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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, September 8 2019 2:36 PM UTC +00:00.

About

The Ronin by William Dale Jennings is an amazing novel based on a Zen myth. The story as a whole is told out of sequence and from many different perspectives. Our books are a comic book adaptation of this novel.

In 2017, we successfully Kickstarted The Ronin #1. If you were not part of that campaign I encourage you to go check it out here. Now, we are raising the necessary funds for color and printing to help expedite the creation and release of The Ronin #2. 

  **CLICK HERE FOR A 10-PAGE PREVIEW OF THE RONIN #2** 

In Issue One, we met The Ronin and followed him as he terrorized a small town. The Ronin seems to destroy every town and village he visits with little resistance and seemingly zero consequences. 

As the story progresses, we will meet the people whose lives the Ronin has impacted, with a focus on one character in particular. One victim, a child made an orphan by The Ronin, vows revenge. We explore his story alongside the Ronin's as they each grow and change over the years. Their two paths collide, ultimately culminating in a final, unexpected conclusion. 

In Issue Two, we meet a character known as The Old Swordmaster who is a key figure in The Ronin #2 and throughout the rest of the story. He is a retired samurai turned instructor, but he hasn't had a student in years. 

We also meet "The Three". These are three young boys who want nothing more in life than to become samurai. They frequently petition the Old Swordmaster to train them. 

After a lifetime of military service and battle, The Old Master wants nothing to do with “the sword” and he initially declines their requests. However, soon something changes his mind and their samurai training begins.

Throughout the pages of this issue, we see the three young samurai's growth, development, and training as they pursue their ultimate goal. These characters are on a collision course with The Ronin, and in book three, we will see how they are all connected. It’s thrilling, and you’re gonna love it!

This is chapter two of a multi-chapter project. The plan is to release each completed chapter on its own and to collect all 8-10 chapters into a final graphic novel. It is a huge project that will take a lot of time. This campaign is to help put us in a position to produce these chapters, and we thank you for your support. 

WHY NOW?

With the success of The Ronin #1, everyone wanted to know when Issue Two is coming out. The Ronin #1 was completed with funds out of my pocket. Needless to say, it took a long time to finance and produce. If I were to approach Book Two the same way it would be a long time before it saw the light of day. By Kickstarting The Ronin #2 now we will be able to complete it a lot sooner. 

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

Everything we raise will go exclusively toward producing, printing, and shipping the work. The funds will be divided primarily between the artists and printing costs. Of course, Kickstarter will take their fees, then there are reward costs and shipping, but this campaign is mainly to complete and print The Ronin #2 in a timely manner. 

Any money raised above and beyond our needs will go toward chapter three, which is projected for release in early 2020.

WRITER

My name is Chris Dickens. I am a comic book writer and creator known for my indie series "Vigilante Project", and now for "The Ronin". I discovered The Ronin when world-famous actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and I were discussing villains in comics and film. He expressed a concern that bad guys today are too one-dimensional and I agreed. 

At the end of our conversation, Mr. Tagawa recommended that I read a novel called The Ronin to experience the ultimate bad guy. So I ordered the book and couldn't put it down! I read the whole thing in a matter of hours. 

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa after The Ronin #1 Success!
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa after The Ronin #1 Success!

The Ronin character is the ultimate bad guy and his story was like nothing I'd ever read. I looked for a film or comic book based on this story but couldn’t find anything, so I decided to make it myself. 


PENCILS AND INKS

GIAN CARLO BERNAL 

The artist for The Ronin #1 was Gian Carlo Bernal. On the heels of The Ronin, Gian Carlo's services were requested by a variety of publishers and he was unable to complete Book Two. However, Gian Carlo did complete the first 10 pages. 

Eder Messias

Picking up where Gian Carlo left off, is Eder Messias, an amazing artist from Brazil! Eder's pencils and inks are so dynamic, I knew that he had to be our artist. Eder has done a lot of work and his services are in high demand. We are lucky to have him on board. 

Pencils and Inks by Eder Messias
Pencils and Inks by Eder Messias

COLORS

For colors, Jeremy Shepherd continues to shine after doing amazing work on book one. Jeremy  has done work for Image and DC Comics in the past and I am lucky to have him on this project. However, he is very busy so we weren't able to get him back for book two, but Jeremy contributed colors for the book three cover and the sample page below. We hope to have him back soon. 

Colors by Jeremy Shepherd
Colors by Jeremy Shepherd

Omi Remalante

Taking over for Jeremy is Omi Remalante! Omi has done work for Aspen Comics, Image, Dynamite and many more. However, I am most fond of the work he did for our Vigilante Project graphic novel cover. Check it out below. 

Colors by Omi Remalante
Colors by Omi Remalante

LETTERS AND DESIGN

Letters are provided by Sean Glumace. Sean is an experienced graphics and letters person with a number of credits to his name. Sean is an Adobe Certified Associate, and he has lettered books for Image, Dark Horse, and more. 

The Ronin #2 Cover by Eder Messias!
The Ronin #2 Cover by Eder Messias!


We are estimating an October shipping date for ALL rewards and ALL domestic orders INCLUDE shipping! Please check the shipping costs if you’re outside the U.S.


BACKER MANAGEMENT

We're using CrowdOx for backer management, and add-ons so order with confidence. Things will ship faster and everything will be organized in one place! 


BOOKS

This time around, we're doing things a bit differently. All books will be printed and shipped from Ka-Blam. If you're unfamiliar, check them out. They print on-demand and ship directly to you worldwide! 


T-SHIRT

One reward that needs to be shown is the limited edition "The Ronin" t-shirt designed by Chris Bielecki, Owner and Founder of Image House Interactive. Check this out!!!

Front
Front
Rear
Rear

KEYCHAINS

Back by popular demand, we have these katana key chains / charms for backers. 

Stretch goals will be announced when we hit our goal. 

If you can't get enough The Ronin goodies, we have a number of items available as add-ons. 

Add-Ons processed by CrowdOx
Add-Ons processed by CrowdOx

We've partnered with CrowdOx to process all add-ons after the Kickstarter campaign ends. 

The following items will be available. 

Pledge now and be ready to add-on when you complete your surveys. 

Risks and challenges

This book is in progress and will be completed. The only thing that could stop this book from being produced and delivered to your hand is an act of God.

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