Sunmaker #1 & 2: The Frozen Apocalyptic Fantasy continues
One man's quest to preserve his people's legacy sounded simple. Turns out battling a giant ice monster is the easy part.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, February 9 2019 4:59 AM UTC +00:00.
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 fuel the fire that preserves his people's essence.
Even if the cost is great and unthinkable.
This is the second chapter of a three issue mini-series.
Sunmaker is for those who like their fantasy dark, with thematic undertones, and who want some color in their apocalypse!
- A fantasy story that takes place in a vivid apocalyptic world.
- Strong theme of legacy and what happens when your values come into conflict with morality.
- The struggle of understanding that 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 85b gloss paper with a 105lb gloss cover, just like issue #1!
- Off-set printed for the highest quality.
- A limited variant cover by John Edingfield II.
- Free digital issue #1 standard version with every pledge
- And, you know, a glove that shoots fire...
Tibhan and his father are the last remaining Sunmakers. Their legacy, the great fire of the Second Sun, must be preserved by any means.
With the fire of the Second Sun nearly extinguished, Tibhan must leave the safety of the vault and find more energy to fuel it. During his travels of the frozen wastes he runs into opposition; a race of ice people known as Sunbloods.
Did I mention those Sunbloods are hostile? Very hostile?
Lucky for Tibhan, his Combustion Glove makes him no pushover.
However, with their greater numbers, Tibhan is over-come... sweet flame thrower glove or not.
Tibhan awakes to find himself saved by Meirin, another Sunmaker!
To save her own people, Meirin agrees to travel along with Tibhan to the Sunbloods tower and retrieve the source of the Second Sun.
And just when it seemed like it was going to be easy... well, let's not spoil that.
How far will Tibhan go to preserve the legacy of his people? We find out in issue #2!
“When are you going to stop talking about making a comic 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.
Not having the first clue about what exactly making a comic entailed, I stumbled upon a website called ComixTribe which, for the first time, broke down all the steps. Included on the ComixTribe website was a column called The Proving Grounds, a weekly public script edit by two professional comic editors.
This is where I found the script for Sunmaker. There was something that captivated me about the world and the characters. Especially the line "All things return to the cold!"
After the first time I read the script I'd feed my cats and I'd be shouting "All things return to the cold!" at them (which was met with "just freakin' feed me already" stares).
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 bring that to each page.
But the reason I reached out to Liam beyond all the other submissions to TPG is how he kept coming back to TPG. He submitted more than anyone else. His desire to grow and learn made him someone that I would love to work with.
Because of that, I've grown as a storyteller.
I think Liam is a fantastic writer, and if this project means a book Liam has that he can give to people to see his skills and use it to get more work in the future, that would mean more to me than anything for this series.
Stories are meant to be shared.
"I wanted to write Sunmaker to tell a story about tradition and the lengths people are willing to go to preserve it.
Fantasy works best, in my view, when it examines a particular facet of the human condition (albeit through the lens of magical fires and ice-people) and there's something inside all of us that speaks to the need to preserve; it's a basic human instinct.
In that way, we are all Sunmakers looking to keep our respective fires aflame. But as is the nature of reality, all things return to the cold, and clinging our dying legacies pulls us further from the warmth and the light.
Letting go is then what keeps us human, and that's really what I wanted to convey with Sunmaker."
"It feels like a video game when you're reading it."
-Kat Calamia, Comic Frontline
"Sunmaker has an art style that will melt your heart and a story that will freeze it back together!"
-Chris Orndoff, Headmetal Press
" Sunmaker is a fantastical romp through a frozen hell of snow and ice monsters that only the bonds of friendship and family can keep at bay and ultimately overcome. All things return to the cold, but some things are greater than the cold."
-Will Allred, writer of Diary of Night
"A dying sun, a tormented warrior, and a glove that shoots fire! Sunmaker carries you into heated battles, tortured pasts and mournful music, before returning you longingly - where all things belong - to the cold..."
-Andy Perry, writer of Undetermined
Indeed. And a giant one, at that.
Check out the first few pages of issue two that picks up where the battle left off!
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 1,500 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.
Oh, we're bringing the BOOM to a whole other level.
If this hasn't been enough and you still want to see more, then how does an 10 page full-color preview sound?
By signing up to to my email list, you'll receive it right now, and I'll even throw in the full issue #1 if you're new to the series and want to be sure this is for you!
John Edingfield II, creator of Rancidville, contributed this AMAZING variant cover for Sunmaker #2!
For you collectors out there, this is limited to 150 copies!
Oh, yea, did I mentioned it would be signed by John? How cool is that?!
If you want a print copy of Sunmaker Chapter #1 and it's not included in your pledge, don't worry!
All you have to do is click "Manage your Pledge", then "Change my pledge." Add $6 to any print level reward and you're set!
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.
If you've played video games, you know collectibles are a big part of the experience.
Since Sunmaker has huge influences from gaming, I thought it would be cool to take that part of the gaming world and bring it to this project.
The only way Sunmaker is possible is because of your support, and I'm ever grateful for that.
And as a Kickstarter supporter, I feel that you should have something unique, only available through the campaign.
Whenever you support the book through a physical tier (because of shipping) you will receive a Sunshard for that corresponding issue. These Sunshards can be collected together to form an image that will be used to attach to a future bookplate.
No one from a convention will get these pieces.
No one from an online store.
Only the people who help make this project a reality.
Just a little something to make it extra cool and as a thank you.
This is not the final art, but it should give you an idea of what to expect!
The campaign will run throughout January and Febuary. 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 May, and will ship immediately upon arrival.
Backers should expect to receive their rewards by July.
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
I understand what it means to ask for your support.
This will be my second Kickstarter campaign, so I know (more-or-less) what to expect.
But let's be realistic, there are always surprises
I'm very familiar with Kickstarter platform having backed over 200 campaigns. This helps give me insight to what a backer looks for and expects. In addition, I am a part of the ComixLaunch course which specializes in crowdfunding comics. With this community I have an experienced group to turn to should the unexpected arise.
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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