Celebrated BA Illustration graduate Corban Wilkin is looking to the 'crowdfunding' website Kickstarter in a bid to find the investors he needs to publish his first full-length graphic novel, Breaker's End.
The 23-year-old, who graduated in 2011, is looking to raise £5,000 to cover the costs of the first print and distribution of his stylish 200-page novel, which he began while still a student at Middlesex University.
'Backers' can invest between £10 and £200 and will all receive a first edition copy of the book. Those who invest more will also receive a range of other works from the artist, including original artwork, exclusive prints and hand-drawn sketches of themselves and their family.
Having drawn the first draft of the novel in 2011, Corban has been through multiple drafts since as he honed it into the stunning graphic novel that it now is.
"This novel tells the story of homeless forest-dwellers who get kicked off the land they live on," Corban said.
"It's been my passion for the last year-and-a-half, and the Kickstarter campaign will allow me to publish it as a great-looking paperback."
With plenty of interest in the project so far, Corban has been delighted to see the popular website include his campaign in the 'Staff Picks' section and is optimistic that he will hit his target by the time the funding period closes on Wednesday August 21.
As with all Kickstarter projects, however, none of the backers will pay a penny until the whole target is reached and the investment contract is activated.
"Crowdfunding through websites like Kickstarter is the future of publishing, especially graphic novels such as Breaker's End," Corban added.
"Selling my book directly through pre-ordering allows it to be published sooner without compromising quality."
Last year, Corban shot to fame when he won the prestigious Observer/Jonathan Cape/Comica graphic short story competition with his beautifully drawn But I Can't – a sweet-yet-sad tale of alien encounters which captured the judges' hearts.