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Part historical fiction, part horror fantasy, a comic book chronicling Vlad the Impaler’s transformation into the vampire Dracula.
Part historical fiction, part horror fantasy, a comic book chronicling Vlad the Impaler’s transformation into the vampire Dracula.
Part historical fiction, part horror fantasy, a comic book chronicling Vlad the Impaler’s transformation into the vampire Dracula.
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REVOLVER #4 - New Dracula Story and Art!

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New Year's Update!

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New Pages!

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Dear Backers, 

I'm thrilled to share with you a new chapter of DRACULA: SON OF THE DRAGON. Here is a backer's only PDF of the new pages Salgood has penciled, inked and lettered. They comprise pages. 39-45 of our story:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xe23udt5vc6vsjp/DR-39-45.pdf?dl=0
 
And here's a PDF of the 45 completed pages so far:


We originally promised 60 pages for Volume 1, which would mean we are 3/4 of the way finished. We are looking at around 80 pages right now though. The climax will be truly epic, so we hope the extra pages will make the wait worthwhile. 

In the meantime, Salgood continues to draw pages to get us closer to the end of Volume 1. 

Below is one example of one of the pages he's penciled past the 45 you now have in your hands. It depicts Dracula's father sending young children as tribute to the Ottoman Turks, where they will join the Sultan's elite Janissary Corps. Our heroes will accompany their father to Gallipoli where...well, you'll have to wait a bit more to find out. 
 
You can see this, and others, on the Dracula: Son of The Dragon Facebook page:

 
As for me, with the expanded length I'm constantly working with Salgood to make changes to fit the new pages. I also hope to update you soon with a look at my process, and share some more of the inspiration and research material that's gone into producing this story.
 
Until then, your support, patience and understanding is incredible and very much appreciated. 

Best, 

Mark

Update: January 2016

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Hello Everyone,  

DRACULA writer/co-creator Mark Sable here. Hope you are all having a great New Year so far. First, let me once again apologize for the delay. While that delay has been on the art rather than writing end, my name is on the Kickstarter and I take responsibility for our tardiness. 

Nevertheless, Salgood continues to work on the book. He's already completed 38 pages, over half of the Volume One, which we've already sent out digitally. While we originally promised a 60 page graphic novel, we are now looking at 80 pages of story and art. While that does not excuse our lateness, I feel confident it will result in a better story and product. 

Here are thumbnail sketches of the remaining 42 pages of Dracula:

The second set focus on The Battle of Varna, an enormous medieval set-piece battle featuring multiple Eastern European armies fighting the Ottoman Empire with sword, cannon and...some supernatural surprises. It should be truly epic. As for me, I continue to revise the script to fit Salgood's changes as he expands on our initial vision. In addition, I'm creating "back matter" - essays that talk about the inspiration for this project beyond Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. For example, I wrote one recently about "The Scholamance" (pictured below), the mythological school where Dracula studied black magic before becoming a vampire. 

 I want the final book to have extensive end notes and extras in addition to the 80 pages of story and art. I'll share more about the extras in future updates. 

I know a few people have asked for refunds, all of whom we've been in touch with personally. Kickstarter unfortunately doesn't offer a mechanism for that. Salgood has only taken the small portion of the funds for the pages already completed. I've taken none - the purpose of this Kickstarter was and is to pay for art, lettering, color, printing and distribution, not for me to make money personally. 

So, even if we refunded money to the minority of backers that would like their money back, it would make it impossible to finish, print and distribute the book to the majority of you who do want the graphic novel in your hands. 

Once again, I thank you for your support and patience. 

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year, 

Mark

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