Some of my favourite books are Alexandre Dumas's series the 'Three Musketeers', with the 'Man in the Iron Mask' being a particular favourite of mine. Starting Venezia, I wanted to capture some of that magic and, if possible, make it my own, if I could find a way. The result was something of a macabre creature, born out of a desire to explore the human psyche, our desire for vengeance against our need for justice. Where does that line begin? And how easy is it cross?
We can't explore those questions without you, so it's my hope and dream that you'll choose to come on this journey with us, and together we may just find some answers.
- Wolf Beaumont
Set in the 16th century of Venice, Italy, Venezia introduces us to a mysterious, masked, female vigilante with a tragic past. Wearing a red cape and hood, she dresses in leather and stalks the rooftops by night. The few who have seen her, talk of incredible speed and agility, a woman of magic they say. She carries no weapon in sight save taloned hands and feet, she dances through each battle, an elegant ballet of death. Her signature is always the same, a calling card as gruesome as her scenes of carnage. People call her the Mistress of Venice, and criminals tremble at her name.
For months now she has prowled the rooftops, killing criminals and corrupt city guards alike. Both live in fear of her masked presence, though few of them have seen her and survived. For some, she is becoming a symbol of justice, the divine hand of God.
What does she want? Why is she here? And who is behind the mask?
There's only one way to find out.
ABOUT THE SERIES
Venezia is an action packed, epic adventure, created and written by Wolf Beaumont with editing from Marco Della Verde. The pencilling & inking are by the talented Brian McCranie, with professional colouring from Omi Remalante Jr. with E.T. Dollman lettering. We also have Craig Hamilton (Aquaman, Sandman, Fables & Lucifer) painting the covers of each issue.
The story is told over a limited series of 4 volumes, each about 12 issues long, to be released in printed and digital format, with an average 20 pages to each issue. Paperbacks will be released of issues 1-4, 5-8 and 9-12 in digital and printed format along with a hardback release of the entire volume.
We pay fair prices to work with good artists and with the incredible art that we have and covers by Craig Hamilton, the production costs, including kickstarter, amazon & paypal fees, total to $4800 per issue. Our team will be producing Venezia on a full time basis, meaning both quicker delivery and higher quality art.
These prices are before we can even go to print. As a result, our first kickstarter is focused on selling #1 which we've been able complete out of pocket. We'd love to offer you more rewards focused on #2 however we would need to raise at least $4800 + the production costs of rewards already purchased, first. Can we make it happen? We're going to try!
We're asking for a smaller amount with our first kickstarter, because we want to gauge the public interest in our story. We're hopeful that we can raise enough to complete the whole of #2 with this kickstarter, however we're setting our sights lower, so that we can, at the very least, deliver a 5 page preview for your enjoyment.
#1 of Venezia has been written as a pitch book and is half the length of a normal issue, consisting of 10 story pages. It serves as a dramatic introduction for the protagonist, her past and her morality, with the beginnings of this vigilante's crusade coming into play.
With #2 we'll be exploring the other side of this mystery woman, the face in the crowd. How did she become this person, and where is it taking her?
Thank you for checking out Venezia, and even if you can't take part financially you can still help us tremendously by spreading the word to friends and family. Below you'll find a special preview of the first five pages from issue one, we hope you enjoy it.
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