I want to make a book about yokai.
There are plenty of Japanese-language resources on yokai, but very few books about yokai exist in English. Most of these only deal with only a handful of common ones. Japanese folklore goes back thousands of years, and there are hundreds and hundreds of unique yokai.
The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons will cover a broad range of monsters, from human-like to bestial, adorable to disgusting, silly to terrifying. It will be an illustrated yokai bestiary, featuring one hundred monsters with full color illustrations and descriptions.
What will set this book apart from the others is the paintings. I am treating the entire book as a work of art, from cover to cover, and the illustrations are the primary focus. The Night Parade will be beautiful to hold and beautiful to flip through, and fun to show your friends. Each illustration will be accompanied by a page of text describing the habits and habitat of each yokai. Don't think of this as a simple book with text descriptions, think of it as an illustrated bestiary full of works of art.
How will I do this?
I have been collecting and translating obscure yokai stories from old Japanese books and from people who live in my rural town for a few years now. The book will be based one hundred of the yokai from these stories and translated myths. Each entry will feature a one-page description of the yokai and a one-page color illustration. The finished book will be just over 200 pages, and will be available in full-color paperback and digital editions. The paintings will be finished in late November, and the book should be complete close to the end of 2011.
As the work progresses, all of the backers will have access to updates that include the images, sketches, and previews of the text in the book. You can see a few examples on my website, however the backers of this project will have special access to additional updates which will not be visible outside of this page.
What is the money for?
I will be printing this book with Amazon's CreateSpace program, which allows authors to self-publish and print on demand. There are a number of fees involved, including acquiring an ISBN, getting proofs and reviews, setting up the file layout and printing, converting it into ebook format, and so on. In addition to the cost of creating the book with CreateSpace, the time involved in painting over 100 pictures, writing the text, and doing all of the layout and design myself has been massive. As I am self-publishing this title, I don't have a large print company to back me up or provide funding for this project, and that is why I am turning to your patronage for support. I am hoping to raise $2000, which should cover all of the costs involved with Amazon.
Thanks for checking out my project! I hope you'll become a part of it!
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