UPDATE: A few of Bizhan's final pieces! Look to the levels for more original art levels.
For those of you who don't know me, I'm Chris Irving of The Drawn Word. For the past five years, I've been using Kickstarter to make everything from trading cards to pulp novellas . By day, I'm a professor of media history in communication arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, which includes everything from comic books to film to video games. Just this summer, I will teach a class on Vampires in Film for my school's art history department.
Bizhan Khodabandeh is also an educator by day, but at VCU’s Robertson School of Media and Culture. He also works professionally as an illustrator/designer.
I'm an enormous fan of vampires. Just a few years ago, I wrote a fun documentary series called Monsters Among Us. Needless to say, vampires got the most coverage.
Dracula is one of my favorite books ever and Dracula Illustrated is a chance for Bizhan and I to create the paperback edition we've always wanted on our personal bookshelves.
Dracula Illustrated features six illustrations (and an original cover) by Bizhan, as well as an academic introduction by myself. It's our excuse to work together on making something really, really cool for people with the same penchant and thirst for this vampire classic.
Bizhan's work, seen in his comics Little Red Fish, embraces the gothic with his own unique contemporary flair. We're both going all out on this, and it already shows the most on Bizhan's end.
For the design, I'm going for a modern look attained through using vintage fonts. Every font and typeface in Dracula Illustrated was actually in existence and use at the time of the book's original 1897 publication.
The initial goal will provide us with six Bizhan original illustrations for the book and a standard paperback cover.
Our stretch goals will go to fund everything from more illustrations to even foil stamping on the cover.
Pledges start at $25 for the paperback itself, $30 for a signed edition, and $40 for an edition with the exclusive 5" x 7" print of Bizhan's dynamic cover.
Higher levels also include this limited metal cards, with art by Bizhan, of both a wolf and a bat.
The Supreme Sketch level features a bat sketch and signature from Bizhan, a note from Chris. This level is limited and numbered at only 25, between this and the original art levels.
Finally, the original art levels feature Bizhan's original pieces and also come with a small sketch on the book's cover page.
We only have a month to revive Bram Stoker's iconic vampire in a new fashion.
Risks and challenges
We always run into potential production hang-ups, no matter the project. I've fortunately worked with our printer before and found them to be professional and organized! I'll make sure to keep you in the loop, regardless of what happens production-wise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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