Derelict is a story of survival, isolation, monsters, and lots of water. The primary goal of this Kickstarter is to get Book 1 printed, with a secondary goal of turning Derelict into a full time job.
We need $9,000 to print a run of Book 1. For every $10,000 beyond that Derelict can update three times a week for three months.
Derelict is a webcomic about a lone scavenger trying to survive the harsh surroundings of her world. From the weather and fellow survivors, to monsters and an alien fog, this first book follows Dang Thu Mai's and her boat Penumbra’s adventures along the harsh and flooded coastline.
Book 1 - Deluge - is only the tip of the iceberg, and sets up many events to come in the rest of Derelict.
The goal of the kickstarter is to gather the funds to print 154 pages of the comic from the web into a physical full color paperback book, along with bonus content. With original concept art and some guest art the entire book will be 6.625” x10.25” and about 160 pages, possibly much more if we make stretch goals which will allow the creation of some exciting all new content.
Goal 1 - $14,000 - The Guide to Miasmics
A guide to the Derelict world’s most common monsters - the Miasmic Races - will be included in both the printed book and the PDF. This guide will be at least six pages of sketches and text, possibly more, and all written and drawn from the perspective of one of the researches aboard the Goya. It will shed some light on Miasmic physiology and psychology, and include a translation of many of the strange symbols we’ve seen in Book 1, and some symbols we’ve yet to see. Note that none of the information this provides will be essential in understanding the rest of Derelict, though it will lend an extra layer of insight on one of the world’s strange races.
Goal 2 - $19,000 - 300% Updates for 3 Months + Bonus Postcard
At this stage Derelict can temporarily become a full time job, allowing for three updates a week instead of the current rate of one update a week. Bonus updates will begin with the start of Book 2 on January 1st, and last through the end of March 2014.
Additionally, a 4th postcard will be made featuring the Ark City of Arbutus. All Airboat ($45) and higher tier backers will receive this card.
Goal 3 - $24,000 - Dang Thu Mai has a Nice Day
The books will contain a short, canon story about Dang having what she considers to be a nice day for once.
Goal 4 and Beyond!
At $29,000, and every $10,000 after that, Derelict will update three times a week for another three months. Additionally, a desktop will be released for anyone to download for free. These desktops will take priority only after backers have received their rewards.
And that about covers it! Thank you so much for your time and support!
Risks and challenges
Because this book aims to collect the work from the webcomic, there is little risk in creating the content for the book itself. At the time this Kickstarter launches, nearly all of it already exists. The only risk comes from issues with the printing process and with creating bonus rewards and content, but hopefully that will all be fairly straightforward with the comic pages already in existence.
In the event we make stretch goals and commit to three updates a week, then there is always the risk biting off more than we can chew. Ben has timed how long it typically takes to make a page from start to finish, but there is always room for murphy's law or burning out. To that end, should we make any stretch goals and an update is missed during the time paid for, the duration of bonus updates will be extended to make up for it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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