Exiles is a story I've been piecing together since 2010. It is a historical fiction dealing with the legends of the Anglo Saxon migration era, told from the Saxons' own point of view. Set in the 5th century, Exiles draws on diverse historical sources from Beowulf, Widsith, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and later historians like Tolkien and the Grimm brothers. I am standing on the shoulders of giants to try to shed any light in what is called "the dark ages" because the truth is it wasn't really dark. It was a time of momentous change for the Germanic tribes, and that change would shape the future of all Western civilization. Yet the hard work put into the historical research is only the backdrop behind this complex, powerful character-driven drama.
In the past, due to my time in the Navy and the fast-paced world of offshore oil and gas, I have had little spare time to dedicate to a project like this, but with the industry now quieter, I would love to finally get this story out of my head and into print. But I need your help to do it. You'd be supporting a veteran artist and soon-to-be father of 2, and helping me live my dream, for which I will be grateful beyond words. Thank you for your help.
Risks and challenges
My best-case plan is to get Exiles picked up by a publisher that takes creator-controlled work (such as Image), so that I can focus my energies on production. If I do have to go the self-publishing route, there is mixed news: it is easier to get work printed in hard copy than it has ever been before, but it's also more difficult to reach retail shelves. My plan if I have to self-publish therefore breaks down like this:
<$10,000: Exiles will be a web-comic, with a small print run of hardcopy reserved for KS backers and sales through the page
Anything > $10k: small print-on-demand run, relying where possible on consignment sales with local comic shops and possibly a booth at comic-con or related conventions. Will also consider setting up a web portal for Exiles and its later sequels to handle direct sales. If it turns out I've underestimated demand, it is easy to arrange more printing runs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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