While we have reached our campaign goal, you can still help us reach our STRETCH GOALS and help us to deliver the comic book sooner!
Stretch Goals: If we go above and beyond our goal, it will greatly affect the production of this and future comic books. At 200% ($11,250) the comic book will be delivered 1-2 months sooner. At 300% ($22,500), 2-3 months sooner and we will begin production on the second issue of the series.
The Comic Book: In the midst of the 9th century a small remote monastic community lives independently from the world atop a rocky island off the coast of Ireland. Life on the island is extremely difficult and few men are admitted to join. Most are turned away upon arrival.
Finnian, a fiery and adventurous young eighteen year old boy from the mainland, rebelliously leaves a monastic school with the intention of joining the monks on the distant isle.
What happens next is most unexpected and through a series of mysterious events the young boy is caught up into an adventure he never thought possible.
THE LAST MONKS OF SKELLIG MICHAEL is an ongoing comic series that explores the radical life and exciting adventures of the ancient monastic community on the famous island. It is aimed at both teen and adult audiences. In creating this comic book a great emphasis was put on crafting an engaging story while matching it with equally stunning visuals.
The Creative Team: Writer Philip Kosloski and artist Michael LaVoy are teaming up to bring you THE LAST MONKS OF SKELLIG MICHAEL. Philip Kosloski is a writer well known for his accessible articles on topics of spirituality and Church history at Aleteia.org as well as his best selling non-fiction book (The Last Monks of Skellig Michael) upon which this project is based. Michael LaVoy is an up-and-coming artist known for his stunning Living Sparks of God coloring book for kids.
Jim Fern will be designing the cover artwork and is an active adviser on this project, ensuring a quality comic book. Jim became an inker for Marvel in 1983, working on various Spider-Man titles. He later started penciling as a fill-in artist on titles such as Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men Annual #13 (where he co-designed and drew Jubilee in her first story), Transformers, and Wolverine. Fern also started working with DC Comics as an artist on such titles as Legion '90, Adventures of Superman, Batman, Detective COMICS, and co-created the series Scarlett. He is also co-creater and designer for Crossing Midnight with Mike Carey published by DC’s Vertigo line. In addition to his comic book work, Jim has worked as a Walt Disney World artist for the Disney Design Group.
John Webber is a former animator with Walt Disney Feature Animation. He worked as a ruff animation artist for Pocahontas and Hercules as well as a character animator for Mulan, Lilo and Stitch, Brother Bear and other Disney films. John is currently the Associate Chair of the animation department at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). John is an adviser on this project and assists with story development among other things.
Kickstarter Campaign: Money raised during this campaign will go directly into production costs for the first issue of the THE LAST MONKS OF SKELLIG MICHAEL series, as well as the fulfillment of the many rewards. You will only be charged if we hit our target goal. If the campaign is successful, we will dive right into production and work hard to complete this amazing comic book so that you can have it in your hands in a very short time.
Here are some samples of the work that has already been completed:
Companion Non-Fiction Book for Rewards
T-Shirt for Rewards
Symbolism of the Logo
The words are surrounded by the famous “Celtic knot,” a symbol of eternal life. Going down the middle of the knot is a Celtic sword, symbolizing the desire of the monks on Skellig Michael to be “soldiers of Christ,” who “put on the armor of God” to defeat the dark forces in this world. It is topped by the symbol of the Trinity, reminding us that it is by God’s power that Satan is defeated. The sword is also a reminder of the sword of Saint Michael the Archangel, for whom the island is named after and upon which there is a ancient church dedicated in his honor. The logo is green in honor of Ireland as well as the "green martyrdom" that the monks sought after on this island.
Risks and challenges
Having experience running successful Kickstarter campaigns, we are confident that we will be able to deliver a quality comic book on time. As we are producing this comic book on our own, there is a slight risk that sickness or other major life events could delay production. However, we have factored even that into the expected timeline, so we do not believe that will be an issue.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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