Are you a fan of fantasy, police procedurals, and/or author Keith R.A. DeCandido?
Well, me, neither.
I keed! I keed!
In truth, I’m only really a fan of one of those things, but it’s a testament to Keith that he was able to make me enjoy a blending of the other two things with his 2004 novel Dragon Precinct. Would you like to know more? Behold, yo, from the original book’s back cover:
Humans and elves, dwarves and gnomes, wizards and warriors all live and do business in the thriving, overcrowded city of Cliff’s End, to say nothing of the tourists and travelers who arrive by land and sea, passing through the metropolis on matters of business or pleasure — or on quests. The hard-working, under-appreciated officers of the Cliff’s End Castle Guard work day and night to maintain law and order as best they can.
Gan Brightblade is one of the world’s greatest heroes and a personal friend of the Lord and Lady of Cliff’s End. So when he’s brutally murdered in grubby lodgings in Dragon Precinct, on the eve of a great quest, the Captain of the Guard puts his two best investigators on the case. The half-elf Danthres Tresyllione and ex-soldier Torin ban Wyvald soon discover that the crime scene is empty of any forensic evidence — physical or magical. They have no clues, and the heat is on.
The Lord and Lady want their friend’s murder solved — now. The populace is mourning the loss of a great hero. The ever-unhelpful Brotherhood of Wizards could take over the case at any minute. And then another member of Brightblade’s party turns up dead….
So, you know…there you go.
In the years since Dragon Precinct‘s release, Keith’s chronicled further adventures of Danthres and Torin in two additional novels, Unicorn Precinct and Goblin Precinct, and a fourth novel, Gryphon Precinct, is coming. There also are a few short stories set in this world of Keith’s conjuring, and now Mr. D wants to do a graphic novel. He’s enlisted for this endeavor the artistic stylings of JK Woodward to help him realize an all-new tale. Keith and JK have collaborated before, as the writer/artist team for a pair of standalone Star Trek comics for IDW: Alien Spotlight: Klingons, and Captain’s Log: Jellico. JK also was the artist on the recent Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover comic series Assimilation2.
Keith and JK have laid out an ambitious goal, hoping to secure the needed capital for this 100-page graphic novel project via a Kickstarter crowd-funding effort. The campaign went live on Saturday, July 6th, and will run until August 5th. If you’re a fan of their work, I hope you’ll give this a look. Click on the pic to see the project’s Kickstarter page
(Meanwhile, I’m seriously considering launching a Kickstarter effort of my own, so that I can raise money to back all the other Kickstarter projects I want to support.)