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A re-imagining of Ireland's greatest myth: the life and times of the warrior Cu Chulainn

London, UK Comics
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We have just published the first 21 pages of Hound. You can find them here:

LINK - http://www.houndthemovie.com/sample/00.html

The legend of the warrior Cu Chulainn is one of the great myths of the Ancient World. 

Set in Iron Age Ireland, when the Long Lived still walked the earth, and society still lived by the warrior code. 

Today this great legend is barely known outside Ireland, but THIS WASN'T ALWAYS THE CASE. In the eighteenth century the legend was translated into English and immediately spread the length and breadth of Europe, becoming a "bestseller" from Moscow to Madrid

With Paul Bolger and Barry Devlin’s vivid reimagining and Paul Bolger’s stark and powerful visual style WE WANT TO RE-INTRODUCE this epic of Celtic Ireland to Europe... and introduce it for the first time to the wider world.

WHAT DO WE WANT TO CREATE?

HOUND will be a visually stunning Graphic Novel book that will be made to the highest specification to be a work of art and a MUST-HAVE COLLECTIBLE!!!

WHAT IS THE STORY ABOUT?

Set in Ancient Ireland HOUND is the first in three Graphic Novels covering the life of Cu Chulainn...

In this forgotten world where war once ruled peace reigns supreme and this is killing Morrigan, last of the Long Lived. In a desperate bid to stay vital she kidnaps baby Cú Chulainn and exposes the child to her darkness imbuing him with unnatural strength and agility, but at a price. He inherits her dark hair, eyes and unpredictable brooding nature. He is not easy to be around. Although physically smaller than his peers he has the status of a giant. Friend and foe fear him. Since killing a Blacksmith’s guard dog and taking it’s place as a child, hence his nickname, HOUND, he has earned a reputation for never letting anyone or anything get in the way of that which he wants more than anything else – to be Champion of the World.

With Cú Cullan seeded as her living weapon Morrigan plans to turn a hard won peace into endless carnage.

PAUL AND BARRY - THE AUTHORS!

Paul Bolger is a director, an animator and an artist. 

His first love was, and remains, comics. He worked as an animator at the Don Bluth Studio in Dublin, and once this closed down made the fool-hardy decision to, along with a couple of other of the recently unemployed animators, to set up a studio, which became Ireland’s largest animation studio, Dagda Film, with over 50 animators working for it at its apex. Feeling this was taking him away from the art of animation Paul then toured the world as a free-lance lead animator (Cool World, The Thief and the Cobbler, Werner) and director (Gardens, Happily N’ever After), before strongly feeling it was time to return to Ireland and work on his own projects.

Over the two decades that he was working and living abroad Paul became fascinated with Irish history and mythology, and the period that fascinated him most was the Ireland of the Celts, 2000 years ago, and the story that intrigued him above all others was the Legend of Cu Chulainn. 

Paul has been reading the history and the archaeology around the legend all through his adult life, and his desire to bring this story to the world goes beyond being attracted to the surface comic friendly aspects of the myth: Cu Chulainn in some sense seems very modern- a super-hero, combing super powers with a dark and mysterious character - Paul also wants to delve deep into the psyche of Cu Chulainn, and use HOUND as a window into a civilization that echoes down to us through scant myths and the artefacts we have today, but which, after all, is the antecedent, and mixed into, the European culture of the modern world: a culture that has imposed itself and fused with cultures all around the world. 

HOUND is a project of a life-time for Paul: the bringing together of his story telling and artistic experience OF THE LAST 30 years!

He has been joined in this project by: 

* Barry Devlin - a film & TV writer of note ( A Man of No Importance, The Darlings Buds of May), Director of several documentaries on U2 as well as directing many of their music videos, and he is something of an Irish rock legend himself as the front man of Horslips; and...

* Hugh Welchman - Oscar winning film producer and Creative Director of BreakThru Films.

Campaign coordination: Marcin J. Sobczak (this way publicity)

REWARDS

1. Digital Stills of 6 Characters

Receive a digital set of the main cast of characters in HOUND:

* Morrigan, the force of malevonence; 

* King Connor, 

* the man who has incurred Morrigan’s wrath by bringing peace to Ireland; 

* Queen Maeve, ruler of the barren Western lands of Connact who covets the wealth of King Connor’s kingdom; 

* Ferdia, champion of the west, and destined to be both best friend and mortal enemy to Cuchulainn; 

* Emer, the love of Cu Chulainn’s life, and of course the hound himself, Cu Chulainn.

Price: £5

2. Digital Stills of Six Characters + "Making of" Vlogs

As well as the digital stills, RECEIVE the 12 Making Of VLOGS to be made during the making of HOUND. Paul will record his process for the major sequence he tackles each month, detailing his artistic approach and his influences, and revealing a bit about how each section contributes to the story of HOUND.

Price: £8

3. Signed Book - only 413 available!

Only 750 books will be printed. Receive your individually numbered and signed copy of the Limited Edition Kickstarter Print run of HOUND GRAPHIC NOVEL. Be one of the few to own and hold the first edition. Additionally receive 1&2 above.

Price: £40

4. Signed book and set of Character cards 

Receive your individually numbered and signed copy of the Limited Edition Kickstarter Print run of HOUND GRAPHIC NOVEL and inside you will find 6 black and white cards with the 6 main characters. Additionally receive 1&2 above.

Price: £50

5. Signed book with limited edition 45cm by 35cm print of one of Author's favourite pages

Receive your individually numbered and signed copy of the Limited Edition Kickstarter Print run of HOUND GRAPHIC NOVEL and choose from among 10 limited edition 45cm by 35cm prints (10 copies of each will be printed) of Paul's 10 favourite pages. 

These will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so to make sure you get the print you want sign up as soon as possible.  The pages will be ready to choose from in June. And the order of choosing will be determined by the order in which backers sign up for this reward, so the first person to sign up will get first choice, the second to sign up will get second choice etc. Each print will be one of only 10 that will ever be printed. Other pages maybe printed in the future, but THESE WILL NOT BE RE-PRINTED! 

Additionally receive 1&2 above.

Price: £75

6. Signed book & limited edition of Limited edition Sketch book (50) with Hand drawn cover

Receive your individually numbered and signed copy of the Limited Edition Kickstarter Print run of HOUND GRAPHIC NOVEL and one of only 50 copies of the HOUND Sketch Book, 36 pages of artwork and sketches and concept designs, selected by Paul from 1000’s of sketches and roughs that he has been working on over the years. Each copy will be individually numbered, signed, and have a cover hand painted by Paul. 

Additionally receive 1&2 above.

Price: £100

7. Signed book with original B&W sketch book with Hand drawn and hand coloured cover (ONLY one available)

Receive your individually numbered and signed copy of the Limited Edition Kickstarter Print run of HOUND GRAPHIC NOVEL and Paul’s hand drawing version of the HOUND Sketch Book. As all the art for HOUND has been done directly onto a tablet, this will be a free hand re-working of the designs, so entirely one off and unique.

Price: £500

8. Appear in Graphic Novel as a head in the pyramid of severed heads and get 45cm by 35cm print of page & signed copy of book.

When Cu Chulainn is the lone warrior standing between Maeve’s Army and the defenceless subjects of the Kingdom of Ulla he has to harness his dark and violent side, as he single handedly decimates the army. A pyramid of severed head piles up besides him, here is your chance to be immortalised for all time, as a severed head in the pyramid of severed heads. Send us your photo, and you will appear, gorey-fied rather than glorified, in one of the climatic scenes. As well as appearing in the book you will receive a signed print of the Pyramid of severed heads, as well as your individually numbered and signed copy of the Limited Edition Kickstarter Print run of HOUND GRAPHIC NOVEL.

Price: £500

9. Appear as a warrior/priestess in the volume and get your own A2 print of you alongside the Cu Chulainn and Goddess Morrigan hand coloured by author, and signed copy of book.

Our ultimate reward. Be immortalised in HOUND GRAPHIC NOVEL as a warrior or priestess standing right next to hero Cu Chulainn in the book. And we will also send you an A2 print of this panel, hand coloured by Paul to go along with your individually numbered and signed copy of the Limited Edition Kickstarter Print run of HOUND GRAPHIC NOVEL.

Price: £1,000

HOUND GRAPHIC NOVEL

A re-imagining of Cu Chulainn, Ireland’s greatest legend

Story by Paul Bolger & Barry Devlin

Artwork by Paul Bolger

Produced by Hugh Welchman

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge for this project is Paul Bolger being able to take time out from paid work to work on this. £13,000 of the minimum amount is the cost of all the production of the books and the rewards and the postage. £10,000 will go directly to Paul and will allow him to take 3 months off, in which time he will get half of the 160 pages done. The other half will be done in weekends and evenings until it is finished. Any money over the £23,000 will go to buying Paul more time off so that he can finish the book faster. Paul is a very experienced creative professional, and is used to predicting the time taken to do work, and our schedule is based on the rate at which he has done 16 page test, so really the challenge is to make the schedule as predictable as possible by Paul doing as much of it as possible full time, and as little as possible in spaces around other work.

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    20 backers

    Receive a digital set of stills of the SIX main characters in HOUND: Morrigan the War Godess, King Connor of Ulla, best friend and adversary to Cu Chulainn, Ferdia, the Belligerent Queen Maeve, and Cu Chulainn himself.

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    21 backers

    Digital set of stills of SIX main characters and "Making of" VLOGS: find out the inspirations and sources, and follow Paul as he gets down to digitally penning this project of a lifetime

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    25 backers

    A DIGITAL COPY OF "HOUND" GRAPHIC NOVEL - (NOTE: this reward will be delivered after we'll send out all the requested print rewards)

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    17 backers Limited (29 left of 46)

    EXCLUSIVELY FOR KICKSTARTER - Limited Hound T-shirt : RED HAND

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    EXCLUSIVELY FOR KICKSTARTER - Limited Hound T-shirt : MORRIGAN SHADOW

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    8 backers Limited (39 left of 47)

    EXCLUSIVELY FOR KICKSTARTER - Limited Hound T-shirt : PILLAR STONE

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    185 backers Limited (228 left of 413)

    Signed copy of the Limited Edition HOUND GRAPHIC NOVEL

    & Digital Stills of Six Characters & "Making of" VLOGS

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    45 backers Limited (105 left of 150)

    Signed copy of the Limited Edition HOUND GRAPHIC NOVEL with...
    Set of Six Character Cards (5" by 8")

    & Digital Stills of Six Characters and "Making of" VLOGS

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    13 backers Limited (86 left of 99)

    Signed copy of the Limited Edition HOUND GRAPHIC NOVEL with...
    LIMITED EDITION PRINT (45cm x 35cm) of one of Author's favourite pages,

    & Digital Stills of Six Characters and "Making of" VLOGS

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    41 backers Limited (6 left of 47)

    Signed copy of the Limited Edition HOUND GRAPHIC NOVEL with...
    LIMITED EDITION SKETCH BOOK WITH HAND DRAWN COVER,

    & Digital Stills of Six Characters and "Making of" VLOGS

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    1 backer All gone!

    SPECIAL RATE for "Signed copy of the Limited Edition HOUND GRAPHIC NOVEL &... MAKE GUEST APPEARANCE IN THE GRAPHIC NOVEL: appear as a head in the pyramid of severed heads & get 45cm by 35cm LIMITED EDITION PRINT of PYRAMID OF HEADS. & Digital Stills of Six Characters and "Making of" VLOGS"

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    SPECIAL RATE for "Signed copy of the Limited Edition HOUND GRAPHIC NOVEL &... MAKE GUEST APPEARANCE IN THE GRAPHIC NOVEL: appear as a head in the pyramid of severed heads & get 45cm by 35cm LIMITED EDITION PRINT of PYRAMID OF HEADS. & Digital Stills of Six Characters and “Making of” VLOGS”

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    SPECIAL RATE: Be immortalised as a severed head in the Pyramid of Heads in HOUND graphic novel

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    COUPLES SPECIAL: “Be-Severed-Heads-Together!” . MAKE GUEST APPEARANCE IN THE GRAPHIC NOVEL: appear as two heads next to each other in the pyramid of severed heads and receive two signed copies of the Limited Edition HOUND GRAPHIC NOVEL & get 45cm by 35cm LIMITED EDITION PRINT of PYRAMID OF HEADS. & Digital Stills of Six Characters and “ aking of” VLOGS”

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    1 backer All gone!

    Signed copy of the Limited Edition HOUND GRAPHIC NOVEL with...
    THE ORIGINAL black&white SKETCH BOOK with HAND DRAWN AND HAND COLOURED COVER

    & Digital Stills of Six Characters and "Making of" VLOGS

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    1 backer Limited (24 left of 25)

    Signed copy of the Limited Edition HOUND GRAPHIC NOVEL &...
    MAKE GUEST APPEARANCE IN THE GRAPHIC NOVEL: appear as a head in the pyramid of severed heads & get 45cm by 35cm LIMITED EDITION PRINT of PYRAMID OF HEADS.

    & Digital Stills of Six Characters and "Making of" VLOGS

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    SPECIAL RATE for "Signed copy of the Limited Edition HOUND GRAPHIC NOVEL &... STAR IN THE GRAPHIC NOVEL: Star as a Warrior or Priestess in the volume and get your UNIQUE ONE OFF A2 PRINT of you alongside the Cu Chulainn and Goddess Morrigan hand coloured by the Author. & Digital Stills of Six Characters and "Making of" VLOGS"

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    SPECIAL RATE for "Signed copy of the Limited Edition HOUND GRAPHIC NOVEL &... STAR IN THE GRAPHIC NOVEL: Star as a Warrior or Priestess in the volume and get your UNIQUE ONE OFF A2 PRINT of you alongside the Cu Chulainn and Goddess Morrigan hand coloured by the Author. & Digital Stills of Six Characters and “Making of” VLOGS”

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    SPECIAL RATE: Be immortalised as a warrior (male or female) a priest or priestess in HOUND

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    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    Signed copy of the Limited Edition HOUND GRAPHIC NOVEL &...
    STAR IN THE GRAPHIC NOVEL: Star as a Warrior or Priestess in the volume and get your UNIQUE ONE OFF A2 PRINT of you alongside the Cu Chulainn and Goddess Morrigan hand coloured by the Author.

    & Digital Stills of Six Characters and "Making of" VLOGS

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    SPECIAL RATE: THE REMAINING PORTRAIT PAINTING ON A LARGE CANVAS!

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    SPECIAL RATE for "Signed copy of the Limited Edition HOUND GRAPHIC NOVEL &... Receive a portrait painting of ONE of the 'BIG THREE' : Goddess of War MORRIGAN; the Warrior Queen of the West QUEEN MAEVE; and of course the man himself, CU CHULAINN; hand painted in the style of the Graphic Novel onto a big canvases, 40" by 30" (101cm by 76cm). & LIMITED EDITION SKETCH BOOK WITH HAND DRAWN COVER, & Digital Stills of Six Characters and "Making of" VLOGS"

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    Signed copy of the Limited Edition HOUND GRAPHIC NOVEL &...

    Receive a portrait painting of ONE of the 'BIG THREE' : Goddess of War MORRIGAN; the Warrior Queen of the West QUEEN MAEVE; and of course the man himself, CU CHULAINN; hand painted in the style of the Graphic Novel onto a big canvases, 40" by 30" (101cm by 76cm).

    & LIMITED EDITION SKETCH BOOK WITH HAND DRAWN COVER,

    & Digital Stills of Six Characters and "Making of" VLOGS

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