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A new comic book series: The smaller the town, the bigger the secrets. And they don’t come any bigger than what Aleck just uncovered.
A new comic book series: The smaller the town, the bigger the secrets. And they don’t come any bigger than what Aleck just uncovered.
A new comic book series: The smaller the town, the bigger the secrets. And they don’t come any bigger than what Aleck just uncovered.
327 backers pledged $12,386 to help bring this project to life.

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Due to your unbelievably generous support, we reached our goal in only six days!  We've added some stretch goals to the rewards section as well as some instructions for add-ons (extra copies of the book, etc). So please keep spreading the word so we can make White Ash even better.

The smaller the town, the bigger the secrets...

White Ash is a new comic book series written by Charlie Stickney featuring stunning artwork from Conor Hughes and breathtaking colors from Fin Cramb. The forty-eight page first issue is packed with fantasy, horror, and forbidden romance, set against the backdrop of a small mining community in Western Pennsylvania. If you’re a fan of Supernatural, Twin Peaks or Lord of the Rings, you’re going to love getting to know our mysterious town.

The story follows Aleck Zwerg, the frustrated but charismatic son of a coal miner, who long ago outgrew the bounds of what White Ash had to offer.  Spurning a generational calling to work in the mine, Aleck’s been counting down the hours till he can get the hell out of town and head off to college. 

Aleck Zwerg
Aleck Zwerg

But as the long awaited day of liberation arrives, and Aleck packs his car for Carnegie Mellon, disaster strikes.

The accident at the mine keeps Aleck in town for three more life-changing days. During which he sparks up a romance with the enigmatic Lillian Alden.

Lillian Alden
Lillian Alden

Unfortunately, Lillian's father, Thane, owns the coal mine (and pretty much the rest of White Ash) and under no circumstances would he ever approve the union of his daughter to the son of a miner.

Thane Alden
Thane Alden

Aleck and Lillian's forbidden flirtation turns dangerous when Aleck uncovers a secret about his family that changes everything he knows about himself, the people around him, and the town of White Ash.

Aleck confronts Orman
Aleck confronts Orman

Furthermore, if Aleck leaves, there will be no one left to protect the people of White Ash from an ancient evil that’s returning.

And that’s only in the first issue.  There are so many, many more surprises in store and we can’t wait to share them with you!

Really. We can't wait. 

So we're going to start right now. Here's a preview of the first five pages.

 

 

 

 

We hope you enjoyed that little taste.  What's that, you want some more?  Well, thanks to the White Ash Chamber of Commerce, we have a short "get to know our town" video.  True, it's a bit dated, but it should give you a good sense of what life is like in our idyllic little mining community. 

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Where The Funds Will Go

Money raised will go toward artist fees, printing, backer rewards and shipping of the first issue.  And if we're lucky enough to surpass our goal, any additional funding will go towards creating new rewards or be put directly back into the book in the form of additional pages, and production of future issues. No one is looking to get rich here, (otherwise we wouldn't be doing comics) we just want to ensure that we can produce an amazing high-quality comic book series that our backers will enjoy for years to come. 

Rewards (AKA quit stalling and tell me what I get)

Well, you're going to get some pretty awesome things, starting with...

  

Also includes thank you credit
Also includes thank you credit

 

Also includes thank you credit
Also includes thank you credit

 

Also includes Deluxe Digital PDF of White Ash #1 and thank you credit
Also includes Deluxe Digital PDF of White Ash #1 and thank you credit

  

Also includes Deluxe Digital PDF of White Ash #1 and thank you credit
Also includes Deluxe Digital PDF of White Ash #1 and thank you credit

 

Also includes Deluxe Digital PDF of White Ash #1 and thank you credit
Also includes Deluxe Digital PDF of White Ash #1 and thank you credit

 

Also includes Deluxe Digital PDF of White Ash #1, two postcards and thank you credit
Also includes Deluxe Digital PDF of White Ash #1, two postcards and thank you credit

 

Also includes: Deluxe Digital PDF, stock certificate, postcards, stamps and credit in the comic
Also includes: Deluxe Digital PDF, stock certificate, postcards, stamps and credit in the comic

 

Also includes: Deluxe Digital PDF, stock certificate, postcards, stamps and credit in the comic
Also includes: Deluxe Digital PDF, stock certificate, postcards, stamps and credit in the comic

 

Also includes: Deluxe Digital PDF, stock certificate, postcards, stamps and credit in the comic
Also includes: Deluxe Digital PDF, stock certificate, postcards, stamps and credit in the comic

       

Also includes: White Ash #1 (choice of cover) Deluxe Digital PDF, stock certificate, postcards, stamps and credit in the comic
Also includes: White Ash #1 (choice of cover) Deluxe Digital PDF, stock certificate, postcards, stamps and credit in the comic

 

Also includes: White Ash #1 (choice of cover and signing), Deluxe Digital PDF, Poster (signing optional), stock certificate, postcards, stamps and credit in the comic
Also includes: White Ash #1 (choice of cover and signing), Deluxe Digital PDF, Poster (signing optional), stock certificate, postcards, stamps and credit in the comic

 

Also includes: An original character sketch, a piece of White Ash Coal, White Ash #1 (choice of cover and signing), Deluxe Digital PDF, Poster (signing optional), stock certificate, postcards, stamps and credit in the comic
Also includes: An original character sketch, a piece of White Ash Coal, White Ash #1 (choice of cover and signing), Deluxe Digital PDF, Poster (signing optional), stock certificate, postcards, stamps and credit in the comic

 

Also includes: An original character sketch, a piece of White Ash Coal, White Ash #1 (choice of cover and signing), Deluxe Digital PDF, Poster (signing optional), stock certificate, postcards, stamps and credit in the comic
Also includes: An original character sketch, a piece of White Ash Coal, White Ash #1 (choice of cover and signing), Deluxe Digital PDF, Poster (signing optional), stock certificate, postcards, stamps and credit in the comic

 

Also includes: An original character sketch, a piece of White Ash Coal, White Ash #1 (choice of cover and signing), Deluxe Digital PDF, Poster (signing optional), stock certificate, postcards, stamps and credit in the comic
Also includes: An original character sketch, a piece of White Ash Coal, White Ash #1 (choice of cover and signing), Deluxe Digital PDF, Poster (signing optional), stock certificate, postcards, stamps and credit in the comic

PLEDGE ADD-ONS

You can add additional items to your pledge level by simply choosing the item(s) you would like and then following the instructions below to add to your pledge! All add-ons require base pledge to be at the $20 (or $17 for our early birds) "The Book" tier and above.

Add-on instructions: To add an add-on to your pledge, follow these steps:

1) Press the Manage Your Pledge Button above. If you have not pledged it will say "Back this Project." 

2) Increase your pledge in the "Pledge Amount" box by the total of the add-ons you want to add.

3) After the end of the Kickstarter campaign you will receive a survey that will ask you questions, so that you can explain how you would like the add-on money assigned.

4) Click on the "Pledge Add-Ons" graphic above for more detailed instructions and pricing.

STREEEEEEEEEETCH GOOOOOOOOOOALS

Stretch Goal #1 ($9,500) Wallpaper For Everyone

Every backer will also receive two exclusive White Ash digital wallpapers. Conor has created some truly amazing art and we want you to enjoy it on your desktops! 

Stretch Goal #2 ($10,500) Bookmark Time

Every backer who is receiving something in the P.G.O.F.M. (Physical, Good Old-Fashioned Mail), will receive a stylish, White Ash bookmark for use in all of your favorite books. Go ahead, use them in a Tom Clancy novel, we won’t mind.

Stretch Goal #3 ($12,000) Bigger Is Better

We’re adding four more pages to the book. This will give us a chance to showcase a bit more of Conor and Fin’s amazing artwork. Everyone wins on this one.  We're up to 52 now people.

Stretch Goal #4 ($13,000) Stuck on You

It’s magnet time. Once we hit this mark, every backer who was receiving something in the P.G.O.F.M., will also receive an exclusive White Ash magnet. Feel free to stick this on your refrigerator or wherever else you have a bit of exposed metal — no judging.

Stretch Goal #5 ($13,500) Kick Some Ash

T-shirts anyone?  Once we hit this mark, we will unlock a new pledge tier where you can get a "Kick Some Ash" T-shirt as a reward in addition to the book. Plus, every backer who pledged at the $75 or higher level, will also get a T-shirt added to their reward package for free.  For our lower pledge tier backers, T-shirts will also be available as an add-on reward. 

Stretch Goal #6 ($14,000) BIGGEST IS EVEN BETTER

If we’re lucky enough to hit this mark, we’re going to add another four pages to the book. (bringing it to an oversized 56 pages) And honestly, we’re going to need them. If we’ve raised this much, we’ll need more space for all of the names of our wonderful backers. We don’t want to have to list you all in a Times size 3 font.

After that… well, let’s just say figuring out additional stretch goals will be a problem that we’ll be more than happy to have. But if we do get close, and there’s a stretch goal/reward you’d like us to add, don’t be shy.  Let us know. We’d love to make you happy.

The Team

   

 

Risks and challenges

The comic is already well underway. The script is finished. Pages are being drawn, inked and colored. Conor and Fin have chained themselves to their respective computers and vowed not to eat or sleep till the project is delivered.

Welllllllll, maybe they'll occasionally break for food (They're selfish that way). But not to worry, we've added plenty of buffer to our schedule, so we should be able to meet (or dare to dream, beat) our deadline. Charlie's managed running several animated television productions so he knows about getting things done on time.

Plus, we all survived the predicted Mayan Apocalypse of 2012. And luckily for backers of White Ash, there isn't another credible one on the books till 2200 (when the highly scientific study based on the British game of cricket, says the last human will be born before the start of that year). So even if they're right, we'll still have plenty of time to get our books out.

That said if any apocalyptic flood does hit, or even a less apocalyptic one, we'll keep you apprised of the situation. We want all our backers to be part of White Ash for a long time. To us, we see this as the beginning of a beautiful relationship. And if you've actually read all this, it seems that relationship has already begun. So thank you.

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    Move to Town

    THANK YOU! For helping us bring White Ash to life. Your name will be added to our special credit/residents of White Ash list at the back of the comic.

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    Digital #1

    A digital download of the 48 page PDF of White Ash #1. Along with our standard cover, that's 48 pages of story, no filler.

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    Deluxe Digital #1

    Over 120 pages of content including: both covers, 48 pages of story, concept art, thumbnail to finished page breakdowns, the script, etc.
    If you want a peek behind the scenes of what went into creating the world, this is the book for you.

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    Own Stock & Deluxe PDF

    Become a minority owner of White Ash Mining. Backers at this level will receive a vintage, hand signed and numbered stock certificate from the White Ash Mining Company.

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    Postcards & Deluxe PDF

    Show off that you've been to White Ash with a set of four postcards that you can mail to your friends and make them jealous that you survived your stay in town.

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    Postage Stamps & Deluxe PDF

    Every backer at this tier along with the Deluxe PDF will get set of four 49¢ USPS postage stamps featuring some of White Ash's most infamous residents -- Aleck, Lillian, Thane, and Seth.

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    The Book (Early Bird Special)

    Be one of the first to own a printed copy of White Ash #1. Plus we'll throw in a couple of postcards.

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    The Book

    Be one of the first to own a printed copy of White Ash #1. Plus we'll throw in a couple of postcards.

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    The Book plus all of the above

    The deal of the century. Get the comic and all the previously listed rewards.

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    Variant Cover plus all of the above

    Our limited edition Kickstarter Variant Cover. Only 350 will ever be produced. And it will only be available to our Kickstarter backers.

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    Signed Copy

    Your choice of cover (variant or standard) signed by Charlie and Conor.

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    Limited Edition Posters

    To celebrate the release of White Ash we will be printing a limited edition run of 11X17 posters of the two covers. These posters will not be sold anywhere. They are exclusively for our kickstarter backers.

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    Coal from the mine

    Want a real piece of White Ash to show off to your friends? We're happy to send you coal direct from the White Ash Mining Co. Comes with a display stand and certification letter signed by White Ash Mining Company's CEO, Thane Alden.

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    Original Character Sketch

    Want a piece of White Ash original art? Of course you do. Conor Hughes will sketch you a 6x9 drawing of a character from White Ash. Choose from Aleck, Thane, Lillian, Seth or Katlyn.

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    • Deluxe Digital PDF
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    • Coal from the mine
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    Draw me in

    Really move to town and have your likeness drawn into the book. Under Conor's careful eye, a background character will be designed to look like you. And if you're really lucky, your character might make it out of White Ash alive... might.

    As an added bonus, we will include a 11X17 print of the page you're featured in.

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    • 2 copies of White Ash #1 (Both covers. Signing optional)
    • Deluxe Digital PDF
    • Likeness drawn into the comic
    • 11X17 Print of the page
    • Original Character Sketch
    • Coal from the mine
    • 2 11X17 Posters
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    Open a Business in White Ash

    Ever wanted to own a pizza shop? Maybe a video store? Tattoo Parlor? Now’s your chance to open a business without any of the finical risk or reward. White Ash's main street is pretty run down, but there's still room to open up shop. The proprietor of the business will be designed to look like you and become a secondary character in the comic. You and your storefront will make a cameo in White Ash #1. And we will set a scene in your store (with at least one line for you) somewhere in the first four issues. For the true White Ash zealot, this is the reward for you. Your fictional business will become a part of the fabric of the community for years to come. Even if the town is completely destroyed (which isn't out of the realm of possibility) we'll rebuild your store. As long as the comic runs, you will be a part of White Ash.

    As an added bonus, we will include a 11X17 print of the page you and your store are featured in. You will also be inducted and receive a certificate from the White Ash Chamber or Commerce.

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    • 2 copies of White Ash #1 (Both covers. Signing optional)
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    • Choice of business
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    • Certificate from the WA Chamber of Commerce
    • Original Character Sketch
    • Coal from the mine
    • 2 11X17 Posters
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