Elders of the RuneStone is a project I've been working on for years...literally years, with a friend and colleague Quinn Johnson. If you've had the chance to listen to the podcast "Darkhan City Times" (the links are to the left with current episodes), Quinn is my co-host on the show as well.
RuneStone was Quinn's idea, and he's been working on putting this story together LONG before we met in school down at the Savannah College of Art and Design. I remember we were on a car trip together and he told me about his story....for hours. He really had me wanting to know more even after the trip and so we started working together on the project.
Here's the very basic premise:
"What is your purpose?" It's the question Scott, Kat, Dain, and Jenny must ask themselves when their typical teenage lives are thrown into upheaval by a glowing RuneStone that gives them amazing superhuman abilities. Joined by the Adder, a shadowy vigilante with secrets of his own, they must put aside their differences to save Darkhan City from a vicious crime lord with powers far beyond their own.
It's a great mix of an action adventure, horror, superpowered teen drama, and ninjas....because seriously, do you think I'd draw a book without ninjas?
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The project itself has had a lot of starts and stops because of my freelance work schedule and ultimately the capital to fund the project. I don't just mean a paycheck for me or Quinn, (that would be the last thing checked on the list) but more for thing's you never expect starting out. Copyright and trademark fees, paying for production of inking, coloring, lettering and prepress of the comic, not to mention any advertising or marketing plans and costs. Basically it's not something you can put together for free.
So this is where Kickstarter.com comes in! Quinn and I have put together a campaign that's been approved by Kickstarter as a way to raise funds for the project. It's a fantastic opportunity for you to contribute to the project, but also earn great pledge rewards in return. Rewards range from copies of the book to original artwork, professional writer and artist critiques, even gift certificates to online comic stores and a 3 month membership here at the Comics Experience!
Our campaign will begin Wed. March 8th! I will post a link here as soon as it launches. Until then I will be doing a countdown of character sketches and production art so you can all be familiar with the look of the book and some of the characters until then.
I'm sure it probably goes without saying, I would appreciate any support you can give to the project and campaign when we launch. Not just in pledges, though that is the goal, but also spreading the word and sharing the campaign on your social network sites like Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and Deviant art!
We've already had a publisher lined up and ready to get this book out, we just need that last push to get the book finished and in stores!
Thanks again folks!