After eleven years, Chirault has concluded! Equal parts drama, adventure and fantasy, it's free to read at its home over at chirault.sevensmith.net
It is the story of Teeko, an upbeat young girl shrunk to teacup-size, who teams up with a demon-hunting demon named Kiran to get back to normal-- but instead they stumble straight into a twenty-year-old conspiracy.
Kiran has never known his own origin: what is he, and how did he come by his strange powers? It turns out that he may be connected in an unexpected way to the strange events taking place.
This campaign is for the printing of the final two books in the series! Chirault will have five volumes in total, and the first three have already been printed; the remaining two volumes will bring the full pagecount to 1282, including the bonus comics and epilogues.
Printing two books at once is an ambitious goal, but in truth the books themselves are essentially finished. The pages have been laid out and typeset, and the artwork has been checked over and remastered wherever necessary, getting it fit for print. Thanks to the help of my beta readers, the final books will look great, and I'm excited to share them with everyone!
This time, I've split up the ebook versions of the volumes into two tiers! If you already have the previous books as PDFs and just want the new ones, the $5 tier is for you! It tier includes Volume 4 and Volume 5 in digital PDF form.
If, on the other hand, you're looking to get the whole series on your e-reader of choice, the $10 tier will bring you PDF editions of all 5 books!
The main event: physical copies of Volume 4 and Volume 5!
Volume 4 is 292 pages long, and Volume 5 is 300 pages. Both are 6x8 inches in size (matching the previous books), and will be printed in softcover. They'll both have updated cast pages and maps!
A note about Volumes 1-3
If you want to add one or more of the previous books to your order for this or any of the other physical tiers, you can! There are two ways to do this:
- Add $20 (for Volume 1), $25 (for Volume 2), or $30 (for Volume 3) to your pledge, and send me a message to let me know that's what the addition is for! You can do this through the confirmation page on Kickstarter, after you've selected the tier you want.
- Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3 can be purchased directly through the Chirault shop! This way you can have them shipped to you right away. If you choose this option, you can get the new books (and any other combination of rewards) by pledging normally to the campaign.
This is mostly for anyone who has one or two but not all of the previous three books, or who's looking to add the earlier books to another tier (such as prints). If you're looking to grab all five of the books, there is a tier for that! Just keep scrolling down.
- In 2012 I created a 48-page full colour minicomic about Astrid, showing some backstory from his childhood-- notably, the events that started his journey from being a street urchin, to becoming the powerful and confident mage he is when he encounters Kiran and Teeko later in their story.
If you'd like to check out the mini in advance, you can read it online here. This tier is limited as I do not have many copies left.
This tier is the same as the $40 tier, but with the addition of two bookplates-- exclusive stickers with customized drawings!
At this tier, you'll receive all of the rewards above, plus your choice of 2 high-resolution prints on glossy cardstock! As a side note, while there are some new prints added just for this campaign, the prints from all three previous campaigns are also available, should you want them!
Backers at this tier will receive everything from the 'Prints' tier, as well as a custom portrait inked in the style of the comic and coloured in marker! The original art (sized 8x11) will be mailed along with the other rewards.
Chirault is illustrated with brush inks and greyscale markers, on 8.5x11" paper-- the only digital editing on most pages is to clean up the gutters and add the lettering (which is a font based on my own handwriting). The original pages are very close to what you can see in the books and on the website, and so I'm happy to offer them as a reward on this campaign! Backers at this tier will also receive all the rewards from the 'prints' tier.
Thank you so much! Every pledge and share helps.
We've hit goal, so it's time for stretch goal territory!
Risks and challenges
I'm working with the same printer that did all three previous volumes, and the final products have been gorgeous-- they're familiar with the series and with the specifications for my books, so I have every confidence that these new ones will turn out just as well.
Doing two books at once is a challenge, but as the content is finished and all that's left is to submit the files and pay the printer I'm confident I can do it. On the and fulfilment end of things, this time around I'll be working with Make That Thing to help get the books distributed quickly and effectively! They have a lot of experience with shipping large volumes of goods, and having them on board also means I can offer lower shipping rates for backers outside of Canada too. You can check out their website here: http://makethatthing.com/Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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