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Game of Thrones meets The Hobbit in a re-imagining of Norse mythology, coffee-painted.
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From the author of the successfully funded, The Burning Black: Legend of Black Shuck (Renegade Arts Entertainment), comes Siegfried: Dragon Slayer!

A Danish prince, Siegfried (Sigurd) - a boy on the cusp of becoming a teenager - raised and trained by Regin, a Dwarf loyal to the King, comes to learn of his family's exploits; their successes, failures and tragedies, of wars between the clans of Germany and the decline of great nobility. 

These stories ignite a fire of longing inside of Siegfried, a longing for claiming adventure and renown of his own. 

Inspired to rid the coast of Denmark of a wretched Dragon, known only as Fafnir, Siegfried will find that adventure might not come as advertised.

Sound familiar? That's because this book is an adaptation of The Völsunga Saga, the surviving piece of Norse mythology that inspired both J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and Richard Wagner's Der Ring das Nibelung.

But, what makes Siegfried: Dragon Slayer unique?

Well, it's not just an adaptation of the original Norse saga; it's a graphic novel re-invention of the source material that sees the tale re-imagined from mythology in to a modern three-act story, while still being as faithful as possible to the flow, theme and beats of the original. Re-invented as a modern three-act story, Siegfried: Dragon Slayer, will read with the filmic intensity of a blockbuster movie. 

Fafnir, the Dragon that inspired Smaug, will have a far more considerable role - a role that will not detract from the graphic novel's faithfulness to the source. 

The visual element of the graphic novel medium will allow readers to see the drama of the clashes between Germanic and Scandinavian clans and dynasties, the menacing intensity of Fafnir and the lure of untold treasures. The modern English for dialogue will make the story accessible to all. 

All of this will make for a book that makes real Norse mythology digestible to children of High School age and older and more reluctant adult readers, as well as an entertaining read for readers at large. 

A graphic novel, much like a movie, is a visual storytelling medium; as such, artwork makes all the difference. That's where Jasmine Redford comes in. 

Jasmine's artwork is special. It features cross-hatched line work, ink wash and coffee-painting; all of which channels feelings of The Hobbit, of medieval art and, lastly but most importantly, of the Viking Age. 

But, don't take our word for it, here are some examples:

Concept image of the three main characters: Fafnir (left), Siegfried (centre) and Regin (right).
Concept image of the three main characters: Fafnir (left), Siegfried (centre) and Regin (right).
Promotional art of Siegfried (right) and Regin (left)
Promotional art of Siegfried (right) and Regin (left)
Page #18 - finished artwork
Page #18 - finished artwork
Page #77 - finished artwork
Page #77 - finished artwork
Page #1 - Lettered and finished
Page #13 - Lettered and finished

Below, you will find mock-ups of what the reward packages may look like...

The Book:

Front and Back Cover designs pending
Front and Back Cover designs pending

T-Shirt:

Will be printed in high quality, durable screen-print by Saskatoon's Tucker's Tees
Will be printed in high quality, durable screen-print by Saskatoon's Tucker's Tees

 Mark Allard-Will - Writer/Author: 

Mark is the British-born, Canadian writer responsible for the Kickstarter success and horror graphic novel, The Burning Black: Legend of Black Shuck, as seen on the BBC. Mark's work has ranged from comedy Canadiana in comic book, Saskatch-A-Man, through to award wins on the indie film circuit with various short screenplays. 


 Jasmine Redford - Artist: 

Jasmine hails from Saskatoon, Canada. A mother of two, a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design and a post-graduate of English at the University of Saskatchewan. Jasmine is both a scholar and a talented artist.


 Elaine M. Will - Letterer: 

Elaine is the author and artist of the critically acclaimed mental health drama graphic novel, Look Straight Ahead. With a lengthy history of producing comic strips and illustrations for Canadian magazines, ranging from Ryerson Review of Journalism to Feathertale Review, Elaine brings a lengthy experience to the table.

If funded at 100% funding, your money will fund and break down in to the following:

$2,000.00 - Funding for artist, Jasmine Redford, to complete the remainder of art for the project

$500.00 - Funding for letterer, Elaine M. Will, to letter the entire book

$250.00 - Recuperate editorial costs for services used of an Editor at a previous date, services which have helped to refine Mark's script in to the finest story possible for this book


If funded at 100% funding, the following timelines will come to pass:

Late summer 2020 - Estimated completion of artwork

Feb or March 2021 - Book to be released


But, what about shipping?

Shipping is a delayed, expected cost budgeted for by project forerunner, Mark Allard-Will. Delayed until the book's release date of Feb/March 2021, this is easily budgeted for from his own earnings. This is the exact same process employed for shipment of the rewards from his previous Kickstarter success, The Burning Black: Legend of Black Shuck.


We'd like to share acknowledgements of the following with you:

Nordhere Vikings - For supplying their help for the shots of the Vikings you see at the start of the Kickstarter video in full Viking battle clothing and running around with all the big, heavy shields and weapons on a sweltering 28°C summer day. They're a fantastic Viking re-enactment group and, if you're looking to shoot some Viking stuff for your film in the Saskatchewan and Alberta area, then these guys and girl are the team you need to hire.

Mike Anthony - For supplying the voiceover talent you hear over the Viking shots at the beginning of the Kickstarter video. Mike is a very talented Canadian voice actor, working both with video games and films. Need a voiceover for your film or media project? Hire Mike.

All of you - For taking the time to view this project, share it or even back it, it means a lot to all of us.

Risks and challenges

Without your support, this project may falter and be hit by major delays while alternative forms of funding are sourced. These delays, in and of themselves, cost money and effect the livelihoods of the writer, artist and letterer.

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