About this project
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Building the future of comic book storytelling
This project emerged from combining the originality of Imaginism’s Bobby Chiu and Kei Acedera (character designers of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland), with the creativity and vision of their friends Jim Bryson and Adam Jeffcoat, animation directors from Studio NX.
From growing up with comic books to working in the animation and movie industries, it was a natural progression for us to unite our biggest passions into one interactive experience.
'A boy alone in a savage land, fighting the forces of darkness. His people are all but gone, his kingdom destroyed apart from one surviving relic: a magical sword of light that was forged by gods, which will help this lone hero return his land to freedom.'
This is our story - one that we have been incredibly passionate about telling. Each panel has been lovingly hand-painted by Imaginism, and brought to life by Studio NX using cool 2D animation in a modern filmmaking style, complete with a score of contemporary classical music featuring DJ Yoda
We created an intense story experience that we would want to see, and which in turn we know our audience would love.
The rapid spread of iPads and other tablets across the globe has opened up exciting possibilities for storytelling that in the past, we could only dream of. We are merging these capabilities with our own skills and knowledge of the movie industry to bring you a comic book where every panel is transformed into a fully animated audio/visual experience.
GREAT CHARACTERS NEED GREAT VOICES
For voices and narration we have the movie and video game voice actor Lewis Macleod, whose credits include ‘Star Wars: Episode One’ and the ‘Harry Potter’ and the ‘Lord of the Rings’ series by EA Games.
PLUS WE HAVE A GREAT SOUNDTRACK!
We knew we needed a memorable soundtrack so we have Gabriel Prokovief’s ‘Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra’ featuring the famous DJ Yoda! Think modern cinematic orchestra combined with a dark break beat and Yoda’s suspenseful scratching -- the perfect mood for our epic story.
WE NEED YOU TO MAKE THIS THING AS AWESOME AS IT CAN BE!
Much like our tiny hero on his epic quest, this production has been made against all the odds. We have funded this entire project for the past 15 months with our own time and money but now we need YOU - the Kickstarter audience - to help us take this project into the final stages.
We are more than halfway through animating the app and need your help to complete it by the end of the summer, 2013. Our goal from the beginning was to ensure that we achieved the highest quality of 2D animation and not to cut any corners along the way. Every frame is painstakingly drawn by hand, which is extremely time consuming and costly to produce, but - as you will see - the results are well worth it.
Funding received will go towards completing the production of the app as well as the coding to release it on the iPad appstore.
So fellow comic and animation lovers, this is where you come in! We really hope you want to see this project come to life as much as we do. With your help, we can help Niko defeat the Darkness once and for all!
Here is a sample of the comic on the ipad as Niko enters an eery swamp...
Please note: You need to manually add the shipping rates to your pledges based on the guide map further below for orders placed outside the US. We will be unable to ship your order without receiving the proper shipping amount. Thank you!
This beautiful art book chronicles the journey to making “Niko and the Sword of Light”. It includes exploratory drawings, paintings and concepts that are not seen in the comic book!
The artbook also includes contributions from an all-star list of guest artists:
We really value your support and we can’t finish this project without you so we have created some great incentive packages for your viewing pleasure. Check out our reward structure below:
Risks and challenges
The best thing about this project is that we have already overcome the biggest risks and challenges that we had to face!
We have finished more than half the comic book; we have figured out how the programming will work; we also have an accurate estimate of how long it would take to finish the app based on what we've already done. The music and voices have been recorded. Now we just need help from the Kickstarter community to complete this 55-page fully animated comic book by our target deadline of August 2013.
So the remaining challenge is to finish the production, add special effects, sound, music, and to code it for the iPad. We simply will not rest until ‘Niko and the Sword of Light’ is being downloaded and enjoyed by people all over the globe!
'Niko' is our dream. We look forward to having the finished app in our hands, flipping through it, and saying to ourselves, 'We did this independently because of the Kickstarter community.' Creating something is the best feeling in the world and we hope you will share it with us.
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All shipping costs are listed on the map above. Orders within the US have the shipping included.
Items in Canada will be shipped via Canada Post and items in the United States and anywhere else in the world will be shipped via US Postal Service. Both methods will be mailed using standard shipping.
At the end of the campaign, a survey will be sent to all backers requesting your shipping address, email and any other information required to process your order.
Using the shipping chart at the bottom of the page, choose which area you live in and manually add that exact amount to your order. Charges only happen if project is successfully funded. Unfortunately we will not be able to ship your items if your shipping amount is missing.
Your pledge can be changed at any time until the campaign is still active if you would like to change your pledge amount, or upgrade to the next package tier. When upgrading, please be sure to account for changes in shipping costs on the map pictured on this page.
In this case you should combine the amount for all the tiers of the rewards you are interested in (including the combined shipping costs) and pledge that amount. Pick the highest reward you are interested in then send us an email to let us know what you have chosen. Please include your email address and details in your message!
The APP is the animated comic book designed for the iPad. The PDF is a digital copy of ‘The Art of Niko’ Book and finally, what is referred to as the Art Book is a physical printed copy of book for those who prefer this collectible format.
Each print has a name so at the end of the campaign a survey will be sent to all backers requesting details of your order so you can specify which one you would like.
No problem, we can always send the app to a family member or friend of yours who does have an iPad instead, just include their information in the survey when we contact you later on.
Yes we plan to release the app for iPad in the summer of 2013.
The app will only be released in English but depending on its success we may release in other languages down the road.
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