Finn McCool - Celtic Ireland's Greatest Hero

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 ...
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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 our Irish Heroes.

Finn McCool was the legendary protector of Ireland and Chief of The Fianna, the elite bodyguard to the High Kings of Ireland. Finn and The Fianna's heroic adventures and deeds are well known within the Irish community and 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. What you will not see, is the Graphic Novel of the hero, that, my friends, is about to change. 

The time has come to honour our ancient Irish heroes and in the highest way possible - by putting their fine names on the lips of true clansmen and women the world over. Part of our vision for the novel is for young men and women to read them, 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. 

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. This is an original project, a one off, you can be part of this fantastic journey.

We are producing of the Hardcover Original Graphic Novel, featuring the retelling of Finn’s origin. In order to hire the best writers, pencillers, inkers, colourists and letterers in the business to bring this vision to life, we need your 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.  

       

Above we see Fiacuil, Finn's warrior mentor and the dreaded, Goll Mc Morna, the man who murders Finn's father, a conflict indeed  ...

Above is Saba Priestess of the underworld and Finn's true love. Saba first comes to Finn in the form of a white deer, cursed so by the dark lord of the underworld. Finn lifts the curse and we see here, Saba transformed back into the beautiful woman she is.

Below is the magical druid Finegas, another wise mentor of Finn's. He teaches Finn the value of the earth and the magic that she holds. Finegas also catches the fames, "Salomon of knowledge."

"You've seen the Movies 'Braveheart', 'Rob Roy', 'Highlander' and recently, the Pixar animation, 'Brave'.  All great and 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 - Irish legends and its Heroes deserve a place in our hearts with the graphic novel and up on the Big Screen.

Below we see the Boy Finn's first day of warrior initiation with his wild mentor, Fiacuil.

This ground breaking project will lead the way in the reemergence of the Irish Celtic Warrior Heroes. It will become part of your story, your history, not only for you, but for your ancestors. By honouring them, you honour the past, by honouring the past, you become the hero ...

Below we see Finn's first encounter with the magical druid, Finegas.

Together we can forge a new wave of Heroes ... and this time it's IRISH and the Greatest Irish Hero there ever was, Finn McCool

Below we see the moment that Finn is forced to face death, in more ways than one ...

     "When you are dust, how will you be remembered?"

By supporting this project you will literally create for yourself, and kin, a lasting legacy that you can feel deeply proud of. Part of what the Finn McCool stories stand for, is the mentoring and initiation of our youth. 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.


Below are seven images from Courtney Davis' art pack for this campaign. They are copies of original art from the Finn McCool's story. We are offering these as a part of perk donations. Please view listings on the right hand side of the campaign for more details.

        

       

Totally one off and unique ... Should you choose to donate to a perk that comes with a certificate of authenticity, we will do our best to get it to you by Christmas. However, we cannot guarantee the postal system, so we are offering you a downloadable certificate, with your, or the name of the person you are gifting, printed and embossed into the certificate. This will come from our dedicated website, you can then mount or frame the certificate for yourself or a receiver, after all, a part of Irish history is an incredible gift for anyone ...

The first wave of funding gets us out into the world with this incredible story, on the Graphic Novel platform. A completed Screenplay for the first film is here, part two is well underway. "A classic in the action adventure genre, and deserves serious studio consideration." But here's the thing, we don't want to just give it away to the big studios, we want to produce as much of the project as possible with the help of public funding. By doing so, we retain as much of the story's authenticity as we can. From the Graphic Novel, to the big screen. You are invited on that wild journey of creation, we want you to be a part of one of the finest stories to have ever come out of Ireland ... 

        

The images that you are seeing are from the talents of John Walters, known for his Stunning VFX on the latest Spartacus series for the US STARZ channel and Courtney Davis, the world's leading Celtic illustrator. Their artwork will become the imagery for the Graphic Novel. John's with the graphic page layout and Courtney's with his incredible Irish knot-work which brings in the magic of the Celtic world. Each page will carry with it Finn McCool's legend. From his true love Saba, cursed into the form of a white deer and freed by Finn from her entrapment, to Saint Patrick, in dialogue with Oisin, Finn's son, or the wild druid, Finegas and the many more characters that I'm sure you will love, and if its "World of Role Play" you're into, we have some fantastic new characters for you to dream alive.

What lifts Finn McCool's stories above the crowd?  In truth, reality. Scattered across Ireland are dozens of sacred sites that pre-date the coming of christianity and unlike the make believe world of Tolkien's, "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of The Rings" who dwell on "Middle Earth" (a place that does not exist), the sites across Ireland do.  Many of them include the stories of Finn McCool and the elite bodyguard, the Fianna, protectors of the High Kings of ancient Ireland.

  

   All of the funds will go towards the graphic novel's production, the artwork, writing, lettering, colouring, printing, marketing and distribution. Anything you can offer will help. In return we will offer our deepest gratitude in all kinds of unique perks. Please see the perk bar for details. *Please note: Travel and accommodation expenses are not included and postage outside of the USA must be added if you are claiming a perk that requires postage.

What's in a name? There's a very interesting fact about the hero, did you know that there's at least seven different spellings of his name? This has come about over thousands of years, the stories became legends, the legends became myths. Here's the names we know of: Finn McCool ... Fionn Mac Cum Hail ... Finn McCuail ... Fionn McCumhail ... Fyn Mc Cuail ... Fionn McCual ... Finn McCuail. Some say that his name is spelt "Fionn" but that would make it the modern spelling, others say "Finn" the old way. So, what we decided to do was to offer the hero's name so that EVERYBODY can read and pronounce it, an inclusive spelling, hence ... "Finn McCool". Now, for all of the die-hard Gaelic fan's of the hero, we will also be producing a limited edition version, with all of the names, and there are many, spelt in the ancient Irish Gaelic. If that's the copy you'd like, then please just email and let us know. You can do so via this page when you preorder your copy of the graphic novel. 

What happens if we don't reach our total goal? We will continue the project come what may by STARTING, we can still hire the artists and even begin by creating a soft copy of the stories. We want to invite you to become involved, you are our community, our tribe, we believe that you should have the chance to be a part of this exciting reemergence of the Wild Celt. We'll achieve this through the stories of Finn McCool, and the Fianna.  Finn would have wanted it that way. Real People, Real Project, Real Heart ... YOU.

                                      An old Irish saying goes:

So, com'on, let's you and I dream the Heroes alive, let's breathe anew the old, give fire to the wind, and call the gods to task. Our time is Now, we honour our past by becoming the hero, by becoming the Hero, we live the myths...

For more info on this project please visit these related websites:

http://www.Finn-McCool.com

https://www.facebook.com/FinnMcCoolTheMovie

www.artofjohnwalters.com

http://www.courtneydavisart.com

http://www.iyf.ie

Chris Brosnan is the Writer/Producer of the Finn McCool project. Born in the UK where he lived for 40 years, he now lives in Vancouver, Canada with his wife, Karen  and their 3.7 year old son Fionn.

Chris' background is in Film and T.V. production in the UK, as well as writing and performing for the music and stage industry, not only in the UK, but around the world. This has been his passion for over 25 years. Below is a shot of Chris with his son, Fionn, named after the legendary Irish hero Finn McCool ...

Speaking of Irish mythology ... it just wouldn't be right without a real Leprechaun ...

Chris' writing credits include: "Fugitive Fathers", "Wimps To Warriors", "The Shadow Catcher", "Healers", "Gospel According to Elvis", "The Redemption of Man" and "Finn McCool - The Forging of the Fianna." Graphic novel and the feature film screenplay of the same.

"I was first introduced to the legends of Finn McCool from my Grandmother and later from traditional storytellers. His legend has fascinated, not only me, but the people of Ireland and scholars alike the world over for centuries." 

Chris started his film career working alongside the likes of Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman, in big budget feature films, learning from the best in movies such as: "Willow", "Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves", "White Hunter- Black Heart", "Batman", and many, many more.

Although Chris started his career as an actor, he found that he preferred the other side of the camera. He became a writer/producer for stage in the early nineties and has also worked on productions for the BBC as well as many Independents.

The natural progression into producing is something Chris is very focussed on, and his passion and energy is on breathing life into this exiting new project.

Chris brings a wealth of experience in the industry, and an extensive book of contacts to the Finn McCool project.

If you are unable to donate, then you can still help us by spreading the word of our campaign to those around you, via Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, emails to friends, contacts and importantly by using the Indiegogo share button at the very top of this page ... YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE and remember that there's a blessings of magic and luck with every Irish story, so claim yours by supporting the heroes of old.

We will be updating the page as the campaign moves forward with new artwork and news, so keep in touch, send us your blessings, as we do to you ...

May you be blessed in all ways, always ...




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  • $25USD
    Featured
    Tara of the Kings

    1. Your signed hard cover copy of the Graphic Novel 2. Your name in the novel on the page of thanks. 3. Black and white book plate signed by the creator Chris Brosnan "You live in the memory of the High Kings"

    19 claimed

  • $5USD
    Finn's Thanks

    1. Your name engraved onto the "Warrior Wall of Heroes" on our dedicated website. "You offered something, rather than nothing, for that we honour your name, Hero."

    3 claimed

  • $10USD
    Goll of Morna

    1, Your copy of the PDF download version of the graphic novel. 2. Your name printed in thanks inside the novel. "The Warriors of the White Strand Remember Your Name"

    1 claimed

  • $20USD
    Finn's Favour

    1. Straight up and hot off the press ... Your signed copy of the Graphic Novel. 2. Your name in thanks printed inside the novel. "May your name be blessed in all ways, always"

    1 claimed

  • $30USD
    The McCool Clan Call

    1. Your signed hard cover copy of the Graphic Novel 2. Your name in the novel on the page of thanks. 3. Black and white book plate signed by the creator Chris Brosnan 4. The creator of the Graphic Novel, Chris Brosnan, will personally call you up and spin a story of the great hero, Finn McCool, just for you! (you will need to privately message your phone number to this page) "When we sing of your name, the feasting hall's will shake"

    2 claimed

  • $35USD
    Salmon of Knowledge

    1. Your hard cover copy of the Graphic Novel 2. Your name engraved onto the "Warrior Wall of Heroes" on our dedicated website. 3. Book plate signed by the creator Chris Brosnan 4. Signed copies of the conceptual artwork of Finn McCool "Your name will be sung at the feasting tables at Tara"

    6 claimed

  • $40USD
    Warrior Hero

    1. Your hard copy of the Graphic Novel 2. The PDF Download of the Graphic Novel 3. Your name engraved on the "Warrior Wall of Heroes" on our Finn McCool website 4. Signed copy of original artwork from the graphic novel. "The son of waves holds your name in high honour"

    9 claimed

  • $50USD
    Fianna Finn

    1. Your hard cover copy of the Graphic Novel 2. Your name engraved on the "Warrior Wall of Heroes" on our Finn McCool website 3. Signed copy of original artwork from the graphic novel. "The storm defender is the ring of your blade."

    6 claimed

  • $75USD
    Bard of Clan McCool

    1. Signed hard cover copy of the Graphic Novel 2. Your name engraved on the "Warrior Wall of Heroes" on our Finn McCool website 3. Signed copy of original artwork from the graphic novel "The bards will sing of your deeds."

    3 claimed

  • $100USD
    Druid's Dreaming

    1. Signed hard cover copy of the Graphic Novel 2. Your name engraved on the "Warrior Wall of Heroes" on our Finn McCool website 3. Signed copy of original artwork from the graphic novel 4. A pack of original artwork copies from the hand of Courtney Davis (see main page for examples). "The wisest of the wise whisper your name."

    2 claimed

  • $100USD
    Saba Sublime

    1. Signed hard cover copy of the Graphic Novel by the creator, Chris Brosnan. 2. Your name printed inside the novel in thanks. 3. Signed by Cindy. A limited edition, colour print of the Lady Landolt, created into the character of Saba, High Priestess of the Underworld. This unique perk is your own collector's piece, unavailable after the close of this campaign. "The High Priestess of the Underworld is your loyal consort"

    5 out of 200 claimed

  • $150USD
    Saba Supreme

    1. Signed hard cover copy of the Graphic Novel 2. Your name engraved on the "Warrior Wall of Heroes" on our Finn McCool website 3. Signed copy of original artwork from the graphic novel 4. A pack of original artwork copies from the hand of Courtney Davis (see main page for examples). 5. A signed copy of the original Finn McCool image from Courtney and certificate of authenticity. "The battle cry of the Celts is the calling of your Clan."

    2 claimed

  • $200USD
    Finegas the Fantastic

    All of the above. Plus: 1. Your copy of the Graphic Novel will have a SIGNED INKED DRAWING on the inside of Finn McCool in warrior pose. 2. Your Graphic Novel will also have the SIGNED and NUMBERED bookplate. 3. A signed, original black and white ink of any character you like from the Graphic Novel, Finn,Saba,Goll,Finegas,Fiacuil,Feer Doric.You name it, we'll create it just for you. "Never has so brave a warrior fought on the field of battle."

    0 claimed

  • $300USD
    Kin to the King

    All of the above. Plus: 1. Your copy of the Graphic Novel will have a SIGNED INKED DRAWING of Finn in warrior pose. 2. Your Novel will also have the SIGNED NUMBERED bookplate. 3. A signed, original black and white ink of any character you like from the Graphic Novel. 4. Your image drawn into the Graphic Novel as a warrior hero of the Fianna, male or female. "The strength of your blade is an honour to the Clan."

    2 claimed

  • $500USD
    Fianna Finn

    All the above.Plus: 1. Your Graphic novel will have a SIGNED INKED DRAWING of Finn 2. Novel with the SIGNED NUMBERED bookplate 3. An original SIGNED black and white ink of any character you like from the Graphic Novel 4. Your image drawn into the Novel as a warrior hero of the Fianna, male or female 5. A signed, original COLOUR artwork of Finn McCool with YOU & your family, should you wish "The blades of Morna are no match for you, Warrior."

    1 claimed

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    $750USD
    Supernatural Saba

    All the above. Plus: 1. Your copy of the Graphic Novel will have a SIGNED INKED DRAWING of Finn in warrior pose. 2. Your Novel will also have the SIGNED NUMBERED bookplate. 3. A SIGNED original COLOUR image of Finn McCool. 5. Your image created into the Graphic Novel as Saba, High Priestess and Finn's true love. You will become immortalized, the most powerful women in Irish mythology. "The realm of men bow to the grace, beauty and power of your form, Goddess"

    1 out of 1 claimed

  • $1,000USD
    Bloodline of the Kings

    ALL OF THE ABOVE. Plus: 1. The Storyteller: writer/creator of the Finn McCool Graphic Novel series, Chris Brosnan, will come to your event or home and in true Celtic style, recount for you and your kin, the deeds of Finn McCool and the legendary Fianna of ancient Ireland. "The blade of your voice, cuts through the winds of time."

    0 claimed

  • SOLD OUT

    $2,000USD
    You ... Immortalized

    Everything from the "Warrior Elite" level. Plus: 1. Your image, adapted and drawn into the graphic novel as the High King of Ireland, "Conn of the Hundred Battles". "You will sit on the throne of ancient Ireland and have Finn McCool himself, as your personal bodyguard." "From the royal Irish bloodlines you are favoured."

    1 out of 1 claimed

  • $3,000USD
    The Blessing of Ireland

    Everything from the "Court of the King". Plus: 1. A Once in a Lifetime Tour of Ancient Ireland. You will be escorted around some of the legendary sites of the Finn McCool stories, by traditional storytellers from Ireland. You will hear the stories and experience the magic first hand. If you want to visit with another person, then please make a larger donation. What that is, we leave to you... "The Land of Youth is the heart of your Spirit"

    0 claimed

  • $5,000USD
    Finn McCool's Legacy

    Everything from the "Court of the King" Level and above. PLUS: The Tour of Ireland. PLUS: The Live Storytelling Event. PLUS: Executive Producer Credits on the entire graphic novel series AND an invitation to the VIP launch of the graphic novel series to be held in Dublin, Ireland next year... "When you are dust, how will you be remembered?"

    1 claimed

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