A great cataclysm has left the world concealed in snow and ice. To protect what was left of their culture, the Sunmakers sealed themselves away from the doomed world. Now, their numbers have dwindled, and Tibhan, the last of the Sunmakers, must risk everything by returning to the desolate wastes to find fuel for the fire that preserves his people's essence.
Even if the cost is great and unthinkable.
This is the first chapter of a three issue mini-series.
Sunmaker is for those who like their fantasy with dark undertones but don't always want apocalyptic scenario's that are gray and drab.
- A fantasy story that takes place in a vivid apocalyptic world.
- Strong theme of legacy and what happens when your values challenge your morals.
- A story that features the struggle of realizing for something to thrive something else may have to be sacrificed.
- 22 pages of full-color sequentials plus 6 pages of extras which include a pinup gallery. That's a whole 28 pages total!
- 6.625 x 10.25 on 70lb gloss paper with a 85lb gloss cover.
"When are you going to stop talking about making comics and actually make a comic?"
Not exactly the words you want to hear from your significant other, but for me they rang true and struck deep. They pushed me to take action.
I found the script for Sunmaker on an online editing column called The Proving Grounds, which is found on the ComixTribe website. I was captivated by the characters and the dialog, especially the villains catch phrase, "All things return to the cold!"
I had to tell Liam how much I loved the script, which ended up kicking off Sunmaker coming to life. My hope is to capture as much energy and excitement that I felt the when I initially read the story and bringing that to each page.
Sunmaker is my first comic, and the thought of holding it in my hands...heck, the thought of anyone being able to hold it in their hands... is nothing short of empowering. I eagerly await the first time I get to open a box filled with comics that I helped create. It's a huge milestone.
With having printed books, the next big milestone will be the ability to attend cons. Being on the other side of the table and sharing a story I helped bring to life feels like one of the biggest joys of making comics.
Stories are meant to be shared.
"After reading an early preview of Sunmaker, my only question is, 'When can I see issue 2?'"
-James W. Powell, TEN31 Publishing
"Ryan Kroboth's art crackles with energy and style."
- Clay Adams, Fried Comics
"Hayes and Kroboth pull off the difficult task of introducing a mysterious new world without spoon-feeding the audience. They build to a revelation that has me yearning to know more, and a climax that leaves me fearing what will come next."
- Kevin Joseph, Kechal Comics
Don't worry, I got you covered! Here is the first scene.
The book is 100% complete! The only thing left to do is print, and that is why we are coming to Kickstarter.
We are looking to fund an offset print run of 2,000 books through KrakenPrint that Liam and I will split for product to sell at conventions and other channels.
Most of the funds raised in the campaign will go towards printing costs. Kickstarter and Stripe take a small fee off the top of the campaign, with the rest of the money raised going to cover shipping.
If this hasn't been enough and you still want to see more, then how does an 11 page full-color preview sound?
I love comics. The larger majority of books I get are from creators themselves, so I appreciate when someone takes that little something extra to be sure that my package gets there in excellent shape.
Here is a look at the packaging mock-ups you can expect to receive your reward in.
For tiers that include the physical book, sketch-in, and aluminum prints this is what your shipment will look like. All comics are bagged and boarded, then packed inside a rigid cardboard envelope.
Original art mock-up packaging looks like this:
The comic is still protected inside of a bag with a board. Aluminum prints have their own bag to protect them from being scratched. The original art will be placed inside a rigid plastic protector, then inserted into a priority mail box to make the package even more rigid. Finally, that box will be placed into a large bubble mailer to protect your reward even further.
But the real secret?
That's right. Your own personal package protector. These guys will keep your shipment safe, as no one wants to mess with a ninja.
While I've done my best to attempt to select shipping materials that will best keep your product safe, I'm aware that things do happen.
If for any reason you receive a package at fulfillment with a book that doesn't meet your quality standards I will replace it at absolutely no cost to you.
I know there are collectors out there, and I want your book to make it to you in excellent condition.
The campaign will run throughout September. Since KrakenPrint does all their offset printing overseas, there is approximately a two month wait for books to arrive. Books are expected about the middle of January, and will ship immediately upon arrival.
Backers should expect to receive their rewards by February.
A big, blue caption box can't express nearly how grateful I am for allowing me to share my project with you. Thank you for your time and attention.
I'd like to ask for your support in bringing Sunmaker to life. Please back this campaign today and join us for the fun we have in store for our backers!
Risks and challenges
This is my first Kickstarter campaign. I realize that asking for your support requires much trust on your part.
However, I'm very familiar with Kickstarter platform having backed over 100 campaigns. In addition, I am a part of the ComixLaunch course which specializes in crowdfunding comics. With this community I know exactly what I'm in store for and if unexpected issues arise I have a group that I can turn to who is experienced in these matters.
With printing overseas there are always possibilities with delays. By working through a print broker like KrakenPrint I always have someone who I can contact and know the exact status of the order.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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