SHADOW OF THE RED MOON is the sequel to the indie graphic novel sensation RED MOON and you can be a part of it! In 2010 the 200 page black and white (with spots of red) graphic novel RED MOON was revered by critics and fellow creators alike. It was listed as "Certified Cool" in Diamond's Previews, Booklist Magazine gave it a "Starred Review", it was voted one of the top graphic novels for teens by the School Library Association, outstanding reviews by such notables in the comic world as Broken Frontier, Ain’t It Cool News, Christian Slade (creator of the Korgie series) and John Reppion and Leah Moore (Wild Girl, The Trial of Sherlock Holmes and The Complete Alice in Wonderland). Before that even came out there was a 28 page prequel released in 2009 called Red Moon: The Rising that told the stories of the three main characters as it led up to the beginnings of the Red Moon graphic novel.
However, SotRM will be a 10 issue series NOT a graphic novel. I did RED MOON as a full graphic novel first and got great response, but I thought I’d take a different approach to the sequel because it's a different kind of story. Although I’m shooting for ten 28-page issues to complete the story arc, that number may change as I get closer to the end of the story because of the way I build the comic. As with my graphic novel, I wrote the story as a screenplay first, trying to stay close to the 110 to 120 page target for a typical film, then I break it down into individual pages for the comic. The flow usually works pretty good. So far the ratio’s been the same as it was on RED MOON, which turned out to be 200 pages for a 108 page script, so I figure I’ll get about 10 single issues.
SotRM is really a continuation of the RED MOON story so, although the graphic novel is somewhat summarized in the opening pages, it’s probably better to read RED MOON first. Having said that, SHADOW OF THE RED MOON is completely different in tone and story and, in a way, is set in a completely different world with a new set of rules. If you don’t know anything about Red Moon or the prequel one-shot issue Red Moon: The Rising, go here to buy them or just pledge $100 to get the Super Combo Pack with all the books!
SHADOW OF THE RED MOON STORY SUMMARY
It’s 10 years after the Red Moon Incident when Mox, the Schnauzer-Terrier hero, fulfilled the animal world prophecies and led his friend Daeden, a stray Blue Heeler mix, and every other animal in the world (including humans) to Safe-Points, saving them from global disaster. But the disasters did happen and the world they’ve been living in has changed in more ways than anyone could’ve foreseen. Humans and animals are thrown into each others’ worlds and their relationships, although in many ways improved, is now magnitudes more complicated. In this first issue, Mox reveals the changes of the past ten years and his relationship with his family. But he’s unaware of a dark enemy rising in one of the many new factions of this new world. An enemy more powerful than anyone can expect. Where did he come from? Who does he serve? What are his intentions?
THE STYLE OF THE BOOK
SHADOW OF THE RED MOON is a dark fantasy epic in the style of SECRET OF N.I.M.H. or WATERSHIP DOWN, mixed with a little post-apocalypticness. It’s a talking animal comic but the talking is applied differently than other anthropomorphic stories; the dialogue is shown as telepathic and crosses species. Some of these details may make this seem like it’s targeting a younger audience but I’m not a big fan of dumbing a story down too much for kids. My intention is a serious story with serious characters that you grow to care for and laugh at and want to get to know. They live in a realistic world with real problems and real dangers. It just happens to be a world where the animals talk.
WHAT WILL THE FUNDS BE USED FOR?
Just to make clear, this Kickstarter campaign will be targeting only the first issue. Since I'm the creator/artist/writer there's no one to pay for their work so all the funds will go towards printing and distribution of the book. Any excess funds beyond what I'm asking will go first toward marketing and promotion for issue #1 and then towards production, marketing and promotion of further issues.
In the Ultimate Mega Crazy Super Combo Pack, along with the prequel and the original graphic novel, you'll get my first published book, The Dragon of Ord, and the first two issues of an unfinished series I started several years ago, The Last Soldier of 10-Sky!
The Dragon of Ord is a 19 page hard cover children's book that I had published when I was 15 years old after writing and drawing it in a week-long seminar held by the publisher when I was 10! Set in the distant future, the barbarian hero must save the king's gold from an evil dragon and the skull-faced villain bent on galactic domination. A somewhat odd mix of medieval sword and sorcery tale but with spaceships and lasers. Go figure. It was the '80s and I loved Thundarr. The artwork is shaded pencil in sepia tone.
The Last Soldier of 10-Sky is an ambitious story of an armadillo character that I'd been drawing since jr. high that goes on a mysterious quest through the war-torn streets of the city of 10-Sky, fighting mutated and mechanized horrors along the way. Until he unexpectedly finds and befriends the strangest of creatures known only in stories and myths: a human. She's only 4 years old but he soon discovers she hardly needs saving. These issues are smaller in size than a regular comic but not quite ash can size. The art is black and white line. Here's some art from both issues: http://www.openeye-studio.com/tls10sky.html
Finally, here's the two concept sketches for the $175 reward. One is a familiar yet changed face from the original book, Kaalem, that makes a cameo in the new one and the other is a new character, the dreaded pack leader Kiiral of the Great Wolf Pack Gellendriff. Both are pen sketches on 9"x 12" pages.
This is a painting I did over a few conventions last year just to be doing something different than drawing and I thought it would attract more people. And it did. Art fans love to watch art happening. I really felt good about how it came out and I'd used it for advertising once I was finished. It's the reward at the $250 level.
Risks and challenges
I have most of the first issue finished and I'm sure I'll be able to finish the rest while the project is being funded. Then, once the pages are finalized and sent to the printer, probably about a month for printing and delivery, I'll be shooting for sending physical copies and reward packages out in December. Of course, some of this timeline depends on the printer (I'm using Ka-Blam!, they were great with my prequel) and the postal service. Also, some of the rewards I'll have to actually draw and when I get those finished and out will depend on how many rewards for each kind I get. Some may be simple convention-type sketches that don't take me long but I might have a lot, and some may be pretty detailed and could take a while to finish but there's just a few. And of course I can't really even start on them until the project is fully funded. Unfortunately, I have a day job and that can cut into the time of actually finishing the art, but I'll do my best to get them done hopefully while the book is being printed to get them all out when the books go out.
If all goes well I'm hoping to get everything out in December, but Chaos abounds and there is a possibility that Life will get in the way and some things might not get out 'til the first part of 2013. But bear with me, it WILL be worth it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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