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A continuation of the educational video project that teaches the art of graphic storytelling, also known as “comics.”
A continuation of the educational video project that teaches the art of graphic storytelling, also known as “comics.”
143 backers pledged $15,046 to help bring this project to life.

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The purpose of the project is to increase the awareness of comics as a serious art form, and to teach processes and techniques that assist in the creation of effective graphic storytelling.

P. Craig Russell's Guide to Graphic Storytelling Volume 4 will be dedicated almost exclusively to lessons from Craig's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, making the DVD a fantastic companion piece to the eagerly-awaited graphic novel. Please watch our campaign video at the top of the page for more information on The Graveyard Book adaptation (with previously-unseen preview art), the Guide to Graphic Storytelling Vol. 4 DVD, and our amazing Volume 4 pledge incentives.

Our first three volumes have all been successfully funded thanks to our amazing Kickstarter backers. You can see a sample lesson video from Vol. 3 by clicking on the following:

If you missed out on any of our previous volumes, the Graphic Storytelling Vol. 4 Kickstarter campaign includes both DVD and digital "catch-up packs" to get you up-to-date on ALL FOUR volumes. Each video or DVD has a 90-120 minute running time, so you'll receive hours of insight from a master artist—essential inspiration for both aspiring and experienced writers or artists, as well as anyone with a serious interest in the visual arts. Want the stunning print, too? Both "catch-up" pledge levels also come with options to get the new Graveyard Book fine art Giclée!

Want to go for an Associate Producer or Producer credit on the Volume 4 video itself? Or one of the sought-after original art rewards? All of those pledge levels come with a Volume 4 DVD and the fine art print! 

We've tried to cover all of our bases to satisfy our valued long-time backers and any new friends who are discovering this project for the first time. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

And thank you for both your time and your support!

P. Craig Russell took his original art from the cover to The Graveyard Book, did some additional drawing on the piece, then lovingly hand-colored it so that we can offer it—sans logo and credits—as a beautiful fine art Giclée print.
P. Craig Russell took his original art from the cover to The Graveyard Book, did some additional drawing on the piece, then lovingly hand-colored it so that we can offer it—sans logo and credits—as a beautiful fine art Giclée print.
A PCR original art reward from a previous Graphic Storytelling DVD campaign.
A PCR original art reward from a previous Graphic Storytelling DVD campaign.

The instructor is award-winning writer/artist/illustrator P. Craig Russell. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in painting, Russell has run the gamut in comics. After establishing a name for himself at Marvel on Killraven and Dr. Strange, he went on to become one of the pioneers in opening new vistas for this underestimated field with, among other works, adaptations of operas by Mozart (The Magic Flute), Strauss (Salome) and Wagner (The Ring of the Nibelung). His more recent work includes comic book adaptations of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and The Dream Hunters

A graduate of Kent State University with a degree in communications and film, Wayne Alan Harold has over two decades of experience in independent film and video. His documentary—Night Music: The Art of P. Craig Russell—has had public screenings at The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus. Harold is currently working with Russell on a series of educational DVDs that teach the art of graphic storytelling. He is also the founder of the Kent Comic Arts Fest (KentCAF), an educational, cultural and social event dedicated to the art of graphic storytelling.

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    DIGITAL CATCH-UP PACK: Digital download of the all-new P. Craig Russell’s Guide to Graphic Storytelling Volume 4 video, PLUS digital downloads of ALL THREE previous Guide to Graphic Storytelling videos. Four different videos in all!

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    JUST THE PRINT: No DVDs or videos included, but you do get the P. Craig Russell Graveyard Book fine art Giclée print. All fine art Giclée prints will have an image area of approximately 15″ high x 10″ wide (the same as the original art) with a 2″ border on all sides. Total print size (with the borders) will be approximately 19″ high x 14″ wide. This fine art Giclée is printed with archival UltraChrome inks on 100% cotton acid-free rag paper. All prints will be personally signed by P. Craig Russell and they will ship out in a sturdy mailing tube.

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    DVD CATCH-UP PACK: The all-new P. Craig Russell’s Guide to Graphic Storytelling Volume 4 DVD, plus the first three DVDs in the series. Four different DVDs in all!

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    The all-new P. Craig Russell’s Guide to Graphic Storytelling Volume 4 DVD, PLUS a P. Craig Russell Graveyard Book fine art Giclée print. All fine art Giclée prints will have an image area of approximately 15″ high x 10″ wide (the same as the original art) with a 2″ border on all sides. Total print size (with the borders) will be approximately 19″ high x 14″ wide. This fine art Giclée is printed with archival UltraChrome inks on 100% cotton acid-free rag paper. All prints will be personally signed by P. Craig Russell and they will ship out in a sturdy mailing tube.

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    DIGITAL CATCH-UP PACK + THE FINE ART PRINT: Digital download of the all-new P. Craig Russell’s Guide to Graphic Storytelling Volume 4 video, PLUS digital downloads of all three previous Guide to Graphic Storytelling videos. Four different videos in all! You'll also get the fantastic new Giclée print!

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    The all-new P. Craig Russell’s Guide to Graphic Storytelling Volume 4 DVD, the Graveyard Book fine art Giclée print PLUS a VIP ticket to the Kent Comic Arts Fest in Kent, OH on October 19, 2013! Craig will be presenting a special LIVE Graphic Storytelling Master Class at KentCAF and there will also be a special release panel featuring the artists of The Graveyard Book. Your VIP ticket provides easy access to the KentCAF Guest Alley & Marketplace plus admittance to ALL KentCAF Kiva programs. Your VIP ticket also includes admittance to Saturday night’s exclusive VIP Party—where VIP ticket holders can enjoy food and refreshments and socialize with our guest creators. The VIP Party is for adults only (21 and over), so you must be at least 21 to choose this reward. Ticket holder is responsible for all other costs to KentCAF (travel, lodging, etc). More information on KentCAF 2013 guests and programming is at http://www.kentcomicartsfest.com.

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    DVD CATCH-UP PACK + THE FINE ART PRINT: You'll get the all-new P. Craig Russell’s Guide to Graphic Storytelling Volume 4 DVD, plus the first three DVDs in the series (four different DVDs in all). You'll also get the fantastic new Giclée print!

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    The all-new P. Craig Russell’s Guide to Graphic Storytelling Volume 4 DVD, the Graveyard Book fine art Giclée print, plus TWO VIP tickets to the Kent Comic Arts Fest in Kent, OH on October 19, 2013! Craig will be presenting a special LIVE Graphic Storytelling Master Class at KentCAF and there will also be a special release panel featuring the artists of The Graveyard Book. Your VIP tickets provide easy access to the KentCAF Guest Alley & Marketplace plus admittance to ALL KentCAF Kiva programs. Your VIP tickets also include admittance to Saturday night’s exclusive VIP Party—where VIP ticket holders can enjoy food and refreshments and socialize with our guest creators. The VIP Party is for adults only (21 and over), so you must be at least 21 to choose this reward. Ticket holders are responsible for all other costs to KentCAF (travel, lodging, etc). More information on KentCAF 2013 guests and programming is at http://www.kentcomicartsfest.com.

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    The all-new P. Craig Russell’s Guide to Graphic Storytelling Volume 4 DVD, the Graveyard Book fine art Giclée print PLUS an "Associate Producer" credit with YOUR NAME that will run during the opening credits of the Volume 4 DVD! You will also get an "Associate Producer" credit on the back of the Volume 4 DVD packaging. We'll even send you 9 extra copies of the DVD (10 copies in all) so that you can impress your friends, family and colleagues!

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    The all-new P. Craig Russell’s Guide to Graphic Storytelling Volume 4 DVD, the Graveyard Book fine art Giclée print PLUS a "With Generous Support From" credit with YOUR NAME that will run during the opening credits of the Volume 4 DVD! You will also get a "With Generous Support From" credit on the back of the Volume 4 DVD packaging. We'll even send you 9 extra copies of the DVD (10 copies in all) so that you can impress your friends, family and colleagues!

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    FOR COMIC SHOP RETAILERS ONLY: A "Special Thanks To" credit with your comic shop's name and web address will run during the opening credits of the Volume 4 DVD! You will also get a "Special Thanks To" credit with your comic shop's name and web address on the back of the Volume 4 DVD packaging. We'll even send you 9 extra copies of the DVD (10 copies in all—the Kickstarter limit) so that you can impress your friends, family and colleagues!

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    The all-new P. Craig Russell’s Guide to Graphic Storytelling Volume 4 DVD, the Graveyard Book fine art Giclée print PLUS an ORIGINAL 10 by 15” black and white illustration by P. Craig Russell (rendered on 11" by 17" comic art board). Craig will do a single character illustration of your choice of the following: Killraven, Doctor Strange, Elric, Siegfried, The Sandman, Batman, The Spirit or the Silver Surfer—or you can allow Craig to choose the character and/or subject (which we heartily recommend). Craig does not accept commissions, so this is a rare chance to get an amazing piece of original comic art.

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