Sleepless Domain is an ongoing fantasy webcomic for young adult readers and up, based on the Japanese "Magical Girl" genre of comics and anime. This Kickstarter's goal is to print the first four chapters of the book in a full-color, softcover collection.
Denizens of a magically isolated city are under constant threat of monster attacks. By day, they live a relatively normal life. By night, deadly monsters roam the streets. Thankfully, the civilians can rely on the city's many Magical Girls to protect them from harm.
Adored and celebrated by the populace, the Magical Girls are entrusted with great power and even greater expectations. Sadly, there's only so much pressure a teenager can take. The combination of the idol culture surrounding these girls, along with the genuine life-or-death struggle they face every night, forces them to grow quickly and adapt constantly. Perhaps it's a blessing that this barely gives them time to worry about the city's many secrets, not to mention the uncertain fate of the world outside.
Undine is the water-wielding member of the popular Team Alchemical. While she's been happy to play a supporting role to the other four members of her team, a sudden tragedy forces her to learn to fight her own battles. A search for answers will lead her on a path to uncovering even deeper mysteries than she knew existed.
Sleepless Domain is a coming of age story about expectations, loss, friendship through healing and hardship, and the price of magic.
Basically, it's a story about typical teen girl stuff.
The first English edition of Sleepless domain contains the first 4 chapters of the webcomic, printed as a full color, softcover, 7x10.5 book. The first 2 chapters were drawn by the very talented Oscar Vega, and written by Mary Cagle, artist and writer of all the subsequent chapters.
In addition to the book itself, backers can select tiers that offer various other rewards. Check out the tiers below.
Digital rewards include a wallpaper set and a digital copy of the book. Physical rewards include the book and a stationery set composed of a sticker sheet and a double-sided bookmark. As limited rewards, we have bookplates sketched and signed by Mary and acrylic character standees of HP and Undine!
The primary production costs of this Kickstarter will go toward printing the book, which is why additional stretch goals will be mostly focused on adding fun details to the book itself, rather then adding physical rewards. We'll be announcing them as they are unlocked!
$25,000 - Spot Gloss added to the cover!
$35,000 - Additional Concept and Commentary section in the back of book!
$45,000 - A Fancy Team Alchemical mini print included with all physical tiers!
The Hiveworks team will be helping with backer management, printing and shipping, and have already begun preparing the book for print. Special thanks to Rhiannon R.S. for the color correction and pre-press work on the comic.
Thank you for helping us print Sleepless Domain Book 1!
The music used in the video is Billion Stars by Remember the Future.
Risks and challenges
This Kickstarter is done in partnership by Hiveworks Comics, a creator-owned publisher and studio that supports hundreds of webcomics with many successful Kickstarters and years of general webcomic-and-print management. I'm confident that we'll see this Kickstarter through in a professional manner. We'll keep backers informed of any problems or delays, and can be contacted directly through this Kickstarter's comments and messaging. Hiveworks can also be contacted directly at email@example.com
All delays to fulfillment would be linked to the creation of additional content for the book, which I'll begin work on as soon as we meet any relevant goals.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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