In celebration of the Lunar New Year of the Water Tiger (year 4720) February of 2022. Our Kickstart.aTigersTale.com campaign offered a special backer tier for six intrepid backers willing to become the Wuxia hero they were destined to become!
Using photo reference of their likeness was only the beginning. I reached out to each of them directly to learn what style of martial art and maybe preferred weapon their Wuxia character will specialize it. Utilizing decades of experience directing photo-shoots with some of the most renowned Kung Fu Masters in the world insured the perfect Kung Fu stance!
They each received a one of a kind full color print suitable for framing along with their signed copy of the graphic novel. Below you see each piece as they’ve been presented.
Wuxia Warrior #1
Founder/composer of Black Earth Shakuhachi School and the Dark Mountain Woodwind Academy. Wood Prophet and root philosopher Cornelius Boots has performed at international festivals and up-close for goats with big horns. Professionally active since 1989, he’s won awards and created deep catalogues of fresh new repertoire for both bass clarinet and shakuhachi.
Wuxia Warrior #2
Stephanie Nina Pitsirilos’s comics and prose are in numerous anthologies and Webtoon. She’s the 2022 Chautauqua Janus Prize winner for her story “Jean”. Her work has been highlighted by Publishers Weekly, Kore Press, Broken Pencil Magazine (Canzine2021 finalist). As a novelist she writes literary and speculative fiction, though ask her and she’ll say she writes comic book realism. Many of her works have been for benefits, including: #GetUsPPE; INSIDER ART: Female & Non-Binary Comic Book Retailer Fund; and the Book Industry Charitable Foundation. Her new imprint, Janus Point Press, will publish its first prose publication Fall 2022: The Funeral Singer.
Wuxia Warrior #3
Wuxia Warrior #3 is a long time friend and supporter of my work.
Revealed: Wednesday July 27, 2022
Wuxia Warrior #4
This life-long Kung Fu practitioner is also a musician and visual artist. A member of two large charitable organizations; an Active Freemason and Widows Son member (Masonic riders organization) David’s chapter will be hosting a charity ride to end bullying on August 20th 2022.
Revealed: Wednesday August 3, 2022
Wuxia Warrior #5
Each Wuxia Warrior is meant to capture the spirit of their subject and that effort demanded more preparation than just the use of reference photos, each subject was surveyed with a series of questions that would help define the character created. You can read the questions and answers Wuxia Warrior #5 provided.
Revealed: Wednesday August 10, 2022
Wuxia Warrior #6
Our final warrior provided the mighty challenge of being drawn only from the survey questions that would help define the character .
Revealed: Wednesday August 17, 2022