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The final volume of the acclaimed educational video project that teaches the art of graphic storytelling.

Kent, OH Comics
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Thanks to our amazing Kickstarter backers, we have successfully funded four volumes of P. Craig Russell's Guide to Graphic Storytelling!

A sample lesson video from Volume 4:

Each volume of the series is at least 90 minutes long—some have even longer running times—with essential learning experiences for both aspiring and experienced writers and artists, as well as anyone with a serious interest in the visual arts. All volumes are available as either region-free DVDs or DRM-free digital downloads.

We are currently seeking funding for what will be the fifth and final volume of the series, which will feature Craig's expert analysis of art by other comic-book greats—including Jack Kirby, Hal Foster, Al Willamson, Alex Toth, Will Eisner, Barry Windsor-Smith, Bernie Wrightson, Carl Barks, Bill Watterson, Jim Steranko, Robert Crumb and more!

Our final volume will also go beyond panel-to-panel storytelling and will explain effective composition, the use of white space, contrasts between black and white, different drawing techniques and much more.

This promises to be our most fun and fan-friendly volume yet!

If you love comics and comic-book art, please watch our campaign video and check out our amazing pledge rewards.

OUR FINE ART PRINT REWARDS:

P. Craig Russell holds his hand-colored original art for "Donner" and "Froh."
P. Craig Russell holds his hand-colored original art for "Donner" and "Froh."
Detail of "Donner" art
Detail of "Donner" art
Detail of "Froh" art
Detail of "Froh" art

ORIGINAL ART REWARDS FROM PREVIOUS CAMPAIGNS:

All P. Craig Russell original art commissions are made JUST FOR YOU! These are FULL-SIZED pieces lovingly rendered by the artist in pen and ink on a standard 11 by 17" comic art board. They are also stunning!
All P. Craig Russell original art commissions are made JUST FOR YOU! These are FULL-SIZED pieces lovingly rendered by the artist in pen and ink on a standard 11 by 17" comic art board. They are also stunning!
All P. Craig Russell original art commissions are made JUST FOR YOU! These are FULL-SIZED pieces lovingly rendered by the artist in pen and ink on a standard 11 by 17" comic art board. They are also stunning!
All P. Craig Russell original art commissions are made JUST FOR YOU! These are FULL-SIZED pieces lovingly rendered by the artist in pen and ink on a standard 11 by 17" comic art board. They are also stunning!
All P. Craig Russell original art commissions are made JUST FOR YOU! These are FULL-SIZED pieces lovingly rendered by the artist in pen and ink on a standard 11 by 17" comic art board. They are also stunning!
All P. Craig Russell original art commissions are made JUST FOR YOU! These are FULL-SIZED pieces lovingly rendered by the artist in pen and ink on a standard 11 by 17" comic art board. They are also stunning!
All P. Craig Russell original art commissions are made JUST FOR YOU! These are FULL-SIZED pieces lovingly rendered by the artist in pen and ink on a standard 11 by 17" comic art board. They are also stunning!
All P. Craig Russell original art commissions are made JUST FOR YOU! These are FULL-SIZED pieces lovingly rendered by the artist in pen and ink on a standard 11 by 17" comic art board. They are also stunning!
All P. Craig Russell original art commissions are made JUST FOR YOU! These are FULL-SIZED pieces lovingly rendered by the artist in pen and ink on a standard 11 by 17" comic art board. They are also stunning!
All P. Craig Russell original art commissions are made JUST FOR YOU! These are FULL-SIZED pieces lovingly rendered by the artist in pen and ink on a standard 11 by 17" comic art board. They are also stunning!
All P. Craig Russell original art commissions are made JUST FOR YOU! These are FULL-SIZED pieces lovingly rendered by the artist in pen and ink on a standard 11 by 17" comic art board. They are also stunning!
All P. Craig Russell original art commissions are made JUST FOR YOU! These are FULL-SIZED pieces lovingly rendered by the artist in pen and ink on a standard 11 by 17" comic art board. They are also stunning!

PREVIOUS VOLUMES:

Volume 1 examines sequences from SALOME, SIEGFRIED, THE SANDMAN, MURDER MYSTERIES, HUMAN REMAINS and more.
Volume 1 examines sequences from SALOME, SIEGFRIED, THE SANDMAN, MURDER MYSTERIES, HUMAN REMAINS and more.
Volume 2 examines sequences from THE SPIRIT, FABLES, TALES OF THE SLAYERS, DEATH IN VENICE, STORMBRINGER, CORALINE and SANDMAN: THE DREAM HUNTERS.
Volume 2 examines sequences from THE SPIRIT, FABLES, TALES OF THE SLAYERS, DEATH IN VENICE, STORMBRINGER, CORALINE and SANDMAN: THE DREAM HUNTERS.
Volume 3 examines sequences from THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG, THE JUNGLE BOOK, SANDMAN: THE DREAM HUNTERS and more.
Volume 3 examines sequences from THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG, THE JUNGLE BOOK, SANDMAN: THE DREAM HUNTERS and more.
Volume 4 examines art featuring ELRIC, THE SANDMAN, THE SPECTRE, THE GRAVEYARD BOOK and more.
Volume 4 examines art featuring ELRIC, THE SANDMAN, THE SPECTRE, THE GRAVEYARD BOOK and more.

ABOUT THE CREATORS:

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 Graveyard Book."

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. 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.

Risks and challenges

We have successfully funded four previous volumes of this educational video series—all on time without any significant problems or delays. We are confident that we can continue that winning streak with Volume 5—as long as we have the continued support of our valued backers!

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    A digital download of the all-new P. Craig Russell’s Guide to Graphic Storytelling Volume 5 video.

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    The all-new P. Craig Russell’s Guide to Graphic Storytelling Volume 5 DVD.

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    THE COMPLETE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD COLLECTION: Get ALL FIVE volumes of P. Craig Russell's Guide to Graphic Storytelling as DRM-free digital downloads! Digital downloads will be distributed via Vimeo.com and can be downloaded to keep and/or streamed via a variety of devices. All five volumes will be made available as rewards after the fifth volume is completed.

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    JUST THE PRINT: No DVDs or videos are included, but you do get to choose from ONE of TWO different P. Craig Russell fine art Giclée prints! Your choice of either "Donner" or "Froh" from THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG—beautifully reproduced from Craig's original hand-colored art. All fine art Giclée prints will be approximately 20″ high with a 2″ border on all sides (24" tall total). Our fine art Giclées are 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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    ONE PRINT PLUS THE VOLUME 5 DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: Your choice of either the "Donner" or "Froh" print PLUS a digital download of the all-new P. Craig Russell’s Guide to Graphic Storytelling Volume 5 video.

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    ONE PRINT PLUS THE VOLUME 5 DVD: Your choice of either the "Donner" or "Froh" print PLUS a DVD of the all-new P. Craig Russell’s Guide to Graphic Storytelling Volume 5.

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    THE COMPLETE DVD COLLECTION: Get ALL FIVE volumes of P. Craig Russell's Guide to Graphic Storytelling on DVD! All five volumes will be made available as rewards after the fifth DVD is completed.

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    THE COMPLETE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD COLLECTION PLUS ONE PRINT: Get ALL FIVE volumes of P. Craig Russell's Guide to Graphic Storytelling as DRM-free digital downloads PLUS your choice of either the "Donner" or the "Froh" signed fine art print.

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    JUST TWO PRINTS: No DVDs or videos are included—but you do get BOTH the "Donner" AND "Froh" fine art prints, personally signed by P. Craig Russell!

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    BOTH FINE ART PRINTS PLUS THE VOLUME 5 DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: Get the matched set of prints ("Donner" AND "Froh") PLUS a digital download of the all-new P. Craig Russell’s Guide to Graphic Storytelling Volume 5 video!

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    BOTH FINE ART PRINTS PLUS THE VOLUME 5 DVD: Get the matched set of prints ("Donner" AND "Froh") PLUS a DVD of the all-new P. Craig Russell’s Guide to Graphic Storytelling Volume 5!

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    THE COMPLETE DVD COLLECTION PLUS ONE FINE ART PRINT: Get ALL FIVE volumes of P. Craig Russell's Guide to Graphic Storytelling on DVD plus your choice of either the "Donner" or "Froh" signed fine art prints!

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    THE COMPLETE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD COLLECTION PLUS BOTH PRINTS: Get ALL FIVE volumes of P. Craig Russell's Guide to Graphic Storytelling as DRM-free digital downloads plus BOTH the "Donner" AND the "Froh" fine art prints, personally signed by P. Craig Russell!

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    THE COMPLETE DVD COLLECTION PLUS BOTH FINE ART PRINTS: Get ALL FIVE volumes of P. Craig Russell's Guide to Graphic Storytelling on DVD plus BOTH the "Donner" AND the "Froh" fine art prints, with the prints personally signed by P. Craig Russell!

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT: Get the matched set of prints ("Donner" AND "Froh") PLUS an "ASSOCIATE PRODUCER" credit with YOUR NAME that will run during the opening credits of the Volume 5 DVD! You will also get an "ASSOCIATE PRODUCER" credit on the back of the Volume 5 DVD packaging. We'll even send you 3 copies of the DVD so that you can impress your friends, family and colleagues! Only 3 of these credit rewards are available.

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    PRODUCER CREDIT: Get the matched set of prints ("Donner" AND "Froh") PLUS a "PRODUCER" credit with YOUR NAME that will run during the opening credits of the Volume 5 DVD! You will also get a "PRODUCER" credit on the back of the Volume 5 DVD packaging. We'll even send you 10 copies of the DVD so that you can impress your friends, family and colleagues! Only 2 of these credit rewards are available.

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    COMIC-SHOP SPONSORSHIP: Get the matched set of prints ("Donner" AND "Froh") PLUS a "SPECIAL THANKS TO" credit with THE NAME OF YOUR COMIC SHOP that will run during the opening credits of the Volume 5 DVD! We'll also include a link to your comic shop's website with your onscreen credit. You will also get a "SPECIAL THANKS TO" credit on the back of the Volume 5 DVD packaging along with a text listing of the URL to your website. We'll even send you 10 copies of the DVD (the Kickstarter reward maximum) so that you can impress your friends, family and customers! (PLEASE NOTE: This must be for a comics-related shop only. We reserve the right to reject any stores or links that we deem inappropriate).

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    ORIGINAL ART COMMISSION FROM P. CRAIG RUSSELL: Get the all-new P. Craig Russell’s Guide to Graphic Storytelling Volume 5 DVD, BOTH fine art prints . . . and an ORIGINAL 10 by 15” black and white illustration by P. Craig Russell! On a standard comic board, Craig will do a single character illustration of your choice of the following: Killraven, Doctor Strange, Elric, Siegfried, The Sandman, Batman, The Spirit, the Silver Surfer, Mephisto or Scarlet Witch—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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