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Colouring Paradise: A Renaissance-Inspired Colouring Book

Did you discover Paradise with last year’s Kickstarter?  If not, here’s your second chance!  We still have a few copies of Colouring Paradise: a Renaissance-Inspired Colouring Book available on Something Novel.  At $10 plus shipping, this book of beautiful full-sized, frameable colouring pages is the perfect gift for the colouring afficionado in your life.  Relaxing and inspiring, colouring may be just what you need to de-stress and re-invigorate your creative brain.  The reward includes:

Colouring book

  • A gorgeous print version, plus the pdf to print as many additional pages as you like.
  • Add $9 to include The Writer’s Boon Companion and any digital issue of Pulp Literature (save a dollar)!
  • Add $9 to include a print edition of Pulp Literature (save another dollar)!

Here’s what people are saying

  • “classic timeless and elegant”
  • “exquisitely rendered”
  • “inspired and inspiring”
  • “possibly the beautiful pictures you’ve ever coloured”
  • “the most beautiful coloring book I’ve ever seen”michaelfortw2

 

 

 

 

 

Get this at more great rewards at Pulp Literature Press, Something Novel.

Art Lover’s Delight

Every time we run a Kickstarter Mel generously offers to do beautiful portraits for a few lucky backers, and this year is no different.  This year there are only five Art Lover’s Delight rewards available on the Something Novel page.

Portraits by Mel
Author portraits by Mel

Art Lover’s Delight – Only 5 available! 

  • An 8.5 x 11″ pen and ink portrait of yourself or a loved one in Mel’s breathtaking renaissance style
  • A fun set of limited edtion JJ Lee paper dolls by Kris Sayer created for our first Kickstarter campaign back in 2013!
  • One of the few remaining print copies of Colouring Paradise.
  • A one-year print subscription to Pulp Literature.
  • Both novels: Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries and Allaigna’s Song: Overture.
  • The Writer’s Boon Companion illustrated 30-day writing journal
  • All this plus free shipping at the $500 level!
A 2015 Backer portrait

All of Mel’s customers have been delighted with their Renaissance-themed portraits.

As Mel says, “Like the Renaissance painters who are my first inspirations, I try to give good value, and at the $500 level I include intricate backgrounds and favourite themes in an intriguing composition.”mel-bubbly

Update! There are now only four of these rewards left on the Kickstarter.  Here’s where to get a one for yourself along with other great rewards:  Pulp Literature Press, Something Novel.

 

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Creative Writer’s Delight $150

pen2smallHere’s where to get more great rewards: Pulp Literature Press, Something Novel.

Creative Writer’s Delight

The Creative Writer’s Delight package is jam-packed with rewards for writers:

  • boontitlepagesmallThe Writer’s Boon Companion, a 30 day pocket guide to writing
  • a critique of up to 1000 words of your short story or work in progress.
  • A print subscription to Pulp Literature
  • Allaigna’s Song: Overture
  • Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries.
  • plus, full membership  to the Creative Ink Literary Festival from 31 March to 2 April 2017 in Burnaby, BC.  Don’t miss this amazing conference for writers, readers, and artists! There are only 3 available.
  • All these awards plus a festival membership for only $150!
  • Additional back issues or years of Pulp Literature can be added for $25 per four issues.

 Here’s where to get more great rewards: Pulp Literature Press, Something Novel.

Something Novel is live!

Don’t let the Hallowe’en fireworks die down yet, our new Kickstarter campaign, Pulp Literature: Something Novel is live!

The campaign is raising funds to bring two of your favourite heroes, Mel Anastasiou’s Stella Ryman and JM Landels’s Allaigna, back to the page in glorious full-length novel format as they were meant to be read.  If you’ve been itching to get your hands on these books, hurry to the campaign page now.  We have made 15 copies each of Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries and Allaigna’s Song: Overture available at the early-bird price of $15 instead of $20.  But hurry, these prices are only available till Sunday!

And those aren’t the only rewards for early backers.

  • The first 50 backers, regardless of pledge amount, will receive a pdf advanced release copy of Mel’s fabulous new writing workbook, The Writer’s Boon Companion.  And you’ll receive this gift right away, without having to wait till the end of the campaign.
  • If we get 50 backers by the end of November 2nd, we have another gift for you.  This one’s a mystery, but we promise it’s something you’ll be able to use again and again in the upcoming holiday season and all year long.
  • And if we get 100 backers by November 4th we have a second gift!

Plus there are more limited rewards

  • The Earlybird Readers Delight: get a copy of both Stella and Allaigna, plus a 1 year subscription to Pulp Literature for only $65 until Sunday or the limit of 20 is reached.
  • We have 30 copies of Colouring Paradise: a Renaissance-Inspired Colouring Book to give to readers who pledge $10 or more.
  • Plus a collection of inspired and inspiring packages for writers, readers and art-lovers at the $100 and up levels.

And of course you can also renew your subscription to Pulp Literature here as well and benefit from all the earlybird goodies today or tomorrow.  See you over at Kickstarter!

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Mock-ups covers for Stella & Allaigna

 

 

Happy Friday!

Here’s another beautiful preview page from Colouring Paradise, this one coloured by the multi-talented Sandra Vander Schaaf.

'Magpie' coloured by Sandra Vander Schaaf
‘Magpie’ coloured by Sandra Vander Schaaf

There are still two days left to get this or one of our other sample pages free and early from our Kickstarter page!

What better way of wishing you ‘Two for Joy’ on a Friday?

Special Reward for Early Backers

We test-drove Colouring Paradise by putting samples of our pages in the hands of select avid colourists.  Here’s the first result, a gorgeous rendering of Mel’s ‘Michael’ in gel pen, coloured pencil, and sharpie by Donna Phillips-Jackson.

'Michael' by Mel Anastasiou, colours by Donna Phillips-Jackson
‘Michael’ by Mel Anastasiou, colours by Donna Phillips-Jackson

Within Colouring Paradise there are a mix of intricate, densely-filled pages and those with more white space to allow your own creative ideas to unfold.  We love the sparkling golden rays fanning out from Michael’s halo that Donna has added to her version.

If you can’t wait to get your hands one of Mel’s lovely illustrations to colour for yourself, we have a special offer for early backers on our Kickstarter campaign:  anyone who pledges $10 or more before Sunday November 8th will be sent a sample pdf of either ‘Michael’, ‘Magpie’, or ‘Lost Lady’ immediately.

That pdf is yours for free, whether our campaign succeeds or not, as a thank-you for backing us early, so head on over to our Kickstarter page to get your sample now!

Three pages from Colouring Paradise

Our new Kickstarter project, Colouring Paradise: a Renaissance-Inspired Colouring Book, launched yesterday, and today we thought we’d give you a closer look at the three drawings that are available as single images.  They all appeared in Issue 1 of Pulp Literature, and even though they are some of Mel Anastasiou’s earliest published work they are remarkable in their detail and feeling.

Magpie

magpiesmallerDeep in the magic forest, a magpie rules all she surveys.  This drawing is one of the first instances of Mel’s signature, rope-like, tangled trees.  The magpie at first seems caged by the forest, until you realize she might fly away at any moment into the clearing behind her.  The orginal drawing now lives in Australia, feeling regal amid her short-tailed down-under cousins.

Michael

Michael, by Mel AnastasiouMichael holds the world up for review.  When CC Humphrey‘s story ‘Where the Angels Wait’ came to us, we knew Michael was the perfect angel for its title page.  Here’s a peek at the work in progress, before Mel added the globe to this drawing in the style of Carlo Crivelli.  You can already see Mel has captured the delicate hands, nose and mouth typical of the 15th century painter’s work.

Lost Lady

smallhistorical2After Paolo Veronese;  Veronica  is lost in the woods with only her shining jewels and silks to light the darkness around her.  This drawing first appeared as an incidental illustration in Issue 1.  In Issue 2, she reappeared in a plain white dress to accompany David Clink’s poem, ‘The Lady in White’.  Here she is, with her intricate dress restored for your colouring pleasure.

These three images are on offer as high-resolution pdfs on the Kickstarter page for only $2 each, or $5 for all three.  This is nowhere near what the intricate works are worth, but Mel is very generously offering them for those just dipping their toes into the colouring craze.  And if three’s not enough, you can get the entire book for $10 as a pdf, or $20 in print.

We are a registered non-profit organization, and once we have covered our production and shipping costs, all remaining funds to paying artists and authors.    Please consider backing us on Kickstarter:  this colouring book project will help keep Pulp Literature, and the stories and artwork you’ve come to love, alive!

Colouring Paradise

Colouring bookFall is in the air, so it must be time for us to launch a new Kickstarter campaign!

This one is a little different though.  Colouring Paradise is a compilation of twelve beautiful plates of Mel’s artwork in full-page colouring book format.  The saddle-bound book is printed on high quality paper, with one image per sheet for easy colouring and framing.

Colouring is relaxing, creative way to focus the mind, relieve stress, and open new creative doorways.  But don’t take it from us — check out these articles from The Guardian, CTV, and The Huffington Post.

This is a smaller campaign than usual for us: we’re only asking for the $3750 we need to produce this book, and the campaign will run for just 22 short days.  Of course you can still subscribe and purchase back issues of Pulp Literature on the Kickstarter page.

Take a look at our campaign, share it with your friends, family and social network.  We’ve only got three weeks to meet our goal, but with your help we can do it!

We hope you love this new book as much as we do!

Jen, Sue & Mel

Bowen Island Writing Retreat

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The Lodge at the Old Dorm. Photo by Rosie Perera

The Muse showed up. That’s all you really need to know.  If you’re a writer, you’ll know how that tastes, feel the warmth it creates, know how time stands still as you see the path forward, see the world laid out at your feet…

At the Tuscany Restaurant. Photo by Rosie Perera
At the Tuscany Restaurant. Photo by Rosie Perera

Our weekend on Bowen Island consisted of six participants and four teachers, and using the Hour Stories cards, we shared over 30,000 words of productivity together.  Those words were read aloud in every available space over the weekend, before meals and before ferries.  And that doesn’t even include the time we spent opening our eyes to beauty with Sandra Vander Schaaf, taking walks in the forest, enjoying fabulous food and good company, and winding down over drinks late into the night.

We’d like to thank all our participants for sharing their words and love of stories with us all, Rosie Perera for capturing the memories with lovely photos, and Karen Cowper for opening her beautiful home to us for our first evening meal.

Reading together. Photo by Rosie Perera
Reading in the lounge. Photo by Rosie Perera
photo by Rosie Perera
Photo by Rosie Perera

To give yourself the gift of a retreat is to devote time with the Muse, and protect that time from the distractions of this life.  Our collective writing momentum built during our days together, and it was hard to part with these storytellers, knowing that the words would continue to flow beyond each others’ hearing.

The feedback has been so positive that we plan to have another retreat soon, and not only at Bowen, but in France.  Keep your eyes on our retreats page for details.  Yes, we’re listening to the Muse this year.  She’s calling from far away, and together, we’re going to find her!

 

Swallows Contest Open

The Swallows Sequential Short Story Contest opened on New Year’s Day, and I’m thrilled to announce that the fine folks at The Comicshop in Vancouver will be our judges.  Not only do veteran funny-book connoisseurs Brent, Keith, and Tim have a fine eye for the best in comic book art and storytelling, they’ve been managing my comics reading list for years and I have utter faith in their judgement.

What are we looking for in this contest?  Aside from the nitty gritty details of size and format, which you can find on the Contests page, we are looking for what we always want between the pages of Pulp Literature:  beautiful art and good storytelling.  To give you an idea of our taste here are a few sample pages from previous sequential shorts we’ve published.

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‘The Mechanics’ by Angela Melick
‘Unwanted Visitors’ by Kris Sayer
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‘Dragon Rock’ by Sylvia Stopforth & Mel Anastasiou
'The Wolf' by Kimberleigh Roseblade & JM Landels
‘The Wolf’ by Kimberleigh Roseblade & JM Landels

So sharpen your pencils, get out your brushes and digital pens and send us your best 1 to 5 page long short comic.  The earlybird entry fee is only $20 until January 15th, which includes an e-subscription to Pulp Literature, and the contest deadline is February 15th.  First prize is $500 plus publication in issue 7 of Pulp Literature, alongside feature author Robert J Sawyer!

Contest rules and guidelines are here.