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Storm clouds gather across Europe. A spark is about to ignite the New World. The 400-Year Old Saga Continues...
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THE VOYAGEUR - Into The New World is Book Two in a 6-book series of 90-page graphic novels, illustrated by Nick Marinkovich (Underworld, Nightwolf, Impaler, Kenk) and written and created by documentary filmmaker and screenwriter Jeff Sturge (Mayday, Storming Juno, Cold Blood).

Watch INNERSPACE host Morgan Hoffman interview creators Jeff Sturge and Nick Marinkovich about The Voyageur!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7fSZjB3jyY

 

The Voyageur - Book 02
The Voyageur - Book 02

 

The idea for The 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.

"I worked with Nick Marinkovich well over a decade ago, when I was at IDW. He was a promising young artist then, and he's more than fulfilled that promise. Take a look at the gorgeous work in this Kickstarter book, and back it if you can. History, weirdness, and stunning art--can't beat it!"
Jeff Mariotte
- Editor-in-Chief IDW Publishing (2002-2004)

The artwork Nick's chosen is a unique photo-based imagery, 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.

What is the coin?
What is the coin?

It's an amazing story set in an even more amazing period in time. This is the second of what's intended to be a six-book series with a cast that includes a roster of strong characters, both male and female, and interwoven storylines of other landmark events happening during this period.

Venice - Opening Shot...
Venice - Opening Shot...

 

After being handed a strange coin by his dying cousin before passing out from exhaustion, 15-year-old Fintan wakes up in an abandoned church. Rescued by a teenage runaway called Moria and her 8-year-old travelling companion Eliza, Fintan regains his strength and sets out to confront his pursuers.

Fintan meets Moria
Fintan meets Moria

While this is happening, the Inquisitor Father Sandoval - incensed at his agents' inability to retrieve the coin in Fintan's possession - has now personally joined the hunt. He heads to Ireland, determined to get it at all costs.

Sandoval in Pursuit
Sandoval in Pursuit

And for the first time, a third party, also searching for the coin reveals itself, led by the French explorer Samuel de Champlain.

But as Sandoval heads to Ireland, Fintan confronts his main agent, the Sheriff of Waterford, who's captured Fintan's mother in order to get the coin and kill Fintan in the process.

Fintan suddenly realizes he's bitten off more than he can chew and finds himself running for his life. Now a boy who's never been more than five miles from his house is about to be cast into a whirlwind adventure into the unknown... 

On the high seas
On the high seas

 

We're already well into the book, but we've set an aggressive Spring 2017 release date and we have to keep the ball rolling. As you can already 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 $12 000 dollars to finish the book. As with Book One, we are in the incredibly fortunate position of having signed on with Guernica Editions, an independent publishing house who've agreed to bring our book to retail. Now we just have to deliver a finished project. 

SO WHERE DOES MY MONEY GO?

Out of our 12K goal, 46% (i.e. $5500.00) is immediately appropriate towards Kickstarter Fees; Purchasing our books & Ebooks (i.e. backer rewards) from Guernica Editions; Shipping costs and Editing.  

That leaves us with 54% (i.e. $6500.00) to appropriate towards the actual production of the book. 

This is a labour of love, folks...

Producing a 90-page graphic novel takes roughly 9-10 months from Jeff’s initial drafts of the script through to Nick handing in a press-ready book to Guernica. This includes a dedicated schedule of script revisions; editing; character designs; page and cover art; lettering and book design. These funds will help us maintain a full time work flow over the next 5 months so that we can deliver for our Spring Deadline.

THE VOYAGEUR - Book TWO - Signed hard copy - This is a 90-page graphic novel signed by both the writer and the artist. It's the second of a six book series that chronicles Fintan's quest to the New World.   

THE VOYAGEUR - Book TWO eBook- An electronic copy of the 90-page graphic novel.  

THE ART OF VOYAGEUR - Volume TWO - For those interested in a behind the scenes look at the series, The Art of Voyageur is a 50-page companion PDF that chronicles the development of the book. Included are chapters on character development; art process; and a foreword by writer Jeff Sturge.

Here are some sample pages from Volume ONE, which included the original 13 page pitch that launched the series.

Our Motley Crew of Characters
Our Motley Crew of Characters

 

The Design Process
The Design Process

 

Steps - From Layout to Colour
Steps - From Layout to Colour

 

The Anatomy of a Page
The Anatomy of a Page

CUSTOM BOOKPLATE - Receive a one of a kind, 5x8" sketch with your copy of the book. Pick anything from your Kid as a Voyageur character to your Cat playing a piano - NICK WILL DRAW IT.

Bookplates
Bookplates

 

Bookplates
Bookplates

 

Bookplates
Bookplates

ORIGINAL ART - For those who love collecting original art, here are six of the remaining pages from Book ONE.  Page selection is offered at a First-Backed / First-Served basis.  Pledge now to reserve a page!

LEFT: Page 02   |   RIGHT: Page 04
LEFT: Page 02 | RIGHT: Page 04

 

LEFT: Page 05 | RIGHT: Page 15
LEFT: Page 05 | RIGHT: Page 15

 

LEFT: Page 17 | RIGHT: Page 18
LEFT: Page 17 | RIGHT: Page 18

FINE ART PRINTS - Okay, so you bought the book and you love the art. Now pick your favorite page or panel and let Nick know! Because he'll send you a custom, 13 x 19" fine art print of the page. These are Epson prints on ultra premium matte paper, signed by Nick.

Fine Art Print
Fine Art Print

 

Fine Art Print
Fine Art Print

 

BECOME A CHARACTER IN THE VOYAGEUR - Want to see yourself as a character in the book?  Have Nick design a character after your likeness!  Your character will be featured on one or multiple pages!  Nick will contact you after the campaign has ended to discuss a suitable role and to coordinate your sending the necessary reference photos. In addition, you will receive a signed hard copy of The Voyageur - Book TWO and a fine art print of Nick's design sketches in modelling your character.

Here are some examples of characters modeled after our backers in Book ONE. 

The Sheriff - Design Sketches
The Sheriff - Design Sketches

 

The Sheriff - Detail from BOOK ONE
The Sheriff - Detail from BOOK ONE

  

The Printmaster's Apprentice - Character Sketches
The Printmaster's Apprentice - Character Sketches

 

The Printmaster's Apprentice - Detail from BOOK ONE
The Printmaster's Apprentice - Detail from BOOK ONE

 

Risks and challenges

Our risks are minimal. We've done the heavy lifting of fleshing out the story, laying down concept art and most importantly, finding a publisher. Our main challenge is meeting the aggressive deadline we've set for ourselves to get the book out by early spring. With your help, we'll be able to meet our goal and take you even further into this great adventure!

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    THE ART OF VOYAGEUR - VOLUME TWO pdf

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    FINE ART PRINTS

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    These are Epson prints on ultra premium matte paper, signed by Nick.

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    CUSTOM BOOKPLATE SPECIAL EDITION

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    Pick anything from your Kid as a Voyageur character to your Cat playing a piano - NICK WILL DRAW IT.

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    FOR THE ART COLLECTOR

    FOR THE ART COLLECTOR: There's a handful of original pages drawn by Nick remaining from 'THE VOYAGEUR-BOOK ONE'!

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    BECOME A CHARACTER IN THE VOYAGEUR!

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