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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): www.kickstarter.com/projects/s…

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!
MSW
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WolvenBlue Featured By Owner 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!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
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. :)
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TheBlack-Kat Featured By Owner 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 =)
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
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!
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SheilaRuth Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Thanks so much for spreading the word!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
It's my pleasure! I love these books, so it's really wonderful to see them receiving so much love. :)
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WolfSong-of-Dragon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am so excited for that book >.<
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Me, too! :)
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AnimeFlight Featured By Owner 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.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
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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JaviFox12 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks awesome, This makes me want to read the book. I looked at the series a while ago, but didn't read them. I would totally buy this comic (after I read the books)
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I highly recommend them, especially if you enjoy books in the "talking animal" genre. :)
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0-EmoLeopard-0 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, looks awesome! I realy meed to check these out!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
They are really fantastic books, especially for the "talking animal" genre. I highly recommend them! :)
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0-EmoLeopard-0 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you know if they're available in Australia?
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
I'm honestly not sure. Perhaps see if your local bookstore can order them? Most bookstores in my area (Toronto in Canada) don't carry them, just a couple of specialty sci-fi stores. I ordered the third, fourth, and fifth books through amazon.com, which I believe does ship overseas. Another option might be trying to find them on eBay, since most sellers are more than willing to ship around the world.
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0-EmoLeopard-0 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool, thanks so much!
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Bluewyrm Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Ratha's creature is amazing! I hope it ends up happening...
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Me, too! :)
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh wow! What an amazing project! I don't have the funds, but I'll surely spread the word :love:
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Thank you! Every little bit helps, even if it's just exposure. :D
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Tsabouna Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you for bringing this to my attention! Ratha's Creature and the rest of the Named series, as well as other books by Clare Bell like Tomorrow's Sphinx, are some of my favorite. This is really exciting, and I hope to make a donation ^^
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I hope this will help more people discover her fantastic books! And I more dearly hope that she will be able to meet her funding target. I would be so happy to see a graphic novel version. :)
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icepaw99 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been meaning to read this for ages, I'll definitely buy the book next month when I get pocket money. It sounds awesome :D
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
They are really fantastic books, especially if you love cats! I think you can probably get them at a reasonable rate from amazon.com, too. :)
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icepaw99 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, that's where I've been thinking of getting them. I can't wait to read them :D
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StrayCreations Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
I only ever read the first book - I remember the mating scene being a bit. Uh. Awkward. xD But I loved the story. Wish I had money to offer to the project!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Ha ha, I think it might have been awkward for me had I not watched soooo many nature documentaries as a kid (and lived next door to a farm). I think I was immune to the concept of kitty sex and birth by then! :lol:
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StrayCreations Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
LOL that would do it.
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StrayCreations Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
You know. Considering I was... 12. xD I shared on my facebook though!
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ZipZap1313 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Just made my morning, these books have given me a gate way to writing animal fantasy I shared on my Facebook :la:'s!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Awesome, thank you for sharing this! I really hope that they make their goal. These books were such an inspiration to me as a child. :)
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ZipZap1313 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Same, I found them and fell in love with the amazing feeling it gave, no probs I hope it works and it becomes inspiration once again:D
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NY-Stray Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
OMG I'm so happy to hear about this project! I think I'm among the lucky few to have stumbled upon the series at my library (all except the last book, unfortunately), and I'm very pleased to see something like this turned into a graphic novel.

Right now I'm in a bit of a financial knot, but as soon as I can I'd love to contribute to this project!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Oh, yes, I found the original book and its sequel at my home town library when I was a kid! And then I found the third book at my school library. The last two I had to buy to read, though... and I have since bought the others (twice, actually, since I gave away my first copies when I moved six years ago). I love them so much! I really hope that they will be able to meet their target. :)
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NY-Stray Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
I might buy the books, if only to get copies while I still can--my library has this weird habit of moving their books around a lot, and I never see them in bookstores (thank heavens for Amazon).
It's a great series, and I really wish this project all the best--as a creative outlet for the artists, as well as a chance to drawn more attention to the actual novels (maybe it'll hit the same crowd that likes David Clement-Davies' "The Sight").
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vladimirsangel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I certainly will donate. Those books meant a lot to me when I was younger and I want other people to continue finding them, reading them and loving them.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Ditto me! I'm so glad that I ran across the original books in my library. They were such an inspiration to me. :)
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deathmango Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
This is wonderful! Thanks so much for your help; I think your words came out beautifully.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
I hope it will help! I would really love to see this project get off the ground. :)
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AlaskanBookwyrm Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I own this book, a graphic novel would be SO COOL.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
I think so, too! I'm really hoping that they will be able to raise enough money to make it a reality. :)
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Ferngirl Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember that book
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rathacat Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you yet again. Great journal.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
It's the least I could do, considering how inspirational your books have been for me over the years. :)
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