Hello, my name is Tyler Walpole.
I am an entertainment-industry artist, creating illustrations, concept art, and storyboards for some of the most popular franchises in the world for the last 15 years. Some of my clients include Marvel Studios, Blizzard Entertainment, DC Comics, Warner Brothers animation, and Wizards of the Coast. Some of you may also know my work for the Dresden Files card game, Paizo’s hit RPG: Pathfinder, or from the dozens and dozens of comic book covers I have created.
What am I making?
Over the last few years, between freelance illustration gigs, I have been slowly developing my own urban-fantasy story setting, called: Blood of Dragons. And now, I’m asking your help to bring the first art book in the series into the world.
Blood of what now?
Blood of Dragons is an urban fantasy setting in which Dragons have conquered many different worlds. They are now trying to make their way to modern-day Earth, but a secret society of Mages and Mystical Warriors are fighting to keep them at bay. It is a world full of magic, martial-arts, machine guns, and Dragons.
Still Listening? Here’s the plan:
I’m ready now to Kickstart the first art book in the series, Blood of Dragons: Prelude. This book will compile all of the finished illustrations, as well as dozens of sketches, design notes, and some writing that explains more about the setting. Depending on the stretch goals we hit, the book will run somewhere between 100-120 pages.
I’ll need some time to wrap up the writing and lay out the book, while juggling some freelance through the end of the year. I expect to send the book to press by the end of January and have them in my hands and ready for delivery by the end of March.
Most of the artwork for this project is complete. I’m asking you to help me fund the printing and distribution of the first book. If we can meet even the minimum goal, that will allow me to print the books and deliver them by early spring.
Yes! Jim Butcher is Writing the Forward!
Over the last few years I’ve been lucky enough to become friends with one of my favorite writers. A writer whose work really helped solidify my love for the Urban Fantasy genre and whose lectures on storytelling have given me a better understanding of the craft: Jim Butcher. Jim was generous enough to agree to write the foreword for my first book (cue nerdgasm)!
Wait! There’s more!
I’ve told you that I have a story setting. What I haven’t mentioned so far is that I also have a story that takes place in the world of Blood of Dragons! I intend to invest the majority of the profit from this venture in my own time, so I can create an online comic to share with you. My favorite stretch goal is to deliver the opening scene of the comic to you as a part of this first book. So, with a little luck, you’re not just Kickstarting another art book, you’re Kickstarting an entire universe.
Risks and challenges
The risks involved in this campaign are pretty low.
Like I said in the video, most of the artwork is complete. The exception to this would be the comic pages and character bios. I will start in on those if we hit the stretch goals that unlock them. And because most of my life is full of freelance illustration gigs right now, I also still have to do most of the writing. And honestly, this book is mostly about the art, so the writing is going to consist of about 15 essays about the finished illustrations, and a sentence or two about the various sketches that will be included in the book. I plan to work on those tasks a little every day between now and when I plan to send the book to the printer at the end of January.
The other hurdle that I will need to overcome is the fact that I have never published a book on my own before now, so I haven't dealt with the ins-and-outs of printing, storage and distribution. But, with 15 years of experience in the gaming industry, I have dozens and dozens of relationships with people that do this sort of thing from day to day. I will definitely be leaning on their expertise during the printing and distribution phase of the project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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