Derelict Dreams

A Photo-Graphic Novel by Steve Patchin

Derelict Dreams is a large size photo-graphic novel about old signs and old cars coming to life and invading Las Vegas. Funding of this art book project is done through Kickstarter, but if you don’t want to deal with Kickstarter, please contact me to discuss alternatives. Backers of this project will get a choice of a hard back copy of the book, paperback copy, or a PDF, with some choices a combination of all. There is a special opportunity for business backers to be included in the book. See the rewards on the Kickstarter page for more information. Here is the Kickstarter page so you can pledge to this project: Derelict Dreams by Steve Patchin

What does it mean to back this project?

Backing a project means that without pledges from people like you, the project will not go forward. You can pledge any amount toward the project, but you will not be charged until the full amount needed for completion is met, including all pledges. You can pledge anywhere from $10 up. Starting at the $25 amount, there are rewards for backing the project, which include copies of the book and more. Check out the Kickstarter page for more information: Derelict Dreams by Steve Patchin

For those who are not familiar with Kickstarter, I can tell you that it is a wonderful platform to fund projects that otherwise would require the backing of big corporations to exist. With Kickstarter, it is possible to publish a book without a huge publisher controlling it. To back this project, yes, you will have to use Kickstarter, but you don’t have to sign up with them if you don’t want to. If you’re ready to be part of the Derelict Dreams project, please go to the Kickstarter page and pledge the amount you want to pledge. Make sure to pick a reward, not just a pledge amount.

Here’s how Kickstarter works:

  1. To the right of the main image, you’ll see a button that says, “Back this Project.” Click that button. YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED ANYTHING UNLESS THE PROJECT REACHES THE FULL GOAL AMOUNT. If it does not reach that amount, you will not be charged anything.
  2. After clicking the “Back the Project” button, select an amount you want to pledge, along with a reward. This will take you to a confirmation page.
  3. On the confirmation page, you can confirm the amount you want to pledge.
  4. You will be given an option of creating a FREE Kickstarter account, or just pledging as a guest. As a guest, you’ll have to provide your email address. It’s safe to do this.
  5. Next, you will provide a credit or debit card number. It is perfectly safe to do this. Note at the top of the page to the far left, just before the web address: “https.” The “s” after the http means “secure.”
  6. After entering the card information, you will confirm. After confirmation, you have pledged to the campaign. NOTHING will be charged on your card unless the full amount of the campaign is reached by the final date.

For the most details on the project, please go to the Kickstarter page here: Derelict Dreams by Steve Patchin

What’s in the Book?

This book will be a unique fantasy story that is told primarily with full page artistic photo paintings such as the examples below. There is also a considerable narrative, so it’s not just a “picture book.” The settings for the pictures will be throughout Las Vegas and surrounding areas, including Mt. Charleston,  Red Rock, Lake Mead, Fremont street, The Strip and many, many neighborhoods and businesses that are historically important to Las Vegas. I have involved lots of locals in picking locations that are meaningful to the town’s history and its residents. This book will serve as a tour of Las Vegas that includes places only locals remember, as well as the high profile hotel-casinos. And it’s all done in the context of an adventure story.


Above is an example of the type of picture I will create for business pledges.

The signs tore themselves from their old buildings that had held them for decades and longer. They ripped free from their pointless vigils, no longer advertising anything that existed. Pulling, clawing and crawling using appendages that broke through from their constructs like sprouting weeds in an empty lot, they gathered in odd places. Many grew huge and glowed to life as if connected to some new, wireless energy source. And then they set out in isolated herds, heading south with a purpose nobody understood but the signs themselves.” — Excerpt from Derelict Dreams by Steve Patchin.

Support this project today through Kickstarter: Derelict Dreams by Steve Patchin