Bronco Ink’s A.C. Brown looks to crowdfunding for help in publishing the graphic novel adaptation of Edith Nesbit’s classic short story collection, The Book of Dragons.
What is it?
The Book of Dragons is a 120-page black & white comics anthology adaptation of the much-beloved and influential children’s short story collection of the same title originally published in 1900. The book features eight different creative teams presenting their unique all-ages-friendly interpretation of the eight tales originally written by the English author and poet Edith Nesbit.
Check out the Kickstarter project’s fundraising campaign video below as well as sample pages from all eight stories:
Who is behind it?
The Book of Dragons comics anthology is edited by A.C. Brown, owner and publisher of the Bronco Ink Publishing firm. Bronco Ink’s notable previous releases include the bi-monthly digital comics magazine Off Registration and the English language edition of the controversial graphic novel Krantz by Argentina’s Horacio Lalia and Jorge Claudio Morhain. A.C. Brown is also an experienced freelance comics/manga letterer and production artist, and her past and current clients include Kodansha USA, Digital Manga Publishing, and Cyberosia Publishing.
The complete list of contributors to the anthology is as follows:
- Shawn Aldridge: Writer on GoGetters (from MonkeyBrain Comics), Vic Boone (from 215 Ink), among other titles.
- Scott O. Brown: Veteran letterer and comics writer and former proprietor of Cyberosia Publishing.
- Marc Bryant: Writer and co-creator of Shangri-La (published by Image Comics), Overtime (published by Cyberosia Publishing), among other titles.
- Thacher Cleveland: Writer of Summer of Sins: The First Winston & Churchill Collection (self-published) and one of the hosts of the Super-Fly Comics & Games podcast.
- Jonathan Clode: Co-editor of the World War I comics anthology To End All Wars.
- Mal Jones: Artist on the Cyberosia Publishing graphic novels Overtime and Revolving Hammer as well as District Comics: An Unconventional History of Washington, DC (published by Fulcrum Publishing).
- Charles Webb: Nerdist contributor and editor for FreakSugar.com who has previously worked as a writer and narrative designer for Ubisoft and Microsoft.
- Kathryn Frizzell: Freelance artist whose work whose work has appeared in The Absentee (published by Inverse Press.
- Lori Lapomardo
- John Audrey Portilla: Colombia-based artist who has worked for various Colombian and Spanish studios and publishers.
- Russell Hossain: UK-based freelance artist whose previous clients include 2000AD Magazine, The Mill, and Passion RAW.
- Amberin Huq: UK-based freelance artist whose work has appeared in Stew magazine and has most recently created work for the children’s theater production ‘When Spring Comes’.
- Ricky-Marcel Pitcher: UK-based comics writer whose work has appeared in the UK comics anthologies FutureQuake and Murky Depths.
- Daniel Govar: The anthology’s cover artist’s most notable previous work is writing and illustrating Azure for DC Comics’ now-defunct Zuda Comics imprint.
How much money does it need and when does the fundraising campaign period end?
As of this writing, the Book of Dragons fundraising campaign has received pledges adding up to the amount of $1,255—just a little under 36% of its $3,500 goal—with 18 days left in its campaign period. The fundraising period ends on Friday, 08 August 2014, 7:33 PM PDT. The Book of Dragons will be delivered only if the minimum $3,500 goal is pledged before the end of the fundraising period.
Where will the crowdfunding contributions go?
A detailed breakdown of where contributions will be funneled is unavailable at this time, although the campaign creator assures backers that creation of the actual content is finished, with only minor editing, production, and prepress work left to do.
What are the rewards and benefits for backers?
- $5: A thank you mention in a future issue of Off Registration + subscription to Off Registration + The Book of Dragons bookmark + The Book of Dragons stickers
- $10: Digital copy (PDF or CBZ format) of The Book of Dragons + A thank you mention in a future issue of Off Registration + The Book of Dragons bookmark + The Book of Dragons stickers (International backers who want to save on shipping can opt not to receive the bookmark and stickers)
- $25: Trade paperback copy of The Book of Dragons + Digital copy of The Book of Dragons + A thank you mention in a future issue of Off Registration + The Book of Dragons bookmark + The Book of Dragons stickers
- $37 (comics shops only): Five (5) trade paperback copies of The Book of Dragons + a full page ad in a future issue of Off Registration
- $40: Hardcover copy of The Book of Dragons + Digital copy of The Book of Dragons + The Book of Dragons poster + A thank you mention in a future issue of Off Registration + The Book of Dragons bookmark + The Book of Dragons stickers
- $125: Hardcover copy of The Book of Dragons + A second hardcover copy of The Book of Dragons with a variant cover + A trade paperback copy of The Book of Dragons + Digital copy of The Book of Dragons + The Book of Dragons poster + A thank you mention in a future issue of Off Registration + The Book of Dragons bookmark + The Book of Dragons stickers
Additional rewards at the $150 and $250 level include a handcrafted beaded dragon figure and the opportunity to have artist John Andrey Protilla illustrate your original four-page story for publication in a future issue of Off Registration. Check out the campaign page for more backer reward and stretch goal details.
How can I support the project?
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