It has finally arrived. It's been over two years!!
Allow me to take a brief moment to take pride of holding and
owning a copy of David and Liz Lillie's Dreamkeepers
graphic novel - their epic fourth
installment in the graphic novel series.
That one's for you David and Liz.
I don't think I need to explain to alot of you who are watching me that I've been an avid fan of their work since I picked up their first volume back in 2010 entitled: Awakenings
Here is the full collection of their graphic novel series so far that's sitting in my home studios:
Seriously. These guys are masters of their craft. And by craft, I mean storytelling
(technically visual storytelling or stories through sequential art).
We take storytelling for granted, in fact, many of you don't realise that we subconsciously use stories as tools for survival.
I have David Lillie to thank for giving me a reason to embrace storytelling at a grass-roots level - in fact that leads me to give credit to the guy who has given us that vision in the first place: Brian McDonald (get his two books - Invisible Ink
and The Golden Theme
change the way you see how stories work and why stories matter).
Anyways back to the Dreamkeepers stuff...!
Check out this monster of a poster!!
That will be a poster of inspiration and to remind me that I need to get to a level of storytelling as close as I can to theirs with my Edenspell series.
May I remind all of you that this dynamic duo has done everything right as indy publishers of their own IP. Their most recent success was raising over $80,000 USD for their Kickstarter campaign
for their Dreamkeepers project.
So yeah for the DK fans who watch me, have I read Volume 4 yet...?
Nope. Aww hell no.
Not UNTIL a certain special mood and day (specifically when it's an overcast/rainy day - afternoon to evening time). It's the moment you feel that the air is damp as soon as you open the window, like morning mist, followed by a breeze that's chilly, but not frosty. Then the rain falls. It feels heavy, hitting the roof of your home making sounds of pelting chaos - you feel safe under the roof of a bricked building. This is when I would snuggle up to my bed, warmed by a hot drink and blanket, all by myself, immersing myself into the world that is Dreamkeepers - a dark but fantastical place where it's a matter of survival, life and death. One moment it's all bright sunshine and laughter, the next, pure horror and gore.
There are characters that I've heavily invested in, 5 years so far that's locked up on the back of my mind, and I'm scared to see them die at any time, because it CAN happen in Dreamkeepers.
You see how special this book is? I've waited over two years for this. You know that feeling when you've been waiting for something that you've been highly anticipating? This is one of those moments.
Before I dive into Volume 5 I'm anticipating once again a sense of curious adventure, mystery, high-impact action, drama, and satisfying conclusions and cliff-hangers. I'm looking forward to how Mace, Whip, Lilith, Namah and Bast will get into the Sabatton Tower and uncover some intriguing mysteries, I'm looking forward to what the Trioka are up to and how they will deal with their mission (omg we got Vi, Bobby, Rumour -AARGH WHAT A COOL NAME!! - and Karo + Bill, Woods and Damon + along with Igrath, Scinter, the Indi & Digo twins, Grunn and Nainso, I'm looking forward to what the bad guys will be scheming and whether they will succeed to achieve chaos and discord (we got precarious Randy, the Dark Dreamkeepers: Tinsel, Ravat, Wisp, and of course, the Nightmares - keeping a close eye on Nabonidus).
Let me also tell you now that I have yet read the PRELUDE series... Until today.
I just finished the PRELUDE book (and what a bloody HANDSOME book it is - check out that photo above with Mace as it's official bookmark!). Can I just say that having this backstory of the characters introduced into the series just makes me care so much more for them. The depth David and Liz go into character development whilst maintaining plot and story progression is unbelievable. And because I have read Prelude I'm SO packed and ready to go with Vi and Bobby into their first official mission with the Trioka.
If any of you have not picked up a copy of their books, I cannot recommend it more so. You're missing out, seriously.