“This is a book that succeeds in taking the reader on a journey into a historical world filled with the sense of melancholy as well as something disturbing, mystical and even fatal.
I believe that this is a start of a significant career in the world of comics.”
Mladen Novakovič, comic book historian, editor of the comic book magazine Strip Revija
“A striking and knowledgeably wrapped debut in the 9th art.”
Marko Stojanović - writer, director of Leskovac comics festival
“It's truly curious how in these commercial times where money dictates all that something so honest and refreshing can appear, such as the work of Tomislav Košta. In a time when authors adapt to similar styles in order to attract more readers, it is quite rare to come across a book that is conceived solely by the desire to leave a mark behind.”
Aleksa Gajić - Film director (Technotise), Comic artist (Marvel, Soleil)
‘DAN FADIL: First Light’ is a bold debut and the first book in a trilogy written by and featuring the stunning oil paintings of Croatian artist Tomislav Košta. The book was created over a period of 3.5 years. It contains 48 sublime pages of oil on paper, 386 hand-painted panels, each one of them a miniature work of art.
We are asking for your support to enable us to print this beautiful graphic novel to the standard it deserves. The book will have 52 pages in luxurious 170g heavy paper for the inside pages, with a 300g softcover paper for the cover.
In return for pledging we are offering a number of rewards, some unique to this Kickstarter campaign. Be part of our journey, your support will be extremely valued and greatly appreciated!
Below is an overview of the story and various images from the book.
‘DAN FADIL: First Light’, is set long ago in a fictional medieval town somewhere on the Mediterranean coast, although, inspiration is drawn from medieval history and seaports around Europe.
Dan Fadil, an old monk recalls his turbulent life and his young scribe writes those memories down for prosperity.
When he was a young boy, Dan Fadil was known as Lobel Gothar, the son of a master shipbuilder. His peaceful childhood ends abruptly when bad news reaches his family. Lobel’s brothers have perished in the war, his father is accused of treason and their tranquil life is shattered and thrown into turmoil. In desperation Lobel’s father takes things into his own hands with terrible consequences.
After spending a long time in prison, Lobel’s father dreams of escaping to his homeland. But war rages on, and it is forbidden to leave the city. The only way out is through building a gayeta, a small boat, but this is illegal. And it doesn’t help that Lobel is in love with Ida, a girl whose father is a treacherous politician… ‘DAN FADIL: First Light’ is a story of love and loss, of war and the search for inner peace, a story of treachery and treason, and the quest for freedom.
Tomislav’s atmospheric storyline is lifted by his dramatic use of light and colour in his oil paintings. His colour palette and imagery perfectly captures each moment in the story, a testament to his command of the medium.
Notions of knighthood and chivalry, as well as contemplating the lives of ordinary people living on the coast in medieval times are explored by Tomislav. As he said, “I tried combining parts of the history of the eastern Adriatic coast with my imagination and put them together in one book. The boat “gayeta” is the leitmotif throughout the story. That boat is an ineffaceable part of the history of my people. Not only for the Croatian part of the Mediterranean, but for the entire Mediterranean as well. This book is my homage and expression of respect to all the people who made their living on those boats, and who lived in harmony with the sea”.
We’re really excited to be publishing this book; we believe it to be unique and very distinctive.
So join us now and support the production of this stunning work and be one of the first to get your hands on this beautiful book!
Risks and challenges
This project is a safe bet!
The story is written, the images hand painted and the book is ready for digital and print release. We've done this before and we know we can do it again!
Thanks so much for your time and consideration, and thank you in advance if you choose to support this project.
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