To get yourself a print copy of The Heavenly Chord simply add £10 to your pledge. When the surveys go out, you will be asked if you purchased this add-on and if alls good, The Heavenly Chord will be posted out to you along with the rest of your books!
This is something I have been dreaming about for years and now, thanks to your help and the wonders of 3D printing, it's gonna happen! The money is predominantly required to pay a 3D modeller to turn my drawings into a 3D computer image which could then be sent to a 3d printing company. I've found an excellent looking company to do the printing, and I have an amazing designer on board now who will do an excellent job of making Zach stand proud on your mantelpiece!
STRETCH GOAL 4 - NETTE AND SHERBERT FIGURINE - £4000
Another figurine of the 7STRING cast, this time the girl with no song, and her pet bubble-dragon. I have no cemented ideas for the figurine yet but I'd like something a bit like this drawing of Nette and Sherbert I did a little while back:
THE BOOK!When a great tragedy befalls Zachary Briarpatch at the hands of the would-be dictator Lars Troubleclef, he vows revenge and embarks on a world-spanning quest with his one-of-a-kind guitar sword, the 7STRING.
The World of 7STRING
7STRING is a classic legendary hero adventure story in a brand new world of melody and music. Our hero Zach wields a legendary seven stringed guitar sword on a mission of vengeance but at the same time complex international politics of a previously utopian world start to fall apart, and war seems imminent.
In the world of Melodia battles are fought with instrument weaponry, with extremes in volume, adjustments in tempo and changes in key to surprise your opponent. The world is defined by the 4 Clefs, tribes that people align to:
There's the Altern Clef, home to the String-Ja ninjas who specialise in dischord and the use of Flat and Sharp as a martial art.
The Brace Clef city states who focus on digital music, electronic synthesizers... keyboard technology.
The Tremor Clef are ancient and wise... specialising in the 'magic' of woodwind and brass
...and the Trouble Clef. A rising power under the leader of a new ruthless dictator, specialists in Percussion. Raw power if you keep time, but lethal if you lose your rhythm.
But this is a world of music, and at the core of the greatest music is emotion, passion and heart. So get ready for a truly character-driven story as Zach and a whole cast of colourful and exciting musical warriors experience heartbreak and victory on their path to save Melodia.
ITS TIME TO TUNE UP, DROP D AND SAVE THE WORLD!
The story so far...
7STRING is my major graphic novel project. It is a loveletter to battle-comics, manga and french sci-fi albums, a fusion of emotional storytelling and action, Saturday morning cartoons and a whole new world to get lost in.
World-building is a major love of mine. I'm a huge fan of any story that bothers to map out its world, specify cultures and their history, to think about the details like currencies and flags... all that stuff makes these places real. World-building is a major defining aspect to 7STRING.
It's influences stretch from Avatar the Last Airbender, through to Star Wars, Green Lantern, King City, Gitaroo Man, Guitar Hero and One Piece.
The first book introduced our heroes and their world and now its time for the story to continue with Volume 2!
I published 7STRING Volume 1 over 2 years ago. In that time it has done a bang up job carrying the torch for 7STRING, selling well at conventions and receiving some awesome reviews, such as this one from the Forbidden Planet blog: http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/2013/review-7-string/
Now I'm back and Volume 2 is nearly done. Looking for a November 2014 release I now only need help with one thing: Printing.
Being such a big cost up front for a perfect-bound high quality graphic novel, I need a helping hand, but I see this Kickstarter also as a kind of preordering system for the book too.
The finished book will be an 80 page (approx) perfect bound graphic novel printed at very high quality in full colour. The pages scattered through this blurb are samples from the book itself.
By guaranteeing yourself a copy of 7STRING Volume 2 on release, you also play a part in the making of the book and support me as an artist. Your support is funded directly into the creation of the story and will ensure further volumes to come! How awesome is that?!
7STRING Volume 2 will eventually be on sale for £10. It can be yours today for a pledge of just £15, which covers the cost of the book and the postage, not to mention helping make the book a reality!
Also keep an eye out for our awesome EARLY-BIRD rewards where you can grab yourself a copy for the limited edition price of just TEN POUNDS!
There's also the opportunity to get hold of Volume 1, the perfect way to read the whole story so far!
On top of that, digital copies of the book make up a significant chunk of the lower end of the rewards. I want to make it as easy as possible for people to read my story. That's why I do this! I want you guys to check it out. Digital copies remove headaches of international postage and all sorts... everyone can enjoy it!
AS IF THAT WASN'T ENOUGH!!! I am also offering copies of the in-universe card game BELLS. This is a card game that Melodians play and you'll see it played in Volume 2. I have actually created a full deck of cards and devised the game to play (the rules for which you will find in the back of Volume 2)... see above for a picture of a full deck.
Every copy of Volume 2 has a guide to how to play the game in the back and a link to a print-and-play version of the game so everyone can play even if you don't opt for the high quality printed reward, pictured above.
Finally, my highest-most reward is for a one-of-a-kind personalised commission of yourself (or another person of your choosing) re-imagined as a musical warrior of Melodia, hailing from any clef you choose, wielding whatever incredible instrument weapon you can conceive of! Below is an example of such a commission I did for a 7STRING fan a little while ago. She was a cellist and so naturally... CELLO CANNON.
The bigger picture!
Awesomely, Zach's adventures go even beyond Melodia and Volumes 1 and 2...
THE HEAVENLY CHORD is a 2-part crossover story set between Volumes 1 and 2 which is not necessary to the plot but is canon to the 7STRING universe. In this story, the hero Zach falls into the world of the awesome, indie smash-hit AFTERLIFE INC. by Jon Lock (www.jonlock.com) who also happens to be a close friend and collaborator of mine. Due to the success of our indie crossover we have since formed the comics and games production studio BIG PUNCH STUDIOS but that's a story for another day! Safe to say, The Heavenly Chord is an explosive 60 page story drawn by me and written by Jon, that expands further on the 7STRING mythology. By supporting this Kickstarter you're not only helping to make my 7STRING world a reality but you're also contributing to a greater universe of ADVENTURE!
7STRING is my big project, my major story, the sum-up of my influences and my dreams. It is the huge epic story that I have so much exciting stuff planned for and its going to blow your mind when you get there... I can't wait. I hope you'll consider helping to bring the next chapter come to life. From here its onto Volume 3... and then THE WORLD!
Music credit for the video: Zomboy - Vancouver Beatdown
Risks and challenges
The beauty of this campaign over my last 7STRING one is that the book is so close to completion. I am not raising money to allow work to begin on the book. Work is nearly done and the thing left to do is print it. That said, risks and challenges come in the form of on-time delivery, negotiating postage and print times, meeting deadlines and keeping every last backer not only satisfied but happy.
I met these challenges head on with my previous successful kickstarter for Cat and Meringue, 1000 Days of Adventure with a difficult book due to its size and weight. This is easier but the challenges still remain.
I believe in regular updates and constant communication with my backers.
I have learnt a lot from my successful Cat and Meringue campaign and am more than equipped to ensure 100% satisfaction with this one as well.
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