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A courageous Elf searches for vengeance in a world overcome with fantastic monsters.
A courageous Elf searches for vengeance in a world overcome with fantastic monsters.
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 It is a brand new action-adventure comic drawn and written by Lee Milewski (Me!), heavily inspired by the classic fantasy works that we all know and love (in addition to old-school adventure gaming), now told through my creator-owned lens.

I would like to build a world that is both fun and wondrous for the reader to inhabit (and me to illustrate). 

---UPDATED WITH STRETCH GOALS---

I have four stretch goals set in place... I would love to reach them!

I will utilize vibrantly colored panels to tell this story, so that it's just as much a joy to read as it is for me to make.

Also, this first issue will be OVERSIZED, coming in at a whopping 40+ pages of story. 

 I've had previous success with Kickstarter and I truly love the ability to talk with my audience about the work that I'm involved with. This community not only embraces new talent... but it builds it, too. 

The Somber Crown has the ability to reach great heights if given the chance to grow from my drawing desk, which is where YOU come in.

Your generous contributions will allow for me to focus on this story exclusively for a few months time, ensuring that my best work is being produced and that the story I'm telling isn't sacrificed with hasty deadlines. Essentially, by pre-ordering this first issue, you're allowing me to MAKE this comic. And that's a win-win!

  Anyone who pledges to this campaign will get consistent work updates, page breakdowns, and general concepts as I come up with them. It's an exciting way to present these ideas, and I would love for you all to see "behind the page" of this series.

 I am offering plenty of great reward incentives for helping me get this series started. 

---Update! Any backer of the $65 and up tiers will receive both the Walter Ostlie Pinup print and The Sword print, shown below---

-($10 and above) One DIGITAL COPY of The Somber Crown, (The PDF copy of the book will be DRM-free and identical to the print edition in terms of content.)

-($20 and above) A DIGITAL COPY of my graphic novel Tangled Weeds, in addition to the extended version of TSC-

-($25 and above) A PRINTED COPY of The Somber Crown, signed-

-($40 and above) A PIXEL PRINT of our hero Fen-

-($55 and above) An  ORIGINAL INKED ILLUSTRATION-

-($65 and above) An ORIGINAL PAGE from The Somber Crown, in addition to the Walter Ostlie Print and The Sword Print-

-($150 and above) A WATERCOLOR ILLUSTRATION of your choosing.

(A detailed look at the Pixel Print, heavily inspired by my love of classic 8-Bit gaming, along with an example for an original page (measuring 11x17") below.)

 A few examples of commissions that have been done for my previous campaign and which you could receive with the $55+ tiers (all commissions will come on heavy watercolor paper).

In the event that we go WAY over funding, I have one final goal!

  (Finished film would be roughly 5 minutes long and contain a story.)

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 I am planning roughly 2 months to finish this issue, in which case Backers should start to receive their rewards come September/early October. 

(My previous campaign had rewards sent a month in advance.)

Thank you so much for reading/watching my Kickstarter for The Somber Crown. It is only with your help that I can launch this series and begin working on a fantastic issue 1 for all of you.

-Lee Milewski

Risks and challenges

I have experience working on comic projects, having three Graphic Novels and several full issues of sequential work under my belt.

In addition, I have had success with shipping out rewards and fulfilling them previously, so this should not be a problem. Thank you.

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    One digital copy of The Somber Crown: Issue 1 (40+ colored pages of story, plus a sketch section).

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    THE DIGITAL COLLECTION: An extended, "Making Of" version of The Somber Crown: Issue 1 (Nearly 50+ additional pages), plus a digital copy of TANGLED WEEDS, my first graphic novel (80+ pages).

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    THE PRINTED/DIGITAL COMBO: Everything within previous Reward tiers, plus a signed HARD COPY of The Somber Crown shipped to you (40+ pages of story).

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    THE PIXEL PRINT: Everything within previous Reward tiers, plus the exclusive PIXELIZED PRINT (5x7.5", full color with a matte finish).

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    INK LOVER: Everything within previous Reward tiers, plus an ORIGINAL INKED ILLUSTRATION (5x7.5").

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    THE PAGE HUNTER: Everything within previous Reward tiers, plus an ORIGINAL INKED PAGE from The Somber Crown: Issue 1 shipped to you (Artists choice of page). In addition, you will receive the Walter Ostlie Print and the Sword print.

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    WATERCOLOR LOVER: Everything within previous Reward tiers, plus a COMMISSIONED WATERCOLOR piece (your choosing of the subject!), sent to you via snail-mail.

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    THE PAGE HUNTER, PART TWO: Everything within previous Reward tiers, plus the ENTIRE SET OF PROLOGUE PAGES (The 5 pages used within this campaign, quite a steal).

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    THE PAGE HUNTER, PART THREE: Everything within previous Reward tiers, plus a SET OF 5 ORIGINAL INKED PAGES (11x17").

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    THE COVER: Everything within previous Reward tiers, plus the ORIGINAL INKED COVER of The Somber Crown: Issue 1 (Still a work in progress though the backer of this tier will be the FIRST to see it).

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