There are legends, and then there are legends. The Irish legend of Finn McCool, is one of the ones that you may not have heard of, but it is very important to the people of Ireland, and now, for the first time in Irish history, the myths and stories of Celtic Ireland’s greatest hero are being created in to a graphic novel series. For the first time in hundreds of years, Finn’s legend is retold. Forged anew from the breath of the storyteller, but this time it’s different. This time the fireside is the modern world. This time, it’s in the form of a Graphic Novel. Now you have the chance to become part of that heroic quest, the journey of immortality, by remembering the Nobility of Irish Heroes.
This Indiegogo campaign is a celebration as well as the final funding needed to produce the first book in the Finn McCool graphic novel series. In 2013 the publisher raised just over $12,000 from Irish Celtic fans all over the world, with donations from eight different countries that ranged from $5 to a staggering $5,000. This is the passion that people have seen in their vision to bring the greatest warrior ancient Ireland ever knew onto the world platform of heroes. Now they are launching a new quest for funding and are giving others the opportunity to make a stand as they have, by helping them create the magic of the ancient, Irish Celtic world.
For those who may not be aware, Finn was the legendary protector of ancient Ireland and Chief of The Fianna, the elite bodyguard to the High Kings of old Ireland. Finn, and The Fianna’s heroic adventures and deeds are well known within the Irish community, if you reference, Finn McCool, you will see, not only the vast amount of links to his mythology, but also the many pubs, restaurants, organizations and clubs that celebrate his noble name by using it as a brand. However, what you will not see, is the Graphic Novel of the hero or the movie, with this promotion all that is about to change.
According to writer, creator Chris Brosnan, the time has come to honor the ancient Irish heroes and in the highest way possible, by putting their fine names in the hearts of true clansmen, and women, the world over. “Part of our vision for the novels is for young men and women to read the stories, as well as adults, to learn more about their heritage, rites of passage and initiations into adulthood, something we feel is sadly lacking in today’s world.” Brosnan went on to indicate that the stories of Finn McCool do just that, they teach. “This is part of the drive behind the graphic novel series, also to showcase the real heroes of our past, rather than the constant Superman v Batman overkill.”
Brosnan is producing a hardcover original graphic novel, featuring the retelling of Finn’s origin, and in order to hire the best writers, pencillers, inkers, colorists and letterers in the business to bring this vision to life, he is looking for fan support. “Our plan is to raise the money to be able to hire top-notch creative talent from the comic and graphic novel field and to partner with an American Comic Book publisher, Archaia, in order to distribute the graphic novel to comic and bookstores across the world.”
You’ve seen the Movies Braveheart, Rob Roy, Highlander, and Brave. While all of them are great films, they all have one thing in common; they’re Scottish. The magic, power and beauty that is Irish Story and myth has seemingly been overlooked by Hollywood and the world, but not any longer. According to Brosnan, by supporting this project you will literally create a lasting legacy. “Part of what the Finn McCool stories stand for, is the mentoring and initiation of our youth,” Brosnan stated. “Providing young people with safe, integral and beautiful settings for them to explore their own personal power, while being mentored onto the pathway of adulthood by trustworthy mentor figures. The producer of the Finn McCool project supports the Irish Youth Foundation charity. The mission of IYF is to provide opportunities for children and young people facing adverse and extreme conditions to experience success in their lives. A percentage of profits made from the graphic novel of Finn McCool, will be donated to this inspiring charity based in Dublin, Ireland.”
This campaign will receive all funds raised even if it does not reach its goal. Funding duration: March 04, 2014 – April 13, 2014.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.