My name's Ashley Cope and I'm the creator of Unsounded, a high fantasy adventure graphic novel. Unsounded is published online for free right now and you can read it for yourself at http://www.unsoundedcomic.com.
The comic stars Sette Frummagem, a streetwise young pickpocket eager to please her dad, the local King of Thieves. In order to prove her worth, Sette is sent across the continent to collect on a debt from her cousin, with no one to protect her but a mysterious man named Duane who... happens to be undead.
Battling and sneaking their ways past human traffickers, corrupt police officers, heroic royal guardsmen, nihilistic mages, and desperate criminals, our protagonists finally arrived at the headquarters of Sette's cousin. The second book ended on a tense note, with an injured Sette leading a menacing slaver back to a Love Hotel bedroom where there awaited a ravenous, oblivious, man-eating Duane!
Now, in the third book, things get really weird. With a friend at your elbow though, you can survive almost anything... even the flip-side of reality. Even a pain-eating genocidal superweapon. Even a whorehouse musical!
Unsounded is rated PG-13 for occasional rough language and violence. There are also a lot of boobs. Sometimes they talk!
What's this Kickstarter for?
Let's print Volume 3! Like the first two books it will be a professionally offset printed, perfect-bound, softcover tome. It will include chapters 7,8, and 9 of the comic, weighing in at 300 pages - what a beast! This is the longest of the books so far, with some of my favourite art and definitely some of the fan-favourite interactions and story twists! All comic art will be edited and retouched, and there'll be new interior illustrations. If the stretch goals are met I'll add additional, print-exclusive content. Would you like a senet bestiary?
I also desperately need to reprint the first volume (again!) and hopefully reprint the second as well. Check out the stretch goals below for the skinny on that.
GOOD v. EVIL - Put your mark on Unsounded
I'm super stoked to be offering two KS exclusive 1" x 1.25" metallic hard enamel pins!
But you'll have to look deep inside yourself, backer, and determine your true nature. Do you cling to your best days? Do you focus on the positive and keep a khert-fish ever pinned to your pocket? Or do you walk beneath a dark cloud, smoke eels in your shadow, fixated on entropy and the inevitable end of yourself and all things? You can only choose ONE pin, so choose wisely! Whichever design sells the most will determine the art on the back of Volume 3. Will it be an illustration of the merry Adeliers, or the diabolical Frummagems? Duane's best days or Sette's worst? You decide.
These are Kickstarter exclusive and will not be kept in stock afterwards.
$55K - An illustrated senet bestiary. Senet beasts are the immortal first inhabitants of the Kasslynian continent, predating mankind and privy to the deepest secrets of the world. These mysterious creatures are mostly extinct, but the extant remainders range from silk-spinning worms to cannibalistic, mind-altering viper-men, to the water-blooded waterwomen and their airheaded brothers, the stormbringers.
$60k - An illustrated short story. Duane was not a man of means in his younger days, and a desire to line his pockets drove him towards an unsavoury pursuit.
$70k - Every copy of Volume 3 will come with a cool new sticker and bookmark.
$80k - MOAR BOOKS. With enough dough I'll be able to reprint the entirety of the series to date, concluding with volume 2! This will allow me to open up that Complete Set Tier to the options of pins and bookplates, so that anyone who wants pretty much anything is able to pick it up. Until then, my stock is unfortunately limited to the 7 boxes left under my bed.
$100k - In this impossible and dystopian future, every copy of volume 3 will come with a set of Unsounded art prints. This amount will not be reached, let us be satisfied with the reality into which we were born.
Unsounded only continues to exist because of the support of its readers!. When you support the comic you become a direct patron of a independent story delivered ad-free and unfiltered to your eyes, creator to reader, without any middlemen in-between. I hope you'll consider making a purchase. If you have any questions about the rewards, feel free to comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I also must say a big, sloppy Thank You to everyone at the Unsounded Tumblr, every little reprobate on /co/, and to my good friend Celesse over at Sugar Bunny Shop who knows much more about the business of art than I ever will.
Risks and challenges
I'm a one person organisation. Everything is packed up and shipped out by me. I've run two of these campaigns successfully at this point and I'm pretty confident in my abilities, though I always appreciate patience when it comes to the signed copies and fancier incentives. I want to deliver my best to you!
So please pledge with confidence and know that I will work my very hardest to get you your books or other items in a timely manner. Thank you for believing in me!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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