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60+ illustrations of warriors, deities, assassins & other denizens of epic fantasy realms! War poetry and flavor text by Kevin LaPorte!

Stretch Goal #1 ACHIEVED - UP-SIZE to 8" x 10.5" Format!

Stretch Goal #2 Up Next at $1500 - FOUR MORE PAGES of Sketch Commissions (Deity Reward Tier)!

Enter a world of sinew and blood, of steel and bone. Enter a realm long lost to the embellishments of mythology. Enter the imagination of illustrator and designer, Gavin Michelli… 

Final Cover Art for Ancients & Warriors!
Final Cover Art for Ancients & Warriors!

What awaits you is an 84-page, 6.75” x 10.25”, soft-cover sketchbook, Ancients & Warriors, filled with 64 full-page, black-&-white sketches of fantastic warriors, dreadful assassins and looming deities of old. Each legendary image created over years of Gavin's career as an artist and designer is accompanied by flavor text/war poetry composed specifically for THAT piece by writer Kevin LaPorte (Clown Town, The Blind Eye).

A Sample Page from Ancients & Warriors!
A Sample Page from Ancients & Warriors!

Ancients & Warriors will also include a page for remarques by Gavin, a section for new sketches available to backers of this Kickstarter campaign (see the rewards for details on each of these), and other content (title page, chapter dividers, introduction, etc.).

A Sample Page from Ancients & Warriors!
A Sample Page from Ancients & Warriors!

All monies collected from this Kickstarter campaign will go to cover printing costs for Ancients & Warriors, plus fulfillment of all reward tiers. Should the campaign collect more monies than are required to cover those costs, the excess will be used for stretch goals (see below) and for promotion and general marketing.

A Sample Page from Ancients & Warriors!
A Sample Page from Ancients & Warriors!

The reward tiers are summarized succinctly and completely to the right, but check out the print and posters available below:

8.5” x 11” Print (Available at $20 and $50 Reward Tiers):

8.5" x 11" Warrior Print!
8.5" x 11" Warrior Print!

13” x 19” Posters (Available at $30 and $50 Reward Tiers):

13" x 19" GLADIATOR Poster!
13" x 19" GLADIATOR Poster!
13" x 19" CAT GOD Poster!
13" x 19" CAT GOD Poster!
13" x 19" GENERAL Poster!
13" x 19" GENERAL Poster!
13" x 19" ASSASSIN Poster!
13" x 19" ASSASSIN Poster!


*International backers WILL need to add extra monies to their pledges to cover international shipping costs. This varies per country, so PLEASE inquire directly by messaging us before pledging, and we’ll get you an accurate amount!

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    A 13x19 POSTER of YOUR CHOICE (each pictured at left)!

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    WARRIOR! A signed copy of the Sketchbook, PLUS a 8.5x11 Print of the definitive Warrior sketch (pictured at left)!

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    GLADIATOR! A signed copy of the Sketchbook, PLUS a 13x19 POSTER of YOUR CHOICE (each pictured at left)!

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    BARBARIAN! A signed copy of the Sketchbook REMARQUED within by Gavin Michelli! (That means Gavin will illustrate and dedicate to you a UNIQUE pencil sketch on a designated interior page of the Sketchbook!)

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    WARLORD! Get it ALL! A signed copy of the Sketchbook REMARQUED within by Gavin! PLUS, you'll get ALL FOUR 13x19 Posters AND the 8.5x11 Print!

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    ASSASSIN! Go for the throat! The ORIGINAL ARTWORK for one of the sketches in the Sketchbook (our choice), PLUS a signed copy of the Sketchbook REMARQUED within by Gavin!

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    ANCIENT! 9x12 Full-Body, Black-&-White SKETCH COMMISSION by Gavin (your role-playing character or dream superhero...any character you like!), PLUS a signed copy of the Sketchbook!

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    BARD! Your comic or literary logo DESIGNED by Gavin, plus a signed copy of the Sketchbook!

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    CHAMPION! A 9x12 Full-Body Sketch of a single character of your choice by Arcana Studios artist, Amanda Rachels, COLORED by Gavin! PLUS, a signed copy of the Sketchbook!

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    DEITY! Become immortal! 9x12 Full-Body, Black-&-White SKETCH COMMISSION by Gavin (original, non-licensed characters ONLY), to be INCLUDED in the Sketchbook, along with accompanying poem by Kevin LaPorte and a photo & credit of the Backer, a 13x19 POSTER of your page, and FOUR SIGNED COPIES of the Sketchbook!

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    LIEGE! Gavin will provide coloring services for up to 8 finished pages of line art for your comic book story! PLUS, a signed copy of the Sketchbook!

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