Drift of Dreams - A Swordsfall Graphic Novel
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"So, wake up, Dreamer. Wake up and seize your fate."
The Withering King Xavian has somehow spread his corruption to The Tapestry, the connected network of slumbering humans. His corruption is causing dreams to turn and become twisted in strange and unnatural ways. Your once innocent dreams become sinister nightmares capable of corrupting your mortal soul into something else...
"But fear not, Dreamer..."
Dreamweavers from around the world, like myself, have banded together to stem the tide of corruption. But we need your help, Dreamer. The only way to push Xavian away and out of The Tapestry is through the combined might of human dreams. This means that we must enter the dreams of slumbering humans around Tikor and wake them to the dangers we face.
Only once you Dreamers are awake can you affect your dreams and push back against the corrupting forces of Xavian.
"So, wake up, Dreamer. Wake up and seize your fate."
Drift of Dreams IS a 184-page full-color graphic novel set within the Swordsfall universe. You will find stories from people across Tikor within these pages, caught in the struggle for power between ancient beings. It's a struggle that humans never asked for yet are nevertheless entangled in. Where once Tikor the battlefield, it's now in the theater of the mind. A dreamworld where humans have all the power, and yet none.
Some humans revel in the chance to fight against the corruption that threatens to break the dreamworld. When the Dreamweavers awaken them, they use their dreams and push back against Xavian.
On the other hand, some find themselves pulled to the dark seduction of The Withering King. Which one of their darkest nightmares are actually their greatest wish? Xavian knows, and he shows them visions of things yet to come.
The central group of Dreamweavers, known as The Kelm, have dispatched their most talented 'Weaver, a private figure known as The Seeker, to deal with the rising threat. They say that when it comes to diving through the connected dreamscape, no one is better.
However, The Seeker isn't the only one in The Tapestry with a mission. Deep amidst the dreams, a corrupted Dreamweaver lurks. Having succumbed to the vile curse of Xavian's Touch, they are now the conduit allowing the god of corruption to invade The Tapestry.
The Drift of Dreams graphic novel will have TWO covers to pick from. The Goddess of Creation, Ishvana, or The Withering King, Xavian.
The Ishvana graphic novel cover is drawn by Swordsfall Lead Artist Tumo Mere. If you've been following Swordsfall at all, then his art should be no surprise to you! His art leads the style and design of Swordsfall, bringing a real taste of Africa to the world.
The Xavian graphic novel cover is drawn by legendary Artist Chris Cold. Cold is a bit of a hidden name in the art world. You may not know his name off the top of your head, but his work is in dozens of books, games, and even movies. The way he draws terrifying and creepy figures is among some of the best. His name was the first in mind when it came to bringing the foreboding corruption of Xavian to life.
Will you patron Ishvana or Xavian?
For this Graphic Novel, we've brought together an amazing crew of artists from around the world. All of them are excited to bring the unique flavor of diversity that is Swordsfall to ink. Be sure to visit their sites and add them on social media!
- Twitter - @lgions
- Website - lgions.com
Bre Indigo (NDGO)
- Website - http://breindigo.com/
- Patreon - http://patreon.com/ndgoarts
- Linktree - https://linktr.ee/NDGOarts
Joshua Small (TheKodo)
- Twitter - http://twitter.com/xthekodo
- Instagram - http://instagram.com/the.kodo
- Twitter - https://twitter.com/spacejam_kam
- Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/spacejamkamart/?hl=en
Mariá "Raposa Branca" Scárdua
- Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/Raposabranca13
- Artstation - https://www.artstation.com/raposabranca
- Twitter - https://twitter.com/mormadillus
- Artstation - https://mmmadeline.artstation.com/
- Twitter - https://mobile.twitter.com/TolaLDN
- Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/artoftolagram
- Artstation - https://www.artstation.com/artoftola
Tanni "Queen Beanie" Brown
- Twitter - https://twitter.com/queenbeanie
- Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/queenbean_ie/
- Artstation - https://tannibeanie.com/
Wayne C. Spencer
- Twitter - https://twitter.com/KidGalactus
- Site - http://spencerranch.net/
I wish that most of the graphic novels that I read when I was younger were like this! The artistic direction differs from chapter to chapter, giving a lot of black artists the opportunity to show off their styles without feeling like they all have to draw everything the same, which complements the “dream-like” quality of its story. The sheer amount of worldbuilding, dedication and planning that went into the creation of this book will never fail to astound me, and I can see this book becoming a key fixture of my bookshelf. My only gripe was that the novel was too short, which fails to hinder my appreciation of every other aspect mentioned in this review. I hope to see more quality prose, art and worldbuilding like this from Swordsfall in the future!
Drift of Dreams is a masterful example of immersive fantasy in a unique sci-fi, Afro-punk setting, brought to life with a strong storytelling voice and harmonious creative collaboration. In a story all about travelling through dreamworlds, having each chapter be illustrated by a different artist is not only a celebration of diversity, but also feels like a natural direction of using the graphic medium itself to explore fluid human perspectives. The world of Swordsfall is also richly imagined, giving the reader the sense of this being only one slice of a much larger universe. In true immersive style, the rules and development of this world is clearly delivered, giving the reader just enough information to put together the nitty-gritty mysteries on their own. I am highly interested in discovering other works in this same universe, as Swordsfall seems to be truly adept at telling larger stories in standout, standalone chapters! 10/10
I backed the kickstarter and eagerly followed it's progress. Great art and storyline.
The story starts as an adventure and ends on a lesson about people. The change in artists between chapters helps in telling the story, and all the artist bring their own style to shape and light the tale. In short, the art is great. I will reread this story again soon, and need to reread poems by Emily Dickinson and Langston Hughes. It touches on all parts of dreams, the goals and aspirations of the waking world and the true desires and surrealism of sleep.
For now though, I need to dwell on my own emotions.
I preordered this book but waited for the physical version to arrive instead of immediately reading the digital cause I'm a sucker for curling up with a comic like I'm a 10 year old at my local public library. IT WAS SO VERY WORTH IT. The art is so varied and beautiful, the story is incredibly imaginative, and I legit almost cried at the end. Absolutely fantastic graphic novel.
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