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A very awesome, colourful comic, the lovechild of Pokèmon and The Avengers! Worth backing for the geeky t-shirts alone!

Cross Pokémon with The Avengers.

That's The Elemals™.

It's a Sci-Fi Action-Dramedy. Basically it's a love letter to the cartoons and video games I grew up with.  It'll have action, adventure, romance, and a whole load of subtle self-aware nods to other works.  

The story takes place in the not too distant future and follows an unlucky British cartoonist - Josh - who, when London floods to biblical proportions, decides to start a new a life for himself in another country, only for a mad scientist named Bob (there's always a mad scientist named Bob in these things) to steal his ideas and create super powered cyber-organisms to sell on as weapons of war.

Mo, Elemal of Wind
Mo, Elemal of Wind

While my style is light hearted and colourful, the story and themes will hopefully appeal to a broad amount of comic fans, whether it's Adventure Time or X-Men.

Okay... What do you want?

A beautiful, 140 page collection of The Elemals™ is the goal of this Kickstarter
A beautiful, 140 page collection of The Elemals™ is the goal of this Kickstarter

What's in it for me?!

So glad you asked!  Check out the rewards on the right, broken down in this handy chart with icons and big green tick symbols:

 In addition I'd like to include sketches, character bios and additional art that'll really help to give you, the reader, the opportunity to see how I work, and see what goes into creating something like The Elemals™.

The Elemals™ - Hannah and Corvus Sketch
The Elemals™ - Hannah and Corvus Sketch
Working in Photoshop on colours and shading
Working in Photoshop on colours and shading
The Elemals™ [Birth] Vol 3 cover sketch and colour test
The Elemals™ [Birth] Vol 3 cover sketch and colour test

This Kickstarter intends to cover printing costs for a book of that size, plus ISBNs and costs for promotion, marketing, website materials and to really go ahead and make this a full time thing. I'm very sure this is a great idea, what little I've shown so far has been met with amazing interest from industry peers and I can't wait to show what's next.

T-Shirts?!

I HEAR YOU! So glad you asked. I've got some great rewards for you guys, including the opportunity to be IN the comic, geeky tees, signed books, and commissions!

I'd like to offer the opportunity in this kickstarter to reprint the designs I've made already for people who may have missed out, as well as introduce some brand new designs which you'll be able to get FIRST through this Kickstarter.  

There's something for the geek in all of us, whether you like comics, movies or games!  I'm also strictly offering commissions through this Kickstarter, so if you've ever been in the market to get something drawn by me, now's the time.  I'm also offering the chance for 7 lucky people to immortalise themselves within the pages of The Elemals™!

Here are the tshirt designs! 23 of which are brand new for this Kickstarter.  

Remember these are all designed by me, right now this is the only place in the world to get them!

5 more designs will be unlocked once we hit 75 backers!

Pledge £15 for a mystery tee, £20 for a standalone tee, £30 for tee with the comic, and £50 to pick 3 tees!
Pledge £15 for a mystery tee, £20 for a standalone tee, £30 for tee with the comic, and £50 to pick 3 tees!

 I print using Gildan, and have attached a sizing guide below.

Guys and Ladies Fit! You'll pick your size and design once the Kickstarter ends successfully.

Commissions

A number of the higher reward tiers offer a limited amount commissions

I will be offering digitally drawn as well as hand-drawn digital commissions, depending on what you pledge to the project.  This Kickstarter is the ONLY way to secure a commission from me this year! I will not be offering them at conventions, or via email, until everyone who backed this Kickstarter has received theirs.  So if you want a commission from me, this here Kickstarter's how to do it - back early! 

About Me

I'm Josh Clarke!  http://fb.com/JoshClarkeDraws

My style has many influences both Eastern and Western; I've been described by a passer-by at a comic convention as "Manga meets The Beano". I'll take that!

In the last two years I've been making a name for myself on the UK comic convention scene; most recently in the UK, you'd have seen me at May 2013's MCM Expo London Comic Con, July 2013's London Film and Comic Con, and July's Manchester Comic Con, with Vol 1-2 of my comic The Elemals™, plus a few of the geeky tee designs you see above!

I want this to be all I do, with the aid of Kickstarter, this dream can become real!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I've teamed up with UKComics to get my books printed in the past - they are on board to get The Elemals™ [Birth] collection printed and ready for all my Kickstarter backers! They will be counting on me to work to deadline so that I can get the finished items out to you in the stipulated time, but there is always some risk with a one-man undertaking that they might be late!

I aim to have this project ready to print in September but I do have commitments to fulfil such as a "regular job" which may set me back - with the support this Kickstarter hopefully generates I should be able to put a lot more focus into my comic in the future.

I have already come so far off my own back and need this little extra push from all my backers and supporters to really indicate that I am taking the right path.
With that said, please back generously!!

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    Every little helps! Pledge £1 or more and get a full colour high resolution Thankyou wallpaper, which you'll see me working on throughout the Kickstarter!

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    DIGITAL BOX: Digital copy of the The Elemals™ [Birth] Vol 1-3, and the 24 page prequel.

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    STARTER BOX: Like the feel of a comic? Along with the digital versions, receive printed, full colour individual copies of The Elemals™ [Birth] Vol 1, 2 & 3, delivered anywhere! Only a limited number of Vol 3 will be printed individually!

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    MYSTERY BOX: Along with the digital copies of the comic, grab one of my geeky tees... but I don't tell you which one! You tell me the size (S-XXL, Guys or Ladies Fit), you get a random tshirt, delivered anywhere! WILDCARD!!

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    NAKED BOX: By popular demand: just the tshirt of your choice. Clothe yourself!

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    THE ELEMALS™ BOX: This is what the Kickstarter is ALL about! The Elemals™ [Birth] collection features Vol 1, 2 & 3, along with the "itsjustjoshdotcom" prequel in a thermal-bound trade paperback spread over 140 glorious full colour pages, including bonus sketches, character bios and additional artwork. You'll also receive a digital version.

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    T-SHIRT BOX: Oh, you like my tees? Well, thank you! For an extra £5, why don't you pick a design to accompany your 140 page copy of The Elemals™ [Birth]? Check the left hand side and include the Tshirt Number, Size and Fit! Want more than one tshirt? Check out the TSHIRT STACK BOX perk below!

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    FAN BOX: SIGNED printed individual versions of The Elemals™ [Birth] Vol 1,2, and 3 PLUS the The Elemals™ [Birth] 140 page collection! ALL signed! I will also include an KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE high quality A4 card print of the thankyou wallpaper I create for this Kickstarter. Signed too! Plus digital copies.

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    TSHIRT STACK BOX: Oh wow, you must REALLY like my tshirts! Mix and match three different designs to accompany your 140 page copy of The Elemals™ [Birth] collection. Check the left hand side and include the Tshirt Number, Size and Fit!

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    COMMISSION BOX: For 15 lucky, FAST people I will deliver a digitally drawn and printed full colour request* [*2 characters max] onto A3 150gsm glossy paper, and include with a signed copy of The Elemals™ [Birth] 140 page collection. That'll make for one hell of a Birthday/Xmas present!

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    TUTOR BOX: Everything in FAN BOX plus a 1 hour private chat / webcam workshop with me, where I can share my art tips, tricks and industry tips! Great for critique, resources, insight on advice on attending conventions, resources, promoting your work etc which I've learned over the years! (English only)

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    COLLECTOR'S BOX: "The Works". Get and printed, SIGNED individual versions of The Elemals™ [Birth] Vol 1, 2, 3, The Elemals™ 140 page collection. The Kickstarter exclusive A4 print. A t-shirt of your choice(Check the left hand side and include the Tshirt Number, Size and Fit!). A digitally drawn, A3 printed request with up to 2 characters. And finally... the most personal of personal... a HAND-DRAWN request(of anyone/anything you like). Signed. Sealed. Delivered. For you £100 and above top tier pledgers, I will also include your name on a "Special Thanks" page.

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    CAMEO BOX: if the COLLECTOR'S BOX isn't quite enough for you, a £120 pledge will also guarantee you an appearance in The Elemals™! Your face will prominently feature in a crowd scene in the Vol 3 section of The Elemals™ [Birth] 140 page collection!

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    VIP BOX: You asked for it, you got it. Pledgers who choose the VIP box will, in addition to all above perks in the Collector's Box, get to GUEST STAR IN THE ELEMALS™ COMIC ITSELF. You'll have a speaking character in the Vol 3 section of The Elemals™ Birth 140 page collection. Immortalise yourself.

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    WISH BOX: Me. Pay this and you get my time to use as you wish. I'm yours for the day. If you want me to draw you a comic, give a speech, clean your house, teach my Photoshop tips and tricks to an audience, paint a wall in a hospital or library, or hang out, play video games and eat pizza, I'm game. No gross stuff. This perk can be carried out in ONE location and lasts up to 8 consecutive daylight hours, including a 1 hour lunch break. (UK only)

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    WACOM BOX: Everything in COLLECTOR'S BOX, plus.... a WACOM CINTIQ 13HD! You heard correct! This is the very same Cintiq I used to create The Elemals™ [Birth] Vol 3. I'll sign the box!

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