When a disaffected rhinoceros ends up on the journey of a lifetime, courtesy of a multiverse-traveling whale, he introduces readers to an entirely new world full of strange creatures that feels like it's on the other side of a looking glass. That's the world to which iconic Kansas City artist Scribe (Donald Ross) is introducing readers in his forthcoming art and prose book, Resound Fields, set to launch soon on Kickstarter for a fall 2022 release.
When Rumpus the rhinoceros calls out "sick" from work to spend the day pursuing his art, he doesn't expect to be eaten by a giant, flying whale, or end up in a reality completely different from his own. Nor does he realize he's following the footsteps of his beloved grandfather, who disappeared years ago. But when he finds himself on an island in need of help, oppressed by a regime that keeps the populace under control through mind-pacifying cupcakes, Rumpus realizes he can't just walk away. With the help of a tiny bee-eater, a raucous lion sage, and a brave and impetuous griffon, Rumpus learns that imagination, music, and art may just hold the key to a brighter future.
Scribe's unique blend of an all-ages chapter book with comic panels and full page art that moves the story forward is the result of years spent imagining this world. Characters who appear in the story have been featured in Scribe's art—figurines, public murals, and sketchbooks—for over a decade. It should come as no surprise to those who know Scribe's work that Resound Fields focuses on the power of art and music to change the world.
For readers who loved the weirdness of classic portal fantasies like Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz, with the appeal of art for an audience of all ages, similar to comics like Bone and Digger, reading Resound Fields will be reminiscent of both experiences—while also something entirely new.
While you're waiting to back Resound Fields on Kickstarter, you can get a sneak peek into the world through Scribe's world-specific Resound Fields Instagram, or follow his main Scribeswalk account.
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