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After months and months of planning this project, I'm excited to finally announce what I've been working on. For the most part I've been sort of quiet about it (w/ a teaser here and there on instagram of course) because I wanted to make sure I found the right company who could not only produce the quality of items I want to make but are also able to understand my vision. That being said, that time was time well spent! The prototypes you see in the photo above are the pre-production samples and I've gotta say they exceeded my expectations! I really hope you all get a chance to hold these magical little guys in your hands, because they are pretty fantastic quality.
That's right, I'm doing my second Kickstarter! It's been a little over 3 years since I launched the L.A.W.L.S. Volume 1 campaign, and I'm still blown away by the support of my readers for helping make that happen! I am forever grateful to all of you and to Kickstarter for making that dream possible. Now, looking towards the future, I plan to put together more books (L.A.W.L.S. Vol 2, ALT., etc), but also I'd like to be able to create these companions along side of them (spoiler alert: there's a bigger picture here I'm working towards in my stories, and magic has a huge part in that). I wish I had all the money in to world to make it all happen at once, but being that I work entirely alone on all this, I had to come to the realization that Kickstarter is pretty much the only way I can do this. So, as I took time away from comics I came up with a plan, and that plan starts with this little guy! My oldest of fans (in span of time, not age) may recognize this inkling from back in 2009, but the rest of you probably recognize his reincarnation from last year:
In order to keep this project simple, I decided that Fire will be the first goal and the first reward. After Fire is funded, each other element will be "unlocked" and made available (I'll explain more about this below). L.A.W.L.S. Volume 1 will also be paired with the plush in a pack. The first rewards are a single Fire Plush or a Fire Plush + L.A.W.L.S. Volume 1. Also, I added a special tier for those who want commissions that is $50. Hopefully if we unlock more elements, the future rewards will be 2 Plush (Fire + Water, or two of the same) + L.A.W.L.S. Volume 1, and so on. Here's a visual example:
Anyway, that's all for now! I'll have more updates about upcoming conventions, products and other fun stuff soon! Thanks for your support everyone! YOU ROCK!
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So what is my piece about? I decided to call this piece "Necrowmancer," a play on words mixing the words necromacer (one who raises the dead) and crow (an animal that symbolizes death and intelligence). Most of my work as of late has had occult themes (witches, magic, cryptic symbolism), so I wanted to make sure that I was able to put a bit of myself into this piece. But, based on the nature of the charity, I didn't want to make it too dark or morbid, so I played more on one of the most common and more important themes in my work; female empowerment. That being said, I also worked to make sure that she wasn't overly sexualized. It's too easy for male artists to fall into that pit of "a dame's got to be well endowed, revealing and posed in a fashion that even a child can see how inappropriately posed she is." I find that men often confuse the idea of women empowerment with strong women showing off "their goods," when what they are doing is actually perpetuating the whole over-sexualization of women. I could go in deeper into this, maybe another time, but for now let's just say this girl's powerful, can fight just as well as any man, and likes to wear cute things while doing it! As for the monster in this piece, it is an embodiment of nature's deceased animals.
Part of the reason I went for this darker theme (other than me just being into it) is that I like the idea of not hiding from the darkness of the world. We should not fear that which plagues humanity. Illness and death are inevitable, but if we walk along side it, try to understand it and do our best to help those affected by it, we can start to see the beauty in our lives reflected off of that darkness. It's important not to forget to celebrate and experience our lives while we still can.Read more about my piece and the charity here: www.deniscaron.com/blog/monste…