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About

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.

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    An acknowledgment in a blog entry made on KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life (http://kradical.livejournal.com) and a thank-you note e-mailed to you from Keith R.A. DeCandido

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    An MP3 and a lossless digital master of one of the three original pieces of music to be written specifically for DRAGON PRECINCT by Emmett Plant, award-winning composer and STAR TREK producer and an MP3 of a new DRAGON PRECINCT song by Jonah Knight. (Plus the blog acknowledgment, and the e-mailed thank-you.) [IMPORTANT NOTE: all subsequent rewards also include Jonah's song, but Jonah's generous offer came after the Kickstarter went live, and KS won't let me modify a reward that already has a backer, so not all the listings have Jonah's song, but rest assured, if you pledge more than ten bucks, you get it.]

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    An eBook edition of GRYPHON PRECINCT, the fourth novel in the series, to be published in December 2013. (Plus one piece of Emmett Plant music, the blog acknoweldgment and the e-mailed thank-you note.)

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    A copy of the eBook edition of the graphic novel. (Plus the GRYPHON PRECINCT eBook, one piece of Emmett Plant music, the blog acknowledgment and the e-mailed thank-you note.)

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    MP3s and lossless digital masters of two of the three original pieces of music to be written specifically for DRAGON PRECINCT by Emmett Plant, award-winning composer and STAR TREK producer. (Plus the eBook edition of the graphic novel, the GRYPHON PRECINCT eBook, the Jonah Knight song, the blog acknowledgment, and the e-mailed thank-you.)

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    An acknowledgment on the inside back cover of the graphic novel. (Plus the eBook edition of the graphic novel, the GRYPHON PRECINCT eBook, two pieces of Emmett Plant music, the blog acknowledgment, and the e-mailed thank-you note.)

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    MP3s and lossless digital masters of all three original pieces of music to be written specifically for DRAGON PRECINCT by Emmett Plant, award-winning composer and STAR TREK producer. (Plus the eBook edition of the graphic novel, the GRYPHON PRECINCT eBook, the inside back cover acknowledgment, the blog acknowledgment, and the e-mailed thank-you note.)

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    A printed and signed thank-you note mailed to your address by Keith R.A. DeCandido. (Plus the eBook edition of the graphic novel, the GRYPHON PRECINCT eBook, the Jonah Knight song, all three pieces of Emmett Plant music, the blog acknowledgment, and the inside back cover acknowledgment.)

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    An autographed copy of the trade paperback edition of the fourth novel in the series, GRYPHON PRECINCT, due to be published in December 2013. (Plus the autographed trade edition of the graphic novel, all three pieces of Emmett Plant music, the blog acknowledgment, the mailed thank-you note, and the inside back cover acknowledgment.)

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    A signed and numbered limited-edition hardcover graphic novel. (Plus the GRYPHON PRECINCT eBook, all three pieces of Emmett Plant music, the blog acknowledgment, the mailed thank-you note, and the inside back cover acknowledgment.)

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    MP3s of readings of three of the stories in TALES FROM DRAGON PRECINCT: "When the Magick Goes Away," read by Keith R.A. DeCandido, "Catch and Release," read by Keith, and "Brotherly Love," read by Keith and Wrenn Simms. (Plus the eBook edition of the graphic novel, the GRYPHON PRECINCT eBook, the Jonah Knight song, all three pieces of Emmett Plant music, the blog acknowledgment, the mailed thank-you note, and the inside back cover acknowledgment.)

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    The eBook editions of all five books in the series: DRAGON PRECINCT, UNICORN PRECINCT, GOBLIN PRECINCT, GRYPHON PRECINCT, and TALES FROM DRAGON PRECINCT. (Plus the eBook edition of the graphic novel, all three pieces of Emmett Plant music, the readings of three short stories, the blog acknowledgment, the mailed thank-you note, and the inside back cover acknowledgment.)

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    An MP3 of an exclusive full-cast audio drama adaptation of the graphic novel storyline, produced & performed by the cast of the Parsec Award-winning audio drama HG WORLD, with music by the mighty Emmett Plant. This audio will ONLY be available to Kickstarter supporters. (Plus the autographed trade edition of the graphic novel, the GRYPHON PRECINCT eBook, all three pieces of Emmett Plant music that are also used in the audio drama, the readings of three short stories, the blog acknowledgment, the mailed thank-you note, and the inside back cover acknowledgment.)

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    A portfolio review of your work by JK Woodward.(Plus the eBook edition of the graphic novel, the GRYPHON PRECINCT eBook, the Jonah Knight song, all three pieces of Emmett Plant music, the readings of three short stories, the blog acknowledgment, the mailed thank-you note, and the inside back cover acknowledgment.)

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    A critique of your short story by Keith R.A. DeCandido. (Plus the eBook edition of the graphic novel, the GRYPHON PRECINCT eBook, the Jonah Knight song, all three pieces of Emmett Plant music, the readings of three short stories, the blog acknowledgment, the mailed thank-you note, and the inside back cover acknowledgment.)

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    A signed and numbered gallery-quality lithograph of the cover art by JK Woodward. (Plus the eBook edition of the graphic novel, the GRYPHON PRECINCT eBook, the Jonah Knight song, all three pieces of Emmett Plant music, the readings of three short stories, the blog acknowledgment, the mailed thank-you note, and the inside back cover acknowledgment.)

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    Acknowledgment on the inside front cover of the graphic novel. (Plus the eBook edition of the graphic novel, the GRYPHON PRECINCT eBook, the Jonah Knight song, all three pieces of Emmett Plant music, the readings of three short stories, the blog acknowledgment, and the mailed thank-you note.)

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    A character named after you in the upcoming novel GRYPHON PRECINCT, scheduled to be published in December 2013. (Plus the eBook edition of the graphic novel, the GRYPHON PRECINCT eBook, all three pieces of Emmett Plant music, the readings of three short stories, the blog acknowledgment, the mailed thank-you note, and the inside back cover acknowledgment.)

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    An MP3 of an exclusive full-cast audio drama adaptation of the graphic novel storyline, produced & performed by the cast of the Parsec Award-winning audio drama HG WORLD, with music by the mighty Emmett Plant. This audio will ONLY be available to Kickstarter supporters. (Plus the signed and numbered limited edition hardcover, the GRYPHON PRECINCT eBook, the Jonah Knight song, all three pieces of Emmett Plant music which are used in the audio, the readings of three short stories, the blog acknowledgment, the mailed thank-you note, and the inside front cover acknowledgment.)

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    A page of original artwork from the graphic novel, chosen by artist JK Woodward. (Plus the autographed trade edition of the graphic novel, the GRYPHON PRECINCT eBook, the audio adaptation, the Jonah Knight song, all three pieces of Emmett Plant music, the readings of three short stories, the blog acknowledgment, the mailed thank-you note, and the inside front cover acknowledgment.)

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    A 12"x18" page of commissioned black-and-white artwork (limit to two characters) by JK Woodward (http://jkwoodwardart.blogspot.com/). (Plus the autographed trade edition of the graphic novel, the GRYPHON PRECINCT eBook, the audio adaptation, all three pieces of Emmett Plant music, the readings of three short stories, the blog acknowledgment, the mailed thank-you note, and the inside front cover acknowledgment.)

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    A character in the graphic novel based on your likeness, as well as the page of original art on which your likeness will appear. (Plus the autographed trade edition of the graphic novel, the GRYPHON PRECINCT eBook, the audio adaptation, all three pieces of Emmett Plant music, the readings of three short stories, the blog acknowledgment, the mailed thank-you note, and the inside front cover acknowledgment.)

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    A 12"x18" page of commissioned full-color artwork by JK Woodward (http://jkwoodwardart.blogspot.com/). (Plus the autographed trade edition of the graphic novel, the GRYPHON PRECINCT eBook, the audio adaptation, the Jonah Knight song, all three pieces of Emmett Plant music, the readings of three short stories, the blog acknowledgment, the mailed thank-you note, and the inside front cover acknowledgment.)

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    The original artwork for the illustration that advertises this Kickstarter, drawn by JK Woodward. (Plus the autographed trade edition of the graphic novel, the GRYPHON PRECINCT eBook, the audio adaptation, the Jonah Knight song, all three pieces of Emmett Plant music, the readings of three short stories, the blog acknowledgment, the mailed thank-you note, and the inside front cover acknowledgment.)

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    Autographed copies of all five prose books in the series: DRAGON PRECINCT, UNICORN PRECINCT, GOBLIN PRECINCT, TALES FROM DRAGON PRECINCT, and GRYPHON PRECINCT. (Plus the autographed trade edition of the graphic novel, the audio adaptation, the Jonah Knight song, all three pieces of Emmett Plant music, the readings of three short stories, the blog acknowledgment, the mailed thank-you note, and the inside front cover acknowledgment.)

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    All the non-limited rewards listed above: the autographed graphic novel, the signed and numbered limited edition hardcover, the blog acknowledgment, the mailed thank-you note, the inside front-cover acknowledgment, an autographed print of the cover art, an autographed copy of GRYPHON PRECINCT, the Jonah Knight song, all three pieces of music by Emmett Plant, the readings of three short stories, and the audio drama.

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