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Early H.P. Lovecraft proto-Cthulu story adapted using fever dream-like sequential storytelling and housed in a beautiful hardcover book
Early H.P. Lovecraft proto-Cthulu story adapted using fever dream-like sequential storytelling and housed in a beautiful hardcover book
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UPDATE 3-6-15 --> EVERY COPY OF THE DAGON OBELISK SLIPCASED EDITION NOW COMES WITH A FREE KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE "THE THING BELOW" PRINT!

UPDATE 3-6-15 --> EVERY COPY OF THE DAGON BOOK NOW COMES WITH A FREE KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE BOOKMARK!

UPDATE 2-11-15 --> THE DAGON BOOK HAS BEEN UPGRADED 50% FROM 48 TO 72 PAGES!

UPDATE 2-11-15 --> EVERY COPY OF THE DAGON BOOK NOW COMES WITH A FREE H.P. LOVECRAFT PORTRAIT PRINT!

DAGON is a short story written by H.P. Lovecraft in July 1917 and one of his earliest published works. The story is the testament of a tortured, morphine-addicted man who plans to commit suicide over an incident that occurred early on in World War I when he was a merchant marine officer. It's an amazingly powerful and visceral story whose concepts and creatures directly connect to Lovecraft’s later and far more famous Cthulhu works.

DAGON will be adapted and drawn by Ben Templesmith, New York Times best selling comic book artist who is Co-Creator of 30 DAYS OF NIGHT with Steve Niles and FELL with Warren Ellis, as well as Creator of WORMWOOD: GENTLEMAN CORPSE, THE SQUIDDER, and WELCOME TO HOXFORD. This story has preoccupied and haunted Ben since he first read it 20 plus years ago, a time before he’d published any of his own work or knew that he ever would.

DAGON will be a limited run 8.5x12" 48 page (BOOK NOW UPGRADED TO 72 PAGES) hardcover graphic novel. We're also offering a slipcased "OBELISK" edition of DAGON that we think is going to be awesome! The OBELISK edition includes:

  • an exclusive book cover
  • an exclusive slipcase cover
  • embossed, numbered, and signed bookplate

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of H.P. Lovecraft. He has been a huge influence on so many writers and artists, including Ben. DAGON was the first H.P. Lovecraft story that Ben ever read, and it has been his dream to be able to adapt DAGON in a graphic novel format, to be given a large amount of space to control pacing and truly convey the mood and depth within the tale while having complete design and production control of the book in creating a real experience. It finally feels like the right time to try and do this.

So for this Kickstarter, we’re asking you to help make this possible!

3-6-15 UPGRADE --> Every copy of the DAGON OBELISK edition will now come with this FREE 8.5x11" "The Thing Below" print that'll be embossed and signed by Ben!!

The Thing Below
The Thing Below

3-6-15 UPGRADE --> Every copy of the DAGON book, whether it's the regular hardcover edition or the slipcased OBELISK edition, will now come with this FREE DADON bookmark!!

DAGON bookmark
DAGON bookmark

2-11-15 UPGRADE --> Every copy of the DAGON book, whether it's the regular hardcover edition or the slipcased OBELISK edition, will now come with this FREE 8.5x11" portrait print of H.P. Lovecraft that'll be embossed and signed by Ben!!

H.P. Lovecraft looks good for being 125!!
H.P. Lovecraft looks good for being 125!!

CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS!

We're running this Kickstarter where the pledges don't simply accumulate one after another, but where the pledges are specifically created to get you more of exactly what you want!

So always feel free to email us through Kickstarter if you have any questions, are interested in upgrading your pledges, or if you have any requests for new/different pledges. We are here to help you in any way that we can!

SHIPPING INFO & RETURN POLICY

All pledges have U.S. shipping and handling already included!

International backers, please add additional stated amounts in each pledge for international shipping and handling to either Canada or everywhere else in the world. We did a country-by-country breakdown of the packages and approximate weights to determine this average amount.

To add the extra amount: When you select your pledge, a box will pop up displaying your current total pledge amount with the options for shipping outside the United States.

All sales are final. Packages may be insured by your request, and all claims for damaged packages/goods must be made with the shipping carrier.

PLEDGE ITEM DESCRIPTIONS

Here are descriptions and images for the items in each of the pledges. Contact us if you have any questions!

* FISHNCHIPS - KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE PRINT!

8.5x11" signed/embossed FISHNCHIPS paper print by Ben Templesmith. This is a Kickstarter exclusive print and will be limited to the total number of pledges here. The image goes edge-to-edge on this print!

* LANDLUBBER - KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE PRINT!

8.5x11" signed/embossed LANDLUBBER paper print by Ben Templesmith. This is a Kickstarter exclusive print and will be limited to the total number of pledges here. The image goes edge-to-edge on this print!

HERE'S WHAT THE TWO PRINT IMAGES LOOK LIKE TOGETHER!

The prints have been designed so that if you pledge for both prints, then they may be placed side-by-side seamlessly into one large image with an overall size of 17x11" for framing!

* DAGON HAND SILKSCREENED T-SHIRT

100% cotton pre-shrunk t-shirt available in ALL men's/women's sizes. These t-shirts are silkscreened by hand here in our studio and you can get either a black or green shirt! We will ask for your size, cut, and color through a survey.

* THE SQUIDDER KILL EM ALL HAND SILKSCREENED T-SHIRT

100% cotton pre-shrunk t-shirt available in ALL men's/women's sizes. These t-shirts are silkscreened by hand here in our studio and you can get either a black or green shirt! We will ask for your size, cut, and color through a survey.

* 44FLOOD BOOK PACKAGE FROM BEN TEMPLESMITH!

Did you miss out on Ben's past book projects at 44FLOOD? We have a $111 pledge that will get you the DAGON, LUST, and THE SQUIDDER hardcover books plus you'll get the LIBRETTO Volume 1: Vampirism book! And all books will be signed by Ben!

* ULTRA-LIMITED HAND-PAINTED SLIPCASED EDITION!!!

THIS ONE IS AMAZING!!! You'll get an ultra-limited DAGON painted slipcased edition where Ben will paint an original piece of art DIRECTLY ON the slipcase itself! Your book will truly be a one-of-a-kind piece of art! The medium used for the painting will be chosen by Ben and the subject he chooses will be based on the story.

* ORIGINAL ART FOR FISHNCHIPS PRINT - SOLD!!!

Done with pen/ink and ink wash on 8.5x11" card stock and signed by Ben.

* ORIGINAL ART FOR LANDLUBBER PRINT - SOLD!!!

Done with pen/ink and ink wash on 8.5x11" card stock and signed by Ben.

BLUBBERMAN - original art
BLUBBERMAN - original art

* ORIGINAL ART PIECE "BLUBBERMAN"

Done with ink/watercolor on 8.5x11" paper and signed by Ben.

THE THING BELOW - original art
THE THING BELOW - original art

* ORIGINAL ART PIECE "THE THING BELOW"

Done with ink/watercolor on 8.5x11" paper and signed by Ben.

KILL EM ALL T-SHIRT DESIGN - original art
KILL EM ALL T-SHIRT DESIGN - original art

* ORIGINAL ART PIECE FOR "KILL EM ALL" T-SHIRT

Done with ink on 8.5x11" paper and signed by Ben.

OPEN WIDE - original art
OPEN WIDE - original art

* ORIGINAL ART PIECE "OPEN WIDE"

Done with ink/watercolor on 11x17" card stock and signed by Ben.

SQUID QUEEN 2 - original art
SQUID QUEEN 2 - original art

* ORIGINAL ART PIECE "SQUIDQUEEN 2"

Done with ink/watercolor on 11x17" moleskin paper and signed by Ben.

Q&A

When will books, prints, and other pledges be shipped? 

- Each pledge has an estimated shipping date listed under its description. The DAGON books have an estimated shipping date of September 2015. If you buy prints with the book, then they will ship together. However, if you only buy prints, then they will ship in April 2015.

Can I add more items to my pledge?

- Yes! We want you to get exactly what you'd like! After choosing your pledge, message us through Kickstarter (click the "Ask a question" button on the bottom of this page) letting us know what items you would like to add. We'll let you know the additional cost and how to upgrade your pledge.

Can I change my address for shipping? 

- Once the time comes to start shipping, a survey will be sent out asking for your current address. We do this right before shipping to make sure we have your current address.

If you have any additional questions please click the "Ask a question" button on the bottom of the page, and we'll get back to you shortly.

Risks and challenges

Everything in developing this book is being kept in-house by me as much as possible, such as the art scanning, book design, editing, and project management. I've used the printing company before to make another art book, but the fact is you never know if there will be issues or even delays at the printer. I'll do my best to keep you up-to-date if there are delays and give the reason why. For pledge fulfillment, my studio has been involved in several other Kickstarter campaigns, so I’m confident my studiomates and assistants will be ready to handle this as best and quickly as possible.

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    DAGON hardcover book + the awesome CTHULU package which includes:

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    Ben Templesmith's 44FLOOD book package! You’ll get:

    * DAGON hardcover
    * LUST hardcover
    * THE SQUIDDER hardcover
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    All books will be signed by Ben!

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    DAGON hardcover book + the ultimate OLD ONES package which includes:

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    * THE SQUIDDER KILL EM ALL shirt
    * an original squid ink with color painted sketch by Ben
    * your name on the THANK YOU page in the book

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    * your name on the THANK YOU page in the book

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    Original art, "Blubberman" + your name on the THANK YOU page in the book!

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    Ultra-limited painted edition of the DAGON slipcased book!!

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    Get a piece of original art that was published in DAGON + slipcased OBELISK edition of DAGON + your name on the THANK YOU page in the book! For this pledge, Ben will personally choose a piece from the book to send you!

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    Original art for FISHNCHIPS print + slipcased OBELISK edition of DAGON + your name on the THANK YOU page in the book!

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    You get to choose an original art page from DAGON!

    Once the book is completed, a private link will be sent to you with 15 hand-selected art pieces from which to choose. This link will be sent out in the order of pledges received here.

    You also get a DAGON slipcased OBELISK edition + your name on the THANK YOU page in the book!

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    Original art "Squid Queen 2"

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