Children of Gaia: The Great Nations of Rendaraia is now available!
OMG! BIG NEWS EVERYONE! As many of you already know my partner, Lynsey G and I started a publishing company just over a year ago called Oneshi Press. We started it for two reasons: 1) We were working on several projects that we wanted to put out into the world, and 2) We want to eventually bring other people’s stories to the world. Also. We’ve been hard at work writing, editing, and making tons of artwork for a number of illustrated books, graphic novels, and comics, and now the first book is ready!
It’s a fantasy art novel that tells some of the back story for the larger fantasy narrative Children of Gaia, which has been an on going work in progress by myself and Chris Covelli for over 20 years. In the past few years our efforts have been joined by a small but growing team of outstanding talent, including: Lynsey G, Peter lampasona, Laure Bersig, and Jenny Williamson. This book, The Great Nations of Rendaraia is told from the perspective of a character within the larger story, it’s written and illustrated as if he, the fictional character Jan’Ka’Zian wrote and illustrated it himself. I’ve spent the last three years creating richly detailed art to fill this book with from cover to cover. The Great Nations of Rendaraia may have been written and illustrated by yours truly, but it was edited like cuh-razy by Lynsey G, who had to become something of a COG scholar herself to keep the text on course. It’s the first of many projects to come from the Children of Gaia series, I’m so proud of it, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you!
Right now, the book is only available for purchase directly through the Oneshi Press website! You can place an order directly with us for a signed trade paperback, or a signed, numbered, limited-edition hardcover (we only printed 50, and there are only 35 left already). We’ll ship it off to you with some extra goodies included, and I’m happy to sign it and even personalize the inscription according to your wishes! Oh, and if you subscribe to our Patreon campaign first, you can take a discount on your book equal to the amount of your monthly pledge!
If you don’t want to spring for the signed version and all that Patreon stuff, don’t worry! You can also preorder an unsigned trade paperback from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Powell’s, or Book Depository. It will be released and shipped on May 1! Whatever your preference, order now, and then review it on Amazon or Goodreads to help spread the word!
To celebrate the completion of this massive undertaking, we’re having a book launch party that doubles as an art show on May 5 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at the Shakespeare & Co. bookstore in downtown Missoula, Montana! I’ll be selling and signing books and prints of Children of Gaia artwork. There will be original sculpture and costume design from the Children of Gaia universe on display, and toward the end of the evening, I’ll be unveiling a brand-new animated video in which artist John Kazanjian will read the introduction to the book to a score written and performed by musician Jack Schell. Oh, and there will be snacks and booze! If you’re in Missoula, stop by to say hello! And if you’re not, we’re planning to live-stream the event on my Twitch Channel twithc.tv/jayeldraco, so you can still be a part of the shindig!