100 Days of Mystery
I'm the writer and creator of the Bertram Fiddle Adventure games and also illustrate children's books and co-run Rumpus Animation in Bristol, UK. I spend every day hunched over in front of a computer working on Episode 2 of Bertram Fiddle, a comedy point and click game set in Victorian London.
After taking part in last year's Inktober and discovering how much I enjoy drawing with just a simple dip-pen and ink I've set myself the challenge of drawing 100 pictures over the first 100 days of 2017. I find it a really nice way to relax in the evening and a creative outlet for some ideas I am unable to put into the game.
All the illustration ideas come from the the same world that Bertram Fiddle inhabits. A strange and peculiar version of Victoriana which blends my love of comedy, Hammer Horror and Victorian novels. In this world anything is possible, although it will usually be soggy and/or flea-ridden.
I draw them with a scratchy old dip pen in Japanese ink I picked up in Tokyo on pure white A4 270gm card. The extra shading is done with a brush and the same ink. For printing purposes I will scan the originals and may alter the contrast to achieve the best print results but won't alter the drawing in anyway. This will be a book of pure inky, scratchy splodginess.
The accompanying stories will be no more than a page long and serve to enhance the mysteriousness of the illustration. Who knows if each story will have a happy ending?*
*Me. I know... and they won't. Terrible things will be witnessed. Unspeakable acts of Victorian cruelty will be punished. Penguins will disappear.
With this Kickstarter I am going to collect my drawings and put them in a book along with 50 short stories of mystification and bepuzzlement. A book guaranteed to make your bookshelf 35% more intriguing and one all your friends will covet.
The money raised will cover the cost of printing the 150 page, perfect bound softback books in black and white on the nicest paper I can afford. They will be A4 portrait sized. I've looked at various printers in the UK, Europe and Hong Kong and while the costs of printing and shipping vary a lot I am going to make sure we make a beautiful book to be treasured forever.
I hope you all enjoy exploring the sinister alleys and creaky old houses as much as I enjoy drawing them and that the stories make you shudder and snort forever and ever and ever.
Thank you all so much for already making this project possible! It has already been more successful than I hoped! If we are able to reach these stretch goals then everyone who has backed us will have their pledge upgraded.
£9500 - Inktober Drawings
If this project reaches £9500 I will be able to print a zine with all my Inktober drawings in. These were the inspiration for this 100 Days project.
All backers of the Book Tier and above will receive a FREE copy of the zine as part of their reward. Huzzah!
£15,000 - Hard-back Edition
If this project reaches £15000 I will be able to afford to have the 100 Days of Mystery book printed with a hard-back cover, lending it an even more mysterious air. ALL backers will have their book upgraded to the hard-back version. The extra money raised will cover the additional shipping and postage costs that the book's extra heftiness incurs.
Risks and challenges
I'm currently still working on completing Episode 2 of the Adventures of Bertram Fiddle, which I kickstarted in October 2015.
The game was originally intended to be completed in September 2016, but has grown in scope and is now due for release in May this year.
This book is my way of finding a creative outlet to relax in the evenings while I work on the game during the day. The success or failure of this campaign doesn't affect progress on the game.
Backers who pledge to get an original drawing will get one of the 100 originals selected at random. Unfortunately I can't guarantee that you will get your favourite, but will do my best to accommodate any requests.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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