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So I sat for many long minutes trying to express exactly how impacted I was as a child (and, later, as an adult) by Clare Bell's profoundly beautiful Named book series, starting with the first book Ratha's Creature. But words are not my medium of choice, and they refuse to bend to my will.

So instead I will simply share the link to the new and exciting graphic novel project that is in the works from a collaboration of Clare Bell, Sheila Ruth, and three very talented artists (two of which have DA accounts, viergacht and deathmango):…

Please consider making a monetary contribution to help back this wonderful project! Even if it is just a dollar, every little bit helps. If each of my watchers donated only a dollar, we would have enough to see this project come to fruition. And please spread the word if you get the chance, either in your own journal or on other websites! The more people that know about this, the more likely it will be that they can make their goal. :)

A sample page from the graphic novel: Ratha's Creature Graphic Novel Sample Page by deathmango

And if you haven't read the Named books, I highly encourage checking them out. They are cleverly written and unafraid to tackle difficult themes, teeming with dynamic characters that are equal parts compelling and psychologically deep. You can find them reasonably priced in both e-book and hard copy form through amazon (or, if you are lucky, at your local library).

Ratha and the Threehorn by deathmangoTamer of the Red Tongue by KaiserTigerShongshar by viergachtThe Clan Leader's Beloved by MoonsongWolfThistle-chaser by bonefishRatha s Creature by lady-cybercat

Thank you for the consideration!
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WolvenBlue Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am SO excited for this GN. Clare has been talking about this proect for a long time, and now her dream is coming true! I know what you mean by being impacted by the Named series. Her vivid storytelling is unexplainable and moving. She is such a talented writer. I hope that she will continue to create these Gn's. Ratha's Challenge was my favorite of the series, and I cannot wait to see that one in production!
I really hope that they will be able to meet their kickstarter goal! I would love to see Ratha come to life in graphic novel form. :)
TheBlack-Kat Jan 16, 2013  Student Filmographer
Oh Awesome! I loved this book as a kid! Oddly enough, I've only recently tracked down the rest of the series (I had never owned it and I couldn't remember it's name until I stumbled over it again a few months back)

I always wanted Ratha's Creature to be a feature film, but graphic novel would be cool too =)
Oh, ditto here! They were some of my favourite books as a kid, and I was surprised to find (after re-reading them a while back) that I enjoyed them even more as an adult. :)

Ha ha, I think they're hoping that a graphic novel release might attract some interest in an animated version. I think it would certainly lend well to the medium!
Thanks so much for spreading the word!
It's my pleasure! I love these books, so it's really wonderful to see them receiving so much love. :)
WolfSong-of-Dragon Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am so excited for that book >.<
AnimeFlight Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the Named Series so much. They were beautifully written, and have a special place in my heart (and bookshelf). I'm interested to see how this graphic novel will turn out. I remember the animated movie wasn't all that great. I hope you're artwork does a better job at reflecting the true aspects of Ratha's Creature.
I love them as well! They're some of the few books that I enjoyed as a kid that have even more meaning to me as an adult. Man, it would be nice to see a proper animated version of the books! I agree, the animated Storybook version wasn't that great, but I suppose it was difficult to translate into a short feature with a limited budget. In that respect, it could have been much, much worse. :lol:
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