About this project
Hello - I'm a self-employed writer who puts most of his stuff up for free on the Internet and then occasionally asks people if they'd like to consider giving him money so he can afford to keep putting things up for free on the Internet. This is me doing that latter bit.
Specifically, I'd like to fund two things - a book version of a project I've been working on called The Last War in Albion (the story thus far is here), and the writing of a project I've just started on related to Doctor Who. (You may be familiar with my existing work on Doctor Who under the name of TARDIS Eruditorum - there's a blog here, and I did a Kickstarter a year ago here).
THE LAST WAR IN ALBION
Alan Moore is a heavily bearded British comic book writer and self-proclaimed magician who made his name with DC Comics in 1984 writing Swamp Thing, an envrionmental-themed superhero-horror comic.
Grant Morrison is a bald British comic book writer and self-proclaimed magician who made his name with DC Comics in 1988 writing Animal Man, an environmental-themed superhero-horror comic.
Alan Moore and Grant Morrison do not get along. Instead they've had a decades-long rivalry.
The Last War in Albion is the story of that rivalry. A multivolume critical epic that starts in 1979 with the earliest professional work of both men and continues to the present day, looking at their entire careers, their influences, and what they influenced (including detailed foci on other major British comics creators, particularly Neil Gaiman, Warren Ellis, and Kieron Gillen). Taking the magical beliefs of both men at face value, it posits that their creative careers constitute an occult war over the nature of time, control of popular culture, and ultimately for the very soul of Britain itself.
The Last War in Albion is being serialized at my blog, with new posts every Friday - we've just begun Chapter Seven, which covers Alan Moore's work on Captain Britain for Marvel UK.
This Kickstarter is to fund a book version of the Volume One of The Last War in Albion: Rumors of War, which includes the seven chapters already posted to the blog plus four (possibly five) additional chapters, which will tell the story up to the point where Alan Moore began work on Watchmen, covering Grant Morrison's earliest work, Alan Moore's early underground work, all of Moore's work for IPC (2000 AD) and Marvel UK, his run on Swamp Thing, most of his work in Warrior (including the earliest chapters of V for Vendetta), and Moore's more obscure pre-Watchmen work. All of this material will be revised and improved upon from the blog version, professionally edited, and given a beautiful cover by James Taylor, who also did the big banner image for this Kickstarter.
It will also fund the blog serialization of The Last War in Albion through the second volume, Watchmen (The First Battle), which will, as you might imagine, cover Watchmen.
The coverage of Watchmen will be as large as the coverage of everything before it, encompassing not just Watchmen itself but Miracleman, Moore's other DC Universe work, and Grant Morrison's UK-based work including Zenith. Organized in twelve chapters that will thematically and structurally mirror Watchmen itself, it will be the single maddest and most ambitious thing I have ever written.
THE DOCTOR WHO THING
I've made occasional mentions over the last few months of a book-length Doctor Who-related project I've been working on. Curious about it? Well, you can find out all about it just by backing this project.
If you back this Kickstarter, at any level, you'll get access to the backer-exclusive serialization of this project, where I give you every chapter of it as I write it, months before its public reveal. I've got one chapter up already as a backer-exclusive update, and I'm almost done with the second one and ready to throw it up here. It's some of the most fun I've had writing stuff, and I think anyone who enjoys my work is really going to like it.
PLUS STRETCH GOALS
Every $2500 over goal this Kickstarter goes, I'll commit to blogging another volume's worth of The Last War in Albion (book versions of everything past Volume 1 will depend on how book sales go - it's a matter of finding the right format). Here's a few to get you started.
ALREADY UNLOCKED: Volume Three: The British Invasion, which will cover Grant Morrison's Animal Man, Arkham Asylum, and Doom Patrol, as well as Moore's V for Vendetta, AARGH, Brought to Light, and Big Numbers, and Neil Gaiman's earliest work. (Covering, basically, 1988-93 with a focus on Moore and Morrison) More details in this update.
ALSO UNLOCKED: Volume Four: Sandman, which will also cover the rise of Vertigo. Lots of looks at Gaiman's influences, as well as the earliest Vertigo stuff - Rachel Pollack on Doom Patrol, Mark Millar on Swamp Thing, the big and forgotten Vertigo crossover The Children's Crusade, and more. More details in this update.
At $8000... Volume 5: The Invisibles Part One and From Hell - Well, those two, obviously, as well as, more broadly, Moore and Morrison's work from 1993-96. So, a lot of Alan Moore's Image stuff, his first two spoken word pieces, and Voice of the Fire, along with Morrison's Flex Mentallo and Kill Your Boyfriend. There'll also be a bit on Skrull Kill Krew and the Summer Offensive in 2000 AD, and the early work of Warren Ellis, which brings us nicely to...
At $9000... Volume 6: Transmetropolitan - also covered will be Stormwatch and the Authority, along with Morrison's JLA, Moore's Supreme and other late Image work, and Neil Gaiman's career the end of Sandman through to American Gods.
At $10,000 Volume 7: The Invisibles Part Two and Promethea - the rest of The Invisibles, The Filth, Moore's ABC stuff, and the remainder of his spoken word pieces.
At $11,000, Volume 8... but let's get a bit closer to that before we start outlining those, shall we? But I promise you, there's loads more of the War to cover.
Risks and challenges
There's always the risk that I won't finish. With six books under my belt I'm getting increasingly confident this is not a big risk, but it could happen. If for some reason I don't finish it, I will, of course, refund your money.
There's also the risk that my time estimates are off and the writing will be slower. This is a real risk - I've been off in both of my previous Kickstarters. I've attempted to factor that into the schedule on this Kickstarter, but I could be wrong. if that happens... your stuff will be late, but you'll get it.
And of course there's the risk that stuff I've vaguely outlined here with a sentence or two will come out differently. The ambitious structure of Volume 2 might reveal itself to be crap 20,000 words in, requiring a restructure. The plans for Volumes 3-5 might drift. If this happens, well, it happens. I'm 99% sure it won't happen with Volume 1, and if it happens to future volumes, I'll target roughly "another book-length chunk of The Last War in Albion" and let the topics drift as needed to make it good.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Nope. This is a US-based project of particular interest to UK people, and it just feels wrong to charge the many UK people extra because they happen to live in the country I'm writing about instead of the one I live in.
For unsigned books I can ship straight from the printer, and the difference is only a few bucks. Signed books are trickier, but I picked a price point where the average of domestic and international backers will make the reward come in about where I want it, so I don't have to worry too much about it.
So really. No surcharge for international backers. Because I can afford to not make them the second class citizens of Kickstarter, so I figure why not do it.
Because I lost money on them last time and have learned my lesson, I'm afraid. This is the price point where signed books don't turn into an expensive millstone. I wish it were cheaper too, but alas.
Sure. If you want to add signed books to any pledge level, just increase your pledge by $50 and I'll make it happen.
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That would be James Taylor, who does the cover art for all of my books, and is indeed absolutely awesome.
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