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The first volume of Ghost of the Gulag the webcomic about a blind amur tiger and his raven written and illustrated by David Derrick
The first volume of Ghost of the Gulag the webcomic about a blind amur tiger and his raven written and illustrated by David Derrick
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Welcome to the Kickstarter for Ghost of the Gulag! My name is David Derrick Jr. and I'm the author and illustrator of Ghost of the Gulag.  I’ve worked in the film industry as a storyboard artist for many years. The most recent films I’ve worked on are Disney’s Moana and the upcoming The Lion King directed by Jon Favreau. Ghost of the Gulag is a passion project that I write and illustrate. It is an ongoing webcomic that you can read for free online at ghostofthegulag.com. We're running this Kickstarter to print the first volume of the story; over 220 pages of comic plus additional behind the scenes artwork.

What's the Story?

Set in a fictional post WW2 Russia, an Amur Tiger lives alone in a forgotten prison camp. One eye was destroyed by the whip, the other branded and scarred with a sickle and hammer. Though blind, the Tiger learns how to see with the aid of his friend, a raven. The Tiger is unwittingly drawn into a larger conflict over the control of the Taiga (the great northern forest of Russia). The Tribe of the Wolf and the Clan of the Boar both vie for control and the Tiger becomes the tipping point and must choose the fate of the Taiga.

This Kickstarter will print the first volume of Ghost of the Gulag. That's six chapters plus a prologue. Along with bonus artwork and behind the scenes content the book will be around 250 pages. The book will be hardbound and printed locally in the United States, which will help us ensure the best quality of print for the book.

Mock up only- not final
Mock up only- not final
Over 250 pages full color
Over 250 pages full color

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Help unlock the bonus flip book!
Help unlock the bonus flip book!

Risks and challenges

I successfully ran a Kickstarter for my daughter's webcomic "Pudge Fat Dog," so I have experience running a campaign. The principle artwork for the book is done, which accounts for most of the labor involved in producing the book. Since much of the readership is international we will make every effort to reflect reasonable international shipping rates to ensure backers get their rewards. While we will make every effort to ship international, the shipping fees do not include duties and taxes that may apply in your country.

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    Tiger Cub

    Original art of Wolf or Tiger 4x6
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    Shadow Walker

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    Inmate

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    Ghost of the Gulag

    Drawing with Dave at the LA Zoo for 3 hours
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