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Even if your patients are demons, your job isn't always hell!
A young doctor seeks his calling in a garden of magic and danger.
Even if your patients are demons, your job isn't always hell! A young doctor seeks his calling in a garden of magic and danger.
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     "The Veligent" is a lighthearted fantasy story, suitable for older children and adults. It is full of animals; deep, well fleshed out characters; and a world rich in backstory and details. I have been writing about this world and its occupants since I was fourteen, and I am delighted to brag that virtually everyone who reads this story has fallen in love with it!

"The Veligent" will be a 152 page full color graphic novel.

  • a real offset printed book!!!
  • hard cover
  • comic size (6.625x 10.25 inches)
  • 152 pages
  • 85# gloss paper interior pages
  • full color
  • includes 20 pages of extra art and notes
  • YAY!!

     I've been creating fantasy art professionally for over forty years, starting with a successful line of art prints, and I'm still at it, with sculptures of dragons, griffins and other odd creatures produced by our company, Windstone Editions. I've always been passionate about animals, anatomy and biology -as well as comics!

     I live on a farm with my family and other assorted earthlings in beautiful Corvallis, Oregon, USA.

     This is the story of a beautiful, newly created world, Ayonah, a kind, but inexperienced creator deity, and his secret plan to save his world from disaster.

     It is also about Kade, a newly graduated young doctor as he pursues an elite medical career with the rank of "Field Veligent" – a military doctor of injured souls. His patients would include the local demons.

     Souls in this world are real physical things called "vels". They resemble colorful, fiery jellyfish.

Dr. Kade contemplates a vel.
Dr. Kade contemplates a vel.

     King Serence knows that handling the souls of demons is an extremely dangerous job. It requires years of training, great physical size and strength, supreme self defence skills, as well as a mature and disciplined mind...

     ...and it is obvious to the king that Dr. Kade has none of these traits.

King Serence has serious doubts about this new doctor.
King Serence has serious doubts about this new doctor.

     Although Kade's future career as a Field Veligent in the service of the king looks unlikely, this underestimated young doctor may be positioned for a much greater destiny!

Lord Ayonah (in the form of a Lion-Kirin), Dr. Kade, and his loyal assistant, Lady Podgerell. (Podge is a poad)
Lord Ayonah (in the form of a Lion-Kirin), Dr. Kade, and his loyal assistant, Lady Podgerell. (Podge is a poad)

     This book is part of my "Reptangle" series. The story continues with "Rue Day", the next book I am working on.

     You can read the whole web-comic on the Windstone Editions website here: The Veligent

Now, about poads...

     Kade's medical assistant, Podge, is a small but important character. She is a POAD. Poads are beaked, guinea pig sized creatures with many remarkable talents. I have hand painted lots of colorful poad figurines in several sizes as rewards for this Kickstarter!

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     Music for videos written and created by Griffin Alberti. The music for this video was made using cardboard, a mouth, and our glass mixing bowls. Totally amazing. Applause!

     The winged meerkats use "katspeak", so they're a little difficult to understand. They call Kade "KD". No is "NG". Yes is "YP!"

     Below is a description of other items included in the reward tiers:

     This sketchbook could have been a Kickstarter project on its own, but I am including it as a reward item for "The Veligent".

     This is a collection of sketches, reference stuff, ideas and whatnot that I made during the creation of "The Veligent". It will be printed in color, so although many sketches are graphite pencil and black ink, the colors will be rich and realistic.

  • 48 pages
  • soft cover
  • 6.625 x 10.25 inches
  • color
  • lots of unicorns and cows

     My original figurines are cast gypsum reproductions of my original sculptures. They are signed and painted by me, and produced by our own company, Windstone Editions.

Their eyes are kiln fired glass, and the wolf's horns are pewter.

     A "Grab Bag" edition is a batch of castings of the same sculpture that I have airbrushed and hand painted individually, so each one is unique. When you include a grab bag poad as one of your rewards, the exact  color of your poad will be a mystery until you open the box!

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"Poad" and "Reptangle" are trademarks of Melody Pena

What the funds will be used for

    The goal amount will cover printing, shipping, fulfillment  and miscellaneous costs of producing 1000 copies of "The Veligent" and a smaller print run of  " A Reptanglian Sketchbook". Any overflow in funds from this delicious pie will go toward costs associated with creating the sculpture rewards! 

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Add-ons

These are add-ons that can be included in some reward levels because they will fit in the box. Add the amount of the item(s) you would like to your pledge amount. You will need to remember what you included when you fill out the survey at the end of the campaign.

Risks and challenges

The art for this book is finished, the sketchbook is finished, most of the reward sculptures are finished, all that's left is to enjoy this successful Kickstarter, and raise the funds to print the books!

We are an established company that has been producing, selling and shipping my art for nearly four decades as Alberti Design and Windstone Editions.

We will be mailing the books and rewards from the mother ship at Windstone Editions, located in Oregon USA. Our mother shipping department is staffed, supplied, caffeinated and ready to pack and ship art.

That's what we do, every day. We got this!

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    Thank you for backing!

    If you don't want a reward, but just want to support my project, this is EXTREMELY valuable to me! THANK YOU SO MUCH for taking the time to visit and back this campaign! Pledges at any level are important because you will count as a backer!

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    Digital PDFs

    Digital pdfs of both "The Veligent" and "A Reptanglian Sketchbook" will be sent to you through email.

    Includes:
    • A PDF of "The Veligent" (includes extra art pages)
    • A PDF of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
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    THE REAL BOOK!! Plus the PDFs

    A physical hardcover copy of "The Veligent" + digital PDFs of "The Veligent" and "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"

    Includes:
    • A PDF of "The Veligent" (includes extra art pages)
    • A PDF of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
    • A copy of the real book "THE VELIGENT"
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    BOTH REAL BOOKS & PDFS

    A hardcover copy of the physical book "The Veligent", a softcover copy of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook", a PDF of "The Veligent", and a PDF of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"

    Includes:
    • A PDF of "The Veligent" (includes extra art pages)
    • A PDF of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
    • A copy of the real book "THE VELIGENT"
    • A softcover copy of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
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    Both books + PDFs & grab bag mini poad

    A copy of "The Veligent", a copy of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook", and a signed EXCULSIVE "grab bag" mini poad figurine that will only be available for this Kickstarter! A grab bag item is randomly selected. The exact color of the poad you receive will be a mystery until you open the box!
    (the mini poad may be shipped separately from the books)

    Includes:
    • A PDF of "The Veligent" (includes extra art pages)
    • A PDF of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
    • A copy of the real book "THE VELIGENT"
    • A softcover copy of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
    • A signed EXCLUSIVE "grab bag" mini poad
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    Both books + PDFs & Grab Bag baby poad

    A hardcover copy of the physical book "The Veligent" + a softcover copy of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook" + a signed, hand painted, grab-bag baby poad figurine. A "grab bag" is an item that is randomly selected. The exact color of poad you receive will be a mystery until you open the box!
    NOTE: People in the US can add some other poads from the add-ons menu (near bottom of this page) to this tier without any added shipping cost, because they will fit in the same flat rate box! If you would like more books, or baby, adult, or mini poads, add the amount listed on the add-on menu to your pledge amount.

    Includes:
    • A PDF of "The Veligent" (includes extra art pages)
    • A PDF of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
    • A copy of the real book "THE VELIGENT"
    • A softcover copy of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
    • A signed "grab bag" baby poad figurine
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    6 Copies of "The Veligent"

    Six copies of the hardcover graphic novel "The Veligent"

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    Both books & Horned Wolf figurine

    A hardcover copy of the physical book "The Veligent" + a softcover copy of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook" + a hand painted, signed figurine of "Sir Garlen" the horned wolf.
    NOTE: Add-on mini poads can fit in this shipping box with the wolf. If you would like to add a mini poad to you reward, add $35 per mini poad to your pledge amount, and request the mini poad(s) when you receive a survey in email .

    Includes:
    • A PDF of "The Veligent" (includes extra art pages)
    • A PDF of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
    • A copy of the real book "THE VELIGENT"
    • A softcover copy of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
    • A signed Sir Garlen, the horned wolf figurine
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    Both books + adult grab bag poad

    Hardcover copy of "The Veligent", a softcover copy of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook", and a hand painted and signed "grab bag" adult poad figurine. A grab bag item is one that is selected randomly. You will not know which color of poad you have until you open the box!
    NOTE: People in the US can add some other poads from the add-ons menu (near bottom of this page) to this tier without any added shipping cost, because they will fit in the same flat rate box! If you would like more books, or baby, adult, or mini poads, add the amount listed on the add-on menu to your pledge amount.

    Includes:
    • A PDF of "The Veligent" (includes extra art pages)
    • A PDF of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
    • A copy of the real book "THE VELIGENT"
    • A softcover copy of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
    • A "grab bag" adult poad figurine
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    Both books & "special" adult poad

    Hardcover copy of "The Veligent" + a softcover copy of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook" + hand painted and signed "special" adult "grab bag" poad.
    NOTE: People in the US can add some other poads from the add-ons menu (near bottom of this page) to this tier without any added shipping cost, because they will fit in the same flat rate box! If you would like more books, or baby, adult, or mini poads, add the amount listed on the add-on menu to your pledge amount.

    Includes:
    • A PDF of "The Veligent" (includes extra art pages)
    • A PDF of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
    • A copy of the real book "THE VELIGENT"
    • A softcover copy of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
    • A signed "special grab bag" adult poad figurine
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    Both books & set of a baby & adult poad

    Hardcover copy of "The Veligent" + a softcover copy of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook" + a matched set of an adult and baby poad, If you wish, you can request a color theme in the comment section, or let me surprise you!
    NOTE: People in the US can add some other poads from the add-ons menu (near bottom of this page) to this tier without any added shipping cost, because they will fit in the same flat rate box! If you would like more books, or baby, adult, or mini poads, add the amount listed on the add-on menu to your pledge amount.

    Includes:
    • A PDF of "The Veligent" (includes extra art pages)
    • A PDF of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
    • A copy of the real book "THE VELIGENT"
    • A softcover copy of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
    • A signed matching set of adult and baby poad figurines
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    Both books Wolf and adult poad

    Get both books, both PDFs, a Horned Wolf and an adult grab bag poad figurine.

    Includes:
    • PDF of "The Veligent"
    • A PDF of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
    • A copy of the real book "THE VELIGENT"
    • A softcover copy of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
    • A signed Sir Garlen, the horned wolf figurine
    • A signed "grab bag" adult poad figurine
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    ALL THE THINGS

    One of each type of reward!

    Includes:
    • A PDF of "The Veligent" (includes extra art pages)
    • A PDF of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
    • A copy of the real book "THE VELIGENT"
    • A softcover copy of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
    • A signed EXCLUSIVE "grab bag" mini poad
    • A signed "grab bag" baby poad figurine
    • A signed "grab bag" adult poad figurine
    • A signed "special grab bag" adult poad figurine
    • A signed matching set of adult and baby poad figurines
    • A signed Sir Garlen, the horned wolf figurine
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    The grab bag poad addict

    Both real books + all the "grab bag" poads we can fit an a flat rate box, so shipping is free to the US ! The best deal for a big box'o poads!

    Includes:
    • A PDF of "The Veligent" (includes extra art pages)
    • A PDF of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
    • A copy of the real book "THE VELIGENT"
    • A softcover copy of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
    • 10 signed "grab bag" mini poads
    • 3 signed "grab bag" baby poads
    • 3 signed "grab bag" adult poads
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    The poad variety pack

    A collection of the three types of poad reward types, and a big pile of mini poads! These will all fit in a flat rate box, so shipping to the US is free!

    Includes:
    • PDF of "The Veligent" (includes the extra art pages)
    • A PDF of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
    • A copy of the real book "THE VELIGENT"
    • A softcover copy of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
    • A signed matching set of adult and baby poad figurines
    • A signed "grab bag" adult poad figurine
    • 10 signed "grab bag" mini poads
    • A signed "special grab bag" adult poad figurine
    • 2 signed gb baby poads
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    MORE THINGS all at once!

    Includes:
    • A PDF of "The Veligent" (includes extra art pages)
    • A PDF of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
    • 5 copies of "The Veligent"
    • 2 copies of "A Reptanglian Sketchbook"
    • 4 signed "special grab bag" poad figurines
    • 3 signed "grab bag" mini poads
    • A signed "grab bag" baby poad figurine
    • A signed "grab bag" adult poad figurine
    • A signed matching set of adult and baby poad figurines
    • A signed Sir Garlen, the horned wolf figurine
    • A signed hand drawn 6x10 pencil sketch by Melody Pena
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