[[UPDATE: Due to complications with Kickstarter and approval of the project, the launch will now be delayed until Friday the 11th of January. It’s like a fine wine - the longer you wait, the better it is!]]
What a very happy New Year to all you. I trust you had a good one, and a good Christmas too!
So it looks like we all survived the apocalypse, and another year has waltzed its way into our lives. In all honesty, I’m looking forward to 2013. I had big plans in 2012, big dreams too, and I’m happy to say that I believe I exceeded all of them. Well it wouldn’t do to just sit back and plateau with 2013, now would it? With 2013 my plans are even bigger and even bolder. I am plotting some serious things, and I’m not intending to waste any time in making them happen either. So, welcome, 2013, welcome. Let’s start you off with a bang :)
As some of you may know, one of these plans has been to turn The Written, Book 1 of The Emaneska Series, into a graphic novel. Yes indeed. Now, I’ve been threatening this for some time now. I’ve always had it in the back of my mind that The Written, and the rest of the Series, would make a great graphic novel or comic. After all, I pretty much wrote it from that perspective, from a very visual angle. The fight scenes, the magick, the sweeping, stark landscapes and the bustling, vibrant cities. I’ve been dreaming of it for a long time.
I dabbled with this last year, but was inundated with SHELF HELP and Dead Stars, so it took a back seat. However, in November, I decided it was time. I found myself an artist, and a great one at that, and since December, we’ve been working towards launching a Kickstarter project, and finally forging a Written graphic novel. Oh yes. You should see the maniacal grin on my face.
So enough talk. I’m sure you want to see some of the concept art? Of course! Well it's staring you right in the face, at the top of this page! Have a look if you haven't already. I know. I also require a towel.
So why Kickstarter? (If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter or crowd-funding, then you can investigate here!) Well, Mike and I need to fund the design and the artwork. We also need to fund the publishing, the distribution, and also printing of copies, not only for you fine people, but for bookshops, reviewers, and for marketing. That’s why we’re looking to raise an initial £5000. We would love to raise more, of course, but that’s our bare minimum for getting the project done. But, the more we raise, the more we can achieve! Artist Mike will also be creating a mobile app – an enhanced ebook version of the graphic novel which will allow you to move around the frames and panels that completely changes the whole reading experience. The more funds we raise, the quicker this can happen, and the better it will be.
The great thing about Kickstarter, and crowd-funding in general, is that it’s not charity. Crowd-funding is collaborative. It’s symbiotic. It depends on other people as much as the project itself. That’s why I think that anyone who helps me should get something amazing in return. It’s karmic. So for this project I’ve made sure that the rewards are very comparable with the pledges. It’s why I’ve made sure that from the lowest level to the highest level, everybody who pledges gets their name featured in the dedication in the graphic novel, and on this website too. When you think that it will be available all over the world, that’s a pretty amazing thing! The other rewards just keep on getting better as well – signed copies, Farden bottle-opener keyrings, badges, stickers, exclusive prints and postcards, Skyping with me and Mike, signed original artwork, and bespoke short stories. Not only that, but copious amounts of free books and eBooks are also up for grabs! Spoiling you lot rotten.
Unlocking the Stretch Goals mean even more rewards. For instance, if we reach £6000, rewards start to include eBook copies of Pale Kings or Dead Stars, across the board. £7000, and even more books get handed out. £8000, and everybody gets a copy of the mobile app. I cannot wait to get this project started!
And that’s the crux of it. Crowd-funding a project like this makes everybody winners, from the project owners to the people who invest. It’s about time I did this graphic novel, about time I had a stab at it, and I can’t think of a better way to do it than with Kickstarter. I’m really looking forward to seeing how it pans out.
In the meantime, let me bribe you with some more concept artwork, exclusive as of today!
And that’s all from me, for now anyway. The Kickstarter project, named – Emaneska: The First Graphic Novel, will be going live on Friday the 11th of January, and it will be live for 50 days! Please do spread the word and tell your friends. Trust me, the rewards are more than worth it. Once the project starts, it’s over to you. As always, I deeply appreciate any and all help. Hopefully 2013 will be the year of the first Emaneska graphic novel.
More soon on the progress with Dead Stars, and also more snippets from the books themselves!
Take it easy,