A stand-alone, steampunk-infused graphic novel set in the Wild West. Inspired by the bestselling series: The Hunchback Assignments. Read more
This project was successfully funded on November 13, 2013.
About this project
Modo: Ember's End
This will be a coveted collector's item: 72 full-colour pages of graphic novel goodness, wrapped in hardcover (so you can take it on the stagecoach with you). It's a stand-alone story: the further adventures of Modo, star of The Hunchback Assignments novels. He's been trained by the British to be a secret agent and is a hunchback with a special ability: he can change his shape to look like other people. He's awesome. And we're not just saying that!
The four bestselling novels in the series were the inspiration:
The Stretch Goals
We made our fundraising goal! Thanks! So here are the stretch goals:
Made it! $5000: 4 Modo trading cards with every physical order. They're gonna be wicked! Delivered by steam powered dragonflies.
$8000: 8 Modo trading cards with every physical order. Twice as wicked! Delivered by steam powered pterodactyl.
$10,000: Team Modo Stickers for every physical order! Delivered by a pegasus. Because, like, why not?
$1 Billion Dollars: an airship for every household. Delivered by…well, it'll deliver itself.
See the characters come to life in a full colour graphic novel. Modo and his fellow agent, Octavia, find themselves in the Wild West.
They stumble across the town of Ember's End, built by the mad scientist Ebenezer Ember, who has vanished but has left behind his beguiling daughter.
There's a rumour that Ebenezer has invented a device that will end all wars. This has brought the mercenary, Ogden Bull, to town. It becomes a race to find the device and to see who will use it first...
Think: action, over-the-top adventure, a huge dollop of fantastical fun and enough humour to tickle your innards.
Arthur Slade is the author of seventeen bestselling novels (including Dust, Jolted and The Hunchback Assignments) and Hallowed Knight, a four-part comic book series. His writing has won numerous awards including the Governor General's Award (Canada) and Le Grande Priz L'imaginaire (France).
Christopher Steininger is an illustrator whose work has appeared in comics like DeadHeaven, Worlds of Dungeons & Dragons, Avengelyne, and also games like Spec Ops: The Line.
The Great News is:
We raised most of the money needed to print this book in a previous crowdfunding campaign. It will be printed! But when we looked at our printing options we realized we wanted to make this book absolutely beautiful. So we're only looking for about $2000 greenbacks to up the printing ante. It's gonna look real purrrty. More importantly, we have several awesome stretch rewards in mind should we surpass our funding goal. Will it be buttons? T-shirts? Airships for everyone? Stay tuned.
It's been our longstanding dream to create a graphic novel inspired by The Hunchback Assignments. Now you can be a part of that dream. And pick up some cool swag too.
A Few Sample Pages:
Reach out and telegraph the world! We'd love your help getting the buzz going about our project.
Risks and challenges
There are always risks creating a work of art, but we're at the half way mark of developing the book and already have the majority of our funding. There is quite a lot of detailed planning (and artwork) yet to do, so there could be delays. We feel confident that we'll tackle any problems that come our way in time to have the book out by March of 2014.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $5 or more
Steamtrunk of Wallpapers: Yes, you get a whole bunch o' wallpapers from the project. Use them as backgrounds on your computer, your tablet, phone and visual telegraph device.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $15 or more
The Digital Option:
You want a copy on your computer? iPad? Steam-powered difference engine? Receive a DRM free PDF of the graphic novel when it's done. And a saddlebag full of wallpapers.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $25 or more
The Collectible Graphic Novel:
A copy of the graphic novel signed, sealed and delivered to your door by airship (or a steam-powered postperson).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $35 or more
4 backers All gone!
Awesome Artist's Edition:
A copy of the graphic novel signed, sealed and delivered, including worldwide postage. But get this, pardner! You'll also receive a signed, limited edition print. (You can show your great grandchildren!) And you get the digital download too.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $35 or more
Awesome Artist's Edition: A copy of the graphic novel signed, sealed and delivered by a steam powered unicorn. Really! And get this, pardner! You'll also receive a signed, limited edition print and the digital download too. Zounds!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $60 or more
Dealer's Deal (For Retailers):
**For comic and book stores** Five specially priced signed copies of the hardcover. Shipping to your fine establishment is included.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
I'll Take Five, Pardner:
School? Library? Gift shopping for your little nephew or niece varmints? Buy five copies and have them shipped to your door by Pony Express.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $150 or more
1 backer Limited (24 left of 25)
Pen-Ultimate Art Edition:
What? You love Modo so much you want a page of the original art? We'll send you a signed graphic novel, a signed limited-edition print, and a big, beautiful original page of artwork from Ember's End. Delivered by stagecoach.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $175 or more
3 backers Limited (9 left of 12)
The Ultimate Artist's Edition:
Everything included in the Pen-Ultimate Edition, but you'll also receive a one-of-a-kind original drawing by the artist on one of the blank interior pages of the graphic novel. Only 20 available.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $1,000 or more
0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)
You'll receive five copies of the graphic novel, five signed limited edition prints, one big, beautiful page of original artwork from Ember's End, a stand-alone original drawing, and a steampunk portrait of you or your dog or subject of your choice. Delivered worldwide on a platinum-plated airship.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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