The Kickstarter for the second Tome of I Roved Out! If you backed the first Tome, much of this will be familiar to you. If you're just discovering the series and want to catch up, you can purchase the first book here, get the PDF here, or read the whole thing for free online!
I Roved Out in Search of Truth and Love is a high fantasy erotic comic about a couple of lazy elves trying to get out of an epic quest. The story revolves around Cinderella, an extremely friendly, happily-drifting adventurer, and her best friend Maeryll, a semi-retired assassin with refined tastes. The first book was Kickstarted last year, and now the sequel is ready to go with 360+ new pages of weird, warm, wandering high fantasy!
In Tome Two, Cinder and Maeryll have finally been wrangled into their quest and they hit the road - only to be immediately shipwrecked, distracted, lost, and stuck trying to cross a vast uncharted forest with a strange one-legged being called the Oyster. Meanwhile, Maeryll's long-lost love, Naga, is desperately tracking an Elven witch known as The Hammer, who has plunged the Land in chaos.
My goal with this project was to create a porno where sex drove the story and vice versa. Because sex is basically ridiculous, the work fairly drips with humour, but it's sincere, and friendly, with an ever-expanding cast of diverse characters who are just trying to get on in a vast, mysterious world. In terms of both tone and content, I Roved Out lands somewhere between Oglaf and Dark Souls. Maybe more Dark Souls as the plot thickens...
This Kickstarter will cover the costs of a 1000-copy print run for this already-completed comic. The book will be a big beautiful hardcover, about 8.5x11, in full-colour, and include a few extended scenes and a short gallery of various pieces I've drawn over the past year. Here are some photos of the first book:
The goal of 28,000$ (CAD) is how much I need to cover printing, shipping, supplies, taxes and Kickstarter fees. It's a little higher than the previous goal because this book is 60 pages longer, and I discovered plenty of surprise costs in my last edition.
If we go over this goal, I'll be able to print a larger run. Last time I got to print 2000 books, which cost about 60k after shipping and everything, so I'd love to hit that mark again!
My name's Alexis Flower, I'm a writer/illustrator based in central Canada. If you want to know more about me, I'm semi-vocal on twitter. There's also a private Discord you can join through my Patreon (any tier). I Roved Out is my fourth big comic project, the others being LOVELYSS (a pulpy yarn about a nightclub in deep space), LOVESYCK (its prequel) and Bloodmajiq (my first comic, a melancholy fantasy story). You can get LOVELYSS and LOVESYCK as well as various sketches and illustration packs on my Gumroad.
Not too clear about Kickstarter's rules regarding nudity so I've more or less avoided it on this page... which was challenging for this particular Tome. The whole comic is available for free online.
Clarification: 'Gambler's Box' backers do not get a copy of Tome One included in their tier. The 'Whole Package' reward was a mid-campaign addition and I'm unable to edit the reward descriptions.
Risks and challenges
I don't foresee any risks, the only difference from my last Kickstarter is that the books will be shipping in sturdy cardboard containers instead of bubble mailers to ensure the books arrive in good condition. The comic is complete and the printer is lined up, I just need to know how many books to make.
The challenge is that I'll be running these to the post office sometime in January, when it's like -40 over here! BUT... the cold never bothered me anyway. Like Elsa.
Thanks for reading everybody!
- (30 days)