I'm raising funds to print the third volume of my historical fantasy webcomic Snow by Night! Adventure and intrigue await! You can read it online at snowbynight.com.
Snow by Night is the story of a winter spirit on a quest to find her heart, though she doesn't quite understand what that means. Her quest does not go as she hoped, and she is drawn into the cares of the mortal world.
The story is set in a fantasy version of colonial North America on a frontier where cultures, empires, and spiritualities collide. It’s a time of enlightenment, a period of transition, and an age of discovery.
Each volume is thematically tied to one of the seven processes of alchemy. Volume 3 is titled Separation and the theme of separation runs throughout the book. Two of the main characters, Jassart and Blaise, part ways. Jassart climbs into the upper class of Sherbourg, while Blaise ventures into the wilderness and discovers a rich culture and people there. Meanwhile, Snow-by-Night's spirit is separated from her physical form, and she must undergo great risks before she can take shape again.
Like the two volumes before it, Volume 3 contains four chapters. This book includes Chapters 9 through 12. Each of the chapters also has an accompanying vignette, which is a short story illustrated by guest artists.
You can also take this opportunity to pick up Volume 1: Calcination, which I printed as a full trade paperback this past spring! This volume covers Chapters 1 through 4, which were previously printed as individual issues. I've included new bonus material in Volume 1, including an never-before-published vignette! In addition, I also have Volume 2: Dissolution available, which I printed through a successful Kickstarter last year.
Want to know even more about Snow by Night? Read it for free at snowbynight.com!
Volume 3 of Snow by Night will be 6.75" x 10.25" and contain 180 pages! This includes 17 pages of never-before-published bonus content, including a brand new vignette! This vignette will only available in the book, and I will not be releasing that content online.
We will be using Print Ninja to publish the books. They are a reliable printer that produces a quality product. I used them for Volumes 1 and 2 and was very pleased with the results.
The initial $9,750 goal covers printing and shipping the books as well as the cost of the rewards. Money raised beyond the initial goal will be applied to additional rewards.
UPDATE 11/17/17! Jordan Kotzebue is making a wallpaper that will be added to the Digital Tale tier. I can't edit the tiers anymore so it's not listed in the sidebar. I'll upload an image when one is available!
If we surpass our initial goal, we'll make additional rewards available! We have so much more we want to share with you, so we're hoping to reach these!
Snow by Night is a collaboration of a lot of artists working together. Come meet the team!
Writer and Letterer. I'm Eric Menge. I am a writer, game designer, and intermittent attorney. I like to tell stories. In addition Snow by night, I am also a freelance game designer. I've done a great deal of D&D writing, 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.
Line Artist and Cover Artist. Julie is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design. She is the primary colorist for Lora Innes' The Dreamer. Check out her web comic Riven Seal and her portfolio.
Colorist for Volume 3 and Artist for the vignette Engagement on Vineyard Hill. Natalie is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design. You can see more of her work on her very neglected blog.
Artist for the vignette The Peacemaker and the Tree of War. Kristen is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City where she studied animation. She is the creator of the webcomic Sylvania. You can follow her on Tumblr!
Colorist for the vignette Serpents in the Water. Cindy is an art teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools. She draws using traditional media and this vignette was done with colored markers.
Writer and Illustrator for the vignette The Funeral of Reynard the Fox. This sibling team is a double threat as writer and illustrator of the bonus vignette for this volume. They produce a number of hilarious webcomics on their site Tangent Artists!
Risks and challenges
I consider this a very low-risk project. The art is complete and the layout is done. I just need to get the books printed. So printing and shipping are the challenges for this project.
Dealing with any large print run entails some risks. As two examples, books may be misprinted, or books may be damaged when shipped from the printer. I'm 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 I know an international trade attorney and should be able to shake them loose.
Then there is shipping from me to you. I am planning on using USPS Priority Mail to ship all the packages to you. Not only will USPS provide me with free boxes, but they are flat rate. So regardless of how many books I fit in, my shipping rate is the same. I've already checked the envelopes and they will fit three volumes. Using priority mail also means that you will get your rewards faster with less chance of packages being lost in the mail.
I will inform you of any additional challenges that may arise. One thing I've learned from launching my own webcomic is to be ready to handle the unexpected.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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