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The Project

+ The background

In 2012, Micah sat on a bench swing out side of Gillepie Hall in McPherson, Kansas and an idea hit him and he had to write it down. Three months and three to five hours a day of writing later, Burdens of Draco became a novel of 300 pages. Six years, 15 edits, 12 songs, and a whole lot trial and error later the novel became a possible comic project.

Today, through a lot of humbling experiences I have come to a great place where Charissa and Micah are producing quality work at a high level and good speed. My goal has continued to be the same thing the whole journey: create an amazing story.

Micah now travels and speaks at churches, schools, comic book stores, and other venues sharing with teens and adults. He speaks about the value of creativity and encourages them to take the next step and be bold in what they may be scared to do.

 

+ The Plan

How do you make an amazing story? Well, besides hard work, it takes a detailed plan and several opinions of people you trust to tear all the weaknesses of your story away. Burdens of Draco will be 15 issues, the first being "Burdens of Draco: The Birth of Good and Evil" which came out summer of 2017. The rest of the issues as well as the the first will be available for only $0.99 digitally.

What can we expect? Expect to have an exciting story that builds a world you want to watch grow and leaves you wanting more. The first issue will be 23 pages of awesomeness. Want more? We believe in the story and we believe the only way to make true fans of something in such a competitive market is to find a cheap way to get it into their hands. That's why every issue will only be $0.99. After that we believe the story will sell itself. Once the entire series is done we plan to launch a Kickstarter to get funding to print the entire series as one book.

+ The Rest

How do I pay for the issues? It's already paid for...YES, you heard right. All fifteen issues are paid for and we require no funding and will not be asking you for any of your hard earned money besides that of $0.99 per issue for a digital copy.

What does this mean for you? This means that each issue it will be up to you to share this awesome story with others to spread the word and make it known. Share it on social media, buy it for a friend, do whatever you can to make it big so that when it's all said and done you get the best possible printing of the book as well as thousands of others.

We dream big at Matchstick Comics and we want you too as well. Create a piece of fan art, tell us a story, refer a friend and you never know, your next issue may be free on us with a special shout out to you! 

We're excited to share this world with you and we want you on the journey with us. 

So are you ready? 


This three part series dives into the universe of the 15 issue series Burdens of Draco with interviews of creator and writer Micah Metz. Learn the process, thoughts, dreams, and origin of the story as Micah shares his excitement for the next installments of the series. Find the other two episodes on our YouTube channel.

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The Writer

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Micah Metz

I was born in Marion, Indiana. From a very young age I loved super heroes; as a kid, I would play with action figures for literally hours on end. When I got older I started watching cartoons and reading comic books. As time went on, my love of storytelling grew. I love watching good story telling whether it is TV, movies, video games, comic books, or some other way creative people find to tell stories, I eat the stuff up! My wife, Maggie, has been my biggest support and cheerleader during the book writing process. 

As for Burdens of Draco, I have been writing it for four years. I have been writing and re-writing, editing and tweaking, making sure the story has an impact on the reader--making sure that it is a story that not only excites the reader but moves them emotionally. With help from a few sample readers and my editor, A.J. Ellis, the story is now complete. The rough page count for the story is 280 pages, which makes for a pretty hefty graphic novel. That is why we are splitting it into 20 page issues. I am most excited to see how reader reacts to the twists and turns placed throughout the book and the interesting characters that they will meet.


The artist

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Charissa Beukema

Hey, there! I'm an overtly passionate illustrator, concept artist, and storyteller currently residing in Houston, Texas.

I'm inspired by everything my senses touch--the movies I watch, the books I read, the music I hear, the games I play, the life I live--it all finds its way into my artwork and writing. That inspiration pours itself out with a vengeance daily. There are so many stories in my brain constantly vying for attention it can be hard to settle on just one at a time. But I look forward to setting each of them free, sharing them with more than just myself.

It might seem counterproductive, but this goal of setting stories free is exactly why I signed on with Micah. When Micah approached me about illustrating Burdens of Draco,  I saw a story itching to be unleashed and a creator desperate to share it. It was a sight I couldn't help but be sympathetic toward. While Draco may not be my brain child, I'm stoked to create it, share it, and set it free.

In so doing, I might just set my own stories free, too.

 

Visit me at charissajbeukema.com!


The Archivist

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Matt Henderson

I live in Ohio with my wife and three kids. Having just turned 40, I have been alive long enough to have some pretty great inspiration for writing. Any parent could write a book made up only of stories from raising kids.

However, my enjoyment of crafting stories started when I was little. I used to spend hours sketching out little worlds on paper and filling them with characters. As I grew up, I got more involved in both digital Role Playing Games as well as Pen and Paper RPGs. Both of these were pretty exceptional outlets for crafting good story.

My writing style lends more towards deep character development which is why I have enjoyed being part of the Burdens of Draco team. Micah has the world pretty well fleshed out. He has given me the freedom to fill it with interesting characters.

My primary role in BoD is to write the Archive entries. The small lore items that fill in details we couldn't cover in the comic. I am currently working on a couple larger projects we call Side Stories.


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