From the team behind the successfully funded Årkade Graphic Novel (GoFundMe), comes The Burning Black: Legend of Black Shuck!
Tudor-era England, the deeply rural county of Suffolk, to be specific. Queen Elizabeth I is on the Throne. In the small village of Bungay, life sits in an undisturbed status quo; Peasants labour over backbreaking work tilling the fields by hand, the Merchant Class preside over looms and textile traders and Bungay Castle lays peacefully dormant as it has for the centuries passed since Hugh Bigod was pulled from it by Royal Guard to face execution after a failed rebellion against King Henry II...
...but one fateful early August night in 1577, peace is disturbed in this unassuming village, when a Beast tears through the Church doors; inside, the Beast is said to have feasted upon four unsuspecting worshippers, before vanishing and reappearing in nearby Blythburgh where the Beast's white hot, scorched-in Claw marks can still be seen on the Doors of The Holy Trinity Church to this very day!
Some say the Beast is a big Demon Dog, eight-feet tall when on all-fours with fur as black as tar. Others say its Eyes burn with the white hot flames of Hell itself. Rumours abound and before you know it perhaps the most legendary of all British mythical beasts is born: Black Shuck
Many people have told the story of Black Shuck before, but it’s usually compounded in to a mere retelling of the professed events and sighting in St. Mary’s Church, Bungay, Suffolk on the 4th of August 1577. In The Burning Black: Legend of Black Shuck, Suffolk born and bred Comic Book Writer, Mark Allard-Will, attempts to do the impossible and give Black Shuck a back story set against the backdrop of England’s long-rooted history of Christian suppression of the Pagan cultures that once roamed the lands in a relative peace; turning the story of Black Shuck from simple retelling into a tense, edge-of-your-seat Historical Fiction with all the Horror trimmings you’d expect.
Beginning in the long and hard-fought battle for supremacy over Britain’s shores between the pagan Vikings and the devotedly Christian Saxons of the late 800s and ending in the Tudor-era of 1577, Mark’s reimagining of the story of Black Shuck will take you on a journey from the Horrors of War to the echoes of a simpler past, all set to the backdrop of a Beast that has come to define storytelling in rural England and around the English-speaking World.
What will the finalised Book look like? Not only will the finished Book be a great read, but it will be Perfect Bound with high-gloss Front and Back Covers and Spine. The story pages will rack in at 55-pages, but with Foreword, Afterword and a Bonus Art Gallery with tribute art by British and Canadian Comic Book Artists, the total page count will be a total of 80-pages.
(More finalised pages to follow, as Artwork on the project progresses)
What happens after you've chosen to support The Burning Black: Legend of Black Shuck?
ART: Ryan Howe, the Artist best known for his adventure Graphic Novel series Daisy Black: Pilot for Hire (Soaring Penguin Press), is currently several pages in to the Artwork of The Burning Black: Legend of Black Shuck; BUT that's why we need you, as a career Artist Ryan needs to get paid to continue working. With the money generated from the Kickstarter, Ryan will be able to finish the project's Artwork and hand it over it the Colourist and Letterer.
COLOURING AND LETTERING: Once Art is complete, all finished Comic Pages are handed over to the project's Colourist and Letterer, Elaine M. Will. Elaine is best known for her work on Look Straight Ahead and Dust-Ship Glory (Renegade Arts Entertainment). The completion of Colouring and Lettering will see the project be ready for Book Layout and Proofing.
BOOK LAYOUT/DESIGN AND PROOF-READING: Once Elaine has all the Colours and Lettering finished, the Book will then be ready for the process of preparing the Book in to its finalised layout for both Print and Digital Downloads. After completing the layout/design of the finalised Book, a proof-reading process will occur to be sure that no errors remain before sending the finished Book off to the Printers.
PRINTING AND FULFILMENT (APRIL 2019): Once proof-reading is completed, the Book will be sent off to the Printers for printing; once received back we will begin the process of mailing out your pledges to you (estimated April 2019).
Career Artists, such as Ryan and Elaine, need to get paid to eat and survive. As such 100% of the funds generated from this Kickstarter goes to them to enable to finish the project in a swift and timely manner.
But what about Printing and Shipping? We have a Publisher lined up for printing the Book, the cost of printing is therefore assumed by the Publisher and subtracted/reclaimed from any sales payments made to the Book's creators. As for Shipping, the cost of Shipping is an assumed extra calculated on top of any pledge that is a physical reward; in other words, it pays for itself.
Having run a successful Crowdfunding campaign in early 2017 for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival-debut Graphic Novel, Årkade, on the GoFundMe platform, we've learned from experience that, with varying Shipping rates for varying global destinations, you cannot fully estimate, prepare or plan for Shipping. Some of the funds needed for Shipping may exceed calculated income from the Kickstarter, this excess needed will be covered out of pocket by the campaign operators. This is a calculated risk of running a Kickstarter with physically shipped goods.
$2,000 extra ($6,500 total and above): All Print/Physical copies of the Book will include an exclusive ten-page "Behind-the-scenes" making of segment that focuses on the historical research, writing process and concept art stages involved in taking this project from pre-production to completion.
Risks and challenges
Quite simply: Without completed funding this project essentially cannot happen. All other funding avenues have been explored and Kickstarter is our final avenue. Overcoming this issue is in your Hands; if you want to see this Book happen, don't just back us, share the project around as much as possible on Social Media.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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