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Discover a lost portfolio of drawings by Mannish Sycovia originating from H.P. Lovecraft's Innsmouth in this beautiful new book.
Discover a lost portfolio of drawings by Mannish Sycovia originating from H.P. Lovecraft's Innsmouth in this beautiful new book.
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INNSMOUTH: THE LOST DRAWINGS OF MANNISH SYCOVIA

H.P. Lovecraft has become a legend among those of us with "darker" sensibilities. His Cthulhu mythos has inspired writers as diverse as Stephen King and William S. Burroughs. But what if there was more to Lovecraft's stories? What if his settings were not so imaginary.

Renowned illustrator and comic artist, Mark A. Nelson, has spent years researching legends surrounding the "fictional" town of Innsmouth, and discovered, on a surprisingly fruitful visit to the Miskatonic University Library in Arkham, Mass, evidence that an artist named Mannish Sycovia, traveled from revolutionary Russia to Innsmouth in 1914, to create portraits of the Innsmouth elite, under the patronage of Mr. Barnabas Marsh. Marsh was the cornerstone of the Innsmouth high society, and heir to the Obed Marsh Gold Refining business. His increasingly strange behavior and his infrequent ventures out of Innsmouth helped to alienate him from those closest to him. Following the 1927 demolition of the town by the U.S. Army following an aggressive bootlegging raid, the artist was never heard from again. Only rumors and fishy stories remained until this body of work was uncovered.

After much searching, and meetings with curators from the Newburyport Historical Society, Miskatonic University Library, and more, Nelson stumbled upon a hand-made portfolio housing the lost drawings of the denizens of Innsmouth.

Mannish Sycovia's original portfolio
Mannish Sycovia's original portfolio

 

The contents of the original portfolio!
The contents of the original portfolio!

Alaxis Press, publishers of the successful Kickstarter campaign for the 2014 graphic novel, THE LEANING GIRL, has teamed up with Mark A. Nelson, to publish the drawings in a new book, INNSMOUTH: THE LOST DRAWINGS OF MANNISH SYCOVIA. Estimated at 176 pages of full-color reproductions of the collected tonal drawings along with the artist's own diary entries, Nelson's comments, and more, this deluxe hardcover book will measure 7" x 9.75". There has never before been a collection of Sycovia's work. This will be a must for any Lovecraft enthusiast.

Working book cover (not yet finalized)
Working book cover (not yet finalized)

 

Sample spread #1
Sample spread #1

 

Sample spread #2
Sample spread #2

 

Parade end paper art in progress
Parade end paper art in progress

The book will be profusely illustrated with single image spreads faced with notes from the artist's diary, or from the few letters or public records found about him.

The endpapers will illustrate the May Day and Halloween parades H.P. Lovecraft mentioned in the original THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH story. Both endpapers will be available as 14 x 10.5" art prints signed by Mark A. Nelson. See the backer reward levels for more details.

But for those of you investors who prefer smaller contributions, for just $10, you will receive an art print quality 5" x 7" postcard with no type on the front, signed by Mark A. Nelson, and shipped inside an envelope for protection.

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On the other hand, we are offering five opportunities at the $500 leevl to own a piece of original art from the book featuring YOUR MUG! That's right, among the art Mark A. Nelson discovered, were five unfinished sketches of jars from the taxidermist's shop. Mark will take a photo you provide, and channeling the spirit of Mannish Sycovia, draw your portrait in one of the jars! the images will be printed in the book in the full size that all of the other images will be reproduced, and your name will be within the facing page's caption. Our of the five offered, there are only two remaining opportunities.

Mark has already begun work on completing the drawings Mannish began nearly a century ago. Take a look at the amazing work Mark did in capturing Mannish's style. It is as if they were one in the same artist!

$500 level backer Efrin's photo
$500 level backer Efrin's photo

 

Mark's blueline rendering over Mannish's unfinished sketch
Mark's blueline rendering over Mannish's unfinished sketch

 

Mark's finished portrait of backer Efrin. Scary, isn't it?
Mark's finished portrait of backer Efrin. Scary, isn't it?

If you were wondering how Mark will create a backer's portrait, enjoy the next two videos, produced by our friend Dewayne Holmon at Soulgate Studios.

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CTHULHU BONUS PRINT - GOAL REACHED!!!

When we realized we were so close to reaching our total funding goal, we offered this Cthulhu art print by me (Mark Nelson), as an incentive to fund by the end of the Christmas weekend, and we did. So ever backer at the $30 level or higher will receive a print of this tonal drawing. The print will be roughly 8.5 x 11."

Cthulhu by Mark A. Nelson
Cthulhu by Mark A. Nelson

STRETCH GOALS

As we have passed our original goal, it is time to announce our stretch goals. When we hit the following targets, we will be adding some really nice features. Take a look:

SUCCESS!!!  $20,000 - All backers at the $30 or above levels will receive a full-color (approx) 8 x 10" print entitled "Arctic Craken" by Mark A. Nelson, featuring a Dagon priestess. WE HAVE REACHED AND SURPASSED THIS GOAL!!!

Arctic Craken by Mark A. Nelson Arctic Craken by Mark A. Nelson
Arctic Craken by Mark A. Nelson Arctic Craken by Mark A. Nelson

SUCCESS!!! $25,000 - If we make it to this stretch goal, the book will become a cloth-bound, foil-stamped binding, with a full color dust jacket. WE HAVE REACHED AND SURPASSED THIS GOAL!!!

SUCCESS!!! $30,000 - If we reach this goal, all backers at the $30 or more levels will receive an (approx) 8 x 10" print of Mannish Sycovia's portrait of H.P. Lovecraft. WE HAVE REACHED AND SURPASSED THIS GOAL!!!

SUCCESS!!! $35,000 - If we reach this goal, we will add an additional 8-pages to the book featuring five additional, recently discovered drawings uncovered since we began this campaign, including his portrait of a young traveler/writer, H.P. Lovecraft. In addition, at this level, all bonus prints will be signed by Mark A. Nelson. WE HAVE REACHED AND SURPASSED THIS GOAL!!!

Stay tuned for regular updates including sneak peeks at more artwork, video conversations with Mark A. Nelson about his amazing findings. Thanks for looking! We hope you will consider supporting this campaign.

- Mark A. Nelson (with Steve Smith of Alaxis Press)

Risks and challenges

In August of 2013, my imprint, Alaxis Press, successfully funded our first Kickstarter campaign for the translated graphic novel, THE LEANING GIRL. By March of 2014, we had shipped all of our levels to satisfied backers around the world. We learned hard lessons from that campaign, and are better prepared now to take on this project.

We have our printer selected, and have received printing quotes. 99% of the art and captioning is complete, and we are currently designing the book. We just need to fund this project fully in order to move forward. The backer has no risk whatsoever. If we do not fund, we don't produce the book at this time. If we do fund, we go to press in early February, 2017 with estimated delivery in May, 2017.

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    The Collected

    Your portrait in a specimen jar at the Innsmouth taxidermist to be included within the book, and you keep the original art of that piece signed by Mark A. Nelson. Mark has somehow made an arrangement with Miskatonic Psychic, Madame Ruby, to channel the spirit of Mannish Sycovia so that he can add your head likeness to the partially completed drawings of the Innsmouth taxidermist at work.
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    The Ultimate Innsmouth Collection

    This package is a unique treat indeed. This backer will receive the original artwork we will use on the front cover of the book, matted and framed next to a digital color print of the same art.
    PLUS: Deluxe Hardcover edition of INNSMOUTH: THE LOST DRAWINGS OF MANNISH SYCOVIA curated by Mark A. Nelson. Signed and specially remarqued.
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