Mechanaflux Series Purpose & Synopsis
Mechanaflux is an all-age fantasy comic book series written by me, Shawn Padraic Murphy, and drawn by Ava Berman. This Kickstarter's purpose is to get enough money to pay the artist fees for Issue #4. This issue will come out on Comixology and webcomic form (I will submit the series to publishers upon completion). If I earn enough money through this Kickstarter beyond the main fee, I will be able to print copies for comic book conventions.
Three earth kids fall into the world of Flux, where they meet a sword-fighting princess, the last sorceress, and a near-sighted dragon. Together, they must defeat an evil mechanical being before the entire world is turned into metal.
Issue #4 Synopsis
Issue #4 sees the siblings Cory and Maria (who were separated at birth to grow up in two different realms [Earth & Flux]) become increasingly hostile of each other. Will they be able to work together to save the world?
The sorceress, Darius, has lost her powers, and seeks to regain them, but at what cost? And to do so, she must learn to communicate with the very unusual spirit of her planet and convince it to break the rules.
Mechanalfux #4 is the 4th issue out of a 6 issue mini-series. Once the series is finished, the entire series will be available as a webcomic (on http://www.RealmsOfFlux.com) while also being pitched to other comic book companies to carry.
Maria - The princess of Aria, she finds out she's adopted, has a long lost brother, and must save the world. However, she only learns how to save the world in this issue, but needs Cory's aid for it to work. However, she finds that her and Cory might not be on the same page to be able to do so.
Cory - A young boy of Flux who grew up on Earth, he who finds himself needed to activate the amulet capable of saving the world of Flux. He discovers he has a sister, and just when they start to bond, finds himself angry at her attempts to call out a terrible deed he almost performed.
Darius - The last sorceress (yeah, that character sheet is before we turned him into a woman for the series). She just lost her powers, and has the duel risk of trying to communicate to an entire planet and trying to get two teenagers to save the world without fighting.
Arad - The positive and upbeat Arad keeps everyone in high spirits amidst all the danger, but he has yet to feel he has contributed anything to the adventure, and wonders if he even has a purpose in Cory and Maria's quest.
Jackson - Jackson is the eldest of the three earth children, and though he looks like the most carefree of the bunch, he is actually very protective of his friend (perhaps too much).
Gaudra - The evil mecha who conquered Flux and who exists only to destroy. It is still unknown why Gaudra went crazy, and as the comic moves ahead, you will see what caused Gaudra to hate all humans.
Chimera - The son of Gaudra created to be like Gaudra, but then was rejected because he was too similar to Gaudra. Chimera is forced into Gaudra's service and abused constantly. He dreams of escape and revenge, but now has a chance to live for something other than vengence when he is reborn from his supposed death last issue.
Redwing - The dragon from another realm who bonded with Darius when she was a child. Redwing and Darius are the only reasons Gaudra has yet to conquer Flux.
How The Funds Are Used
All of the funds raised are for the artist fees. However, the total Kickstarter project amount ($750.00) is half of what I need. I am trying to build an audience and fanbase and don't know if it's feasible to attempt such a high amount yet.
None of this amount will be used for a printed run. I cannot afford a printed run unless I make more funds on this Kickstarter than anticipated. So, only backers will get a printed copy of Issue #4.
I wish to later do a Kickstarter for Issue 5 with 3/4 of the artist fees, and all 100% for Issue 6, should this Kickstarter succeed. But first, I must make sure this Kickstarter succeeds.
See the side for all the comic and art rewards. You can get Digital Copies of just Issue 1 (digital and physical), just Issue 4 (digital and physical), or sets of Issues 1 - 4 (digital and physical). Plus, all who donate $15.00 or more get an exclusive 5x7 Redwing art print.
Stretch Goal #1 - $1,000.00
If I am able to get to the first stretch goal of $1,000.00, anyone who donates $15.00 or more will instantly get a 2nd 5x7 art card! This art print will only be revealed if the goal is reached.
Stretch Goal #2 - $1,250.00
If the 2nd stretch goal of $1,250.00 is reached, anyone who donates $40.00 or more will get a beautifully detailed, exclusive 11 x 14 art print of Darius. This print will also be available separately as an add-on reward. I have a brief preview of the sketch of this print below.
That's Mechanaflux #4: The Kickstarter. Below is the first page (inside credits).
Risks and challenges
If successful, the project should be finished fully printed and as a digital copy by January 2017. Since we are already on Page 18 out of 22, I except it to be done even quicker, but want to error on the side of caution; both my artist & I do this project in addition to our regular full-time jobs, and you never know when emergencies might emerge.
Past projects I have done have always been completed. Even when delays have occurred, the project has always completed and I have created all the comics I have started.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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