WESTWARD: Achieve or die.
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 has received consistently positive media reviews and Kickstarter support; crowd-funding is a great way to make connections and get the word out on independent comic titles like this one. Westward #6 was listed in the September issue of Previews (under Tool Publications) and will be distributed through Diamond in November of 2013 (item code SEP131325).
The goal of this campaign is to secure funding for printing, shipping and distribution of Westward #6.
Original Trailer (June 2012):
Victor West did not ask to be born into wealth. He did not seek out the titans of industry that surround him, that pressure and push him toward a life of grand production and unending work. Heir to the fortune of Westward Enterprises, Victor has never had to try for anything; he has never had to strive or conquer or build. But things are very different now.
Ten years ago, Victor West was horribly killed in an accident. In his grief, his father used the company's assets to construct a manifold in Victor's place; a mechanical, autonomous personality that looks and thinks like the original. Today, this new "Victor" possesses powers and abilities... with none of the intelligence to control it.
Westward/Kickstarter documentary (June 2013):
In an effort to organize and expedite the rewards process, extra help has been hired to oversee the cataloging of backer's information and shipping of rewards packages.
Below are just a few of the incentives for backers of this campaign. A few of them are mix-and-match, and some contain rewards offerred exclusively through that particular tier. Future tiers will be added as the campaign progresses.
Spreading the Word
If you've already pledged, or if you're looking for alternative ways to help this campaign, your best course of action is simple: Post links. Tell your friends.
Risks and challenges
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.
With only 30 days to maximize the campaign's potential, I have a number of supplemental opportunities planned, designed to help generate interest in the project. Videos of original artwork as it is produced, interviews with the cast of Westward, frequent Facebook/Twitter updates and an ongoing blog. I am also open to any suggestions, so if you have an idea on how to help Westward succeed, don't hesitate to leave a comment or email me directly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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