Wayward Sons: Legends Volume 1 is the first collected work of our online Webcomic of the same name found at http://waywardsons.net and with a release date of December 31, 2010. It will encompass the first 5 issues (six months)+ 35 pages of bonus material, in a full color, high quality tradepaper book (for a total of 160 pages + cover). If you haven't read the comic, it's free to read online and will do a much better job of explaining what it is than I could in this small text space.
Unfortunately there are a LOT of expenses in getting a book published. We did offer pre-orders and those wonderful people who pre-ordered will all get their books PLUS the bonuses they received for ordering. But there's still a long way to go for all of the various expenses necessary to get the book out there beyond just printing costs.
There are, for instance, shipping costs, marketing costs, listing costs, etc. to really help make six months worth of full time work pay off. The money we make currently just helps us keep things going online. But for many people, the real comics are those they hold in their hands.
Let me state this as well... the book IS being compiled and printed ALREADY. The outcome of Kickstarter won't affect that.
BUT while the pre-order event has ended, I did want to offer a neat way to offer readers some unique items as a way to say, "Thanks" and raise money for the project as a whole at the same time.
I am setting the funding minimum VERY small on this, but PLEASE NOTE that there is NO LIMIT to how much we could use. A true goal would be $2000 minimum we'd LIKE to achieve, but realistically I just want to set something we can reach in 30 days so that everyone who bids will receive their specialty items.
One set of items, for instance, are the SIGNED COPIES by our artists in CHINA! This limited number of books will be sent to our artists in China and then sent to the U.S. to be signed by the author (me) and then sent out. As you can imagine these copies will be very rare opportunities to get the entire creative team's signature on the book, due to the immense expense of shipping back and forth.
Other cool things include something people have been asking for... the chance to be drawn in as an Ulympean into the series!!!
And the rarest of all is the chance to own some original pages of Wayward Sons. Weilin is notoriously stingy when it comes to releasing pages of his work. We had to beg him to set aside up to 10! To put this into perspective, I'm the series creator and even I don't own a single page of these originals!!!
SPECIAL SPECIAL NOTE - This book will be available end of December and early January but won't make it into most comic shops (due to Diamond Comics Distributors' slow methods) until June/July... so you'll have a chance to get the Volume this way VERY VERY early! We will ship them out as soon as this funds and the trades are in our possession.
One final word... for those who pre-ordered already, I will be contacting each of you to let you know how you can take part in this campaign without having to "double down" on what you've already ordered.
- (39 days)