Echoes from the Drift is a new comic book series that follows two main characters, Jenni and Zayf, as they use Drifts (dimensional rifts) to travel to parallel universes.
Echoes is an '80s-inspired, sci-fi adventure that I've had so much fun creating. I would love to keep telling you all the stories I have planned for this series.
There's a fun cast of supporting characters that will help (and possibly hinder) Jenni and Zayf. Will a friend on one world be an enemy on another?
The action kicks into high gear in the second issue! After the strange events of Echoes 1, Zayf and Jenni find themselves under assault in a post-apocalyptic city! How will they survive? Join in the adventure to find out!
What is the aim of this Kickstarter campaign?
With this Kickstarter, I'll be creating the second 22-page issue of the Echoes from the Drift series (a five issue story arc), which will be available as both digital and print copies.
If you'd like to own some of the original pages of inked artwork from Echoes 2, then check out the Rewards to the right! The original artwork is available to a limited number of Backers.
Download the FREE prequel to Echoes from the Drift #1!
Missed out on the first Echoes from the Drift Kickstarter campaign and you'd like to see how the art will look? Then check out the free 10-page prequel I created for the series called In Ruins. The prequel helped me develop a style of art and the tone that I wanted for Echoes from the Drift #1. In Ruins takes place in one of the worlds that Zayf and Jenni explore.
Both In Ruins and Echoes from the Drift are recommended for Mature Readers due to coarse language and some violence.
The In Ruins prequel can be downloaded (in PDF format) from my online Shop for free! Head over there so you can start your adventure!
Check out the Rewards, I think there's something for everyone. All Backers will get their name added to the "Thank You" page of Echoes 2.
As thanks for your support, '80s Fans will get your names added to the "Thank You" page of Echoes from the Drift #2!
Rugged Drifters will receive a digital copy (in PDF format) of Echoes from the Drift #2!
Archivists will discover digital copies of both Echoes from the Drift #1 and Echoes from the Drift #2!
As trusty companions on the road, Amigos will receive a print and digital copy of Echoes from the Drift #2!
Besides a print and digital copy of Echoes from the Drift #2, Thrill-Seekers get to choose one page from Echoes 2 that will be printed in full-colour at A3 size! Pages can be selected after you receive your digital copy of Echoes 2.
These electronically-enhanced cyborgs will target-lock a digital copy of Echoes from the Drift #2, plus an exclusive digital wallpaper and a set of digital avatars of some of the Echoes characters!
Collectors will unearth a stash of print and digital copies of both Echoes from the Drift #1 and Echoes from the Drift #2! Echoes 1 contains the In Ruins prequel and bonus content pages.
As a Wanderer, you'll get a print and digital copy of Echoes from the Drift #2, plus a unique sketch (A5 size) of an Echoes character of your choice! This sketch will show the head and shoulders of the character (also known as a Bust), with no background image. The sketch will be inked and signed by me.
BOUNTY HUNTER (A-CLASS)
Bounty Hunters will capture a rare prize! A print and digital copy of Echoes 2, an Echoes t-shirt (design, colour range and size can be selected - see Add-ons for options) and a Kickstarter Exclusive - the Echoes from the Drift Magic Mug!
BOUNTY HUNTER (S-CLASS)
S-Class Bounty Hunters will pursue and claim print and digital copies of Echoes 1 and Echoes 2, an Echoes t-shirt (design, colour range and size can be selected - see Add-ons for options) and the Kickstarter Exclusive Echoes from the Drift Magic Mug!
Bounty Hunters (A-Class and S-Class) can also negotiate their Rewards! Want 2 Magic Mugs instead of a T-shirt and a Mug? Okay! Want 2 T-shirts instead of a T-shirt and Mug? Done! Now please put down that Thermal Detonator!
SURVIVOR Survivors will obtain a print and digital copy of Echoes from the Drift #2, plus a unique sketch (A4 size) of an Echoes character of your choice! This time the character will be drawn from head to toe (Full Figure), with no background image, inked and signed by me.
As an intrepid Explorer, you'll receive a print and digital copy of Echoes from the Drift #2, but you'll also claim the only physical copy of the Echoes 2 Page Layouts! 11 pages of sketches showing the first draft of all 22 pages of the comic. You'll be able to compare how the comic was originally imagined and how it actually turned out! Only one person in the world can own all 11 actual pages. Will it be you?
EXTRA #1 & EXTRA #2
Be part of the action! Get drawn as a background character in the print and digital copies of Echoes 2! Background characters will be featured clearly in one or two panels of the comic, but will not have dialogue (speech balloons). However, you will have the choice to be either a Respite Guard or a Raider! Only four Extra Rewards are available!
You'll also receive one signed, A4 page of pencil sketches of you as your Echoes 2 character!
Note: Photos of you will be required.
Zayf has arrived and wants to help you out! He'll send you a print and digital copy of Echoes from the Drift #2, and one page of the original, black & white, interior artwork from Echoes 2! This dimensionally-charged artwork will be chosen at random for 22 lucky people!
Plus, Zayf will also give you an A3, full-colour print of the same page from the finished comic! These two pieces are going to look fantastic on your wall!
Jenni has a totally rad gift for you! Besides a print and digital copy of Echoes from the Drift #2, you'll receive the one and only, original black & white artwork of the cover for Echoes 2!
But wait, like a Ginsu steak knife, there's more! You'll also receive an A3, full-colour print of the cover artwork, as it appeared in the comic! Jenni is waiting for your call, so get in quick!
Like a Terminator from the future, the top Reward is back! As a Pioneer, you'll receive a one-of-a-kind, variant cover, print edition!
Is that it? No way! You'll also get the original, black & white artwork for the variant cover, signed by me.
Want more? You got it! An A3, full-colour print of both the original cover and the variant cover!
You still want more? Then how about your very own Echoes from the Drift t-shirt? A choice of Jenni, Zayf or the Echoes logo is available in your size!
Plus, the print and digital copy of Echoes from the Drift #2 (with the regular cover)!
There can only be one Pioneer who will obtain this extremely rare prize! How adventurous are you?
Echoes t-shirts! (Add-on for Print Rewards)
Echoes t-shirts will be available as add-ons to your Rewards. Simply add an additional €20 per t-shirt to your Pledge (to pay for the t-shirt and additional shipping).
There are three designs to choose from: Zayf on a black or red shirt; '80s-style Echoes logo with Jenni and Zayf on black; Jenni on blue or white! T-shirts will be available in men's and women's sizes.
You can tell me which design and colour you'd like when I send you the Backer Survey at the end of the Kickstarter campaign.
Kickstarter Exclusive Echoes from the Drift Magic Mug! (Add-on for Print Rewards)
Get the Kickstarter Exclusive Magic Mug added to your Pledge for an additional €20 (including shipping)! Like to see how the Magic Mug works? Then watch this short video!
Echoes from the Drift #1 print copy! (Add-on for Print Rewards)
Missed out on the previous Echoes from the Drift Kickstarter and you'd like a print copy of Echoes 1? Then simply add an additional €7 to your Pledge and a print copy will be added to your pre-order! It's as easy as that!
Or add €10 for a print and digital copy of Echoes 1. Digital add-on copies of Echoes 1 will be sent out when the Funding Goal is met and the Echoes 2 campaign ends, so you can start reading straight away!
Echoes from the Drift #1 digital copy! (Add-on for Digital Rewards)
Would you like a digital copy of Echoes 1? No problem! Simply add an additional €3 to your Pledge and a digital copy will be added to your Reward!
All Rewards are shipped in sturdy cardboard packaging to protect your items.
A4-Size Rewards (AMIGO, WANDERER, SURVIVOR, COLLECTOR, EXTRAS, no Parcel Tracking)
Rest of the world: €12
EXPLORER (includes Parcel Tracking)
Rest of the world: €15
A3-Size Rewards (THRILL-SEEKER, ZAYF, JENNI, includes Parcel Tracking)
Rest of the world: €16
PIONEER shipping and Parcel Tracking is included in the Reward.
Behind-the-Scenes material (Added to digital copies)!
When we get to 20 Backers, all digital copies of Echoes 2 will be upgraded with bonus behind-the-scenes pages! These bonus pages will include page layouts, pages from the script, costume designs and early character sketches for issue #2.
Tell your friends about the Echoes from the Drift #2 Kickstarter campaign on Twitter and Facebook to receive a bonus gift! If we get 20 Shares of the Echoes 2 campaign launch Facebook post, a bookmark will be added to every Amigo Backer and above. 20 Retweets of the pinned Echoes 2 campaign Twitter post will unlock a different bookmark! If both get unlocked, then Amigo Backers and above will get both bookmarks! You can find the posts below!
Behind-the-Scenes material (Added to print copies) If the Funding Goal gets to €3,300, then the additional Behind-The-Scenes pages will also be added to the print copies of Echoes 2!
Cool sites that are talking about the Echoes 2 campaign!
"If you like sci-fi fantasy movies with an 80's vibe - think The Terminator mixed with Guardians of the Galaxy, then you'll love Echoes From the Drift." - Adrian Kinnaird, From Earth's End
"Some really cool rewards to be scored." - Christian Carnouche, Carnouche Productions
Here's what people had to say about Echoes from the Drift #1:
"Echoes From The Drift has a great sci-fi set-up, with plenty of opportunity for world building and fun character interplay." - Adrian Kinnaird, From Earth's End
"The story was a hell of a lot of fun and the sequential art is cracking." - Christian Carnouche, Carnouche Productions
An interview with Craig about Echoes from the Drift #1 by Barbra Dillon at Fanbase Press
Who is this Craig Petersen guy?
Originally from New Zealand, I relocated to Europe in 2013. Thanks to some wonderful people, the Kickstarter for Echoes from the Drift #1 was successfully funded in 2016. Now, I'm continuing to follow my dreams of telling stories with comics.
In New Zealand, I self-published the superhero series Southern Tribe from 1995 - 1998. In 2008 – 2009, I created the horror/comedy strip Close to Midnight (www.closetomidnight.co.nz) for Rip It Up magazine. To view some of my other illustrations and sketches, please visit my website at: www.mechazoic.com
How are the Kickstarter funds going to be spent?
The funds will go towards the creation of the art, printing and shipping of the comic and original artwork, taxes, Kickstarter fees and credit card fees.
My goal is to create a fully inked, coloured and lettered page a week. 23 pages (22 pages plus the cover and interior design) means 23 weeks, so I’m giving a time estimate of 6 months after the campaign ends to create the artwork for the second issue. Some extra time has been added for printing and shipping of the Rewards. Some Rewards have had time added to allow for creating your original artwork.
Risks and challenges
After the successful Kickstarter for "Echoes" 1, the second issue has been scripted and the final page layouts are complete. I have a printer lined up and a good estimate for the time it will take to create the second issue.
Fees and taxes have been accounted for in the budget.
I may add more Reward Tiers or Stretch Goals during the campaign, as long as the budget and commitments are still manageable.
There might be unexpected delays when printing and shipping "Echoes" 2.
If there are any unexpected delays in any part of the production of "Echoes" 2, I’ll be sure to let you know in the Updates section. My aim is to keep everyone informed about how "Echoes from the Drift" is progressing throughout its production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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