About this project
OVER 120 pages full color pages, this edition collects issues 1 through 5 of the groundbreaking STEAM WARS series by Fred Perry.
It's time to print and release the STEAM WARS TPB, which collects issues 1 through 5 of the Steam Wars color series. If you supported our other Kickstarters thank you very much (and we hope you support this campaign) but if you are new to Antarctic Press, we appreciate you taking the time to look over this new Kickstarter.
If you're not familiar with us, we are Antarctic Press, a small, independent comic company started in 1984. My name is Joeming Dunn and during those 30 years we have published some of the greatest and best independent comics. I personally have collected comics of almost every type and genre since 1974. The comic industry has changed over the years so we have started our Kickstarter program to help introduce new projects from our talented group of creators.
Over the years, we have published a number of series. Prominent among these is Fred Perry's ingenious title, Gold Digger. You may be familiar with Gold Digger which Fred describes as a mixture of Indiana Jones and Final Fantasy. It is the second-longest-running solo created title in the industry and in 2013, Fred was honored at Comic Con International in San Diego, where he received an Inkpot Award for his work on Gold Digger.
Steam Wars is another creation by Fred, putting his prodigious artistic talent to spinning a tale based on some his favorite SF/space opera epics. Not so long ago, in a galaxy relatively close by began an epic struggle on a world seized in the grip of an evil Victorian empire. Only a ragged alliance of rebels oppose the emperor and his black guard, but hope is fading. While fleeing from the steam-driven war machines of her imperial pursuers, Duchess Imoen stumbles across the home of the last Dragoon: the legendary storm foil warriors of ancient lore! This new and unique steam-fantasy epic will give thrills that haven’t been felt since 1977!
If you haven't already seen or read STEAM WARS this is your chance to enjoy one of the best series in comics! Fred is known worldwide for his work in comics. Here are some reviews
I have included THE FIRST ISSUE of this great project for everyone to review. Just click on the link below.
What are we going to do with the Kickstarter money?
Plain and simple, we're going to print and ship the Steam Wars TPB.
To start with Kickstarter takes their cut of the project which is around 10% of the cost, then the Steam Wars TPB is over 120 pages in FULL COLOR. Printing the actual books is the biggest single expense. The first print run of a typical Gold Brick costs in excess of $5,000, as most printers require a minimum run to make it cost-effective, and we are using Kickstarter to help assists us with those costs. Another cost is shipping: First we will have to ship the books from the printer to our offices, and then once we get them, send copies to all our supporters and distributors. Several thousand pounds of books represents a significant shipping cost.
So what do you get?
The trade is about 7 x 10 inches and will contain issues 1 through 5 of the Steam Wars Series. You can see the covers to all 5 issues above.
Here are the rewards we are offering.
We have a nice set of stretch goals...
We also decided to offer some Add-Ons!
Choose the pledge level of the highest-price item you would like. (E.g., if you want a extra copy, please choose the reward for the extra copy)
Increase your pledge level by the amount of the add-on you would like to add! For instance, if you pledged for the softcover reward level and also want a print, just add that amount.)
After the Kickstarter campaign is over, we will contact you personally and then ask what you want for your extra contribution.
Here is what you can currently add by increasing your pledge. (Please note that Kickstarter rules state that we cannot sell you any more than ten of any one item.)
This is a different type of Add-on...this book by Fred was offered through our normal distribution channels and with many things in the comic industry it is hard to get new and interesting projects out into the marketplace and it did not do well in the regular channels. So we are offering this book via Kickstarter in hopes of getting enough add-ons to help us get this book out. The added bonus of this add-on is that if you support it, it will help reach the stretch goals for Steam Wars
Thanks for taking a look at our Kickstarter, books like these would be near impossible to produce and print without supporters like yourself. Make sure you check out the full first issue preview (check the link at the beginning) or here are a few sample pages from issue #1.
Risks and challenges
There are always risks inherent in any project. This project has very few risks; the book is already done, and all we just need to do is raise the funds, pay the printer, and get it made. Our biggest risk is that we won't get the funding, and then the book won't be made.
We have been printing and releasing books for close to 30 years, so we have a good relationship with our printer and do not anticipate any hiccups.
There is always the risk that we won't be able to get the books in on time due to a variety of factors, but again, we do not anticipate that sort of problem.
We believe in full disclosure and we will make sure to keep you all updated on the progress of the book and all the incentives.
We have COMPLETELY fulfilled and completed three other Kickstarters (including the Zombie Deck, Gold Brick III and Last Zombie Omnibus and fulfilled 35% of our Gold Brick IV Kickstarter (we are just waiting for the books to arrive to fulfill the rest). The printer we are using for this project is the same one that we have dealt with for many years so we do not anticipate any printing issues.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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