Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
A steampunk-mystery comic series, Westward follows the ongoing themes of individual achievement and the essence of human happiness.
A steampunk-mystery comic series, Westward follows the ongoing themes of individual achievement and the essence of human happiness.
75 backers pledged $2,611 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

Westward #8 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$2,611

75

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 #8 is listed in the June issue of Previews (under Tool Publications) and will be distributed through Diamond in August of 2014.

The goal of this campaign is to secure funding for printing, shipping and distribution of Westward #8.

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.

Depending on pre-order sales, the cost of publishing a limited print run for each issue of Westward is typically around $2000. Shipping usually amounts to $500. And then, of course, you have to factor in the production and shipping of the Kickstarter Rewards themselves, which usually amounts to 10% of funds raised. 

___________

STEAM T.V.
___________

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.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    A sincere thanks and gratitude for contributing to the production and success of WESTWARD #8. As a backer, you will receive exclusive access to updates, images and videos throughout the duration of the Kickstarter.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    DIGITAL PACKAGE: A digital copy of "Westward #8" will be emailed to you upon success of the Kickstarter. You will also receive a digital background for your desktop/laptop/mobile device.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    7 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    DIGITAL COLLECTED PACKAGE: You'll receive a digital copy of "Westward #8" PLUS a “Collected” PDF of EVERY Westward issue, #1-8, 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.”

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    21 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    BRASS PACKAGE: You'll receive a copy of Westward #8, signed by artist/illustrator Ken Krekeler. TIER ALSO INCLUDES: “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-8) and background

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    12 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

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

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    ISSUE #7, #8 PACKAGE: If you've missed the recent Kickstarter for Westward, you can now pick up the most recent two chapters of the series in one convenient package. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #8 and #7 + Signed print "Remainders" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-8) and background

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    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 #8. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #8 + "Dry Spell" graphic novel + Signed print "Remainders" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-8) and background

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    THE COLODIN PROJECT PACKAGE - Along with Westward #8, 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 #8 issue (signed) + Signed print "Reminaders" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-8) and background

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    ISSUE #6, #7, #8 PACKAGE: If you've missed the recent Kickstarters for Westward, you can now pick up the most recent three chapters of the series in one convenient package. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #6, #7, #8 + Signed print "Remainders" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-8) and background

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

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

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

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

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $55 or more About $55

    ISSUES #5, #6, #7, #8 PACKAGE - You'll receive signed copies of issues #5, #6, #7 and #8 with this tier. If you've missed the most recent few issues of Westward, this package is for you, bringing you up-to-date on the whole series. TIER INCLUDES: Westward Issues 5 - 8 + Signed print "Remainders" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-8) and background

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    "DRIVING FORCE" PRINT PACKAGE - You'll receive an 11x17 print entitled "Driving Force," a limited edition print exclusive to the KS campaign for Westward #8. The print depicts Penelope West on a motorized bicycle, a shot directly from chapter 8 in full-color. Print comes signed and sealed in a protective bag and board. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #8 issue (signed) + "Driving Force" print (signed)+ Signed print "Remainders" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-8) and background

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    "PANIC" PRINT PACKAGE: Receive a full-color 11x17 print of Victor West in combat with C.L.A.W. agents, first depicted in issue #7 in a double-page spread. Fully-rendered in beautiful watercolors by colorist Lauren Harder, this image was also used for the Westward #8 Kickstarter video. Print comes dual-signed by both Krekeler and Harder, sealed in a protective bag and board. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #8 issue (signed) + "Panic" print (signed) + Signed print "Remainders" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-8) and background

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge $80 or more About $80

    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, #8 + Signed print "Remainders" (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-8) and background

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Select this reward

    Pledge $90 or more About $90

    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 "Remainders," "Driving Force," "Panic" sized at 11x17 + Westward #8 issue (signed) + Westward #8 Script Book + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-8) and background

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  17. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    GOLD PACKAGE: Pledge $100 and you'll get Westward #8, all 3 prints (sized at 11x17), the Script Book, and "Collected" digital PDF package. All items come bagged and boarded in protective plastic sleeves, signed and sealed by the artist.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  18. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    PLATINUM PACKAGE: Everything in the Gold Package, PLUS an original ink wash sketch.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  19. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    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: Westward #8 + 3 Prints: "Driving Force," "Panic," "Remainders" sized at 11x17 + Westward #8 issue (signed) + Westward #8 Script Book + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-8) and background

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  20. Select this reward

    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    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 #8 + 3 Prints: "Driving Force," "Panic," "Remainders" sized at 11x17 + Westward #8 issue (signed) + Westward #8 Script Book + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-8) and background

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  21. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    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 #8 + 3 Prints: "Remainders," "Driving Force," "Panic" sized at 11x17 + Westward #8 issue (signed) + Westward #8 Script Book + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-8) and background

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (36 days)