We have a number of projects planned in the Children of Gaia universe, spanning a range of media.
Our currently active projects include:
The five Great Nations of Rendaraia have stood for centuries as strongholds of culture, magic, science, and military strength. When, one by one, the Nations mysteriously fall—each destroyed in a day, with no word or warning—the intrepid scholar Jan’Ka’Zian sets out to record a complex network of intertwined cultures on the edge of destruction. Jayel Draco’s gorgeous illustrations present a vivid picture of elaborate cityscapes and mountain vistas, vast skyfaring fleets, and fantastic flora and fauna.
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The first to be published of our many projects, the full 150-page book is now available through Oneshi Press, so click HERE to snag your signed copy!
Deep in the dustbowl of the newly formed People’s Republic of Draven, the old aristocracy coexists with a new government in an uneasy peace that’s often broken by conflict. Famine and drought wrack the once-fertile region—and violence is a spark to dry grass. In the midst of the chaos walks a shadowy figure: the Triggerman. The only sure thing about him is that he leaves a trail of chaos in his wake. Following that trail is novelist and journalist Landon Ford, documenting the Triggerman’s exploits and digging for the truth of his identity. War and Horses is Ford’s work: a series of dime-store novels, popular in Rendaraia and Terra alike. But the Triggerman is very real—and his true purpose may become the story of Ford’s life. Written by Peter Lampasona, with illustrations by Chris Covelli and Jayel Draco, and editing by Lynsey G., War & Horses is a dime-store-western-style narrative rich with action.
The chase is on, but who is the hunter and who is the prey? When high fantasy meets familiar warfare and stereotypes are turned upside down, things aren’t quite how they seem in this action/adventure fantasy 8-page short comic that gives a glimpse into the larger fantasy universe of Children of Gaia. The short comics presents tough questions, gives deeper insight into the challenges facing characters, and dazzles readers with new angles on a progressive, immersive, and gorgeous sequential-art story. “Refuge” is designed to be included among collected works, such as the Oneshi Press Anthology #07, and future COG collected works. It’s also available as a digital comic from Spinwhiz & Comixology.
“Carrying Iron” is an eight-page comic set in the seedy underbelly of Ralliesport, the capital city of the Republic of Draven in the realm of Terra. Written by Peter Lampasona, illustrated by D.L. Johnson, and lettered by Cardinal Rae, this short comic takes readers into the shadows of a Ralliesport jazz club, where dubious dealings are made along to the musical stylings of a kidnapped transport from the New World. The Rendaraian jazz singer has picked her own fiddler for tonight’s show…but will she get out alive? “Carrying Iron” introduces the Triggerman, a legendary figure who haunts the pages of Children of Gaia books and the imaginations of both Terrans and Rendaraians…and now, comics readers, as well.
Venture deep into Rendaraia’s Sylvannakaian forest, where the Keetsunikesh make their home. A tribe of raiders, they pride themselves on their magical abilities, and the trophy trinkets they use these abilities to obtain. Though not everyone has the same skills, one group of kids won’t let anyone feel left out or unsafe. See how these youngsters turn the tables on one of their bullies.
Written by Lynsey G., and illustrated by Eldkrind, “Trinkets” is designed to be included among collected works, such as the Oneshi Press Anthology #09 (coming soon), and future COG collected works. It will also available as a digital comic from Spinwhiz.
The Eternals are the original ten elemental spirits who seeded Gaia—the greater realm that encompasses both Terra and Rendaraia—with life. Throughout history, the Eternals have chosen mortal beings as hosts, granting them vast elemental powers in exchange for sharing their physical form.
The Eternals protect the balance of life and guide the developing wisdom of sentient creatures. The mortals chosen as hosts become part of the Eternals’ immortal existence, and they play an important role in many Children of Gaia storylines.
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Rendaraia is a vast world with terrifically varied ecosystems spanning it’s many picturesque landscapes. Follow along with your favorite characters as the traverse the regions of Rendraia with this cartographic illustration of Rendaraia. Fashioned as an in-story prop illustrated work by our beloved character Jan’Ka’Zian, co-creator Jayel Draco poured countless hours into detailing this high resolution map. Now available in print at oneshipress.com/store
Throughout Rendaraia live many varied fae cultures. From the Great Nations to the countless smaller Tribes, some of which work with the great nations in the spirit of collaboration, while others choose to remain in isolation. A few even raid and loot in the spirit of competition. From this plethora of cultures, multimedia visual artist Jayel Draco has created photobashings or photomanipulations featuring models wearing his handmade costumes. With digital effects and backgrounds composited together from many various photos taken during his own excursions into the wilds, he’s created magical imagery of what some of these characters might look like. After we’ve amassed enough of these pieces, The COG Core will put out a coffee-table art-book to guide you through witnessing the various peoples of Rendaraia.
To capture the rich diversity of peoples and cultures on Rendaraia, Jayel Draco has created lavish costume designs to demonstrate what many of our characters might look like. Working with real-life models and photomanipulation, Jayel has created astonishingly detailed images of characters in their natural environments.
Eventually, the COG Core plans to facilitate immersive gallery shows inviting you to study the details of these alien-fantasy cultures up close. This forthcoming project will bring the people and landscapes of Rendaraia to colorful life. In the meantime, check out a few of the costumes he’s created and stay tuned for more.
Coming soon from Oneshi Press, Jack Schell’s Children of Gaia: Great Nations Soundtrack is a musical accompaniment to Children of Gaia: The Great Nations of Rendaraia. It was Jacks final project in life, left nearly finished when he passed away June 10th 2018. It is with bittersweet reverence that we look forward to sharing his latest works with the world.
The Ra’Avadhi is a joint effort 8-page comic written and illustrated by Chris Covelli and Jayel Draco. It’s currently slated to be be completed and released in Oneshi Press Anthology #10 July 15th 2020. This short comic takes place in the Terran island-continent Ra’Avadh, and will delve into some deep back story about how the Terrans got their start.
A Laymen’s Guide to the Empire, written and illustrated by Chris Covelli is an illustrated novel. It functions as an in-world prop, similar to The Great Nations of Rendaraia and War & Horses. This book was created to walk the newly elected representative of The Republic of Draven through the histories of the various houses of the empire that he may better understand their politics toward one another.
The Invitation is an 8-page comic written and illustrated by Jayel Draco. It tells two stories overlapping one another. Firstly the story of Eldridge Quinn a Terran man of noble status despite his low-birth and the invitation of high prestige that he receives. Interspersed throughout the narrative are flashbacks of the events that led to his elevated status withing the Terran Empire.
Mad Dogs, written by Peter Lampasona and illustrated by Chris Covelli and Jayel Draco is a direct follow-up to War & Horses. Fashioned as one of Landon Ford’s works, our fabulizing journalist is back on the trail of The Triggerman. Writing his sensational accounts in the wake of Draven’s avenging boogieman.
The Expedition is an illustrated novel, which serve as an in-story prop, available on shelves in book stores through Terra. Written and illustrated by Jack Drew, the book is a curated edit of the Expeditionary Journal of Eldridge Quinn as he explores regions of Rendaraia previously uncharted by the Terran Empire. Through Eldridge’s recordings of what he and his and his crew’s experiences, we’ll come to witness various wonders of Rendaraian landscapes as well as the many different peoples who inhabit them. Some are eager to exchange ideas and goods. Some will do anything to stop this trek dead in it’s tracks.
Written and illustrated by Jayel Draco, Regions of Rendaraia and their Inhabitants is an illustrated novel serving as an in-story prop. This book is fashioned one of Jan’Ka’Zian’s works a direct follow-up to The Great Nations of Rendaraia. It’s a an approximate recreation from memory of a book that he made in his youth, which is mentioned in Great Nations. In this book, Jan’Ka’Zian catalogs each region of Rendraia and the various peoples who inhabit them as well as the most notable flora and fauna of each area. Of course since this is from memory and the vast reference resources of the Great Nations libraries are no longer available to him, this book is significantly shorter than the original.