About this project
Skies of Fire is a limited comic series by Vincenzo Ferriero and Ray Chou, with art by Pablo Peppino, Bryan Valenza, and Nic J Shaw. Skies was launched last year on Kickstarter with the generous support of 525 backers, and since then has been named one of the best graphic novels of 2014 by the Village Voice.
This Kickstarter's goal is to raise funds to print issue #2 and reprint issue #1. Between our original backers and the conventions we attended in 2014-2015, Skies managed to sell all 1,150 first edition copies of issue #1!
The books printed from this run will have an updated cover logo and design which will be used for the series going forward.
UPDATE: Thank you all so much for your support in making this possible! We have some awesome stretch goals to continue the adventure of Skies of Fire into Issue #3! Please share and support!
Skies of Fire takes place in the Aquilan Empire, a kingdom where airship travel has become the dominant means of transportation, commerce, and war. In the center of the Empire lies a monstrous, never-ending storm called The Expanse.
In Issue One, the raider Delmonte orchestrates a surprise attack on the key trade outpost, Port Prince.
His actions prompt Royal Guard Captain Helen Pierce to volunteer for an expedition to bring him to justice.
Issue Two follows Captain Pierce as she begins her pursuit by recruiting a key ally, the elusive William.
Vincenzo Ferriero and Ray Chou have been creating stories together since 2008. They met in college and continue to collaborate despite being 5,437 miles apart.
Pablo Peppino is a an illustrator from Argentina with a focus on sequential art. His work can be found in publications from Mythopoeia to Marvel to Boom! He recently moved to Valencia where he now draws full time.
Bryan Valenza is an artist based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He currently occupies his time coloring various projects while attending university.
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.
Josephe Vandel is a German cartographer and graphic designer with a love for RPGs and creating fictional worlds.
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 either standing at attention in a swanky uniform for the benefit of the Military Traditions branch of the Romanian Army.
Minobu Sato is a Japanese-born, American artist with a focus on Sumi-e, or Ink Wash Art. She grew up with lots of Japanese comic books and sci-fi reading and actually majored in fine arts during her college days at Boston University.
The Skies of Fire team stands by their policy of transparency when it comes to crowdfunding. The funds for this Kickstarter will be used as follows:
Skies of Fire is printed in a beautiful 8x11" oversized format that showcases the incredible talent of our artists. The size harkens to a European aesthetic, reflecting the diverse background of the people working on the project.
In addition to the story, each issue contains a 3-4 page codex in the back of the book. The codex provides additional background and context to the world much like an old school video game manual or tabletop rulebook.
Variant covers give us an opportunity to showcase and collaborate with artists whose work otherwise might not be shown in comics. For issue two, our variant cover is done by the extremely talented sumie artist and calligrapher Minobu Sato of Studio MyCKs.
The variant features a recreation of a key scene from issue two:
All of our variant issues are Kickstarter exclusive and limited by demand based on the campaign. What you order is what we print.
We listened to feedback from backers of our first Kickstarter, and one of the major areas we felt we could improve was in our packaging. This time around all comics will be bagged and boarded before being shipped with rigid chipboard mailers.
Chipboard mailers are incredibly durable and almost impossible to bend. They'll keep the comics safe as they're in transit to you while the bags and boards will ensure they'll continue to remain in mint condition for years to come.
The rest of our of packaging includes three inch diameter cardboard tubes for posters and cardboard parcel packages for large orders, along with bubble wrap.
Add-Ons will be handled post campaign by our partners, Backerkit. You will be able to select additional a la carte items for purchase after you confirm your shipping information. Funds in excess of your chosen reward tier can also be used to purchase add-ons in Backerkit. If you have a specific question about an add-on, please don't hesitate to directly message us.
Risks and challenges
We learned a lot from our first Kickstarter. Even though we did our best to ship our rewards out on time, in the end we were a little late when it came to delivery. A large part of that came from underestimating the time needed to produce high quality art, but the other half came from having to learn from scratch the production and printing process.
This time around we’re very confident that we’ll hit our timeline for one major reason: production of the book is complete. We’ve given ourselves three months to ship the books, which is a generous estimation. Of course, delays are still possible -- there is an ongoing dock dispute at Long Beach, our shipment might get lost, or an unforeseen Chinese holiday might be delay printing -- but overall we feel confident that we can hit our projected timeline.
With every project we learn and grow. We will always do our best to communicate how the project is going, something our previous backers can hopefully attest.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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