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Iconic steampunk artist David Deitrick and author Scott Taylor create the second book of their MagePunk trilogy of The Gun Kingdoms
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In 2012, David Deitrick and I started a journey together into the realms of the Gun Kingdoms.  That first volume was on the beginning, and now we are asking backers here on Kickstarter to give us another chance to continue our tale.

The Gun Kingdoms is a chaotic time tucked inside the 13th Age of the Nameless Realms were elementally devoid Samaya rule feudal nations that via for power amid a world where their former masters, the Enlightened have been hunted to the brink of extinction.  

Our series revolves around Captain Kaleb Cross, freebooter and rogue captain of an experimental vessel left over from the great war between the Samaya and the Enlightened.  His crew are his family, and among this rag-tag band of adventures is Skylla, a half-Enlightened slave who has worked her way up to being Kaleb's second in command.

After our first volume, David and I knew what was next, and this painting became our inspiration.  'The Consultant' as it is called, show out intrepid hero, Kaleb, ready for action as an airship drifts behind him.  What better way to show fantastic steampunk action than with airships, and a pulp adventure that follows a crew in search of legendary craft and the treasures they hold.

In The Airship of Fools, Kaleb and his crew will be hired to uncover secrets thought lost in the final war between the Samaya and the Enlightened.  This will be an adventure of the highest order, and promises to be another page turning romp through the incredible world of the Gun Kingdoms.

Below, you'll get a look at 'The Consultant' and you must also remember that like all Art of the Genre books, illustrations will be key in propelling the tale to a whole new level of enjoyment.  For all you art collectors out there, David's original work will also be available at certain backer levels as well, so get these pieces of history while you can.

'The Consultant'  The painting that inspired the theme of Airship of Fools.
'The Consultant' The painting that inspired the theme of Airship of Fools.

Also, if funding goes well, we've dreamed up some outstanding stretch goals just in case!

About Art of the Genre: AotG is an independent small press founded in 2011 by editor Scott Taylor in an attempt to recapture what had been lost in today's bright lights and digital artwork driven marketplace.  The company is founded on the principles of delivering 'fast, fun, reads' just like the old dime store fiction from the 1960s and 70s while using illustrations from classic fantasy artists to capture the feel of the Nameless Realms universe where all company's tales are set.  After just a bit over a year of existence, you can find the following titles available from AotG, and all of them have been created through Kickstarter.

All Art of the Genre titles can be found by clicking this link
All Art of the Genre titles can be found by clicking this link

Risks and challenges

As this is the seventh Kickstarter campaign for Art of the Genre, our proven track record for delivering our fiction is should be evident and without much risk. This is also the second Kickstarter for The Gun Kingdoms and the fist volume was delivered to backers on time, with this one being no different.

The only thing that could impact the project would be the addition of stretch goals that may include further volumes being released after the initial publication date of Airship of Fools in February 2014. But again, that should not effect the dates set out currently for this project.

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    'Steamer Trunk': Digital Copy of the book, in either epub, Mobi, or PDF, PLUS a digital copy of ANY bonus fiction publications from this Kickstarter, AND a digital copy of the first volume of the Gun Kingdoms released in 2012.

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    'Adventurer's Pass': As the Steamer Trunk level, PLUS a physical copy of the novel in Trade Paperback AND your name credited in the book as an Adventure Level Backer.

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    'Captain's Cabin': As the Adventurer's Pass level, PLUS your physical copy will be signed by both artist and author, AND your name credited in the book as a Captain Level Backer, AND a 4 x 20 signed and numbered special edition print of 'The Consultant' which inspired this book.

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    'Airship Ace': As the Captain's Cabin level, PLUS you will recieve an original illustration from the novel created by artist David Deitrick, AND your name credited in the book as a Airship Ace Level Backer, AND you get the honor of naming a character that appears in the book after you or someone you know [within the naming conventions of the setting]

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    'Sky Admiral': As the Airship Ace backer level, PLUS you will also get the one and only original painting of the book's cover done by artist David Deitrick, AND your name will be credited in the book as the lone Sky Admiral Level Backer.

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