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:
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,