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Derelict is a webcomic about a lone scavenger in a harsh flooded world. Book 1 collects the first 150+ pages in print.
Derelict is a webcomic about a lone scavenger in a harsh flooded world. Book 1 collects the first 150+ pages in print.
640 backers pledged $25,805 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

(Fox7XD's plushy work)

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.

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    LIFE PRESERVER - You get a digital desktop exclusive to Kickstarter backers, as well as all four Derelict donation desktops.

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    RAFT - You get a PDF of the book and its contents set at web resolution, and the desktops.

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    ROW BOAT - You get a signed copy of Book 1 of Derelict, and one of three Kickstarter exclusive postcards (chosen at random). You also get the PDF and the desktops.

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    AIR BOAT - You get a signed and sketched copy of Book 1 of Derelict (sketches chosen at random), and all three Kickstarter exclusive postcards. You also get the PDF and the desktops.

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    TRAWLER - You get a Kickstarter exclusive 17" x 11" print of the desktop, and a pinwheel badge. You also get a signed and sketched copy of the book, all three postcards, the PDF, and the desktops.

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    YACHT - You get a sketch card with a unique hand-drawn Gargoyle. You also get the poster, the pinwheel badge, a signed and sketched copy of the book, all three postcards, the PDF, and the desktops.

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    BATTLE SHIP - You get a commission of a single character of your choice (your own, a Derelict character, or whatever else) and an 11' x 17" print of it. You also get everything from the Yacht tier and lower.

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    CRUISE SHIP - You get a custom coffee mug featuring any panel from the comic you wish. You also get everything from the Yacht tier and lower.

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    SUBMARINE - You get a custom commission AND a coffee mug featuring any panel from the comic you wish. You also get everything from the Yacht tier and lower.

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    CARRIER - You or a loved one get a minor non-speaking cameo at some point in Derelict Book 2, such as in a crowd scene or as a crew member of a ship. In addition, you get a custom coffee mug featuring any panel from the comic you wish and filled with saltwater taffy. You also get everything from the Battle Ship tier and lower.

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    ELDER GOD - You get a hand-made plushy of the sea monster "This One" made by the talented FoxXD7. There will only be two of these in existence (the second goes to Derelict's co-writer who really really wants one). You also get everything from the Carrier tier and lower.

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    ARK CITY - Instead of a non-speaking background role, you or a loved one get to be a minor reoccurring character in Derelict Book 2. There are some characters in the script that have roles, but not names or faces, and we will work together to pick one for you. I will draw this character ahead of time and send you a print of them. You also get everything else from the Carrier tier and lower.

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