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A coming of age story set in a world where magic catalyzed both industrial revolution and nuclear holocaust.
A coming of age story set in a world where magic catalyzed both industrial revolution and nuclear holocaust.
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Glow is a new ongoing comic series by Ray Chou and Vincenzo Ferriero with art by Dia Ja and Anny Maulina. Glow is Mythopoeia’s second comic series after the Kickstarter-supported Skies of Fire

The goal of this Kickstarter is to raise both production and print funds for the creation of Glow #1. We currently have 10 pages already done, but need completion funds to bring the rest of the project to fruition. Any additional funds we raise beyond our goal will go directly towards further issues of the series. 

Glow takes place in a world where magic catalyzed both industrial revolution and nuclear holocaust. Half a millennia ago, an ancient and powerful empire known as Nymera developed a means to channel and store magical energy into a sticky blue substance known as anima, storing them into massive Towers across the world.

With the aid of the Towers, the Nymerans brought peace and paradise into the world.

Until one day the Towers fell. 

The story of Glow takes place two hundred years after that cataclysmic event, and follows the story of those who remain.

Page 01 of Issue One. Artwork not yet finalized.
Page 01 of Issue One. Artwork not yet finalized.
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Page 02
Page 03
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Page 04
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Page 05
Page 05
The characters of Glow.
The characters of Glow.
Map of Shoddai by Kendrick See.
Map of Shoddai by Kendrick See.
Tanvir design by Giulia Frontini.
Tanvir design by Giulia Frontini.
Pinups by Giulia Frontoni. Used in the postcards and buttons.
Pinups by Giulia Frontoni. Used in the postcards and buttons.
Glow #1 Variant by Dia Ja
Glow #1 Variant by Dia Ja

Magic in Glow is channeled through the language of ancient Nymera, the former masters of the world. In order to flesh out this cornerstone of the story, we've been collaborating with Colm Doyle, an Estonian linguist and enthusiastic conlanger.  

Besides helping to inform us about the history and culture of the world, we plan on implementing Nymeran in several interesting ways.

Rune scavenging plays a huge role in the world of Glow. Ancient Nymeran technology is constantly bartered and fought over in the Wastes. Simple runes contain just a single character, while more complicated runes are combinations - or phrases - amalgamated together in an intricate design.

The rune, phonetic, and translation of a phrase in Nymeran, all created by Colm.
The rune, phonetic, and translation of a phrase in Nymeran, all created by Colm.

We pass along the created runic phrase to Anny, who then creates an intricate, calligraphic runic design for the complete piece:

   

Ray Chou and Vincenzo Ferriero are the writers and creators of Glow. Together, they’re the founders of the creative imprint known as Mythopoeia. Glow is their second comic book series after the the dieselpunk airship adventure Skies of Fire. Ray is based in Los Angeles and Vince in London.

Dia Ja was born in Iloilio City, Philippines and moved to California with her family. She graduated at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts in 2014, and is currently attending ArtCenter College of Design for Illustration. Check out her tumblr

Anny Maulina is an artist from Indonesia, currently working as a fulltime environment artist at Tinker Games based in Bandung. She also enjoys working on comic and art projects on her spare time. You can find her at http://n-maulina.deviantart.com.

Bryan Valenza is an artist based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He currently occupies his time coloring various projects, including Skies of Fire and Aftershock's InSexts. @bryan_valenza

Nic J Shaw is a writer, letterer, and graphic designer. His work can be found everywhere - no seriously, Nic seems to know everyone. He lives in Sydney, Australia with his fiancée and their schnauzer, Archer. You can find him @nicjshaw

From Ireland, Colm Ó Dúill is a verification specialist at TransferWise's office in Tallinn, Estonia, where he has lived since 2007. He holds an M.Phil. in Applied Linguistics and a B.Comm with French, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Linguistics. He is married with two children, and has been dabbling in creating constructed languages since 2005; Nymeran is his first developed constructed language.

Kendrick See is a full time concept artist and illustrator from Malaysia. He is currently working in the video game industry, and his job scope ranges from creating various idea development pieces, to breakdowns and 3D paintovers. He helped bring Shoddai to life with a map! http://sourshade.deviantart.com/

Giulia Frontoni is an Italian illustrator based in Rome with a focus on creature designs. She helped bring to life many of the beasts found in Glow, as well as the postcards and button pinups! http://nondev.deviantart.com/

Alexandur Bucur is an architect and illustrator with an interest in history and military hardware of all kinds. When not at his drawing table he can be found standing at attention in a swanky uniform for the benefit of the Military Traditions branch of the Romanian Army. He helped bring together many of the technological designs found in Glow. http://wingsofwrath.deviantart.com/

The team at Mythopoeia believes in transparency when it comes to crowdfunding. Here is a breakdown of our budget for Glow #1:

Official Glow T-Shirt. Design by Anny Maulina.
Official Glow T-Shirt. Design by Anny Maulina.
Button Mock Ups
Button Mock Ups
Tanvir Plushie. Approximately 5x8x3" inches. Design shown is prototype.
Tanvir Plushie. Approximately 5x8x3" inches. Design shown is prototype.

To purchase Add-Ons, simply add the amount in red to your order. Additionally, you may also wait until the end of the campaign and purchase add-ons through BackerKit, where you will be able to select additional a la carte items for purchase after you confirm your shipping information.

 

If you are adding-on a poster print and are based outside of the US, please add the following amount for shipping ONLY IF you do not have any other posters included in your backer reward:

Canada / Mexico: $10

United Kingdom / EU: $6

Rest of World: $14

 

Risks and challenges

This is our 4th crowdfunding project on Kickstarter. While we haven't been mistake-free, each successive Kickstarter builds on the lessons learned from the previous. At this point we're fairly confident in our workflow and ability to deliver rewards.

The biggest individual challenge for this Kickstarter is managing a team of artists from all over the world. We mostly live in different timezones, so coordinating is a huge logistical challenge. We have several more pages of production art to get through before this book is realized, but we've done it before with Skies of Fire.

Because this is a production + print crowdfunding campaign, we're asking for a little bit more patience if/when we successfully fundraise our goal. No matter what happens though we'll be sure to always keep our backers in the loop!

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    DIGITAL COPY - A pdf copy of Glow #1. Be one of the first to explore the Wastes!

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    DIGITAL DELUXE - A pdf copy of Glow #1 with variant cover and digital bonuses. This includes a making-of document, additional concept art, comic script, wallpapers, and mockups.

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    EARLY BIRD PRINT - For the earliest backers and existing fans of our work. A print copy of Glow #1!

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    PRINT #1 - A single printed copy of Glow #1 printed in 8x11" magazine format.

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    PRINT #1 + BUTTONS + POSTCARDS - A single printed copy of Glow #1 along with a set of three 1.5" character buttons featuring Caszy, Koken, and Myra.

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    VARIANT PRINT #1 - A single printed copy of Glow #1 Variant printed in 8x11" magazine format with cover by Dia Ja. All of our variants are Kickstarter exclusive - what's ordered is what we print!

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    PRINT #1+ POSTER - A single printed copy of Glow #1 plus your choice of poster print.

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    T-SHIRT - An official Glow T-Shirt! Comes in S, M, L, or XL.

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    VARIANT PRINT #1 + PRINT #1 - Can't decide between the variant cover and original? Why not both?! Comes with both the standard print issue of #1 along with the variant #1.

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    EARLY BIRD RIDER - A single printed copy of Glow #1, a set of three character buttons, and a set of five postcards, plus a Tanvir Plushie!

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    THE RIDER - A single printed copy of Glow #1, a set of three character buttons, and a set of five postcards, plus a Tanvir Plushie!

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    THE PPS - A single printed copy of Glow #1, a poster of your choice, buttons and postcards, plus an official Glow T-Shirt.

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    THE TRAVELER - A single printed copy of Glow #1, set of buttons, postcards, poster of your choice, t-shirt, and Tanvir Plushie!

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    THE SCAVENGER - A single printed copy of Glow #1, set of buttons, postcards, both posters, t-shirt, Tanvir plushie, and engraved runic jewelry pendant.

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    THE HOARDER - A single printed copy of Glow #1 and the variant cover #1, a set of buttons, postcards, both posters, t-shirt, tanvir plushie, engraved runic jewelry pendant, Mythopoeia Badge, and a wax seal inscribed on a copy of your choice.

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    THE CAMEO - Get drawn into the first issue of Glow #1 as a background character! Also comes with a single printed copy of Glow #1

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    THE RUNESMITH - At this tier, we’ll translate your favorite name, stanza, or idiom into Nymeran, create custom calligraphic iconography, which you’ll be given a high resolution file, transparent sticker, custom stamp, and custom runic pendant. Also comes with a print copy and Digital Deluxe copy of Glow #1.

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