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By Liz Staley
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This project will fund the completion and printing of "Adrastus: Book 3", as well as allow me to print more of Books 1 and 2! Each book is a softcover, black and white interior with a beautiful color exterior, and is around 150-200 pages. The books all include comics originally published on adrastuscomic.com, as well as bonus content, sketches, concept art, and more not found anywhere online!

Chapter 11's Cover
Chapter 11's Cover

This is the story of Sarah Bryant, a pretty typical young woman who likes to race motorcycles, fix cars, and collect tabloid articles about the supposed giant robot that has been hidden on her parent's ranch since the 1970's. One day, she is out racing her motorcycle when suddenly three men in suits show up and start shooting lasers at her! That's when she discovers that Adrastus, the giant alien robot from the planet Ankali, is real! Now Sarah, with the help of her government-issued bodyguard secret agent Michael Baxter, must learn to pilot Adrastus against the evil forces of the Varugo. Along the way, she learns about her own strength, and about the power of family.

Line-up of some main characters
Line-up of some main characters
Chapter 10 Page
Chapter 10 Page

This story is my modern love letter to the 70's and 80's giant robot genre of anime. It uses many tropes popular in the mecha genre (such as Calling Your Attack), but puts a parody twist on them when they're looked at through the eyes of a more modern audience. Though much of the influence comes from the mecha (giant robot) genre, it is also a story about family, friendship, and humanity. Most of my regular readers online are not hard-core fans of the mecha genre, but they find Adrastus' characters lovable and the story engaging. 

A page from Chapter 11
A page from Chapter 11

I've been working on Adrastus for about 7 years now, and publishing it to the web for around 5 years. Previously I published Book One and Book Two on my own. Stuff happened last year and Book Three didn't come out on time. Now though I'm ready to get it printed and out in to the hands of my readers!

What will be in Book 3?

Book 3 will contain around 150-200 black and white pages of content. The majority of those pages will be Chapters 9-12 of the Adrastus comic. Between chapters, and in the back of the book, will be bonus sketches, development art, and more that is not available on the Adrastus web-site. In addition, the back of the book will have an extra 20-25 page comic story, written by Kurt Sasso of TGT Media and drawn by Liz Staley (me!). 

So what's the bonus story about? This story will be all new and will focus on a different angle of the Adrastus world. While Sarah, Michael, and Sector Seven are busy dealing with the huge Varugo invasion force, who's watching out for the little invasions? The radioactive hamsters from Nadiavittor who dig up gardens and eat all the vegetables? The joy-riding teenager aliens from Yerkes who make crop circles in their stolen saucers? Adrastus: ROGUES (working title) will answer just that question. It's "Supernatural" meets giant robots and aliens as brothers Sean and Danny Browning travel the country in their vintage muscle car, LUCY, and watch the local tabloids for the tales of the weird. Development art is already in progress for the two main characters and I'm going to start working on pages soon! 

Development sketches of Sean and Danny Browning
Development sketches of Sean and Danny Browning

What's your budget?

About half of the money from this goal is going to go to printing books and getting them shipped to me from the printer. Another 10% is the shipping from me to you, the backers! Around 10% is going to buy shipping supplies like boxes and envelopes to protect these delightful books as they journey to you. I've allocated 15% for miscellaneous fees, such as Kickstarter fees and credit card processing fees. And 15% of the budget is allocated toward paying my awesome colorist, who has worked very hard on Chapter 15 and Chapter 16 for me!

What are the rewards?

PDF Files: Strictly digital with your comics these days? We've got you covered. You can get one PDF or a PDF bundle in most reward tiers.

Physical Copies of Books: This is what this Kickstarter is all about, getting these pages to print! The lower physical book reward tier will get you a copy of book three (great for those who already have books one and two!) 

Book Three
Book Three

Inked Sketch inside of book (Artist's Edition)- Want the inside of your book personalized? This is available as a $35 tier for just Book Three, or as an add-on if you're getting more than one book. Check the A La Carte section for pricing.

Original Artwork: Want something a little bigger? Higher reward tiers include an 11x17 Pencil drawing commission. This will be done on Bristol board and limited to two characters, please. Absolutely no: pornography, excessive gore. Subjects I will draw: human characters, furries/anthro, chibi characters, robots. If you want a portrait done of a real person it will be done in a stylized manner- either comic or chibi, your choice. 

Example of Pencil Drawing
Example of Pencil Drawing

Sarah and Michael plushies: KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE! For this campaign I've made three sets of Sarah and Michael plushies! These 12-inch-plus dolls are handmade, with handpainted faces, hand sewn clothing, and hand crafted hair. Michael includes removable sunglasses made with a double layer of craft foam and elastic. These are the only Adrastus plushies in existence and very well may be the only ones that ever get made. Each one has a unique facial expression and is one of a kind. I've put many hours of love and work in to these little guys and would love to see them find new homes among Adrastus fans! 

There are only THREE sets of plushies available. Each $350 reward tier comes with one set of plushies. The first backer to back at this tier will get the first pick of one Sarah and one Michael plushie they wish to have. The second backer at this level will have a choice of the remaining expressions, and the third backer will get the two that remain. Each set consists of ONE Sarah and ONE Michael (sorry, you can't have two Michaels).

Sarah Plushies
Sarah Plushies
Michael Plushies
Michael Plushies

Can I add additional books or artist sketches/signatures to my reward?

Absolutely! All books will come signed by me automatically. Here's some a la carte options for you to create your own custom bundle or add sketches inside your books!

A La Carte Options
A La Carte Options

What happens if you make more than your goal amount?

Then we'll have a party! Yay! 

No, seriously, we have some stretch goals planned to get backers more awesome stuff if we go over the initial goal. Check out the stretch goals below for what could be unlocked!

 Digital Wallpapers are going to be commissioned from a couple of artists- no previews yet unfortunately! But as we get closer to the funding being made there should be some!

Mock-up of the 4 x 6 Sticker Sheet. Placement of stickers may change. Sticker Sheets will be unlocked for all backers $20 and up when $5,000 is reached!
Mock-up of the 4 x 6 Sticker Sheet. Placement of stickers may change. Sticker Sheets will be unlocked for all backers $20 and up when $5,000 is reached!
Acrylic Charms will be unlocked for all backers $20 and up when $6,000 is reached
Acrylic Charms will be unlocked for all backers $20 and up when $6,000 is reached
"Andromeda Galaxy" 11 x 17 Poster will be unlocked for all backers $20 and above when $7,000 is reached
"Andromeda Galaxy" 11 x 17 Poster will be unlocked for all backers $20 and above when $7,000 is reached

Risks and challenges

I've published three books through CreateSpace before so I know their process pretty well now. Books 1 and 2 are in their system and ready to go through another print run as soon as I have money in my hands.

Most of the interior layout of Book 3 is done already. I simply need to create some of the bonus content (including the extra story). However, and there may be issues in proofing that need to be fixed before publishing before backers can get their books. I have not had any issues like this with CreateSpace before, but there's a first time for everything! Backers will be notified of any delays as soon as I know of them, but I am anticipating a smooth order from the printer.

Though I have successfully done shipping multiple orders of items before, this will be the most fulfillment I've had to do all at one time. I'm coming up with a plan already though to get orders packed and shipped as quickly as possible though once the books arrive at my door, and I have friends who have agreed to help.

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    One Gladius Attack!
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    Multi Gladius Attack!
    This tier will get you all three of the Adrastus collections as PDF files, emailed right to you without having to wait for the postal service. Your name will also appear in the back of Volume 3 in the "Thank You" section.

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    PAX BEAM PLUS!
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    MARS PUNCH! Ultimate Book Bundle!
    I know you want all three of these books delivered to your door, like a rocket punch from a giant robot! This tier will give you just that! You'll receive all three of the Adrastus collections as PDF files, and physical copies of Books 1-3 of Adrastus, for your reading pleasure. Your name will also appear in the back of Volume 3 in the "Thank You" section.

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    Vulcan's Breath!
    At this level you'll receive all three of the Adrastus collections as PDF files, a physical copy of Book 3, and a piece of original art drawn by Liz Staley. The art will be done on 11x14 Bristol board in pencil and shipped along with your reward. Your name will also appear in the back of Volume 3 in the "Special Thank You" section!

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    JUPITER'S RAGE!
    This is it- the ultimate bundle for the ultimate backer! At this pledge level, you'll be receiving: all three of the Adrastus collections as PDF files), physical copies of Books 1-3 of Adrastus, plus an 11x14 piece of original artwork, subject of your choice (see restrictions in the Campaign Description of this reward), done in pencil. Your name will also appear in the back of Volume 3 in the "Special Thank You" section!

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    For Ankali! Ultimate Adrastus Fan Reward Tier!
    At this tier I have hand crafted three sets of EXCLUSIVE Sarah and Michael plushies. These plush dolls are a little over 12 inches tall, made from wool felt, anti-pill fleece, acrylic felt, and paints. Please see the Campaign Description for more details about these cute little guys! They will likely be the only Adrastus plushies ever produced.
    You will also receive physical copies of Books 1-3 and your name in the "Super-special Thank You" section.

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