Equal parts action and drama, Earthsong is one of the longest running epic fantasy webcomics on the internet! It has been free to read at earthsongsaga.com for the past 12 years and will finally conclude this October.
The premise of Earthsong is that the planets across the universe are alive and some of their children, the sentient beings on their surfaces, have been struck with a plague. If they stay on their homeworlds, the plague will kill them, but when they are wisked away to the sanctuary planet, Earthsong, it grants them special powers.
The story follows Willow, a new arrival on Earthsong, who must figure out what her place is on this strange and marvelous world, and Nanashi, a war-weary general who has been protecting Earthsong for ages. Together they must save the planet they call home from an invader come to conquer and consume them all.
This Kickstarter campaign's goal is to reprint Vol.1 in all it's Second Edition retouched-art-&-dialogue glory and to put Volumes 3-5 into print for the first time! It's ambitious to do this much printing at once, but there's no better way send this comic off than with a big bang, right? This is the first time that all five volumes of Earthsong will be available in print!
- 120-140+ pages per volume
- exclusive artwork not found online
- full colour, 6x9" pages
Since I'm Canadian, I have no choice but to do my kickstarter in Canadian dollars (CAD), which will make the pledge levels seem a bit high to my largely American audience, but they're really not! You can take a look at the handy chart below and it will give you an approximate idea of what the CAD is in USD. (Also: The Australian dollar is on par with CAD, and the Euro is close to the USD)
$5 CAD = $4 USD (wallpaper)
$15 CAD = $11.50 USD (pdfs)
$20 CAD = $15 USD (single volume)
$80 CAD = $60 USD (All 5, early bird)
$100 CAD = $75 USD (All 5, regular)
Print Ninja will also be doing the shipping for my American orders, which will let me give you guys the best deal for shipping (and save my sanity). The cost for ANY American order to ship is a flat $10 CAD! Even if you order all 5 books!
I will be shipping the Canadian and international orders myself since I could not find a fulfillment company that could do it for a reasonable rate and I know *I* hate paying for shipping, so I want it to be as little as possible for you all.
I also hate finding out what shipping will cost AFTER I've filled my cart, so here's a chart for you so you know what to expect!
Risks and challenges
I successfully ran pre-orders for Vol.2 back in the olden days before Canadians were allowed to kickstart anything. I ran into some problems with covering the costs of shipping, but I learned my lesson and this time I have fully accounted for the few things that went wrong back then.
All of the artwork, barring a few of the bonus content pages, is already done, so there will be no delays on that front. And by using Print Ninja's fulfillment services, there will be no hold ups with shipping either.
Breaking down the $26,000 CAD goal:
56% of the funds raised will go towards having 500 copies of each of the four different volumes printed. 34% will cover the costs of shipping these books to the backers. 10% will go towards kickstarter's fees.
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