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"A story of Love between Light and Darkness.. "
DIO+ is my graphic novel in Visual-kei aesthetics about a boy with a soul so dark that he was reborn as a prince in the depths of hell after he tragically died under mysterious circumstances at a young age.
In my story I am painting an obscure world that shows its melancholic beauty to those who are willing to see behind the curtain.. In this place of grief and mistrust, which doesn't differ so much from our real world, a delicate bond between the human prince and his demonic guardian Gadara blooms genuinely.
This is their love story.
"Dark fantasy, demons and gloomy aesthetics!"
Softcover Edition Issue #1
This Kickstarter campaign is to make an English edition of DIO+ issue #1 (Chapter 1 – VULGAR PRAYER) come true, print beautiful large size (A4) books with high quality silver emblem stamping on the covers.
This book contains 40 pages full of beautiful artwork in manga aesthetics.
The intricate details on each page are drawn traditionally by hand, after that the pages are scanned and refined digitally. Since it is my passion, I put a particular emphasis on face expressions and fashion!
How can I help?
You can help me to bring my story to life by supporting in any of the tiers that fit you. All the money will go directly into the printing cost of the books and into the production of merchandize items.
With your support we could make it to fund this unusual story, and I sincerely appreciate it.
Note: The examples of the original painting and shikishis show how they might look like in the end, since every one of them will be drawn with an individual motive.
There is a physical copy of the book coming in every reward tier beginning with 30€!
Since I am into fashion, I am proud to show you my exclusive design T-shirts. Each of them has an unique look, the print is made by hand. There is a red label on the inside with "Vulgar Prayer" logo. The amount will be limited, since it takes time and ressources to produce them.
My name is Kai and I am artist from the bottom of my heart. DIO+ is a story that I am developing for more than ten years already, and it is far more than just a story..
Back then, I started it in Japan as a doujinshi and throughout the years, the characters and places have become very dear to me. I want to share all the beautiful and bizarre things from another world with you as an expression of love and darkness.
All the art and illustrations are ornated traditionally hand-drawn artworks. Drawing DIO+ by hand allows me to show this story in a very unique flair, even though it is literally a ton of work.. But I always have the hope that when you simply look at the illustrations, you get a feeling of passion and dedication that inherits them. This is why I do all the extra work, sleepless nights during weeks, months and years.
I am also a Visual-kei musician, and write songs which are devoted to my stories. To give you a small glimpse – the intro music in the video above is also composed and played by myself. There are many top-class ideas I'd like to supplement to DIO+ on the way to its fulfilment, such as making a real music video and a soundtrack!
How do I use Kickstarter?
For those who are first time on Kickstarter, here is a short explanation what Kickstarter is and how you can support me:
On this site you can back up my project and help me to reach the goal, which is necessary for the DIO+ book to be printed. You can choose from various rewards from the list on the right, so after the goal is reached, the rewards would be sent to you!
To pledge to a project as a guest:
- Select your reward on either the right-hand side of a project page or after clicking the “Back this project” button
- From here you’ll be taken to a page where you can continue as a guest
- Enter your email address and select “Continue as Guest”.
- After receiving the confirmation email, fill in your payment details. When you’re ready, just click the green “Pledge” button. Thank you very much for making this project possible!
If you already have a Kickstarter account, you can just login and select the project and your desired reward before clicking the green "Pledge" button.
Forms of payment: You can use a debit or credit card associated with Visa, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, or American Express. Please note that there is no Paypal option to pay via Kickstarter. For backers from Germany it is possible to pay via a normal bank transfer.
For further questions please click on the official Kickstarter Support button below.
Risks and challenges
As a professional mangaka, I am familiar and experienced with the process of self-publishing and shipping of the products to the readers. All my self-publishing projects before were completed successfully. It is still possible for the printing and shipping to be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances, but feel assured that all the backers and supporters will be immediately notified about any changes!
I am looking forward to making the story finally happen! Thank you!
- (30 days)