The Few and Cursed: Shadow Nation

Book Curse: Ex Libris Bookplates for Vindictive Bibliophiles

A project in Lawrenceville, GA by Chris Volion

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Resurrect the ancient tradition of the Book Curse in your own library with these whimsical yet delightfully grim bookplates.
Backers: 359
Average Pledge Per Backer: $35

Funded: $12,439 of $504
Dates: Jan 4th -> Feb 3rd (30 days)
Project By: Chris Volion
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Latest News

Final artwork: Tentacles & Tea (and a reveal)

February 2nd - via:
I just finished the final inks for Tentacles & Tea! The original artwork is already claimed by a backer, but the remarkably similar "Dapper Decal" octopus artwork is still available and it includes the same decal bundle as Tentacles & Tea.... (Read More)

Lawrenceville Artist Is Bringing Back The 'Book Curse' on Kickstarter

January 31st - via:
Lawrenceville, GA - Tired of losing books you loan out? This local artist wants to help, with some wicked humor and detailed artwork thrown in. (Read More)

Ramble On: final art

January 25th - via:
I had a lot of fun drawing this particular bookplate! As mentioned earlier it's based upon one of J. R. R. Tolkien's own drawings for The Hobbit, which to this date remains one of my favorite stories. I remained mindful of his style, which... (Read More)

Nevermore: final art

January 24th - via:
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I dotted, weak and weary,Over a single bright and flat sheet of hot-press Series 500 Strathmore—While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,As of some one gently raking, scraping at the doggie... (Read More)

Doombag: final art

January 21st - via:
"A Doombag is an extreme method of exercising revenge upon a book thief. It is created by fashioning a doll out of the skin of a hanged man and stuffing it with spider eggs, Spanish moss, a personal article from the book thief. Be forewarned, if the... (Read More)

New Stretch Goals, and the Book Thief Strikes Again!

January 19th - via:
The FINAL TWO stretch goals have been posted! Seriously. This is it. "If a curse is written illegibly and no one can read it, is it still a curse?" - Probably Not George Berkeley The first is The Gilley van Weirden Guide for Kids Who Can't Write... (Read More)

A Dapper Decal!

January 17th - via:
It's not that I don't like color, it's just that I don't work with very often. In the case of the Dapper Decal, color was a no-brainer! Here are a couple of quick must-knows: The original 6" x 8" (approx) black & white Dapper Decal artwork will... (Read More)

New inks revealed!

January 16th - via:
Here's the final ink for the "Carrion, Wayward Son" bookplate design (it's blacker than it appears in the photo): I bet this vulture lives in Kansas... As of this update, the original artwork is available as a backer level. More designs to come!  (Read More)

Cursed Roots is complete!

January 13th - via:
This one ended up with a bit of Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli-based inspiration and I couldn't figure out why until I realized that there was a small pack of stickers from the Ghibli Museum sitting at the far end of my table :) As of this update, the... (Read More)

Dapper! Octopus! Stickers!

January 10th - via:
Tentacles, tea, and a monocle, captured for you in luxurious vinyl. Who doesn't dig stickers? They stick to random electronics, the car, your journal, grandma's walker... Whatever! There's some surface in your life that's just begging for a vinyl... (Read More)

Ramble On concept art

January 6th - via:
Hi folks, just a quickie to give you a peek at the Ramble On concept sketch (hence the very clever title of this update). It's based on J.R.R. Tolkien's own drawings from the Hobbit, particularly the scene where the trolls are turned to stone as the... (Read More)

UNLOCKED: The Bookmark of Mystery!

January 6th - via:
"I'm going to make some bookplates" says I. Poof! Angel appears on right shoulder. "Other people might like those, too." "Meh... Maybe" says I. "I could try a Kickstarter, though. It could help me cover costs on the new printer." Poof! Devil appears... (Read More)

Second Stretch Goal: UNLOCKED!

January 4th - via:
It appears that I'll be sketching out my Ramble On bookplate design tomorrow! The idea that I have in mind is related to the writing of J.R.R. Tolkien, long a favorite author of mine (at least where The Hobbit is concerned). I envision something that... (Read More)

Release the Dignified Kraken!

January 4th - via:
THANK YOU!I'm pretty overwhelmed, and quite happy that I already had the concept art prepared for the first Stretch Goal! Much dignity. So tentacle. Everybody that backs the project at the $12.00 tier and above will now receive 1 Tentacles & Tea... (Read More)

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