Snow by Night is the story of a winter spirit on a quest to find her heart. Unfortunately, what she finds are a pair of thieves. With their meddling, her quest does not go as she hoped, and she discovers that finding a heart is a greater challenge than she ever imagined.
Snow by Night is set in a fantasy version of colonial North America. It’s a new world and a new frontier where cultures, empires, and spirituality collide. It’s a time of discovery, a time of enlightenment, and a time of transition. Since this is a fantasy adventure, there is magic, but the magic is expressed through the prism of alchemy.
Snow by Night is an ongoing webcomic that you can read online.
This Kickstarter campaign will fund the printing of 1,000 copies of our second volume. We published the first volume as individual chapter books. The story has grown, and it's time to shift to larger volumes that contain four chapters at a time.
Each volume is thematically tied to one of the Seven Processes of Alchemy. Volume 2 is titled Dissolution and covers Chapters 5 through 8. Each of the chapters also has an accompanying vignette, which is a short story illustrated by guest artists.
The book will be 6.75" x 10.25" and contain 172 pages, which includes 18 pages of never-before-published bonus content only available in the book. We will not be releasing that content online.
We will be using Print Ninja to publish the books. They are a reliable printer that comes highly recommended by several of my webcomic colleagues.
The initial $9,750 goal covers printing and shipping the books as well as the rewards. I've put together a chart to show where the money is going. Money raised beyond the initial goal will be applied to additional rewards, eventually culminating in the publication of Volume 1: Calcination.
- 47% will cover printing the books. This is for 1,000 copies of Volume 2 sized at 6.75" x 10.25". We're going full-color throughout.
- 29% will cover shipping. The books must be sent by ship across an ocean to the Snow by Night Offices (i.e., Eric's house). We then have to ship all these fabulous books and prints to the backers.
- 11% will cover fees. This covers the fees charged by Kickstarter and Amazon, as well as the costs of an ISBN.
- 9% will cover the bonus artwork. Most of the art is already paid for, but some of the bonus content needs to be commissioned. Eric strongly believes in paying artists for work they do.
- 3% will cover the rewards. Most of the rewards we're offering have already been paid for, but there are a few we still need to cover.
- 1% will cover any unforeseen expenses. This covers anything that pops up that we didn't account for in our budget.
We've come up with a number of rewards for you to choose from. Look through the illustrations below to find something that suits you.
If we surpass our initial goal, we are offering a variety of additional rewards. We have so much more we want to share with you, so we're hoping to reach these.
- Offline Almanac. At $11,000, everyone at OVERSTUDY level and above would receive an offline version of the Snow by Night Almanac. The offline version would come as a PDF with internal links to allow you to hop from topic to topic with ease.
- Volume 2 PDF in French. Snow by Night is set in a fantasy version of colonial Québec. At $12,000, we will have all of Volume 2 translated into French. And not just any French — Québécois French — by Eric's long-suffering friend Nicholas Fillion. Magnifique!
- Bonus Vignette. At $15,000, we will commission an artist to draw an additional bonus vignette. All backers of Philosopher level and above will receive a PDF copy.
- Volume 1 Printed! At $20,000, we will have Chapters 1 through 4 printed as a volume, just like Volume 2. Everyone who would receive Chapters 1-4 will instead receive Volume 1. If you were to get a PDF of Chapters 1-4 as a reward, you instead get a PDF of Volume 1.
- Volume 1 PDF in French. At $21,000, Nicholas will also translate Chapters 1-4 into French. Anyone who received the Volume 1 PDF will get a second PDF of Volume 1 in French.
Could even more discoveries await? Oh yes. We've got plenty of ideas for more bonus content for everyone to enjoy.
So who are we? Snow by Night is a collaboration. A lot of people contributed to this project to make it a reality.
Writer and Letterer. Eric is a writer, game-designer, journalist, and intermittent attorney. He likes to tell stories. He's written many stories and adventures for Wizards of the Coast, including coauthoring Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue, which was nominated for three ENnies for Best Setting, Best Supplement, and Product of the Year, as well as Best Roleplaying Supplement at the 39th Annual Origins Awards.
The central vision for Snow by Night is his, and he handles the scripting and the lettering. However, he's a writer — not an artist. To help with that, he brought in some of the best talent he could find.
Colorist. Natalie Baaklini is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design. You can see more of her work on her blog.
Cover Artist and Artist for Winter Fantasy. Julie Wright is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design. She currently works with Lora Innes's The Dreamer as their primary colorist. Check out her web comic Ianua and her Patreon.
Colorist for Birds of a Feather. Steph Stober is a freelance illustrator who never quite grew out of cartoons and comic books. She is the creator of Final Arcanum and more of her work can be found at stephstober.me.
Penciler and Inker for Birds of a Feather. Shazzbaa graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is the creator of Today Nothing Happened and Runewriters. You can find all her work on her website.
Our thanks to the following people for their contributions to Snow by Night.
Heather is an illustrator and the creator of dream*scar. She contributed one of the commission tiers for this Kickstarter campaign.
Elsa Kroese is an illustrator with a background in animation and the creator of Spindrift. She contributed one of the commission tiers for this Kickstarter campaign.
Cari Corene likes to watercolor paint images that are too detailed to be good ideas. Her short story for Snow by Night will begin updating in mid April 2015! Until then, more of her work may be seen on her etsy, tumblr, or deviantart.
Nicholas and Éloïse help me with all the French language questions, as well as the history of the province of Québec.
Diane wrangles the website for me. Otherwise, I would have a website that is nothing but nesting tables.
Amy is Eric's wife, editor, and greatest fan. He could not have possibly launched this project without her love, support, and editorial nit-picks.
Risks and challenges
We consider this a very low-risk project. The art is complete with a few minor exceptions. We just need to get the books printed. So the primary challenges for this project are printing and shipping.
Dealing with any large print run involves some risks. As two examples, books may be misprinted, or books may be damaged when shipped from the printer. We're going with Print Ninja, which has a good track record for both of these. Since we're getting these printed abroad, customs might cause delays, but Eric knows some international trade attorneys and should be able to shake them loose.
Then there is shipping from us to you. We are planning on using USPS Priority Mail to ship all the packages. Not only will USPS provide us with free boxes, but they are flat rate as long as we're under 4 pounds. So even if we get stretch goals that include a second volume, our shipping rate is the same. We've already checked the packaging and they will fit two volumes. Using priority mail also means that you will get your rewards faster with less chance of packages being lost in the mail.
We will inform you of any additional challenges that may arise. One thing we've learned from launching a webcomic is to be ready to handle the unexpected.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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