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Paradigm Shift - A Werewolf Detective Story

20th Anniversary Collection - 2 Volume Graphic Novel Set

Paradigm Shift - A Werewolf Detective Story

20th Anniversary Collection - 2 Volume Graphic Novel Set

$15,620
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About

UPDATE: Second Stretch goal achieved! Everyone backing the campaign will receive a copy of The Art of Paradigm Shift, which compiles full color cover art & prints, character sketches, werewolf studies, and a "How to Draw Comics" breakdown of Dirk's comic drawing process.

Par•a•digm Shift (par’ə dɪm • shift) A sudden, radical upheaval that occurs when a new view of reality replaces the previously accepted mode of thought.  

“Exactly the sort of professional, entertaining American genre comic that is flying off the shelves in some alternate universe... Tiede assimilates manga visuals... with as much grace as any Westerner I’ve seen. His craftsmanship is impressive.” –Noah Berlatsky, The Comics Journal 

Kate McAllister may be one of the best detectives in Chicago, but her life is about to turn upside down.

Modern police thriller collides with classic werewolf tale in this action-packed graphic novel series. Kate and her partner are kicked off a juicy gun-running case to investigate a series of bizarre animal maulings. But as she begins to develop strange symptoms and powerful, frightening abilities, Kate realizes she may know this beast better than she could possibly imagine.

Now, her nightmares have invaded her waking life, and there’s more than just her job on the line — her humanity and the lives of everyone around her are at stake!

“An entertaining read with characters that grab you. ” –Johanna Draper Carlson, Comics Worth Reading 

Art from PS Part One: Equilibrium

Origins: 

Paradigm Shift began on the web back in the dark ages of 1999—before the term "webcomics" was even coined. After joining the premium webcomics portal ModernTales.com in 2002, the series was published in three books, the third of which, Part Three: Emergence launched after a successful pre-order campaign in 2009.

Original editions of the "Paradigm Shift" graphic novels ca. 2007-2010

Last year, Part Four: Flight wrapped up a new storyline at www.paradigmshiftmanga.com and was released a limited-run five issue mini series.

Mini comic issues of PS Part Four: Flight

Now it's 2019, and these new editions will mark the 20th anniversary since the series first appeared online. The original three books and the new fourth book will be printed into a new deluxe two-volume collection. The story was originally inspired by classic manga such as AKIRA and Ghost in the Shell in the nineties when translations were "flopped", printed in standard American comic sizes and included several pages of full-color artwork at the beginning of the story. These new editions will emulate the look of those vintage collections.

Paradigm Shift is the total package: a thrilling cop drama, a supernatural mystery, and a lovingly-drawn portrait of Chicago. Do not fail to read it!” – Shaenon K. Garrity, Narbonic, co-creator of Skin Horse 

Now with color! The new editions will include 10-20 pages of color in the opening scenes.

Paradigm Shift originally ran entirely in black & white, both online and in the printed editions, so for that old-school manga vibe, the opening scenes to both books have been colorized. The new editions will also be larger, printed at 6.75” x 10.5”—standard American comic size and feature stitched bindings. The color pages will be on glossy stock while the rest of the black and white art will be on the creamy “pulp”-style paper similar to the original editions. 

Here’s the plan:

  •  Volume One will collect the original books, Part One: Equilibrium, Part Two: Agitation, and Part Three: Emergence into one beautiful new collection with 340+ pages of artwork, footnotes and bonus material, including 22 new colorized pages.
  •  Volume Two will collect the latest storyline, Part Four: Flight into a brand new graphic novel edition with 250+ pages, including 10 new colorized pages and footnotes.
Art from PS Part Two: Agitation

“A wonderfully written and drawn police thriller that takes a sharp supernatural twist.” – Marc Mason, Should it Be a Movie? 

About the Author:

Dirk I. Tiede was born in California, grew up in the Midwest, and cut his teeth as a graphic artist in Chicago. He holds a BFA in commercial art from Millikin University, and has been drawing comics for as long as he can remember.

Paradigm Shift is his labor of love, his magnum opus. He began it as an online comic in 1999, and was a founding contributor to premium comics portal ModernTales.com. His artwork has been showcased in the books Toon Art: The Graphic Art of Digital Cartooning and Webcomics, appeared the documentary Adventures In Digital Comics, and was featured in Season 3 of NBC’s Heroes.

Dirk works as a professional artist, illustrator and teacher in the Boston area. 

Art from PS Part Three: Emergence

How you can help:

The artwork is complete. The printer is lined up, and the books just need to be proofread before they are sent off to be printed.

All money raised in this Kickstarter will be put towards printing and shipping these books. This is simply a pre-order campaign. 

Original PS page artwork — Pen & Ink on 11"x17" vellum bristol

Over the years many people have expressed interest in owning original artwork from the story and commissioned drawings, so in addition to the books themselves, original pages, sketches, inked drawings, color illustrations and even a few paintings are available as rewards for enthusiastic backers.

PS Vol. 1 Cover painting: "Cornered"
PS Vol. 2 Cover painting: "Kate & the Wolf"
Art from PS Part Four: Flight

Stretch Goals:

The initial $5000 goal will go toward covering part of the printing & shipping costs. Here's what happens if the campaign can raise more:

  •  $7500Everyone gets art! If the campaign tops $7500, it will cover the full cost of printing. Everyone who backs the project at the $25 level or above will receive an original inked sketch along with the books and other rewards.
  •  $10,000PS Sketchbook Compilation: If the campaign can raise $10,000, a bonus collection of all the sketches and artwork from series will be printed along with the two main volumes. It will include all the full color prints, covers, character studies and werewolf designs that have appeared on the website and in printed mini comics over the years. Everyone who backs at $25 or above will receive a copy.
  •  $25,000Paradigm Shift Vol. 3 accelerated: If the campaign raises over $25,000— the equivalent of a book advance—a new Paradigm Shift graphic novel will begin in 2020.
Art from PS Part Four: Flight

Risks and challenges

Three volumes of this comic have been printed before, and a successful pre-order campaign for PS Part Three: Emergence ran in 2009. The artwork is complete. All that remains is finalizing the bonus material and proofreading the files to send to the printer.

The only potential issues are printing delays, depending on the printer's schedule. Assuming this project is funded by the end of November and the files are sent promptly to the printer, books should be in hand by late February or early March. That leaves a couple of months to handle fulfillment, which should be completed by the end of April.

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