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Step through the Looking Glass and meet the real Alyss of Wonderland in bestselling author Frank Beddor's new novel AND graphic novel.

 HELP BRING ALYSS HOME!

Last year, when it seemed like Hatter’s search for Alyss was all but lost, I turned to the Kickstarter community to help complete the 4th book in the Hatter M series-- Zen of Wonder. The support we received was not only overwhelming and heartwarming, but it convinced me that Kickstarter was the right platform to drive The Looking Glass Wars engine forward. Thanks to you, I was able to make the graphic novel without any compromises and give the book directly to you, the reader, exactly as it was intended.

TWO BOOKS IN ONE KICKSTARTER

And now I need your help again-- to raise $29,000 in 29 days. Join me in the effort to publish the first novel in my exciting new prequel series featuring a teenage Hatter Madigan -- THE LOOKING GLASS WARS: MILLINERY ACADEMY. As well as the 5th and final book in the Hatter M graphic novel series, LOVE OF WONDER.

 THE LOOKING GLASS WARS: MILLINERY ACADEMY

Swordplay! Newfound friendships! School bullies! Budding love! Self-serving rivals! Scheming adults and soulless rebel plotters! Welcome to the world of Cadet Hatter Madigan, who has just entered Wonderland’s Millinery Academy as one of the freshmen ‘Brims’. Those born to be Royal Bodyguards are trained at one of the four academies (Heart, Clubs, Diamond, or Spade) linked to the royal houses. Cadets will study the mystic and martial arts, as well as the sometimes more difficult art of successfully dealing with others.

As readers of my Looking Glass Wars novels already know, Hatter will grow up to one day serve as bodyguard to two queens and become Wonderland’s most famous traveler. But in the MILLINERY ACADEMY—each installment of which chronicles a single year of our hero’s education— I want readers to live through the experiences that shaped this extraordinary Wonderlander. They will share young Hatter’s joy as he forges new friendships at the Millinery, and suffer his frustrations as he strives to maintain these friendships. Witness young Hatter struggle with the first stirrings of love. Watch him defend himself against rival cadets. See him contend with the expectations of teachers all too familiar with his infamous older brother … and all while he tries to keep up with his studies.

HATTER M: LOVE OF WONDER, vol. 5

In the 5th and final volume, looking glasses shatter as our worlds collide and characters from Wonderland increasingly cross over to aid or block Hatter in his single-minded quest to find Alyss and bring her home. Redd's Black Imagination has ruled Wonderland for 13 years without fear of reprisal and now the specter of Alyss' return to claim the throne has unleashed a storm of paranoiac rage. Hatter Madigan is at the center of this crusade as he must simultaneously battle the enemies of wonder as well as his own beliefs and loyalties. All paths through time and space, through blood and steel, from his world to our world, have led Hatter Madigan to this moment -- a life or death confrontation with the only warrior in the Looking Glass Wars universe capable of defeating him and destroying the love of wonder.

 ABOUT US

The world - Frank Beddor spent three years pondering the details of Alyss’ world before he wrote one word of his New York Times best-selling trilogy, The Looking Glass Wars. He has expanded upon his prose with the Eisner-nominated Hatter M series. A Hollywood film producer, his credits include There’s Something About Mary and the upcoming Sony sci-fi film The Juliet.

The word - As an astral traveler and interstellar author Liz Cavalier's lifelong passion of tracking the myth of a prepotent otherworldly warrior who appeared in France in 1859 to crisscross the planet for 13 years dovetailed perfectly with Beddor's discovery regarding the truth of Wonderland.  Upon reading The Looking Glass Wars, Cavalier contacted Beddor and strongly suggested they meet and share knowledge.  When they finally put all of their pieces together they discovered the labyrinthine odyssey that became the Hatter M series.

The art -  Finnish artist Sami Makkonen has been with us since vol. 2 of Hatter M. Sami has also illustrated the graphic novels Blue (2008), Deadworld Slaughterhouse (2009), and RYSE: Sword of Damocles (2013) among others. Sami is a first place recipient of the 2007 Sarjis award for best fantasy comic (writer and illustrator).


YOUR MONEY

We feel it would be helpful to break down exactly where the money we're asking for is going. As with vol. 4, Zen of Wonder, we need $20,000 to do the first print run of vol. 5. We love the high-quality color, well-bound graphic novels we've been creating, and want Love of Wonder to be just as beautiful.

The remaining $9,000 of our goal is needed for the next Looking Glass Wars novel-- I will hire an editor, layout designer, and print the novel.

Remember that Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing system. If we can't raise the full amount in the time given, these books cannot become a reality!

But if this campaign does go over it's funding goal, we already have tons of ideas for stretch goals and additional rewards for all backers. So please spread the word!

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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Our last Kickstarter campaign for Zen of Wonder went extremely smoothly-- we met our delivery date, and all backers who responded to their survey got the rewards they donated for-- and more! We already have experience dealing with the risks and challenges of the delivery period, and are confident that any new obstacles we come across can be overcome.

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    ENCOUNTER WONDER. Every journey begins with a single step. Pledge $5 and you will receive a Kickstarter exclusive Looking Glass Wars sticker (4.5 x 4.5) and a Hatter M bookmark! (Add $2 for shipping to Canada).

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    LOVE OF WONDER, PAPERBACK. The 5th and final installment of the Hatter M saga! Paperback of the graphic novel includes Encounter Wonder, a PDF of the graphic novel, and a downloadable desktop wallpaper. (Add $7 for shipping to Canada).

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    LOVE OF WONDER, HARDCOVER. Vol. 5 of the graphic novel series, includes Encounter Wonder, a PDF of the graphic novel, and a downloadable desktop wallpaper. (Add $7 for shipping to Canada).

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    [NEW NOVEL] THE LOOKING GLASS WARS: MILLINERY ACADEMY. Only available on Kickstarter, this beautiful hardcover is the special first edition of the new Frank Beddor novel! (Add $7 for shipping to Canada).

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    LGW: MILLINERY ACADEMY NOVEL, SIGNED with MILLINERY ACADEMY HANDBOOK. Get your first edition, Kickstarter exclusive copy of the new LGW novel signed by Frank! Also receive a special Millinery Academy Handbook. Get the insider's scoop on what Hatter and his friends will be learning at the Academy, and find clues as to where their story will go next! (Add $7 for shipping to Canada).

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    LOVE OF WONDER, SIGNED HARDCOVER with GLOW IN THE DARK BOX. Follow the glow with a Kickstarter exclusive box case, capable of holding your entire Hatter M collection! Special UV printing makes this box an illuminating addition to your bookshelf. Includes a signed hardcover of Love of Wonder, Encounter Wonder, a PDF of the graphic novel, and a downloadable desktop wallpaper. (Add $13 for shipping to Canada).

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    BOTH MILLINERY ACADEMY and LOVE OF WONDER IN HARDCOVER. Round out your Hatter M collection and dive into the world of Cadet Madigan with these two hardcover editions! Includes Encounter Wonder, a PDF of the graphic novel, and a downloadable desktop wallpaper. (Add $13 for shipping to Canada).

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    LOVE OF WONDER, SIGNED HARDCOVER and PENCIL & INK BOOK. In addition to your signed graphic novel, receive a full-color book examining artist Sami Makkonen's process of bringing Wonderland to life. Follow his stages from rough pencil sketches, to detailed ink paneling, to final color! All items at the $50 Love of Wonder tier included. (Add $13 for shipping to Canada).

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    LGW: MILLINERY ACADEMY NOVEL, PERSONALIZED with WONDERNATIONS MAP. For this pledge, Frank will personalize your limited, first edition, KS exclusive copy of his next novel! Includes the M.A. Handbook as well as another necessary tool for any first year Millinery Cadet -- a limited edition map to the Wondernations! (Add $7 for shipping to Canada).

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    COMPLETE SET OF STEPHAN MARTINIERE'S CARD SOLDIER PRINTS. Meet Wonderland's military up close and personal, painted by renowned concept artist Stephan Martiniere (I, ROBOT, THE FIFTH ELEMENT)! These 8 prints are each 11 x 17 inches, printed on heavy stock gloss paper. Includes all 4 card suit Maulers and all 4 card suit Shieldbearers. (Add $7 for shipping to Canada).

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    ALL NEW! Not sure where to pledge? This category contains all the new books and collectibles we're producing for this campaign-- Love of Wonder hardcover graphic novel signed, Millinery Academy prose hardcover signed, Follow the Glow box, Pencil & Ink book, and the M.A. Handbook! Also includes Encounter Wonder, a PDF of the graphic novel, and a downloadable desktop wallpaper. (Add $7 for shipping to Canada).

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    ALL 5 HATTER M GRAPHIC NOVELS. Attention all Hatter M newcomers! This is your first stop on the journey to find Alyss Heart. Pledge here to receive all 5 volumes of the complete Hatter M graphic novel series in hardcover, signed by Frank Beddor, inside our special Follow the Glow box case! All items at the $65 tier included. (Add $30 for shipping to Canada).

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    RARE SIGNED POSTERS. Includes a Seeing Redd poster signed by concept artist Vance Kovacs (THOR, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA), 3 Hatter M cover posters signed by comic book artist Ben Templesmith (30 DAYS OF NIGHT), a Seeing Redd Card Soldier poster signed by Frank Beddor, and the original, rare "Uncover the Truth" poster from the first printing of LGW, also signed by Frank! (Add $7 for shipping to Canada).

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    STUNNING ORIGINAL PAGE OF ART BY SAMI MAKKONEN. Along with your signed hardcover of Love of Wonder, receive an original page that artist Sami Makkonen inked for the graphic novel! Get up close and personal with the raw, expressive quality that makes Sami one of the most unique artists working in the comic book industry today. All items at the $65 Love of Wonder/Pencil & Ink tier included. (Add $13 for shipping to Canada).

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    HAVE YOUR NAME ANAGRAMMED IN LGW: MILLINERY ACADEMY. Feed your love of Carollian wordplay and have your name anagrammed as an integral character in the new novel MILLINERY ACADEMY. Become immortalized within the pages of Wonderland! Includes the personalized edition of the novel, the M.A. Handbook, and all items at the $65 tier. (Add $13 for shipping to Canada).

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    MYSTERY HAT BOX. A secret too great to reveal... pledge here to see how the LGW team chooses to make your donation worthwhile! (and believe me... we will :) ) Includes a personalized copy of Millinery Academy, the M.A. Handbook, and all items at the $65 tier. (Add $30 for shipping to Canada).

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    ORIGINAL ART COMMISSION. Have artist Sami Makkonen paint either Hatter or Redd in a scene of your choice! This piece will be painted digitally and a signed print will be mailed right to your door. Includes a personalized edition of Millinery Academy, the M.A. Handbook, and all items at the $65 Love of Wonder/Pencil & Ink tier. (Add $19 for shipping to Canada).

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    ALL THINGS LOOKING GLASS WARS. The complete primer for any newcomer to the Looking Glass Wars universe, or the missing link to complete the collection of any high-ranking Alyssian who has been with us since the beginning. This tier truly contains "one of everything." Many of our only remaining rare, out-of-print, and first editions of the LGW series are available here. Includes (but is certainly not limited to) the hardcover UK first edition of LGW, the UK uncorrected advance reader copy of LGW, the out-of-print hardcover first edition of Hatter M signed by Ben Templesmith, a one-of-a-kind Princess Alyss maquette prototype, Hatter's Hat with springing blades, and an original page of art from Ben Templesmith! Feel free to message us for a more comprehensive list of the tier's contents. (Add $150 shipping for US and Canada. Sorry shipping is so expensive, but it's a ton of books. And let's face it... if you're still considering this pledge, you're probably my Mom. Hi Mom!)

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