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Raising Dragons is the first in the Dragons in our Midst series by Bryan Davis. Would you like to see it as a 150+ page graphic novel? Read more

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Raising Dragons is the first in the Dragons in our Midst series by Bryan Davis. Would you like to see it as a 150+ page graphic novel?

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THE AUTHOR

Author of contemporary/fantasy books for young adults and adults.
Author of contemporary/fantasy books for young adults and adults.

Bryan Davis' books have become bestsellers in the field of youth Christian fantasy. He is the author of the fantasy series: Dragons in our Midst. The first book in that series is Raising Dragons.

Raising Dragons is about a boy who learns of his dragon past and a girl has known of hers for years. They combine their faith, courage, and love to overcome an evil slayer who seeks to bring an end to dragon heritage, forever.

Fans have been enjoying this story for almost a decade! Now ten years after the initial publication, a graphic novel adaptation will be released for both new and old fans alike.

THE ILLUSTRATOR

My first illustration of Billy and Bonnie, a gift to Bryan Davis in 2011.
My first illustration of Billy and Bonnie, a gift to Bryan Davis in 2011.

I have been drawing cartoons and comics ever since I was a boy. God has given me a gift in the visual arts, and I dreamed of the day I can use my gifts to honor Him and serve others. I was so excited to be given this opportunity and responsibility. This is a very special project for my entire family and I.

James Art Ville
James Art Ville
  • The Raising Dragons manuscript has been adapted by my wife, Shiloh J Ville.
  • The book will consist of 150 pages of full color sequential artwork.
  • The dimensions of the book will be US Standard, 6" x 9".
  • The author himself has input in every step of the process, ensuring you will receive an OFFICIAL adaptation of his story, not just a fan-made project.

THE GRAPHIC NOVEL

This project is not starting from square one. I already have a good amount of work already accomplished. The manuscript has already been written and finalized by Bryan Davis. The primary character designs have been finished. Finally, most of the thumbnail page layouts have already been penciled.

Thumbnail Panel Pencil Sketches
Thumbnail Panel Pencil Sketches

But there is still a lot more to be done. The art boards have to be penciled, inked, colored, and finally text added. While the first part of the process will be done with traditional media (pencils), I will finalize each page digitally.

The tools I will be using include:

  • BlueLineArt Pro Series 3 ply 11" x 17" Brite White Boards
  • Pencil & Eraser
  • Scanner
  • Wacom Bambo Fun Tablet Pen
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Manga Studio EX 4
Early concept art featuring various character designs.
Early concept art featuring various character designs.
Bonnie Silver, Billy Bannister, and Walter Foley.
Bonnie Silver, Billy Bannister, and Walter Foley.
The Mighty Clefspeare
The Mighty Clefspeare


The entire graphic novel will take a lot of work and time. If the minimum amount of funding is raised through Kickstarter, I anticipate the graphic novel will be done by the end of Summer, 2014. If the goal is not met, it will be much more difficult for me to meet this deadline.

SAMPLE PAGES

Page 29
Page 29
Page 41
Page 41
Page 66
Page 66

THE REWARDS


DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS

The funds raised for this project will be used for the following items:

  • Art Boards
  • Pencils
  • A new Scanner (large enough for the 11" x 17" art boards)
  • Licenses for commercial comic book fonts
  • Printing costs for initial printing of books (1,000+)
  • Financial support as I work from home.

If the $15,000 goal is met then I will immediately start working on the final pages of the book. I will devote 8 hours a day, 5 days a week on this project, like a full time job. I will keep all supporters updated periodically with my progress, and of course if you pledge $20 or more you are eligible for the 25 page preview.

Should the funding from Kickstarter exceed our goal, the excess will be set aside for further printing of books as well as funding the next graphic novel in the series, THE CANDLESTONE.

Risks and challenges

Bryan Davis officially commissioned me for this project in November of 2012. There is very little risk because the funds from Kickstarter will allow me to focus my work and dedicate my time for this project until completion.

Technically speaking, if the funding minimum is not met the graphic novel will still be completed, but at a much slower pace. This is an opportunity for you not only to be part of this project with me, but also to receive some one-of-a-kind rewards that you will not find anywhere else.

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    Even if it's just a dollar, every little help counts. Thank you for your pledge! As thanks, I will send you an email to personally thank you for your interest in the project, and support.

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    For taking time away from your day to view this project and for giving a little in support, I will take time away from my day and personally call you to thank you for your pledge.

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    19 backers

    As a thank you for supporting this project, you will be given a digital version of the Raising Dragons Graphic Novel. If you have a Kindle, Nook, Android, iPhone, laptop, or desktop computer, you can read the entire book in digital format and in full color, if your device supports it.

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    9 backers

    In addition to receiving a digital copy of the graphic novel, you will also receive an exclusive preview of the book before it’s released. Summer of 2014 is still a ways away…how would you like to read the first 25 pages by the end of this summer?

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    16 backers

    On top of showing a preview of the book this Summer, we will send you a physical copy of the Raising Dragons Graphic Novel (paperback) as soon as it's finished, printed, and ready to ship to you.

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    Only ships to: United States
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    21 backers

    In addition to the Summer 2013 25 page preview, you'll receive a copy of the graphic novel signed by both the author (Bryan Davis) and the illustrator (James Art Ville). Sure you can pick up a copy at the local bookstore for less, but having both signatures will instantly make it a collector’s item. A rare gem indeed.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    3 backers

    Along with a signed copy of the book, you'll also receive an exclusive 24" x 36" promotional poster featuring artwork not available anywhere else. That's right, I will illustrate something that will not be sold or promoted anywhere else as a special thank you for pledging. A Kickstarter exclusive.

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    11 backers Limited (89 left of 100)

    Not only will you receive the previous rewards (digital copy, sneak peak, signed book, & poster), you will be one of 100+ others who will have a special edition version of the Raising Dragons Graphic Novel. This version will include bonus content after the story, including: preliminary character sketches, commentary from both the author and artist, behind the scenes story of how this project started, promotional art, and more!

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    8 backers Limited (2 left of 10)

    Congratulations, not only will you receive a signed special edition of the graphic novel and an exclusive poster, but I will actually include you in the book! 10 lucky people will send me their photographs and I will draw their likeness throughout the story as background characters. Sorry, I cannot replace the existing heroes with your likeness. Nonetheless, you can have a cameo appearance in Raising Dragons!

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    1 backer All gone!

    A signed book and exclusive poster. Also, as part of the bonus content in the special edition of the graphic novel, I will illustrate a special 4 page comic featuring you! It will be an original script where you get to interact with the cast of Raising Dragons. This 4 page comic will be published in every special edition book, so people around the world can see you as an illustrated character within the Dragons in our Midst universe.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Not only will you get a signed special edition graphic novel and poster, but I will also mail you all 150 of the pages in thumbnail pencil sketch form. This is what I used when initially paneling the entire story from the script. This was the foundation of the actual art boards, but much smaller. There is only one set of these, so don't miss out!

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    Pledge $1,000 or more

    1 backer All gone!

    One lucky super fan will not only walk away with a signed special edition graphic novel and poster, but they will also receive all 150 pages of my ORIGINAL PENCILED ART BOARDS. This is serious business. My original pencil drawings for the entire book can be yours. There’s only one of these, so please treasure it!

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Bryan Davis and I (James Art Ville) will travel to your town and throw a book signing LAUNCH PARTY! We will personally hand you a special edition copy of the book and poster. After the event, you are also invited to a personal dinner with the author and illustrator. Consider it a one-of-a-kind VIP pass.

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