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Printing volume 2 of the epic fantasy graphic novel, Chirault!
Printing volume 2 of the epic fantasy graphic novel, Chirault!
Printing volume 2 of the epic fantasy graphic novel, Chirault!
209 backers pledged CA$ 10,035 to help bring this project to life.

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After a spell gone wrong, a young girl shrunk to the size of a teacup teams up with a demon hunter (who happens to be a monster himself) in order to find a way back to her correct size. However, all the mages who could help her are occupied with a much larger problem: their most dangerous new project has been stolen, and the thief threatens to use it against them.

Meanwhile, increasingly large and nasty monsters are coming from the dangerous lands to the west, and it's Kiran's job to stop them. That job may be starting to get too big for him, especially as his own powers start to escape his control.

I'm raising money to print the second volume of Chirault! It's a bigger book than the first one: 230 pages, perfect bound, collecting the second arc of the storyline as Teeko and Kiran face some increasingly tough challenges and meet some new allies. Volume 1 was Kickstarted in December 2014, and it went very well! The books printed beautifully, and all of the physical rewards have been mailed out.

The old artwork has been touched up and in some cases redrawn for print-- the Extras section at the back of the book will include an updated cast page featuring the new characters who appear in this book as well as those returning from Volume 1.

Due to the increased page count of the second book (and that I want to commit to colour printing from the outset so as to match Volume 1), the cost of putting it into print is higher than last time. Shipping will also be a bigger number this time around, not just for the added weight of Volume 2 by itself but also for any packages I send out with both volumes together! Any extra funding from this campaign will go to ordering more books, attending more conventions, and making more prints and comic-related artwork for readers to enjoy.

On to the rewards!

Three new illustrations, exclusive to Kickstarter backers, to decorate the background of your device of choice!

Digital versions of both Chirault Volume 1 and Volume 2. Each will include all of the print-only extras.

The main event: a copy of Chirault, volume 2!

It will be printed in softcover, 6x8" (a little larger than manga-sized), and will be 230 pages long (about 70 pages more than Volume 1). To preserve the tones of the traditional marker shading, it will be printed in colour. The extras section at the back will include a new map, character bios, and a worldbuilding section.

For people who want their copy more customized, I’ll be printing a special set of sticker bookplates to go on the inside of the front cover just for this Kickstarter! These will be sketched on and signed for everyone who backs at or above the $25 tier level; backers can request which Chirault character they'd like sketched on theirs.

Volume 1 is also available both as a bundled tier with Volume 2, or as an optional add-on or replacement! These came out beautifully and I'm proud to be able to offer them.

Two high-quality prints, 8.5x11" on semi-gloss cardstock! You can choose your two favourites from among the images above (you can see higher-resolution uploads here). Prints from the first campaign are also available on request.

In addition to everything detailed above, you’ll receive a custom portrait inked in the style of the comic and coloured digitally or in marker, drawn to your request! The original art (sized 8x11) will be mailed to you along with the book-- inks only if you selected the digital colouring option. If you have questions about this tier, please contact me!

In upcoming scenes of the comic, Teeko and the gang team up with an elite group of hunters for a mission into the Bone City-- a treacherous, desolate place, shrouded in poisonous fog and filled with dangerous monsters. You (or an avatar of choice) can appear as one of these!

I’ll draw a portrait of the monstrous version of your character, in the style of the comic, and you’ll receive a physical copy of this portrait in the mail. It can be as human or nonhuman in appearance as you like, though I will be using discretion in keeping the designs within the 'universe' and themes of the comic.

As these scenes will be occurring as the story proceeds, the actual appearances of the cameos will be later than the fulfillment date of the second volume-- I estimate around Spring 2016. All backers at this tier will receive their physical rewards at the same time as everyone else, though.

With this reward, you'll get a page of original comic art, available for the first time! You can choose any page from volume 1 or 2. As the are five slots available but each page is one of a kind, backers at this tier will be asked for their top five choices (based on the PDF books).

This sculpture was modeled by Morena Protti and is industrially printed 9.5cm tall in white nylon. It was first sculpted for the Volume 1 Kickstarter (the pose is based on the cover of that book), and I'm pleased to be able to offer it again!

STRETCH GOALS

As we've got enough funding to make the books, here are some stretch goals!

   • The 2-page ministory will sit at the end of the book in the Extras section, along with the map and character bios! You can see the mini I created for the first book here.
  • If we meet the second goal, a kickstarter-exclusive bookmark illustrated in papercraft by Sam Garvey (aka Yutaan) will be sent out with each copy of the book!
  • The third stretch goal is a new sticker sheet! Every pledge tier with a physical reward will receive a set. Here are the designs:

  • The final stretch goal, if we hit five digits: expansion of the extras section at the back of the book, to include some additional worldbuilding and details on the magic system!

VOLUME 1 INFO

For backers who missed the first campaign and want volume 1 or the Shenanigans minicomic, you have a few options:

    • Pledge to the 2-book or 3-book tier! This will get you all the books in one convenient package.
    • Buy book 1 or the mini from my online store

If you want book 1 but also the extra rewards from a higher tier (prints, portrait commission, etc), you also have 2 options:

    • Pledge to that tier and send me a message that you would like to swap out book 2 for book 1
    • Pledge to the tier and add $20 ($25 if you are outside of Canada), with a note that you would like book 1 added on. To add the mini, please add $10 (or $12 if you are international)

You can also get the stickers from the Volume 1 campaign, by adding $2 to your pledge and sending me a message! (If you are pledging to a digital tier, please add $3, or $4 if you are outside of North America)

I'm really excited to have a chance to put the next installment of my story into print, and share it with more people. Thank you all so much!

You can read the story so far here! It's a member of the SpiderForest webcomic collective. Chirault is rated PG for some violence and language.

Risks and challenges

This is my second campaign. I now have experience with the printing process, as well as in shipping out rewards to the backers; I've gotten a sense now for what to expect along the way and how to deal with it. The artwork and layout for Volume 2 is done and the book itself is ready, so I am confident that I can fulfil my backers within the timeline given.

That said, there are a couple of challenges that are new for this book. It's about 70 pages longer than Volume 1, which leaves price margins a little slimmer (I made the decision to keep the cover price the same, but an increase to shipping rates has meant that the prices had to go up for each tier in this campaign).

I'll also be changing printers for the second book, keeping the whole process local so that conversion rates don't drive the cost of the book outside of my budget.

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    WALLPAPERS: Thank you so much for helping to support the comic! This tier gets you three Kickstarter-exclusive desktop or mobile wallpapers.

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    DIGITAL BOOKS: PDF copies of volume 1 and 2, as well as the wallpapers!

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    THE BOOK: What it says on the tin! A perfect-bound softcover of Volume 2, in all of its papery goodness. Also, the wallpapers and the PDFs.

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    BOOKPLATE: The book, with a signed and sketched bookplate exclusive to kickstarter backers! Plus the wallpapers and the PDFs.

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    2-BOOK SPECIAL: Volume 1 and 2, in print! Plus all digital rewards above.

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    3 BOOK SPECIAL: Volume 1 and 2, as well as the 48-page full colour minicomic 'Shenanigans'.

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    PRINTS: Two art prints of your choice! These are A4 (letter-sized), on semi-gloss cardstock paper. Also, Volume 2 with bookplate as well as the wallpaper and the PDF.

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    CUSTOM ART: A custom portrait, inked in the style of the comic and digitally coloured! As well as all the rewards of the tiers above (prints, minicomic, Volume 2 with a signed bookplate, wallpaper and PDF).

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    MONSTER CAMEO: You (or your original character or avatar) will appear in the comic, as a creepy monster in the Bone City, designed to fit into the world of the comic. You’ll receive an inked and toned original image of the character design. Includes all the rewards of the tiers above (prints, minicomic, the book with a signed bookplate, wallpaper and PDF).

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    ORIGINAL PAGE: An original signed comic page, chosen from anywhere in volume 1 or 2! Also all the rewards of the tiers above (prints, minicomic, Volume 2 with a signed bookplate, wallpaper and PDF).

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    TEEKO SCULPTURE: A 3d-printed figurine of Teeko! Also the prints, minicomic, the book with a signed bookplate, wallpaper and PDF.

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