Benign Kingdom is an art book publishing project, and we’d like to put together a series of classy books featuring art by four wonderful artists working in comics and illustration!
This is our fourth series of art books, and first since 2013. Our TRIUMPHANT RETURN to publishing classy, art-focused books by great creators in the worlds of independent comics and illustration.
MEREDITH GRAN lives in Brooklyn, NY where she draws the webcomic Octopus Pie and teaches at the School of Visual Arts.
DUSTIN HARBIN is a cartoonist who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. He's probably best known for his autobiographical series Diary Comics, published by Koyama Press, and serialized on his website, dharbin.com. He is a pretty good kisser.
BECKY DREISTADT is a painter based in Los Angeles, known for creating Capture Creatures, Tiny Kitten Teeth and Tigerbuttah! Currently Becky is a character designer for Disney Television Animation.
EVAN DAHM has created and self-published the fantasy graphic novels Rice Boy, Order of Tales, and Vattu. He does a bunch of other illustration and stuff too. He lives in Brooklyn.
These books will match our three previous art book sets: they will be 6.625 by 10.25 inches, and 32 pages long. They’ll have full-color, matte interiors, and their covers will be emblazoned with the seal of the Benign Kingdom in iridescent foil. Our intention is to make classy, no-nonsense books that show the art off above all else, and to offer a beautiful format for these artists to present work that may not have been published elsewhere, or is separate from the work for which they are most known.
The hardcover compilation will have the interiors of all four individual art books bound together in one book, with a foil seal on the cover. The cover images from the individual books will be included in the interior too, so nothing’s missing from the hardcover.
In addition to the shiny new books, this Kickstarter is an opportunity to get books we’ve previously published: in 2012 and 2013, Benign Kingdom published art books in the same format as the new series, by Yuko Ota, KC Green, Evan Dahm, Becky Dreistadt, Emmy Cicierega, Anthony Clark, Danielle Corsetto, Aaron Diaz, Emily Carroll, Gigi D.G., Tyson Hesse, and Phil McAndrew. You can in fact get ALL TWELVE of these original books here, if you’re feeling it.
These other rewards come in two different packages:
THE BENIGN BOX contains two different older art books, selected at random, and a selection of things like prints, postcards, and other miscellany from the 2012-13 era.
THE FULL-REGALIA BOX contains ALL TWELVE of the older art books, and more prints & 2012-13 miscellany. This is probably the simplest and most cost-effective way to get all of these.
Benign Kingdom was founded in 2012 by Yuko, Ananth, George, Frank, Becky, and Evan, and we've published a series of books that represent the work of independent artists in a classy way. We're excited to get this project rolling, and we have big ideas for things in the future. Thank you so much for your support!!
Risks and challenges
We're getting these books printed and sent out with the help of Make That Thing, a company with a lot of experience making books and handling large amounts of order-fulfillment. The printer we've decided on is in North America, so any possible production delays likely won't be as long as if the books were printed in China.
Benign Kingdom itself is Evan Dahm, Becky Dreistadt, and Frank Gibson, all of whom have experience in book production and printing and Kickstarter-running!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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