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An epic saga of drama, action, adventure and suspense, with heroes and factions caught in a war between three kingdoms vying for power.
An epic saga of drama, action, adventure and suspense, with heroes and factions caught in a war between three kingdoms vying for power.
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The Story:

Carnasus, the capital of the southern kingdom, lies in wait of its destruction. They know they cannot defeat the northern army that marches to destroy them, so if they do not find some way to prevent this attack from happening, these will be the final days of their long and bitter war.

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In secret, and against the wishes of the city’s Regent, a disgraced knight has been tasked to lead a group of companions to assassinate the king of their advancing rival.

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Meanwhile, far away to the north at the camp of Carnasus’ enemy, Prince Demetrius prepares the army for the arrival of his father - and begins a countdown to his own end, as well.

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“The best independently published graphic novel I have ever read.

This is a future classic.”  

         - Scott Mack, Writer for Indiecomix and co-founder of Ashcan

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"The snow was red and sloshed beneath our feet.

We could dig no graves. We could lay no one to rest. They stared at us, the blame and anguish frozen on their faces – bodies, broken and jagged.

I pray the cold will free their souls.  

I pray I will forget."

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Grinidon’s Development:  

Before beginning Volume 1, I spent more than twenty-years developing the story and characters of Grinidon.  I wanted to create a world with depth and history to make the experience as rich and authentic as possible.  Each character and faction has their own story and motivation, and as you read the series, you continuously discover new and interesting things to explore.   

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"Brilliant and beautiful…pulls you in from the first few pages."  

        - Cayti Elle Bourquin, author of Paradox Girl

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Us:

Learning the ins-and-outs of creating a graphic novel is an epic saga of its own. Fortunately, Grinidon’s artist, Erwin Arroza (ASHCO Awards 2016 Nominee for Artist of the Year), is as talented and knowledgeable as he is dedicated and hardworking. He takes the same level of pride in his work as I do, and is just as committed to seeing the project grow. 

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"Arroza crushes expressive face-work like nowhere else in indie comics." 

         - Nick Macari, author of the Working Writer's Guide to Comics and Storycraft for Comics

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“I cannot wait for more!”  

      - Jason R. Jones, author of The Last Pantheon

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 "On-and-on they came, until there was no memory of who we were, only of what stood before us. 

I prayed for the dawn, but when it came, there was no relief in sight. 

As I watched everyone I loved and cared for fall around me, I could no longer dare to hope. I could imagine no other thing but my own end."

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Tier Items:

Wallpapers:

 

These are just 2 of the wallpapers you will receive
These are just 2 of the wallpapers you will receive

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Personalized Drawing:

Erwin Arroza will sign and send you an 11"x17" Original Commission, done in bw pencil with ink wash, complete with certificate of authenticity! This picture will never be recreated in any print or poster, and we will absolutely consider any special requests you may have.

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Your Likeness in the Book:

A contributor who is Gallinir's Commander of the King's Guard
A contributor who is Gallinir's Commander of the King's Guard

 

There are four contributors from our 1st Kickstarter on this page - all of which are major characters
There are four contributors from our 1st Kickstarter on this page - all of which are major characters

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In volume 1, we offered people the opportunity to become Grinidon characters, many of which may be seen in this issue. These include: Lords and Ladies of Gallinir’s High Council, the commander of the King’s Guard, and a High-Wizard of Nevanae.  

If this interests you, now is definitely the time to act, because I have greater flexibility in meeting requests you may have, as well as making you a more significant and lasting character.

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Prints: 11" x 17"

 

Logo
Logo

 

 

Gideon, Alycea, and Veradon
Gideon, Alycea, and Veradon

 

Laden and Demetrius
Laden and Demetrius

 

Loric
Loric

 

Volume 1 cover
Volume 1 cover

 

By popular demand, the alternate Loric print
By popular demand, the alternate Loric print

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T-shirts

 

Logo 1
Logo 1

 

Logo 2
Logo 2

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Acrylics

Jade Acrylic: 9" x 6"
Jade Acrylic: 9" x 6"

 

Gold Acrylic: 7" x 6"
Gold Acrylic: 7" x 6"

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Shipping:

We value your contributions and go the extra mile to ensure that our products will arrive to you in pristine condition.   
How your book will arrive
How your book will arrive
We bubble wrap and box all of our books, and brace larger orders as well so they will not be crushed by the Post Office.  

 

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Stretch Goals:

 
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Links:


Please visit us at our websites where you can get more up-to-date pictures and information, and find out about upcoming events.

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Thank you so much for visiting our Kickstarter, and please message us if you have any questions.  

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Music Credit: "Lost Frontier" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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From a recent interview at Moby's:

The second Volume of J. Miles Dunn’s epic Grinidon is now funding on Kickstarter and I was able to ask a few more questions about the series.
The first volume, now available in print and digital, was successfully funded about a year ago. 

It’s hard to explain just how satisfying of an experience this Kickstarter has been. The physical book is great, full of all that wonderful art by Erwin Arroza (interviewed here). Seeing the samples and random pages was one thing, but being able to sit and enjoy it all at once was…well, wonderful.
  
Of course, all is a relative term. The story is epic and in Volume One we have still only encountered two of the three Kingdoms vying for control of Calloway. There is so much more to be told…  
Thanks again to J. Miles Dunn for taking the time for this interview. New readers should also check out Moby’s first interview with J. Miles Dunn for even more background regarding Grinidon and the history behind the project and it’s artist.
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Moby’s – Volume 1 of Grinidon, your labor of love, is finally out there and it’s beautiful. Tell us a little about the experience of seeing your project become a reality.

J. Miles Dunn – It’s just so unbelievable. The amount of thought and labor I put into this is not just beyond anything I’ve ever done, it’s beyond anything I ever thought I could do.   

My “to do” list just seemed to grow exponentially, and beyond the writing, technical, and logistical challenges, I actually had to start the book over three times. There’s just no preparing for something like that – but honestly, I don’t think it could have happened any other way.  

The whole thing is just such an incredible whirlwind of research, rewrites, luck, edits, and patience, that unless a person is wholly dedicated to their project and it comes from a place of real passion, I don’t see how anyone could see it through to the end.  

I hope that doesn’t dissuade anyone though, because after it’s finished, there’s no greater feeling than seeing your dream come to life. When you put that much work into something and it’s suddenly there before you, I also think that’s when you really know if this was something you had to do, or were meant to do.

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In Vol. 1, we’ve only met two of the three Kingdoms of Calaway, and we’re left wondering if that mention of elves is foreshadowing anything. Can you tell us what new characters or races we might meet in Vol.2?

One of my favorite aspects of the story, after having worked on it for more than two decades, is its level of depth. I try to never throw too much at the reader, but a living and breathing world will always have new things to explore and discover.  

I will say that in Volume 2 you get to meet the last of the three kingdoms, which includes several new characters, but this journey of discovery is really only just beginning. You’re definitely in for some surprises!

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I liked how at the start of the story it was about the war, but then that moved to the background as the characters and their mission moved to the front. And then the subplots… and it’s all great! Can I get some of your thoughts on this and where things are headed?

To me, the mysteries are always the greatest thrill. What would Star Wars be without the Force and each character’s own backstory and motivations? The same is true of the relationship between the between the characters, races and kingdoms of the Lord of the Rings. Every new encounter holds new answers, but also adds an infinite number of questions.   

If a story is done right, I think it is all very organic because everything is part of a whole. Fleshed-out stories and characters will always complement one another because each piece is part of a greater puzzle – and each section of that puzzle will come together in ways that may be unexpected.  

At this point, the reader doesn’t truly know what the puzzle even is.

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Though the enemy of our heroes, Prince Demetrius is such a tragic figure. We only meet him at the end of Vol. 1, but he seemed to perhaps have the most potential of any of the characters in the story. Am I far off?

I like Demetrius because he immediately shatters the reader’s perception of “who” the group’s enemy really is – or at least that was my hope.  

In literature and in history, I often find that the internal struggles are far more interesting than the external ones – and you can’t fully appreciate one without the other. I guess it goes back to what I was saying before that each kingdom and character has their own story. There is a reason that people fight – even if that reason is a petty one.

Throughout each of the three kingdoms there are rifts and secrets. Demetrius is the first example of this within the North, but he definitely won’t be the last. You’re definitely not wrong to ask or speculate about his potential, and I’m genuinely excited to see your reaction to where things are headed, and who you question next.

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Artist Erwin Arroza has already begun working on the art for Vol. 2, how is that coming along?  

Honestly, it is going even better than Volume 1. We couldn’t be happier with how things are moving.  

He is currently about fifty-pages into the second volume, but since I have so much of the story outlined, I am somewhat free to jump-around and tackle different sections of the issue where inspiration leads me. It is being illustrated in order, but I can’t say for sure how long the volume will actually be at this point. The first was 156 pages, so I guess we’ll have to see where this one ends-up.  

I really like that freedom in doing this as graphic novels and not smaller issues. It gives me greater flexibility to tell the story as it naturally unfolds. Having to compact things can be incredibly restrictive in terms of letting emotions, action, and dialogue play-out naturally. It definitely gives me a newfound sense of respect for comic book creators.

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How many Volumes might there be in the Grinidon saga?

That is a somewhat difficult question to answer, but not altogether impossible.  

Originally I wrote them as novels but was fortunate enough to be able to make the transition into graphic novels – and by fortunate, I mean through luck and stubborn determination.  

The first novel, as I have it outlined currently, should come in at seven volumes. There are twelve books in the series if I take it to completion, but some are longer and shorter than others. I don’t think sixty would be too far from accurate – which means that if I’m lucky, I have a very long road ahead of me.

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