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Prehistoric big cat Ratha gets her own graphic novel, 30 years after she first lifted her torch.
Prehistoric big cat Ratha gets her own graphic novel, 30 years after she first lifted her torch.
200 backers pledged $6,974 to help bring this project to life.

Funding Successful!

Posted by Sheila Ruth (Imaginator Press) (Creator)

Thanks to you, our friends and fans, the Ratha's Creature Graphic Novel Kickstarter project was a success! Not only did we meet our funding goal, but we raised a thousand dollars over the goal, which is a good start towards raising enough for a print edition. I know that many of you would like to see this book in print, so we're going to be exploring options for raising the rest of the money needed for a print run. But for now, the graphic novel is a go!

Chart from Kicktraq.com, a great site for information and statistics about Kickstarter projects.

So what happens now? 

The team has already rolled up our collective sleeves and started work. Over the next month, we'll be finishing up the character reference sheets and working on layouts and initial drawings, working from the storyboards that Clare Bell has already completed.

Once the character reference sheets are completed, we can start preparing the clan cat pins and the Giclee prints, for those who selected those rewards.We'll be sending out surveys to all backers to get the information needed for fulfilling your rewards.

We anticipate that the art will take approximately a year to complete, after which we will still have work to do to prepare the book. We are planning for a Fall, 2014 release date. I know it will be hard to wait that long, but all backers have a "backstage pass," and we'll continue to send you updates and sneak peeks at what we're working on as we go along.

One additional great thing that came out of the Kickstarter project is the way in which the Ratha fan community really pulled together. I feel like we're friends now, a real community, and not just isolated individual fans. I'd like to find a way to maintain that spirit and that sense of community.

It also really highlighted what we already know--Ratha fans are a talented bunch. The talent that came out in support of the project was staggering, from the music written by the Bard in Green to the many pieces of art posted in support of the project.

Jessica Alvis issued a challenge to artists early in the project: to post a new artwork every day with a link to the Kickstarter project, to help spread the word. A number of artists responded, and I've assembled an amazing and diverse selection of Ratha art in a DeviantArt gallery. If you haven't taken a look, or you haven't looked recently, please take a few minutes to peruse the art at http://bit.ly/10KzZrF

I have enjoyed looking at and sharing your artwork, and I hope to be able to continue sharing and highlighting your art to share it with the community.

Thank you again to all of you for your blog posts, tweets, journals, art, music, pledges, comments, signal boosts, and general cheerleading. We really truly couldn't have done it without you. Clare Bell posted this message, which I think really sums it up.

Wow, my head is still spinning from the exciting finale of the Ratha Graphic Novel Kickstarter. We went about a $1K over our goal, and will be able to at least explore options for print. If there is anyone I haven't thanked for backing the project, or supporting it in other ways, let me do it now.

I have had this dream for many years, and now it's coming true. Get out there and celebrate your awesomeness, because, friends, readers, and Ratha fans, YOU DID IT!

I want to leave you with a few pieces of art that were posted at the end of the project:

Ratha's Challenge - UnNamed by ~synnabar. Source here: http://bit.ly/153hT2D

3D Rendering of Thakur (work in progress) by Jana Johnson. Click here to see it: http://bit.ly/15sguUd

Ratha Challenge final - Mruthula by *viergacht. This is a painting by Lew Lashmit of Jessica Alvis' original character, done as a thank you to her for creating the Ratha Challenge. Source here: http://bit.ly/15sh1p7

With much gratitude,

Sheila Ruth

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