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A shapeshifter convict and a bankrupt princess unravel the link between magic and science. 5 years of art and writing in a 300-pg book!
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UPDATE 12/12/14:

I can't believe it! We passed $5,000! We've got an audiobook! To celebrate, I'm adding a few last-minute stretch goals:

  • $3,500: Postcards will enlarged to 6"x9" for all tiers $15 and up! - UNLOCKED!
  • $5,000 - I'll add an audiobook for all backers $5 and up! - UNLOCKED!
  • $5,500 - Two fonts for all backers $5 and up! - UNLOCKED!
  • $6,000 - I'll sign all books ($30+), sketch in all hardcover books ($60+), and add color ($100+)! - UNLOCKED!
  • $6,500 - I'll add a short soundtrack for all backers $5 and up!

UPDATE 12/3/14:

Don't have a credit card or a Kickstarter account? Now you can PLEDGE BY PAYPAL!

CURRENT TOTAL OF PAYPAL PLEDGES: $193

UPDATE 12/2/14:

  • FULLY FUNDED! TIME FOR STRETCH GOALS! 
  • Plus, all hardcovers will now have an exclusive signature page:
This will never be printed outside of the hardcover edition (tiers $60 and up)!
This will never be printed outside of the hardcover edition (tiers $60 and up)!

Hi, I am an industry artist from Southern California. While I've worked on games and movies, I’m on Kickstarter to put the finishing touches on an personal, original book project I’ve been working on for the past five years. 

Genomancer is about a wisecracking, shapeshifting convict and his employer, a kind-of nerdy, kind-of broke princess who have to unravel the connection between magic and science to stop a selfish, scientist prince from taking advantage of technology. They cast also includes an oafish knight, a female berserker, a charming smuggler, a hot-headed psychic, a prostitute spy, and a cross-dressing tailor.

Although I’ve been playing with the idea since elementary school, it really solidified over the course of this project. The book collects the development of the story between 2009 and 2014 where I took inspiration from “The 100 Themes,” a free, online list of prompts for artists and writers. To challenge myself, I did both. And what started off as doodles with flavor text evolved into a hundred pieces of illustrated flash fiction.

I decided to compile all this work into a book short stories to share with everyone. The end result was three hundred pages of Genomancer material. With your help, I’ll be able to fund the printing and shipping of two book versions (hard and softcover!) and some sweet, exclusive rewards (postcards! custom artwork!). All books should ship out by March 2015.

The better we do, the more postcards and book pages I can add. A few super-talented people have even agreed to help me put together some amazing stretch goals: an audiobook and a soundtrack. With enough of your help, I can even make every copy of the book in color!

After five years, it means a lot to me to finally finish and collect these stories and the world that I’ve built. It’s a very large, very personal, achievement for me. So thank you for your support - even if it’s not financial, I’d really appreciate if you share this campaign with your friends - I’ll be posting a sample chapter every week, but I’ll also post another for every $1,000 we get! Anyhow, thanks for your time! I really hope you’ll support me in making this crazy dream into reality on paper. 

NOTE: All HARDCOVER copies are LIMITED EDITION and will be signed and numbered between 1 and 100.  I will not reprint the hardcover book after this Kickstarter campaign!  

FOLLOW ME:

Genomancer is about a wisecracking, shapeshifting convict and his employer, a kind-of nerdy, kind-of broke princess who have to unravel the connection between magic and science to stop a selfish prince from taking advantage of technology. 

Due to the piecemeal nature of the 100 Themes project, the book is actually a collection of non-chronological, flash fiction (not an actual, linear story, sorry!).  So to help you out, each piece starts off with a little bit of plot summary.

Here's a sample page to help you get the idea:

Click the thumbnails to read additional updates.

                                      
 

BONUS: I will be posting a new, FREE sample every week - and every time we earn another $1,000!

At current quantity, I will be printing through 360DigitalBooks. They've done work for my previous campaigns, and they have amazing customer service. If we end up needing more, I will investigate offset printing.

Any additional money earned will to go paying for more copies of the book and/or towards saving for art school. :)

$1, THANK YOU TIER:  
  • credit in the book acknowledgements.

 $5, DIGITAL TIER:  

  • a digital (PDF) copy of the book
  • credit in the book acknowledgements.
  • ((Estimated delivery: Dec 2015. Add $25 USD to ship outside the US.))

 $15, POSTCARD TIER:  

  • 3 Kickstarter-exclusive postcards
  • a digital (PDF) copy of the book
  • credit in the book acknowledgements.
  • ((Estimated delivery: Jan 2015. Add $25 USD to ship outside the US.))

 $30, SOFTCOVER TIER:  

  • an unsigned, SOFTCOVER copy of the book 
  • 3 Kickstarter-exclusive postcards
  • a digital (PDF) copy of the book
  • credit in the book acknowledgements.
  • ((Estimated delivery: Jan 2015. Add $25 USD to ship outside the US.))

 $60, LIMITED-EDITION HARDCOVER TIER:  limit 50

  • a signed, LIMITED-EDITION HARDCOVER copy of the book 
  • 3 Kickstarter-exclusive postcards
  • a digital (PDF) copy of the book
  • credit in the book acknowledgements.
  • ((Estimated delivery: Jan 2015. Add $25 USD to ship outside the US.))
 $100, SKETCH TIER:  limit 25
  • a signed, LIMITED-EDITION HARDCOVER copy of the book, with a SKETCH featuring a book character
  • 3 Kickstarter-exclusive postcards
  • a digital (PDF) copy of the book
  • credit in the book acknowledgements.
  • ((Estimated delivery: Feb 2015. Add $25 USD to ship outside the US.))
 $150, INK COMMISSION TIER: limit 10
  • an INK commission of any character you choose
  • a signed, LIMITED-EDITION HARDCOVER copy of the book with a sketch featuring a book character
  • 3 Kickstarter-exclusive postcards
  • a digital (PDF) copy of the book
  • credit in the book acknowledgements.
  • ((Estimated delivery: Mar 2015. Add $25 USD to ship outside the US.))
 $200, OUT-OF-PRINT TIER:  limit 5
  • Three previously published, out-of-print, books (Boiled Fish Art Book, Anime Angels, The Undine Prince)
  • a signed, LIMITED-EDITION HARDCOVER copy of the book with a sketch featuring a book character
  • 3 Kickstarter-exclusive postcards
  • a digital (PDF) copy of the book
  • credit in the book acknowledgements.
  • ((Estimated delivery: Jan 2015. Add $60 USD to ship outside the US.))
$200, COLOR COMMISSION TIER:  limit 4
  • a COLOR commission of any character you choose
  • a signed, LIMITED-EDITION HARDCOVER copy of the book with a SKETCH featuring a book character
  • 3 Kickstarter-exclusive postcards
  • a digital (PDF) copy of the book
  • credit in the book acknowledgements.
  • ((Estimated delivery: Mar 2015. Add $25 USD to ship outside the US.))

 $300, ILLUSTRATION TIER:  limit 3

  • a randomly-selected ORIGINAL drawings featured as Kickstarter-exclusive postcards.
  • a signed, LIMITED-EDITION HARDCOVER copy of the book with a sketch featuring a book character
  • 3 Kickstarter-exclusive postcards
  • a digital (PDF) copy of the book
  • credit in the book acknowledgements.
  • ((Estimated delivery: Jan 2015. Add $25 USD to ship outside the US.))

 $350, ILLUSTRATION COMMISSION TIER:  limit 2

  • a custom ILLUSTRATION commission of up to two characters with background you choose
  • a signed, LIMITED-EDITION HARDCOVER copy of the book with a sketch featuring a book character
  • 3 Kickstarter-exclusive postcards
  • a digital (PDF) copy of the book
  • credit in the book acknowledgements.
  • ((Estimated delivery: Mar 2015. Add $25 USD to ship outside the US.))
 $500, COMMISSION SUBSCRIPTION TIER:  limit 1
  • a custom COLOR commission every month for a YEAR of any character(s) you choose
  • a signed, LIMITED-EDITION HARDCOVER copy of the book with a sketch featuring a book character
  • 3 Kickstarter-exclusive postcards
  • a digital (PDF) copy of the book
  • credit in the book acknowledgements.
  • ((Estimated delivery: Dec 2015.  Add $60 USD to ship outside the US))

The basic book is ~300 pages in black and white. You can choose between softcover ($30 USD)and limited-edition, foil-embossed, hardcover with dustjacket ($60 USD) options.  The 5"x7" postcards will be in full color. But the more money we raise, the better the book will be! And I can help support other great artists, too.

At $5,000 will make an AUDIOBOOK, automatically added to all tiers $5 and up! Performed by the lovely Rachel Rivera. Plus...

  • + 8 additional color pages of character profiles and worldbuilding, making 8 more pages than the basic book.
  • more exclusive postcards, making 6 postcards total! (maybe by guest artists! to be revealed...)
  • ((This would also pay off the last of my art school tuition.))
At $7,500 will make an FONT, automatically added to all tiers $5 and up! 

At $10,000 will make an SOUNDTRACK, automatically added to all tiers $5 and up! Composer still under negotiation. Plus...  

  • + 8 additional color pages of character profiles, worldbuilding, and tutorials, making 16 more pages than the basic book.
  • + 3 more exclusive postcards, making 9 postcards total! (maybe by guest artists! to be revealed...)
  • ((This would also pay off the last of my car loan.))

At $20,000 will make ALL BOOKS IN COLOR, automatically added to all tiers $30 and up! Plus...  

  • + 8 additional color pages of character profiles, worldbuilding, tutorials, and new stories, making 24 more pages than the basic book.
  • + 3 more exclusive postcards, making 12 postcards total! (maybe by guest artists! to be revealed...)
  • ((This would also be used to travel to more conventions to meet fans and take the book across-world-and-country. :D! ))

And if we go beyond that, I'll think of something else... like writing full time or something.

This is a sample of an INK commission, available to tiers $150 and above. It will be 6"x9" in black and white featuring one character of your choosing. The original will be shipped to you with your book.

This is a sample of a COLOR commission, available to tiers $200 and above. It will be 6"x9" in color on toned paper featuring one character of your choosing.  The original will be shipped to you with your book.

This is a sample of an ILLUSTRATION commission, available to tiers $350. It will be 8"x10" in color on toned paper featuring up to two characters of your choosing, with a background.  The original will be shipped to you with your book.

SPECIAL THANKS:

Special thanks to Alice Yang for her fantastic logo design sketch, Joe Romito for being the world's most tolerant copy editor, and Rachel Rivera for agreeing to voice-act a whole 300 pages of audiobook.  

In addition, I would like to thank my beta readers: Valentina Michaels Bautista, Connie W.Shannon Melick, Lahni Perez, SGLee, Kristen Chang, Rachel (Rune) Young, Alexis Richard, and everyone else who just haven't given me your credit names yet.  I could not have done it without all your feedback. Thank you!

BONUS: Here's a picture of my cat.

 All backers will receive regular cat updates. I'm not joking.

Risks and challenges

This risks for backing this project are minimal. The book is already laid out, and the printer has agreed to the quote. All I need to do is pay them, get the product, and ship the books to you!

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