 level and up will have their version of the book upgraded to the special edition, which includes a character of your choice from Peter Pan drawn on a special sketch card, traditionally inked and colored with copic markers. To be clear, this is just an upgrade, so it will not net you two books. Though if you are interested in ordering more than one book, please contact me.
At $80, you will have the choice of three characters. Each character comes with their own unique items and art. At this level, you have a choice between 3 character sets:
Peter’s set includes: A key chain and a cell phone charm with Peter themed art, as well as a Peter themed friendship bracelet/anklet that can either be made to fit your wrist or ankle (I will ask for measurements), or it can be used as anything else you choose (if you don’t give a measurement, I will make them all a standard length of 22 centimeters).
Wendy’s set includes: A key chain and a cell phone charm with Wendy themed art, as well as a Wendy themed friendship bracelet/anklet. As stated above, I will ask for measurements, or use a standard length if you do not choose to give one.
Tink’s set includes: A key chain and cell phone charm, as well as a Tinker Bell mini wind chime. All will contain Tinker Bell themed art.
At $550 I will make you a custom doll! Custom dolls are very popular in Japan and, while, many of them are kinda creepy, I’ve found a brand that is very sweet. A custom doll will include: a doll whose hair has been cut and styled by me, a hand painted face, as well as hand sewn clothes and accessories. If you'd like to see an example of my doll work, here is my first doll!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
We have quite a few cool stretch goals!
Stretch Goal 1: At $3,500, everyone who pledges for the special edition of the book will receive a special edition bookmark! This bookmark will have entirely NEW art on it, it will have a colored ribbon, and it will only be available through the kickstarter.
Stretch Goal 2: At 4,000, everyone will receive a high quality print of the cover art, which you can see below in the updates section. Anyone who pledges for items that require no shipping will receive this reward digitally.
Stretch Goal 3: At 4,500, everyone will receive a Map of Neverland! Have you ever wondered where the pirate ship lays at rest? Or where Mermaid Lagoon is? Here is your chance to have the whole island at your finger tips! Good for following along with the book too!
Stretch Goal 4: At 5,000, those of you who are getting any levels of the character sets will get an extra reward added into your character set choice(s)! This is the bookshelf buddies add-on! These will be chibi versions of the characters printed on thick paper with a thick paper stand that will allow them to perch on your bookshelf and decorate the area, keeping your books company!
Stretch Goal 5: At 5,500 This goal will add more pages to the book! I will do what are called "omake" comics, which will be 4 panel gag strips. I will take scenes from the first 4 chapters from the novel (3 chapters in the comic) and give them a silly, or fun, alternate ending! Nana unable to pull Peter's shadow away, sewing on the shadow working how it would in REAL life, Peter leaving too many leaves behind when he comes to visit so the whole nursery is filled with leaves, the flight to Neverland not QUITE going as expected... and so much more!
Stretch Goal 6: At 6,000 This level is a unique reward. It will be a recording of me reading aloud the first four chapters of the book! You will receive a digital version of this recording, as well as (for anyone receiving a package) a CD copy. Not many people know that I spent many years in the theatre (operettas and operas), and was actually accepted into the voice program at my University, but my love of Japan and art pulled me away from my other love of theatre. However, the skills still remain, and I hope you will all enjoy this goal! ^_^
And if we fund all the stretch goals, don't worry, that's not the end, there is the possibility for even more stretch goals!
The first comic was posted in September of 2011 and has been running since then. The comic updates twice a week, on Sundays and Wednesdays.
You can read the comic online at the following places:
You can also follow the comic’s facebook page where I post new pages, quotes from the book, and other peter pan related things.
The music in the video is "Darkest Child" and "Five Armies" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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This is where art for rewards, and other kickstarter related things, will be posted! If you are a backer, I will inform you when art is posted here with an update ^_^ Enjoy!
First up, some of the bookmarks! This is the front of these bookmarks, they are double sided and will have something pretty on the back as well ^_^. The coloring style is a little different than some of my other art, since I've been trying out a technique that makes my digital art look like copic markers, so I hope you enjoy!
And the next set of bookmarks! Tiger Lily and Hook will the the front an back of a bookmark, so a total of five bookmarks.
Next up, the cover art for volume 1! This is not the whole cover, it is just the picture that will be featured on the cover. Hope you like it! ^_^
Wondering what the art will look like for the character sets? Well, here are the images that will be on the keychains! The backgrounds will vary depending on character (this is just an internet display background), but the super cute characters will definitely be there ^_^ Remember, this is just the art for the keychains! The cell phone charms, and the windchime, will all have totally new and sweet art on them!
If you'd like to see a larger version, check my Deviant Art account!
As you know, there will be new pages in chapter 1, and they will only be available in the book! Here is a little preview of one of the pages, so you can see a little of what I want to bring you ^_^
Yet another part of a reward revealed! This is for the colored manga page reward, and this is one of the two pages that will be colored! The other's is Hook's, and his is a two page spread. Enjoy! A larger version can be seen on my DA account.
Posting a few of the pieces that will be in the art book. These, plus all the art in my colored character art gallery (as well as never before seen character designs, artists notes and an insight into my comic process) will all be in the art book! Hope you like these previews! ^_^
Risks and challenges
The last kickstarter I ran, I hit a bump with my printer. I found a new printer who is solid and reliable and a big company rather than a single person, so barring the apocalypse, the books should arrive on time. However, just to be sure, I’ve given a nice chunk of time to get you all your rewards. Keep in mind that I’m only one person and any rewards that take assembly are done by me and me alone (sometimes the cats try to help by stealing my things, but that doesn’t actually help, as you can guess). The funds of the kickstarter will go towards the costs of the rewards, the shipping to get the things to you, and if there is anything left, it will go back into the comic so that I can keep working on it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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