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Project seeks funds to produce a limited deluxe edition of the art book titled: Mercenary:The Freelance Illustration of Dan Brereton.
Project seeks funds to produce a limited deluxe edition of the art book titled: Mercenary:The Freelance Illustration of Dan Brereton.
266 backers pledged $17,942 to help bring this project to life.

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This project seeks to raise funds to print a limited Publisher's Deluxe Edition of Dan Brereton's newest hardcover illustration book:

MERCENARY - THE FREELANCE ILLUSTRATION OF DAN BRERETON

Cover image for both editions (Introducing: Flame and The Black Dog)
Cover image for both editions (Introducing: Flame and The Black Dog)

While Dan is currently immersed in completing the greatly anticipated return of his flagship property's next graphic novel: NOCTURNALS - The Sinister Path we present to you ... MERCENARY - a tribute to the career he feels born to follow; featuring artwork that editors, art directors, art collectors and fans have engaged him to create. It's not really about the money, he'll tell you, but the twin crafts of Storytelling and Illustration that fuel his passion for drawing, painting and creating.

Dan has received many honors for his beautiful an unmistakable painted comic book work including: the Russ Manning Award, the ENnie award, and five Eisner Award Nominations. He is a frequent writer for Animation and Comic Books and is best known for such works as his highly acclaimed series Nocturnals and his Graphic novel epic, GiantKiller.

Over a career spanning thirty years, Dan has worked on countless titles, such as JLA:SEVEN CASKETS, LEGENDS OF THE WORLDS FINEST, BATMAN: THRILLKILLER, SUPERMAN: SILVER BANSHEE, LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, RED SONJA, VAMPIRELLA, PUNISHER, GOD-SIZED THOR, RED HULK, CAPTAIN AMERICA, ULTIMATE TEAM-UP, MARS ATTACKS, DEADPOOL, and GODZILLA.

His work has been the subject of five previous hardcover illustration art collections:

• THE GODDESS & THE MONSTER

• SIREN

• SORCERESS

• ENCHANTRESS

• NOCTURNALS: LEGEND

MERCENARY- THE FREELANCE ILLUSTRATION OF DAN BRERETON brings a new and never before seen introspection to Dan's work: the creative process itself!

Actual presentation layout
Actual presentation layout

Both Standard and Deluxe editions will include numerous full page presentations of finished art, accompanied by sequential "work-in-progress" images.

Each image also includes commentary by Dan that enlightens the reader on layout, color theory, composition and unique mechanics that have been perfected over a thirty year span.

Work-in-progress Layout
Work-in-progress Layout

The Deluxe Edition (88 pages) includes a printed dust jacket plus an additional 16 pages of exclusive artwork which is not included in the Standard Edition (72 pages).

Virtual mock-up image of Deluxe Edition (includes dust jacket and exclusive art)
Virtual mock-up image of Deluxe Edition (includes dust jacket and exclusive art)

 

Actual illustrations
Actual illustrations

 

Actual illustrations
Actual illustrations

 

Never Before Seen: From sketch, to color wash, to final touches
Never Before Seen: From sketch, to color wash, to final touches

 

Actual layout for WIP presentation
Actual layout for WIP presentation

 

Mock-up of Deluxe Edition dust jacket
Mock-up of Deluxe Edition dust jacket

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Original Art Rewards

(All art available for this project is currently listed below)

Original Art #1 (Flame)

Flame  8" x 10"
Flame 8" x 10"

Original Art #2 (Grave Girl)

Grave Girl 8" x 10"
Grave Girl 8" x 10"

Original Art #3 (Polychrome)

Polychrome With Veil 8" x 10"
Polychrome With Veil 8" x 10"

Original Art #4 (Lady Goodnight)

Lady Goodnight 8" x 10"
Lady Goodnight 8" x 10"

Original Art #5 (Starfish)

Starfish 8" x 10"
Starfish 8" x 10"

 Original Art #6 (Lady Ghast)

Lady Ghast 9"x12"
Lady Ghast 9"x12"

Original Art #7 (Eve)

Evening With Spider 8" x 10"
Evening With Spider 8" x 10"

 Original Art #8 (Celtic Furie)

Celtic Furie 9" x 12"
Celtic Furie 9" x 12"

 Original Art #9 (Polychrome)

18th Century Polychrome/Nocturnals 9" x 12"
18th Century Polychrome/Nocturnals 9" x 12"

Original Art #10 (Lady Joker and Harley)

Lady Joker and Harley 11" x 17"
Lady Joker and Harley 11" x 17"

 Original Art #11 (Mercenary Cover Painting)

Mercenaries (Published Cover) 11" x 17"
Mercenaries (Published Cover) 11" x 17"

Original Art #12 (Feathered Fiend)

Feathered Fiend
Feathered Fiend

 

Deluxe Sketched Edition (sample images)
Deluxe Sketched Edition (sample images)

 

Personally Signed Print-Card With Each Physical Copy!
Personally Signed Print-Card With Each Physical Copy!

 

Risks and challenges

The artwork necessary to print the book is entirely complete and the book is printer-ready. Funding will allow us to print the limited run Publisher's Deluxe Edition with unique dust jacket, plus an additional 16 pages of exclusive artwork.
Thus, once the project has been funded, very few risks are foreseen with completion and delivery of the project.

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    PDF Copy of MERCENARY Standard Edition

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    PDF Copy of MERCENARY Deluxe Edition

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    Mercenary (Standard Edition)

    Mercenary - The Freelance Illustration of Dan Brereton
    Hard Cover Standard Edition
    7-1/2" x 11"
    72 Pages Total
    Includes introduction by Dan Brereton
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    Mercenary (Deluxe Edition)

    Mercenary - The Freelance Illustration of Dan Brereton
    Deluxe Hard Cover Edition with Dust Jacket (Expanded and Exclusive 16 pages)
    7-1/2" x 11"
    88 Pages Total
    Includes introduction by Dan Brereton
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    Original Art Sketched Deluxe Edition

    Mercenary - The Freelance Illustration of Dan Brereton
    Deluxe Hard Cover SKETCHED Edition with Dust Jacket (Expanded and Exclusive 16 pages)
    Personally sketched on end papers - please see sample images
    7-1/2" x 11"
    88 Pages Total
    Includes introduction by Dan Brereton
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    Celtic Warrior Girl - orig. art/DLX Ed.

    Original Illustration Art - #8
    Celtic Warrior Girl
    9" x12"
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    Feathered Fiend (original art & DLX Ed.)

    Original Illustration Art - #12
    Feathered Fiend
    10" x15"
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    Flame (original art and DLX Edition)

    Original Illustration Art - #1
    Flame
    8" x 10"
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    Grave Girl (original art and DLX Ed.)

    Original Illustration Art - #2
    Grave Girl
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    Polychrome (original art and DLX Ed.)

    Original Illustration Art - #3
    Polychrome With Veil
    8" x 10"
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    Lady Goodnight (original art & DLX Ed.)

    Original Illustration Art - #4
    Lady Goodnight
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    Starfish (original art and DLX Edition)

    Original Illustration Art - #5
    Starfish
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    Evening (original art and DLX Ed.)

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    Evening With Spider
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    Lady Ghast (original art & DLX Edition)

    Original Illustration Art - #6
    Lady Ghast
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    Polychrome (orig art & DLX Ed.)

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    18th Century Polychrome/Nocturnals
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    Polychrome & Evening - orig art/DLX Ed.

    Original Illustration Art - #14
    Poly and Eve
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    Joker & Harley (original art & DLX Ed.)

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    Lady Joker and Harley
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    The Mercenaries (original art & DLX Ed.)

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    Flame & The Black Dog
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