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College aged Magical Girls taking on tough teachers, classes, and saving the world
College aged Magical Girls taking on tough teachers, classes, and saving the world
College aged Magical Girls taking on tough teachers, classes, and saving the world
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Agents of the Realm • Volume 1

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Hey there and welcome to the kickstarter for Agents of the Realm, Volume 1! Agents of the Realm is a full-color adventure comic about college-aged Magical Girls that draws inspiration from a number of stories I loved growing up - including Sailor Moon and Magic Knight Rayearth - and I'm looking for your help to make it come to life.

I started Agents of the Realm (yes, writing and drawing it on my own!) back in March of 2014, and while the purpose of this Kickstarter is to collect Volume 1 into a gorgeous full-color book, the story is still updating twice a week and can be read here! All artwork for Volume 1 will be completed before this Kickstarter is over, and I’m so excited to share the story both online and in this print edition with all of you.

 What's Agents of the Realm about?

College is usually described as a “life-changing experience.” A time when you find out a lot about yourself through taking new classes, experiencing dorm life, and meeting new people. But for Norah, Adele, Kendall, Paige, and Jordan, this also means finding out that they're Magical Girls! Or...well...more like magical warriors who are in way over their heads.

As if juggling school, a personal life, and saving the world wasn't hard enough, they find out that one of their teachers may be behind all the evil magic - and she has a twin sister in an alternate dimension who’s trying to reach into Earth to stop her!

Agents of the Realm is a story geared towards being inclusive and providing young women of color a chance to see themselves as the heroes of their own story. With a heavy focus on friendship, it aims to remind people of the importance of surrounding yourself with positive influences - and the unrivaled strength that comes from that.

 What's the goal?

After writing and drawing this comic on my own for the last two years, I'm turning to all of you to help the story expand into a new dimension - the glorious 3D world of print and accessories. Volume 1 is composed of the first 5 chapters, as well as 5 mini chapters, building the book up to just short of 300 pages!

Beyond the print edition of the book, this Kickstarter will unlock a host of other merchandise for you Magical Girls at home - including gold-foil prints and your own Agents amulet necklace.

The initial goal is to raise the funds to get Volume 1 and the additional rewards produced and shipped around the world. Any money raised beyond the initial goal will get more specialty Stretch Goal items into your hands, including limited-edition prints illustrated by some fantastic artists, a foil-embossed upgrade to the softcover books, and even a hardcover edition!

 To top it all off, there'll be a special unreleased mini-chapter at the end of the book to help build things up for Volume 2! 

The Extra Fun Stuff!

Backers can get their hands on a slew of shiny goodies in this Kickstarter. Check them out below!

✦❤✦ For more examples of my personal artwork, please check out my Portfolio! ✦❤✦

 And here's a breakdown for what each pledge tier gets!

**UPDATE** 2/7/2016 - $17,000 - The Campaign hit it's funding goal!

  **UPDATE** 2/11/2016 - $20,000 - The Kickstarter hit it's first stretch goal! Everyone who pledged in tiers $30 and above will be receiving a 1.5" Enamel Pin!

**UPDATE** 2/19/2016 - $25,000 - The Kickstarter hit it's second stretch goal! Everyone who has pledged in tiers $50 and above will get a special limited edition 8 x 10 print illustrated by W. Scott Forbes!

**UPDATE** 2/29/2016 - $30,000 - The Kickstarter has hit it's THIRD stretch goal!! Everyone who has pledged in tiers $50 and above will be receiving an extra large print illustrated by Aysha Shehim! If you haven't pledged in any of those tiers and would still like a print, please at $20 to your pledge and be sure to verify when the survey goes out!

POSTCARD ARTISTS AND OTHER CONTRIBUTORS

✦❤✦ Follow Dilraj Gahunia on Tumblr!

✦❤✦ Read Namesake by Isabelle Melancon and Megan Lavey-Heaton

✦❤✦ Check out Nilah Magruder's Website and pick up her debut picture book HOW TO FIND A FOX, releasing Fall 2016 from Feiwel & Friends!

✦❤✦  Follow Slimm Fabert on Tumblr!

✦❤✦ Read Victoria Grace Elliott's webcomic Balderdash! or a Tale of Two Witches

Pixel Beads are being provided by Snooze Labs
Pixel Beads are being provided by Snooze Labs
Acrylic Amulet Replicas are being provided by Nappin Kraken
Acrylic Amulet Replicas are being provided by Nappin Kraken

STRETCH GOAL ARTISTS

✦❤✦ W. Scott Forbes is an illustrator and art director living in Toronto. He made his professional debut providing covers and interiors for Image / Shadowline Comics' acclaimed miniseries 'Forgetless'. More recently, Scott's cover illustrations have been seen on major releases from DC Comics', Marvel Comics, Vertigo Comics, BOOM! Studios and Image Comics.

✦❤✦ Aysha Shehim is an illustrator based out of Los Angeles, California.

✦❤✦ Please take some time to check out Paul Davey's work!

✦❤✦ Logo designed by - Aysha Shehim

✦❤✦ Music - A Dream to Influence Mankind (Venemy Remix Instrumental) by Phaera

✦❤✦ Special thanks to - Nicholas Johnson, Paula Tuy, Hinahina Gray, Isabelle Melancon, Aysha Shehim, Vanessa Stefanuik, and Taneka Stotts. Thanks for listening to my panicked babbling and encouraging me along the way.

Risks and challenges

I've done a lot of planning to prepare this Kickstarter and am confident in having things squared away - and Hiveworks Comics has offered to help in the event of any problems. Since the artwork will be completed before the Kickstarter ends and a printer is already selected, any challenges will likely come from unforeseen printing hiccups and shipping delays. I’ll keep backers posted of any issues and am happy to answer comments and messages if anyone is unsatisfied!

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    ✦❤✦STUDENT REGISTRATION✦❤✦
    You'll receive a digital Thank You card as well as a digital wallpaper pack featuring Norah, Folami, and the Blackwater twins!

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    ✦❤✦LORE AND MYTHOLOGY 101✦❤✦
    You'll receive all preview rewards AND a DRM-FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD COPY of Agents of the Realm: Volume 1!

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    ✦❤✦CHOSEN✦❤✦
    Ready to take this adventure with you? Pledge here to receive all previous rewards AND a SOFTCOVER COPY of Agents of the Realm Volume 1

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    ✦❤✦TRANSFORMATION SEQUENCE✦❤✦
    All of the previously rewards AND a random POSTCARD illustrated by one of the great guest artists!

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    ✦❤✦SHIMMERING WARRIOR✦❤✦
    All previous awards AND a 8 x 10 FOIL STAMPED PRINT featuring either all 5 of our Agents or the devious Lindi!

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    ✦❤✦BATTLE READY✦❤✦
    All previous rewards AND a PERSONALIZED, ONE-OF-A-KIND BOOKPLATE featuring one of the major characters from Agents of the Realm! Each bookplate will be individually drawn and signed so you can truly personalize your book!

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    ✦❤✦AGENTS REBORN PACK✦❤✦
    Ready for the girls to jump off the page? Pledge here to receive all previous rewards AND an 8-BIT STYLED PIXEL BEAD CHARACTER (8 inches tall) featuring the Agent of your choice! Pixel Bead Characters produced by Snooze Labs.

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    ✦❤✦WEAPONS DRAWN✦❤✦
    Want to join in on the adventure? Pledge here to receive all previous rewards AND get inserted into the world of Agents of the Realm with YOUR OWN SPEAKING CAMEO ROLE drawn into Volume 2! The cameo can be of you, a loved one, or even your OC (original character)!

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    ✦❤✦ELEMENTAL PACK✦❤✦
    All previous rewards AND a SPECIAL FRAMED SET OF ALL FIVE PIXEL BEAD characters AS WELL AS a 2" ACRYLIC AMULET REPLICA NECKLACE of your choice, so you can be ready for battle at any given moment! Amulet Necklaces produced by Nappin Kraken.

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    ✦❤✦ELEMENTAL PACK✦❤✦
    All previous rewards AND a SPECIAL FRAMED SET OF ALL FIVE PIXEL BEAD characters AS WELL AS a 2" ACRYLIC AMULET REPLICA NECKLACE of your choice, so you can be ready for battle at any given moment! Amulet Necklaces produced by Nappin Kraken.

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    ✦❤✦SHINING STRIKE✦❤✦
    Looking to really get it all AND treat yourself to some original art? Pledge here to receive ALL the digital rewards + the book + ALL FIVE postcards + BOTH foil-stamped prints + the bookplate + the framed set of all 5 girls as Pixel Bead characters + your cameo in Vol 2 + ALL FIVE Acrylic Amulet Replica Necklaces + A FULL-COLORED COMMISSION of any character of your choice done by me!

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