Four Days Left In Our Kickstarter Campaign!

Time’s Running Out To Become A Backer!

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Ooh… shiny!

Hey Dreamers! It’s been a fantastic Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee and the Kracklestone! The campaign ends this Friday at 11:30am Pacific / 2:30pm Eastern. That means we only have a few days left in the campaign! If you’ve been meaning to pledge support, time’s running out!

With your help we can still hit our first stretch goal which will unlock a gorgeous holographic foil and sculptural debossing effect on every copy of the book! Trust me… this is an amazing effect that will ensure the book really stands out.

This campaign is pivotal to the success of Dreamprism Press. It’s a testing ground of sorts. Yooka-Laylee will pave the way for more projects in the future, including the first Dreamside book! It’s for this reason I’m asking you, the original supporters of my work, to consider backing the campaign.

Please send me a message if you have any questions about the campaign or just want to offer some thoughts or suggestions! I hope to see you on the backer list!



We're Live on Kickstarter!

Okay, Dreamers… now’s your chance to nab a copy of my first book, Yooka-Laylee and the Kracklestone! The Kickstarter campaign is in full swing and has been enjoying an unusually promising first day so far! We’re just under 40% funded already so you can back the project with confidence that the campaign will likely finish successfully. With any luck, we can surpass our goal and unlock some pretty cool stretch goals!

I’m working hard behind the scenes to manage and monitor the campaign, which requires an awful lot of attention. Part of me wants to get back to work on the book asap… but another part is really enjoying this process of connecting with backers and discussing the book/ideas/future plans, etc….

After years of working alone in secrecy, it’s an incredible experience to be able to share this project with the world. If you haven’t already, please head over to the Kickstarter page and check out the video/campaign page/reward tiers. I hope you’ll consider supporting me in helping to make this dream project a reality!

Introducing... Yooka-Laylee and the Kracklestone!

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Launching TOMORROW on Kickstarter!

Aren’t surprises great?!

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I’m thrilled to reveal the project I’ve been busily developing in secrecy for the past couple years! Yooka-Laylee and the Kracklestone is a 120-page graphic novel based on the world and characters of the Yooka-Laylee video game by Playtonic Games. I’m even more excited to reveal I’m launching a Kickstarter campaign offering the book to interested Playtonic Games and Dreamprism fans TOMORROW, Wednesday October 17th! It’ll be a 30-day campaign during which you’ll be able to secure a seriously awesome copy of Yooka-Laylee and the Kracklestone in a gorgeous heirloom-quality volume.

And, hey… this’ll be the first Dreamprism book to make it to print, so no time like the present to start that collection!

Obviously, there’s a LOT of info to share. This is a seriously epic story that I’ve poured my heart, soul, and energy into making. There’s too much to fit in a single blog post, so I’ll gradually reveal more over the course of the next month during the campaign. In general, the best way to learn about the project is to visit the Kickstarter page which will go live tomorrow!

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What’s that? You can’t wait that long for more info?! Okay, okay! There are a few ways to get more info right now:

  • First, IGN.com has published an exclusive story about the project so why not pay them a visit!

  • Visit the Yooka-Laylee page in the Our Books section for story details and to preview some pages from the book!

  • Make sure you’re subscribed to the blog and following us on our social media pages including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. In general, quick moment to moment news will be revealed on social media with the big stories being posted here on the blog.

SO… the most important detail to note is the campaign will launch tomorrow at 11:30am PST/2:30pm EST/. Kickstarters tend to thrive on early support so please pledge early and help this book become a reality!

Throughout the course of the campaign, expect a lot of updates, social media posts, YouTube videos, interviews with cool industry folks, previews of work-in-progress on the book, and more.



Brandishing A Brand New Brand

As the publication of our first book edges closer, one question's been stuck on my mind lately...

...does the company name need a change?

I believe a company's name is extremely important. It should effectively represent the company's image and vibe. In D.M. Cumbo's case, that would be fantasy graphic novels and other artistic works. So, shouldn't the name make you think of those works, or at least represent the way they feel?

After careful thought, I realized "D.M. Cumbo" doesn't accomplish that.

I chose D.M. Cumbo for the same reason an artist signs a finished painting. It lets you know who made it and that they were proud enough of their work to sign off on it.

But it's a bit confusing for people. What does it mean? What do the "D" and "M" stand for? Are there spaces between the letters when you're typing it out? It's hard to visualize when you hear it spoken out loud.

But, what bothers me the most of all is that the name of my company that represents what I create... is, itself, the only thing I didn't create! If I'm spending this much time making sure the work itself is custom-designed down the last, nit-picky detail, I want that work represented by a name and logo made with the same careful thought.

With that in mind, I set out to create a new name. After a lot of ideas and a lot of disappointment regarding those names' availability, I've narrowed things down to one option I feel is ideal...  I've made a logo to go with it, choosing to use a key icon from Dreamside.

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I think Dreamprism is a strong name. It conjures up an image of a physical location in which dreams are produced as well as a metaphor for the creative process. In Dreamside, Sarah's Dreamprism serves as a compass directing her through the fantasy world.  To me, it feels just right.

This is a big change and I won't do it if people think it's a mistake. Your opinion on this is very important to me. Attached to D.M. Cumbo? Hate the new name? Thoughts on the design? I welcome all your thoughts in the comments below so please don't be shy!

I'm also posting this question to my social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so feel free to respond there instead. There's no formal poll... I'll just gauge people's thoughts based on comments.

If I do move forward with this change, it's going to mean some some changes to social media pages and the homepage here. But this is definitely the right time to do it!

Well, hello there!

It's been awhile, hasn't it?!

First, I'd like to extend a big hearty welcome to our new San-Diego Comic-Con subscribers! It was amazing to attend the show and meet so many folks from all over the world.

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Second... I'd like to extend a big hearty apology to long-time fans for the lengthy radio silence. Remember that exciting secret project I told you about..? Huh? Whadya mean, no?! Well, I've spent the past couple years making it a reality and I'm itching to show it off. This company is (for now) a one-man operation so it can take a good while to get projects off the ground, especially when those projects involve setting up complex relationships with video game studios...

The secret project should be announced sometime over the next few weeks. Following that, I'll be launching my first Kickstarter campaign to offer the book directly to you! Since I can't yet reveal the title--contractual agreements and all that--I'll instead give you a general idea of what to expect...

The new project is a 116-page graphic novel based on the world and characters from a popular video game. I've been working hard to ensure the project is done properly with the same level of quality you've come to expect from Dreamside.

Speaking of which... what's happening with Sarah's first book, anyway?! I promise it's still coming, BUT it will need to follow this new project's release. There are many reasons for this, some of which are unfortunately out of my control. I'm sure you know I want the best for the project and I want you to have the best possible version of the book. While this may disappoint long time fans, I believe it's the best option available for Dreamside. Stay tuned as I ramp back up the social media channels (especially YouTube vids!) where I'll explain more.

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But! I will have something to offer Dreamside fans much sooner! At Comic-con, I offered four exclusive Dreamside prints. They are 13x19 inch inkjet beauties printed on a super cool metallic silver paper. I still have some left and will be making them available just as soon as I can get my store up and running! Stay tuned for more info...

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In the meantime, feel free to reach out! Are you excited about the promise of this new project? Can't wait to get your hands on a Dreamside print (or the whole set)? Want to really chew me out for my long absence? Comment below or reach out to me via my contact page (or hit me up on any of my social media channels).

It's gonna be an exciting and busy fall season ;)

 

Hey Everybody, very exciting things happening over this way! Unfortunately, the intense focus this new project requires is stealing away just about all of my time. I promise, once the project is announced, you will understand why I've dedicated so much time to it. Until I'm ready to make a proper announcement, I'm giving myself a break from these videos for the next few weeks. That's not to say you won't hear from me--I'll be posting more frequently on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and my website as well. Make sure to stay tuned--very exciting announcements are right around the corner ;)

Just a Quick Update...

Today's video features a quick update about a couple of exciting things happening over here at D.M. Cumbo. Has Dreamside found its perfect publishing partner!?

Does your art have value?

"Value" as a art term refers to the lightness or darkness of a color. When used effectively, value can be a powerful tool for visual storytelling. In today's video, I show off a simple technique you can use to ensure your art has strong value contrast where needed.

Until next time... happy painting!

Dreamside Publishing Update

Just a super quick update video today to let you know some potentially exciting news on the publishing side of things. Cool things are happening..!

Understanding Eye Highlights

This week's video is all about a simple technique you can use in your drawings to make your characters' eyes pop. Stylization is, for me and many others, the most entertaining aspect of character drawing. But, before we stylize, we should understand anatomy. Today's video focuses specifically on drawing areas of light and shadow on the eye. Enjoy and happy drawing!