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Frost giants are crossing Lake Superior to destroy all mankind. Only Merilee Fite and her estranged uncle can stop them.
Frost giants are crossing Lake Superior to destroy all mankind. Only Merilee Fite and her estranged uncle can stop them.
148 backers pledged $2,877 to help bring this project to life.

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Skies Over Superior is a comic book about Merilee Fite, a girl facing ghosts and monsters on the icy shores of Lake Superior.

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But it's also about the strength of family and crushing effects of depression and mental illness. 

But it's also about power of music, and the power of stories, to bring people together.

But, it's also about the power of monsters to crush people, and tear people apart.

(click HERE and start reading it RIGHT NOW. You'll love it)

Music is an important part of Skies Over Superior
Many of the answers that Merilee seeks are in her father's music, and the folk music of Northern Michigan.
So, we reached out and got some amazing music from RickoLus and Opal Puckett's Jonathan Pardo.
As a backer, you'll be able to own these songs in several different reward packages. 

Once we got that ball rolling, we just couldn't stop it. The story, the songs, and the art just kept on inspiring each other. The art will feature original pieces by Laura Bearl, Christie Shinn, and Shawn Langley.
We trimmed back to just 5 songs, and here's a taste of two of them. The songs and art you see here are early versions or mock-ups. They'll be updated as the project rolls along.

 All the stuff you expect from a comic book Kickstarter.

  • The comic book itself.
  • A PDF version.
  • Other comics by the writer, Josh Dahl.

And special stuff just for this campaign.

Because music is such an important part of the whole project, the center-piece  rewards are the Comics/Music/and Art packs. Each one features:

  • The comic book itself.
  • Five original songs created just for this project.
  • Five original pieces of art created as "album covers" to go with the songs.

They are available in three different levels. Watch for the art pieces to be revealed as the campaign rolls on.

IMAGE UPDATES! 7/2

New cover images by Laura Bearl. 

 And, you know, other surprises as this thing goes.

 This is stuff you might get when we reach new funding goals.

Skies Over Superior custom guitar picks

 Everyone who backed at level with a physical reward will get  custom SOS guitar pick. We'll get more picks in the future, but never again like these ones. These are exclusives just for you. If you want 2, just ask. If you want more, add a little bit to your pledge amount.

You fund Skies Over Superior issue 2!

If you want more of the stuff you already pledged for stuff, you can usually just increase your pledge amount etc. For the custom things, contact me through this campaign and we'll work out the easiest way to do it.

Something really cool:
Free books for young readers
in the "SOS SQUAD"

Look for the SOS Squad update for all the details. But here's the quick version. There is now an add-on and a new pledge level where you an get Skies Over Superior into the hands of young readers at no charge (to them).

MOCK UP v2
MOCK UP v2

Every copy of the SOS Squad edition will be given away to any young reader who wants it.
Again, look for the SOS Squad update for all the details.

Look... we're artists, writers, and musicians. There's a good chance we are going to get some of this financial stuff wrong. But, this chart will give you an idea of how we expect the money to be distributed.
One important note, we will run this math AFTER all of the project, production, shipping, and fees have been paid. So, the actual amount divvied up will be slightly less than the amount you see on the front page.
The fees section of this pie is there to cover any costs and fees that we forgot about! 
I know this isn't exactly your biggest concern, we just want to show you that we do have specific plans for the backing you are helping with.

Thanks!

And here's most of Skies Over Superior #1 by Josh Dahl and Laura Bearl.
Read it now.

Then come back and back the project.

Or back the project first.

Or, just do what makes you happy.

Thanks so much for believing... in us and in Skies Over Superior.

Risks and challenges

The book is completed.
The songs are completed.
All that is left for production is to clean up the lettering and no-comics pages.
And to decide just how to package the music.

Other than that, it is just managing the rewards, distributing the funding, and moving ahead.

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    Hey, thanks!

    Thanks so much for getting on board to help us make this comic.

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    Digital Back Catalog (Early Bird)

    Exactlythe same as the reward package offered at the $10 level, but cheaper and limited to only the first 100 backers to claim it.
    AND the Rapid City back issues will be delivered IMMEDIATELY, whether the project funds or not.

    Includes:
    • Skies Over Superior #1 PDF
    • Rapid City Below Zero digital collection
    • Rapid City: Objects at Rest digital collection
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    Skies Over Superior #1 DIGITAL

    The complete first issue as a PDF delivered to your inbox.

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    • Skies Over Superior #1 PDF
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    SOS Squad FREE COMICS

    You are funding the printing and shipping of issues of Skies Over Superior #1 specifically to be given away for free to young readers.
    Please read the project update "SOS Squad" for all the details.
    If you are already a backer at another reward level, but want to get on board, please just increase your pledge amount by 5 bucks for every SOS Squad book you want to print. Then, tell us in your backer survey how many you funded.

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    Skies Over Superior #1

    The comic you are helping to fund, delivered to your grubby little hands.
    Includes mp3 of the RickoLus song Stitched to Bone.

    Includes:
    • Song download. Cassette edition
    • Print comic book. Retail edition
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    Digital Back Catalog

    A digital copy of Skies Over Superior#1, as well Josh Dahl's previous comics Rapid City Below Zero and Rapid City: Objects at Rest.
    That's two, complete, graphic novel sized comic stories.
    Plus, I'll see if I can find some extras to add on as the campaign rolls forward.

    Includes:
    • Skies Over Superior #1 PDF
    • Rapid City Below Zero digital collection
    • Rapid City: Objects at Rest digital collection
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    Retailer 5Pack

    A cut rate for retailers because I want my books on your shelves and I want you to make a profit.
    I'll even eat the shipping on these.
    (Though, it would be nice if you added a buck or two to cover it!)
    These packs will only ship to addresses that are confirmed retail shops.

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    Skies Over Superior #1 Oversized print

    Issue #1 printed in extra large format, on heavier paper, so you can really drink-in the beautiful images.
    Sized to be suitable for framing.

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    • Skies Over Superior Oversized edition
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    Issue #1 Oversize Virgin print

    Issue #1 printed in extra large format, on heavier paper, so you can really drink-in the beautiful images, with no text to cover the art.
    This edition is NOT FOR READING. There's no words in it.
    Sized to be suitable for framing.

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    Comic, Music, and Art: Basic Pack

    You get the paper comic.
    Plus you get download cards for each of the five songs, by RickoLus and Opal Puckett's Jonathan Pardo, from and inspired by Skies Over Superior #1.
    Each card is also a full-color mini-art card featuring custom cover art made especially for each song.

    Includes:
    • Print comic book. Retail edition
    • Song Download Card and Art Card
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    Comic book and Mystic ritual

    You get a signed copy of Skies Over Suerior #1. You will also have your name written on a small stone, which will then be tossed into the Mystic River. You will get a video of the stone tossing ceremony.

    Includes:
    • Print comic book. Retail edition
    • Sense of deep calm and purpose.
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    Comics, Music and Art: Full Size Pack

    You get the paper comic.
    Plus you get download cards for each of the five songs, by RickoLus and Opal Puckett's Jonathan Pardo, from and inspired by Skies Over Superior #1.
    Each card is also a full-color 8X10 print featuring custom cover art made especially for each song. These high-quality, beautiful, pieces are suited for display on your wall or your desk.

    Includes:
    • Print comic book. Retail edition
    • Song download. Cassette edition
    • 8x10 print of song inspired cover art.
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    Black and White Digital portrait

    Skies Over Superior artist, Laura Bearl, will create a black and white portrait of you, or someone else you choose, in the style of Skies Over Superior.
    Add $20 to add another person to the picture.
    Add $20 for a high quality print shipped to you.
    Otherwise you can have the high res digital file to print however you see fit.

    Includes:
    • Skies Over Superior #1 PDF
    • Song download. Cassette edition
    • Original Art Digital File
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    1 hour Make Better Comics Skype session

    A one-on-one session with Josh Dahl of Make Better Comics, the focus will be on helping you do what you need to do to make better comics.

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    Comics, Music, and Art: Gallery Pack

    You get the paper comic.
    Plus you get download cards for each of the five songs, by RickoLus and Opal Puckett's Jonathan Pardo, from and inspired by Skies Over Superior #1.
    Each ca

    featuring custom cover art made especially for each song.

    Includes:
    • Print comic book. Retail edition
    • Song download. Cassette edition
    • 11x17 print of song inspired art
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    Full Color Digital Portrait

    Skies Over Superior artist, Laura Bearl, will create a full color portrait of you, or someone else you choose, in the style of Skies Over Superior.
    Add $30 to add another person to the picture.
    Add $20 for a high quality print shipped to you.
    Otherwise you can have the high res digital file to print however you see fit.

    Includes:
    • Original Art Digital File
    • Skies Over Superior #1 PDF
    • Song download. Cassette edition
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    1 page Custom Comic Black and White

    Skies Over Superior artist Laura Bearl will create a page of comic art, in the style and story universe of Skies Over Superior, just for you. Make it about yourself or a friend.
    Black and White.
    Add $20 for a high quality print of your page.

    Includes:
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    • Skies Over Superior #1 PDF
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    1 page Custom Comic Full Color

    Skies Over Superior artist Laura Bearl will create a page of comic art, in the style and story universe of Skies Over Superior, just for you. Make it about yourself or a friend.
    Full color.
    Add $20 for a high quality print of your page.

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    Original Shawn Langley Frost Giant art

    The actual original art for Shawn's breathtaking frost giant image, This is the actual piece of art crafted with Shawn's own hands.

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    Christie Shinn original art

    The actual original art for Christie's fantastic song-cover image, This is the actual piece of art crafted with Christie's own hands.

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Funding period

- (30 days)