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Music is everything & the 7STRING is a weapon unlike any other. In this sci-fi/fantasy get ready to TUNE UP, DROP D & SAVE THE WORLD

7STRING is an explosive graphic novel adventure set in a universe where music is everything. A once tranquil planet of 4 peaceful Clefs is threatened by the ambitions of a dictator who seeks to rule at any cost. This is the story of the adventure of 4 young people, complete strangers to each other who will find their destinies intertwined and their strength and emotion tested by an epic adventure across an amazing fantasy sci-fi world, in the onset of a musical war.

Expect temples hanging from guitar strings, warriors of flat and sharp, battles of volume and key and a huge central ocean called Middle Sea. Immerse yourself in a deep musical mythology and a richly realised world of harmony and colour, and prepare to despise a villain who, using a new musical technology, will stop at nothing to own a world. 

Think Green Lantern crossed with Avatar: The Last Airbender. Think Gitaroo Man crossed with Final Fantasy. Think Star Wars crossed with Guitar Hero. 7STRING is a full colour musical adventure in the veins of Saturday morning cartoons and French bandes dessinees. It is sci-fi fused with fantasy with a heck of a lot of action and will give you a whole new world to explore.
Zach and the 7STRING guitar sword!!
Zach and the 7STRING guitar sword!!

ABOUT ME (THE ARTIST AND CREATOR)

I am a UK based comic book artist and illustrator with over 6 years experience in the freelance illustration and children's comic/cartoon strip industry. I have a done a huge amount of work in children's cartoons, comic strips, graphic novel and sequential artwork, story boarding, modern logo design and character design as well as general illustration and commissioned artwork production. I have worked for the BBC and Titan Magazines as well as having worked on licensed titles for companies such as the WWF, Mattel and Hasbro.

At the same time I have been balancing my freelance and comic book career with a dayjob which up until now has been achievable. However, following the success of 7STRING Volume 1 and my ambition to release Volume 2 soon, to continue telling the story, i am finding it harder to balance these two jobs

7STRING Volume 1 cover
7STRING Volume 1 cover

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pages from my first graphic novel, 7STRING Volume 1
pages from my first graphic novel, 7STRING Volume 1

One of the key elements of comic book creation, for me, is the creation of a new world. World-building is an incredibly exciting exercise for me and one that forms the beating heart of 7STRING. I want to create a place with customs, myths, currency and politics, I want to design everything. 

Doing this opens up potential for further storytelling in this world, and one of these is currently ongoing. An epic comic crossover event with another indie title; Afterlife Inc. by Jon Lock www.jonlock.com it's going to be EPIC!!!

Poster for the upcoming EPIC CROSSOVER of 7STRING and Afterlife Inc.
Poster for the upcoming EPIC CROSSOVER of 7STRING and Afterlife Inc.

THE PROJECT

Creation of 7STRING Volume 2.

7STRING Volume 2 continues the story right where Volume 1 leaves off. As i have written the whole script for 6 volumes of my musical epic, nothing is being left to chance. If you get on board now, you will be guaranteed a finite, tightly written saga with a planned ending.

In 7STRING Volume 2, the four central characters introduced in Volume 1, start coming together and meeting, seemingly by chance. We learn more about the Silence, we meet an ancient figure who lives in a giant record stylus, cutting into a huge LP. We start to uncover the past, an ancient species before humans that lived on the planet of Melodia and we see Zach fight with the 7STRING in a way you haven't even imagined.

Volume 2 will be a thicker package than its predecessor, rocking in at about 150-200 pages. I will take the book to the next level, not only in the events of the story, but in terms of the art as well. I have improved significantly as an artist since producing Volume 1 and you can expect a richer, more beautiful quality of drawing and colouring in the second book. I have begun colouring with digital painting, an effect which greatly increases my special effects and 3 dimensionality. Look below for a sample of my colour work on Volume 2.

Because of all of this, the book is going to take a huge amount of work. I am in the super fortunate position of having a publisher for 7STRING (zetacomics.com). You may think this negates the need for a Kickstarter, but a small unknown book, with a fairly new start-up publisher means I am still struggling to get the word out and to make money off my comics. As such, i need the dayjob, to fund my life as I draw the pages.

Volume 1 took about a year to produce, and that was alongside my dayjob. With Volume 2 on its way to be being a bigger, better and more work intensive book and can see it taking nearly a year and a half to two years... IT CAN'T BE THAT LONG!! I'VE GOT SO MUCH AWESOME STORY TO TELL!!

That's where your awesomely generous help would come in. Your money would allow me to go FULL TIME with 7STRING Volume 2. To prioritise ALL my time with drawing the book, and if I meet my goal I believe I can have the whole book turned around in under 8 months!!

Then, the advantage of having a publisher kicks in. Distribution and marketing of the book is already in hand, its like they're just sitting primed, ready to LAUNCH COMICS!! They will organise the putting together and printing of the book, just as they have for Volume 1 ensuring a high quality, professionally finished book AVAILABLE FAST.

You get your reward quickly and to a high standard and you have helped get a book out into the world, not only realising my dream, but further adding to the awesome world of creator owned comics... which we all know are the best!

For your pledges there are also some kickass rewards...

REWARDS

Among the many rewards I am offering in the column to the right there are some pretty big, significant things! The t-shirt will feature the below image of Zach battling the Organ Drake! The 'World of 7STRING' Artbook will be a gorgeous, hardback book full of digital paintings of the 7STRING world and more information about their cultures and mythology. There are 5 original pages of comic book artwork from Volume 1 available in one tier. These will be the ACTUAL ORIGINAL pen and ink pages, there is only one of each of these IN THE WORLD! And the card game Bells. An actual deck of cards, completely original  designed entirely by me with rules on how to play. The game is part of the story of Volume 2 and you'll see characters playing with the very same cards you can own.

And finally, the topmost tier will allow a lucky pledge-meister, the opportunity to design a piece of musical technology or weaponry which will be used centrally in the 7STRING Volume 2 story-line by a central character! How awesome is THAT? (Answer: Highly awesome)

Design on the 7STRING t-shirts
Design on the 7STRING t-shirts
The world of 7STRING! a new digi-painted version of this is available as another tier reward!
The world of 7STRING! a new digi-painted version of this is available as another tier reward!
The in-universe card game 'Bells'
The in-universe card game 'Bells'

REVIEW SNIPPETS!

'7STRING can only be described as a spectacular showcase of beautiful artwork mixed with strong storytelling'

Padraig Balch - Chaoshour.com

In fact the whole book is so big hearted and engaging that I hesitate to pick fault at all because I am so looking forward to the next installment.

Page 45 - Nottingham based comics store

Stylistically, the artwork is rather incredible. It's like... nothing ive ever seen before, yet instantly familiar, as if its blended about a hundred different art-forms into one

Josh - MultimediaMouth.com



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One of the biggest challenges in the comic book world, particularly when you are doing everything yourself (writing, drawing, colouring etc.) is self motivation and being strict with yourself and your time. This is an area i am particualy strong in. I work every day, and i am completely devoted to my projects and my art in general. The testament to that is that I already have one graphic novel out!

I have worked for years both for myself and professionally, i consistently meet deadlines and produce a high standard of work. I am confident and focused... this is my passion.

I care so much about this story and am so keen for others to get immersed and lost in the 7STRING world, to be entertained and to have fun. I am committed and that's a big deal. Combined with that fact that I have a publisher/printer raring to go, everything's in hand.

The only thing I need, is your help to bring it all together and make it happen. To allow me to live and breath pages and make this a comic that can stand up there with the best of them.

I firmly believe I can do that, and if you pledge, thank you for believing that too.

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