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The Pendragon Chronicles

A brand new comic project retelling the King Arthur legend with a fresh and unique voice

The Pendragon Chronicles

A brand new comic project retelling the King Arthur legend with a fresh and unique voice

$4,135
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, November 20 2019 11:23 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Shown with standard cover design

The Comic

King Arthur and his knights are legend.  Their stories have endured and inspired generations, but never before has the tale been told like this: full of dragons, fairies, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ!!

Welcome to The Pendragon Chronicles, a faith-based retelling of the legend you know.

If you've ever read the Old Testament of the Bible, you know that faith-based doesn't mean watered down and sissy.  It can be dark, graphic, gruesome.  Not gratuitous, but there will be blood.  Oh yes.  There will be blood.

We are targeting a middle and high school audience to give them something that they can enjoy and be proud to share with their friends, whether inside or outside of the church.  

Brought to you by author Joey Ruff (The Midnight Defenders series) and the incomparable artist Grace Holsten, The Pendragon Chronicles introduces a new take on familiar characters such as Merlin, the Lady of the Lake, and Uther Pendragon. You've heard of the Sword in the Stone...now learn where the legendary weapon came from.

The comic automatically comes with the standard cover (seen above), butlegendary artist and animator Tom Bancroft is contributing a variant cover for backers willing to pay a little extra.  The Bancroft cover will feature the character of Merlin.

But for the stretch goals, we've partnered with several other incredibly talented artists from animation, the internet, and comic book backgrounds that will contribute additional alternate covers. We aren't going to reveal all of our guest artists up front, so you'll have to help us unlock our goals to learn more.

Each variant cover will feature one of the five main characters, and unlocking them all will create one incredible, action-packed poster-sized image.

 The Characters 

Merlin

Merlin, in our story, is an angelic prophet.  He created the order of the Druids to watch over the world and keep its people safe.  But things have changed in his absence, and he must reenter the mortal realm to set events right again.

Merlin is shown here with his faithful Dire Wolf, Conan (a name that in Celtic means, "little wolf").  In the comic, Merlin and other angelic beings are able to communicate with animals, and the interaction between him and Conan is a constant source of humor and relief.  

Uther Pendragon

According to legend, Uther Pendragon is the father of King Arthur.  Our story begins here with him, before he has earned the title of Pendragon and become king.  This is ultimately his story, his victory.  This is the tale of how Uther and Merlin meet and how, together, they forge the Lightbringer...the weapon that is destined to become the Sword in the Stone.

Uther begins as a Roman soldier, part of the last legion stationed in the British Isles.  His love for his country, his fellow soldiers, and doing the right and noble thing sets him on a quest to rid the land from the evil that permeates every dark corner.  

The Lady of the Lake

The figure that legends know as The Lady of the Lake begins here as a Kelpie...a type of fairy that is able to assume the form of a horse.  She is a pacifist by nature, choosing to do good and bring healing, rather than harm and engage in war.  A friend and cohort of Merlin, she is the caretaker of Lyonesse. 

The Roman Villain

Flavius is a figure remembered in history books as the last commander of the Roman forces in the British Isles.  He goes on to claim the title of Caesar... and this is as much an origin story for him, as well.  Flavius and his men have become ensnared by a dark and ancient evil which drives them along on a mad pursuit. 

He finds a way to turn the righteous dragons against their initial design and utilizes them to his own dark purposes.  

The Dark Druid

As a member of the Druid order, Sionnach was trained by Merlin and taught the secrets of nature.  However, in Merlin's absence, Sionnach abused the gifts he was given and used the secrets for selfish gains, to prolong his own life at the expense of his soul and humanity.  While not a figure of history or legend, Sionnach becomes intricately linked with the legend as it unfolds here.

_______________________________________________________________Where Your Money is Going

This Kickstarter is for the 28-page first issue!   If this one is successful, you better believe there will be more story to tell.

1) Finishing the art - The script is written. The concept art is all around you, but the majority of our funding will go to paying Grace Holsten to produce the 28-page first issue.  

2) Production quality - Printing is expensive. High quality printing even more so, and we want something that you will be proud to own for years to come.

3) Overhead - Kickstarter fees, shipping and handling, webhosting... all those little, tiny things that don't seem like much but add up quickly.

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Who We Are

Joey Ruff

Author of the Midnight Defenders Paranormal Mystery series about monsters in the modern world. Joey's weird and wacky imagination saw the land of Camelot in a new light and this entire project sparked to life.  He's been a teacher, a youth leader, a father, husband, and friend whose passion for kids and entertainment comes together in a bold new way with this project.   

 His first novel is in the process of getting a new edit and a fresh coat of paint in order to find its way to your bookshelves in early 2020.

Grace Holsten

Grace boarded this project almost at the beginning, wielding her vision and style to bring the pages and characters to life in gorgeous detail.   A student of animation, she demonstrated a remarkable work ethic and has been a joy to work with. She's quickly become the best artist in the universe.   

 Grace is committed to doing art on this comic as long as you'll keep buying it and loving it!

Tom Bancroft

Our first guest artist is an accomplished animation veteran who saw early on the potential of what The Pendragon Chronicles could be and wonderfully joined his wagon to the caravan. Despite being one of the busiest, hardest working and most respected individuals in the industry, he's also one of the most down to earth and nicest people you'll ever meet.     

 If you've never heard the name, you probably know one of his most famous design accomplishments: a little red dragon in Disney's Mulan.  And artists know him as the creator of #MerMay.

Lobster Squirrel

Lobster Squirrel came onboard with his incredible style to do a backer-exclusive velcro patch.  When he isn't on Instagram, you can find him doing storyboards for a bevy of animated shows, like Marvel's Avengers Assemble and the upcoming Fast and Furious series from Dreamworks.  

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This comic is just the beginning of our faith-based and family-friendly offerings, but we need your help to make everything a reality.  Please also consider supporting us on Patreon.  

***As a Thank You for our supporters, all Patreon patrons (pledging a minimum of $5/month and pledging at least Kickstarter Tier 2) at the time of award distribution will automatically be bumped up to the next tier.  

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Kickstarter business hours are from 8-10AM, M-F.  Any questions asked will be answered during that time.  Questions asked after 10AM will be answered the following business day.

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STRETCH GOALS

 The initial goal is for a comic book with a full-color cover and black and white interiors.  You want a comic book in full color.  We want you to have a comic book in full color. Please help us unlock that first stretch goal so everyone gets what they want.  

You can see the difference is well worth it...      

 This is part two of the poster.  

Drawn by renowned artist and animator John Pomeroy (who brought the world such incredible films as The Secret of Nimh, An American Tail, The Land Before Time and Atlantis: The Lost Empire), this cover will feature the character of Uther backed by a dragon...in the style of cult-classic video game Dragon’s Lair (seen below).   

***Unlocking this cover will allow you to choose it as one of the comics in the following Reward Tiers:

The Guest Artist - The Uther - The Lady of the Lake - The Roman Legion - The Dark Druid***        

***For Style Illustration only - not a representation of the final cover***

  This is part three of the poster.

Internet sensation Laia Lopez will lend her incredible skills and beautiful style to bring our Lady of the Lake, Vivianne, and Conan the wolf to life against the demonic hordes!

***Unlocking this cover will allow you to choose it as one of the comics in the following Reward Tiers:

The Guest Artist - The Uther - The Lady of the Lake - The Roman Legion - The Dark Druid*** 

***For Style Illustration only - not a representation of the final cover***

 This is part four of the poster.

Scott Sirag, comic book artist for the long-running faith-based comic Archangels: The Saga, will illustrate the first villainous cover, showcasing -- as he does best -- the Roman general Flavius flanked by his demonic, zombie-like soldiers.

***Unlocking this cover will allow you to choose it as one of the comics in the following Reward Tiers:

The Guest Artist - The Uther - The Lady of the Lake - The Roman Legion - The Dark Druid***

***For Style Illustration only - not a representation of the final cover***

The final part of the poster!

He's worked in comics for decades, both with Marvel (Daredevil) and DC (Batman, Azrael, Wonder Woman, Flash).  You also know him from the Action Bible!  Now, Sergio Cariello is doing a cover with us!  The fifth and final cover will feature the off-the-wall, creepy-crawly villain, Sionnach, the dark Druid!

***Unlocking this cover will allow you to choose it as one of the comics in the following Reward Tiers:

The Guest Artist - The Uther - The Lady of the Lake - The Roman Legion - The Dark Druid***

***For Style Illustration only - not a representation of the final cover***

Special Thanks to...

Josh Martin at 2Hapas Studio. This guy shot, directed, and edited the video. He's my superhero.  If you need video work, this is the guy you want.

Cosmo Sheldrake and his management team for allowing us to use the instrumental track for "Come Along" in our video.

Jim Elston, the most giving artist I know. For all the annoying graphic tweaks and polishes you did without a single complaint.

Risks and challenges

Money raised from this Kickstarter will go to two major things: paying the artist to create the book and printing of the book. Grace has given me a 3 month turn-around time on the book, to begin production in January 2020. Once the book is sent to the printer, it will take them about two months to get the book back to us in order to add the autographs and get them sent out to all of you.

The biggest challenge is just asking for everyone to be a little patient with this process (myself included). The rest of the money will go to pay taxes and Kickstarter fees (the boring but necessary stuff).

You will have questions, and that's okay. Feel free to ask them. Hopefully we will have answers. However, as we're all busy, please note our Kickstarter business hours will be M-F, 8-10 AM, CST.

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