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David Walker Blackstone finds himself in the midst of a cosmic war between men, demons and gods for the soul of the world!!!

About The Project

The Amazing Adventures of David Walker Blackstone: PROLOGUE is an original 40 page graphic preview, hand drawn and written by artist Kevin Sipp and is the first graphic novel installment in a series of high adventure narratives inspired by classic pulp fiction stories of the past. 

THE PROLOGUE ISSUE WILL BE A COLLECTOR'S SPECIAL EDITION STAND ALONE THAT INTRODUCES YOU TO DAVID WALKER BLACKSTONE AND HIS WORLD. 

The funds raised here will go to cover the costs of completing the interior pages, the lettering and book design, and to first run printing costs. Every donated dollar will help me bring a powerful, beautiful, and enthralling story to you on the printed page. The initial goal is just the minimum to fund a first run. Let's hit that goal and blow straight past it!

The Story

David Walker Blackstone is a Victorian Age explorer, reporter and metaphysician. Born into slavery in 1847, Blackstone comes of age a free man in Africa. Returning to America to fight in the Civil War,he afterwards settles in Boston Mass. When a secret society of former abolitionist and post slavery freedom fighters headed by Frederick Douglass come looking for his spiritual services Blackstone soon finds himself  in the midst of a war between men, demons, and Gods for the soul of the world.

Magic, mystery, colonial imperialism and the mystical lives of post-slavery African Americans are at the core of the story.  The universe constructed is a historical and literary mash-up where the influences of Mary Shelly, Herman Melville, Talbot Mundy, Robert E. Howard, Arthur Conan Doyle meet those of Zora Neal Hurston, Alice Walker, Henry Dumas, Toni Morrison and Ishmael Reed.   Ultimately I seek to insert the voice and imagery of African hoodoo heroic life into the age of steam and 19th century occultism.

Homage to Classic Pen and Ink Illustration

One of the things that make The Amazing Adventures of David Walker Blackstone special, is that the artwork is being executed in a hybrid pen and ink style recalling 19th century illustrations, classic golden age comics,  and contemporary art trends. Each page is its own work of art.  This process is a bit more involved than a contemporary rendering, but I believe it adds to the overall authenticity.

NEW $35 BACKER REWARD INTRODUCED!!!

AMAZING NEW BACKER REWARD!!!: 5 SIGNED POSTCARDS + T-SHIRT + DIGITAL PDF: Receive 5 signed personalized promotional postcards of “DAVID WALKER BLACKSTONE” to Give to Your Friends + the Limited Edition "The Amazing Adventures of David Walker Blackstone" T-shirt + Digital PDF download two weeks before release date!!!
Limited Edition "The Amazing Adventures of David Walker Blackstone T-Shirt"
Limited Edition "The Amazing Adventures of David Walker Blackstone T-Shirt"

all about rewards...

We cannot make this possible without your help, and want to reward everyone - regardless of donation amount.  So in return for your generous contributions, we have put together some really nice rewards for the Amazing Adventures of David Walker Blackstone original backers! 

This is our first Kickstarter campaign and we look forward to fulfilling our commitment to you. Thanks for taking a look!

Delivery

The PDF of The Amazing Adventures of David Walker Blackstone: Prologue will be emailed out as soon as we have a printer ready digital copy.

Physical books and rewards will be mailed out to backers six to eight weeks after we deliver the digital file to the printer.

Production Timeline:

November 4th -December 19th- Kickstarter Campaign

December 10th-January 10th-Design and layout

January 10-February 15th-Production of first run

February 15th: Orders Shipped

February-March: US Backer Book Arrived

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

By taking on the responsibilities of both writer and illustrator of THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF DAVID WALKER BLACKSTONE: PREVIEW PROLOGUE, I have reduced the risk of having to rely on out-sourcing of the art production, guaranteeing aesthetic control, quality and that the vision is followed through completely, therefore any “lost in translation” tendencies are significantly reduced.

FAQ

  • In Ancient Greek Culture every theatrical performance began with a narrator giving a prologue to set up the place, time, and atmosphere of what would be performed. This prologue gave the audience an opportunity to receive information that may not actually be in the story but gives a backstory to the motivations of the characters in the theatrical performance. The Amazing Adventures of David Walker Blackstone is a Graphic Novel series that will span multiple books. The first installment of the series is the Preview Prologue issue.

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  • Yes, the character is named after David Walker, an outspoken African-American abolitionist and anti-slavery abolitionist and the author of David Walker's Appeal http://en.wilkipedia.orf/David_Walker_(abolitionist). Blackstone's parents gave him the name and his father has a copy of the socio-political pamphlet hidden in the family cabin, given to him by a free Caribbean sailor.

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  • Kevin Sipp is the artist and writer for the Preview Prologue and the Graphic Novel series. Kevin is trained as a Fine Artist and has been working 22 years as an illustrator and writer. With a life long love of the comic medium this project gives Kevin the opportunity to fully explore the merger of his writing, his art, and his love of history.

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  • The markings covering Blackstone's body are protective symbols from various world mystical traditions. The mystical symbols appear on his body at midnight during the full moon, often giving him powerful information and spells to use in his battles against his opponents.

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  • I saw the Victorian age as a time of profound change in the world in general, and particularly for enslaved Africans in the Americas. The beginnings of the industrial revolution and the moral dilemma of a democracy practicing slavery were touchstones of controversy. This period also saw the full brunt of colonialism on the world as European countries fought over land, resources and people the world over. I felt that setting a story in this time-frame would give me the ability to investigate the mystical traditions of indigenous peoples throughout the world while also looking at the coming impact of technology, scientific modernism, and the lives of African descendants in this interesting historical period. By putting the hero in the Victorian Age, I seek to insert the marginalized and misrepresented voices of these cultures into the pantheon of 19th Century heroic literature.

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    FOUNDING BACKER: Personalized, signed BLACKSTONE promotional postcard along with a big thank you from us at SIPP Creative! Showing our deepest appreciation you'll get a spot on our new website with your name linked to your website if you have one. You'll also receive exclusive updates about the project! Your contribution is most appreciated!

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    FOUNDING BACKER: a special "FIRST LOOK" digital PDF or CBR download of the PREVIEW PROLOGUE of the upcoming graphic novel THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF DAVID WALKER BLACKSTONE before anyone else has a chance to see it along with a personalized signed promotional postcard & website shout out. Free USA shipping!

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    EARLY BIRD | We want to thank the first 25 people who back this project at this level by offering a limited edition print copy of THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF DAVID WALKER BLACKSTONE PREVIEW PROLOGUE along with a personalized signed postcard & website shout out.

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    COMMISSIONED ILLUSTRATION by the artist/writer Kevin Sipp depicting the character of your choosing inked on an 8 1/2 by 11" page. You send us a reference image of the character you'd like drawn and we send you an original inked page featuring them (background not included),

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    $150 = ENTER THE WORLD Receive a full-color illustration of you as a character from the world of David Walker Blackstone drawn with a simple background. Be immortalized forever as a member of Blackstone's Mystic Militia.

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    AN ORIGINAL LIMITED EDITION SCREEN PRINT from THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF DAVID WALKER BLACKSTONE PREVIEW PROLOGUE illustrated by artist Kevin Sipp. Backers at this level will receive a 12X16 print of a leading character based on a first come first served basis.

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    IT IS YOU ALL DAY: Receive immortalization in a 2-page graphic layout custom made for you with you as the main character. This reward is for more than just a fan but a true member of the Mystic Circle and Blackstone friend. This 2-page comic chronicles your journey to fight the confederacy alongside Blackstone or participate in Blackstone’s Rights of Passage-you choose! You also receive a printed copy of The Amazing Adventures of David Walker Blackstone PREVIEW PROLOGUE, FIVE signed 5x7 postcards, TWO signed POSTARS, a personalized poem from Kevin, and an awesome V.I.P ticket to the Pre Launch Party! Any of the previous rewards that were not mentioned will get thrown in as well such as the full high-quality pdf. You also get a limited and signed edition of The Amazing Adventures of David Walker Blackstone artist proof and a limited Edition Blackstone T-Shirt in your size!!!

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    AN ORIGINAL LIMITED EDITION SCREEN PRINT from THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF DAVID WALKER BLACKSTONE PREVIEW PROLOGUE illustrated by artist Kevin Sipp. Backers at this level will receive a 22X30 print of David Walker Blackstone based on a first come first served basis.

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