'A Daughter of Kings: The Graphic Novel' by Robert Stanek is Released
"A Daughter of Kings," Robert Stanek's exciting graphic novel set in the fantasy world of Ruin Mist is now available everywhere books are sold, including full retina display high resolution graphics for Apple iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/daughter-kings-epic-fantasy/id612366278)
Delinna Alder's life is about to change forever, for the Watcher has returned and he's brought with him one of the Orbs of Power. He's hunted across worlds for the orb, and she's longed for his return so that she can finally have answers to questions long ago asked. Those answers lead her into an exile from which there is no return.
When Robert Stanek first began writing about Ruin Mist in 1986, he knew he wanted to explore this fascinating universe in both words and pictures. This desire is one reason his "The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches" books have so many illustrations. The special illustrated editions of "Keeper Martin's Tale" and "Kingdom Alliance" took this marriage of words and pictures even further as those books have over 60 full-page illustrations, including a segment in "Kingdom Alliance" where a key battle scene is told visually through a sequence of full-page illustrations.
In 2007, Robert Stanek decided to explore the world visually even further and started work on the Ruin Mist comics and graphic novels. Comics and graphic novels are developed in stages. For his comics and graphic novels, he followed a six-part process beginning with imagining.
Imagining is where the writer dreams up the story and develops it page-by-page on a storyboard. At this stage, Robert was the designer, developer, and director as well as creator. He broke down each page into a series of panels, describe how each panel should look, where each panel should be positioned, and what each panel should contain. This is a long process as a single page can take several pages to describe. Revision, development, and editing are of course part of the imagining process.
Next came penciling. Penciling is where an artist takes the writer's vision and makes it reality, working through each panel of each page and sending proofs to the writer for approval. There's a lot of back and forth in this process. Once the pencil panels and pages are finalized, the pencil art is passed on to an inker who renders the final lines of each panel and page so it can be colored. After a page is inked and colored, the writer works to finalize the story. The final story is edited before it is lettered.
Lettering is the process of entering and positioning the dialogue, story text, and other text elements onto each panel of each page. It's a long process, but the result is something unique: a printed story that is told visually as much as with words. And that's how Robert Stanek's comics and graphic novels are born.
Robert Stanek is the author of over 150 books. His epic series Ruin Mist Chronicles includes"Keeper Martin's Tale," "Kingdom Alliance," "Fields of Honor," and "Mark of the Dragon" and was also released for young adults as "The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches" #1 - #4 and "In the Service of Dragons"#1 - #4. He is also well-known for his Bugville Critters children's picture book series. His books have been bestsellers on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Audible.com, and Apple iTunes. For more information, visit www.imaginedlands.com and www.robert-stanek.com.
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