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A queer romance about a human medic and an alien scavenger. It's a sweet romance with a dash of adventure and mystery!
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 FELL SWOOP

This is a campaign to bring the queer sci fi romance webcomic Fell Swoop to print, including bonus content and extra pages!

 The Story

Naran is less than thrilled when he realizes his latest mission has lead him to Builder ruins; even less when he and his team realize they are not alone. Naran's quick thinking eases the confrontation and the stranger, Atavah, is added to their mission party as the guide. They head deeper into the ruins...

After an attack on the mission party, Naran and Atavah find themselves separated from the others, stranded together. They agree to work with each other to get out of the ruins, and as their masks fall away, they find themselves drawn to each other...

Background 

Fell Swoop began in Start Faire online magazine as a webcomic, and moved to WebToons when Start Faire closed down.

Most of my work is sci fi and/or fantasy with romance, and Fell Swoop is no different. I feature majority LGBTQA+ casts because I think it's important for us to be able to see ourselves in the stories we love.

The reaction to this comic was overwhelmingly positive, and I'm so grateful so many people are so deeply invested in it! If you enjoyed the webcomic, I am sure you will love it in print! And if you're new to the series and are on the fence about backing, check it out here on WebToon! 

There will be some updates and bonus content added to the print version of Fell Swoop -- more that in the editing notes, further down.  

About The Book

  • 150 pages of story
  • 20 pages of bonus content (more if a certain stretch goal is reached!)
  • 6x9 inches
  • Full color
  • Perfect bound

sweet romance / LGBTQA+ / sci fi

rated Teen (14+)

Editing Notes 

Fell Swoop is complete! It can still be read on sites like WebToon, SmackJeeves, and Tapas. I am doing some adjustments for print, which mostly means color correction. There are some art edits underway for greater consistency, and some attention to background details in the first part of the book as well.

As Fell Swoop was released as a webcomic, there were a couple pages I left out early on in the interest of speeding the rate at which the story was released. There will be several pages added to the book to different parts of the book for a smooth reading experience!

Here is an example of page that has been lightly edited: 

Left: Original ----- Right: Slight Edit
Left: Original ----- Right: Slight Edit

Bonus Content 

I'm hoping to add a bonus chapter, but even without that, I'm packing in some fun extras!

  • Concept sketches for Atavah and Naran's armor
  • Alien profiles for the antari, feyna, the spiders, and more
  • Mini photo gallery post-Fell Swoop of Naran & Atavah, and perhaps others
  • Concept art/ sketches done along the way

THE REWARDS 

UNDER STARS ($10)

Get the PDF of Fell Swoop! This will have all updated art and edits available in the paperback, as well as the bonus content.


COSMIC LOVE ($25)

This tier is for the book! Get yourself a copy of this beautiful space romance comic! 

pst -- want a second book? Add $25 to this tier or any tier above it! Check "add-ons" for more.


FLY ME TO THE MOON ($35)

Get a cute charm with your book! This charm will be an acrylic double-sided charm with a holo finish for extra sparkle factor! It will be 2~2.5 inches tall!


 MOONDANCE ($45)

 Add two A5 sized sticker sheets to your charm and book! The sticker sheets are glossy vinyl. One will feature main and support characters, and the other will feature Juniper the giant ranger spider! 

You can choose one of each, or get two of the same design! (Designs are not final)


BOOK BUNDLE ($55)

Get Fell Swoop as well as two of my coloring books! Guardian features women in fantasy armor, and Enchantment is a queer romantic fantasy coloring book. Check the update (it's public) for more details and images! You can get two of the same, or one of each! Both are thirty pages. People of all ages and genders have bought these coloring books from me, and make a great gift -- for yourself or others!


WHERE MY HEART WILL TAKE ME ($60)

Add a mini print set to your book! These prints have a holo finish, making them sparkly as well! One print is from me, and two are from guest artists Hades and Elaine. The work will be commissioned upon the Kickstarter reaching its goal -- check out a little more about these two artists below!

I have asked to share some of the work that I feel will suit the vibe of Fell Swoop, but the actual artwork cannot be made until the campaign fulfills!

samples of personal work by Hades (L) and Elaine Tipping (R)
samples of personal work by Hades (L) and Elaine Tipping (R)

 Hades -- portaltohades.com

Hades is a friend and comic artist that makes these gorgeous, atmospheric dark fantasy pieces. I particularly admire their pieces full of suspense, action, or looming danger, as well as the incredible 80s synthwave color schemes so often incorporated. They are also quite skilled at quiet, romantic pieces, as you can see!

 Elaine Tipping -- find them on twitter here!

Elaine is also a friend and comic artist who makes an epic high fantasy webcomic called Pathways (it has cute dragons in it, too!); they also make a close comic adaptation of Peter Pan. I love their black and white comic work, panel layouts, pace, and large casts. I also love the color palettes and the super soft, sweet romantic and whimsical feel of their illustrations, as you can see in the sample above!


SPACE MAN ($75)

This is a tier for retailers! If you are a comic shop, this is a tier for you! This tier offers five books at 60% of their cover price. This is great if you want to support small press and LGBTQA+ comics by queer creators.


INTERGALACTIC ($250)

Add a full color digital commission to your book, stickers, and charm! I would love to draw up some fun sci fi fantasy armor for your character, so even if your character is not from a sci fi, it's no problem! They will be set exploring a beautiful spacescape, and while giant space creatures are absolutely welcome, I'd prefer to not draw something violent! 

Dimensions are 8 x 10 inches, 300 dpi. 

ADD ONS

Would you like a second book? Another sticker sheet, charm, or print? How about a PDF to go along with your softcover? You can add it on!

How to do add-ons: 

Add the amount of the item to the total of your pledge. 

For example, if you choose Cosmic Love and are in the US, your total is $30 with shipping. To get a second book ($25), pledge $55. When backer reports go out, I can confirm what add-ons you have, ensuring you get anything beyond what is listed in your tier! 

This is a great option for backers outside the US, since shipping can be high. Team up with a friend, add on a book to your tier, and split the shipping!

*NOTE* This is only for tiers that include SHIPPING, so the Cosmic Love tier and up!

  • To add the PDF to any book tier: $10
  • To add another sheet of stickers: $5 per sheet (your choice)
  • To add another charm: $10 per charm
  • To add another mini print: $5 per print (your choice)
  • To add a second book: $25 per book (Limit: 1 additional book) 

 STRETCH GOALS 

A bonus chapter placed months after the end of the story! This was a highly requested scene and I hope we can have it added to the book!

Every physical order will get a cute zip bag with their book! Store your art tools, cosmetics, cool rock collection, or even the book!


FUNDS

How will the money be used?

Most of the funds go straight into the book -- printing, paying an editor, and then shipping and shipping materials.

Some will go for printing merchandise, paying guest artists, buying shipping materials, and then paying fees associated with running a Kickstarter. Last, a bit to help cover anything that comes up last minute to help keep this project running smoothly and on time!

Basic Funds Breakdown
Basic Funds Breakdown

THANK YOU

Start Faire: For giving Fell Swoop a place to start

Leanna C: For your work as a story development editor

Atla Hrafney: For the final editing that is to come

Comic friends for advice, critique, and support:

Heldrad, Nika, Joichi, Hades, and the members of Ink Drop Cafe 


MEDIA CREDITS

Original music & video by: Matthew Durocher

Risks and challenges

I'm working with suppliers and print companies I've worked with (and one on recommendation), and this will be my fifth book printed. This comic is complete, and I'm familiar with my editing process and printer turnaround times, so things should go pretty smoothly! Should anything go off track, as sometimes happens with self-publishing, I keep my backers in the loop and aware of what's going on.

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    Fly Me To The Moon

    Add cute sparkly holo charm of Atavah and Naran!

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    Add some cute stickers! There are two designs: one features Fell Swoop characters, and the other is a Juniper special! Chose duplicates of one, or one of each!

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    • Sparkly Atavah + Naran Charm!
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    Book Bundle!

    Add two coloring books -- you can get one of each, or two copies of the same! Enchantment is a queer romance coloring book, and Guardian is a women in fantasy armor coloring book!

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    Where My Heart Will Take Me

    Add a trio of mini prints, featuring two fabulous guest artists!

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    • Sparkly Atavah + Naran Charm!
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    RETAIL TIER!

    **This is a tier for retailers!** This includes five copies of Fell Swoop at 60% cover price. You must be a retailer to get this tier -- if not, your pledge will be returned.

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    Intergalactic

    Add a full color digital commission of your OC exploring a beautiful, colorful spacescape -- sporting some nice space armor I can design for them, of course! (See the campaign for samples!)

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    • Sparkly Atavah + Naran Charm!
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