About this project
~ UPDATE: 6-23-17 - YOU ARE ALL AWESOME
Wow. So here's where we stand. 665 shares on THIS POST as of this writing, so Erathune #1 PDF for everybody. 36 hours left to get another 335 shares and get Skarlok. We also hit $55K so everyone will be immortalized inside the Niobe hardcover and you'll get the first issue of The Untamed sequel on PDF. If we can do $4K more before midnight tomorrow, we'll do the same for all backers on Dusu and give another issue of The Untamed.
By the way, if you're in Los Angeles, COME TO THE WRAP PARTY! Saturday from 8:00 to 12:00 at HiDeHo Comics in Santa Monica. There will be food, a DJ and an open bar. Plus the store will be offering discounts during the event. And we'll have an ashcan version of Niobe: She is Death #1 so you can see the book!
~ UPDATE: 6-20-17 - NEW GOAL REWARDS!
We're humbled and thankful to all of your support, and have hit all our stretch goals with a few days to go! So we've added a couple new ones. We also added a social media one! We want to try to get as many shares on THIS POST as possible. If we hit 500 shares, all backers will get a PDF of Erathune #1. If we get 1000 shares, all backers will get a PDF of Tales of Asunda: Skarlok, which was never released in stores.
Also we're adding a 2 digital pledge levels after repeated requests :)
$30 - PDF Bundle. Niobe: She is Life PDF PLUS The Untamed: A Sinner's Prayer PDF, Dusu: Path of the Ancient PDF, & Niobe: She is Death PDF. $75 - PDF Mega Bundle add Erathune #1 and #2, Tales of Asunda #0, The Untamed A Killing Floor #1-4, Niobe calendar.
DON'T FORGET: You can still get Slipcases for Niobe, Dusu, and The Untamed Hardcovers. We've still got the Erathune ADD ON so you can get started on the adventures of Niobe as an adult and some of The Untamed: Killing Floor ADD ON. Details below. And don't forget about the Pathfinder Niobe Game Book!
$20 - Niobe or Dusu or The Untamed Slipcase. Get a high end, hard-sided slip case for your Kickstarter Edition Niobe or Dusu or The Untamed. Or get them all :)
$20 - Erathune Signature Edition Set. Choose a variant of Erathune #1 and get a copy of Erathune #2. These will be SIGNED by Sebastian, Darrell, and interior artist Sheldon. Erathune features the adventures of Niobe with her allies Buxton and Skarlok (Yes, that Skarlok. The plot thickens...). LIMITED TO 100 SETS. Please message us if you take this ADD ON so we can stay within the limit.
Also we still have some of the Untamed signature series sets available.
$25 - Untamed: Killing Floor Signed Edition. We're finishing up Untamed: Killing Floor, the sequel to A Sinner's Prayer, so we're going to do a signed edition of Jae Lee's covers signed by Sebastian, Darrell and Jae. LIMITED TO 100 SETS and only $25 for all 4! They can be upgraded with the CGC add on. If you do this ADD ON, please message us so that we can make sure you're on the list.
And don't forget the Pathfinder book is now available as both an add on and a pledge level. Come play in Asunda!
UPGRADES - All stretch goal upgrades will be applied to both Niobe and Dusu. That means both books now have 64 additional pages not in the retail version, foil inlay on the spine and cover, and a reversible dust jacket with a poster on the back.
Don't forget to add on your Dusu: Path of the Ancient hardcover for only $25! You can find out how to do ADD ONS by checking out this LINK.
ALSO: Just a note to let you know that Dusu hardcovers can be upgraded with remark head sketches and full sketches just like Niobe. See the ADD ON menu. And gamers, don't forget about the NIOBE PATHFINDER book!
ADD ONS TUTORIAL
Many backers want a combination of items not available in one pledge level, and we are happy to accommodate. Due to requests, we are adding new ADD ONS and pledge levels. We've also created a tutorial on doing ADD ONS over on our website. You can find it by clicking the link below.
You can also find the ADD ON menu if you scroll down toward the BOTTOM of this page under the REWARDS section and look for an ADD ONS graphic. And if you want something you don't see, just ask.
NIOBE: She is Life and Death Campaign:
Get an oversized special Kickstarter Exclusive edition hardcover collection of NIOBE: SHE IS LIFE with 32 pages of extra material not contained in the retail edition paperback and a Kickstarter Exclusive version of the first issue of the sequel NIOBE: SHE IS DEATH by Jones, Stenberg, May and new artist Sheldon Mitchell. Be the first to read the book well before its in-store release next year.
Written by Sebastian A. Jones (The Untamed, Dusu) & Amandla Stenberg (Everything, Everything, Hunger Games)
Layouts and Concepts by Darrell May (The Untamed, Dusu)
She is Life: Illustrated by Ashley A. Woods (Lady Castle, Millennia War)
She is Death: Illustrated by Sheldon Mitchell (Cable, The Darkness, Vampire Hunter D)
Lettering, Design and Editorial by Joshua Cozine (Witchblade, Superman, Vampire Hunter D)
Cover Artists: Jae Lee, Hyoung Taek Nam, Markus Prime, Rahiem Milton, Matt Waite, James C. Webster, Amandla Stenberg, Ashley A. Woods, Sheldon Mitchell, Michael Person, Olivia Duchess, Mervin Kaunda & Joyceline Furniss.
While first introduced in The Untamed, Niobe's solo story begins years later with the character as a teenager. A child of prophecy is on the road to fulfilling her destiny... Niobe: She is Life.
With a world divided who do you turn to?
Between two warring nations, in the heart of Western Ujoa, there is a haven to those who have lost their way. Some say you can rebuild your mind and spirit upon the mountains of Ugoma. For a Half-Elven (Sin-Galemren) girl with off-colored eyes, it is a chance to flee a dark past, and rest safely within the secret monatery of her ancestors. But you cannot run from destiny, or hide from the Devil.
Set within the original fantasy world of Asunda, Niobe: She is Life is a coming of age Beauty and the Beast love story threaded with murder and mystery that leads to all out war.
And the upcoming sequel... She is Death.
There is nothing more dangerous and beautiful than a wild woman.
Niobe: She is Death is a tale of hard truths and revelations for a young woman who is tired of running. Niobe has lost her faith – in humanity and the world around her. In the sequel to Niobe: She is Life, we will witness Niobe’s journey from heartbroken teenager to warrior woman, set to take on a world that would see her dead. Narrowly escaping a violent prison death, she learns that girls like her are being abducted. But the hunted becomes the hunter when she allies herself with a savage mentor who teaches her how to take vengeance on those who prey on the helpless – by being a bounty hunter herself.
Niobe will hunt down and capture human traffickers, rescuing the victims for the families who seek her help. But each step takes her further down the path toward a destiny she did not ask for and a burden she does not want.
And that's only the beginning!
Reward packages and pledge levels are on the right, but here's a little more detail about the various items you can get. PLEASE NOTE: ADD ONS ARE BELOW "REWARDS" SECTION
- Niobe: She is Life Kickstarter Edition Oversized Hardcover Graphic Novel – 160 pages collecting Niobe: She is Life issues 1-4 with 32 pages of bonus material that won't be in the retail edition. It will be 8”x12” with a glossy hardbound cover, and if we hit our stretch goals, it will have foil inlay and a reversible dust jacket/poster. Available in some levels signed by Sebastian, Amandla, Ashley, and Darrell. Also available with sketches on the title page by Hyoung, Sheldon, or Darrell.
- Niobe: She is Death #1 Kickstarter Edition – The first issue of the sequel series. This will be a 36 page “floppy” comic book with an exclusive cover by Sheldon Mitchell. Available in some levels signed by Sebastian, Amandla, Sheldon, and Darrell. Extra copies can be added to any package in the ADD ONS section below.
- Niobe: She is Death #1 Jae Lee “Bloody Fists” Kickstarter Edition Variant – The first issue with an alternate cover by Jae Lee, the legend behind such books as THE DARK TOWER, INHUMANS, BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN and WOLVERINE. The print run will be limited to the number of backers who take pledge levels which include this cover. Available in some levels signed by Jae Lee, Sebastian, Amandla, Sheldon, and Darrell. Also available to add to any package in the ADD ONS section below.
- Niobe: She is Death #1 Jae Lee “Heads on Spikes” Limited Edition Virgin Variant – The “daytime” version of this cover will be the retail cover when it is eventually released in stores, but the “nighttime” version is available here as a virgin variant (clean artwork on the cover, no logos or credits), strictly limited to 104 copies… 100 for the “Heads on Spikes” pledge level and 4 for the backers who want to be drawn onto the cover. All copies will be signed by Jae Lee, Sebastian, Amandla, Sheldon, and Darrell, unless requested otherwise.
- Niobe: She is Life Graphic Novel PDF – Get the PDF of the story shortly after the completion of the campaign. Read it while your hardcover is being printed! This version will be 128 pages and will not include the 32 pages of bonus material exclusive to the hardcover edition.
- Niobe: She is Life Fan Art Contest Winner Editions – All 4 issues of She is Life, each with a variant cover edition by one of our 4 Niobe Fan Art Contest Winners. Additionally, all contestants who did not win will have their artwork included in the bonus material at the back of the hardcover.
- Niobe Wallpaper Pack – We have so many amazing artists, and we’re excited to share their artwork as both desktop wallpapers and mobile device backgrounds. The pack will include at least 5 of our best cover images in a wide variety of sizes and dimensions to cover all possible devices.
- Kickstarter Exclusive Lithograph Art Prints – 11x17 art prints. One by the master Hyoung Taek Nam (THE LAST OF US, UNCHARTED 4) and the other by the legend Jae Lee (THE DARK TOWER, INHUMANS, WOLVERINE). These prints are exclusive to Kickstarter and will not be listed on our webstore for sale. You can get them both in the ART OF LIFE AND DEATH pledge level or you can get them separately in the ADD ONS section below.
- Arnuminel Choker – Made by Badali Jewelry, makers of the finest fantasy reproduction pieces, including the Lord of the Rings merchandise, these are available in solid bronze, solid sterling silver, and solid 14K gold. The video shows a traditional necklace version, but the choker pendant will be slightly smaller and will be on an elastic ribbon choker with a metal bail clasp. Bails will be solid sterling silver on the bronze and silver editions and solid gold on the gold edition. Also available to add to any package in the ADD ONS section below.
- Arnuminel Earrings – Also made by Badali, these will complete the set in bronze and silver. Available in your choice of studded posts or dangling. Also available to add to any package in the ADD ONS section below.
Previously released full necklace version modeled by Amandla.
- Niobe Backpack – Made by Human Canvas, there are two options, the Hyoung cover for She is Life issue 1 and the Woods 2nd print cover. Also available to add to any package in the ADD ONS section below.
- 11x17 Original Artwork – Original pieces drawn by Niobe artists Ashley A. Woods and Sheldon Mitchell.
- Sinner and Savior Canvas Prints – These are 18x24 prints on wooden framed canvas. These are gallery edition canvas prints and are limited to 50 copies, hand numbered and signed by Amandla, Sebastian, Hyoung, and Darrell. Numbers 3-50 are available.
- Get drawn into the book! Available in cameo and speaking roles, you will be drawn into issues 2-4 of She is Death somewhere. It’s too late for issue 1, unfortunately, but we’ll send you an 11x17 print of a page you appear on when the artwork is done.
- Get drawn onto the cover! If you’d rather be front and center, Jae Lee will draw your decapitated head onto the “Heads on Spikes” cover.
- Original Cover Artwork – Get the original penciled Jae Lee cover artwork for “Bloody Fists,” “Heads on Spikes,” or the Jae Lee covers for The Untamed: Killing Floor issues 1-4.
In order left to right, top to bottom, "Bloody Fists," "Heads on Spikes," "Untamed #1," "Untamed #2," "Untamed #3," "Untamed #4"
Any of the following items can be added to a physical reward package by simply increasing your pledge by the amount shown and then stating the reward you want in the survey after the campaign. FOR EXAMPLE: If you are pledging the $25 package and you want to add the $20 Pathfinder book, select the $25 package but type $45 in as your pledge. After the campaign, you will fill out a survey that will ask you what you want for the extra $20 you pledged, and you can select Niobe Pathfinder book from the menu of options.
PLEASE NOTE: DIGITAL ONLY LEVEL BACKERS & INTERNATIONAL BACKERS, PLEASE CONTACT US FOR ADDITIONAL SHIPPING AMOUNT FOR YOUR ADD ONS.
$10 - Untamed: A Sinner's Prayer PDF. Get the PDF of the beginning of Niobe's story.
$10 – She is Death #1 Kickstarter Edition. Get an extra or add to any other physical reward tier (including the $20 Early Bird). See above in REWARDS.
$10 - Tales of Asunda #0 - Skarlok. Get the first appearance of Skarlok, never released in stores. This book features a cover by artist Tomo with Skarlok modeled after Sebastian.
$15 – She is Death #1 Jae Lee “Bloody Fists” Variant. Add to any reward tier that includes the She is Death #1 Kickstarter Edition (limit 1 per person). See above in REWARDS.
$15 - Stranger Lithographs. Add on one of our non-exclusive lithos. These are available through our store and at conventions, but they're discounted from $20 plus shipping (on webstore) to only $15 with shipping included.
Above: Ashley Woods, Ashley Woods, Jae Lee, Sheldon Mitchell
Above: Hyoung Taek Nam, Hyoung Taek Nam, Rahiem Milton, Rahiem Milton
Above: Michael Person, Duchess, Mervin Kuanda, Joyceline Furniss
Above: Sheldon Mitchell, Sheldon Mitchell Alternate, James C. Webster isse 2 cover, James C. Webster issue 3 cover
Above: Terrance Bouldin-Johnson Cosplay Cover, Hyoung Taek Nam Waso, Rahiem Milton Sketch, Marcus Lindgren
$20 - Tales of Asunda #0 Limited Edition - Skarlok. Get the first appearance of Skarlok, never released in stores. This edition had a lower print run and features a cover by Hyoung Taek Nam (LAST OF US, UNCHARTED 4)
$20 - Niobe Pathfinder book. Want to play in Niobe's world? Pathfinder is making a 32 page supplement book for Niobe, allowing fans their first opportunity to game in Asunda.
$20 – Either Kickstarter Exclusive Litho. See above in REWARDS.
$20 – “Remark” head sketch on your book. A small “bust” style sketch. THIS CAN BE DONE IN NIOBE, THE ADD ON DUSU BOOK OR THE ADD ON UNTAMED BOOK.
$25 - Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover of Dusu: Path of the Ancient. This is the story of Niobe's mother's tribe and will be 176 pages, oversized, and will have all the same upgrades that the Niobe hardcover has.
$30 – The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer hardcover graphic novel
$50 - Solid Bronze Arnuminel Earrings. Shipping included. See above in REWARDS.
$55 – Full sketch on your book. A more detailed sketch. Per the $120 “Sketchy” pledge level above in REWARDS, but added to any level you want. THIS CAN BE DONE IN NIOBE, THE ADD ON DUSU BOOK OR THE ADD ON UNTAMED BOOK.
SOLD OUT – $60 – The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer KICKSTARTER EDITION graphic novel. Get one of the last few copies leftover from our previous Kickstarter. They will be on a first come, first served basis. Please message us if you do this add on to ensure your spot and so we can mark this as “sold out“ if necessary.
$65 - Solid Sterling Silver Arnuminel Earrings. Shipping included. See above in REWARDS.
$70 - Solid Bronze Arnuminel Necklace with sterling silver bail. Shipping included. See above in REWARDS.
$70 – CGC 9.8 edition. Have your Kickstarter Edition or “Bloody Fists” Variant graded (unsigned copies only). Guaranteed to be 9.8.
$75 - Skype the Stranger. Have a 15 minute personal Skype session with Sebastian and the Stranger crew (or just Sebastian). Get inside info about the project or even pitch your own. The time is yours. Also available as a pledge level in REWARDS but can be added to any level.
$80 - Niobe backpack. Your choice of the Niobe backpacks (shipping included). See above in REWARDS.
$100 - Solid Sterling Silver Arnuminel Necklace with sterling silver bail. Shipping included. See above in REWARDS.
$100 – CGC 9.8 Signature Series edition. Have your Kickstarter Edition, “Bloody Fists” Variant, or “Heads on Spikes” Variant graded and signed with authenticated signatures. Guaranteed to be 9.8. Additional add-ons may be available upon request.
$500 - Dinner with Strangers. Per requests by some backers, we are adding this as an add on. Pick up your rewards personally when you take a tour of the Stranger digs and have dinner with Sebastian and the Stranger crew including artist Darrell May, editor Joshua Cozine, and She is Death artist Sheldon Mitchell if he is in town. Transportation to Los Angeles not provided. Also available as a pledge level in REWARDS but can be added to any level.
$24,000 – Mini Litho – We will produce a mini litho of the pencils of some of Sheldon's pencils for She is Death, and every physical reward backer will receive one.
Niobe’s Tattoo – Everyone getting a physical reward will receive a temporary tattoo of the symbol of Arnuminel.
$27,500 – Mini Litho – We will produce a mini litho of the pencils of Jae Lee’s Untamed #2 cover, and every physical reward backer will receive one.
You will also receive a Niobe bookmark. “There is nothing more dangerous and beautiful than a wild woman.”
$30,000 – God of Nature Tattoo – Everyone getting a physical reward will receive a temporary tattoo of the symbol of Powisienne, God of Nature worshipped by the Galemren elves.
The She is Life Kickstarter Edition Hardcover will now have a reversible dust jacket.
$32,500 – Long Life – 16 more pages of extras and artwork in the She is Life hardcover, exclusive to the hardcover and will not be in the retail paperback or ebook. This is in addition to the 32 pages already exclusive to the hardcover, making for 48 pages of additional back matter from the trade paperback.
The story of Niobe’s lost tribe, Dusu: Path of the Ancient, will be collected as a Kickstarter Edition hardcover and made available as an add-on.
$35,000 – Trading Cards – Every physical reward backer will receive 3 of 12 random trading cards of Asunda characters, the backs of which will create a connecting image.
The She is Life Kickstarter Edition Hardcover will now have foil inlay on the cover and spine.
$37,500 – Backers will receive the Hand of the Devil temporary tattoo. Make your deal and pray it’s a good one.
A second bookmark featuring the Gods and Dragons of Asunda.
$40,000 – Longer Life – Another 16 additional pages of extras and artwork in the She is Life hardcover, making for 64 pages of additional back matter from the trade paperback.
The extra back matter will now be included in the Kickstarter PDF (but not the commercial ebook).
$42,500 – Trading Cards 2 – Backers will now receive 6 of 12 random trading cards with a connecting image on the back.
A slipcase edition will be made available as an upgrade add-on.
$45,000 – Year of the Stranger – Every backer at $35 and up will receive a 2018 Stranger Comics Calendar.
$47,500 – Trading Cards 3 – Backers will now receive the full set of 12 trading cards with a connecting image on the back.
$50,000 – The Birth of a Savior – 32 more pages of extras (for a total of 96 extra pages, the equivalent of a whole additional book), and the extras will now include the 52 page story of Morka Moa, villain of She is Life, pursuing Niobe as a baby. Morka Moa is written by Sebastian and Darrell who is also drawing the book.
THE INNOCENCE PROJECT (CHARITY DONATION)
At Stranger Comics, we like to make the world a better place, and as some other campaigns have done, we are donating a portion of our proceeds to charity. In She is Life, one of the main plot points is a character accused of a crime based on the color of his skin, so we can't think of a better charity to work with than The Innocence Project.
The Innocence Project is a non-profit legal organization that is committed to exonerating wrongly convicted people through the use of DNA testing and to reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.
We will donate 10% of our proceeds after the costs of printing and fulfillment with a minimum donation of $1,000 if the campaign is successful. Help us help others and get some great books in the process. And consider donating directly. You can find their site HERE.
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Risks and challenges
There are few challenges left that we have not already overcome. The NIOBE: She is Life four issue book is complete as is the NIOBE: She is Death comic #1. (We have also run a successful kickstarter for THE UNTAMED so this is not our first time putting a book together or fulfilling a campaign.)
Unless there is a delay with the printer or the post office loses packages, there is no foreseen risk of not getting NIOBE if this Kickstarter is successful.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter