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Action-packed, heart wrenching,  often humorous: the biography of history's most volitile​​​ and engimati​​​​​c artist.
Action-packed, heart wrenching, often humorous: the biography of history's most volitile​​​ and engimati​​​​​c artist.
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The Graphic Novel Biograghy of Caravaggio
The Graphic Novel Biograghy of Caravaggio

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.

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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 

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“ 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 

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“ 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 

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“ 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 

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“ 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 

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“ 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 

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" 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 

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“ 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 

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" 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 

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“ 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

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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.

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    Attaboy, Ken !

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    Try before you buy? Issue 1 ComiXology

    $1 off the original ComiXology.com exclusive FIRST ISSUE. You'll get a redemption code for this issue on ComiXology AND $2 off the entire graphic novel if you decide you want the whole thing later.

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    e-Version Graphic Novel - ComiXology.com

    $1.99 off the ComiXology retail price. The entire collected six-issue epic mini-series, 154 page of story, remastered with BONUS material, on the worlds biggest e-comics platform: ComiXology.com (an Amazon Company).
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    The Graphic Novel - Kickstarter Discount

    154 pages of story plus bonus material - Kickstarter backers get $1.99 off the cover price of $17.99 which collects all six issues of this limited series.
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    Autographed, Dated, & personalized book

    Autographed Ken Mora writer/creator/publisher and personalized to whomever you request.
    Autographed in Sharpie on the inside cover, and DATED on the FIRST DATE OF PUBLICATION.
    EXCLUSIVE: ONLY KICKSTARTER SUPPORTERS of this first printing will be DATED.
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    Trade Paperback and eVersion bundle

    Get the physical paperback AND have it electronically forever on your ComiXology bookshelf. The DEEPEST DISCOUNT offered, saves you a combined $4.98 off the retail price of these combined editions.
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    Autograph Book and eVersion bundle

    Autographed Ken Mora writer/creator/publisher and personalized to whomever you request.
    Autographed in Sharpie on the inside cover, and DATED on the FIRST DATE OF PUBLICATION.
    EXCLUSIVE: ONLY KICKSTARTER SUPPORTERS of this first printing will be DATED.
    Kickstarter exclusive, Limited to 50 for this level.
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    EARLYBIRD - Retailer Bundle (6 copies)

    Five Copies at the Retailer discount price of $6 dollars off the $17.99 cover price PLUS an EXTRA ISSUE as an EARLYBIRD thank you and FREE U.S. shipping ($2 to defray Canada shipping, $10 everywhere).
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    +Penciled page by artist Cyrus Messarcia

    The physical, autographed, personalized and dated book AND an ORIGINAL PAGE (first-pledge/first-choose - 12 pages available from 18 pages set aside), of the actual production ​penciled artwork (11"x17"), from the artist/​​penciler ​​Cyrus Messarcia, with approval signature of publisher/author Ken Mora. A full page of the most dynamic art-packed pages from the Graphic Novel. U.S. Shipping Included - Canadian shipping deeply discounted.

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