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A steampunk-mystery comic series, Westward explores the ongoing themes of individual achievement and the essence of human happiness.
A steampunk-mystery comic series, Westward explores the ongoing themes of individual achievement and the essence of human happiness.
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The latest title from Kinetic Press, Westward is a new steampunk mystery comic from writer/illustrator Ken Krekeler, author of Dry Spell and The Colodin Project. The story is told over the course of 10 issues, played against a Victorian/Deco background of corporate espionage and technological revolution. 

Westward #10 is a double-sized, 48 page issue, and stands as the final issue of the series. It will also be the most costly chapter to produce, which is why the Kickstarter goal is higher than previous campaigns. The  book will be listed in the February issue of Previews (under Tool Publications) and will be distributed through Diamond in April of 2015.

The goal of this campaign is to secure funding for printing, shipping and distribution of Westward #10.

The money raised from this campaign goes toward production costs. If we exceed that cost, the remaining balance will be put toward the campaign's Stretch Goals, inflating the rewards for all backers across the board who pledge $20 or more. 

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Westward has always been almost exclusively funded by Kickstarter. The following videos below were produced for previous Westward KS campaigns, including trailers that help illustrate the quality, plots, tones and themes of the the book. You'll also find featuring behind-the-scenes documentary footage of the people who help make the series possible. Take a moment and meet the models, prop artists and voice actors who truly bring the characters to life.

Reviews

“Packed with plot and interesting characters... It’s excellent.” -ComicBookResources.com (Full review)

“The writing and art stay strong throughout.” -AmberUnmasked.com (Full review)

“Krekeler is a fine writer... It's a very good comic.” -InsidePulse.com (Full review)

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge in the success of this campaign is the same challenge I face with every comic I've ever produced: marketing, exposure, and awareness. Every artist has their weaknesses; mine has always been publicity. Outside of animated trailers, preview pages and comic cons, I've always lacked the salesmanship necessary to communicate my ideas properly in a way that catches the public eye.

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    A sincere thanks and gratitude for contributing to the production and success of WESTWARD #9. As a backer, you will receive exclusive access to updates, images and videos throughout the duration of the Kickstarter.

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    DIGITAL PACKAGE: A digital copy of "Westward #10" will be emailed to you upon success of the Kickstarter. You will also receive a digital background for your desktop/laptop/mobile device.

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    DIGITAL COLLECTED PACKAGE: You'll receive a digital copy of "Westward #10" PLUS a “Collected” PDF of EVERY Westward issue, #1-10, allowing new readers to catch up with the storyline. The PDF will also contain additional supplemental material such as concept art, reference photos, and a rare Westward short story: “Provider.”

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    BRASS PACKAGE: You'll receive a copy of Westward #10, signed by artist/illustrator Ken Krekeler. TIER ALSO INCLUDES: “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-9) and background

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    "COMPASS" PRINT PACKAGE: You will receive a signed copy of "Westward #9." Additionally, you'll receive an all-new 8x11 print: "COMPASS" This print will come signed, bagged and boarded by the artist. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #10 + Signed print "Compass" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-10) and background

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    VOLUME 2 PACKAGE: If you've missed the recent Kickstarters for Westward, you can now pick up the second half of the series. That's five chapters (#6-10) in one convenient package, each signed by writer/artist Ken Krekeler. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #6-10 + Signed print "Compass" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-10) and background

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    DRY SPELL PACKAGE: With this tier, you'll receive "Dry Spell," a full color, 110 page graphic novel, written and illustrated by Ken Krekeler. Released in 2011, Dry Spell is a complete superpowers story set in the present day. You can watch a trailer or learn more at www.dry-spell.com. You'll also get a signed copy of Westward #10. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #10 + Signed print "Compass" (8 x 11) + Graphic novel "Dry Spell" + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-10) and background

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    THE COLODIN PROJECT PACKAGE - Along with Westward #9, you'll get Ken Krekeler's first graphic novel: "The Colodin Project." A 160-page, full-color murder mystery, this book was first released in 2009 and is now a rare item. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #10 + Graphic novel "The Colodin Project" + Signed print "Compass" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-10) and background

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    SCRIPT BOOK PACKAGE: Along with a signed copy of Westward #10 and cover print, you'll receive a printed script of the issue, signed by writer/illustrator Ken Krekeler. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #10 + Script book for Westward #10 + Signed print "Compass" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-10) and background

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    LUCID PACKAGE: You will receive a printed and signed copy of the short story, "Lucid," set in the Westward universe and written by author/illustrator Ken Krekeler. This rare story is only offered in the $45 tier, and limited to ten backers. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #10 + Short story "Lucid" + Signed print "Compass" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-10) and background

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    ORIGINAL SKETCH PACKAGE: You'll get a signed, original inkwash sketch of a Westward character by Ken Krekeler along with your copy of Westward #10. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #10 + Original sketch + Signed print "Compass" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-10) and background

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    DOUBLE BOOK PACKAGE: You'll get BOTH full-color graphic novels, "The Colodin Project" and "Dry Spell." Books come signed by author/illustrator Ken Krekeler. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #10 + "Dry Spell" graphic novel + "The Colodin Project" graphic novel + Signed print "Compass" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-10) and background

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    "SKYBOUND" PRINT PACKAGE - You'll receive an 11x17 print entitled "Skybound," a limited edition print exclusive to this KS campaign for Westward #10. Print comes signed and sealed in a protective bag and board. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #10 issue (signed) + "Skybound" print (signed) + Signed print "Compass" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-10) and background

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    "AWAKENED" PRINT PACKAGE - You'll receive an 11x17 print entitled "Awakened," a limited edition print exclusive to the KS campaign for Westward #10. Print comes signed and sealed in a protective bag and board. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #10 issue (signed) + "Awakened" print (signed) + Signed print "Compass" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-10) and background

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    "FINALLY" PRINT PACKAGE - You'll receive an 11x17 print entitled "Finally," a limited edition print exclusive to the KS campaign for Westward #10. Print comes signed and sealed in a protective bag and board. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #10 issue (signed) + "Finally" print (signed) + Signed print "Compass" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-10) and background

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    FULL RUN PACKAGE: Experience Westward from beginning to end! With this tier, you'll receive every issue of Westward, including the collected Volume 1 with supplemental concept art, reference photos and script pages. TIER INCLUDES: Westward: Volume 1 + Westward #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10 + Signed print "Compass" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-10) and background

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    FULL RUN PACKAGE 2: Duplicated by popular demand! Experience Westward from beginning to end! With this tier, you'll receive every issue of Westward, including the collected Volume 1 with supplemental concept art, reference photos and script pages. TIER INCLUDES: Westward: Volume 1 + Westward #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10 + Signed print "Compass" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-10) and background

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    TRIPLE PRINTS PACKAGE: You'll get all 3 prints offered in this KS campaign sized at 11x17, signed, sealed and boarded in protective plastic sleeves. You'll also get the script book for Westward #10. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #10 + Signed print "Compass" (8 x 11) + All 3 large prints sized at 11x17 + Script book for Westward #10 + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-10) and background

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    GOLD PACKAGE: Everything. All the prints. The script book. PLUS, the original inkwash sketch. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #10 + Signed print "Compass" (8 x 11) + All 3 large prints sized at 11x17 + "Dry Spell" + "The Colodin Project" + Original sketch + Script book for Westward #10 + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-10) and background

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    FULL CHARACTER COMMISSION: Your choice of digital or traditional methods, you'll have the opportunity to own an exclusive piece of original artwork by the artist of Westward. If you've got a favorite pop-culture character, or even one of your own, you'll see it fully-realized-- signed, sealed and boarded in protective plastic. TIER INCLUDES: Original character commission + All 3 large prints sized at 11x17 + Signed print "Compass" (8 x 11) + Westward #10 issue (signed) + Westward #10 Script Book + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-10) and background

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    STEAMPUNK PORTRAIT PACKAGE: This tier allows Westward fans and steampunk fans alike the chance to see themselves drawn in steampunk garb. Working with photos that you provide, the artist of Westward will render your likeness into a black-and-white line art portrait, printed at 11 x 17. Double-sided, with a full-color image on front and black-and-white lineart on reverse side. TIER INCLUDES: Original portrait + All 3 large prints sized at 11x17 + Westward #10 issue (signed) + Westward #10 Script Book + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-10) and background

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    MESHEYE GOGGLES PACKAGE: Along with your copy of Westward #10, you'll receive this pair of beautiful, hand-made goggles, crafted by Josh Hamman, the prop-coordinator of Westward. Spring loaded magnifier with focusing lens on the right eye, and a green filtered mesh screen on the left, these goggles will keep your eyes safe from most circumstances you might encounter. Leather base with protruding metal eye cups, features an elastic band for excellent head fitment. You'll also receive a plethora of prints, the script book, and an original inkwash sketch. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #10 issue (signed) + Signed print "Compass" (8 x 11) + Westward #10 scriptbook + Original sketch + All 3 prints (signed, sized at 8x11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-10) and background

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    PENELOPE'S WRIST-COMM PACKAGE: You'll get the original, hand-crafted wrist-comm prop! This strange wrist mounted device could have all manner of purpose. Part watch, part time machine controls, part communication device. You'll also receive a plethora of prints, the script book, and an original inkwash sketch. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #10 issue (signed) + Signed print "Compass" (8 x 11) + Westward #10 scriptbook + Original sketch + All 3 prints (signed, sized at 8x11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-10) and background

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