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Ride to Valhalla!
Protect the man and Gods from the Hrimthurses and Jotuns, and beware the creatures of the ice and fire!
In the dark night, when snow is slowly falling, far away in the Jotunheim, Frost Giants called Hrimthurse are sharpening their weapons, and dreaming about conquering Asgard, Midgard, and all other worlds, where they will bring frozen winds and darkness.
This book open doors to long forgotten ancient Norse gods and giants, heroes and monsters, who inspired Vikings to great deeds. Aesir gods of Asgard and Vanir gods of Vanaheim fought against the Hrimthurses - frost giants of Jotunheim, and against the fire giants from the Muspellheim.
There, Odin riding on a Sleipnir - his eight-legged steed and his two ravens Hugin and Munin, Thor wielding his mighty hammer Mjollnir - the only weapon that makes the Giants shiver. There were Valkyrie - Odin's maidens, who ride above the battlefields and take dying warriors Einherjar to Valhalla. There was monstrous Ymir - the forefather of all giants, who had risen from the fire and ice. And yes, there was Loki - the trickster god out of the race of fire giants, who is responsible for most of the bad things in this cosmos.
Hel - ruler of the dead, is living in the dark, cold world of the dead called Nifelheim, where all lost souls ended up - people who didn't die in battle or some other glory death.
There was a colossal cosmic tree called Yggdrasil, where 9 Viking worlds were created, and creatures of all kinds lived.
Trolls, dwarves, elves, giant snakes and giant wolves - all are inhabitants of 9 Viking worlds where everything is possible. Where magic is strong, and axes and swords make their own stories.
The ancient Norse myths described in this book are more than just mere stories told to overcome boredom. They epitomized the religion of our ancestors and inspired them to be brave and do great deeds.
This book is closer to an "art book" than regular mythology book. The focus is on illustration and images. The text is subservient to the visual content. The images evoke the feel and mood of a lost Norse heritage, and words are just a guide to adventures.
The 9"x11"64, page, full-color book is lavishly illustrated, with particular attention given to the atmosphere and details of the world. Some illustrations have Celtic/Viking borders to glorify Viking's lore.
We were honored to have John Howe write the foreword for the book. Mr. Howe is an internationally famous illustrator, known for his work on Tolkien's world (Lord of the Rings, Hobbit).
Additional thanks go out to Zdenko Bašić who created our amazing Kickstarter trailer.
This book is going to be the first release in a series of Norse Mythology books. Each book will take a path to a different part of Viking's lore and explore myths, stories, and legends from the Norse cosmos.
MILIVOJ ĆERAN was born in Zagreb on October 21, 1978. He graduated from The School of Applied Arts where he majored in painting and in 1997 enrolled at The Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Department of Conservation and Restoration of Paintings, and graduated in July 2003.
Clients: Wizards of the Coast, Paizo, Cryptozoic Entertainment, Upper Deck Entertainment, Applibot, Sony Online Entertainment, FASA Games, Monte Cook Games, HEX Entertainment, Privateer Press, Amalgam, Templar Publishing, Troll Lord Games, Alderac Entertainment Group, Fantasy Flight Games, Algoritam etc.
Appearances: His works are included in “Spectrum 19 – The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art”, “Fantasy+, volume 5”, and in “Infected by Art book” 1 and 2. His work was displayed in the Illuxcon 5 & 6 main show, GenCon Art Show, and San Diego Comic Con.
Awards: “Infected by Art” Bronze award in unpublished category 2013, Gen Con Art Show 3rd Place for Best Original Art on 2013, and “SFera” 2003. (Croatia)
Milivoj is a member of Croatian Association of Applied Arts Artists (ULUPUH).
Since 2004, he has been teaching painting techniques at the School of Applied Arts in Zagreb, Croatia.
Original painting sizes:
Heimdall in Asgard - 35 x 17 cm
Thor gets Mjollnir - 38 x 32 cm
Surtr - 56 x 44 cm
Ymir - 58 x 44 cm
Yggdrasil - 63 x 41 cm
Niflheim - 52 x 83 cm
Creation - 60 x 90 cm
Norse Mythology cover - 65 x 54 cm
Jormungandr - 38 x 60 cm
Aesir and Vanir Fight - 56 x 90 cm
After the $12k stretch goal is unlocked - all backers of the $50 reward level or higher, will receive the limited edition sketchbook with drawings and sketches from the book
After the $14k stretch goal is unlocked - all backers of the $50 reward or higher, will receive the limited edition sketchbook with drawings and sketches from the book, and the 2018 calendar with images from the book
After the $17k stretch goal is unlocked - all backers of the $50 reward or higher, will receive the limited edition sketchbook with drawings and sketches from the book, the 2018 calendar, and the choice of receiving the hardcover book as a Limited Edition Leather hardcover book
After the $22k stretch goal is unlocked - all backers will receive an upgrade to the hardcover book that increases the total page count to 68 pages of content!
After the $30k stretch goal is unlocked - all backers of the $50 reward or higher, will receive the limited edition sketchbook with drawings and sketches from the book, the 2018 calendar, the choice of receiving the hardcover book as a Limited Edition Leather hardcover book, and will receive a total of 5 large prints.
After the $40k stretch goal is unlocked - all backers of the $50 reward or higher, will receive the limited edition sketchbook with drawings and sketches from the book, the 2018 calendar, the choice of receiving the hardcover book as a Limited Edition Leather hardcover book, and will receive a total of 10 large prints and a custom portfolio.
Please note, add-ons do not increase the reward level, and as such do not make you eligible to stretch goals that are limited to specific backer levels
Mid-July 2017 - book and associated KS products finalized and production files sent to printer
End of July - Receive 1st round proofs from printer
Mid-August - Go into production
Mid-September - Production samples received, and products start the long trek to Denver.
Mid-October - Products Received in Denver.
End of November - Fulfillment starts
You asked for lower shipping costs. We listened!
We have been able to work out a partnership with a fulfillment house in the UK to create an EU friendly shipping options. In fact, we were able to lower all of our shipping*!
What this means:
1. If you backed a reward level before the shipping change, you will be refunded the difference after the Kickstarter completes.
2. All rewards have been updated to reflect the new shipping costs. New backers will see the correct and current pricing reflected.
3. Both the original shipping costs and the new shipping costs are shown below for your comparison.
* The $150 & $240 level shipping increased. Milivoj noticed that we forgot to include the costs of shipping the drawings from Croatia in the shipping cost. If you backed the reward before the price change - congrats, you saved money! Shipping increases will not be retroactive, and will not be charged to you.
All printed material will be shipped from Denver, CO, while all original drawings, sketches & illustrations will be shipped by the artists from Croatia.
Risks and challenges
We have attempted to create a realistic schedule based upon Milivoj's ability to complete the remaining artworks, finalize the design of the books and associated products, and manufacture the products. We have built in buffer into all aspects of the schedule to try and account for all potential issues that might arise. Of course, we can never remove all manner of risk, but we are committed to staying on schedule and communicated any deviations that may occur.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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