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A steampunk-mystery comic series, this volume is 132 pages; collecting 3 issues, bonus art, and an exclusive short-story by the author.
A steampunk-mystery comic series, this volume is 132 pages; collecting 3 issues, bonus art, and an exclusive short-story by the author.
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    A sincere thanks and gratitude for contributing to the production and success of WESTWARD: VOLUME 1. 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: Volume 1" will be emailed to you upon success of the Kickstarter. You will also receive a set of 4 digital backgrounds for your desktop/laptop/mobile device.

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    BOOK PACKAGE: You will receive a signed copy of "Westward: Volume 1." Inserted into each book will be a special art print and stickers, available only to Kickstarter backers. A digital package will also be mailed to you, containing a PDF of the book and the 5 digital backgrounds. Finally, your name will be included in a special "thank you" shout-out page, dedicated to all Kickstarter contributors.

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    WESTWARD #4 PACKAGE: In addition to your signed physical copy of "Westward: Volume 1", you'll also receive a signed copy of Westward #4, allowing you to continue the journey of Victor West and stay up-to-date with series. THIS TIER ALSO INCLUDES: Digital copy of "Westward: V1" + Digital backgrounds + Sticker package + Inserted art print + "Thank you" shout-out in "Westward: V1"

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    RETAILER PACKAGE: Specifically tailored for comic book shop retailers, this package earns you 3 copies of "Westward: Volume 1" plus 2 additional graphic novels: "Dry Spell" and "The Colodin Project." All books come signed with a limited edition print insert, as well a big stick of Westward stickers.

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    RETAILER PACKAGE 2 (Westward Only) - By special request, this package contains 5 copies of Westward: Volume 1. Each book comes signed with a limited edition print insert as well as a stack of promotional stickers. Finally, your store's name and website will be featured in a special "thank you" section of the book, advertising your business and crediting you with Kickstarter support.

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    "THE TREMBLAY PACKAGE:" By special request, this tier is nearly identical to the first "Retailer" package: 3 copies of Westward: Volume One, plus a copy of Dry Spell and The Colodin Project. The only difference is that this tier offers shipping outside the U.S.

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    TUTORIAL PACKAGE: You'll have access to a full-length video tutorial from Ken Krekeler, artist and author of "Westward." For the first time, these never-before-seen tips and tricks will show you how the lineart, colors and text effects are produced using a graphics tablet and Photoshop. THIS TIER ALSO INCLUDES: Signed, physical copy of "Westward: V1" + Digital copy of "Westward: V1" + Signed copy of "Westward #4" + Digital backgrounds + Sticker package + Inserted art print + "Thank you" shout-out in "Westward: V1"

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    "SKYLINE" PACKAGE: You'll get a downloadable PDF of "Skyline," an original short story by Ken Krekeler, set in the Westward universe and exclusive to Kickstarter backers. This is an ADDITIONAL short story to the one that will premiere in "Westward: Volume 1." THIS TIER ALSO INCLUDES: Video tutorial + Signed, physical copy of "Westward: V1" + Digital copy of "Westward: V1" + Signed copy of "Westward #4" + Digital backgrounds + Sticker package + Inserted art print + "Thank you" shout-out in "Westward: V1"

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    "DRY SPELL" PACKAGE: Along with everything in the Skyline Package, you'll receive an additional signed graphic novel written and illustrated by Ken Krekeler. "Dry Spell" is a 110 page, full-color superpowers story about how far one man will go to be happy. (Learn more at www.dry-spell.com) THIS TIER ALSO INCLUDES: "Skyline" short story - Video tutorial + Signed, physical copy of "Westward: V1" + Digital copy of "Westward: V1" + Signed copy of "Westward #4" + Digital backgrounds + Sticker package + Inserted art print + "Thank you" shout-out in "Westward: V1"

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    "THE COLODIN PROJECT" PACKAGE: Along with everything in the Skyline Package, you'll get an additional signed graphic novel so rare and out-of-print, it is only available direct from the artist. Ken Krekeler's first major release, "The Colodin Project," is a 160 page full-color murder mystery and tells the story of a private detective investigating a violent crime that leads him into a wide new realm of possibility and power. (Learn more at www.thecolodinproject.com) THIS TIER ALSO INCLUDES: "Skyline" short story - Video tutorial + Signed, physical copy of "Westward: V1" + Digital copy of "Westward: V1" + Signed copy of "Westward #4" + Digital backgrounds + Sticker package + Inserted art print + "Thank you" shout-out in "Westward: V1"

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    RARE FIND PACKAGE: You'll receive a rare signed copy of the sold-out "Westward #1." This will be a special digital-print run of the first issue in high-gloss, produced specifically for Kickstarter backers. Additionally, you'll get an exclusive, full-color 8x11 print of Penelope West, signed by the artist. THIS TIER ALSO INCLUDES: "Skyline" short story - Video tutorial + Signed, physical copy of "Westward: V1" + Digital copy of "Westward: V1" + Signed copy of "Westward #4" + Digital backgrounds + Sticker package + Inserted art print + "Thank you" shout-out in "Westward: V1"

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    ART BOOK PACKAGE: Along with everything from the Rare Find Package, you'll receive "Ever Westward," a production booklet exclusive to Kickstarter backers, featuring concept art, sketches, photo references, script pages, and a personal introduction by the author. See how Westward made its journey from a scribbled notebook to the written page, to the layout design, to the artwork and colors. THIS TIER ALSO INCLUDES: Signed, glossy copy of "Westward #1"+ 8x11 art print of Penelope West + "Skyline" short story - Video tutorial + Signed, physical copy of "Westward: V1" + Digital copy of "Westward: V1" + Signed copy of "Westward #4" + Digital backgrounds + Sticker package + Inserted art print + "Thank you" shout-out in "Westward: V1"

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    "WESTWARD 1/2," (T-SHIRT AND PRINTS) PACKAGE: You'll get "Westward #1/2", a collection of scenes from "Westward #1" that have been refined and colorized. Again, this product will be offered exclusively to Kickstarter backers and will not be available in stores or comic cons. You'll also receive a newly designed "Compass" t-shirt, logo of Westward Enterprises. PLUS, receive THREE full-color 8x11 prints of Victor, Penelope and Annabelle West. THIS TIER ALSO INCLUDES: "Ever Westward" art book + Signed, glossy copy of "Westward #1" + "Skyline" short story - Video tutorial + Signed, physical copy of "Westward: V1" + Digital copy of "Westward: V1" + Signed copy of "Westward #4" + Digital backgrounds + Sticker package + Inserted art print + "Thank you" shout-out in "Westward: V1"

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    ORIGINAL ARTWORK PACKAGE (WITH LARGE-FORMAT PRINTS): Backers of this tier will have original, inked sketches of a Westward character, used during the development process of the series, sealed in plastic sleeves and reinforced with backing board. Print size has also been upgraded to 11x17, with Victor, Annabelle and Penelope larger than ever, each one signed by the artist. THIS TIER ALSO INCLUDES: "Westward #1/2," + "Compass" t-shirt + "Ever Westward" art book + Signed, glossy copy of "Westward #1"+ "Skyline" short story - Video tutorial + Signed, physical copy of "Westward: V1" + Digital copy of "Westward: V1" + Signed copy of "Westward #4" + Digital backgrounds + Sticker package + Inserted art print + "Thank you" shout-out in "Westward: V1"

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    COMMISSIONED ARTWORK PACKAGE: You'll have the opportunity to request an original ink sketch of any character of YOUR choosing; be it Westward, pop-culture, or a character of your own making. THIS TIER ALSO INCLUDES: Three 11x17 signed character prints + "Compass" t-shirt + "Westward #1/2," "Ever Westward" art book + Signed, glossy copy of "Westward #1"+ "Skyline" short story - Video tutorial + Signed, physical copy of "Westward: V1" + Digital copy of "Westward: V1" + Signed copy of "Westward #4" + Digital backgrounds + Sticker package + Inserted art print + "Thank you" shout-out in "Westward: V1"

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    CAMEO PACKAGE: Your likeness will be featured in the upcoming issue of "Westward" as one of two brief but pivotal characters who will change everything for Westward Enterprises. THIS TIER ALSO INCLUDES: Hand-inked Westward character sketch + Three 11x17 signed character prints + C.L.A.W. t-shirt + "Westward #1/2," "Ever Westward" art book + Signed, glossy copy of "Westward #1"+ "Skyline" short story - Video tutorial + Signed, physical copy of "Westward: V1" + Digital copy of "Westward: V1" + Signed copy of "Westward #4" + Digital backgrounds + Sticker package + Inserted art print + "Thank you" shout-out in "Westward: V1"

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    "TINKER TOY" WATERCOLOR PACKAGE. The backer of this tier will receive "Tinker Toy," a signed, full-color watercolor painting of Westward concept art, beautifully rendered with the artist's distinctive style, packaged with a protective frame. This painting-- the first fully-realized vision of Victor West-- was among the first piece of artwork every produced for the comic. PLUS, you'll get BOTH additional graphic novels by Ken Krekeler, "Dry Spell" and "The Colodin Project." THIS TIER ALSO INCLUDES: Hand-inked Westward character sketch + Three 11x17 signed character prints + "Compass" t-shirt + "Westward #1/2," "Ever Westward" art book + Signed, glossy copy of "Westward #1"+ "Skyline" short story - Video tutorial + Signed, physical copy of "Westward: V1" + Digital copy of "Westward: V1" + Signed copy of "Westward #4" + Digital backgrounds + Sticker package + Inserted art print + "Thank you" shout-out in "Westward: V1"

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    "VARIABLE" WATERCOLOR PACKAGE. The backer of this tier will receive "Variable," a full-color watercolor concept portrait of Penelope West in her earliest form-- before the live model had been cast. This piece comes signed and packaged in a protective frame, and includes any sketches or notes used in its development. PLUS, you'll get BOTH additional graphic novels by Ken Krekeler, "Dry Spell" and "The Colodin Project." THIS TIER ALSO INCLUDES: Hand-inked Westward character sketch + Three 11x17 signed character prints + "Compass" t-shirt + "Westward #1/2," "Ever Westward" art book + Signed, glossy copy of "Westward #1"+ "Skyline" short story - Video tutorial + Signed, physical copy of "Westward: V1" + Digital copy of "Westward: V1" + Signed copy of "Westward #4" + Digital backgrounds + Sticker package + Inserted art print + "Thank you" shout-out in "Westward: V1"

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    INTERVIEW PACKAGE. You'll get the chance to have a one-on-one Skype meeting with Ken Krekeler, writer and illustrator of "Westward." Every question you've ever wanted to ask about comic production, art school, the industry, computer graphics, comic-cons, or any other aspect of the creative process... He'll tell you everything he knows. You'll also receive "Proper," a full-color watercolor painting of Annabelle West, signed and protected by a reinforced frame. THIS TIER ALSO INCLUDES: Original watercolor artwork + Additional graphic novels "Dry Spell" and "The Colodin Project" + Hand-inked Westward character sketch + Three 11x17 signed character prints + "Compass" t-shirt + "Westward #1/2," "Ever Westward" art book + Signed, glossy copy of "Westward #1"+ "Skyline" short story - Video tutorial + Signed, physical copy of "Westward: V1" + Digital copy of "Westward: V1" + Signed copy of "Westward #4" + Digital backgrounds + Sticker package + Inserted art print + "Thank you" shout-out in "Westward: V1"

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    YOUR OWN 8-PAGE COMIC PITCH! If you've ever dreamed of pitching your own comic book to professional publishers, or if you've simply always wanted to see your idea fleshed out on paper, this is it. You'll work directly with illustrator Ken Krekeler to ensure your concept mainfests properly and beautifully into an 8-page comic; you'll have access to his personal contact list and inside information for getting distributed by Diamond; you'll develop characters, scripts, styles and colors; you'll have help and advise on the pitching process. All rights to ownership of any artwork produced for this pitch will be waved by the artist; the material will be yours and yours alone, to do with as you please. THIS TIER ALSO INCLUDES: Skype Interview + Additional graphic novels "Dry Spell" and "The Colodin Project" + Hand-inked Westward character sketch + Three 11x17 signed character prints + "Compass" t-shirt + "Westward #1/2," "Ever Westward" art book + Signed, glossy copy of "Westward #1"+ "Skyline" short story - Video tutorial + Signed, physical copy of "Westward: V1" + Digital copy of "Westward: V1" + Signed copy of "Westward #4" + Digital backgrounds + Sticker package + Inserted art print + "Thank you" shout-out in "Westward: V1"

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    GOLD PACKAGE. This is it. You get everything. The original artwork. The prints. The books. The 8-page pitch. But most importantly, you get one weekend with Ken Krekeler. Get yourself here, he'll take care of the rest. You'll see how the work is produced. You'll see the products and pressures of a comic book artist. Together, you'll hash out ideas and come up with the infrastructure for a unique, authentic 8-page comic pitch. If you're a retailer, he can fly to you and you'll receive a full-treatment book-signing with tables, banners, and publicity for your store all over the Kinetic Press blog/Facebook/Twitter page, plus a full-page ad for your store in an upcoming issue of Westward. THIS TIER ALSO INCLUDES: Skype Interview + Additional graphic novels "Dry Spell" and "The Colodin Project" + Hand-inked Westward character sketch + Three 11x17 signed character prints + "Compass" t-shirt + "Westward #1/2," "Ever Westward" art book + Signed, glossy copy of "Westward #1"+ "Skyline" short story - Video tutorial + Signed, physical copy of "Westward: V1" + Digital copy of "Westward: V1" + Signed copy of "Westward #4" + Digital backgrounds + Sticker package + Inserted art print + "Thank you" shout-out in "Westward: V1"

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