About this project
I cannot say thank you enough to all the backers who have pledged to the Silver Volume 3, and Rosalynd campaign and got us past our original goal! Thanks to you, we can continue to create and produce these books in which we pour our heart and soul. With these 2 new books, the Silver Universe is truly starting to reveal itself, and it just couldn't happen without you.
So what's next? Do we have stretchgoals? Yes we do. We have something very special to surprise you with:
STRETCHGOAL #1: A ROSALYND AUDIO BOOK
Listen to an audio sample, it is seriously awesome:
WHY AN AUDIO BOOK?
Because "Rosalynd" is about a singular voice. A unique point of view, we thought that developing it as an audio book--Rosalynd's voice with music and sound effects--would offer another immersive and compelling way to experience this story.
THE STRETCH GOAL
We are offering this audio book as a stretch goal. if the campaign reaches $15,000, every backer will receive the Rosalynd audio book.
'ROSALYND' IS HERE!
At this point in the campaign, I thought I would surprise everyone by unveiling a companion book to Silver Vol. 3: ‘Rosalynd’. As in Rosalynd “Sledge” Van Helsing…
WAIT… WHAT IS ROSALYND?!
Rosalynd is a one-shot 244-page Hard cover which dives deeper into the Silver Universe, and explores the mysterious past of one of Silver’s most beloved characters: Rosalynd “Sledge” Van Helsing as a child. Secrets about her family will be revealed, as well as young Rosalynd’s first-person account of the events that put her on the road to becoming the acerbic vampire-hunter from Silver that we know and love. This earnestly moving—and Pulp to the max!—story is great whether you are already fan of Silver, or new to Rosalynd as a character.
TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT 'ROSALYND', CHECK OUT THIS UPDATE!
Ocean's 11 in Dracula's castle
SILVER is a high-concept, super fun genre-blender, featuring pulp-era conmen and a troubled female vampire-hunter as they try to steal a mystical treasure from a castle full of vampires--what could go wrong with that plan?!
A Rich Original Universe
Spun out of Bram Stoker's literary classic Dracula, SILVER retains the original novel intact at its core, while extending its world in every possible direction: Toward its future, following what happened to the original characters and their descendants, and introducing new characters; in its scope, lifting the veil on a secret world of vampires spanning ages and cultures in which undead aristocrat engage in endless intrigues and arcane politics; toward its past, presenting an extended vampire lore reaching back to Bronze Age with tales otherwise lost to the sands of time.
A Redemption Story
SILVER pits a group of lovable but morally challenged and emotionally broken characters against the undead. As the figuratively soulless conmen confront the truly soulless vampires, they are lead to a reexamination of how they have been living, and of what it means to really feel alive.
SO FAR IN THE STORY:
Silver Volume 1: 1931, New York City. Meet Finnigan, ethically challenged master-thief, and his partners in crime Mullins and Brantley, as they rob the mysterious Harker foundation. What was supposed to be their last job turns into a narrow escape from the FBI, and Finn loses the team’s retirement money. However, Finn discovers a mysterious ancient silver bar, and the late Jonathan Harker's secret ledger, which discloses the existence of a fabulous treasure made of silver, hidden away in Dracula's castle. Finn assembles a crew of talented but broken misfits to pull off the heist of the last ten centuries. On top of Mullins and Brantley, the team includes Rosalyn “Sledge” Van Helsing, who continues the family tradition, but has fallen on hard times, Hamilton Morley, a washed out burlesque actor/con man, Maitre Moineaux, an old forger who may not live long enough to see the job through, and Tao, a ten year old boy with the gift of second sight.
Silver Volume 2: The team boards the Orient Express, which is filled with Vampires travelling to Dracula’s castle. Romantic tension builds between Finn and Sledge, but she may have an ulterior motive for being on the team. We also learn more about Finn’s broken past, as it quickly becomes clear that Tao needs a role-model in Finn...something that Finn is not equipped to provide. Nonetheless, the team succeeds in pulling off the first steps of the plan in spite of Hamilton having a panic attack at the worst possible time. The team reaches the castle, and we find a powerful, but broken Drac, who never got over the loss of Mina Harker. For years, Drac has been in a funk--caught between his morbid obsession for the Heart Of The Dragon (the missing silver bar stolen by Harker) and his feelings for Mina, which are still haunting him. To pacify his subjects and prove he’s moved on, Drac has agreed to take a bride. Lillian Duvalier, a cruel and ambitious vampire princess is scheming to become the one, adding even more intrigue and volatility to the situation. As volume 2 ends, Finn and crew have managed to infiltrate the court, passing themselves as vampires, and successfully baited Dracula with a chance to regain the coveted Heart Of The Dragon.
Silver Volume 3: (spoiler-free) The con is now in full swing and James Finnigan's uniquely talented band of grifters is deep undercover. But talent comes at a price. Secrets and agendas emerge, and characters are pushed past their breaking points. While Finnigan struggles to keep his team on track, thrilling action, suspense, and drama ensues in the most intense and gothic volume yet.
With two volumes already in print, multiple award nominations, a spot on ComiXology's Essential Reads list, and endorsements from giants in the comics world, SILVER is back with VOLUME 3!
And because Dark Planet is a 100% indy company, we are returning to kickstarter to invite our friends, fans, and all likers-of-things-that-are-cool to get in on Silver Volume 3's original print run.
Silver Volume 3 is completed, and delivery will be around Labor Day. By ordering now on Kickstarter, you make it possible for us to continue bringing you these unique books and to keep operating in complete independence!
SILVER VOLUME 3
There are certain particular scenes and set pieces that I have been dying to see realized as finished pages ever since I wrote the script. These moments are some of the most suspenseful, intense and visually thrilling in the series yet. All the characters are also put through the wringer and pushed to their emotional breaking point. I had a total blast drawing this new volume, and I hope you enjoy reading it too!
THE CURRENT SILVER COLLECTION
Catch up with the entire SILVER COLLECTION so far (3 volumes out of 4). That's 330 pages comic so far, plus in depth behind-the-scene material that really let's you in on the storytelling process.
LIMITED EDITION ART PRINTS
New cover art, old horror faves, "Silver Universe" artist edition with the story's entire cast of characters, AND MORE... Below is but a small sampling. There will be even to pick from, with many opportunities to bring coolness to your office, living room, bedroom, or any room, really. They are all available in 11x17, 13x19, 17x22, and 5x8 mini prints.
And latest but not least, this Captern Sternn I just did for Heavy Metal., which is an homage to one on my idols, the late great Bernie Wrightson.
Purely for schedule reasons, I rarely do commissions, and most of my work is digital, so I have precious few ink-on-paper originals. For this Kickstarter, however, I'm rolling out one of my favorite originals:
- The drawing know in some circles as Silver Universe, and features the entire cast Silver's original arc. At 30"x22", it is massive, it will tie the room together epically, and sure to be a collector's item! (30"x22" ink on paper over blue-printed rough underdrawing).
For more fun info on the Universe piece, click HERE!
"CINEMATIC DRACULA" COMMISSIONS LIMITED SERIES.
As you probably know by now, few characters have captured my imagination more than Dracula, and from Bela Lugosi, to Christopher Lee, Carlos Villarías, Charles Macaulay, Max Schreck, Klaus Kinsky, and the one and only Gary Oldman, I have loved his many film incarnations. So to celebrate this Silver volume 3 campaign, I will do a limited series of 5 commissions (11x17” Original inks on bristol). Each commission will feature my take on ONE CINEMATIC DRACULA OF YOUR CHOICE.
Well, what can I say, these phone cases are cool, and we have them for all phone models!
We're trying to keep our pledge list simple, but we also want you to get exactly what you need. So to fine-tune your own reward package, use the add-on page at check out!
Risks and challenges
SILVER Volume 3 has already been completed. Backers can expect delivery around Labor Day 2017. No one can predict the future, and we all know there's always a chance that Giant radioactive psychic squids might attack the city and derail our plans. That being said, this is as low risk a project as they come, and with a very quick turnaround. This is also our 3rd KS, the first two were successfully funded and fulfilled.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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