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A Sci-fi Fantasy Graphic Novel
A Sci-fi Fantasy Graphic Novel
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Hi, my name is Tom Lintern and this campaign is for my graphic novel Girrion. This campaign is specifically for the funding the creation Issues 8 and 9, which will complete Volume1. That means MOST of the book is already complete. I only have about 50 pages to go out of the 225+ pages in the series.

New to the story? Not to worry!  All of Volume 1 is available in this campaign. Also Issues 8 and 9 will be of course available as well for those who have already been following along.

Thanks to the lovely and amazing Kickstarter community I've had Issues 2 - 7 funded on previous campaigns. This project began years ago and has slowly turned into something I am really devoted to and would love to work on for years to come.

GIRRION is a sweeping sci-fi fantasy story of a hero's journey in a distant world in a distant time. The saga is told through the eyes of Jarra, a poor factory worker who dreams of escaping his world of endless toil. His wish comes true, though not in a way he would have ever wanted, when his city is attacked by a dark entity called the Halodron. He escapes the conflict, but only to be thrust into a war of other-worldy magic and weaponry.

Amidst the destruction, history begins to unravel as soldiers of a forgotten war resurface and the secrets of a mysterious technology known as Girrion come to light as its scattered remains suddenly start to “reawaken”. With little time and resources, the hero must help save his crumbling empire from its destructive past.

 

 

 

 

Inking in progress
Inking in progress

 

 

 

 

Volume 1 cover art in progress
Volume 1 cover art in progress

 

 

 

Girrion started off as a hobby over 15 years ago. Initially it was more of an illustration portfolio than a story. I wanted to be a concept artist, so I would spend a lot of time designing characters, ships and environments.

I didn't consider myself a writer back then, but I started getting ideas for a story. When I would draw environments or characters the ideas would just pop in my head. One scene led to another, then another etc. It took a lot of time, but the experience put in over the years not only helped the art, it also gave me time to develop the story more and give it more depth than it had in the earlier drafts.

Age Range: (PG - PG-13 )

- No sex or bad language

- No excessive gore. Girrion is primarily about a war so there is cartoon violence similar to the level of Star Wars, but more of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This will be the first campaign where a full volume book is available. It will be 225+ pages in length. 6.14" x 9.2"

Volume 1 mockup. Cover art and design are in progress.
Volume 1 mockup. Cover art and design are in progress.

 

Previous campaigns single issues were available in hardcover or softcover, and these formats will be available in this campaign as well. 

Sample Hardcover (Issue #7)
Sample Hardcover (Issue #7)

 Hardcover comic issues are 6" x 9". Grey cloth with a dust jacket. Each issue is anywhere from 22 - 26 pages in length.

Softcover samples (Issues 1-9)
Softcover samples (Issues 1-9)

Softcover comic issues are 6"x9" and have a glossy cover with a stock thicker than standard comics. The interior art is full color and has a watercolor feel.

Sample Character Sketch
Sample Character Sketch

 

Sample 4" x 6" print
Sample 4" x 6" print

 

How Do Add Ons Work?

Here's what you do:

Click "Manage Your Pledge" in the upper right corner (blue button) Add the total of your Add On to your pledge amount. (i.e. one Giclee Fine art print is $25.) You don't need to change the tier you've selected You are done! Later you'll get a backer survey asking how you spent your add-on dollars and for other pertinent info. Thank you!

 

Generally, about half of my expenses come from printing the books and mailing them. The other half of the budget is going into the production. Most of what this campaign money goes towards is large chunks of time for me to focus fully on the book. One issue takes me 300 - 400 hours. If I'm able to knock off some days working freelance on other jobs, the books come out much faster.

 

Scout Comics is now publishing Girrion! They released Issue 1 last October and will be releasing books up through this Fall. They are an indie publisher– very supportive of their creators and just a great group of people all around. They also have a wide range of comics which you can check out on their site. www.scoutcomics.com

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Website: www.girrion.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/Girrion1

Instagram: www.instagram.com/girrion1/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/girrion1/

Music from Kickstarter Video: "Night Owl" by Broke For Free

Risks and challenges

Being that this is not the first comic I've made there aren't too many major challenges with getting the book made, but there are some small ones:

Some of the artwork on certain pages goes fast, some takes very long. There are some complex scenes in this issue with lots of characters and elements that need strong design. Again from past experience, the artwork can sometimes take a bit longer than expected. Also, keep in mind I have to mix this work in with the day job.

I've learned a lot from previous Kickstarter campaigns, and I am getting more and more efficient. I'm also trying to find ways to make rewards as cost-effective as possible too. One way of doing this is to do more than one issue per campaign, which cuts down on mailing costs. Before it took so long to complete just one issue and I could only offer one per campaign, but now I plan on doing 2 -3 issues per campaign from now on.

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    CURIOUS ABOUT GIRRION

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    ISSUE 8 & 9 (PDF)

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    CHOOSE ANY 3 ISSUES (PDF)

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    ISSUE 8 & 9 (PDF) DELUXE

    Continuing the Saga!
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    -Pencil work Issue 8 & 9 PDF

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    ISSUE 8 & 9 SOFTCOVER

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    GIRRION VOLUME 1 EBOOK

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    GIRRION VOLUME 1 EBOOK DELUXE

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    ISSUES 8 and 9 DELUXE

    Continuing the Saga!
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    -Signed 4x6 Print
    -Signed Character Sketch
    -PDF version Issue 8 & 9
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    GIRRION VOLUME 1 SOFTCOVER

    -225 pages Softcover
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    -Pencil work Issue 4 - 9 PDF
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    GIRRION VOL 1 SOFTCOVER DELUXE

    -225 pages. Softcover
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    ISSUES 1 - 9 SOFTCOVER

    The whole story so far but in separate comic issues.
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    ISSUE 8 & 9 HARDCOVER DELUXE

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    GIRRION VOL 1 HARDCOVER DELUXE

    -225 pages Hardcover Laminate - Glossy
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    ISSUES 1 - 9 SOFTCOVER DELUXE

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    ISSUE 8 & 9 HARDCOVER 2 SETS

    Continuing the Saga!
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    - 2 sets Limited edition hard cover Issues 8 & 9 (signed by Tom Lintern)
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    ORIGINAL VOL 1 ART + VOL 1

    -Your choice of Hardcover Volume 1 or Hardcover Issue 8 and 9. (signed)
    - 11" x 17" pencil and watercolour Volume 1 cover art on bristol board.
    - Issues 1 - 9 PDF
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    *my final cover art is done digitally. This art is a detailed pencilling with a light watercolour wash.

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    ISSUES 1 - 9 HARDCOVER

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