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CA$ 2,842
pledged of CA$ 19,000pledged of CA$ 19,000 goal
44
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 22 2016

About


"The thing about things is that things never stay the same..."

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The Project

VVV TRILOGY is a group of illustrated novels that can be read in ANY order you choose to read them in.  Pretty cool right?

The books are surreal, science fiction/dark fantasy genres. Big motifs include the plague, plague doctors, red flowers, white noise and television screens. The books are rather dark in nature but that's the cool part isn't it? The main character is a sarcastic mute kid with bird feathers for hair and a habit of getting himself into the worst situations which are sometimes funny and other times somewhat terrifying.

The Goal of this Kickstarter? To get the funds to be able to print this trilogy (and an assortment of little goodies too!).

Here is a bit of a cost-breakdown for the kickstarter!

  • Soft Cover Printing  -- $13,800
  • Kickstarter fee -- ~$700
  • Credit Card Fees -- ~$700
  • Shipping -- ~$3,000
  • The rest?? Wiggle room!

A lot of these numbers have been rounded up from the original cost in order to maintain a buffer for the project should I be wrong on any of these counts (or things happen because things always happen!)

I intend for the printer for this project to be a local place in Montreal known as Caius du Livres.  They are an excellent place and I've only had really good service with them (they are also very fast which is awesome).

However, should the project be funded further than the goal Print Ninja's calculations were used to determine the hardcover stretch goal. They are a very reliable company who has fulfilled kickstarter orders before!  The project is in good hands all the way!


The Trilogy

Without giving too much away here is a breakdown of the three novels involved:

Violas is a novel about a young boy struggling with great hardships, from parental divorces, kidnapping to rigorous testing that is starting to give him feathers for hair and black blood.

Violins is a novel about a boy with bird feathers for hair who is harassed by various individuals seeking to use his magical strength and strong intellect for creating small machines.

 Violoncellos is a novel about a man with bird feathers for hair who has lost everything, is destroying the lives of many others and struggling with the toughest choice he has ever had to make.

'But gosh why are these covers so dark??' You might be wondering and here I am to show you my intents!

I intend to print these books with a fancy spot-gloss cover so that the design plays a little bit of secret role in the whole thing! Cool right?

 

This is only one of the orders you can read the books in but here are pretty much all the other possibilities you CAN read them in:

The way it was edited: Violas > Violoncellos > Violins

The initial order they might have been in: Violins > Violas > Violoncellos

The order it was initially written in: Violins > Violoncellos > Violas

The beta-reader order of choice: Violoncellos > Violas > Violins

The complete reverse-chronological: Violoncellos > Violins > Violas

The Rewards

While these books are fine and dandy, kickstarters come with a lot of fancy other shenanigans! Here are some examples of the rewards I'm offering (other than the books themselves)! 

 These designs are near-final with only a possible colour palette change!

 A group of 5x7 prints in black and white using concept artwork of the books that I have acquire over time!  Backers get a final vote as to what the official prints will be!

 A group of limited edition zines originally printed for SPX and brought back here for fans who want a taste of some of the concept artwork that went into the creation of the official illustrations in the books themselves!  These will all be numbered and signs by yours truly and will NOT be reprinted!

 A 5x7 moleskine sketchbook with a custom cover of YOUR choice!  Anything you want, back cover, front cover, both covers.  I will design it the way you want it and you get to use it after for whatever your heart desires!

 Original illustrations of bust shots of most of the characters that are going to be in the books!  All illustrated on paper approximately 6x7 inches in size.  These illustration swill serve as small character bios in the books themselves!

 Illustrations on 8x10 inch illustration boards of 40 official full page illustrations to be seen in the books!  You could own one of the originals!

 12 plague doctor masks created using clay baked an a kiln.  For real.  I made these 7 years ago around the same time I was writing the first draft of Violins so the quotes written on them are all quotes from the original manuscript! (How big are they?  WELL the base (where the eyes are) is about the size of your hand!)

Finally, this notebook is about 2 years old and has all kinds of concept work inside it including character designs, choices I made along the way, buildings, thumbnails, rough sketches.  The whole kit n kabootle!

 If anything above strikes your fancy or the project itself is something you think you might be into then please spread the word!  Pledge!  Help make my dream at a first publication come true!!

The Project Status

The estimated delivery date is August 2017. But the optimal delivery date for the books themselves is May 2017.

The project is currently completely written out and the beta readers have read the stories and given me feedback on how to make them better.  Violas has been adjusted/edited and is now currently being proofread by my editor for any grammar & spelling mistakes.

The illustrations are in the process of being worked on as you are reading this as my inktober challenge!  Since they are all going to be in black and white and I'm very comfortable inking I thought it would be pretty fitting to do it that way!

I'll be posting those on my instagram and twitter as they are being completed but I will also be posting those images in groups on the kickstarter here as 'updates'!

This sounds like a lot of work but so far everything has fallen into place and is going according to plan.  The August deadline gives me a lot of wiggle room for error!  Of course if the project gets done sooner I will be shipping out much sooner!


The Stretch Goals

More details about each goal will be announced as we get closer to the main goal!!

 A group of 5-7 pin designs will be made available for all tiers $20+!

 All tiers with a physical copy of the book will now be hardcover & the titles will be spot-foil!

 A book containing all the work in progress artwork and various snippets of text and information that didn't make it into the official versions of the three books.  I will also explain why certain things were changed and how they changed throughout the course of 7 years INCLUDING some development work for animated shorts/a potential film that was going to be developed for the project.

 

The Artist

Hello folks! I'm J.Kiakas (theJokingWallflower online) and I am a storyteller based in Montreal, Canada and I dabble in many many mediums! I've studied and graduated with a major in Film Animation though I'm currently sorting out my love for comics, illustration and writing!

While you might know me for my films: The Suitcase & Quirk OR my current projects: Badmouth & the Myth about Myths, this project here is my baby and has been in the works (on and off) for 7 years! For those interested this story follows the life of a character you will meet in the Ouverture of Badmouth.

Risks and challenges

Like with any kickstarter there are some possible risks and challenges that come with this whole thing.

The project requires proofreading and book design which could take some time, I feel, that I've given myself enough time to complete this project to meet the deadlines I provided.

I know often Real Life can get in the way of things but should anything drastic come up that would deter the process I will definitely provide communication when need be!

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    The Plague Doctor Mask is a small ceramic mask, a piece of a sculpture I was making at the same time I was writing the first draft of Violins. They all have quotes inscribed on them from the original draft too.

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