Natalie Riess is raising funds to print a complete 2 volume collection of the fantasy webcomic Snarlbear. Snarlbear tells the journey of Daisy, a young girl pulled from Earth into the Rainbow Dimension, where she learns the value of friendship and monster punching. The webcomic can be read online here and is part of Hiveworks.
Snarlbear is a dark fantasy adventure following the exploits of Daisy Snarlbear, a girl exploring a brightly colored, monster-infested otherworldly land called the Rainbow Dimension.
Daisy finds her place in this unforgiving polychrome hellscape as a monster fighter for hire, but soon becomes embroiled in a royal unicorn coup, a quest for a magical eyeball, and a journey that reveals that the most dangerous monsters may have been the ones inside her all along.
Volume one includes chapters one through six, outlining Daisy’s introduction to the Rainbow Dimension and rise to fame (or infamy) as a monster hunter. Volume two includes chapters seven through ten, in which Daisy and friends deal with a mysterious crystal menace and the consequences of helping an exiled unicorn prince.
Traditionally inked and digitally painted, Snarlbear is heavy on dreamlike, fantastic imagery with searing experimental color palettes, creature designs and action sequences with a dash of friendship and fantasy drama.
The webcomic ran online for 5 years (2012-2017).
The Complete Comic collection of Snarlbear is a matching set of books covering all 10 chapters of the comic, plus all the watercolor chapter covers, an epilogue, and bonus content! The books are standard graphic novel size (6”x9”) and are both around 190 pages.
Pages have been reformatted from their original web RGB to CMYK for print. A few pages have been redrawn and corrected. A decorative page border has been added for additional magical flair and to give the collection a sense of unity.
The books will also feature bonus content such as Rainbow Dimension Map endpapers, concept art, sketches, world building appendixes, illustrations and more!
The collection is ideal for both fans of the webcomic and new readers. It can be enjoyed by teens and older readers, especially those who like unicorns!
Obviously there’s no point in an adventure without treasure! Backers of the project have the option of choosing one in many tiers. Here are the ones available:
Among the physical rewards offered with the books, we have stickers, gorgeous prints of original watercolor art done exclusively for the Kickstarter, and a Dragon Flint enamel pin!
The rewards are designed to be "pocket sized" to match the book formats and keep production simple, so we can focus on the books.
If we reach our goal to the Complete Collection, we have exciting stretch goals to add to the project! The mystery of each amount shall be revealed as we reach those milestones. The bigger the treasure hoard grows, the more beautiful the books shall be!
Snarlbear is a very weird and beautiful project that I'm really proud of. I started it as a student to learn how to make comics, and over the years it snowballed and blossomed into a sprawling, ambitious project that's become very personal and close to my heart...you can't work on something for 5 years and not have it take a piece of you with it.
Not only did I grow as a creator over the course of this project, but I also made a lot of amazing friends (the real treasure...) along the way...I want to thank my family and friends for their support, Hiveworks for their resources, hard work and advice, and a whole lot of cool strangers on the internet for paying attention to my weird unicorn story and encouraging me to keep it going.
Thanks everyone! I can't wait to make this book! : 3
Risks and challenges
This Kickstarter is done in partnership by Hiveworks Comics, a creator-owned publishing house and studio that supports hundreds of webcomics. After many successful Kickstarters and years of general webcomic-and-print management, we're 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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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