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It takes a man to kill a dragon. But what does it take to kill the Dragon Slayer?

Dallas, TX Comic Books
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$5000 Stretch Goal

Only 3 Days of the campaign left! At $5,000 I will insert four additional pages into the print and digital copies of Dragon Slayer. This will apply to all backers who receive a copy of Dragon Slayer ($5+).

Story

Dragon Slayer is a tale of revenge, but revenge is never a simple matter, even in the best of situations. Two men set out to right great wrongs that have beset them, only to find themselves sacrificing far more than they ever expected.

A dragon ambushes the feudal metropolis of Bel Brixus as King Aldebrand returns from yet another elaborate hunting trip. Indescribable horror ensues as Bel Brixus’ citizens are burned alive and the city reduced to ashes. As King Aldebrand sets out to enact swift revenge on the dragon, he is tailed closely by a warrior intent on exacting his own revenge.

Legend has it that it takes a man to kill a dragon. What does it take to kill the Dragon Slayer?


Principal Characters

King Aldebrand is a just and noble king. His family has ruled Bel Brixus charitably for five generations. Peace has become an assumption, and the king has turned his ambition from conquering and defending to sating his one vice: hunting.

Aldebrand is strong and courageous, famous in equal measure for his ability to find legendary hunts and kill them. He has slain feral lions, exotic rhinos, grand behemoths, mighty leviathans, and once, he slayed a dragon.

But worthy challenges have grown scarcer and scarcer and boredom has begun to set in as he is delegated to hunting elk in the outskirts of Bel Brixus. What is left on this earth to challenge a hunter of his caliber?

El Diel is an outsider. A hunter in his own right, El’s place is among the animals. He knows how they move, he sees how they live, and he finds their company less complicated than interacting with his own kind. El has been trading small game with merchants outside the city walls, and has found himself becoming rather domesticated as of late. The city folk know him, and the furs he trades are only the best. He has never had a place to call home, but he would be lost without Bel Brixus.

El uses his traditional mask to blend in with totem poles he has constructed around the city. By allowing the animals to get used to inanimate objects watching them, he can slip in between these poles for strategic vantage points that allow him to better attack his prey. He uses a pistol-knife, which allows for both close and mid-range combat.

Dragon Slayer is told from both of these character’s points of view, alternating every four pages to see the story from each perspective.

About Me

My name is Devin Kraft and I spend every waking moment drawing or thinking about drawing. Dragon Slayer has been a labor of love since the idea struck me in 2009. I wanted to write a story about a seasoned hunter flush with accomplishments, and then conceive how one would go about challenging such a person. I began writing the story last year, and penciled and inked the first six chapters over the course of three months in my spare time.

I looked to manga visionaries like Otomo Katsuhiro and Terada Katsuya as well as western comic legends such as Moebius and Geof Darrow for their incredible attention to detail. I’m usually a functional and timely illustrator, and as a challenge I wanted to slow down and really breathe life into these pages. I love posting my work up in my gallery as soon as I finish it, but for these pages I kept from posting any of them online.

This Kickstarter is the first time I am posting any of these pages online and if you scroll down to the bottom of this page, after the rewards section, you can get a sneak peak of the first five pages!

The comic is finished. Dragon Slayer Volume 1 contains the first six chapters of Dragon Slayer (32 pages) which equates to half the entire story. I plan on releasing subsequent chapters for free at Cheshire Cat Comics so you can continue following the story to its' conclusion.

Rewards

I created a series of rewards that compliment the comic. I'm also including many of the materials that went into the comic, including the original script, my rough pencils, and inks (prior to tone and lettering) so you can see how much work goes into the creation of a comic. Each rank corresponds to a scene from the comic, and all ranks are cumulative.

Rabbit Tracker

Every bit counts, and I want to thank each and every one of you that donate anything in a blog post dedicated to you. If you have a website or a Tumblr or anything you want me to post back to, I will be happy to post a link to it in the blog. 

In addition I will send you a hi-res wallpaper for your computer.  

If you have any questions about Dragon Slayer, illustration, or art in general I will be more than happy to answer them.

Fox Stalker

The Fox Stalker rank will receive a downloadable copy of the comic, which can be read on any computer or mobile device.  All perks from previous ranks apply.

Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter rank will receive a signed and numbered Kickstarter exclusive copy of Dragon Slayer. All perks from previous ranks apply. For international orders, please add $5.

Boar Killer

For the Boar Killer rank, in addition to the perks from the previous levels, I will also send you a bookmark and a signed art postcard. All perks from previous ranks apply.

Bear Wrestler

For the Bear Wrestler rank your name will be included in the print run of the comic. In addition you will receive a digital comic learning package, which contains a digital copy of the original script, a download of my initial rough pencils, a .pdf of the inks, an exclusive 2 hour podcast on the making of Dragon Slayer with fellow Cheshire Cat Art artist Logan Pack, as well as a time lapse video which shows the process behind illustrating the cover. All perks from previous ranks apply.

Snow Temptress Survivor

The Snow Temptress Survivor receives 3 Kickstarter exclusive signed and numbered limited edition 8.5”x11” prints. All perks from previous ranks apply.

Deep Sea Fisher

The Deep Sea Fisher rank gets one copy of each of my four previous comics, Deluge, Neverender, The Devil and Dr. John, and The Ferryman.  As an added bonus, I will include my 2012 sketchbook. Everything will be signed. All perks from previous ranks apply.

Great Tortoise Destroyer

In addition to all the previous perks, you get a custom 9”x12” bust commission of anything you choose!

Dragon Slayer

At this rank you unlock a 9"x12" Custom Commission: You call it. Full body + Background. You get to keep all of the process pieces, each will be autographed. You will be invited to hang out with me in Dallas, TX (transportation to and lodging in Dallas, TX are not included). Delicious lunch and insightful conversation included! You retain all the benefits of previous ranks.


Ronin

At the highest and most prestigious rank, I will invite you to come hang out with me at this year's Dallas Comic Con. I will buy you a ticket to the Dallas Comic Con so you can enjoy one of the fastest growing comic conventions in America. After the show, we'll go grab dinner (on me) and talk about the day's festivities. You'll receive an original one-of-a-kind piece of production art that went into making Dragon Slayer. You will also be the first person to see progress on Dragon Slayer Volume 2, including never before seen pages and characters.

Stretch Goals

Having reached the $3000 stretch goal I am adding a 4"x6" postcard and a 2 1/2" sticker to all physical orders ($10+).

$5000 Stretch Goal

At $5000 I will insert four additional pages into the print and digital copies of Dragon Slayer. This will apply to all backers who receive a copy of Dragon Slayer ($5+). 

Comic Preview

I am proud to present (imaginary drumroll here) the first five pages of Dragon Slayer. Thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

This is my first Kickstarter Project.

However, this is not my first comic. Digital distribution of content, printing the comic and reward level items are all things I have done several times before.

Timeframe Expectations:

All digital content will be emailed within a few days of the Kickstater closing.

The comic is ready to be sent off to the printer, the only thing I am waiting on is the list of names from the campaign to include in the final pages of this print run.

Assuming everything goes to plan, we should be able to finalize the pages within a day or two after the Kickstarter closes.

The Sketch Book, Post Cards, Bookmarks, prints, and other reward levels will be sent to the printers within a day or two after the kickstarter closes.

As soon as we receive the comics, we will work tirelessly packaging and shipping each order.

My files are all backed up across multiple hard drives, so all bases should be thoroughly covered. That being said, printing can be a fickle beast, and it is difficult to prepare for all eventualities. Print turnaround may take a month at worst, and I plan on sending a test run to the printers to ensure that everything looks great.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $1 or more

    2 backers

    Rabbit Tracker: Brave and inquisitive, you follow trails wherever they may lead. You will be listed and thanked in a blog post as a sponsor. You can also ask me a question about the comic or illustration in general.

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    Pledge $5 or more

    36 backers

    Fox Stalker: You are crafty and cunning. The lay of the land is carved in your memory. You will receive a high resolution digital download of the comic readable on your computer as well as mobile devices.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $10 or more

    92 backers

    Deer Hunter: You are invisible and deeply aware of your surroundings. Agility is an age-old friend. You will receive 1 copy of Dragon Slayer (Volume 1, Chapters 1-6, 32 pages). Your copy will be autographed and numbered.
    You retain all the benefits of previous ranks. Domestic U.S. shipping is included. International orders please add $5.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $15 or more

    19 backers

    Exotic Boar Killer: Tusks from your hunts are worth their weight in gold. They decorate taverns and adorn the most beautiful necks in the land. You will receive a bookmark and an art postcard.

    You retain all the benefits of previous ranks.
    Domestic U.S. shipping is included. International orders please add $5.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    29 backers

    Bear Wrestler: Bears are ferocious killing machines. Your attacks are tenacious, calculated, and lauded. Your name will forever be remembered in the last pages of the comic. You will receive the complete
    Digital Comic Learning Package which includes a digital copy of the original pencils, a copy of the comic in the inks stage, the script, as well as an exclusive podcast, and a time lapse of the pencils and inks that went into the cover.
    You retain all the benefits of previous ranks. Domestic U.S. shipping is included. International orders please add $5.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $40 or more

    13 backers

    Snow Temptress Survivor: You’ve kept your wits about you. You’ve seen through powerful illusions conjuring up idyllic moments from your past. But these are, and will always be, nothing more than a ruse. You’re a survivor. The witch won’t get you. You will receive three Kickstarter exclusive signed and numbered 8.5" x 11" prints.
    You retain all the benefits of previous ranks. Domestic U.S. shipping is included. International orders please add $5.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $45 or more

    3 backers

    Traveling Merchant (Retailer Rank): Your eyes have seen exquisite hides from faraway lands, and your hands have felt the softest furs in the region. You travel light, keeping your friends close and your valuables closer.
    This rank is for comic retailers looking to buy 10 copies in bulk. All copies will be signed and numbered. International orders please add $10 for shipping and handling.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $80 or more

    12 backers

    Deep Sea Fisher: Patience and a keen sense of timing allow you to bring back legendary catches. You have the skeletons to back up your bar tales. You will receive autographed copies of my previous comics (The Devil and Dr. John, Neverender, The Ferryman, and Deluge), and an autographed 2012 sketchbook.
    You retain all the benefits of previous ranks. Domestic U.S. shipping is included. International orders please add $10.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    11 backers

    Great Tortoise Destroyer: Your blade has cut armor that has made mountains tremble. Your bullets have pierced flesh that has seen dynasties rise and crumble. You have looked into a beast’s eyes old with time and said, “no, no longer”. You will receive an original 9"x12" custom bust commission: You call it.
    You retain all the benefits of previous ranks. Domestic U.S. shipping is included. International orders please add $10.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    Dragon Slayer: Your only enemy is yourself. And you know how that battle will end before it has even begun. You’ve tracked the Dragon without food, without sleep, and without regret. He engulfed your empire in flames. He’s half blind. And now he’s gotta’ die. You will receive a 9"x12" Custom Commission: You call it. Full body + Background. You get to keep all of the process pieces, each will be autographed. You will be invited to hang out with me in Dallas, TX (transportation to and lodging in Dallas, TX are not included). Delicious lunch and insightful conversation included!
    You retain all the benefits of previous ranks. Domestic U.S. shipping is included. International orders please add $10.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $1,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    Ronin: You have no master. You pledge allegiance to no king. You fear no beast. Your destiny is not yet written. In addition to all the rewards from all previous ranks, I will buy you a ticket to the Dallas Comic Convention where you can experience one of the fastest growing comic conventions in America. Afterward we will go to dinner (on me) where you will receive original production art that went into making Dragon Slayer, as well as an exclusive sneak peak into the progress of Dragon Slayer Volume 2.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

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