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Off to the Printer!
Posted on Friday May 25, 2018
On May 8, 2018 I approved the final proof and the book was sent off to the printer!
So how did we get here from our last update?
The Kickstarter campaign launched in October of 2018 failed to meet the funding goal despite the noble efforts of these fine folk.
While I could have tried to re-launch the Kickstarter campaign, I just felt the time, effort and energy required was more than I was willing to invest. I decided instead to fund the project on my own and devote my time to other projects until I could afford to have the book printed.
Six months later, the wait was over and pre-press work began in earnest. This resulted in a complete overhaul of the book’s design, a few dozen proof-reads and editing sessions, and some updates and replacements of the original art.
The end result of that work is a more polished book which I’m extremely proud of.
The estimated delivery date from the printer is late July, so the official launch will be sometime in August.
I have a whole range of ancillary offerings and events planned to coincide with the launch and can’t wait to share those with you as we get closer to the day The Ravens of Unresting Thought becomes a physical reality!
Expanding the Myth
Posted on Saturday October 14, 2017
Traditional myths have a tendency to be very simplistic. Perhaps this is due to their being passed down orally or maybe just that they were meant to be simple explanations which did not require a lot of in-depth characterization.
As such, the principle characters are often archetypes which exhibit the characteristics of their established persona but rarely do we understand their motivations beyond the most base.
What I find to be one of the more rewarding aspects of modern retellings is the opportunity to reexamine those character templates and try to provide a more nuanced understanding of their motivations.
In The Ravens of Unresting Thought, I’ve applied this approach to the three principle characters of Raven Steals the Sun, the Moon and the Stars offering a plausible explanation of why these events may have unfolded the way we have been told.
My hope is that readers will find the new information to be a bit of a bridge allowing for a deeper connection to one of my favorite stories, providing a contemporary connection to the cultural heritage of the past.
Symbolism and Decadence
Posted on Thursday October 12, 2017
The Ravens of Unresting Thought owes its origin to my fascination with the children of Baudelaire.
Anyone unfortunate (fortunate?) enough to be nearby when I’m talking art has no doubt gotten an earful of my praising of this disparate group of poets and painters.
For the uninitiated, Symbolism was a late nineteenth-century movement that embraced the metaphorical as a means of speaking to a greater truth. As such they often turned away from realism and embraced spirituality, dreams and imagination.
By the end of the 1800’s there existed a secondary style labeled “decadence” which extended beyond symbolism to include a fascination with morbidity and hermetic styles.
The Ravens of Unresting Thought falls largely within the realm of these two movements and is my attempt to create a modern day successor to my much beloved influences.
Posted on Wednesday October 11, 2017
From a creative standpoint, one of the things I’m most eager to see is how people react to the somewhat unconventional narrative structure in The Ravens of Unresting Thought.
The book is comprised of six prose chapters, four of which relate the primary tale, with one interlude and one that serves as a bit of an epilogue. The four primary chapters, each have two parts.
Threaded between the chapters is the second narrative, which is told in a graphic novel format.
There is also a third narrative, which runs in the sidebar of the prose chapters, and is kind of anecdotal information written from the point of view of the main character of the prose chapters.
The intention behind structuring the book in this way was to impart the sense of how all of these stories are related and a piece of a much larger whole, which really leads into a discussion of symbolism and myth that I’ll save for a future update.
100% Finished! Kickstarter soon!
Posted on Friday September 29, 2017
Hey, long time without an update… so let’s change that.
The Ravens of Unresting Thought is 100% finished. It’s ready to go to the printer, and the Kickstarter will be launching soon.
It looks like the price will be $15 for the 100 page hardcover. Size is a bit bigger than US graphic novel standard and more akin to the European format, which I feel showcases the art a bit better.
I’ve got most of the usual reward level offerings planned out, but if anyone has any ideas for a reward they would like to see included, let me hear it!
I expect the kickstarter to launch second week of October, but will update with firm date once I’ve finalized everything.
As a bonus, here’s a sneak peek at the opening two page spread!