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A Viking tale of death, madness and betrayal!
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Hi, I'm Steve Tanner of Time Bomb Comics and I'd like to welcome you to this pre-order campaign for a special edition of a very unique historical graphic novel - Defiant: The Legend Of Brithnoth!

This is a brutal tale of brotherhood, Vikings, sacrifice, betrayal… and abject defeat. Adapted from the famous Old English poem of the same name, it’s a story of doomed heroism that ranks up there with the Charge of the Light Brigade and the battle of Rorke’s Drift.

Own the original line art for this page by Daniel bell!
Own the original line art for this page by Daniel bell!

Historically the a record of the battle only exists as The Battle of Maldon, a 325-line fragment of an Anglo-Saxon ‘heroic poem’ detailing a bloody battle between the English and a Viking fleet at the Essex town of Maldon in the late 10th Century. Despite suffering a heavy defeat against the bloodthirsty Vikings, the English achieved a kind of moral victory because of their valour, determination and brotherhood in the face of certain destruction. 

Artwork by Daniel Bell & Aljosa Tomic - the original line art is also available with the Deluxe Defiant pledge!
Artwork by Daniel Bell & Aljosa Tomic - the original line art is also available with the Deluxe Defiant pledge!

Using this fragment as a source, creators Andy Winter, Daniel Bell and Aljosa Tomic have produced an astonishing retelling of this battle in full, that centres on Brithnoth, the English leader who was in his sixties at the time of the battle - uncommonly old for someone living at that time, 

Defiant is presented as a complete, full colour 96 page graphic novel, and is a brutal and bloody tale.  But that's not the full story behind this campaign...

Artwork by Daniel Bell & Aljosa Tomic - the original line art is also available with the Deluxe Defiant pledge!
Artwork by Daniel Bell & Aljosa Tomic - the original line art is also available with the Deluxe Defiant pledge!

Defiant:The Legend Of Brithnoth was originally published in 2015 by Time Bomb Comics and a very limited print run of 100 copies. Appearing for the first time at the London Super Comic Con in March the book was an instant sell-out. Buoyed by the reaction Defiant received from both fans and creators, I approached Diamond (the sole comic distribution company who supply comic shops globally) through their Diamond UK arm, to feature the book in their regular order catalog for a larger print run. Diamond UK loved it. They sent it to Diamond USA with a hearty recommendation.

 And Diamond USA said no.  Specifically, they rejected it as they felt that nobody in the United States or Canada would be interested in buying it. 

So that second larger print run never happened, and only those who managed to get one of those rare initial copies were able to enjoy Andy, Dan and Aljosa's incredible work. Until now.

You see, this isn't just a reprint.  Defiant - The Special Edition is exactly that, improving on the original release of the book and adding some extra bells and whistles to properly reward any backers that support it.  The Defiant Special Edition features:

The original  80 page full color complete story written by Andy Winter, drawn by Daniel Bell and coloured by Aljosa Tomic!

Brand new cover artwork by Daniel Bell and Aljosa Tomic!

A translation by Wilfrid Berridge of the complete surviving fragment of the original Anglo-Saxon poem that inspired the story! 

Sweyn Forkbeard: The Man Who Would Be King - An extra complete short story by the original Defiant creative team that provides further insight into the aftermath of the battle!

KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE A limited tip plate featuring new artwork by Daniel Bell, signed by Daniel and writer Andy Winter will be included in all printed books pre-ordered through this campaign!

This tip plate with artwork by Daniel Bell that will only be available to our campaign backers!
This tip plate with artwork by Daniel Bell that will only be available to our campaign backers!

STRETCH GOALS

Traditionally stretch goals are revealed only once the target funding has been reached, but Defiant only has two stretch goals available so it seemed fair to share them both from the outset:

£1500 - LIMITED PRINT! - LOCKED

A limited print of the original cover artwork to Defiant by Daniel Bell will be sent to all backers of this campaign (Digital only backers will receive a pdf version)!

The original cover art by Daniel & Aljosa - sent free as  a limited print to all backers of this campaign!
The original cover art by Daniel & Aljosa - sent free as a limited print to all backers of this campaign!

£2000 - HARDBACK UPGRADE! - LOCKED

This is the big one! Should Defiant double its original goal, all printed books ordered through this campaign will be upgraded to hardback editions at no extra cost. 

As you can see from the artwork included in this campaign page, the story pages in Defiant are fully finished, so all that remains is to be done is to send the completed pages to the printer at the end of this campaign and instructions of how many to print. I really hope that you agree the astonishing graphic novel that Andy, Daniel and Aljosa have produced here is worthy of a wider audience, and a Special Edition of the book pre-ordered through Kickstarter is a perfect opportunity to achieve that.

The original artwork by Daniel Bell for this page could be yours - see our Deluxe Defiant reward pledge for more details!
The original artwork by Daniel Bell for this page could be yours - see our Deluxe Defiant reward pledge for more details!

ORIGINAL ARTWORK REWARDS

£25 Original Defiant - As well as the standard digital and print options, this pledge level is offering an opportunity to get some limited sketches from Dan, at extremely reasonable price. These will be inked A4 illustrations of Defiant's key characters. Only 10 original artwork page rewards are available, as part of our limited £25 reward level.

£50 Deluxe Defiant - We're also offering a chance to own some of the original artwork pages from the book. Again these are limited but Daniel has ensured that more than 30 original art pages will be available to select from after the campaign ends that will give each backer an opportunity to own a page from one of Defiant's, including pages from some of Defiant's incredible battle scenes!  Some of the pages that are available have been highlighted above, but here are some images of the actual black and white art pages that is available as part of this reward:

Original page art by Daniel Bell - just some of the amazing original pages being offered with our Deluxe Defiant pledge!
Original page art by Daniel Bell - just some of the amazing original pages being offered with our Deluxe Defiant pledge!

£75 Double Defiant - Throughout Defiant there are a few breathtaking double page artwork spreads, and these two rewards offers the opportunity to own one of them! That's right, in each reward you get the two original artwork of the double spread selected, which works out at just £30 per page. Here's the pages we have on offer as part of this very limited reward:

The Vikings arrive! Artwork by Daniel Bell
The Vikings arrive! Artwork by Daniel Bell
In the heat of battle! Artwork by Daniel Bell
In the heat of battle! Artwork by Daniel Bell

£80 Double Defiant Plus - You can also claim the original artwork used for the cover to the 2015 "vanilla" printing, and which is being sent as as limited print to all backers as our £1500 stretch goal:

This original line art by Daniel Bell could be yours!
This original line art by Daniel Bell could be yours!

Defiant: The Legend Of Brithnoth is a bloody and brutal story, told well by three extremely talented creators. If you want to enjoy the complete story, please consider pre-ordering a copy through this campaign.

Thanks for reading - Cheers!

Steve Tanner

Editor & Publisher, Time Bomb Comics

The original artwork by Daniel Bell for this page is one of the pages available as part of the Deluxe Defiant reward!
The original artwork by Daniel Bell for this page is one of the pages available as part of the Deluxe Defiant reward!
           

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This is my sixth Kickstarter campaign. All five previous campaigns were successfully funded and delivered. All artwork for Defiant: The Special Edition is fully complete and no delivery delays are expected.

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    A printed copy of Defiant - The Special Edition will be yours, including all the special edition extras, any achieved stretch goals. This reward also includes the digital copy of the book!

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    Original Defiant

    As well as all content of the £15 reward you'll also receive an original, inked A4 viking sketch by Defiant artist Daniel Bell!

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    Own one of the original pages of Defiant artwork, as well as all content of the £15 reward!

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    Own the original pages of Defiant artwork for our stretch goal print, that was also used as the cover image on the original book. This pledge also includes all content of the £15 reward!

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