About this project
Isa & Meg are raising funds to print the third book of the beautiful fairy tale fantasy webcomic Namesake, which can be read online here.
Namesake is the story of Emma Crewe, a woman who discovers she is a Namesake, a person with the power to travel to other worlds, places we know on Earth as fantasy and fairy tale lands. This power has rules, Alices always go to Wonderland, Wendies always go to Neverland. Each Namesake has a specific destination and mission, in order to keep the multiverse balanced. But Emma goes to Oz in the stead of the expected Dorothy, unveiling a magical conspiracy plot that’s more than 100 years in the making, with Emma and her unique powers at it's core.
While Emma is stumbling down the Yellow Brick Road, her younger sister Elaine discovers she’s a Writer — one gifted with the power to make stories come to life. Will Elaine be her sister’s key to come back home? Aided by magic-wielding twins from Oz, a half-Cheshire Alice, a devilishly charming Jack, a sword-wielding Lost Girl, a hungry card soldier, and a confused Canadian, Emma must walk through many stories to find everyone’s happy ending.
Book 3 begins in the aftermath of the Oz saga. Emma returns home, but rather then finding her sister, she finds herself in the clutches or a group calling themselves the Rippers, who seem to know a lot about her powers, one peculiar Ripper nicknamed Nose, seems to even have childhood memories with Emma. On her side, Elaine is on a quest to reconnect with her newly Earth-bound sister, against all odds.
Namesake has been published online for the past 6 years, with 5 books available digitally, and 2 in print. Namesake has a strong, growing reader base thanks to it's passionate team and compelling story. The Namesake Team is composed of Isa (story and art) and Megan (story and design), with Meg Syverud, Gisele Jobateh and Pascal Michaud credited for flatting on various chapters. The team is fascinated by classic fairy tales and literature, and aims to adapt and quote their favorites in ways that both engages the readers and respects the original works.
Namesake book 3 is approximately 180 pages long, and will be available both in softcover and hardcover (limited edition). The print edition of book 3 will includes re-drawn chapter covers, character art, and a new print and ebook exclusive story.
The Hardcover edition will be limited to 500 copies, just as the limited editions for book 1 and 2 were.
The art is all inked traditionally, with digital coloring. Isa's coloring style is black and white with spot coloring, which aims to create a vintage feel.
Several rewards are offered alongside the book - here they are!
*Tiers $30 an above give the backer the option to select the softcover or hardcover edition.
The digital rewards include 2 original wallpapers and an illustrated story sharing a day for Whisper, the Calliope Cheshire cat!
The print rewards include a set of 3 stickers and 4 postcard size art prints. Here are the designs :
Aside from the hardcover itself, the limited edition items include a poster illustrating the different types of Cheshire cats. This item will be limited to 112 copies on superb high quality paper with a signed and numbered plate.
But the BEST limited item of all is this adorable (limited to 12), handmade Cheshire cat! How cute! Devilish and pocket sized, this travel Cheshire is ideal for any writer who needs a magical friend.
The handmade Cheshire cat is a creation of Threnodi.
If we reach our goal and beyond, allowing us to hoard that sweet, sweet print loot - like dragons obsessed with books, scrolls, and other paper related things - we plan on releasing stretch goals!
$20,000 - Bookmarks added to physical tiers!
$40,000 - Reprinting book 1 in softcover and hardcover!
$50,000 - Such a secret, massive spoilers.
Book 3 was a hard book to do, initially. It was being drawn during a very hard time in Isa's life, which was reflected in the darker storyline. Emma pulled through, and so did the team, leading us to the overall message of Namesake, which is, stories can change the universe.
So, thank you to our readers for their support, thank you to our families, our loves, our friends, the community of artists at Hiveworks, and of course, thank you Grimm, Perrault, Andersen, Madame d'Aulnoy, Mcdonald, Rossetti, Sherazade, and all the other storytellers across the ages.
Let's make a book.
Risks and challenges
We have successfully completed and fulfilled three Kickstarters as a team and have learned a lot from them. One thing we have made sure before running this Kickstarter is that our book was ready to be sent to print before it even began. Our digital rewards outside of the book are also ready, and we have secured an amazing third-party fulfillment service to help us send out books.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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