It is New Year’s Day at King Arthur’s court, and a mysterious knight in green arrives at the holiday feast with a peculiar demand. He challenges anyone present to strike a blow against him with his fearsome great axe - but on the condition that, in one year’s time, he may deliver the same blow in return.
Sir Gawain, a knight of the Round Table, accepts the Green Knight’s challenge. Based on the 14th century Middle English poem and one of the great tales of the Arthurian Legend, Gawain’s story is a tale of courage no matter the consequence. His honor tested, his loyalty questioned, Gawain leaves Camelot in search of a place called the Green Chapel to keep his end of the Green Knight’s bargain.
Gawain and the Green Knight is a comic adaptation of the Arthurian folktale of the same name, written and illustrated by Emily Cheeseman. This is a story that has been retold, translated, and adapted by many over the centuries, and my version of the tale - begun in late 2015 and completed in early 2017 - is available to read online as a webcomic. I’ve brought the project to Kickstarter to fund the production of a hardcover, full-color print edition of the complete story.
The print edition of Gawain and the Green Knight will be an 8 x 8” hardcover book with 64 full-color interior pages, featuring all four parts of the completed story. The cover is inspired by vintage storybooks, bound with navy blue fabric and stamped in green foil on the front, back, and spine. The book will be roughly 0.5” thick.
In addition to the hardcover book, I'll be collecting the complete story in a digital PDF available to all pledge tiers. Below are a few additional pledge rewards I'll be producing: a gold foil print, a full-color sticker sheet, and a reprint of another short story featuring Gawain.
The Everything tier includes all of the above rewards, plus a physical (softcover) copy of Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady, a short comic created for the 1001 Knights Anthology. It tells the story of a riddle posed to King Arthur by a knight in the woods - a riddle solved by a woman who, in return for the answer, asks Gawain to marry her in exchange. This short comic was the inspiration and catalyst for tackling the longer and more famous of the stories starring Gawain.
The funding goal of $7000 covers the cost of printing the books, producing the other pledge rewards, shipping them to me, and then shipping them to you. If funding increases past this goal, it will be used to print more books! I want to keep this story in print well after the campaign is over, since offset printing hardcover books has a high startup cost and isn't possible to do in small batches.
Gawain and the Green Knight is a passion project over a year in the making. By contributing to this campaign you are not only helping me put my hard work in print, but you're also supporting my ongoing quest to share more stories in this medium. Thank you to everyone who has read the web version and followed the comic's process from start to finish, and thank you to the backers helping me print it!
Risks and challenges
The book is complete and is ready to send to the printers as soon as the campaign is over. I have a previous successful Kickstarter under my belt, and several years experience in self publishing and preparing my work for print. Barring any unforeseen delays in production, all pledge rewards will be ready to ship this summer.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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