Dream Warriors – A Whole New Adventure
Release Date: October 31, 2022
Written by Nick Davis | Art by Veronica Smith Hope, courage, friendship.
In the realm of dreams, children can project their imagination in physical forms, shaping the stuff of dreams…
This is a whole new adventure set in the world of the Night Guardians, where a cancer-ridden child who dreams of being a Knight of old, his teddy bear spirit guide and a whip-smart girl, explore and protect the realm of dreams from the Dark, the nightmare of the Boogeyman.
The Dream Warriors is their debut comic book adventure. Journey with our heroes into a world shaped by wonder, a wild-frontier of upside down environments, purple grass and floating islands in a turquoise sky. Guided by their spirit guide teddy bear, the kids discover their imaginations can take physical form, and use these new found powers to protect our dreams from the Dark, the nightmare of the boogeyman.
The Dream Warriors is an adventure graphic novel that is coming October 31, 2022 and is available for Pre-Order on Barnes & Noble. A bittersweet fantasy adventure, that explores a very different part of the Teddy’verse and a story inspired by the courage of hospitalized children everywhere.
Thomas – just your average, everyday ten year old, who loves comics, video games and tales of the Knights of old,
Nathanial (Nate) – his teddy bear spirit guide to the realm of dreams, this loyal companion brings Thomas to this new land so they can have one last adventure together.
Concept Art by Nick Davis & Veronica Smith
The Story behind the Dream Warriors by Nick Davis
In 2012 I wrote a silly story about a Teddy Bear who defended his child against the Monsters under the bed. I called it A Teddy Bear Tale and had the story illustrated by Maryland Artist Dan Nokes. The story never really sold a lot, but it did manage to touch some lives. I heard stories from parents how the book helped their child sleep with the lights off, or how the Night Guardians have inspired their child get over their general anxiety.
However, three years ago I heard the bittersweet story of Nathaniel. I was contacted by his Mother by email, in 2013 Nathaniel turned nine years old, like every kid his age, he was rambunctious, full of energy and life. He also had a favorite cuddly toy, an Orca (God Of The Sea) that he slept with every night. Sadly, also in 2013 he was diagnosed with cancer and lost part of his right arm to the disease.
Nathaniel’s father found a picture of Tristan the Teddy Bear defending his child from the Monsters under the bed online. The cover of my illustrated story, A Teddy Bear Tale, he bought the book and it soon became a family favorite, giving Nathaniel the peace and courage he needed, and with his Orca watching over him he slept better at night.
Unfortunately, Nathaniel’s story has sadly ended, the cancer was too much for his young body and he passed away on Christmas Eve of that year.
The Dream Warriors are inspired by and are a tribute to Nathanial, and to all child cancer patients and the courage they show fighting against this disease. Below is my video reaction at the time of learning the news and you can read the corresponding news article in the Avenue News published a week later.
About Nathaniel’s Childhood Cancer Foundation
On the sad passing of Nathaniel, his parents formed the Nathaniel Childhood Cancer Foundation (NCCF), to bring joy to other children’s hospital rooms. The NCCF focuses on providing children battling cancer with care packages, aka Warrior Packs. These aren’t ordinary activity packs! These packs provide EXTRAordinary items to these brave children like gaming systems, toys, books, electronics and more.
Additionally, the NCCF recognizes the siblings of these childhood cancer patients and provide them an extra special Protector Pack. Oftentimes, siblings can feel lost in the fray, and we want them to know they provide a vital function to the recovery of their brother or sister by being their protector and keeper.
Alt World Studios is the creative home of Nick Davis, writer and occasional artist of the Night Guardians. All works are creator owned and independently published to bring you unique action adventures that teach hope, courage and the power of friendship.
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