The development of Dominion's Light began back in 1998 when I looked around the pop culture landscape and realized that there was no fantasy/sci-fi series that combined the elements of all the stories I love.
I wanted to tell a story of adventure, excitement, friendship, sacrifice and daring that took place in a world never seen in the graphic novel arena. While there have been many fantasy-based comic book titles over the years like Elfquest, Dragonlance, Elric and Battle Chasers, but none of them have collectively touched on themes that mattered to me nor did they feature an ethnically-diverse cast of characters.
Heroic fantasy like Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time and the Dragonlance franchise have influenced and mesmerized writers for many years, but the core criticism is that they present high concept Western European adaptations of reality that omit the vast diversity that exists in our own world.
After a lengthy search for a conceptual designer a few years ago, I discovered Jeff Stokey (http://jeffstokely.deviantart.com/), a very talented artist who shared my love of unique science-fiction and visually stunning fantasy universes. Jeff immediately understood what visual aesthetic I wanted for the story because of his own immersion in gothic and heavy metal artwork, science-fiction and fantasy cinema as well as the complex conceptual art of major RPG video game franchises.
Unfortunately, Jeff's schedule quickly became crowded and we were forced to push Dominion's Light further and further away until we decided to amicably part ways as colleagues on this project.
After an exhaustive search for a new artist, I found DAWID STRAUSS (http://dawidfrederik.deviantart.com/) - who worked in gaming and comics for seven years on projects like the MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD trading cards, DUNGEON RUNNERS and the smash hit sequel DARKSIDERS II.
Dominion’s Light is the story of three young people who are united by tragedy. Reso is a young man betrayed by his own father in order to alleviate gambling debts, Kyshia is a woman whose mysterious powers get her labeled as a witch and nearly executed by a mob and then there is Hammerius Rex, future prince of the LizardMan kingdom who is exiled by his peers.
And finally, there is Lord Valgon, sure to be a controversial
character as he will be the first African-American villain in a fantasy
setting since James Earl Jones in the original Conan movie.
Reso is Latino, Kyshia is Asian and Hammerius will represent the reptile demographic.:)
Our story begins as the nations of Graid'yan are healing from the last great global conflict between the Lizardman kingdom and the race of warrior-sorcerors of Cerist Lunisia in the North. The war ended in a stalemate with both sides retreating to their respective lands and leaving the rest of the world in ruin.
The combatants were in search of the mystical power source known as the CYCLEAN BIBLE - a power so great that it can bend the nature of space, time and reality. Allowing the user to reshape the universe in their own image. Unbeknownst to the majority of people in Graid'yan, the only way to access the Cyclean Bible is through the use of the KEY ULTIMA - a device that reveals the true location of the Bible and the only thing in the universe that can unlock those energies.
Lord Valgon and his ruthless forces - the Valgonath Reapers - are scouring the world searching for the Key Ultima at the same time Resoloth goes on a quest to help his wayward father. After a deadly confrontation, Resoloth is on the run from the Reapers and comes into contact with the recently exiled Hammerius Rex and Kyshia, a teen girl condemned as a witch.
Can these three overcome their differences and survive the upcoming onslaught? Or is destiny playing a role in uniting such disparate creatures?
Dominion's Light will be a journey unlike any other you've seen before. From the windswept prairies of NERISTAD to the Las Vegas-inspired party islands of NEYONEEM to the lush Lizardman kingdom of MILLSREX to the strange, frigid wasteland of TERIST MALHAVIK to the final battle on the shores of GRAYHOLD.
Our goal of $20,000 (US) is meticulously and carefully budgeted to cover the expenses of the art team of the graphic novel (pencils, inks, colors) as well as the cost of the nifty rewards you see here. Rest assured that your donation will 100% go toward the production of my dream.
There are several risks and challenges involved with creating an original graphic novel property in the 21st century and when this is funded, I could face a few issues regarding production.
Everyone knows it can take several months to finish a 96-page graphic novel. It took almost 6 years for me to complete my first original graphic novel Shadowlaw because of issues with the art team and publishers.
In this case, I have made certain that my art team is aware that we have backers expecting the project to meet the deadlines set forth as well as the fact that we have "Stand By" creators ready to go in case we get too far behind.
With Shadowlaw, I had a publisher and several investors who made it difficult to switch artists immediately. As a result, I was made to wait a year before I was able to begin a search for a replacement. If the situation were to arise where I had to replace a member of my art team, I have more than suitable replacement teams lined up in case things fall through.
Having a high-quality B-Team in place might seem to be an underhanded or unfair thing to do, but for the sake of your project and business prospects, a graphic novel writer must be prepared to keep the book moving forward at all costs.
Outside of the possibility of art team turnover, the production of Dominion's Light is generally well-planned and is set up to go the distance.
KNIGHT-IN-TRAINING LEVEL: You will receive the full color PDF of my first graphic novel SHADOWLAW, the full color PDFs of BOTH original DOMINION'S LIGHT graphic novels. Also included in this level are two special promotional prints by artist Dawid Strauss and signed by ME.
PRINCE OF THE LIZARDMAN EMPIRE LEVEL: You will receive a HARD COPY of Shadowlaw and a HARD COPY of the first DOMINION'S LIGHT graphic novel as well as two promotional prints signed by myself and artist Dawid Strauss. NOTE: All hard copies of the first-run printings of DOMINION'S LIGHT will be hand-numbered as well as signed.
WARRIORS OF LUNISIA LEVEL: All previous rewards plus a special 55-minute MASTER'S WRITERS CLASS. Brandon will meet with you for an intimate classroom session based on his Writing for Rookies Podcast. You will learn the basics of comic book scripting as well as the ways you can break in as a writer for Hollywood productions. Class is held in the Los Angeles area only.
GRAYHOLD LEVEL: All previous awards (with the exception of the $250 level) and a special 1/8TH SCALE replica of Resoloth's unique sword by a custom armorer. This sword replica will come with a certificate of authenticity. There will only be five of these replicas created.
CONQUEST OF GRAID'YAN LEVEL: This will come with all rewards EXCEPT the $500 level. However, this level will come with three-MASTER LEVEL writing classes taught by me and several other comic book creators/screenwriters in the Los Angeles area. This is ideal for those in the Southern California area.
FINAL BATTLE LEVEL: All previous awards (hard copies of Shadowlaw, the Dominion's Light hardcover, signed original artwork and promotional art by Dawid Strauss and myself, ONE Resoloth sword replica, ONE Lord Valgon gauntlet replica) with the exception of $500 and $750 level rewards. There will be TWO Lord Valgon busts made specifically for this Kickstarter reward. These will be unique and highly collectible as no more than two will be made.