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Genoa native using Kickstarter website to fund graphic novel

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Former Genoa resident Scott James is turning to crowdfunding to complete the second half of his graphic novel “The Case Files of Harlan Falk.”

“We are looking to fund the colorist portion of it soon because we’re hoping to have it done by this September,” said James, who now lives in Oregon, Ill.

James and his studio-mate Alex Johns at I Dreams Inc. are working with British writer Cy Dethan to raise money through the crowdfunding site Kickstarter to pay colorists to color about 44 pages in the 128-page graphic novel. The colorists from the first half of the project are now working on the Savage Dragon comic book series.

James said there are four primary steps in illustrating a comic book.

“You have a penciler, you have an inker, a colorist and then a letterer,” he said. “The Case Files of Harlan Falk” will be about the length of four serialized comic books.

According to Kickstarter, “The Case Files of Harlan Falk” is a “violent collision between faerie tale and psychological thriller ... (that) explodes from the wreckage as a darkly comic supernatural detective story.”

I Dreams Inc. has set a goal of $8,000 for the fundraising campaign, which will end on May 29. Donors at certain funding levels will receive T-shirts, posters, lithographs, graphic novels and other original art and perks.

Once published, “The Case Files of Harlan Falk” will be available at Graham Cracker Comics in DeKalb and through book retailers such as Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.

James graduated from Genoa-Kingston High School in 1990 and has worked as a freelance artist and illustrator since receiving a degree in studio art illustration from Northern Illinois University in 1995.

For more information, visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/1976243148/the-case-files-of-harlan-falk.

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