Our final hours, and a two-for-one Stretch Goal remains:
This is, literally, The Finishing Touch on the book. If we can achieve this goal, the HMS Pegasus Deck Plans will be printed as a double-sided 22" by 34" poster, rendered in period appropriate style; better, the trade will be revised so, at every level (Cloth Covers, The Style to Which She is Accustomed, and Rare & Royal), each copy will include a built-in pouch affixed to the inside back cover made to hold and preserve the ship blueprints. This will unify the two items as we feel they should be - the story and the ship - and add what we feel is a final touch of class and elegance to this unique edition.
Two Stretch Goals at the same level? Madness! But, as Eric put it, he's going to put his mouth where you money is. Webmaster, editor, academic, and bon-vivant Eric Newsom has vowed that, should we achieve the incredible goal of reaching 150K in backing by the end of our campaign, he will, "don a pirate costume and record myself singing Better Far to Live and Die from Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance" (accompanying myself on ukelele)."
He's been practicing. He has located his eye-patch, and forsaken his dignity. How can you refuse this challenge?
The Goals We've Achieved Thus Far
We are stunned and delighted to have reached our initial goal with such speed. In fact, we didn't just reach it, we left it so far in the dust that we've already surpassed our first - modest - stretch goal!
The Lady Sabre Paper Doll Set - This is two sheets, one with Her Ladyship and accoutrement, and a second with additional clothes, bells and whistles. This set is included with every copy of the book, and the PDFs of the two sheets are now included in the All Digital, All the Time level. You'll be able to print as many as you like! Each sheet will be single-sided, printed in full color, on 100lb matte or the nearest equivalent.
The Pocket Guide to the Sphere, by Edwin Windsheer - Written by the notorious chronicler of the Sphere himself, this is a 64-page casebound book, Smythesewn, printed in black-and-white, and designed to look and feel like "the real thing." Containing essays, articles, sketches, and maps, all purportedly by Windsheer himself, this is a world-building document that provides a unique window into Lady Sabre's journeys. The book will measure 3.5" by 5" (we're serious, it's pocket-sized!), not unlike a small Moleskine notebook. This will now be included with every pledge of $30 or higher, and the PDF version will be included in the All Digital, All the Time package.
The Annotated Process of Lady Sabre - For those of you who've been reading us at ineffableaether.com, you know that we post the scripts along with each screen. Due to size constraints, we were forced to omit the scripts from the Lady Sabre Vol. 1 trade (seriously, we tried to make it work, but it would've brought the book to over 300 pages, and over $50/copy, never mind the postage). With this stretch goal unlocked, we can now go one-better - The Annotated Process of Lady Sabre is a 128-page softcover book, 6x9, containing all the scripts from Chapters 1 through 5 with notes and annotations. In addition to scripts, the book contains never-before-seen sketches and design work from both Rick and Eric, with their notes and comments, as well. This is an insider's look at the creation of our story, our world, and how we've striven to execute it.
A Better Book For All - This is an across-the-board alteration to the Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether Vol. I trade. Here are the specifics. These changes will apply to every edition of the Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether Vol. I trade, regardless of edition.
- Case - This is the actual cover of the book. It will now be 3.5mm board wrapped in black Saifu cloth with foil-stamping on the spine and face.
- Endpapers - These are now to be printed on 140 GSM woodfree, to prevent cracking and damage through use and/or age, and will be printed in a 2cx2c process, meaning there will be two colors used. This will allow us - if we reach our next goal - to use one of the maps as the endpapers.
- Interior - Paper weight is now increased to 128 GSM matte. This will preserve the reproduction of the art and color, and prevent any bleed-through of the pages.
The Cartographer's Craft - At this level, Sterling Hershey will be commissioned to create the Map of the Known Sphere as of IV.E.890 (this is our dating convention in the series). This will be a large, "flattened" map of the Lady Sabre world as it had been explored thus far. This map will be included in the Vol. I trade andwill further be the central design element of the endpapers on the book.
Additionally, Sterling will revisit the maps seen in the series thus far (the Tanitin Frontier and the Coming Storm), giving them professional treatment that will also be reflected in the trade.
Rick 2.0 - If we reach this level of backing, we will be able to achieve one of our most-needed goals, but one we've been frankly reluctant to consider. The fact is, Rick is working on tragically out-of-date equipment, working in an analogue fashion on a digital product. His computer needs upgrading, but more crucially, the small Wacom tablet he's been using since we began is in need of replacing. We want to set Rick up with a new Cintiq monitor and accompanying system. Doing this will not only allow Rick to increase the speed at which he works, but will result in, we believe, a visible enhancement to all our visuals, from the webcomic to the printed trade, and all stops in-between.
HMS Pegasus Deck Plans - If we achieve this Stretch Goal, Sterling Hershey will bring to life Her Ladyship's conveyance with a set of deck plans of Pegasus. Working with Rick and Greg, this will be a minimum of four sheets or their equivalent, detailing each deck of the ship, and potentially as many as eight, showing detail, cut-aways, and close-ups. These will be printed on high-quality paper, in a "blueprint" style, and designed to replicate the ship plans of the era. A complete set of these deck plans will be included with every copy of the book (Cloth Covers, The Style to Which She is Accustomed, and the Rare & Royal editions) as well as be included in the All Digital, All the Time package.
Your support and backing has been so overwhelming, we are now able to include a copy of The Annotated Process of Lady Sabre as well as The Pocket Guide to the Sphere with each edition of the trade.
Presenting the first trade collecting Chapters One through Five of the webcomic Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether in a 192-page, full-color, hardcover edition.
Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether is a webcomic created by Eisner Award winners Rick Burchett (The Batman and Robin Adventures, The Superman Adventures, Blackhawk, She-Hulk) and Greg Rucka (Whiteout, Stumptown, The Punisher, Detective Comics, Queen & Country, Alpha). Rick handles the beautiful art and Greg provides the story and the words. The whole work is overseen by editor, designer, and web-guru Eric Newsom.
Lady Sabre's world is one of danger, adventure, and deception, filled with clockwork monstrosities, dire magic, and noble hearts. It is a world flavored by Victorian England and late 19th century Europe and the Old West. It is a world of cannon fire and steel meeting steel, brass gears meshing seamlessly with steam-driven pistons, a world of passion and humor and a dash of romance.
As for Rick and Greg, they met many a year ago while working for DC Comics, putting the Dark Knight through his paces atop the roofs of Gotham. A long friendship was born in the discovery that they shared many of the same passions in comics and novels and movies. They loved westerns, pulps, steampunk, sci-fi, serials, you name it, they dug it. Very early on, they decided they needed a place to tell stories all their own, full of the glee and joy that infused so many of their shared influences. Ultimately, they created the Lady Sabre webcomic as a means to that end, a way to pursue the characters and stories they wanted to tell, without restraint or censure.
Lady Seneca Sabre is the 14th Marchioness of Cascadia, and captain of the good ship Pegasus. Her Ladyship is at once spy, thief, swordsmaster, (minor) witch, author of scandalous erotica, and gifted with the violin. Her Ladyship, as she is the first to tell you, is just generally fabulous.
She sails the Aether — a near-endless expanse of unfathomable near-emptiness — between floating Lands in pursuit of glory, gold, a dash of magic, and her own, unknown, agenda. Along her way, she encounters villains, rogues, madwomen, and two stalwart defenders of the law - the Marshal Miles Drake, and his Deputy Keyton Drum.
Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether, Volume I, is the first collection of the strips - or more precisely, “screens” - published on the website www.ineffableaether.com. This is a 192-page hardcover collection that covers the first five chapters of our epic, plus bonus content, and is the first part of what will ultimately comprise "The First Book of Sabre."
This campaign exists to fund the Exclusive Kickstarter Edition of this trade. This collection will contain all of the screens comprising our first five chapters, beginning with a rather fabulous swordfight atop a zeppelin, and including a gunfight with some tough hombres in a one-horse town, a meeting with a witch, the revelation of a map that will Change the Face of the World, and the subsequent discovery of those malevolent forces seeking to thwart Her Ladyship in her quest.
It’s a lot, honestly, it's over 160 pages of comic already completed and ready to go, and - as you might expect - it's also a wonderful introduction to our world, our story, and our adventure.
This edition will also include material from the Almanac that is maintained on the website, with entries explaining the world of the Sphere, as well as Kickstarter-specific content, including pin-ups from many amazing and established artists; an exclusive short-story written by Greg; and a brand new article, “The Legend of Lady Sabre,” written by the notorious chronicler of the Sphere, Edwin Windsheer.
The complete collection will be:
- 192 pages
- Full color
- “Landscape” orientation, to preserve the size and composition of the original art, at 11" by 8.5".
- Printed on 120 GSM matte, to reproduce the color and tone of the original art.
- Smythesewn (not glued!).
- Hardcover (cloth) with foil stamping on the spine and cover for added elegance.
- Jacketed, with a wrap-around cover on semi-gloss in full color, featuring all-new artwork by Rick Burchett.
This, as you can imagine, will be a hefty volume, suitable for reading, looking quite impressive on your coffee table or bookshelf, or repelling boarders if required.
The money raised in this campaign will:
- Pay for our initial print run of 2000 copies.
- Pay for shipping supplies, postage, and labor.
- Cover fees incurred by Kickstarter and similar attendant charges, including credit card processing and taxes.
We recognize that we're not asking for a modest amount. This is not a modest project. Publishing costs money, and the nicer the book, the greater the cost. We want to make a very nice book, indeed, one that we're proud to call ours, and one that you'll be proud to do the same.
Our specific costs breakdown are as follows. Values are absolute where possible, estimated where not:
- Printing = $16,595
- Shipping (Domestic) = $3,560
- Jewelry/Wearable Art = $220
- Crafting Supplies = $62.80
- Bookplate Printing = $300
- Patches 4x100 = $536
- Shipping and packing supplies = $325
- Media Mail Shipping + Tracking = $2270
- Amazon + Kickstarter fees = 10%
- Taxes = ?
- Miscellaneous expenses = $750
Total = $27,368.80
Should you be so generous, and we be so fortunate, as to exceed our initial fundraising goal, the extra money will go back into the production of the trade, increasing the print-run, continuing work on the webcomic, and towards future collections. We also have several stretch goals planned. Any extra monies raised will also go to defray the expenses incurred in the first 18 months of production of the webcomic, and, maybe, buy Rick a new computer so he doesn’t have to work on something that was new in 2003 and that wheezes every time he boots it up.
That’s the column to your right. Take a gander.
This is our first attempt at a Kickstarter, and we are fully committed to its success and to bringing this book to your hands. Your assistance in spreading the word about our campaign via Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, or megaphone atop mountain, would be gratefully appreciated.
- New Tier Added - Original Pin-Up Art - Michael Avon Oeming
- New update published
- New Tier Added - Original Pin-Up Art - Matthew Clark
- New Stretch Goal detailed - Rick 2.0
- Main story page updated.
- Two new updates.
- The Style to Which She is Accustomed - New edition of the trade now being offered, with multiple tiers incorporating bookplate, inscribed, and remarqued copies. Mock-up of this edition now visible below previous mock-up.
- Add-Ons Revised - List revised to include more options.
- Achieved Stretch Goal: A Better Book For All
- New Stretch Goal Explained: Cartographer's Craft
- New update posted.
- New Stretch Goals revealed - 90K, 100K, 110K, and 120K
- Also, you guys are AWESOME and we continue to be overwhelmed by your support and encouragement.
- New update posted.
- Added Reward Tier: The Sentimental Journey - $100
- New update posted.
- Achieved Stretch Goal: The Annotated Process of Lady Sabre
- New update posted.
- Add-On section now included beneath Stretch Goals.
- Achieved Stretch Goal: The Pocket Guide to the Sphere, by Edwin Windsheer
- Revealed Stretch Goal: The Annotated Process of Lady Sabre - $70,000
- Added Reward Tier: Rare and Royal - $125
- Achieved Stretch Goal: Paper Doll Set - $35,000
- Revealed Stretch Goal: Pocket Guide to the Aether - $50,000
As designs are finalized for our rewards, we will post them here for all to see!
For those of you who haven't used add-ons before, a brief explanation: if you've seen something in the Rewards that you'd like, but your current pledge doesn't include that item or service, you can adjust your contribution to now include anything from the provided add-on list. You are free to add as many items as you like, or multiples of the same item, ie, you've pledged at PLATED, but you want two of the dog tags, as well. We can do that!
Right now, add-ons are for those items and services in unlimited numbers, with the sole exception of the RARE & ROYAL add-on. In other cases of limited number offerings (the OBJET D'ART level, for instance), we're still trying to figure out what we can do. We will, as always, keep you posted.
Here's what you do:
Make a pledge at the Reward level of your choice. In the case of limited-number items, you should absolutely do this first, before they're all gone.
Use the MANAGE YOUR PLEDGE button to adjust the dollar amount of your pledge to incorporate the add-ons of your choice from the list below. Example: You pledged PLATED for $50, but you'd like a keychain. The keychain is offered as a $10 add-on, so your new - managed - pledge is $60.
When our Campaign has ended, we will be in touch with you via the Kickstarter Survey function. At that time, we will verify with you your Add-Ons.
Here's the revised Add-On List. It is likely (though not guaranteed) that we'll be offering additional items and services through this list, including new items not included in the Rewards, as the campaign moves forward.
- Add-On - Any single Tintype-Style Portrait - $5 (You will be asked to specify which character via Survey following the end of the campaign).
- Add-On - Tintype Triptych - $10
- Add-On - Patches - Privateer, both patches. Letter of Marque included - $25
- Add-On - Patches - Cowpoke, both patches. Letter of Authorization included - $25
- Add-On - Dog Tag - $15
- Add-On - Keychain - $10
- SPECIAL - Add-On - Rick's Remarque to RARE & ROYAL, penciled and inked - $50
- Add-On - The Book in Cloth Covers - $30 (add $10/copy for domestic shipping, $30/copy for international)
- Add-On - Plated - $40 (add $10/copy for domestic shipping, $30/copy for international)
- Add-On - Inscribed - $50 (add $10/copy for domestic shipping, $30/copy for international)
- Add-On - The Style to Which She is Accustomed Edition - $80 (add $10/copy for domestic shipping, $30/copy for international)
Risks and challenges
We have gone to great lengths to limit our risks and challenges in this Kickstarter campaign. We have run the numbers over and over again to assure that we're asking for what we need, rather than what we want. Here's where we stand:
The book is already laid out. Touch-ups and corrections on artwork are being completed, and all other content has either already been created, or is in the process of being written at this moment.
As with all endeavors, though, we cannot account for… well, the unaccountable. Delays may occur in production, shipping, or the like. As it stands now, if this project is successfully funded, we'll be seeing production of much of the premiums during the summer (ie, Convention Season, for those of us in the comics industry), and this may lead to minor delays. In the event of any such instances, we will keep all of our supporters informed through updates via Kickstarter, Twitter (@IneffableAether), and the Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether Facebook page.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter