Flintlock Book Four
More adventures in the 18th Century!
Flintlock Book Four
More adventures in the 18th Century!
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, September 1 2019 9:00 PM UTC +00:00.
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Hi, I'm Steve Tanner. Welcome to the pre-order campaign for Flintlock Book Four, the latest volume in this unique anthology series set entirely in the 18th Century!
FIRST STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED - The following artwork by SARAH CHILDS will be added as a second limited print to the £15 reward package as our Flintlock Book Four pre-order campaign reached £1000:
SECOND STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED - The following artwork by GABRIELLE NOBLE will be added as a third limited print to the £15 reward package as our Flintlock Book Four pre-order campaign reached £1250:
THIRD STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED - The following artwork by CAROLA BORELLI will be sent to all backers *digital only bakers will receive a pdf version* as our Flintlock Book Four pre-order campaign reached £1500:
FOURTH STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED - The following artwork by JAMES GRAY will be added as a fifth limited print to the £15 reward package as our Flintlock Book Four pre-order campaign reaches £1750:
FIFTH STRETCH GOAL REVEALED - The following artworks by DAVID MORRIS will be added as a mini print set to the £15 reward package if our Flintlock Book Four pre-order campaign reaches £2000 *the finished set will be full colour*:
Flintlock is a regular comics anthology series with a difference - each book tells stories featuring a unique range of genuinely diverse characters in an Eighteenth Century shared historical timeline. This period (1701 to 1800) was the era of highwaymen, pirates, samurai, exploration and upheaval, and encompassed some of the most tumultuous changes in world history involving some of the richest personalities - and this is one of the inspirations for the stories and characters that feature in Flintlock.
Reaction to the previous Flintlock books has been phenomenal – I’m delighted that so many people are enjoying the stories and the concept behind it. The first three Flintlock books have all been successfully pre-ordered through Kickstarter and I'm hoping Flintlock Book Four will be equally well received. This latest volume will be 64 pages, perfect bound, with a full colour cardstock cover and black and white interiors, with three stories including the continuing adventures of highwayman Lady Flintlock in the 1750's, the return of Molly & The Trickster Thief in the 1770's and the debut of a brand new character set in 1790's Australia: Sparrowhawk. It also features a sumptuous cover by leading British comics artist Alex Ronald.
Pre-ordering Book Four through this campaign can also get you some very unique special rewards for doing so, and ensures you get your copy of Flintlock Book Four cheaper than it will be offered to the mass-market when it's published in September 2019.
But if you've missed our previous books don't worry - there’s still opportunity to join us and catch-up on all our 18th Century adventures with this campaign as we have both reward and add-on options that include all the previous books and the spin-off one-shot featuring the Clockwork Cavalier that was also successfully pre-orderered through Kickstarter earlier this year.
So what you can expect from our fourth volume? Well, let's take a look...
Highwayman Lady Flintlock returns, with the brilliant Gareth Sleightholme picking up the artistic reins and producing some stunningly atmospheric pages. In Book Three we left Sarah Flintlock with quite a cliff-hanger, finding herself face-to-face with none other than the Clockwork Cavalier, so Book Four picks up where we left off. No spoilers here, of course, but I can guarantee Lady Flintlock's encounter with our cogwheeled conundrum takes a very unexpected turn...
We return to 1770s London, for a further escapade with our two gender-twisting, gin-loving con-artists Molly & The Trickster Thief, drawn by Anna Schiraldi. Which is which? Who is who? Nobody seems to know, and our two Mollies aren't giving anything away, but there's a impending birth at the Molly House and something suitably alcoholic needs to be found to wet the baby's head...
Finally we head to 1790's Australia, almost a decade after the First Fleet landed in 1787 to lay the foundations of a thriving penal colony in New South Wales, and introduce Peg Sparrowhawk into our Flintlock timeline, with artwork by Ben Lopez. Brought over on a transport herself, middle-aged Peg has brought to the colony her years of dubious experience, and the powers that be in this harsh environment sometimes make use of it. They say you can use a thief to catch a thief, so surely you can do the same to catch a murderer...?
The Flintlock Book Four reward levels offer a range of fairly priced standard, enhanced and limited options. There's some I'd like to spotlight in particular, though:
Digital edition - The £4 tier gives you a digital copy of the book. What makes this reward special is that the digital edition will not be offered through any other online digital distribution service until at least January 2020, so this will be the only way to get a digital copy until then.
Print edition - If you just want the printed 64 page book with no frills the £10 tier is for you, although you will also get the £4 digital book included in this reward, giving this package a content value boost. With free postage to UK addresses and at cost shipping elsewhere this is once again your opportunity to get Flintlock cheaper than it will be anywhere else.
Printed Plus - Backers of any of my previous campaigns will know that this reward tier is very much the added value option, as should we achieve any stretch goal targets then every one achieved automatically goes into this reward package. (Based on my previous campaigns, backers at this reward level can expect to receive at least an extra £20 of content, often considerably more.) Obviously, there's no guarantee that our pre-order campaign target will be reached at all, but at the very least this reward will also include a limited print of our cover artwork and your copy of Flintlock will be signed by Flintlock creator Steve Tanner. The cover art print included here is the standard sized print, not the A3 deluxe version which is also being offered as a separate reward option.
Bookplate Edition - This one's a bit special, as for just £25 it offers all the content of the £15 pledge and also includes an original fully inked sketch by David Morris on a limited signed and numbered exclusive bookplate. It's a chance to own some original art of your favourite Flintlock character for a small premium. As such there's only a limited amount available. I introduced the bookplate reward in the last Flintlock campaign and they proved popular. and you can see what they looked like in the photo below - the bottom row shows some of the completed bookplates that were sent out to Book Three backers. For this campaign the bookplate layout will be the same, although the Book Four logo colours will be used instead and the Flintlock character portrayed on the bookplate you receive will be entirely your choice!
Original A4 character artwork - This very limited reward includes an A4 sized original signed finished inked illustration by artist David Morris of your choice of Flintlock character, ideal for framing. The top row in the photo above shows some of the actual illustrations that were sent out as part of the Book Three campaign along the top row so you can see that they're not just simple sketches! This pledge also comes with all the content of the £15 reward tier!
Deluxe A3 Print - Produced just for this campaign, the Flintlock Book Four premium reward is an oversized, laminated print of the cover artwork, without the logos and text, each one individually signed and numbered by artist Alex Ronald. This really is something special, but to make it even more impressive the £25 bookplate package will also be included with the deluxe prints. This is NOT the smaller standard cover art print that comes with the £15 reward, but that's included too as part of the reward content.
Finally I just want to remind you that as with our previous Flintlock campaigns this is a pre-order opportunity rather than an all-or-nothing plea for funding. The book is being printed in September regardless of this campaign's success, but I'm using this campaign as an opportunity to properly reward my Flintlock backers and give them some great extras that wont be available elsewhere. Because of that my target is low - just £500 - and almost all rewards include FREE postage for UK backers and at cost shipping charges anywhere else.
I hope you'll consider supporting this campaign and come back with me once again to the 18th Century with Flintlock to enjoy more unique historical adventures.
Risks and challenges
This is my tenth Kickstarter project, the previous nine were all successfully funded and delivered. The book will be published through Time Bomb Comics, a UK indie publisher based in Birmingham and well known in the British comics community. No significant delays are expected with this project, that is already close to completion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter