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A limited edition art portfolio, featuring all-new illustrations of Dan Brereton's pulp noir horror heroes, the Nocturnals!
A limited edition art portfolio, featuring all-new illustrations of Dan Brereton's pulp noir horror heroes, the Nocturnals!
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The Nocturnals Art Portfolio by Dan Brereton
The Nocturnals Art Portfolio by Dan Brereton

THE NOCTURNALS ART PORTFOLIO

This Kickstarter project seeks to fund a high-quality Nocturnals Art Portfolio, collecting a group of recent illustrations, reproduced as 11x14 full-color plates. Doc Horror, Halloween Girl, the Gunwitch, Polychrome and the rest of the cast from the acclaimed crime/horror series are all here.

It all started with a love of the medium.

“I’ve always been fascinated with the portfolio format. My love of the illustration portfolio goes back to the days I would head to my local comics shop after school and gaze lovingly at the signed Frank Frazetta and Berni Wrightson portfolios from the 1970s- the presentation, the beautifully reproduced art, printed larger than any book or comic page, was a real treat. I treasure my small collection to this day and have daydreamed about the right project to one day produce my own.”


ALL NEW PAINTINGS

That day has arrived. After a short sabbatical from ongoing work to produce the next Nocturnals graphic novel (a follow-up to 2017’s Nocturnals: The Sinister Path) Dan has produced a number of new, never-before-published paintings. All are larger than an original page of comic art, affording the artist more room to explore and create, free of the boundaries of normal comics storytelling and cover art.

Two separate editions, each signed and numbered, are being produced for this Kickstarter project :

Classic Edition Prints
Classic Edition Prints

The Classic Edition

The Classic Edition Portfolio comes in an illustrated envelope, holds FIVE full-color plates on beautiful quality 100lb coated cover stock, ONE monochromatic plate, a hand-signed and numbered cover sheet, and an artist’s profile sheet.

Classic Sketched with 7x10 Sketch Plate
Classic Sketched with 7x10 Sketch Plate

The Classic Sketched

-The Classic Sketched Edition is a limited signed subset including a special one-of-a-kind 7x10 sketch plate hand-drawn by the artist.

Master Edition Giclée Prints and hand-drawn Sketch Plate
Master Edition Giclée Prints and hand-drawn Sketch Plate

 The Master Edition

A Kickstarter exclusive, comes in a decorative box,  with an illustrated interior pocket enclosing ONE monochomatic and SIX full color giclée  printson Cold Press Watercolor Cotton Rag Fine Art Paper. Each giclée in the master edition comes hand-signed by the artist. A one-of-a-kind 11x14 hand-drawn sketch plate is included with each Master Edition. Also included is a signed cover sheet and artist's profile sheet.

Master Edition Box with Cover sheet and Artist Profile
Master Edition Box with Cover sheet and Artist Profile

The Classic Sketched Subset

will include a  7x10 hand-drawn plate. the plate will bear the same design sigil as its companion plates, for a beautifully integrated look.

CLASSIC SKETCHED 7x10 SKETCH ( example)
CLASSIC SKETCHED 7x10 SKETCH ( example)

 The Master Edition

includes a special 11x14 plate hand-drawn by the artist. the plate will bear the same design sigil as its companion plates, for a beautifully integrated look.

Master Edition 11x 14 Sketch Plate (example)
Master Edition 11x 14 Sketch Plate (example)
MASTER EDITION 11x14 SKETCH PLATE (example)
MASTER EDITION 11x14 SKETCH PLATE (example)



The Master Watercolor Subset

A very limited number of 11x14 hand-painted watercolor plates supplants the sketch plate in the boxed Master Edition in the Master Watercolor reward. The Artifact and Trove rewards include a Watercolor Plate.

Master Watercolor 11x14 hand-painted plate ( example)
Master Watercolor 11x14 hand-painted plate ( example)
Watercolor  Reward Example
Watercolor Reward Example
Watercolor Reward Example
Watercolor Reward Example
Digital  PDF Sketchbook
Digital PDF Sketchbook

'NOCTURNALS: THE SINISTER PATH SKETCH COVERS' Digital Sketchbook 

A 50-page digital art book collecting Dan's best sketches and watercolors from the Sinister Path Sketch Cover edition of 2017. A link to download the PDF version of the book will be made available only a few weeks after the campaign's end.

All Backer Levels at $15 and above will receive this Reward.

Once the campaign ends, funds take from 3-4 weeks to be processed by Kickstarter At this point, our printer will begin production and Dan will start drawing! The art and design work are all in place, so turnaround will be relatively rapid. Those rewards which include hand-drawn sketch plates will naturally require more time. Since our printer is also our fulfillment outfit, we're counting on a smooth road from production to shipping, around 60 days, with sets including original art around 90 days.

WHO ARE THE NOCTURNALS?

The Nocturnals are a band of monster hunters who have learned to function as a family while living on the outskirts of society, in a world where crime and the supernatural often intersect.  

They are :

DOC HORROR - fearless and somewhat feral leader, scientist, adventurer, loathed by crooks and monsters alike.

HALLOWEEN GIRL aka EVENING - charming, upbeat and spooky, Eve talks to the ghosts living in her toys and lives every day like its Oct 31st.

THE GUNWITCH-  silent, deadly and undead, a gun-slinging revenant with two things in mind: protecting Eve and pulverizing Evil.

POLYCHROME- formerly a furious and vengeful wraith, now a sylph-like friendly ghost.

STARFISH- Gun-toting amphibian, teenage femme fatale and queen of sea monsters.

THE RACCOON- raised in a lab on a steady diet of crime magazines, when 'Cleanhands' got too big to keep caged, he became a notorious underworld scourge.

FIRELION-  former martial arts police instructor, died and resurrected as a pyrotechnic nightmare with a flaming sword.

NYX- member of the monstrous and misunderstood Hemlock Clan, offspring of witch and robber-baron aristocracy.

JAMMYBOTTOMS- son of Nyx, a shy, uncanny shape-shifting creature who subsists on ectoplasmic beasties.

The Nocturnals have appeared in comics, stories and graphic novels, RPG game and more since 1994. Dan was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Painter for his work on the first mini-series in 1995, and has attracted a loyal base of readers over more than two decades. The latest graphic novel NOCTURNALS: THE SINISTER PATH was funded on Kickstarter and saw publication in 2017. Its available through your local comics shops or directly through the publisher, Big Wow Art, as well as the first Nocturnals collection.

Dan is currently working on the next NOCTURNALS Graphic Novel, an as-yet-untilted follow-up to THE SINISTER PATH.

Dan Brereton is the award-winning artist and creator of the monster/pulp/noir comic book series, NOCTURNALS. Along with creator-owned titles like GIANTKILLER. THE PSYCHO and THE LAST BATTLE, Dan has worked for most major comic book publishers on titles such as BATMAN: THRILLKILLER,  JLA, PUNISHER, GOD-SIZE THOR, VAMPIRELLA, RED SONJA, LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT and countless more . Dan published his fourth art book, in 2014 Enchantress, his third with Publisher Big Wow Art and first funded through Kickstarter. Since then, Dan and Steve have continued to create more successful projects on Kickstarter, including the NOCTURNALS: THE SINISTER PATH graphic novel, and last Fall's IN THE NIGHT STUDIO art book. Dan also created the monster girls trading card set CREEPING FLESH with SideKick Labs on Kickstarter. He's currently working on the next NOCTURNALS graphic novel. Dan lives with his family in Northern California. 

Find Dan on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Find more books by Dan at bigwowart.com

Dan Brereton
Dan Brereton

 We're not comfortable resting on any measure of success without an effort to improve and enhance the experience and value of the project. To that end we offer Stretch Goals- the first of which was unlocked only hours after we launched! Check out the extras we now have in store!

ADDED 3/23!

NOCTURNALS MICRO-ANTHOLOGY!

 The Nocturnals always have a story to tell, a yarn to spin, a saga to continue. This project is no different.  We're honored and thrilled to announce that now there's an actual story behind every picture, by a different acclaimed author! A single-page story now accompanies each plate in the MASTER EDITION.  Each Author is not only very familiar with the Nocturnals stories, their long-time affinity for the characters shines through in each captivating effort.

Micro-Anthology Author Bios
Micro-Anthology Author Bios
Classic with Added Stretch Goals
Classic with Added Stretch Goals
Classic_ Sketched with Added Stretch Goals
Classic_ Sketched with Added Stretch Goals

Risks and challenges

Extremely low risk for this project, as each edition will be done in small runs, so the goal is kept lower. Although each edition will not exceed 300, digital printing means an ability to do smaller runs while maintaining high quality. This is the 6th successful kickstarter project Dan's been involved with: Enchantress Art Book, Nocturnals: Sinister Path Graphic Novel, Mercenary Art Book, Creeping Flesh Wax Pack Trading card Set ( by Sidekick Labs), In The Night Studio Art Book.

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    NOCTURNALS DIGITAL SKETCHBOOK

    'NOCTURNALS: THE SINISTER PATH SKETCH COVERS' is a 50-page, full color digital PDF art book featuring Dan's favorite drawings and watercolors from the 2017 Sinister Path Sketch Cover Edition.

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    Nocturnals Art Portfolio CLASSIC EDITION

    The Classic Edition comes in an illustrated envelope, holds FIVE full-color plates on beautiful quality and sturdy 100lb cover, ONE monochromatic plate, a SIGNED and numbered cover sheet, and an artist’s profile sheet.

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    CLASSIC EDITION- SKETCHED

    The Classic Edition comes in an illustrated envelope, holds FIVE full-color plates on beautiful quality and sturdy 100lb cover, ONE monochromatic plate, a SIGNED and numbered cover sheet, and an artist’s profile sheet. Includes an additional 7x10 plate, with hand-drawn one-of-a-kind Original Art Sketch signed by the artist.

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    MASTER EDITION- SKETCHED

    The Master Edition comes in a decorative box, containing an illustrated interior pocket enclosing SIX full color giclée prints and ONE monochomatic giclée print. Each giclée in the master edition comes hand-signed by the artist. A one-of-a-kind 11x14 hand-drawn Original Art Sketch plate is included with each Master Edition. Also includes a signed and numbered cover sheet and artist's profile sheet.

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    THE COMPLETIST - SKETCHED

    Receive one of each the CLASSIC and boxed giclée MASTER Editions portfolios. This includes the 11x14 Original Art Sketch plate in the Master Edition.

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    MASTER WATERCOLOR - ORIGINAL PAINTED ART

    You'll receive one boxed giclée MASTER Edition with an 11x14 one-of-a-kind, hand-painted and signed Original Watercolor plate instead of the sketch plate.

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    THE ARTIFACT

    You'll receive one boxed giclée MASTER Edition with BOTH 11x14 Original Art Sketch plate and 11x14 Original Watercolor plate.

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    THE TROVE

    You'll receive the CLASSIC SKETCHED EDITION with the 7x10 Original Art Sketch plate, as well as the boxed giclée MASTER EDITION, with both 11x14 Sketch and 11x14 Original Art Watercolor plate. As a bonus, the artist will also sign the box.

    Please Note: While the Artist reserves preference for Nocturnals character subject, Dan will probably not do the same character twice in one Trove reward, and will take requests into consideration.

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