The Voyageur is a 74-page graphic novel, illustrated by Nick Marinkovich (Underworld, Nightwolf, Impaler, Kenk) and written and created by documentary filmmaker and screenwriter Jeff Sturge (Mayday, Storming Juno, Cold Blood).
Fintan O’Neill’s no hero. There’s not too many rich people in 17th Century Ireland, but the likeable, withdrawn 15-year-old is the poorest kid in Ballypoyle, living on a small tenant farm with his hardened, cynical mother, forced to do what she's had to for her and her boy to survive.
The arrival of Fintan’s older cousin Ruari – a soldier with his own troubled past – has turned his world upside down. Appointing himself a stand in father figure, Ruari leads Fintan into a world of vice and violence. Sensing the danger, yet unable to resist the excitement – Fintan lets himself get sucked in.
But Fintan’s got no idea what his cousin’s really mixed up with. And it's about to throw the shy introvert into a whirlwind adventure into the unknown...
The idea for Voyageur came to Jeff back around 2009. Originally conceived as a vehicle to recreate the voyages of Samuel de Champlain, the fictional characters began to take on a life of their own and the story grew from there.
He brought the idea to Nick, who was instantly intrigued and came on board as an illustrator and partner. The artwork Nick's chosen is a unique photo-based imagery, completely rendered in ink and heavily stylized to achieve a haunting look with regard to the characters and environment. All architecture, landscapes and wardrobe from the era have been meticulously researched for historical accuracy. The costumes and settings are taken from historical buildings and period drawings.
It's an amazing story set in an even more amazing period in time. This is the first of what's intended to be a six-book series with a cast that includes a cast of strong characters both male and female, and interwoven storylines of other landmark events happening during this period.
Nick’s already got 30 of the 74 pages we need completed, so we're getting there. But we've got to keep the ball rolling. As you can see, Nick’s put a lot into the art and keeping up the same level of respectability is going to require some help. We need 10 000 dollars to get the rest completed.
We are in the incredibly fortunate position of having signed on with a small independent publishing house called Guernica Editions who've agreed to bring our book to retail. Now we just have to deliver a finished project. This fan-funded edition of The Voyageur will cover the costs associated with pre-press, allowing Nick to continue putting his heart and soul into every page and creating rewards...
THE VOYAGEUR - Book One - Signed hard copy - This is a 74-page graphic novel signed by both the writer and the artist. It's intended to be the first of a six book series that chronicles Fintan's quest to the New World.
THE VOYAGEUR - Book One eBook- An electronic copy of the 74-page graphic novel.
"THE ART OF VOYAGEUR" PDF - A 50 page collection that chronicles the making of the series from the beginning. Includes watercolor concepts of all the characters, pencil roughs, and the original 13 page sampler that launched the project.
FOR THE ART COLLECTORS: An original inked 11"x 17" page from the book + THE VOYAGEUR - Book One (74-page graphic novel) - Signed hard copy + "THE ART OF VOYAGEUR" PDF.
I LOVE WATERCOLOR: Receive one of twelve original watercolor concepts painted by Nick. Each painting is rendered on 11"x 14", 200 lbs watercolor paper. Includes THE VOYAGEUR - Book One (74-page graphic novel) - Signed hard copy + "THE ART OF VOYAGEUR" PDF.
This has been a passion project of ours for the past three years we hope you can help us.
Thanks for taking the time and we look forward to sharing this with you!
Jeff Sturge and Nick Marinkovich
Risks and challenges
We've signed a publishing deal and are almost halfway there, so we're fortunate to not be facing many large risks. The main challenge is funding and time. We want our backers to get their copy ahead of Guernica's release schedule. So we're aiming to get everything delivered by March and sent to you by June!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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