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A spirited fantasy about strangers who begin to see visions of an encroaching void as it chases the last known light of existence.
A spirited fantasy about strangers who begin to see visions of an encroaching void as it chases the last known light of existence.
A spirited fantasy about strangers who begin to see visions of an encroaching void as it chases the last known light of existence.
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An expansive new fantasy series, Hiraeth was written and created by Brent Hodges, featuring art and color from Peter Cacho and Gustavo Mendes.

Hiraeth centers around a group of strangers whose lives intertwine after they begin to see visions of an encroaching, lifeless void as it tries to swallow up the last known light in existence.

Trapped between colliding worlds, our protagonist Karina is one of many connected dreamers that will be tested beyond their limits to navigate the truth behinds the Gods responsible for their visions, their sins, and the fine line between good and evil – in a world filled with bloodshed, betrayal, magic and the need for redemption.

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Hiraeth Page 1

 

A country as vast in resources as it is hate and division, Limeira serves as a grim reminder of a wretched caste system that separates the wealthy from the underprivileged within the Parathion Empire.

At its center lies a prominent house known as the Lutherns - a vicious, influential family that rivals even the sway of the Emperor. Involved in numerous cases of kidnapping, extortion, and racketeering, its youngest son Danny Luthern runs the Commons with an iron fist - crushing anyone who stands in his way under the weight of his family name.

Dealing with flaring community tempers and strange visions she can’t explain, young Karina struggles to regain control of her mind after mythological dreams and a chance encounter with Danny at the local market leaves her fighting for her life; shaking her foundation - and that of her community's - to their cores...

 

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Hiraeth Page 2

 

Hiraeth’s tales are inspired by classical RPG/JRPG elements, a lost-art of storytelling that Sky Ark Comics and I absolutely love; blending harrowing action, a deep-seated medieval world, and a memorable ensemble cast of heartfelt characters.

While set in a fantasy world, the all too real emotions expressed in Hiraeth are anything but fiction. Comics are meant to be fun and exciting, but as creators we also believe they’re meant to be real - and that means not all superheroes wear capes and live plot-convenient lives. We want Hiraeth to find a home in anyone who knows what it's like to try and fail fighting the darkness of their painful memories alone.

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Hiraeth Page 3

And that's where you, the reader, come in. We have years' worth of material conceptualized, but we can't get there without your help. Each of you has your own story of pain, fear, or uncertainty... Your support allows us to create comics that tackle those unspoken fears, and give back the courageous journey involved when you put one foot in front of the other and soldier on – even when every instinct outside of your heart keeps telling you to quit.

A sample of some of the art you can expect to find in the Digital Deluxe package!

Character Sketch - Kelda
Character Sketch - Kelda

 

Original Sketches - Karina
Original Sketches - Karina

 

Original Design - Daegan
Original Design - Daegan

 

Page 2
Page 2

 

Page 10
Page 10

 

Page 11 Inked
Page 11 Inked

 

The Double Page Spread Cover
The Double Page Spread Cover

  

Limited Print Variant Cover
Limited Print Variant Cover

 

Brent Hodges

Author-Creator of Hiraeth
Author-Creator of Hiraeth

 

U.S. Veteran and author/creator of Hiraeth, Brent is an older brother who loves torturing his siblings and has worked in-and-around the medical field for most of his life before becoming a writer. He spends most of his time muttering wild new ideas to himself, jamming out to Metallica, playing old JRPGs, and on his good days - screaming bloody murder at the the writing gods who constantly toy with him.

Peter Cacho

Art by Peter Cacho
Art by Peter Cacho

Peter is Hiraeth's line artist originating from the Philippines. His eastern art style caught our eye immediately, stemming from a wide range of influences by acclaimed artists like Sean Murphy, Katsuhiro Otomo, and Stuart Immonen. He got his start drawing in 2011 after watching frenzied shows like Yu Yu Hakasho and Dragon Ball, and hasn't let up since!

Gustavo Mendes

Color by Gustavo Mendes
Color by Gustavo Mendes

Gus-Mendes is Hiraeth's newly acquired phenomenal colorist. Since 2012 he's worked for various independent publishers, writers, and other artists all over the United States and Europe - graduating with a degree in visual arts. With just one look at his unique color pallets, it's quite easy to see why we wanted to work with him on such a challenging project!

Brian Balondo

Art and Color by Brian Balondo
Art and Color by Brian Balondo

Our published variant cover artist from San Pablo City, Brian's copic tones have been used on everything from commissioned works for Batman, Wonder Woman, Star Wars, Spiderman and even everyone's favorite Merc-with-a-Mouth, Deadpool! From sequential art to covers to even color, Balondo has a gift to be able to deliver on all three fronts!

$1+: OUR NEVER-ENDING APPRECIATION

Seriously, thank you so much for believing in us. Every backer, every dollar - and to be honest - every fan counts! Just the fact that you stopped in here to donate gives us that warm and fuzzy feeling as creators, it's amazing knowing someone's pumped up for your project!

$5+: DIGITAL NUMERO UNO

Get Hiraeth #1 delivered through a direct digital download (.pdf) with the standard cover and your name in our 'thank you' credits.

$7+: FANCY-PANTS DIGITAL DEAL

Strap on your dancing shoes, cause you lookin' fancy tonight. You'll get the enhanced digital .pdf, including: digital download of issue #1 with standard and variant cover, character sketches, black-and-white inks, and the first three pages of the finished script!   

$6+: PRINT #1

Be the first to own a tangible, physical copy of Hiraeth as soon as it's ready! Includes digital deluxe rewards.

 $10+: VARIANT PRINT #1

The original PRINT #1 deal, but with a twist! Instead of the standard cover, experience the twisted nightmare that is Danny Luthern from artist Brian Bolando's wicked variant cover. 

 

$20+: POSTER BUNDLE DEAL

Decorate your home with either of our slick cinema-themed 11"x17" posters guaranteed to spice up your wall space! Also includes a physical issue of Hiraeth #1 and digital deluxe package. 

 

Poster Art Not Final
Poster Art Not Final

 

$25+: POOPIN' FOR TWO T-SHIRT

Embarrass the lovable Karina Luteal anywhere you go, forcing her to constantly re-live her sister's sassy, torturous comebacks. Oh, you sadist, you. ;) Includes a physical copy of issue #1 and all the previous digital rewards. 

 

The Poopin' for Two T-Shirt
The Poopin' for Two T-Shirt

 

$50+: PRODUCTION SCRIPT

The all-inclusive, marked-up final script! Take a trip inside my brain as I walk you through my production process with personalized notes detailing the insanity of comic writing issue #1! Over 32 pages of material! Includes a physical copy of issue #1, all previous digital rewards, and a poster and t-shirt of your choice!

 

Page 1 Script
Page 1 Script

 

$100: NOBLES ONLY

Kickstarter Exclusive Signed & Numbered Issue #1. Includes all digital rewards, a special tier in our 'Thank You' credits, and all of the previous rewards. This will never be offered outside of Kickstarter! 

$250+: CHOOSE A SIDE FOR YOUR OWN CHARACTER!

From comedy to serious business, characters will have minor speaking-roles and have presence in their respective panels.  

On top of adding you into the story as a member of the Monarchy or the oppressed, you'll receive TWO physical copies of Issue #1 (1 standard, 1 variant), all the digital rewards, a short backstory of your character AND the all-inclusive, marked-up production script highlighted where you can find yourself!  

This tier is first-come-first-serve, so backers who invest earlier get contacted earlier by the team to determine their choice of scene placement! 

$500+: HERO OR HORROR

At this tier, you would be helping us take a massive leap towards Hiraeth's reality as a comic series.  

In addition to all of our present rewards on Issue #1's Kickstarter, you would get exclusive sneak peaks at upcoming issues, a free copy of both standard and variant physical issues for any subsequent releases in this volume, a prominent multi-issue recurring character with their own story as a hero or villain, active dialogue, panels where you're the focus - and an executive producer credit on each subsequent issue featured in this volume!  

WE DO CUSTOM ORDERS!: Did we miss something you'd like to add to your order but didn't see a tier for? No problem. Send us a message and we'll get it squared away for you!

Here’s a breakdown of our costs:

Printing: $440  

Shipping: $368

Merchandise: $148

Production: $2,320  

Fees (10% Kickstarter): $295  

Total: $3,571  

All additional funding over our goal will first cover the small amount we covered ourselves prior to launch and will also cover any additional stretch goals and merchandise needed. Once all the costs have been taken care of, whatever is left after we are fully funded will be used towards the production of future issues!

Risks and challenges

We've actually done this before! Our latest Kickstarter project, CAPSULE (https://goo.gl/zYIlJi) was successfully funded in just two weeks!

Having most of the production completed prior to the launch of the Kickstarter, this project is mostly just to finish funding the art we'll need and paying the printing costs.

Our greatest potential challenge could be the length of time it takes to get back the prints and then have them delivered around the world. We're working our tails off to get everything ready so we can get the rewards to our backers in a timely manner, and the less time we have to worry about making our goal - the earlier we can order the prints and the more time we have to devote to quality control, packaging, shipping!

Rest assured we will keep everyone updated throughout the fulfillment process. If you find yourself with any comments, questions, or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.

The SKY ARK Comics Team
info@skyarkmedia.com

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    From comedy to serious business, characters will have minor speaking-roles and have presence in their respective panels.

    On top of adding you into the story, you'll receive TWO physical copies of Issue #1 (1 standard, 1 variant), all the digital rewards, a short backstory of your character AND the all-inclusive, marked-up production script highlighted where you can find yourself!

    This tier is first-come-first-serve, so backers who invest earlier get contacted earlier by the team to determine their choice of scene placement!

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