About this project
Kiran has been trying to help Teeko find a way to undo a wayward shrinking spell for weeks now, but it’s been hard finding a knowledgeable magic user-- the Mage Guild is too busy with its own problems, namely the theft of their most dangerous new magical artifact.
Just as they might have found a way in, it turns out that the Guild’s problems might have an internal cause-- and not only that, but Kiran himself might have a connection to the mystery. He’s never known the true nature of his demonic side, and it turns out that the monsters in his own past might be the biggest challenge he and Teeko have yet faced.
I'm raising money to print the third volume of my fantasy webcomic, Chirault! It's a high fantasy adventure about fighting monsters and also making friends with monsters-- sometimes the same ones. I've been updating three pages every week since 2007, amassing a pretty hefty archive in the process, and I'd love to bring all of that story into print-- this Kickstarter will be a big step towards that goal.
This is going to be the biggest book so far: 324 pages in total, collecting chapters 11-16 of the webcomic. The story is starting to get intense; some mysterious players have entered the scene, and they seem to know things about Kiran that he is still unaware of himself. Their new friends, Bethan, Aaron, and Astrid, find themselves enmeshed in whatever’s going on as well-- and subject to all the danger.
As with Volumes 1 and 2, I’ve gone through the old artwork and refined it, fixing it up and making it fit for print. Thanks to the help of my beta readers, this book is going to look great, and it’ll bring even more of the story into your hands and onto your bookshelf.
Anyway, on to the rewards!
This tier will get you digital PDF copies of Chirault Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3! That's nearly 700 pages of comic, all in one bundle.
Here's what the campaign is all about: the book!
This tier will get you a copy of Chirault, Volume 3. 324 pages long, 6x8 inches in size (same as Volumes 1 and 2), softcover. It will include an updated character page and map, and may end up with more extras depending on how this campaign goes and whether we hit any stretch goals!
I created a 48-page minicomic, in full colour, which contains a key point from Astrid's backstory: the events that started his childhood journey from being a street urchin, to being the powerful and confident mage he is when he encounters Kiran and Teeko later in their story. It originally appeared online in 2012; there's only a limited number of these left.
If you'd like to check out the mini in advance, you can read it online here. It's also available in combination with all three books, further down the page.
*Note: this tier does not come with a bookplate, sorry if there's any confusion!
This tier is the same as the $20 tier, but with the addition of a bookplate-- an exclusive sticker with a customized drawing on it!
This tier gets you the book, and a handmade 1+ pin cast in pearlescent resin! Felix Wright is producing a limited quantity of these for this campaign, in the shape of the Hunter's Guild sigil (the one Kiran wears on his sleeve).
At this tier, you'll receive all of the rewards above, plus your choice of 3 high-resolution prints on glossy cardstock! As a side note, while there are some new prints added just for this campaign, the prints from the Volume 1 and Volume 2 campaign are also available, should you want them!
At this tier, you'll receive all 3 books! Chapters 1-16 of Chirault, collected into three tidy volumes. If you want bookplates in them, please add $10 per bookplate to your pledge and send me a message to let me know.
This and the next tier are the only bundled tiers that include Volumes 1 and 2-- if you want to pledge to another tier (for instance, to get the prints) but still want one or both of the other books, you have a couple of options:
- Add $20 (for Volume 1), $25 (for Volume 2), or $10 (for the minicomic) to your pledge, and send me a message to let me know that's what the addition is for!
- Volume 1 and Volume 2 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 Volume 3 (and any other combination of rewards) by pledging normally to the campaign.
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.
This tier receives the book + bookplate, choice of two prints, and a custom full-body portrait in marker. Additionally, you (or your chosen avatar or customized monster) will appear in the comic, in the next crowd shot or scene involving multiple new characters.
This will probably be the last time I can offer this tier, incidentally, because I'm nearly finished illustrating the story!
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 tier on this campaign! Backers at this tier will also receive all the rewards from the 'prints' tier.
WE HIT GOAL!! So here's what's next:
12000: A short bonus story that will be distributed digitally to all backers! It will be 4 pages long and relate to events within Volume 3.
I'm excited to get this book into print! The story really starts to kick off here-- I had a ton of fun writing and drawing the scenes in this volume, and I hope you enjoy reading it too. Thank you for checking out my campaign!
Risks and challenges
I have some experience in the process of bringing a book to print now thanks to making Volumes 1 and 2-- I'll be working with a Canadian printer for this project, so I won't be dealing with international shipping or customs prior to being able to see my books, and that will cut down on the number of potential hurdles I might face.
Because the book is so long, it is a more challenging book to print; it will cost more to print than Volumes 1 and 2, and if there's a lot of demand for Volume 1 from this campaign I might need to reprint those books sooner than anticipated as well. I'm confident that I can do so without a problem, though, as the Volume 1 files are all ready to go and the cost of reprinting it is very reasonable.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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