About this project
I am at work on the natural history-oriented graphic novel biography, "WILD MAN - The Strange Journey and Fantastic Account of the Naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller, From Bavaria to Bolshaya Zemlya (and Beyond)", currently serialized in the Fantagraphics quarterly comics anthology, MOME.
"WILD MAN" is a work-in-progress, with a little over 100 completed drawings, so far, and hundreds of new drawings forthcoming.
I was recently awarded a residency in Talkeetna, Alaska, to work on this project during the summer, and aim to raise $3000 by July 1, 2010 to cover supply costs, travel expenses and a field drawing expedition through the Aleutian Islands, where the subject of my biography traveled with the Second Kamchatka Expedition's return trip to Russia in 1741. Your support not only insures the success of "WILD MAN", it enables you to own an original drawing from the book, or art from the limited edition supplementary, "Beasts of the Sea".
Sample drawings and art can be viewed on my blog
and you can follow Steller's story beginning in the Summer 2009 Volume 15 of MOME, through to the current issue, with more episodes on the way. Check out this educational and rewarding project. Thanks!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $5 or more
You'll know that your contribution made "WILD MAN" a reality, your name will go into a drawing for a signed copy of any volume of MOME featuring one of the "WILD MAN" serials, and a signed copy of "Beasts of the Sea", a limited edition supplementary series of 4 letterpress prints featuring the marine mammals Steller observed while he was stranded on Bering Island.
Pledge $25 or more
One signed letterpress print from the "Beasts of the Sea", an illustrated supplementary series of prints featuring the four marine mammals (the Steller sea cow, the Steller sea lion, the northern fur seal and the sea otter) encountered by Mr. Steller.
Pledge $50 or more
12 backers Limited (28 left of 40)
One pair of signed letterpress prints featuring two animals which became extinct after Steller encountered them in the North Pacific during the winter of 1741-1742: the Steller sea cow (from the "Beasts of the Sea" series) and the (generally) flightless Pallas cormorant. NOTE: The Pallas cormorant print is only available through the $50 pledge and does not appear in the "Beasts of the Sea" supplement!
Pledge $100 or more
6 backers Limited (34 left of 40)
One signed copy of "Beasts of the Sea", a limited edition accordion fold-out "WILD MAN" supplement, featuring all 4 marine mammal prints and information about the aforementioned animals, plus a special acknowledgment on my antizerogravity blog.
Pledge $200 or more
3 backers Limited (27 left of 30)
One signed 5x8" original drawing from the graphic novel, "WILD MAN - The Strange Journey and Fantastic Account of the Naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller - From Bavaria to Bolshaya Zemlya (and Beyond)" by T Edward Bak.
Pledge $500 or more
0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)
One signed original watercolor drawing of any North Pacific marine animal. You tell me!
Pledge $3,000 or more
0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)
One signed Moleskine book filled with 40 original ink wash drawings from the first published chapter of "WILD MAN".
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