Darien is a gifted 14 year old boy who discovers that he is not human and is part of an ancient war between alien magical races. While he learns of his legacy, destiny and importance to the battle, Darien establishes bonds with new, strange friends and is taught his magical craft of Kishpu.
The first series consists of all of these elements as well as setting up the mythology of the Sarru Kishpu, the world of Eridu and their enemies. We’re introduced to Darien’s three friends – Unura, Tirwa and Anthaar – each aliens with their own powers that become crucial in the end game against their hated enemy, Orasmas Xul Sarrum. We’re introduced to the school – Lambdu Kishpu. We learn of the hierarchy of the royal court and parliament of Eridu.
While the story starts on Earth, we will be taken to the far reaches of the galaxy, meet new races and discover strange new worlds.
The first StarMage comic run will be released as a six part mini-series but will have the opportunity to grow well beyond as long as you, our defenders of the realm, continue to support us!
JC De La Torre (author of Ancient Rising, Nightmares from Eberus, Serial and Continuum Force) teams with artists Ray Dillon (The Last Unicorn, Peter Pan, Game of Thrones, Treadwater) and Franco Cespedes (Asusto, El Hallazgo, Rustlers, Badlands) to deliver an epic creator owned comic series.
All funds raised by this kickstarter campaign will go into the production of Issues 1 and 2 of Star Mage as well as fulfilling the rewards. If the funding goes beyond our goal, it will also give us a head start in getting issues 3-6 into print.
The artwork for issue one is completed and print ready, Issue two is currently in production and should be completed by the end of this campaign.
Later in the summer we'll be announcing a publisher that will help us package and distribute our comics. However, these books are 100% creator-owned, there's no publisher's financing. Our Kickstarter goal is enough to bridge the gap and get a copy of the first two issues in the hands of readers this fall!
The exclusive kickstarter versions of the comics are independent of the publisher, will be printed and mailed by us directly to you through our printer.
We made our goal in less than 72 hours, but we're not done yet folks. Here are some stretch goals to strive to!
$2,500 UNLOCKED! - WE DID IT! THANK YOU EVERYONE!
$4,000 UNLOCKED! - Everyone will receive an exclusive pinup of the big four: Darien, Tirwa, Anthaar and Unura, drawn by Franco Cespedes.
$5000 UNLOCKED! - Those of you receiving the printed and signed Issues #1 and #2 can also count on Issue #3, signed as well!
$6000 LOCKED - $45 and above will receive a limited edition Big Four t-shirt featuring Darien, Tirwa, Anthaar and Unura
$7000 LOCKED - Those of you receiving the printed and signed Issues #1, #2 (and #3) can also expect Issue #4, signed as well!
$8000 LOCKED - Join a backer exclusive google meeting or skype call with creator JC De La Torre to talk about the Star Mage books and his other properties (Ancient Rising, Serial - the vampire series and Continuum Force).
$9000 LOCKED - Those of you receiving the printed and signed Issues #1, #2 (#3 and #4) can also expect Issue #5, signed as well!
$10,000 LOCKED - An exclusive 5 page preview of the Ancient Rising comic to all backers.
$11,000 LOCKED - Those of you receiving the printed and signed Issues #1 and #2 will receive all six issues of Star Mage, printed.
$20,000 LOCKED - Backers $75 and up will receive a limited edition kickstarter only hard cover omnibus of all six Darien Connors books.
Now here's some cool looking pages!
Risks and challenges
There was a previous Kickstarter for this project that we cancelled. After the campaign got off to a slow start, we elected to re-evaluate the project as a whole and determine what we truly needed to make this thing work. First was adding Franco Cespedes as an artist with the series. Second was determining that the rewards we were offering were inadequate and overly priced.
With Franco's addition we were able to cut costs and set this project for a much more manageable level. We also finished the first book and began production on the second.
Also the guidance of Ray Dillon, who has worked on kickstarter funded projects like Womanthology (with wife Renae), Peter Pan (with wife Renae) and Treadwater has been invaluable. We are confident we'll be delivering a kick ass product to your door (or electronic device).
Other risks: These are creator owned books and as such there are risks in that one of us could have some life altering situation that could delay the project. However, with issue one already in the can and issue two on its way, we're confident that shouldn't be a problem.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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