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Amazing full color art and thrilling story in this unique collector's volume of the origins of Michael Cross, modern-day Templar Knight

We are relaunching The Last Cavalier 

in mid-march. For more information and 

a special preview go to www.thelastcavalier.com

Why a relaunch? We have 195 backers, over $8000 and three weeks left...

With the new hero Michael Cross and The Last Cavalier, we have gotten great response from so many people. We want to have a success here on Kickstarter and bring Michael Cross to the world. We are on a great road. But, sometimes roads take unexpected turns, and this one has.

Good news: We are in discussions with a major publisher for the Italian rights for The Last Cavalier. Now we can set our goals differently because we have a publisher interested. 

So we are going to do a Relaunch

We love the Kickstarter community, and we still need your help to get our project ready for where it goes next. We will set our goal to something that we can pay basic expenses to send rewards, pay for coloring and lettering, and build on that. We believe that our community of backers will grow well past our goal. We want to stretch, not reach.

The new goal will be $12,500. Gianluca Gugliotta and I are committed to delivering the same high quality story and art, that won't change. The major change is a good one: we are delivering a HARDCOVER copy to all our backers. Any further publication of The Last Cavalier means that your rewards, copies of the first edition, special prints, and original art could become more valuable. It was always our intention to make the Special First Edition the beginning of something great. 

 

We will be relaunching now in early to mid March The Last Cavalier: Hardcover Graphic Novel SFE , The Relaunch. Find us at www.thelastcavalier.com and get on the list for the special preview. Michael Cross will return!

so remember...

The first one is always special...

Cover Concept Art by Gianluca Gugliotta Color by Antonio De Luca
Cover Concept Art by Gianluca Gugliotta Color by Antonio De Luca

and this is the Special First Edition of the graphic novel "The Last Cavalier".  This is destined to be a new and powerful adventure for comics and films, and this first edition is happening only here on Kickstarter.

Kind words from International Bestselling Author Valerio Massimo Manfredi
Kind words from International Bestselling Author Valerio Massimo Manfredi

In the beginning of these action-filled adventures that uncover profound mysteries, Michael Cross, a young art historian with anger issues is called back to the past and destiny from which he escaped.  He has been struggling to live a normal life with his beautiful and patient wife Anna in Boston, but he is destined to be a modern-day Templar Knight. He must keep the world in delicate balance between good and evil, and fight the evil that he finds in himself. His sword, his will, his intelligence, his heart and his tainted soul are his forces in this fight.

The legends will span the world and touch on theologies and objects that are all secretly connected.  Ancient Egypt will meet the modern world, the Templar Knights and the Shroud of Turin. These adventures are a rich mix of fantasy and history, with attractive characters and action. Developed over the course of several years, several graphic novels and two films have already been written, and the story "Bible" has been created. You might say that is a bit of "The X-Files" meeting "The Da Vinci Code", but with a unique and powerful sword ready for battle. We see a modern and new hero in Michael Cross, balancing the good and evil that is around him and in his own blood.

The stories have been written by Daniel McVicar, internationally recognized actor, director and writer, and Roberto Pretti, upcoming author and screenwriter who is known for his work on the cult science fiction project "Closer" and the upcoming "Dark Resurrection Vol. 2". He has two film scripts that are in preproduction.

Acclaimed D.C. And Marvel Comic Artist Gianluca Gugliotta (Lois Lane and the Resistance, X-Campus, G.I. Joe, Mister Terrific, Klaws of the Panther, Dark Reign: Mr.Negative) is on board to bring his considerable talents to make Michael Cross and the world of "The Last Cavalier" come alive. His high-quality work is much sought after, and makes this special edition truly special. 

Daniel McVicar, Roberto Pretti and Gianluca Gugliotta
Daniel McVicar, Roberto Pretti and Gianluca Gugliotta

International publishers may be calling, but we want to begin this project on this platform and make something special with you, and that can only happen here with the Special First Edition right here on Kickstarter. This project is destined to grow, and we think the value of the Special First Edition is, too.

There is an exclusive print version for rewards. We begin with a valuable high quality 46-page full color full size graphic novel, a real work of art, and expand it in length with Stretch Goals. So if your reward is the Special First Edition Graphic Novel with every Stretch Goal achieved, new chapters and pages are added. With the SuperStretch a bonus full length high quality graphic novel, "The Last Cavalier 2" is added!

All pages are in glorious color, and you can see the rich textures and depth of detail in the artwork. The creative process will take a little time, and we know that you don't want to wait, so everyone that backs us at the First Special Edition Level and up also receives right away a special collector edition Art Card of Michael Cross and The Last Cavalier at the closing of the Kickstarter campaign!  For the Collectors Level at 34 dollars and up there is a larger format Art Card that is sent out right away!  It is our way of bringing you into the world of Michael Cross as soon as we can.

There are many cool levels for our most supportive friends and backers. We want you to know how much we appreciate you with some great rewards. Your help is really, well, helpful, and we want you to know how much we love you.

THE STORY 

Michael Cross returns to Turin

Turin (or Torino), Italy, the place where Michael's father lost his life in the fire that threatened The Holy Shroud, a place Michael left as a boy and has only seen in his nightmares since.

But now....The Shroud of Turin is missing, and the world is out of balance. Art historian Michael Cross, a man beset by dark anger issues, is brought here by the beautiful Marta De Paolis and the mysterious Libra Society to find the Shroud and return balance to the world.

He leaves his wife Anna safely in Boston and returns to Turin on the Libra Society's private jet, along with Marta De Paolis, to solve the mystery. 

This action-filled and exciting adventure takes us into an underworld that connects Michael with his past, as he walks the balance between good and evil, in the world and in himself. Michael confronts the Rosacroce, the evil wing of the Templar Knights (run by the powerful Viktor Mason) to discover the secret of the missing Shroud, his missing father, and his destiny as The Last Cavalier.

Preview of Work and the Process

Gianluca Gugliotta has created some initial images that brings us into the world of "The Last Cavalier".  First pencil, then ink, then with color, you can see how his work comes alive, and what a beautiful Art Book this will become!

Cover Concept...from Pencil to Ink to Beautiful Color
Cover Concept...from Pencil to Ink to Beautiful Color
Michael Cross comes alive in pencil, ink and color
Michael Cross comes alive in pencil, ink and color
Michael Cross by Gugliotta is breathtaking.... color by Giulio Rincione.
Michael Cross by Gugliotta is breathtaking.... color by Giulio Rincione.

 Additional Concept Art and Examples

Concept in front of the Duomo, home of the Shroud of Turin. Michael Cross, Anna Cross and Marta De Paolis
Concept in front of the Duomo, home of the Shroud of Turin. Michael Cross, Anna Cross and Marta De Paolis
Michael Cross and Marta De Paolis descend in Viktor's Palace to find the strange and dangerous Homunculus
Michael Cross and Marta De Paolis descend in Viktor's Palace to find the strange and dangerous Homunculus
From the second novel, frightening mysteries of the past are unleashed to confront Michael Cross and Marta De Paolis.
From the second novel, frightening mysteries of the past are unleashed to confront Michael Cross and Marta De Paolis.

This is just the beginning for Michael Cross and "The Last Cavalier."

We have worked hard and created many stories. The first is the introduction of Michael to bring him back from his safe world with his wife Anna to his destiny to become The Last Cavalier. Secrets are revealed, and the world can be kept in balance as long as he uses his special skills, born of good with the determination of evil, to enter into worlds that are dangerous and connected through time with objects that contain meaning in present and past time.

As the stories continue, we enter into other worlds, Michael fights evil alongside Marta, and Anna returns to find her husband but is caught up by the evil forces.

One ambition is to adapt these stories into a series of films which tell the rich, complex story of Michael Cross and his journey. Frankly, though, we find it more exciting to bring him to life in a graphic novel, where our imaginations, along with your energy, backing, and goodwill, transport us to realize something dreams are made of. We hope that you join us in bringing this world to life.

Funds are used to make the graphic novel, including initial funding for the graphic art, coloring, and lettering. Money raised also provides for high quality printing and shipping the Special First Edition and other rewards for our appreciated backers. With these funds we secure our artists and get the novel into your hands.

This is your chance to be there from the beginning!  

Thank you for being a part of this story. We are ready to unleash stories for the ages.

Stretch Goals

Ohhhh we are ready to stretch. The stories are written and mapped out, and we will add pages to the book as we reach new levels. Everyone will be kept in touch throughout the process.

First Stretch Goal of $58,000 66 pages of the story in one volume for everyone who is at the First Special Edition level and up. Bonus without upgrading!

Second Stretch Goal of $80,000 88 pages of the story in one volume for everyone who is at the First Special Edition level and up. Again...Bonus without upgrading!

Super Stretch $150,000 Two for one..176 pages in two volumes for everyone who is at the First Special Edition level and up.  You guessed it...Bonus without upgrading!

Appendix: Work Examples of Gianluca Gugliotta

These are examples of Gianluca Gugliotta's previous work.  These of course are published comics and Gianluca will do new work for The Last Cavalier:)

Mr. Terrific 2012 and Lois Lane and the Resistance 2011

Mr. Terrific by Gugliotta 2012, Lois Lane and the Resistance by Gugliotta, 2012
Mr. Terrific by Gugliotta 2012, Lois Lane and the Resistance by Gugliotta, 2012

  Earlier Works

Black Panther by Gugliotta 2011,                           Secret Warriors by Gugliotta 2010
Black Panther by Gugliotta 2011, Secret Warriors by Gugliotta 2010
G.I. Joe by Gugliotta 2010,        Spiderman by Gugliotta 2009
G.I. Joe by Gugliotta 2010, Spiderman by Gugliotta 2009

Special Thanks

We have special thanks for many who have helped develop this project.  Spencer Bainbridge, writer, Ricky Antonino, video and effects, Stefano Sgambati, Tommaso D'Alessandro and Tomato Farm, and many friends who have brought this project along with care and talent.

Musical credits and attribution for the video: 

Kevin MacLeod - Virtutes Instrumenti - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) Kevin MacLeod - Steel Rods - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) Karstenholymoly - Lord Have Mercie - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) Symphony-of-Specters - Intense Cinematic Trailer - Licensed by Audiojungle

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Our goal is to make the highest quality graphic novel possible. That starts with the story, which we have painstakingly mapped out for several graphic novels and two films. The essential ingredient is then the art, and Gianluca Gugliotta is the right guy to bring these stories to life. The challenge, and the reason that we are running this Kickstarter campaign, is to get into his schedule. He only works one way, and that is to put everything into his work.

We will keep on the work, developing the story page by page, and keep our backers up to date as we near the finish line with the printing and the delivery of the Special Edition. There will be other editions after, but there will only be only one First Edition, and this is what we want to be of the highest quality for our treasured backers.

We bring the team that has been involved in both mainstream and cult favorites in the world of film, television and comics. This gives us the highest confidence, in fact an insistent and persistent nature that will deliver as ordered.

We are grateful for the support from the Kickstarter community, and are dedicated to deliver a very Special First Edition" of "The Last Cavalier".

FAQ

  • There could be an add on for an Italian language version. First, we must do the English language version, and check with a survey if there is enough demand for an Italian version. The art will remain the same, but the new lettering, formatting, printing and delivery are a cost that require a minimum number of people who want it. So stay posted, but most importantly, get in on some level so that you will be eligible for the Italian version if we do it. A dollar, 13 dollars, 18 dollars, that will keep you in the loop. Grazie! Thanks!
    Daniel

    Ci potrebbe essere in futuro essere una versione italiana, ma prima di tutto dobbiamo pubblicare la versione inglese; verificheremo in seguito con un sondaggio se ci sarà abbastanza richiesta per una versione italiana. L'opera rimane la stessa, ma la traduzione, la sua formattazione e la stampa ci richiedono un numero minimo di persone eventualmente interessate. Rimani quindi aggiornato, ma soprattutto partecipa al finanziamento del progetto per aver diritto alla versione italiana, qualora la dovessimo fare. Un dollaro, 13 dollari, 18 dollari, così da tenerti nel giro.
    Grazie! Thanks!
    Daniel

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    ONE OF A KIND ORIGINAL STUDY OF ANTONY CROSS For your generous backing we want to thank you with ORIGINAL STUDIES for The Last Cavalier from Gianluca Gugliotta. This is hand designed by Gianluca and is in the original pencil. He will limit this to five versions. You will also receive the TWO HIGH QUALITY COPIES of the Special First Edition Graphic Novel! You will receive a special Art Card and a unique large size Art Card from Gianluca Gugliotta. You will also have our deep gratitude for making Michael Cross come to life! Includes Shipping from Italy.

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    ONE OF A KIND ORIGINAL STUDY OF THE HOMUNCULUS For your generous backing we want to thank you with ORIGINAL STUDIES for The Last Cavalier from Gianluca Gugliotta. This is hand designed by Gianluca and is in the original pencil. He will limit this to three versions. You will also receive the TWO HIGH QUALITY COPIES of the Special First Edition Graphic Novel! You will receive a special Art Card and a unique large size Art Card from Gianluca Gugliotta. You will also have our deep gratitude for making Michael Cross come to life! Includes Shipping from Italy.

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    ONE OF A KIND ORIGINAL STUDY OF MICHAEL CROSS For your generous backing we want to thank you with ORIGINAL STUDIES for The Last Cavalier from Gianluca Gugliotta. This is hand designed by Gianluca and is in the original pencil. He will limit this to five versions. You will also receive the TWO HIGH QUALITY COPIES of the Special First Edition Graphic Novel! You will receive a special Art Card and a unique large size Art Card from Gianluca Gugliotta. You will also have our deep gratitude for making Michael Cross come to life! Includes Shipping from Italy.

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    Templar Knighthood is yours. For your very generous donation, your likeness or a likeness of your choice (be nice now) will be drawn into the novel itself! Hope you're ready for your close-up. You will be in The Last Cavalier, with the character being the choice of the authors, and also receive an ORIGINAL of the penciled study of your likeness by Gianluca Gugliotta. A one of a kind personal work of art. You will also receive the TWO HIGH QUALITY COPIES of the Special First Edition Graphic Novel! You will receive a special Art Card and a unique large size Art Card from Gianluca Gugliotta.

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    ONE OF A KIND ORIGINAL For your generous backing we want to thank you with an original page and art of The Last Cavalier from Gianluca Gugliotta. This is hand designed by Gianluca and is in the original pencil an ink (the color is added later by computer). You may choose your favorite page from the graphic novel, and receive the the original art. This is on a first come first serve basis, so the earlier you order the better it is. You may choose from any page, excluding the cover, and the first and last pages. You will also receive the TWO HIGH QUALITY COPIES of the Special First Edition Graphic Novel! You will receive a special Art Card and a unique large size Art Card from Gianluca Gugliotta. You will also have our deep gratitude for making Michael Cross come to life! Includes Shipping from Italy.

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    Up close and in person. The Shroud of Turin is not currently on display, but we are. We will offer personal tours of the Duomo, home of The Shroud, as well as personal tours of the Cinema Museum of Torino and the Egyptian Museum of Torino. You will be hosted in a top class hotel for two nights, have dinner with Daniel McVicar and, according to availability, other members of the team. We will meet you and give you a personal view of the story and its origins. This of course does not include airfare and is subject to yours and Daniel's availability, but we will make best efforts to schedule it at the best time for you. You will also receive the TWO HIGH QUALITY COPIES of the Special First Edition Graphic Novel and t-shirt with your likeness! You will receive a special Art Card and a unique large size Art Card from Gianluca Gugliotta.

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