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Bellmage is a light-hearted journey about the trials of starting out as an apprentice in a clan of magical bellmakers.
Bellmage is a light-hearted journey about the trials of starting out as an apprentice in a clan of magical bellmakers.
Bellmage is a light-hearted journey about the trials of starting out as an apprentice in a clan of magical bellmakers.
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Bellmage: An Apprentice's Journey

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Bellmage is a single-issue, full color comic, written and illustrated by me, Abrian Curington. It follows the journey of a bell maker’s apprentice who is sent on a quest, totally untrained, and tasked with making a stone bell ring. She must figure out, not only the bell’s mysteries, but her place in the world she lives in as well. Equal parts silly and meaningful, this is the first of a series of quest comics from Blue Cat Co. 

Book Details: 

  • Softcover – 9" x 6" – 37 page comic – 48 pages of content total
  • Bonus pages include: A look at bell magic, mage training, a map and an appendix of world notes
  • The story comedically covers the struggle of finding out where you belong in the sea of life
  • Printed on matte paper stock, it’s a book you’ll love to hold! 

Mission

Blue Cat Co. is a team of one if you don't count the magical cat. Since graduating with a BA in Fine Art from WWU, my focus has been creating stories and illustrations that champion fun, adventure and that let you escape from the din of the world into a place of wonderment.

Now I’m looking to bring you along on these adventures! Bellmage is the first of this series that I’m publishing as a physical book, but I’ve written and produced several stories online. You can access them at BlueCatCo.com. However, I want to put a real book into your hands. So I’ve come to Kickstarter to gather the tribe and get these stories out into the physical world. 

Why Kickstarter?

I want to include you. I’ve spent my entire creative career working hard on my own, then presenting a product to the public. It showed that I’m a hard-worker and can get the job done, sure. But it also totally excluded my fans! I want you to be part of bringing these projects to life from now on. Bellmage was created a page at a time, and posted online along the way, allowing people to comment and influence the direction of the story. Now it’s time to print, and I want to include everyone in this process as well. Let’s make this book together!  

Rewards

There is a range of goodies to get from backing this project. I have digital copies of the book, behind the scenes PDFs, wallpapers, the physical book, last year's book Style Quest (preview here), an exclusive art print, and ways to get yourself or your business into the next comic, Woolmancy! Scroll on for more details.

Budget

I believe in transparency when it comes to crowdfunding. This is the budget breakdown, in a nifty pie chart, for Bellmage:  

As you can see, most of the money raised here will go toward printing the book. The rest goes toward shipping your goodies to you, the fees that Kickstarter charges and a bit of wiggle room just in case.

This is my first Kickstarter and I'm keeping it very simple. Just the books, a limited edition print, and ways to get involved in the next production.

I do have one goal, which is to donate some copies of Bellmage to my local library systems. So any extra funding will go toward that donation, and toward producing the next comic Woolmancy.

Preview

Please enjoy this preview of Bellmage: 

Bellmage page 1
Bellmage page 1

 

Bellmage page 2
Bellmage page 2

 

Bellmage page 3
Bellmage page 3

Thanks for taking a look at my project! Hopefully we can all bond together and bring this book to life. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read here, consider scrolling up and backing one of the reward levels!

Risks and challenges

The book is completely done and I am using a printer that I have used in the past. However, I've not experienced mass mailings, so I have given myself some extra time to deliver the rewards to ensure accuracy.

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    A PDF copy of Bellmage.

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    Digital Deluxe Bundle

    A PDF copy of Bellmage and digital bonuses, including a making-of document featuring concept art, and digital wallpapers.

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    A single printed copy of Bellmage.

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    A single printed copy of Bellmage, plus a single printed copy of Style Quest.

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    Quest Package

    A single printed copy of Bellmage, and a 9.25" x 6.25" giclee map print.

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    Printed Copy + A Debut

    A single printed copy of Bellmage, and I will draw your likeness into the next comic!

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    Printed Copy + A Storefront

    A single printed copy of Bellmage, and the characters will visit your shop in the next comic!

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