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A steampunk-mystery comic series, Westward follows the ongoing themes of individual achievement and the essence of human happiness.
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WESTWARD: Achieve or die.

The latest title from Kinetic PressWestward 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 #7 is listed in the February issue of Previews (under Tool Publications) and will be distributed through Diamond in April of 2014. 

The goal of this campaign is to secure funding for printing, shipping and distribution of Westward #7.

Funding

Depending on pre-order sales, the cost of publishing a limited print run for each issue of Westward is typically between $1500 and $3000. Issue #7 will feature a black-and-white cover, which will help keep printing costs affordable. There will also be a few hundred dollars in shipping costs... and, of course, producing and shipping of the Kickstarter Rewards.

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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.

Westward: Original Trailer:

Kickstarter Video - Volume 1 Documentary

Kickstarter Video - Westward #6:

Kickstarter Video - Westward #5:

Voiceovers: Inga Wilson as Annabelle West

Speed Painting: "Helmet Law"

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 #7. 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 #7" 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 #7" PLUS a “Collected” PDF of EVERY Westward issue, #1-7, 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 #7, signed by artist/illustrator Ken Krekeler. TIER ALSO INCLUDES: “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-7) and background

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    BRONZE PACKAGE: You'll receive a copy of Westward #7, signed by artist/illustrator Ken Krekeler. TIER ALSO INCLUDES: “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #7)

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    "CAT'S PAW" PRINT PACKAGE: You will receive a signed copy of "Westward #7." Additionally, you'll receive an all-new 8x11 print: "Cat's Paw." This print will come double-sided, featuring a full-color image on one side with the inked lineart on back; signed, bagged and boarded by the artist. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #7 + Signed print "Cat's Paw" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-7) and background

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    VOLUME ONE PACKAGE: Along with Westward #7, you’ll receive a signed printed copy of “Westward: Volume 1.” Over 130 pages, this book collects the first 3 issues of Westward as well as supplemental artwork, script pages and the short story “Provider.” PLUS you'll receive an 8x11 print image of the issue 6 cover, signed, and sealed in a protective sleeve by the artist. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #7 +
    Westward: Volume 1 + Signed print "Cat's Paw" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-7) 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 #7. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #7 + "Dry Spell" graphic novel + Signed print "Cat's Paw" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-7) and background

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    SCRIPT BOOK PACKAGE: Along with a signed copy of Westward #7 and cover print, you'll receive a printed script, signed by writer/illustrator Ken Krekeler. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #7 + Scriptbook + Signed print "Cat's Paw" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-7) 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 #7. TIER INCLUDES: Original Ink Sketch + Westward #7 issue (signed) + Signed print "Cat's Paw" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-7) and background

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    ISSUES #4, #5, #6, #7 PACKAGE - By special request, you'll receive signed copies of issues #4, #5, #6 and #7 with this tier. If you only have Westward: Volume 1, then this package is for you, bringing you up-to-date on the whole series. TIER INCLUDES: Westward Issues 6 - 7 + Signed print "Cat's Paw" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-7) and background

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    "HALLOWEEN" PRINT PACKAGE: Receive a full-color 11x17 print of the Westward characters in spooky Halloween garb. This print was developed as a stretch-goal reward for a previous KS campaign, but the goal was not met; this is the first opportunity to own a rare commodity.
    Print comes signed and sealed in a protective bag and board. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #7 issue (signed) + "Halloween" print (signed) + Signed print "Cat's Paw" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-7) and background

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    "YOUTH" PRINT PACKAGE - You'll receive an 11x17 print entitled "Youth," a conceptual piece originally conceived during pre-production of the series. The print depicts Annabelle West as a much younger, light-hearted character. Print comes signed and sealed in a protective bag and board. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #7 issue (signed) + "Youth" print (signed)+ Signed print "Cat's Paw" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-7) and background

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    FULL RUN PACKAGE: Experience Westward from the beginning. 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 + Signed print "Cat's Paw" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-7) and background

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    TRIPLE PRINT 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 #7. TIER INCLUDES: 3 Prints "Youth," "Halloween," "Cat's Paw" sized at 11x17 + Westward #7 issue (signed) + Westward #7 Script Book + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-7) and background

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    GOLD PACKAGE: Pledge $100 and you'll get Westward #7, all 3 prints (sized at 11x17), the Script Book, original ink wash sketch, and "Collected" digital PDF package. All items come bagged and boarded in protective plastic sleeves, signed and sealed by the artist.

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    "PANIC" PACKAGE: Offered in this campaign only, you'll receive a signed limited edition print of "Panic," a new image pulled straight from the pages of Westward #7 with added color. At 11x17, the print comes sealed in a protective sleeve. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #7 issue (signed) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-7) and background

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    T-SHIRT -"LEAP" PACKAGE: You'll receive a shirt with a new Westward t-shirt design, featuring Victor West. The shirt is white with a black design (examples of the design can be viewed in the KS story column). TIER INCLUDES: 3 Prints "Youth," "Halloween," "Cat's Paw" sized at 11x17 + Westward #7 issue (signed) + Westward #7 Script Book + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-7) and background

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    T-SHIRT -"BUILD SOMETHING" PACKAGE: You'll receive a shirt with a Westward t-shirt design, featuring Victor West with text. The shirt is white with a black-and-orange design (examples of the design can be viewed in the KS story column). TIER INCLUDES: 3 Prints "Youth," "Halloween," "Cat's Paw" sized at 11x17 + Westward #7 issue (signed) + Westward #7 Script Book + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-7) and background

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    HOODIE "COMPASS" PACKAGE: You'll get a new hooded sweatshirt with compass logo, the symbol of Westward Enterprises and the series itself. (Examples of the design can be viewed in the KS story column). INCLUDES: 3 Prints "Youth," "Halloween," "Cat's Paw" sized at 11x17 + Westward #7 issue (signed) + Westward #7 Script Book + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-7) and background

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    THE COLODIN PROJECT PACKAGE - Along with Westward #7, 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 #7 issue (signed) + Signed print "Cat's Paw" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-7) 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: Westward #7 + 3 Prints: "Youth," "Halloween," "Cat's Paw" sized at 11x17 + Westward #7 issue (signed) + Westward #7 Script Book + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-7) and background

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    COMMISSIONED FINE ART PACKAGE: You'll receive an actual painting by Ken Krekeler, artist of Westward. This can be a character from Westward, mainstream comic books like Marvel/DC, or even a character of your own creation. You'll be the boss on this one. The art will arrive at your doorstep framed and carefully boxed to protect from damages. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #7 + 3 Prints: "Youth," "Halloween," "Cat's Paw" sized at 11x17 + Westward #7 issue (signed) + Westward #7 Script Book + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-7) and background

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Funding period

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