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Return to the 18th Century, with the second book in the unique Flintlock anthology series!
Return to the 18th Century, with the second book in the unique Flintlock anthology series!
106 backers pledged £1,596 to help bring this project to life.

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Artwork by Ian Kennedy
Artwork by Ian Kennedy

“A new universe to get lost in with some great characters that deserve a world developing around them…great stuff.” – Comics Anonymous

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This stunning image of Shanti by David Morris is available on our campaign t-shirt, either as part of the Dandy Highwayman reward tier or as a seperate add-on - see below for further details!

Artwork by David Morris
Artwork by David Morris

 The following artwork prints are now all included in the PHYSICAL PLUS reward tier, giving the £15 pledge a total value of £26!

 

Print #1: "Five Miles to Nevison" by David Morris
Print #1: "Five Miles to Nevison" by David Morris

 

Print #2: "In The Shadow Of Kali" by Lorenzo Nicoletta & Wong Ko'e
Print #2: "In The Shadow Of Kali" by Lorenzo Nicoletta & Wong Ko'e

 

Print #3: "En Garde!" by Ed Michiovello
Print #3: "En Garde!" by Ed Michiovello

Hi, I'm Steve Tanner and I'd like to welcome to the pre-order campaign for Flintlock Book Two - the unique ongoing anthology series set entirely in the 18th Century. 

Flintlock is a regular comics anthology series with a difference - each issue tells stories featuring a unique range of characters in an Eighteenth Century shared historical timeline. 

The Eighteenth Century (1701 to 1800) 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. 

Book One launched in April this year following a successful pre-order Kickstarter, and I'm hoping Book Two will be equally well received. This campaign is for the second 48 page book in the series that features the further adventures of some key characters in the Flintlock universe!

I'm delighted that the cover to Book Two is painted by British comics legend Ian Kennedy.  A mainstay of the weekly adventure comics that used to be found on the shelves of every newsagent across the country, Ian's work is instantly recognisable to generations of British comics fans - and you can get an oversized print of the cover artwork, signed and numbered by Ian himself, as a very special limited reward tier!

Those of you unfamiliar with Ian's work can find out more about him here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Kennedy_(comics)

Artwork by Anthony Summey
Artwork by Anthony Summey

Our flagship character is Lady Flintlock, a female highwayman who, through robbing the coaches that pass through the small, quiet village where she resides, is fast becoming public enemy number one! South Carolina artist Anthony Summey is drawing another fantastic 24 page story that continues the story began in Book One.

Our second story features the return of  Shanti the Pirate Queen, a South Asian cut-throat who sails the  Indian Ocean with her pirate crew. The ruthless and beautiful Shanti's first adventure caused a bit of a stir - she's a lot more than just a female Captain Jack! Italian artist Lorenzo Nicoletta has again provided the art.

Artwork by Lorenzo Nicoletta
Artwork by Lorenzo Nicoletta

 

Finally our third story heralds the return of The Clockwork Cavalier - the mysterious automaton who has been recruited by the Bow Street Runners (historically, the world's first organised police force) to fight crime in 18th Century London. Artist Ed Machiavello returns for another complete story of Flintlock's mechanical marvel!

Artwork by Ed Machiavello
Artwork by Ed Machiavello

All stories in Flintlock Book Two are lettered by Bolt-01 who has also designed the Flintlock logos and completes our creative team. You'll notice the artwork is black and white - this is very much intentional. The British weekly comics of the sixties and seventies, many of which featured historical adventure stories with terrific black and white artwork, is one of the inspirations for Flintlock! 

Artwork by Anthony Summey
Artwork by Anthony Summey

 “[Flintlock Book One] is one fine looking book, and offers its readers a polished, professional, immensely entertaining read from cover to cover.” – Pipedream Comics

This Kickstarter is not an all-or-nothing approach to publishing Flintlock; instead I'm using it to see how I can reach beyond the traditional distribution networks and properly reward everyone who pledges at the same time. This worked really well for the Book One campaign with the rewards being sent all over the world, so I'm crossing my personal flintlock's that I can do the same again.

How will I try to do that?  Firstly, the price of Book Two (both print and digital) is going to be cheaper when ordered through this Kickstarter than it will be if ordered online anywhere else. With free or minimum postage to UK and BFPO addresses and set postage costs for international backers, hopefully you agree that the fixed prices of £4 digital and £8 printed (which includes the £4 digital edition as well) is a good deal for a book like this. Secondly, I'm not looking for 100s of backers. I'm just aiming for 60 print copies at £8 each to be sold through Kickstarter (which is roughly how I arrived at the low £500 target). With 60 copies (or the financial target) reached I'll then start introducing some stretch goals. As with the target, the goals will be realistic, achievable and hopefully desirable!

There are a couple of higher pledges available – you can increase your pledge to get the Ian Kennedy limited edition print of the cover artwork or a copy of the 96 page Bomb Scares anthology that also features a highwayman tale drawn by the talented Mr Summey. You can also pledge higher to receive some original artwork - including pages from the book itself. We've also got a couple of very special "top tier" reward pledges – but these are limited and designed to give you something extra special should you want it.

So I'm excited about potentially being able to really give you, as a Flintlock backer, a great comics anthology at a great price without too much of a wait. Hopefully if you backed Book One you'll consider coming back for Book Two, but if you're new to Flintlock I hope the story teasers posted here are enough to whet your appetite and get a taste of how much a quality piece of work the Flintlock anthology is. If you did miss the first Kickstarter earlier this year fear not - as part of this campaign you can get Flintlock Book One as a combo pledge or an add-on to bring you the full Flintlock story! 

Thanks for reading and I hope you consider backing.

Cheers!

Steve

“I love Flintlock. I want to read more. If this is an ongoing comic, I want to keep supporting it.” – Comicbooked.com

  

 

 

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Follow our campaign progress on Kicktraq!

 

 

 

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All of the artwork for Flintlock Book Two is currently either in-house or well underway. Time Bomb Comics has a solid reputation of delivering quality books on time so no delays are expected. Regardless of the outcome of this campaign the book will be published by January 2017 - however this campaign offers prices and extras that will only be available to Kickstarter backers.

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    Pledge £4 or more About $5

    FLINTLOCK BOOK TWO - DIGITAL

    A digital copy of Flintlock Book Two sent to the inbox of your choice.

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    THE COMPLETE FLINTLOCK - DIGITAL

    Books One and Two of Flintlock will be emailed to you as digital copies.

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    FLINTLOCK BOOK TWO - PRINTED

    A printed copy of Flintlock Book Two will be mailed to you AND the £4 digital copy will be sent to you.

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    Pledge £14 or more About $18

    THE COMPLETE FLINTLOCK - PRINTED

    You receive first prints of both Books One and Two of Flintlock by mail, and also get the £7 Complete Digital package by email.

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    Pledge £15 or more About $19

    FLINTLOCK BOOK TWO - PRINTED PLUS

    You receive a printed copy of Flinlock Book Two signed by creator Steve Tanner, the £4 digital copy of the book, and a limited art print featuring Lady Flintlock that has been produced by artist David Morris for this campaign.

    Any further unlocked print stretch goals will be automatically added to this reward tier!

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    Pledge £27 or more About $35

    THE DANDY HIGHWAYMAN

    You will get a limited t-shirt featuring an image of one of the Flintlock characters by one of the Flintlock artists, as well as all the content included in the £15 reward.

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    Pledge £30 or more About $39

    THE COMPLETE HIGHWAYMAN

    If you love 18th Century themed comics as much as I do then this is the reward for you. This mighty comics bundle includes:
    One printed and digital copy of Flintlock Book One
    One printed and digital copy of Flintlock Book Two
    One printed copy of the 96 page Bomb Scares horror anthology (featuring a highwayman story drawn by Anthony Summey)
    One digital copy of the Dick Turpn and the Restless Dead one-shot written by Flintlock creator Steve Tanner (art by Andy Dodd)
    One digital copy of the Dick Turpin and the Crimson Plague one-shot written by Flintlock creator Steve Tanner (art by Graeme Howard)
    It gets better: This pledge will also include all prints that end up as part of the £15 reward tier!

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    Pledge £35 or more About $45

    THE VALUED RETAILER

    Just for stores, this reward includes printed 10 copies of Flintlock. You can select either Book One, Book Two or a mixed combination of your choice. All books will be signed by creator Steve Tanner.

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    Pledge £40 or more About $52

    THE RUTHLESS PIRATE

    As well as all the contents of the £15 pledge this reward includes an original sketch of Shanti the Pirate Queen (or any other character of your choice) by Shanti artist Lorenzo Nicoletta! Note that your original art will be sent to you seperately.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $65

    THE EXCLUSIVE HIGHWAYMAN

    This reward gives you the opportunity to get your hands on an oversized print of the Flintlock Book Two cover painting by Ian Kennedy! The print will be individually signed and numbered by Ian, and presents a rare opportunity to obtain a signed collectable from an artist rarely seen at conventions. This pledge also includes all the content of the £15 reward tier.

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    Pledge £60 or more About $78

    THE WANTED HIGHWAYMAN

    Get an original illustration of Lady Flintlock by Anthony Summey! For this original art reward you will receive an inked, finished piece of work exclusively produced for you, as well as all the contents of the £15 reward tier! (Note that your original artwork will be sent separately to the rest of the content of this reward)

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    Pledge £100 or more About $130

    THE WICKED LADY

    Own a page of original Lady Flintlock artwork by Anthony Summey! You can choose any 1 page from the Lady Flintlock story in Book Two, and you'll also get all the content from the £15 reward pledge. Choice of pages will be offered to backers in order of when the pledge was selected.

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    Pledge £150 or more About $195

    THE UNFORTUNATE VICTIM

    This is a high-end reward for those wanting something a little bit special for themselves or as a gift.Your likeness will feature in one of the stories in Flintlock Book Three and you will meet an unpleasant end. This won't be just a single panel background cameo but a key role that features on at least one page. Once Book Three has been published (currently scheduled for Summer 2017) you'll also get the original art page where your character met their fate. This pledge also includes all content from the £15 reward.

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    Pledge £300 or more About $389

    THE INFAMOUS HIGHWAYMAN

    So you're so supportive of Flintlock that you want to pledge more than half our entire campaign target? Wow. So let's see what we can do for you here.

    For this very special reward I'll ask you to work with me to create a character that will appear in a future issue of Flintlock and will feature in their own exclusive story! Remember: all stories are set in a realistic and specific historical setting, so you must keep that in mind when creating your character - your creation must fit the Flintlock world. As well as a copy of Flintlock Book Two, all prints made available through this campaign and the t-shirt you'll also get the original comic page your character first appears AND I'll commission one of the Flintlock artists to produce an exclusive original illustration for you featuring your character. This character will be officially added to the Flintlock timeline, and may be used again in a future story - but if so you'll always receive a co-creator credit.*

    You'll also automatically receive Flintlock Books 3,4, 5 and 6 as they're published, along with copies of any of the standard prints that are included with any of the Flintlock Kickstarter campaigns for those subsequent books.

    The final element to this pledge is provide you with an entry ticket to any UK convention of your choice that I'll be appearing at so I can personally thank you for being so generous, and treat you to some suitable refreshment after the show - ideally in an appropriate 18th Century-esque establishment!

    Remember, the rewards you receive under this pledge will come to you regularly over the next few years as future books are published - and your convention ticket can be used for any show up until June 2018!**

    *Any character created through this pledge will be considered jointly owned by the backer, Steve Tanner & Time Bomb Comics.

    **This pledge reward is open to all, but does not include travel and accommodation to your selected convention.

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