Collects the epic six-issue mini-series A Light Before The Darkness, PLUS exclusive bonus material.
Thanks to the backers of my first campaign, the entire series is now done, and will be offered first in print HERE exclusively to Kickstarter backers (Retail bundle discounts available).
- His Art saved the dying Church
- Ambition exposed his secret lover
- His sword sealed their tragic fate
EXCLUSIVE Kickstarter pre-order discount + Free US shipping (and deeply discounted International shipping)
Collects all six issues of the epic mini-series plus bonus material.
Earlybird retail bundle:
Comic Shops and Bookstores (EIN or other verification needed) get DEEP discounts on 5-pack bundles. Earlybird orders get an additional FREE copy.
Original Art - by Cyrus Mesarcia
Authors and Critics endorse A Light Before The Darkness:
“ Impeccably strong and easy to get swept up in... a really stellar story and in many ways it makes me feel like I did when I saw Mike Grell do Warlord or Jon Sable Freelance. ”
- Steven Leitman - Critic, Reading With A Flight Ring
“ Mora & Mesarcia bring all the passion and drama of one of history's most famous painters to life in their epic graphic novel. ”
- Javier Hernandez - Creator, El Muerto
“ A dangerous and complex view of an artist fighting not just the time he lived in, but the anger within. This historical tale told with verve expediency becomes a can’t-put-down page turner. ”
- Chuck Paschall - Creator, Native Drums
“ The more you read it, the more absorbing, fascinating, funny, sad, true, and satirical the story becomes. Read it! It will make you feel like a better person after you do! ”
- Guy Hasson - Creator, Wynter
“ A stunning tale of an artist's mortal struggle with the traitorous times he lives in and his own demons, mirroring the chiaroscuro style of his era. ”
- Sharon Shipley - Author, Sary's Gold
“ A beautifully paced thrill ride. Ken Mora makes historical fiction come to life with engaging introspective observant and keen writing. ”
- Joshua Kemble - Creator, Quarterly Stories
" The comic highlights Caravaggio, the man of action and the lover up against the dark forces of the Inquisition.
The illustration style refers to Caravaggio’s tenebrism and passion. "
- Alison McMahan - Author, The Saffron Crocus
“ A potent brew of Bandes Dessinées’ sophistication, manga-influenced vibrancy and a little Vertigo garnish on top. Smooth going down, but with a nice kick to it, like the best of Gaiman. ”
- Jim Thompson - Scholar, Comic Book Historians Podcast
" A truly poignant and personal tale of the Baroque master, Caravaggio. Out of the dusty tomes, Mora & Mesarcia have brought a true historical character to life. "
- Christie Shinn - Creator, Sepulchre
“ Storytelling at its finest. A keenly realized vision of an artist’s struggle to make sense of senselessness, and make beauty from chaos are what Mora and Mesarcia manage in these pages. I was swept away from page one. ”
- Amy Friedman - Author, Desperado’s Wife
Risks and challenges
I'm reducing the risk of printing delays by using the industry-renowned Kraken Print, nationally leading producer of fine Indie Publications.
While colorwork can be demanding, I'm working with Kraken concurrently with this campaign to ensure the highest quality pre-press master.
Still, International printing and shipping can encounter unexpected delays. If any delays occur you will be notified immediately.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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