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A dieselpunk airship story of loyalty and revenge.
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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 in on Kickstarter and subsequently releases each new issue on the platform. 

This Kickstarter's goal is to raise funds to print issue #3. Any additional funds will go directly into the production of issue #4 and the reprinting of #1-2. 

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.

In Issue Two, Captain Pierce enlists the help of the elusive William.

Issue Three follows the pair as they continue assembling the rest of the crew for their mission in the bordertown of Copperhead.

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, including Skies of Fire and Aftershock's InSexts. 

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 standing at attention in a swanky uniform for the benefit of the Military Traditions branch of the Romanian Army.

Pawel Fotek is a self taught artist from Poland who jumped on the art train pretty late, at the age of 21. Since his early years he's always scribbled on the back of his notebooks during most classes. After graduating from high school, Pawel went to study economics at a local university, yet deep inside he felt that it's wasn't something he'd like to pursue in life, and that place was only ensuring him in his beliefs. One cold winter morning he woke up and simply decided to quit the uni and train very hard to become a professional artist. He has not looked back ever since. 

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.

The Aquilan Calendar by Alex Bucur.
The Aquilan Calendar by Alex Bucur.

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 Pawel Fotek with letters by Alex Bucur.

Get your poster copy of the variant with the "I want you in royal blue" slogan!
Get your poster copy of the variant with the "I want you in royal blue" slogan!

We mail our comics bagged and boarded in sturdy 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.

 See a closeup of our Poster Prints here. 

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.

Show your allegiance with a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE wax seal on your issue today!
Show your allegiance with a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE wax seal on your issue today!

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 will be our 3rd Kickstarter project and at this point we have a good idea of what to expect before, during, and after the campaign. The main challenge we've faced in our past two is delivery - we strive always to deliver rewards to our backers in a timely manner, and though we've gotten faster each time, there is still room for improvement.

For this campaign we plan on ordering the books as soon as we have a good guess about the demand, potentially 1-2 weeks in. We also plan on streamlining the logistics for some of our higher-end reward tiers, and are looking into the possibility of a fulfillment service if the demand is great enough.

The production of issue three is completely done, so the timeline is all about printing and shipping the books.

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    STICKER - An official Skies of Fire sticker! Choose between an airship or broken sword.

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    DIGITAL #3 - For our existing fans who want to support the further production of Skies of Fire, a single digital copy of issue #3. Comes with inks and behind-the-scenes features not includes in the pre-release.

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    ISSUE THREE EARLY BIRD - For our returning backers and existing fans, a single print copy of issue three. This tier will only be open for the first 72 hours, so make sure to get your copies early!

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    DIGITAL BUNDLE - Digital copies of Skies of Fire #1-3.

    Comes with digital deluxe bonus material made for issue one detailing the complete Mythopoeia creative process. Over 100 pages of story and content!

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    ISSUE #3 PRINT - A print copy of the second edition of Skies of Fire #3 along with corresponding digital copy.

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    BACK ISSUE - Just need to pick up an extra copy of issue #1 or #2 for a friend? This is the tier for you! Comes with corresponding issue’s digital copy.

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    POSTER - An 11 x 19" poster print of your choice. New for this Kickstarter is the Royal Recruitment Poster by Pavel Fotek and Alexandre Bucur.

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    EARLY BIRD BUNDLE - Print copies of Skies of Fire #1-3, along with all digital rewards for our first 25 new backers.

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    ISSUE THREE VARIANT- A variant cover print of Skies of Fire #3. Our variants are Kickstarter exclusive and will never be reprinted. Comes with all digital rewards.

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    PRINT BUNDLE - Print copies of Skies of Fire #1-3, along with all digital rewards.

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    ISSUE #3 BUNDLE - Can't decide on the standard or variant cover for issue #3? Why not both?! Comes with digital rewards.

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    POSTER SPECIAL - Print copies of Skies of Fire #1-3 plus a poster of your choice.

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    VARIANT PRINT BUNDLE - We have a few remaining variants from our last Kickstarter so want to offer them up here again! Print copies of Skies of Fire #1 and variant copy of Skies of Fire #2, variant copy of Skies of Fire #3.

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    RAIDER BUNDLE - All three comics, two poster prints, sticker, postcard set, and Mythopoeia wristband.

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    BLUECOAT BUNDLE - Both comics, all poster prints, sticker, postcard set, Mythopoeia wristband, and Mythopoeia badge.

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    THE IMPERIAL SEAL - A copy of issue #1-3, issue #3 variant with custom Mythopoeia wax seal, all poster prints, stickers, postcard set, Mythopoeia wristband, and Mythopoeia badge, one T-Shirt.

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    THE EXPANSE - Copies of issue #1-3, issue #3 variant with custom Mythopoeia wax seal, all poster prints, stickers, postcard set, Mythopoeia wristband, and Mythopoeia badge, both T-Shirts, and an original sketches by Pablo.

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