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!
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!!!
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!
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.
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
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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