Dixie York Press, a brand-new indie publisher out of New Jersey, is proud to present our first publication, "The Mysterious Cauldron," in combination with our first Kickstarter! This Fantasy Anthology will contain five different stories for a total of 40 pages of full-color narrative, plus more pages of bonus materials, including promotional images and artist sketches. We've pulled together a talented team to complete this project and present you with the best product possible!
The Stitch Witch, "Say Hex to the Dress"
Gertrude lives in a world in which magic is not only common, it’s a career! Every town, city, and village has a population of handicraft witches, ready to provide their customers with enchanted goods and services.
As her village’s “Stitch Witch,” Trudy crafts everything from quilts that store memories to handkerchiefs that can never be lost to blankets that are always warm… But can she find an escaped wedding dress?
8 pages of story written, drawn, and colored by Amy Lynn Jackson with Letters by Ghost Glyph Studio's Taylor Esposito.
John Valentine was the greatest alchemist in the world, until a miscalculation brought his untimely demise. In a last ditch effort to save Valentine, his more-than-capable apprentice, Mirriam, was able to transfer his spirit to an onyx statue of a cat. Together they work to rebuild the guild all while trying to avoid dangers of both mundane and magical varieties. When a child is cursed by mischievous forest spirits, Valentine and Mirriam travel North to pull him back from their evil clutches. Will their alchemy be enough to thwart the magic of the fae? Or will they all be playthings in the clutches of the terrible Baron Be-Bo?
9 pages of story written and colored by Marcus J Eskow with Art by Gregory Ramos and Letters by Taylor Esposito.
The King of Soup:
King Ivan was once the greatest soup chef in all the land. His soups ended wars, built alliances, and brought kingdoms to their knees. But he died long ago, and none of his descendants seem to have the ability or the desire to carry on his legacy… Until Peter.
Peter is the great-great-grandson of King Ivan, a prodigy in the chef profession. He has left home without anyone’s knowledge to travel the world and learn from the greatest soup chefs of his day. Though he is not wise to the world, his optimism and desire to learn will carry him through until he earns the title of the King of Soup.
10 pages of story written and colored by Marcus J Eskow with Art by Justin Prokowich and Letters by Taylor Esposito.
The Curse of Cauldwell Keep:
Cauldwell Keep is a place of darkness and nightmare. Righteous men-at-arms have come time and time again to rid it of its evil, but none leave in one piece. Luthor doesn’t mind, though. His upper lip is stiffer than steel.
Apprentice to the mysterious and powerful master of Cauldwell Keep, Luthor carries out his duties around the haunted castle without question.
5 pages of story written and colored by Marcus J Eskow with Art by Michael Kraiger and Letters by Taylor Esposito.
Adventures of Dusty Gus:
Daniel Anvilson is the well-meaning (but not-so-bright) son of famed railroad tycoon Cornelius Anvilson. While he wants to bring a little shine to the family name, his schemes mostly end in personal embarrassment… not that he lets it get him down or anything!
When his laze-about cousin Bill goes missing, Dan is charged with finding him. With his Orc buddy Grogka in tow, he heads into town to solve a mystery!
8 pages of story written and colored by Marcus J Eskow with Art by Sarah Fletcher and Letters by Taylor Esposito.
Marcus J Eskow is one half of Dixie York and lead writer of "The Mysterious Cauldron," having penned 4/5 of the stories.
“Born and raised in upstate NY; I’m the York of Dixie York. While trying to find my way, I graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a bachelor’s in English Literature. Continuing to look for my way, I served in the Navy. Finally, I found my way and graduated from the Kubert School. Now I write stories. And color them. Sometimes I draw.”
Amy Lynn Jackson is the second half of Dixie York, lead on exactly one (1) story and overall Editor on the project.
“Late of rural-ish NC, I graduated from Appalachian State University in 2010 before heading overseas for a while. When I decided to return to school for art, I picked Kubert.
I now roam the wilds of the comic industry, doing my best to dig in my heels and get materials made.”
Gregory Ramos is the artist on "Alchemy Cat."
"Ever since I was a kid I loved drawing and watching movies about superheroes. When DC’s new 52 came out I was super excited and picked up every first issue I could. I was hooked. The comic that really stood out for me was Aquaman drawn by Ivan Reis. His art was just beautiful and his storytelling was really impressive. While attending the Kubert school I have made many lifetime friends but the most important thing I took away from the school is my work ethic. The only thing I want to do is draw and I'm willing to give my all to achieve my dream of becoming a great comic book artist."
Find Greg's work on Instagram.
Sarah Fletcher is the artist on "The Adventures of Dusty Gus."
"Sarah Fletcher is a comic book artist and loving it. She lives in Portland Maine in order to be surrounded by moose and lobster merchandise and to enjoy that sea breeze through her window while she’s chained to her drawing desk. She has done work for Dynamite Entertainment and has been branching out into anthologies, most recently for The Space Copz Origins anthology and Super-abled Comics."
Find Sarah's work on Instagram.
Michael Kraiger is the artist on "The Curse of Cauldwell Keep."
"Cartoonist, illustrator, art director, editor and art school instructor, I've worn many hats and done everything in the comic book biz but get rich. I just can't stop drawing."
Find Michael's art on Instagram.
Justin Prokowich is the artist on "The King of Soup."
Kubert School graduate and instructor from Massachusetts. Illustrated short horror stories for LegionComix, penciler on "7 Deadly Sinners", colorist for Titan, production and background artist for DC, Dark Horse, 2000 A.D., and IDW. Creator of "Santaur: A Solstice Story" and is the 3 time Pog Champion of the North East.
Find Justin's art on Instagram.
Taylor Esposito is the Letterer on the entire "Mysterious Cauldron" collection!
"Taylor is a comic book lettering professional and owner of Ghost Glyph Studios. A former staff letterer at DC and production artist at Marvel, he lettered titles such as Red Hood and The Outlaws, Constantine, Interceptor: Reactor, Friendo (Vault Comics), Exorsisters, Jook Joint (Image), and Babyteeth (Aftershock). Other publishers he has worked with include Line Webtoon (Caster, Backchannel) Dynamite (Battlestar Galactica, Red Sonja and Vampirella meet Betty and Veronica, Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep), and IDW (Scarlett’s Strike Force)."
Visit Taylor at Ghost Glyph Studios.
For our first Kickstarter, we're keeping it simple! Base tiers include options for both digital (PDF) and physical versions of the book. Each will be ~50 pages, including 40 pages of full-color narrative with bonus materials.
The next tier up includes both formats plus 5 Mini-Prints (4"x6") that feature artwork based on the short stories contained in the book.
We're also excited to offer, beginning at the $40 Tier, two limited-run pins based on two of the book's stories! (These are "Alchemy Cat" and "The Adventures of Dusty Gus," respectively.) We will only be ordering 200 of these to keep 'em special!
Finally, our high-end tiers offer Original Artwork for the individuals who love to collect one-of-a-kind pieces. Both the $300 and $450 tiers feature artwork from all five of our interior artists, while the $450 exclusively features an original by none other than Jan Duursema, comics pro extraordinaire!
Risks and challenges
We've done our best to reduce the risks! The project has been underway for several months now to accommodate our various artists' lives and work schedules. Excluding extenuating circumstances that may arise, as is often an inevitability in comics publishing, we hope to be able to go to print as soon as we have the funding to do so. We fully expect to be able to deliver in August, if not sooner, and will always be transparent of any complications that may arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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