About this project
Sometimes all it takes is a word.
When one of Victoria's words goes awry, she sets off on an adventure to try and get things back the way it was. With her dragon, Sparky will she succeed or make matters worse?
Word Smith is a steampunk fantasy adventure graphic novel. Word Smith follows the story of Victoria who crafts words. These words can evoke the emotion associated with it. For example the word HOPE will give the recipient a sense of hope.
At about the half way mark of this campaign, Word Smith reached its funding target. Thank you to everyone who has supported Word Smith. I'm very happy to be able to announce Stretch Goals for all the backers!
REACHED - A Wall of Fame will be setup on http://www.sigmatestudio.com and will be up as long the website exists! You'll be famous!
REACHED - The Limited Edition Print Pack reward will expand from 2 prints to 3 prints. (Yes! An extra print at no additional charge!) I have asked for the artist P.R. Dedelis for an extra special design which covers all of Sigmate Studio properties.
REACHED - I will also include some "Making Of . . " pages with sketches and designs as part of the graphic novel!
Additional commissioned pin up artwork for the Word Smith graphic novel. If this is achieved, I some amazing artists lined up!
What is the funding for?
The funding is for the publication for the first print run of Word Smith. This will be an incredible opportunity to help bring this story to life. Word Smith will be approximately 55 pages perfect bound on high quality paper.
Thanks to Creative Partnerships Australia’s MATCH LAB program, every dollar you give to this campaign will be matched dollar for dollar, provided we reach our campaign target of $5050.
Why did I write Word Smith?
My name is Stephen Kok and Word Smith has been a joy for me to create (with incredible artwork by P.R. Dedelis, colours by Peyton Freeman and animation from K.Hermann). I always loved steampunk and it was great to put my own twist on it and write a story in this world. There's dragons, airships, magical words and much more.
At the core of the story, it's still a story about people, their emotions, dreams and ambitions. Thank you for your support and hope you come along for the ride through this world.
Victoria is a Word Smith who can craft physical manifestations of words. She has a sweet tooth and can be easily distracted by a delicious treat!
Sparky is Victoria's best friend who shares her loves anything sweet. He hates bullies and will always help those who can't defend themselves.
Dimitri is a Northern airship captain. He is contracted by Victoria to take them across to the Misty Forest. He also has a secret from his past that comes back to haunt him.
There's action, airships, betrayals, lightning and so much more!
There is a range of rewards that you can choose to back! Each reward is explained here. Here's what's available :
- PDF Copy of Word Smith
- Physical Copy of Word Smith
- Limited Edition Print Pack (contains 2 Prints)
- Unique Sketch
- Get Drawn In
- Original Dan MacKinnon Sketch
- Original Pencils (Cover)
- Original Pencils (Banner)
- Meet the Creator
All physical items can be signed or personalised on your request by me (Stephen Kok)!
Rewards - PDF Copy of Word Smith
For those who want to go digital, this is a reward for the PDF copy of Word Smith.
Rewards - Physical Copy of Word Smith
There's nothing like holding the hard copy of Word Smith in your hands. Perfect for reading under blankets with a flashlight!
Rewards - Limited Edition Print Pack
Contains 2 limited edition A4 Prints. You will get both the Banner (Art by P.R. Dedelis) and Victoria (Art of Cheun) print. Each print will be limited to 250 copies.
Rewards - Unique Sketch
If you like original art, this reward is perfect for you. This reward is an A4 original pencilled sketch that would look amazing framed.
Rewards - Dan MacKinnon Sketch
A unique (one of a kind) sketch from Dan MacKinnon. Dan has many of works published in RuneQuest and I am very fortunate he had time to contribute to this Kickstarter!
Rewards - Get Drawn In
This is a fantastic opportunity to get your likeness drawn into Word Smith. My first graphic novel Tabby is currently in over 150+ public libraries across Australia & New Zealand and I expect Word Smith to be the same. You'll be famous!
Rewards - Original Cover and Banner Artwork
This is a unique reward to own the original pencils for the cover and banner for Word Smith.
Rewards - Meet the creator (ONLY for Sydney Australia)
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 in store or library appearance and run a panel!
Want more rewards? Please feel free to increase your pledge to add on some extra items. All items can be signed by the creator (Stephen Kok) on request. Please note add ons can only be done if you are pledging for at least the physical copy of Word Smith.
- +$10 PDF Pack containing Tabby, 5 Seconds and Blue
- +$10 A4 Print Pack containing 2 Prints (Banner and Victoria) and additional Stretch Goal print
- +$40 A4 Original Sketch
Risks and challenges
I have previously completed 4 successful Kickstarters and have delivered all rewards on schedule. 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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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