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Five years of beautiful storytelling bound in a 350+ page volume. Follow the adventure of Faye as she discovers her destiny.
Five years of beautiful storytelling bound in a 350+ page volume. Follow the adventure of Faye as she discovers her destiny.
421 backers pledged CA$ 18,380 to help bring this project to life.

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Amya tells the story of Faye, a mute spell-touched who lives a sheltered life as the youngest daughter to a great lord. She is burdened with dark dreams of an apocalypse, and it isn't long until her tranquil life changes when a fateful encounter with a young man sends her on a spiraling journey of self-discovery.  

As Faye and her unlikely companions pursue an adventure that is greater than any of them could have anticipated, she discovers how heavy the burden she carries truly is. She is to be the pinnacle of the world's survival or destruction, and must decide if she wishes to sacrifice her own humanity for the world -- or the world for her humanity.

Amya is also hosted as an online webcomic, which you can read here for free!

Amya is a high-fantasy graphic novel that we have dedicated our time and skill to publishing since September 2009, though the story began years prior. We consider Amya much more than a hobby, it is a passion. This volume will include the last five years of our work, including:

  • Chapters One through Four.
  • Four short stories.
  • Nine portfolios.
  • A gallery of artwork.
  • + More, dependant on stretch goals.

Without stretch goals the book will be 360 pages, sewn softbound with french folds and a beautiful gold foil intigrated into the cover design. It will be stunning.

Savannah Houston-McIntyre - Lead Writer / Creator

Savannah was born in the quaint year of 1987 and has been a writer ever since. She now lives in the magical town of Stratford, Ontario. She loves nothing more than to sit by the river and watch the swans go by as she plots in her notebooks. Savannah has published her graphic novel work over the last five years, but is also known for her poetry and running workshops on creating graphic novels and independent publishing.

Andrew Hewitt - Co-Writer

Andrew Hewitt completed his university degree in philosophy and psychology before beginning his work on Amya Chronicles alongside Savannah. He currently resides in Stratford, Ontario. In addition to writing he enjoys fencing and a good game of Dungeons and Dragons.

Rebecca Gunter-Ryan - Illustrator

Rebecca got her start in 2007 working in Florida as a freelance artist for various comics and games. She aims to present her writers' creations as diversely human, to give characters distinct bodies and facial features, with personalized ranges of expression. Her favorite comic artists include Kentaro Miura, Hiromu Arakawa, Ed Benes, Ai Yazawa and Bruce Timm, and her favorite character design influences are scattered throughout 90's anime and video games. Her ongoing works include Amya, Anathema, War of Ninja, and Solar Salvage.

As an independent publisher, printing comics at the level of quality that readers expect is financially challenging. Due to Savannah's ongoing health problems, it is difficult for us to tackle such a challenge on our own. We will need your help to bring this book to life, and to continue with our dream!

 It is our hope you will help us raise $16,100 CAD to make this project a reality. This amount accounts for the cost of printing the books, as well as the shipping and rewards.

We have a number of rewards available at this time. This list may expand as goals and stretch-goals are met!:

  • Digital PDF : Available with all donation levels.
  • Stickers : We have 9 sticker designs available.
  • Postcards : There are 12 designs available.
  • Glitter Bookmarks : We have three designs available.
  • Wiper Charm : They plug into you audio jack and keep your screens clean! Two Rain designs available.
  • Pencil / Make-up Bags : Three designs available.
  • A unique bookplate sketched by Rebecca just for you!
  • Unique art cards drawn and coloured by Rebecca.
  • A limited edition Artbook containing all of our 2013-2014 prints.
  • Cuddly Pillow Plushes of Faye and Lenna.
  •  Pillow cases with Rain designs. Who doesn't like leopard cubs?
  • Limited edition canvas prints signed by Rebecca.
  • The chance to appear in the comic!
Here is a breakdown as to the rewards are included in each pledge amount:
 
 
 
 
 
Please note - All rewards include shipping for Canadian and USA addresses. International shipping fees are an additional $15.

The four stretch goals we have decided to focus on are as follows:

The first stretch goal will be a content upgrade; a short story of Faye at $17,800. It will be an eight page tale written by Savannah, lined by the amazing Amanda Coronado of Vamplets, and water coloured by the lovely Cari Corene of Story of The Door and Destined Legends. Please check update #10 for examples of their work.

Please check the update page for more information on the individual goals as they approach.

If we surpass these goals, you can expect the following targets to be added:

  • More short stories!
  • A limited edition Chapter 4 floppy.
  • More Plush designs!
  • Upgrades to the book.
  • And more, more, more! We have so many ideas to share!

 If you cannot donate financially, please consider donating your time and sharing this project with another. It's a great way to see this dream become a reality and is as simple as sharing our link on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr! Talk to your friends, e-mail your family - drive them wild with none-stop Amya spoilers! Every link to the campaign helps and we will be most grateful.

We wish to thank you again for taking the time to consider this campaign. Amya has been a real labor of love - and it's our dream to see it to its end. It is our hope that as we move forward on this journey you will continue to read and support our work. As we've said before, not only does our love for the project propel us forward - but your support.You make it all worthwhile!

Risks and challenges

There is very little work, as the creative work is already finished.

However, during our last fundraising campaign, we discovered two factors which became a huge impediment to our turn around. We think we have prepared ourselves well to make sure they won't happen again!

1. Shipping - Canada post increased international shipping costs twice during our last project, which was a huge financial hit for me to take. To combat this, I have included a 2% inflation buffer to our goal. This will stop this from affecting timely shipping, if it were to happen again, and make sure international parcels are sent out in a timely fashion.

2. Printing - The last printer we worked with increased the production time of chapter three by over six months with delays and errors. We have hunted far and wide for a new printer with glowing reviews from our peers, and will be going with Print Ninja. We have been teamed up with an amazing rep, and I am confident everything will move forward without a hitch.

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    Our deepest gratitude, and a limited edition desktop background.

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    A PDF version of Volume One, with a limited edition desktop background.

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    A PDF version of Volume One, a limited edition desktop background, and a set of four 4x6 character themed postcard prints.

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    Pledge CA$ 30 or more About $28

    Receive a copy of Volume One autographed by Savannah and Andrew.
    This perk also includes two random stickers.

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    Pledge CA$ 45 or more About $42

    Receive a copy of Volume One autographed by Savannah and Andrew.
    This perk also includes five postcards, five random stickers, one glitter bookmark.

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    INTERNATIONAL- Receive a copy of Volume One autographed by Savannah and Andrew.
    This perk also includes two random stickers.

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    Pledge CA$ 60 or more About $56

    Artist Edition- Receive a copy of Volume One autographed by Savannah, Andrew, and Rebecca. This perk also includes a unique book plate drawn by Rebecca, and a limited edition postcard print signed by Rebecca.
    Please Note: $60 includes shipping for US and Canadians. (US Residents please ignore the warning about being outside Canada when pledging.) International shipping is an additional $15.

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    INTERNATIONAL - Receive a copy of Volume One autographed by Savannah and Andrew.
    This perk also includes five postcards, five random stickers, one glitter bookmark.

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    Pledge CA$ 65 or more About $61

    Receive a copy of Volume One autographed by Savannah and Andrew.
    This perk includes a set of five postcards, nine stickers, and two glitter bookmarks. It will also come with an Amya themed pencil/make-up bag, and a Rain wiper charm!
    Please Note: $65 includes shipping for US and Canadians.

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    Pledge CA$ 75 or more About $70

    Artist Edition Plus- Receive a copy of Volume One autographed by Savannah, Andrew, and Rebecca. This perk also includes a unique book plate drawn by Rebecca, and a limited edition postcard print, and a a limited edition art book signed by Rebecca. Please Note: $75 includes shipping for US and Canadians.
    International shipping is an additional $15 (International donors please pledge $90).

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    INTERNATIONAL- Receive a copy of Volume One autographed by Savannah and Andrew.
    This perk includes a set of five postcards, nine stickers, and two glitter bookmarks. It will also come with an Amya themed pencil/make-up bag, and a Rain wiper charm!
    Please Note: $80 includes International shipping

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    Pledge CA$ 85 or more About $79

    Receive a copy of Volume One autographed by Savannah and Andrew.
    This perk includes a set of seven postcards, nine stickers, two glitter bookmarks. It will also come with an Amya themed pencil/make-up bag, a Rain wiper charm, and a pillow plush of Faye or Lenna!
    Please Note: $85 includes shipping for US and Canadians.

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $93

    Receive a copy of Volume One autographed by Savannah, Andrew, and Rebecca.
    This perk includes a set of seven postcards, nine stickers, and two glitter bookmarks. It will also come with an Amya themed pencil/make-up bag, a Rain wiper charm, a pillow plush of Faye or Lenna, and a unique art card and book plate drawn by Rebecca.
    Please Note: $100 includes shipping for Canada.
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    INTERNATIONAL - Receive a copy of Volume One autographed by Savannah and Andrew.
    This perk includes a set of seven postcards, nine stickers, two glitter bookmarks. It will also come with an Amya themed pencil/make-up bag, a Rain wiper charm, and a pillow plush of Faye or Lenna!
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    Pledge CA$ 130 or more About $121

    ORIGINAL ARTWORK - Receive a copy of Volume One autographed by Savannah, Andrew, and Rebecca in addition to a pencilled original page and an original hand inked, copic-colored and airbrushed 2.5"x3.5" art card featuring your choice Amya character. The page packages will be randomly selected by Rebecca; with the majority of them pages being from earlier chapters. We have never offered original pages before, so this is a rare opportunity to own a special piece of Amya.

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    Pledge CA$ 200 or more About $186

    Receive a copy of Volume One autographed by Savannah, Andrew, and Rebecca.
    This perk includes a set of seven postcards, nine stickers, and two glitter bookmarks. It will also come with an Amya themed pencil/make-up bag, a Rain wiper charm, a pillow plush of Faye or Lenna, one Rain pillowcases, a unique art card and book plate drawn by Rebecca, and a limited edition art-book. You will also be given the opportunity to appear as a minor character in an upcoming chapter - a shopkeeper, minion to an evil overlord, or knight of Perennion. It's your choice! (Unless you have done this in a previous chapter, in which case we will find an alternative reward for you.)

    Please Note: $200 includes shipping for Canadians.
    US / International shipping is an additional $15.

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    Pledge CA$ 230 or more About $214

    ORIGINAL ARTWORK - Receive a copy of Volume One autographed by Savannah, Andrew, and Rebecca, in addition to a pencilled original page in combination with its finalized inked counterpart, and an original hand inked, copic-colored and airbrushed 2.5"x3.5" art card featuring your choice Amya character. The page packages will be randomly selected by Rebecca; with the majority of them pages being from earlier chapters. We have never offered original pages before, so this is a rare opportunity to own a special piece of Amya.

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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About $466

    Receive two copies of Volume One autographed by Savannah, Andrew, and Rebecca.
    This perk includes a set of seven postcards, nine stickers, and two glitter bookmarks. It will also come with an Amya themed pencil/make-up bag, a Rain wiper charm, a pillow plush Faye and Lenna, two Rain pillowcases, a unique art card and book plate drawn by Rebecca, a limited edition art book, a copy of Amya's work map printed on canvas, and limited canvas prints of both our "It Ends With Fire" and "It ends with Water" poster signed by Rebecca. You will also be given the opportunity to appear as a minor character in an upcoming chapter - a shopkeeper, minion to an evil overlord, or knight of Perennion. It's your choice!

    Please Note: $500 includes shipping for Canadians.
    US / International shipping is an additional $15.

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    Pledge CA$ 700 or more About $653

    One half-page ad space at the back of the comic, 6 5/8 x 5 inches. Must be PG13. A great chance to advertise your product to our readers. The ads will be printed in CMYK.

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    Pledge CA$ 1,300 or more About $1,212

    One full page ad space at the back of the comic, 6.63 x 10.24 inches. Must be PG13. A great chance to advertise your product to our readers. The ads will be printed in CMYK.

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