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Ignotum is a graphic novel printed on 256 full-color pages and hardbound. Rated Mature Read more

Minneapolis, MN Comics
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Ignotum is a graphic novel printed on 256 full-color pages and hardbound. Rated Mature

Minneapolis, MN Comics
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About this project

The Goal

Raise $9500 to print and deliver Ignotum, a completed graphic novel, to you! 

Who are we? 

I’d like to tell you that we’re really Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons using pseudonyms, but then we’d have to worship the snake god Glycon. Indiana Jones didn’t trust snakes, and neither do we, so you can tell Slytherin house to shove it! Alright, so we’re really a writer + art director team that cut our chops by slaving away in advertising. Except instead of whips, our masters used timecards and confusing business jargon to keep us late nights. Now, we want the chance to grind away for new masters, by also working professionally on graphic novels and animations. We tried tattooing Marvel onto our chests, and showing up at their offices, but that didn’t work, so we made this book instead. Luckily, we were able to change the ‘v’ to a ‘b’, so it now spells Marble incorrectly.  

What is Ignotum?

Ignotum comes from the Latin saying “Omne Ignotum Pro Magnifico” and means everything unknown is taken for magnificent (Also quoted by the original Sherlock Holmes books). The story follows Anna, a twelve-year-old girl, as she ends up in a violent gang of street kids who eventually grow up, becoming industrial mercenaries in the year 2018. On the run, Anna smuggles herself back home in a whale, to finally solve the mysteries surrounding her dark and twisted past. 

Go ahead and give Ignotum a gander as we post a free page every week at http://www.heistcompany.com.

Book Specs

Every edition of Ignotum comes in a hardcover, standard comic book size (6.85 x 10.5). The book is in full color and is 256 pages long. 

On Amazon Print On Demand the book will retail for $35 and won't have the hardcover.

Cover Art

The cover displayed is a softcover test print. All the books shipped will have a hardcover. We're also working on new art, so if it's ready in time before the order, the cover may be a digital painting instead of the current graphic design. Though if you prefer the current cover, write us, majority rules for what we'll print!

Printing

Getting published isn’t easy. But thanks to Kickstarter, we don’t need a rich uncle in publishing to get this book out to people. And if we had that rich uncle we’d probably get him to buy us bulbous calf implants instead. Getting the book finished was a HUGE task, it took far more hours, and late nights than I think we ever expected. Sure it’s easy to want to take a nap in an inflatable kids pool after all that time. But we’ve got our second wind to get this book printed and out to as many people who will read it. And we want your feedback, because we want to grow with you, like a baby pet mongoose, and provide you with better stories every year. If enough people see it, maybe we’ll get hired for real!

Money

One hundred percent of the finances will go to buying the star wars franchise from Disney for 4.1 billion. But we’ll settle for $9500 to print Ignotum and pay the costs involved with getting it to your doorstep. Originally we were going to do Print On Demand, but the price of the book seemed far too expensive for our readers! So we found a great printer in China, thanks to the recommendation of Jason Brubraker’s blog. Jason is the creator of the graphic novel reMIND, you should definitely check out his amazing work and tutorials at www.remindblog.com. 

The Numbers: It’ll cost us about $8,510 to print and then there’s set up fees and additional charges (5% to Kickstarter and 3-5% for Visa payments). 

We need to get the whole amount or nothing gets printed, so sell your dad’s eight-track and buy some books! 

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Delivery

If we make our goal though, we’ll have the books at our place in three months from putting in the order, and then a few weeks at most to get them all boxed and sent out to you.  

Make sure to check the international shipping chart below, and add the additional charges if you live somewhere exotic or dangerous! 

Thanks everyone!

Risks and challenges

So this is the part where we get to be a bit more serious. It was a big risk dropping everything in our lives to get this book made. Our goal was to do the best that we could with what we had at hand, and I'm happy to say that we went above and beyond pushing our own boundaries. Working through long hours and frustration, tightening wallets and dwindled social lives. The main goal was to get better, to learn, to get to a professional level and get hired. But the only way to seriously improve is to build an audience and see what they think. Take the criticism and work with it to improve every project after this. So we'd love for you to read our book, and give us your thoughts on what worked and what didn't. What you loved and what you hated. Your opinion really matters to us. We might not be able to respond to every single one of you with notes outlying our exact intentions for each scene, but we will definitely read every single email sent to us, and take each critique into consideration. And again. Thank you.

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Rewards

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    Pledge $20 or more
    About $20 USD

    4 backers

    Get a digital PDF of Ignotum (all 256 pages) + another PDF of the rough sketched layout designs of Ignotum before painting! This is a download only, so no shipping costs :)

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    Pledge $25 or more
    About $25 USD

    17 backers

    A numbered autographed hardcover copy of Ignotum (International backers please refer to shipping chart below)

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    Pledge $48 or more
    About $48 USD

    3 backers Limited (97 left of 100)

    Two numbered autographed hardcover copies of Ignotum (International backers please refer to shipping chart below)

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    Pledge $60 or more
    About $60 USD

    4 backers Limited (26 left of 30)

    Get your name printed in the acknowledgments of Ignotum and receive a numbered, autographed hardcover! (International backers please refer to shipping chart below)

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    Pledge $75 or more
    About $75 USD

    6 backers Limited (14 left of 20)

    Same as above but with two little sketches inside by Taran and Jen! (International backers please refer to shipping chart below)

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    Pledge $150 or more
    About $150 USD

    6 backers Limited (4 left of 10)

    A print of the first digital concept art signed + your name in the acknowledgements + A numbered autographed hardcover copy of Ignotum

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    Pledge $500 or more
    About $500 USD

    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    HAND PAINTED and signed frame from the graphic novel on 5 x 7 inch canvas + your name prominently acknowledged + A numbered autographed hardcover copy of Ignotum

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    Pledge $10,000
    About $10,000 USD

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Feel like owning the MOST EXPENSIVE graphic novel in the world? We'll make you a real GOLD covered autographed edition of the graphic novel (terms apply) + one whole page dedicating the book to you + one hand painted 8 x10 inch canvas of the cover art.

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Funding period

- (31 days)