Ghost of the Gulag: Volume 1

Created by David Derrick - Ghost of the Gulag

The first of three volumes Ghost of the Gulag volume 1 tells the ongoing story of an Amur Tiger and his Raven in the Russian far east. Scarred from a brutal upbringing in a Soviet gulag Prison camp a blind Amur Tiger is unwittingly drawn into a war between the Tribe of the Wolf and the Clan of the Boar. With the help of his companion raven the tiger, though blind, is the most formidable creature in the forest.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Books are all out for Delivery
7 months ago – Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 05:55:55 PM

All of the books have been shipped. You should be able to download the PDF.  If there is anything wrong or missing from your order don't hesitate to let me know and we'll do our best to get you what you ordered (some of you won extra things don't let me forget!).  The backerkit page will still be up for anyone who wants to purchase a copy of Volume 1(Although we may stop shipping international). Thank you,  your support has been overwhelming, it motivates me as I continue to write and illustrate Volume 2. Follow along as the story continues. I post new pages every Monday and Friday. 

The books are almost here!
8 months ago – Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 01:18:54 AM

The books are in a truck and should arrive sometime this week!  The debossing and foil stamp look fantastic.  Thank you for your patience. If you want to add additional books or artwork to your pledge go to 

We will start shipping in the coming weeks! If you are worried about your order in anyway send us a message and we'll do our best to figure things out.

Almost there!
8 months ago – Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 07:29:02 PM

The Cover of Ghost of the Gulag being prepped for Foil Stamp
The Cover of Ghost of the Gulag being prepped for Foil Stamp

Thank you for your patience. Even though the comic was essential done, there was more work to do than I anticipated. First I hired an amazing Editor Elizabeth Smith to comb through my spelling and grammar. I want to book experience to be elevated from the online experience so many pages were repainted and redrawn. I expanded several pages into two page spreads. But the biggest delay came from the proofs. Before a book goes to print the printer sends samples of the book to ensure pagination and color are satisfactory. The proofs were too dark.  I adjusted or repainted on every single page to ensure that the artwork would look as good as it could. Here are before and after samples of the recoloring of the book. I think it was well worth the effort.

Ghost of the Gulag Volume 1 should be ready to ship out by mid October.

Volume 2 of Ghost of the Gulag has started with updates every Monday and Thursday at In the next chapters we dive deeper into life in the Gulag Prison Camp and will discover how the Tiger went completely blind and how he found a raven friend. 

9 months ago – Thu, Aug 16, 2018 at 01:03:52 AM

Thank you for your patience.  The printing has been slightly delayed. Ghost of the Gulag is at the printer. I am still going back and forth on the color to get the best possible result(it's been harder than I thought to be honest). I am hoping the have the color proofs signed off on sometime next week so we can go to print.  

In other news, Ghost of the Gulag Vol. 2 has started online, with new pages, every Monday and Thursday. Click on the link to read it for free.

I need your names!
11 months ago – Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 11:18:06 PM

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