West Virginia natives Blake Wheeler and Jason Pell met while working the electronics department at Toys R Us and became good friends. They are now working on a comic project together called Season’s End and looking to Kickstarter for funding.
Season’s End will be a horror/fantasy story in hardback form mixing prose with paintings in a non-traditional graphic novel way. Creating something new in the medium.
“The world has grown dark and magic has become tainted and dangerous. A young man, Mimdal, is the last living priest that can perform the miracles of old. He and his protector, the soldier Adrielle, are enlisted to find out why the gods have fallen silent. Along with the brutish Dunlari and his savage captive, Grib, the dark wizard Falhern, and Lidderly, the secretive bard, they seek the terrible truth.
The new gods have come.”
The story is a character driven tale. Each character has their own story that will unfold in the book. You can read about the main characters on the Kickstarter page. It blends with Blake’s unique artwork. He did the paintings, title, and even the borders for each chapter himself. The two of them working for nearly two years on this so far.
The are looking for money to cover printing, shipping, and taxes. About $8 thousand for printing, $2 thousand for shipping the books, $16 hundred for taxes and t-shirts. For a total of $11,600.
Rewards for the helping them out . $15 gets you a PDF of the story and a special wallpaper for you computer. $25 gets you a hardback copy of it. $35 gets you a signed copy plus an original sketch. $50 you get all the previous levels plus a t-shirt. $85 you get a framed piece of the original art used in the book with all the other items; limit of 15. $100 is for comic stores, you get eight signed copies of the book with a poster to promote the book. If your store is two hours or less from Charleston they will even come to your store. $150 comes with one of eleven actual paintings used in the book to hang on your wall. $200 is for one of 32 larger paintings. $250 and $400 gives you even more artwork.
If they are able to go over the goal, they will be offering extra tweaks to the book plus things like bookmarks, prints, and an extra eight page story that was their first collaboration. Which you can read for free here.
This is a great chance to help out and promote local creators and the comic scene in West Virginia itself. You can read more about the whole thing and check out the art on their Kickstarter page. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1736520269/seasons-end-a-gothic-fantasy-tale