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A Complete Clockpunk Caper!
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Cover artwork by Francesco Archidiacono & Ben Lopez
Cover artwork by Francesco Archidiacono & Ben Lopez

FIRST STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED - The following artwork by Carola Borelli will be added as a second limited print to the £15 reward package as The Clockwork Cavalier Special pre-order campaign reached £1000:

Artwork by Carola Borelli - unlocked as a limited print when we reached £1000!
Artwork by Carola Borelli - unlocked as a limited print when we reached £1000!

SECOND STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED  - The following artwork by Mike Dabro will be added as a third limited print to the £15 reward package as The Clockwork Cavalier Special pre-order campaign reached £1250:

Artwork by Mike Dabro - unlocked as a limited print when we reached £1250!
Artwork by Mike Dabro - unlocked as a limited print when we reached £1250!

THIRD STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED - A complete Tilly Quickstep solo story with art by David Morris will be added to the book AS The Clockwork Cavalier Special pre-order campaign reached £1500!

FOURTH STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED - The following artwork by Neil McClements will be added as a fourth limited print to the £15 reward package as The Clockwork Cavalier Special pre-order campaign reached £1750:

Artwork by Neil McClements - unlocked as a limited print when we reached £1750!
Artwork by Neil McClements - unlocked as a limited print when we reached £1750!

FIFTH STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED - The following artwork by Steven Denton will be added as a fourth limited print to the £15 reward package as The Clockwork Cavalier Special pre-order campaign has reached £2000:

Artwork by Steven Denton - added as a limited print if we reach £2000
Artwork by Steven Denton - added as a limited print if we reach £2000

SIXTH STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED - The following artwork by David Morris will be sent to all printed reward backers as a  limited print and to all digital only backers as a pdf as The Clockwork Cavalier Special pre-order campaign reached £2250:

Artwork by David Morris
Artwork by David Morris

FINAL STRETCH GOAL - The David Morris art print sent to all printed reward backers will also will be individually signed and numbered by David if The Clockwork Cavalier Special pre-order campaign reaches £2500!

Hi,

I'm Steve Tanner, the writer of the ongoing Flintlock anthology series, and I'd like to welcome you to the pre-order campaign for The Clockwork Cavalier Special -  an extra length full colour complete historical adventure set in the world of Flintlock but with an added clockpunk twist!

Wait? What? Clockpunk?!?   Yes, that's right, The Clockwork Cavalier Special's genre is best described as "clockpunk" - a retrofuturistic derivative of steampunk with a post Medieval, pre Victorian setting - and in this story the setting is London in the 1770s!

Artwork by Francesco Archidiacono & Ben Lopez
Artwork by Francesco Archidiacono & Ben Lopez

It's a great environment for adventure storytelling and in this self-contained one-shot I've ramped up the clockpunk aspects of the Cavalier to full effect, as the city of London comes under threat by a menace unlike anything seen before in the 18th Century, yet has its origins in one of the period's most notorious factions. 

Artwork by Francesco Archidiacono & Ben Lopez
Artwork by Francesco Archidiacono & Ben Lopez

Some of you may already be familiar with the Clockwork Cavalier who first appeared in a 6 page black and white complete short story in Book One of the unique historical anthology series Flintlock (itself a successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2016). In that tale, set in 1753, little was revealed about this mysterious clockwork automaton beyond that he had been recruited into the world's first organised  police force - the Bow Street Runners - to help them fight crime in 18th Century London. 

Page 4 Splash (Original artwork available this campaign)
Page 4 Splash (Original artwork available this campaign)

Despite the mystery surrounding the Cavalier's origins, or perhaps because of it,  Flintlock's cogwheeled conundrum was received with enthusiasm, but this clockpunk infused crime fighter was always intended to be much more than just a supporting character, as this first spin-off from the Flintlock anthology will reveal. However, this all-new story is set twenty years after the Cavalier's previous appearances in Flintlock; you don't need to have read any of those to fully enjoy this new story, but you can get all the Cavalier's previous appearances too as part of this campaign if you want to!

Artwork by Francesco Archidiacono & Ben Lopez
Artwork by Francesco Archidiacono & Ben Lopez

As well as the Clockwork cavalier, this Special also marks the debut of a brand-new character in the shape of Tilly Quickstep. How Tilly knows the Cavalier, the part she plays in the story and how through it she becomes a key player in our unique 18th Century setting is something I'm looking forward to revealing in the book. I think anyone who likes strong, female characters will really like Tilly, and  I really do think there isn't another female comics character like her!

The Cavalier's a great character to write, but what makes this Special even more, well, special, is the astonishing artwork produced by line artist Francesco Archidiacono and colour artist Ben Lopez in bringing the Cavalier's story to vibrantly detailed life. From the pillars of Covent Garden to the rolling fields of Hampstead Heath, both artists have done a terrific job of realising 1770s London, and some of the pages of Francesco's line art for the book are available as limited rewards in this campaign (see below for further details). Of course, I've also recruited regular Flintlock letterer Bolt-01 onto the team as well.

Artwork by Francesco Archidiacono & Ben Lopez
Artwork by Francesco Archidiacono & Ben Lopez

As with all my previous campaigns this is a pre-order opportunity rather than an all or nothing plea for funding, reflected in the low campaign target. This enables me to provide some great extras for those that want them and to offer the printed book cheaper than it will be anywhere else. To me, that's an important part of what I believe Kickstarter should be about - so I can guarantee you won't see The Clockwork Cavalier Special being sold for less by me than it is here once the campaign is over. Also, excepting the higher end rewards, I'm offering free postage to UK backers for all but the original page rewards, and at cost shipping everywhere else.  All printed rewards will also include the digital editions as part of that reward tier too. I've also got some cool stretch goals lined up should we exceed our pre-order target - I really hope we do, as one the things I always try and achieve with my Kickstarter campaigns is to add value to them if they do well, and properly rewarding backers who support it!

Artwork by Francesco Archidiacono & Ben Lopez
Artwork by Francesco Archidiacono & Ben Lopez

The heart of this campaign though, is the opportunity to enjoy the Clockwork Cavalier's first extra length adventure. I hope you'll consider coming back to the 18th Century with Francesco, Ben, Bolt-01 and myself to do just that.

Cheers!

Steve 

ORIGINAL ARTWORK REWARDS

As part of this campaign several pages of original line art are being made available. The following are some of those included as part of those rewards, presented here so you can see the detail of Francesco's original pages:

Original page by Francesco Archidiacono - available in this campaign!
Original page by Francesco Archidiacono - available in this campaign!
Original page by Francisco Archidiacono - available in this campaign!
Original page by Francisco Archidiacono - available in this campaign!
Original page by Francesco Archidiacono - available in this campaign
Original page by Francesco Archidiacono - available in this campaign
Clock & Tilly Splash Page - available as a limited one-off reward!
Clock & Tilly Splash Page - available as a limited one-off reward!
Sky Galleon Splash Page - available as a limited reward!
Sky Galleon Splash Page - available as a limited reward!
Aerial Assault Splash Page - available in this campaign!
Aerial Assault Splash Page - available in this campaign!

Risks and challenges

This is my eighth Kickstarter project, the previous seven were all successfully 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.

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    The Digital Cavalier

    The digital edition of the book emailed to the inbox of your choice - and a guarantee that the book won't be offered elsewhere on any other digital platform for at least four months!

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    The Printed Cavalier

    The printed book, plus the digital version. Even better, this comes with FREE shipping to UK addresses and at cost shipping everywhere else!

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    The Complete Cavalier (Digital)

    This reward gets you the digital versions of every book the Clockwork Cavalier has so far appeared in:
    The Clockwork Cavalier Special!
    Flintlock Books One, Two & Three!
    More than 200 pages of comics!

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    The Printed Plus Cavalier

    This is the reward to get if you want some special extras, as not only do you get both the printed and digital editions of the book this reward level also gives you:
    An exclusive print of the cover artwork, without text or logos, created just for this campaign!
    Your printed book signed by the Clockwork Cavalier's creator Steve Tanner!
    This reward level will also include ALL stretch goals that may be unlocked during this campaign!

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    The Sketched Cavalier - A5

    This is the first of our limited edition rewards, and includes an inked A5 sketch by Clockwork Cavalier artist Francesco Archidiacono as well as including the £15 Printed Plus content! This is a great opportunity to get some unique and original artwork, signed by the artist!

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    The Complete Cavalier (Printed)

    This reward gets you both the printed and digital versions of every book the Clockwork Cavalier has so far appeared in. So as well as the Clockwork Cavalier Special, you'll also receive copies of Flintlock Books One, Two & Three that featured the Cavalier's earlier adventures! At more than 200 pages of comics this is a great reward for those wanting to catch up with the unique world of Flintlock!

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    The Complete Cavalier Plus

    This pledge combines the previous £30 Complete Cavalier reward with all the extra content offered in the £15 Printed Plus reward - providing one full Clockwork Cavalier package!

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    The Sketched Cavalier - A4

    This limited reward offers the content of the £15 Printed Plus reward, and a larger, A4, fully inked single character illustration by artist Francesco Archidiacono, signed and perfect for framing!

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    The Original Cavalier

    Own an original page of Clockwork Cavalier artwork pencilled and inked by Francesco Archidiacono, as well as all content of the £15 reward!

    There will be a limited number of original pages made available to choose from in this very limited reward, including all the pages featured on our campaign page. Once the campaign has ended each backer at this level will be invited to choose from the selection available. In the event more than 1 backer selects the same page, pages will be allocated in order of backer number. (This reward does not include any single illustration splash pages, which are being offered as seperate one-off limited rewards)

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    Splash Page - The Sky Galleon

    This one -off reward gives you the chance to own the original line art by Francesco Archidiacono that features the Sky Galleon floating over London, and can be seen on our campaign page.

    As well as the original art page, this pledge also includes the content of the £15 Printed Plus reward.

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    Splash Page - Aerial Assault

    This one -off reward gives you the chance to own the original line art by Francesco Archidiacono that features the aerial assault on London, and can be seen on our campaign page.

    As well as the original art page, this pledge also includes the content of the £15 Printed Plus reward.

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    Splash Page - Clock & Tilly

    This is the opportunity to own the original splash page featuring The Clockwork Cavalier and Tilly Quickstep arm in arm as seen on the campaign page. This is not only the first appearance of the Clockwork Cavalier in 1770s London but also the first time both characters make their debut together.

    The content of the £15 package is also included in this very unique, one-off reward package!

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    The Golden Cavalier

    Traditionally every campaign on Kickstarter has a super-pledge option and this is it!

    You'll receive the original one-off printed proof of The Clockwork Cavalier Special, a real one of a kind!

    You'll receive a signed copy of the original story script by the Clockwork Cavalier's creator Steve Tanner!

    You'll also get a specially commissioned original piece of artwork, A3 sized, featuring the Clockwork Cavalier and/or Tilly Quickstep, or if you prefer yourself (or a nominated individual) in suitable 18th Century attire!

    Finally, you'll receive all the content of the £15 Printed Plus reward.

    This reward includes FREE shipping, anywhere in the world!

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