I’m Valya Dudycz Lupescu, author of the novel The Silence of Trees, and together with artist Madeline C. Matz, I’m here to talk about our new project, the fairy tale comic Sticks and Bones.While working together on The Silence of Trees, Madeline and I discovered a shared Eastern European ancestry (she’s Lithuanian American, and I’m Ukrainian American), as well as a love of comics and graphic novels. Seeking to explore and bring to life some of the mythological creatures that made cameos in my novel, we decided to work together on a comic that explores issues of home, roots, identity, and sacrifice.
Home Is Where the Hearth Is tells the story of Yaroslav, a displaced house spirit in America looking for a new home. At its heart, this is a fairy tale about love and transformation, and the sacrifices we make to find our place in the world.
Our 24-page comic will be beautifully illustrated with fully painted pages by Madeline in a style that echoes the art of Czech Art Nouveau painter Alphonse Mucha.
Fully painted means that each page will be done by traditional painting rather than being colored ink drawings or digital images. This process is time consuming for the artist, but the results are beautiful.
Madeline will start with small thumbnails in ballpoint and then use pencil drawings and digital rendering to create a rough underpainting that is printed out onto bristol board. Next she’ll paint in acrylics, and this is where the image comes into focus. Changes and adjustments are made as needed, and in the end, the final image is executed entirely in paint.
We decided to use kickstarter to fund our first issue as a way of connecting directly with you--our audience. By becoming a backer and pre-ordering this beautiful comic, you can help us to raise the $3,500 will need for production costs, printing, shipping, and some special incentives for backers. We’re hoping to bring the comic with us to San Diego Comic Con in 2012, as well as to World Con 2012 in Chicago.
We plan to have the complete PDF by April or May 2012. By donating just $1, you’ll be able to follow our progress on our special Kickstarter Backer’s Blog where I’ll post updates and sketches.
Thank you all for checking out our project, and we hope that you decide to contribute and spread the word about Home Is Where the Hearth Is!
Valya Dudycz Lupescu & Madeline Carol Matz
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