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J Craig MeliaBy J Craig Melia
First created
J Craig MeliaBy J Craig Melia
First created
£1,389
pledged of £14,800pledged of £14,800 goal
66
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, January 14 2018 6:48 PM UTC +00:00

About

Tales of Baneheath is the delightfully twisted brainchild of Finnish Artist Henri Ruukki aka Nurminen and British Writer J Craig Melia. The first installment “Red” is a standalone comicbook set in an oppressive world filled with danger, intrigue and adventure. At the heart of the tale is a quest amid a darkly surreal landscape, a land of legends, otherworldly creatures and power hungry fanatics.

Our influences are widespread, across a number of media, so namedropping might include the Earthsea trilogy, Hellboy, The Broken Sword, John Carter of Barsoom, Frazetta's covers, Leigh Brackett's stories, Mythago Wood, Salvador Dalí, Strugatsky's Stalker.

Each and every frame of the comic is handpainted giving it a classic "golden age" feel, whilst the story has modern "new weird" undertones framed within a quest narrative.

Although we hope this to be the first installment of many, the story itself is completely standalone. That's not to say that the stage wouldn't be set for future tales, just that the book will have a beginning, middle and end, no surprise cliffhanger, no requirement to purchase another book (unless you really want to)...

The comic will be A4 size and consist of 56 pages plus covers.

The Story

The Old Empire is gone, but not forgotten. Here at the edge of civilisation lies adventure. Following years of drought the Dustlands border on the mysterious and dangerous Baneheath.

The inhabitants of a spattering of villages in the Dustlands eke out a meagre living under harsh conditions, under constant threat from Imperial might. The Second Empire lets the villages govern themselves but harsh punishment awaits anyone who enters the Heath. Still, where farming is no longer a proposition and hunting is near useless, those desperate enough turn to the Heath. Though few are brave enough to enter, fewer yet have the skill to return.

Inside the Heath anything might happen, but the rewards are great. The Second Empire, those who lay claim to all earthly power and majesty of the Old Empire, hold a special interest in the Heath and the powers and devices hidden within.

The Characters

Weatherworn and weary, Red is a hardened inhabitant of the Dustlands. After many years he has returned to live on his late parents farmstead maintained by his brother Elk. Occasional warrior, farmer, labourer, miner, merchant and adventurer, Red has spent a lifetime doing whatever it takes to survive.

A lot like his brother, whom he used to idolise when they were both young, Elk is his junior by five years. He shares many charactistics with his brother though his sense of adventure is somewhat less than that of Red, remaining to work the family farm. What he may lack in intellect and social skills he makes up for in heart and spirit, plus a surprising amount of knowledge about native flora and fauna.

Strong and steadfast, Swift has worked hard to forget his past as a former Imperial Enforcer. A veteran of numerous campaigns before going rogue, Swift is an old friend of Red. For many years he has worked as the local blacksmith.

Found by Swift, lost, hungry and half mindless, Taika remembers only fleeting images of her past, visions of a childhood journey into the heart of the Heath.

The mysterious Babyara, the nearly omniscient wise lady of the Heath. A healer to some, to others a terrifying witch. Her intentions she keeps to herself, but Imperials know well enough to leave her alone.

So, Why Do We Want YOUR Money?

Script is completed, storyboarding nearly finished, some of the key interior pages are underway, essentially this campaign is to raise funds to pay for Henri's time and materials. As each frame is going to be individually painted we're looking for a full six to eight months to complete the artwork ahead of lettering and printing. That's a lot of paint, paper and time, but necessary if we are to deliver the project to the quality that we'd like.

We'll keep everyone regularly informed as to progress and provide photos of Henri covered in paint.

 

Example Test Page (not actual dialogue)
Example Test Page (not actual dialogue)

 

Character Portraits
Character Portraits

 

Project Updates

Aside from keeping everyone updated here, we'll be looking to keep everyone up to date with what we're doing via http://baneheath.socialevolution.co.uk

Risks and challenges

Any project faces a number of risks and challenges to reach a finished product. We understand the faith that backers will have shown in this project and will be fully committed to bringing the book to life within the projected timeframe.

We are very much looking forward to taking on the challenge of bringing this project to life by the end of 2018, in an enjoyable comic book for backers.

In the unlikely event of delays we'll keep all backers and interested parties updated, both here, on our website and via social media. We strongly believe that good, honest communications is the best approach in business, and hope that this transmits the level of commitment we have to making this project happen.

Without potential (and more importantly, actual) investors our dream simply won't occur in the timeframe that we've defined. This is a symbiotic journey of creation. Our talents and time invested is only part of the elements for success, YOU are an important part in making this happen. We sincerely hope you'll join us in this endevour.

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