Dragon Precinct graphic novel
A new graphic novel with the characters from the popular fantasy/mystery series by Keith R.A. DeCandido, with art by JK Woodward.
Since 2004, I've been chronicling the adventures of Torin ban Wyvald, Danthres Tresyllione, and the rest of the Castle Guard as they try to maintain law and order in the port town of Cliff's End, a city-state that is filled with humans, elves, dwarves, halflings, gnomes, and wizards. These fantasy police procedurals were referred to by one reviewer as "Dungeons & Dragnet," and have gotten acclaim from sources ranging from respected magazines to review blogs.
Each story sees the detectives of the Castle Guard -- aided by the M.E. (the magickal examiner, a mage on loan from the Brotherhood of Wizards, who casts a "peel-back" spell on a crime scene) -- solving a crime that happens within the demesne of Cliff's End, dealing with lying witnesses, multiple suspects, jurisdictional issues involving the Brotherhood, and the politics of the city-state.
We've seen Torin and Danthres, et al in three novels, with a fourth on the way: Dragon Precinct (2004, reissued in 2011), Unicorn Precinct (2011), Goblin Precinct (2012), and Gryphon Precinct (forthcoming in 2013). In addition, I've written several pieces of short fiction, five of which appeared in various anthologies over the years, one of which I wrote for a previous Kickstarter, and four of which I wrote for the collection Tales from Dragon Precinct (2013), which also included the six listed above.
Now, with the tenth anniversary of Dragon Precinct's debut fast approaching, I want to tell a new story of Danthres and Torin in a new format: a graphic novel.
But I need your help to do it. The graphic novel will be scripted by me, Keith R.A. DeCandido (web site | blog | Facebook | Twitter), the award-winning and best-selling author of some fifty novels, tons of short stories, blog entries, and more (including three years' worth of Farscape comic books for BOOM! Studios, and several Star Trek and Cars comics). I've got the acclaimed and brilliant illustrator of the Star Trek/Doctor Who: Assimilation^2 crossover comic JK Woodward (blog | Facebook | Twitter) tapped to do the artwork (he also did the piece that's advertising this Kickstarter). JK and I worked together on two Star Trek comics for IDW -- Alien Spotlight: Klingons and Captain's Log: Jellico -- and it's a joy and a privilege to collaborate with him on this new version of a universe that's near and dear to my heart.
The plot of this 100-page graphic novel will involve a serial killer in Cliff's End -- kind of. Magick will of course be involved, complicating everything. As an added bonus, you'll finally get to see the streets of Cliff's End, see Torin, Danthres, Osric, Grovis, Iaian, Dru, Hawk, Jonas, Boneen, and the rest.
But only if I make my goal. I'm producing this graphic novel entirely by myself, and that's not a cheap proposition. My goal is $40,000, which may seem like a lot, but I need to pay for the art and cover (by JK), and for the lettering, production, printing, and distribution (which will be handled by the fine folks at ComicMix). For that matter, I'm going to be writing a 100-page graphic novel, and I need to get paid for my time and work just like I would for any other project.
The good news is that if I do get the funding, the graphic novel will be produced and distributed through book and comics distributors, both in print and electronic form.
So if you enjoyed the previous novels and short stories in the series, if you're a fan of my work and/or of JK's, if you love fantasy, if you love police procedurals, if you love the idea of combining both, then this graphic novel is for you. Even a $5 contribution helps (and gets you an acknowledgment on my blog), and there's lots of nifty rewards, ranging from simple stuff, like copies of the graphic novel in print and eBook form, the next novel in the series, Gryphon Precinct, getting characters named and/or patterned after yourself, some of JK's artwork, and even an audio drama produced and performed by the cast and crew of the Parsec Award-winning audio drama HG World. Plus, both Emmett Plant and Jonah Knight are contributing music -- Emmett's writing three orchestral pieces and Jonah's writing a song. (NOTE: Jonah offered the song after the Kickstarter went live, and I can't modify the rewards that have backers. So be aware that if you pledge $10 or more, you're also getting an MP3 of Jonah's song....)
If you have any questions, you can comment here or e-mail me at krad at whsyper dot net. And thanks so much!
(Additional thanks to the folks who provided feedback, both here on the KS site and privately via e-mail. You guys rock...)
Risks and challenges
I fully intend to keep all my backers informed of the progress we make on the graphic novel. We can't do this if we don't get our funding, which means we won't be starting until we do. I'll send out regular updates via Kickstarter, and doing the same on my blog (KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life at http://kradical.livejournal.com), my Facebook page (facebook.com/kradec), and my Twitter feed (@KRADeC).
Be aware that delays happen. Both JK and I have other projects, and they might force us to delay work on the graphic novel, and other issues may come up as well with production -- producing a graphic novel is complicated work, with lots of moving parts with many things that can go wrong. We will endeavor mightily to make our goal in a timely manner, and if we're in danger of not doing so, you will be informed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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