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What would you do if you could see 5 Seconds into the future?
Would you look?
What would you do if you could see 5 Seconds into the future? Would you look?
114 backers pledged AU$ 4,298 to help bring this project to life.

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Update on Stretch Goals!

We're getting close to the end of the campaign and also very close to the target. Thanks for everyone's support but we'll still need a little more to get there. 

Additional new commissioned artwork to be added to the 5 Seconds Graphic Novel. This will be a new unseen piece!

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Wall of Fame - Unlocked

All backers will have their names permanently put up in the Sigmate Studio Wall of Fame! Examples of the Wall of Fame from previous projects : 

Preliminary Sketch Work - Unlocked

An extra 2 pages of preliminary sketch work will be added to the final printing!

What is 5 Seconds?

What would you do if you could you see 5 seconds into the future? Would you look?

5 Seconds is a Young Adult 70 page graphic novel which follows Jake's life as he discovers he can see what happens 5 seconds in the future. With his best friend Ellie, the two of them decide to test out exactly what Jake can do! Unfortunately others also find out about Jake's power and they seek to exploit his unique time bending skill set!

5 Seconds has ACTION, ADVENTURE, ROMANCE and a sprinkling of THE FUTURE thrown in with artwork from P.R. Dedelis and colours from Peyton Freeman.

What is the funding for?

5 Seconds is ALMOST finished with the pages coloured. There's some work that needs to be done to insert some lucky pledgers as background characters AND some lettering to finish off. Together with the MATCH funding from Creative Partnership Australia and Kickstarter, it's an all or nothing funding model. The monies will let me complete the first print run of 5 Seconds and get it finished.

5 Seconds - Cover
5 Seconds - Cover

Thanks to Creative Partnerships Australia’s MATCH program, every dollar you give to this campaign will be matched dollar for dollar, provided we reach our campaign target of $3750.

Why did I write 5 Seconds?

5 Seconds is a story I've been wanting to tell for over 10 years. It's a slice of life story (no superhero spandex!) about Jake and Ellie with a "time" element to it. And of course some action, adventure and romance!

Jake develops the power to see 5 Seconds in the future. He's a little unsure of himself and what to do, so calls Ellie for her advice (and maybe a date?).  

Ellie's the type of girl who can make you feel like you're the only person in the world when she talks to you. When Jake confides in her about his new power, she helps Jake test the limit of his new ability.

Want to see some pages?

It's been an amazing experience introducing colours and using them to help differentiate past scenes (sepia), future scenes (washed out) with the normal scenes. Here's a sneak peek in which Jake tells Ellie about his new power.

5 Seconds - Page 5
5 Seconds - Page 5
5 Seconds - Page 6
5 Seconds - Page 6
5 Seconds - Page 7
5 Seconds - Page 7
5 Seconds - Page 8
5 Seconds - Page 8

Want more?

Want to see more pages? Here's a nice mix of more of the internal pages. They have not yet been lettered but will be finished by the close of the Kickstarter.

5 Seconds - Unlettered Pages
5 Seconds - Unlettered Pages

At the end of the graphic novel, guest artists have provided some pin up artwork that will be included. Here's a sample pin up of the casino scene done by Eric Gravel.

5 Seconds - Pin Up - Eric Gravel
5 Seconds - Pin Up - Eric Gravel

Rewards - Summary

There's a whole bunch of rewards to get you excited! A quick summary of what's available is listed here with more details in the relevant sections :

  • PDF Copy of 5 Seconds
  • Physical Copy of 5 Seconds
  • A4 Cardstock Print - Out of Time
  • A4 Cardstock Print - Jake and Ellie
  • Unique Detailed Sketch from the artist P.R. Dedelis
  • Be a background character in 5 Seconds
  • Original Out of Time sketch (ONE ONLY!)
  • Meet with the Creator of 5 Seconds

Rewards - PDF

This reward is a PDF copy of 5 Seconds. There are no restrictions on the PDF so you should be able to read it on any device.

Rewards - Physical Copy of 5 Seconds Graphic Novel

A 1st Print copy of the 5 Seconds Graphic novel with the interior pages all fully coloured. The book specifications are :

  • 260mm x 170mm (slightly smaller than A4)
  • Cover - 250gsm Gloss Celloglazing 
  • Internal - 150gsm
  • Perfect Bound

Rewards - A4 Prints

There are 2 amazing A4 Prints that are on offer with this Kickstarter!  One is Out of Time (homage to Back to Future) with artwork by P.R. Dedelis and coloured by Peyton Freeman. The other is Jake and Ellie with artwork and colours by Cheunchin Bunnang. These prints are a once ONLY print run and will be limited to 250 copies on cardstock.

5 Seconds - Out of Time Print
5 Seconds - Out of Time Print
5 Seconds - Jake and Ellie Print
5 Seconds - Jake and Ellie Print

Rewards - Detailed Sketch

This is a rare opportunity to open a piece of original artwork by P.R. Dedelis. This is NOT a print, this will be the original pencils. Perfect for framing. This is NOT a commission but at the completion of the project, I'll do my best to accommodate any specific requests.

5 Seconds - Detailed Sketch
5 Seconds - Detailed Sketch

NEW - Robin Hood detailed sketch being offered as a reward!

5 Seconds - Detailed Sketch - Robin Hood
5 Seconds - Detailed Sketch - Robin Hood

NEW - Star Wars detailed sketch being offered as a reward!

5 Seconds - Detailed Sketch - Star Wars
5 Seconds - Detailed Sketch - Star Wars

Rewards - Appear as a Background Character

This is definitely one of the coolest rewards. Have your likeness included as a background character in 5 Seconds. My first graphic novel Tabby is in over 100+ public libraries in Australia and New Zealand (also in all good bookstores!). You will be famous!

5 Seconds - Background Character
5 Seconds - Background Character

Rewards - Out of Time - ORIGINAL SKETCH (ONLY ONE!) - SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT - Unfortunately this reward has now been pledged for!

The ORIGINAL Out of Time sketch that is being used for the A4 Print. This is done in pencils and it's the ONLY copy. I will be a little sad to see this one go but I'm sure if you pledge for this reward, you will absolutely love it.

Rewards - Drink with the Creator (Sydney ONLY)

This is rare opportunity to meet the creator (Stephen Kok) for a drink. I will cover the price of the beverage and we can discuss anything you like. Happy to give advice and do a portfolio review OR discuss upcoming projects OR both. (I can talk about anything you want!)

On request I can bring sneak peeks into upcoming Sigmate Studio projects. All top secret and very exciting! If you are a LIBRARY or BUSINESS, I will make an instore or library appearance and run a panel!

What's next?

Thanks for reading this Kickstarter (and be sure to check out the video)! I hope you decide to pledge for 5 Seconds. I thoroughly loved writing it and I'm sure you will enjoy the story. I would also appreciate any assistance to share this project around to help reach the goal and make 5 Seconds a reality! 

5 Seconds - Author Stephen Kok in his writing studio
5 Seconds - Author Stephen Kok in his writing studio

Still want more? Add ONs!

My first 2 Kickstarters (Tabby and Tabby Sketchbook) PDFs are available with this Kickstarter! As a special, you can get BOTH PDFs by increasing your pledge by $5.

Tabby's idyllic life is changed when a new family of cats move into the neighbourhood. To make things even more complicated, Tabby Junior falls in love with a cat from the other family!

Risks and challenges

I have completed 2 successful Kickstarters and have delivered all rewards on schedule. This project is also supported by Creative Partnerships Australia.

Most of the pages are already done. I just need to insert the background characters (from the rewards) and finish off the lettering. Then it's just preparing for the first print run.

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