Katana of Gion Art Book Project

A massive Art Book: Over 100 pages depicting in detail the world of Katana of Gion, bringing together all its characters and places.

À propos du projet

Katana of Gion is my life project, an ode to Old Japan and above all, an embodiment of my love for the Geisha.  The Story I’ve created represents my vision of the Japanese society from the 17th century, the period corresponding to the creation of the Shogunate, who ruled Japan until the 19th century.

This is all well and good, but I guess you’re not here, dear reader, for a history lesson on Japan’s Modern Era…

The purpose of this Kickstarter is to fund the creation and production of the Katana of Gion “Encyclopedia” Art Book. The pledged money will be used to pay the artist & designer that will illustrate and design the book as well as the production and shipping of all the rewards for the Kickstarter Campaign. Stretch goals will be added soon. I’ve added a Budget Sectionbelow so you can see exactly how the money raised would be used.

Welcome to a mysterious Geisha Universe and to the Saionji Family’s world.

“This Story centers around Saionji Akirako, a 15 year-old girl who has just been titled samurai, head of her family and ruler of the 17th century Gion, Kyoto’s most famous Geisha District.

The Saionji Family has an unusual Story: The women are heirs and victims of a curse, decreed by the first Shogun. The latter, to reward the bravery of his friend Saionji in combat, had allowed his daughter to become heir to the title and a samurai, but the first Saionji heiresses forged a katana, as a gift to the shogun’s wife, who then killed herself with it. Thus, the shogun took revenge by casting a curse on this katana: The heirs who receive it would become insane and die in agony.

Akirako is the current heir and she has a forbidden love affair with Chinatsu, a geisha that abandoned her position to live with her in Gion. Akirako will soon receive the cursed katana and will live her terrible fate.

How will she bear this curse? Surrounded by her friends?

 

This massive Art Book will detail the world of Katana of Gion, bringing together all the characters and places that compose it. Through it you will get to know every street of Gion (Kyoto), all the stories and characters I have created: each heiress from the Saionji Family, and every individual generation of geisha. All of which have their own histories, friends, lovers and enemies. This even includes mythical characters like the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu and the Blind Empress Koken, from the VIIth Century.

Aside from including information of the Katana of Gion universe, we strive to capture the essence of the life of a Geisha including its sensuality and its haunting heartbreaking beauty through over 100 illustrations contained in this beautifully designed Art Book.

Features:

  • Standard Edition – Softcover
  • 120 Pages (Including Full-page and Spread illustrations), Character Concepts, environment designs and sketches
  • Size: A4
  • Collector’s Edition – Hardcover with Dust Jacket.
  • 120 Pages (Including Full-page and Spread illustrations), Character Concepts, environment designs and sketches
  • Size: A4

Help us make this happen!

Digital Wallpaper featuring never seen before Katana of Gion artwork by Eimi Hu, just for our Kickstarter Backers.

Sticker Pack

Postcard Set (4 designs postcards ea.)
Artists: Kme, Fée Absinthe, Narilys, Utena-Sama.

Postcard Set Ft. Art by Kme, Fee-Absinthe, UtenaxChan and Narilys
Postcard Set Ft. Art by Kme, Fee-Absinthe, UtenaxChan and Narilys

Prints Set (4 Illustrations ea.)

Katana of Gion Hair Ornament

"Katana of Gion" Hair Ornaments by KUMI / Photo by Clange
“Katana of Gion” Hair Ornaments by KUMI / Photo by Clange

Limited Edition Giclee Print  – Made with Archival pigments on Acid-Free Matte paper, 12″ x 18″ inches.

Limited Edition Giclee Print / Art by Eimi Hu
Limited Edition Giclee Print / Art by Eimi Hu

Wood Print 12″ x 24″

Wall Scroll Print (Magnetic Wood Hanger Frame) 12″ x 18″ inches

Wall Scroll / Art by Eimi Hu
Wall Scroll / Art by Eimi Hu

Katana of Gion – Sketchbook
Author: Cecile Khalifa, Featuring Illustrations by 11 artists
Design: Clange – Cover: Full Color – Interior: Black and White
95 Pages / Size: A5

Katana of Gion Sketchbook, Cover by Narilys
Katana of Gion Sketchbook, Cover by Narilys

The Katana of Gion Sketchbook features artwork by Eternal-S, Alistia, SambreSambre, Iksumi, FeeAbsinthe, Rocktuete, Kme, Mariposa-Nocturna, Piccolaria, Springouille, Doria-Plume and AudreyMolinatti.

Katana of Gion Sketchbook Back and Open
Katana of Gion Sketchbook Back and Open


Katana of Gion Manga Vol. 01

Author: Cecile Khalifa – Art: Bob Raigen – Design: Clange
Cover: Full Color – Interior: Black and White Size: A5 / 196 Pages

Katana of Gion Manga Vol. 01
Katana of Gion Manga Vol. 01

Katana of Gion Manga Vol. 02

Author: Cecile Khalifa – Art: Bob Raigen – Design: Clange
Cover: Full Color – Interior: Black and White Size: A5 / 114 Pages

Katana of Gion Manga Vol. 02
Katana of Gion Manga Vol. 02

 

Here’s a breakdown of the costs for the making of this Project:

Production (including Artist Fee, Project Rewards, etc.) – 67%
Diagrammatic & Design – 6%
Shipping – 19%
Fees – 8% Kickstarter + transaction fees

Hi! Meet the people involved in the Project:

Art by Bob Raigen
Art by Bob Raigen

Cécile Khalifa – Author

IG: katanaofgion
FB: Katana of Gion
Web: www.katanaofgion.com

Cécile is a French medievalist historian, passionate about Japan. Her motivation is to improve the image of the Geisha, by debunking the clichés that plague those true artists. The Katana of Gion manga is available online since 2010, thanks to a meeting between the author and the Indonesian designer, Bob-Raigen. The story, including three volumes and a sketchbook, has been developed since 2008. Cécile has been travelling to numerous conventions to spread the word about her project, such as: Japan Expo (2011, 2012 & 2016), Thursday of Nîme (August 2011), Mangazur (April 2016), Polymanga (March 2016), Quai des Bulles (October 2015) and Lill’Otaku (October 2016). In July 2016 the Project was featured in the Magazine “Art of Japan” in the Article “Photoshop Advanced Serie” and includes an interview with Cécile.

Cut Here by Eimi Hu
Cut Here by Eimi Hu

Eimi Hu – Artist

IG: @eimihu
FB: Eimihu
Web: www.amyhussein.com
Tumblr: eimihu.tumblr.com

Amy Hussein (Eimi Hu) is a dominican-american visual artist. She meets Cécile in 2012 on the Deviantart online platform and they have worked together on several occasions since then. An Altos de Chavón School of Design graduate (Fine Arts/Illustration), she has shown her work in several spaces and institutions in her home country, such as La Alpargatería, Casa Quien, Museo de Arte Moderno (MAM), and is currently part of Quisqueya Henríquez’s “Unidad Útil” Project in the XXVI Concurso Eduardo León Jimenes, Centro León. Her work references pop and mass culture, mythology and fairy/folk tales, and has been greatly influenced by japanese wood prints (ukiyo-e), anime, video games and the internet. She currently lives and works in the Dominican Republic.

Detail of artwork by Ivanna Candelier for Franny & Zoe
Detail of artwork by Ivanna Candelier for Franny & Zoe

 

Ivanna Candelier – Graphic Designer

IG: ivannacandelier
FB: Ivanna Candelier
Web: http://www.ivannahace.com/

Ivanna is an independent graphic designer and illustrator. She has consolidated her work with more than 4 years experience developing and working with different brands. Great approach to detail, typography and personality define her work. Her studies include: Advertising Communication (UNIBE), Online Communication Strategy (IED Madrid), Portfolio Illustration (School Of Visual Arts, NY).

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*Previous Commissions featured in the video by artists: Kamidoudou (http://kamidoudou.deviantart.com), Doria-Plume (http://doria-plume.deviantart.com) Raka-Raka (http://raka-raka.deviantart.com) Ooneithoo (http://ooneithoo.deviantart.com), Bob Raigen.


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