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D.S. al Fine is a space fantasy adventure that takes place in a galaxy far from our own. The story begins on the planet Liftenfield, where our protagonist lives. She has been pressured all her life to hold the peace her father miraculously made of their divided land years ago. Rather than follow the plan laid out for her, Princess Charlotte abandons her throne to become a bard.
Charlotte gains the powers of the Music Goddess through the enchanted lyre she picks up and must quickly fix the political chaos that resulted from abandoning her kingdom. Along the way she encounters dragons, travels to other planets, and recruits a new group of friends to help save her kingdom.
This issue is the second of a five-part series. The comic is accompanied by a soundtrack of the music that is shown in the comic. It is a compilation of pieces of the D.S. al Fine universe as well as the music played on the enchanted lyre to cast the spells shown in the comic. The soundtrack is not necessary for the enjoyment of the story, but it truly enhances the comic as a multimodal experience.
n this issue, new characters are introduced and the adventure takes off. Issue #1 set the stage for our adventure and now we get to have some real fun. Charlotte's voice starts to come out in this issue, along with Anyshka, a spitfire engineer that is introduced in Issue #2.
Issue #2 picks up exactly where #1 left off, where Princess Charlotte finds herself in quite a scaly pickle. Spoiler alert: she finds a way out, but at what cost?
We're excited to launch this issue as the second part of our five-issue team-up! This is the second full-length issue Kelly has written, but she is no stranger to writing about comics. Her master's dissertation was on the impact of comic books on its readers and she will be doing doctoral research starting Fall 2018 studying narrative elements of comic books. Her inspirations are Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction.
She also composed and produced the soundtrack for the comic.
Lee Milewski, our seasoned comics veteran, has been self-publishing comics for several years. Some of his works include Focus Shift, a sci-fi adventure comic, Tangled Weeds, a horror graphic novel, and The Somber Crown, a two issue fantasy-adventure comic.
Issue #2 was edited by Evan Waterman, writer of More Than Men, Christopher Jamal Elston, and Alex Zepeda.
Digital PDF of Issue #1: Enjoy the comic on your computer, phone, or tablet screen. Have 22 pages of exciting adventure and story plus a foreword/afterward from the writer and exclusive extras!
Digital PDF of Issue #2: Enjoy the comic on your computer, phone, or tablet screen. Have 23 pages of exciting adventure (that's one more page than last time).
Digital Soundtrack: Experience an audio adventure as much as a visual one with the D.S. al Fine Volume 1 soundtrack. There will be 12 tracks of original compositions made for the comic. These compositions will have folk and classical/Romantic influences. You will also be eligible for a free download of any remastered track in the future. One track will have a guest composer, Mariel Deluna.
Digital Humble Bundle PDF: Support six creator-owned comic books in one tier! Get the first issues of six successfully-kickstarted comics!
D.S. al Fine - A sci-fi/fantasy adventure.
Grimwood Crossing – A stylish, supernatural western.
Resurrection Men – A horror comic about family and the dead.
Angels of Hell - An apocalyptic tail featuring the four horsemen.
More Than Men – A comic where only the rich have superpowers
Ko Gaine – The Trials and Tribulations of a young man in Neo-Chicago
Printed Issue of D.S. al Fine - Happy Birthday! (Issue #1): Have the physical copy of D.S al Fine. The issue will be standard American comic book size in full color. It also features extra character art.
Printed Issue #2: Have the physical copy of D.S al Fine - A New Adventure! (Issue #2). The issue will be standard American comic book size in full color printed on 60lb opaque uncoated paper with 80lb gloss cover. There's some cool art at the end, too (also in the beginning and middle, but you probably expected that).
5x7" Art Print Set: Enjoy some special art of Harry & Magdala done by Lucy Melo and a headshot of the new character, Anyshka, by Sonabelle. This tier also includes a mystery 4x6" art print. Who knows what you'll get?
T-Shirt: Our exclusive t-shirt is screen printed on cotton shirts from our friendly, neighborhood T-shirt guy. Designed for D.S. al Fine Fans, DnD enthusiasts, and music nerds.
Drawstring Necessity Bag w/ Mystery Item:
The necessity bag is an item featured in Issue #2 and you can have one! Each bag is hand-knit by me and will have a small-but-useful mystery item. No two bags will have the same object in it, so you'll be getting an exclusive present for you, from me. This bag can also be used as a DnD dice bag once you relieve it of its mystery item.
8x10" Canvas: You want awesome wall art? We've got awesome wall art. Enjoy an exclusive 8x10" canvas print to brighten your room to show your house guests that you are either a. a comic nerd b. a music nerd c. an alien d. all of the above
Create a Character: Ever wanted to see your own design in a comic book but didn't want to commit to making a comic book? I've got you covered. Here, you can create a character that will have a speaking role in Issue #3. You can even turn yourself or a loved one into a character if you want! Please note that we cannot accept copyrighted characters or lewd designs and we will retain the rights to use the character design in D.S. al Fine.
This reward will also entitle you to early access to the digital version of Issue #3 of D.S. al Fine!
Custom Headshot Commission: Sonabelle, artist of Issue #2's pinup, will be delivering custom commissions for backers of D.S. al Fine. By backing at the Headshot tier, you will receive a custom, digital piece of art that will be colored and will have a simple background.
Custom Full-body Commission: If a headshot doesn't capture the essence of your character or subject, go for the full Monty and get a colored, full-body commission made just for you! Look below for a piece of gorgeous work made by her. Stare at it. Let its beauty soak in.
Private Lessons: I am a New York State certified teacher who will privately tutor you (or someone of your choosing) in the following. I can teach through the intermediate level unless otherwise marked: Violin (all levels), Viola (all levels), Cello, Acoustic Guitar, Ukulele, Music Theory, or Piano.
Lessons will be given over skype or facetime.
Digital add-on prices are as follows and can be added onto any tier:
Humble Bundle: $3
Digital Soundtrack: $7
Private Music Lesson: $30
Physical add-on prices are as follows and can be added onto any physical tier.
Art Print Set + Mystery Print: $5
Extra Issue #1 Copy: $6
Extra Issue #2 Copy: $6
Necessity Bag w/o mystery item: $12
Necessity Bag w/ mystery item: $15
Making a comic is surprisingly expensive. Here's how:
I do! I have several stretch goals planned and will reveal the first stretch goal once the Kickstarter goal is met!
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Risks and challenges
The artwork is already completed for Issue #2. If for any reason a vendor is unable to complete production, I have back-up vendors available to deliver products of equal quality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter