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Tired of chasing down ratty slippers through merc board requests, this ex-soldier joins the thieves guild. Help Volume 1 come to print!
Tired of chasing down ratty slippers through merc board requests, this ex-soldier joins the thieves guild. Help Volume 1 come to print!
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Spidersilk Comic Volume 1

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Summary:

Prentice and his sworn brother are far from home ... a home they can never return to, for each their own reasons. More than a bit frustrated with senseless work at a local mercenary board, Prentice follows up on a lead and soon finds himself joining the Orb-weavers. 

They’re thieves. And more than a little embarrassed at Prentice stumbling his way into their elite cell.

As it turns out, there are a lot of thieves in Kalviva. They’re confident, their system stable and secure. But the thieves are perhaps too sure of each other, of their system. They will be hard pressed to deal with the slowly surfacing storm.

Details:

Spidersilk is an on-going webcomic well into its fourth year. It's fantasy/ romance/ comedy/ action-adventure. Spidersilk is an LGBTQ+ friendly and woman-friendly comic. I believe representation and our intersecting identities are important, and it is necessary to reflect the diversity of our reality in our media.... Even the media with armor and dragons! Especially that media.

The pages to be printed are complete, created between 2011-2013. Chapters 1-7 have been edited for print. Editing to be done includes minor nudges or touch-ups in art to make sure the pages print at their best, without losing important information.

Bonus art and a few pages of mini comics will need to be created, but the first volume is nearly complete!

Spidersilk is current, and it updates ten pages per month on tapastic.com/series/Spidersilk

You can read a review of Spidersilk here.

Please note: Spidersilk, as a story, contains mild language, violence, and sexual themes (though all of those elements may not be present in volume 1). You can check the comic online and judge its content if this makes you nervous.

And now, what good would it do if I did not share any comic pages? Here are a few of my favorites, which of course will appear in volume 1! The version online is slightly tinted cold or warm depending on time and location, but the printed book will be strictly grayscale.

Page Samples

*2/14/16 Edit*

A mini-print now included for ALL printed book tiers!

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So let's have a closer look at the rewards:

With this $2 reward, your name will be added to the "Thank You" supporters page, which will be printed in the book, and included in the PDF. You also get the kickstarter-exclusive wallpaper

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With this $12 reward, you get the PDF, a kickstarter-exclusive wallpaper, and your name added to the list of supporters (which appears in print and in the PDF of volume 1)

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 EARLY BIRD (Ambassador?) SPECIAL!

Limit: 5

With this early bird $20 reward, you receive the printed volume 1 at a $5 discount, as well as the kickstarter-exclusive wallpaper, and your name printed on the supporters page

*Shipping NOT included. Please add $5 for shipping in the United States, and $10 USD for shipping outside of the US.

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With this $25 reward, you receive the print copy of volume 1, as well as the kickstarter-exclusive wallpaper and your name printed on the supporters page

*Shipping NOT included. Please add $5 for shipping in the United States, and $10 USD for shipping outside of the US.

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Limit: 10

The $27 reward is a digital-only package, as requested, for those of you who don't want to deal with shipping costs. Your name will be printed on the supporter page, and you get the PDF and wallpaper. Also, you get a digital sketch commission of any two Spidersilk characters! 

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 EARLY BIRD (Ambassador?) SPECIAL!

Limit: 5

With this early bird $30 reward, you receive the print volume 1 and the PDF at a $5 discount! You also get the kickstarter-exclusive wallpaper and your name printed on the supporters page

*Shipping NOT included. Please add $5 for shipping in the United States, and $10 USD for shipping outside of the US.

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With this $35 reward, you receive volume 1 in print and the PDF. You also get the kickstarter-exclusive wallpaper and your name printed on the supporters page

*Shipping NOT included. Please add $5 for shipping in the United States, and $10 USD for shipping outside of the US.

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With this $45 (Art Print Package) reward, you receive one 8.5x11 art print, the printed volume 1, the PDF, the kickstarter-exclusive wallpaper, and your name added to the list of supporters

If you would prefer a hand-drawn sketch in place of a print, check out the next tier! It is the same but for the print and sketch

*Shipping NOT included. Please add $5 for shipping in the United States, and $10 USD for shipping outside of the US.

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 Limit: 20

With this $45 (Hand-Drawn Sketch Package) reward, you receive one hand-drawn sketch of any two Spidersilk characters and thank you memo on postcard-sized paper, the print copy of volume 1, the PDF, the kickstarter-exclusive wallpaper, and your name added to the list of supporters

*Shipping NOT included. Please add $5 for shipping in the United States, and $10 USD for shipping outside of the US.

And now, a detailed explanation of all rewards:

The Supporter (Thank You) Page: Without your help, this book will not come to print! This is a way to thank all backers. Your name will be printed in volume 1 of both the PDF and physical copy of Spidersilk as a supporter.

Kickstarter-exclusive Wallpaper: This will be available only through the kickstarter. You will be able to vote on thumbnails early on, and the favored one will go into production. (Size is 1024x768) There will also be a mobile version of the wallpaper. (Size is 640x1136)

Volume 1, Print: This is the print of volume one. It includes chapters 1-9, as seen online, and is retouched/ adjusted for print. It will include a few pages of mini comics not seen elsewhere. It is 5x7.5 with 168 pages (172 if you count the covers inside and out) -- 155 of those pages are pure story. (Cover art subject to edits.)

PDF: This is the PDF of Spidersilk Volume 1. It is exactly the same as what I will be sending to the printer, complete with supporter page and any bonus content (such as art, the mini comics).

Digital Commission: This is a digital sketch commission sized 8x10 inches. (One or two Spidersilk characters; it's a clean sketch, lightly shaded or monochromatic.) I will gather your requests when the project is funded! Commissions take time, so the quantity is limited.

Art Print: This is an 8.5x11 inch art print of main Spidersilk characters, printed on 100lb gloss book (or similar paper). The artwork is not yet decided, and, like the wallpaper, sketches can be voted on by backers before this goes into print.

Hand-drawn Sketch Memo: This will be a hand-drawn sketch and thank-you memo. Choose up to two Spidersilk characters! I am using Deleter Comic Book Paper, postcard sized. I bought this pack while in Japan, and have a limited quantity; also, commissions do take time so there is a limit on this reward as well.

Stretch Goals?

Ah, yes, that....

NEW STRETCH GOAL -- 2/26/16

At $3,000 dollars funded, the mini print becomes a SET!

The bonus 5x7 mini-print add on for all printed books becomes a SET of mini-prints, featuring concept art for the city or surrounding area for Kalviva, Saaliet, Arundel (not mentioned, but soon), and the Keep in Mt. Aluatta that Orestes and Prentice speak about in Chapter 9 (from their homeland). This is additional -- if we reach $3,000 funding, this mini-set will be yours with any order containing a printed book!

These will be limited-run, signed, and numbered.

If you ordered a PDF, the mini-prints will be included with the PDF package for digital viewing.

Here are some of my concept art samples -- you can see them in full on my site at alakotila.com



STORY STRETCH GOALS:

At $4,000, I will create an Ambassador backstory!

It's certainly no secret that the Ambassador is everyone's favorite character (after Prentice, of course ... right? Please tell me you like the main character)!

This is a digital add-on, and the PDFs will be available to everyone in the $12 reward tier and above at no added cost!

This story will be of Prentice's first contact with the Ambassador. It's set in Prentice's homeland, complete with snow and keeps, seven to eight years before Spidersilk begins. We'll see a familiar face in Orestes, and also a little bit of Faolan. We will also see something of the Ambassador's homeland....

The length will be around 20 pages.

If this goal is reached, I will be able to create brand new content. The additional funds pay me page rates of $75 per page for up to 18 pages.

At $6,500, I will create the Vanhi/Mordecai backstory! 

This is probably the second most requested backstory.

This is also a digital add-on, and the PDFs will be available to everyone in the $12 reward tier and above at no added cost!

This is a bit of a longer chapter, capturing the Weavers in their early years, before gaining system protection as thieves. It takes place in Kalviva and in Saaliet (that's right, we'll see Saaliet!) four years before Spidersilk begins. We'll see Vanhi, Anahi, Sohrab, and some Coaches -- Mordecai, for one, and likely Voss and Baptista as well.

The length will be about 30 pages, possibly as long as 35. It should be noted that this add-on will contain some mature content, however, no more than what is seen in the main storyline of Spidersilk. 

If this goal is reached, I will be able to create brand new content. The additional funds pay me page rates of $75 per page for just over 30 pages.

Funds

A very basic breakdown: Over 50% of the Funding Goal goes towards the initial planned print run. I will be printing with RA Comics Direct

The remaining funds go towards various fees associated with Kickstarter projects, pre-press and shipping, with a small allowance to cover unexpected mishaps in the book's preparation and printing.

Stretch goals pay me page rates ($75 per page) to create the specified goals. I will consider additional stretch goals, ie, adding a free mini-print to all orders with a physical copy of the book.

Questions?

 Are you redoing any of the artwork? 

I am trying to not do this. I will be cleaning up some artwork, with minor touch-ups, nudging art, and shrinking or expanding a few panels in order for the comic to print well. While I left the files at high resolutions in preparation for prints, I did not have proper bleeds and trims in mind early on -- chapters 1-7 have been edited to this end already.

There are also a few pages that were saved at poor quality quite by accident! I will be redoing them, working carefully to avoid changing the artwork style of the time (2011-2013).

Is there anything exclusive to this kickstarter?

Yes. There will be a few pages of mini comics and some new art. This book is 172 pages cover to cover, which is a pretty good size already, so I opted against a bonus print chapter in stretch goals.

The wallpaper will be exclusive to the Kickstarter.

The prints will be available afterward as well, but you can vote on the thumbnails as for which one goes into production!

The stretch-goal backstories are not exclusive, and will be available afterward as PDFs, sold online, but they will be created with your support -- these would not come into existence for a very long time otherwise!

What's with the Digital Packages?

I released a pre-Kickstarter survey. Someone suggested digital packages for fans outside of the US that could not deal with shipping costs. I made shipping a flat rate in this kickstarter, five USD for the United States, and ten USD for outside of the US. Still, I took the advice and I made a couple of packages that are digital-only! $2, $12, and $27 (limited) rewards are all digital-only rewards.

How can I help?

Backing Spidersilk Volume 1 at any level is a great help! 

Sharing the project through social media and talking about it with others is great, too -- word-of-mouth is fantastic for creators.

I appreciate any and all of your efforts to support the Spidersilk kickstarter!

About the Writer/Artist

This is my first Kickstarter, but not my first project, nor my first comic. I work as an independent artist/writer doing editing, beta-reading, writing and various illustration work in comics and games.

I also have a degree in fashion -- I've created and directed fashion shows while I studied fashion/fiber at university. Some of those shows included over fifty garments. The shows were also choreographed, and I worked with graphic designers, musicians, models, prop designers, and others for each show.

I have a completed text-based game you can play here, and a fantasy/comedy ebook available through Amazon. (Find it here)

So, rest assured, though this is my first Kickstarter, I am not a novice at getting large projects done.

Still, I am starting simple here for Spidersilk. The main goal of this Kickstarter is getting the comic out to you, in print! There are some backstories I would love to create, and if we reach the stretch goals, those stories can be realized.

I hope that sets your mind at ease about backing Spidersilk!

Video Media Credits

"Of Warriors and Weavers" is an original theme composed for Spidersilk by Justin Woods. 

Website: http://www.stringsofthewoods.com/

Risks and challenges

The content is complete. Seven of the nine chapters have been edited for print, and I am working through the last two.

Still, as with any project, there could be snags. And I am very good at dealing with snags -- I could bore you with fashion show details, but I won't. Let's just say show nights and photo shoots always throw something unexpected at you!

In case of those snags, I have included plenty of time to give me room to correct them. I have more than enough time for edits, proofing, shipping; also, time to create the digital and traditional commissions, wallpapers and print rewards.

I have a back-up printer with comparable prices lined up in case of major print troubles, though I don't see that happening.

The art prints will be done locally, though if that falls through, I have several back-up places with comparable rates I could print with.

I will keep you posted through Kickstarter about those snags, if any!

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