SPECIAL UPDATE FOR OUR FINAL HOURS!
Every book now gets a sketch since we passed $11,000!
We are so happy that all our backers will benefit from a stretch goal. Mark Wheatley will add a Doctor Cthulittle head sketch to each printed copy of the book! This means everyone who has backed us at a reward level that includes a copy of the printed book will get the added sketch, in addition to being signed by G. D. Falksen and Mark Wheatley!
Doctor Cthulittle is a whimsical and terrifying illustrated story filled with Lovecraftian horrors, cosmic wonders, and adventure beyond space and time.
Join the mad Doctor Cthulittle and his stalwart companions as they race to save the universe from the unending hunger of an eldritch horror as it stirs from its aeons-long slumber. The good Doctor sacrificed his sanity to learn the secrets of the elder gods, but will his knowledge be enough to preserve the cosmos?
Doctor Cthulittle is a fully illustrated book, offered in this campaign as a limited edition luxury hardcover.
It’s our tribute to classical illustrated stories and the forgotten age of adventure tales, weird fiction, and cosmic horror. The book will be a 64 page hardback sized roughly 10” x 12.5”, printed in color on high quality coated stock, with sewn binding. This will be a book that will last a life time (and beyond....)
N E W R E W A R D !
Doctor Cthulittle - Something happens to those who uncover cosmic secrets man was not meant to know. Most seekers of such forbidden truth go mad, ending their days confined to the asylum or making a final desperate escape from the shackles of life. Perhaps Doctor Cthulittle did go mad, but in madness he found truth and clarity. He knows the horrible reality of our unforgiving cosmos: that the Old Ones stir in their ancient slumber and that other, lesser terrors walk among us already, plotting our doom. Doctor Cthulittle speaks to the Elder Gods. He is both humanity’s ambassador among the stars and its only hope for survival.
Zenobia Bishop - Life as a New England socialite never pleased Zenobia, who always desired more adventure and danger than the stuffy society halls of Providence and Boston could provide. Reinventing herself as a daring aviatrix, Zenobia set off in search of the most remote and inhospitable places left to be explored, and along the way, she found things better left undiscovered. She had already flown over every continent on the globe when she met Doctor Cthulittle atop the Himalayas, but their partnership came at the perfect time: Zenobia needed answers and the Doctor needed a pilot. Now she travels with him through time and space, finding the last uncharted reaches of the cosmos, and desperately clinging to the belief that any question can be answered by the rational mind, and any problem solved with a solid right hook.
Farnsworth - It’s not easy being a ghoul. The life of a monstrous flesh-eating dog-man is filled with problems: Which hapless traveler along a moonless road should I eat first? Have archaeologists disturbed one of my ancient, blasphemous shrines? And if so, are they delicious? When Doctor Cthulittle first trespassed on Farnsworth’s lair in search of a route to the forbidden Plateau of Leng, Farnsworth’s first instinct was to eat him. And yet, there was something different about this stranger, something that promised an opportunity to the gluttonous ghoul. In the guise of the Doctor’s dutiful manservant, Farnsworth now accompanies his friend and possible future meal to distant stars and forbidden dimensions, always looking for new and interesting people to eat ... er ... meet.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
G. D. Falksen - An author, lecturer, public speaker, and actor. He also studies history and has consulted for Disney. He is the author of The Ouroboros Cycle series, The Transatlantic Conspiracy, and several other works of fiction. He is a voice actor for and co-writer of the animated film Hullabaloo and an accompanying educational series titled Ask The Professor.
Mark Wheatley - holder of the Eisner, Inkpot, Mucker, Gem and Speakeasy awards and nominations for the Harvey award and the Ignatz award. He is also an inductee to the Overstreet Hall of Fame. His work has often been included in the annual Spectrum selection of fantastic art and has appeared in private gallery shows, The Norman Rockwell Museum, Toledo Museum of Art, Huntington Art Museum, Fitchburg Art Museum, James A. Michener Art Museum and the Library of Congress where several of his originals are in the LoC permanent collection. He has designed for Lady Gaga, created set pieces for The Black Eyed Peas, contributed designs for ABC’s Beauty and the Beast, and Square Roots, as well as Super Clyde, The Millers and 2 Broke Girls on CBS. Several of his original graphic novels have been optioned for motion pictures with Blood of the Innocent currently in pre‑production. His creations include Doctor Cthulittle, Return of the Human, Ez Street, Lone Justice, Mars, Breathtaker, Black Hood, Prince Nightmare, Hammer of the Gods, Blood of the Innocent, Frankenstein Mobster, Miles the Monster, Skultar and Titanic Tales. His interpretations of established characters such as Tarzan, Dick Tracy, The Green Hornet, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Jonny Quest, Dr. Strange, The Flash, Captain Action, Argus, The Spider, Stargate Atlantis, the Three Stooges, Doctor Who and Torchwood have brought them to life for a new generation of readers. He has written for TV, illustrated books, designed cutting-edge role-playing games, hosted the weekly radio program Frequency, and was an early innovator of the on-line daily comic strip form.
Get more for your rewards! We are fortunate to be able to offer exclusive, signed and numbered art prints of paintings by Mark Wheatley. His signed art prints usually sell upwards of $30 each and will add considerable value to each stretch goal that we meet.
We believe strongly in the creative medium of the illustrated story and we know that this style of book is the best way to present the story of Doctor Cthulittle and his adventures. However, illustrated books like this are rare these days and we feel that crowdfunding through Kickstarter is the best way to get the story into your hands while preserving its unique feel and artistic merits. We feel confident that once you have a copy of Doctor Cthulittle in your hands, you’ll agree completely.
Images presented in the video and used to illustrate this page are all from development stages of the work and are subject to change.
DOCTOR CTHULITTLE, all character names and likenesses as well as distinctive visual elements are trademarked and © G. D. Falksen and Mark Wheatley. All Rights Reserved. All artwork is © Mark Wheatley. All Rights Reserved.
Video and text used for this campaign is © 2017 G. D. Falksen and Mark Wheatley. All Rights Reserved.
Risks and challenges
Most of this project is already completed, so there are very few risks associated with the campaign. The manuscript and many of the illustrations are already completed, and it only remains to finish up the last of the artwork (to be completed over the winter) and prepare the book for printing. Mark Wheatley has produced and published quite a few award winning books and is well experienced in all aspects of printing and production, Expected delivery of the book and physical rewards is summer 2018.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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