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Help print issue #1 of KINGDOM OF DOG, the story of dog knights who worship absent Masters, and cyborg pigs who search for internet.
52 backers pledged CA$ 2,276 to help bring this project to life.

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Stretch Goal Briefs:

$1300: Huge quality bump. All print backers get an "industry standard" quality book.

$1500: Larger print run. All backers get a little-known animal fact included in their package.

$1800: Work starts on issue 2 sooner than scheduled. All backers get digital copy of new pages sooner than anyone else.

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Human beings disappeared, but their pets and livestock remained.

Now, enclaves of zealous dog knights protect the city-tombs of their absent masters. Their enemies are the cyborg pigs who raid the ruins for old human technology to add to their arsenal, and to search for the mysterious and elusive "internet".

Squire Hound wants to be counted among the Good Girls and Boys at the Masters' side when They return to the world, so she is brave and cunning. So cunning, that she finds the fate of all dog-kind, and the fate of the Masters, relying on her Obedience, and her ability to coerce Runt, her captured pig.

Do not pity her. Great tricks are expected of faithful dogs, and Squire Hound will get to show just how much faith she really has.

Michael Minthorn, Oil on Canvas, 2014
Michael Minthorn, Oil on Canvas, 2014

Kingdom of Dog is to be a 12 issue comic book series about the lives of animals in a future without humans, and the dogs' holy crusade to bring them back. It's like if the animals of Redwall lived in Mad Max and had Black Death problems. It's like some other things too but that's boring, just read it and you'll know what it's like.

This is a fundraiser to get some physical copies of issue #1 into the world, to buy table space at a couple conventions, and to pay artists to begin work on issue #2

Issue #1 is written and lettered by me (Christopher Lawson) and illustrated by the formidable Soo Lee. It is available to read for free online.

BUT! Soo is remastering the whole damn thing. This means that every backer will get freshly improved colors and illustrations NOT available online until much later. So much later.

This is also currently the only venue through which I am selling prints! They will be printed on 100lb stock or better. At the 20$ tier, you'll get two 8.5x11 prints, one of Michael Minthorn's fantastic oil painted cover, and one of illustrator Matthew Adams' love letter to the common pig.

You'll have to ask Matthew what he used to make this. Ink and nightmares likely.
You'll have to ask Matthew what he used to make this. Ink and nightmares likely.

 Now that our baseline is funded, I'm got eyes on some improvements.

$1,300

At this level, I can afford a drastic increase in the quality of the final printed copy. It will look and feel like something you'd pick up at your official real deal comic book store. Why is this important? Dress for the job you want, not the one you have. I'll be sending physical copies out for review and to submit to publishing companies and I want anyone who gets their hands on it to know how much we care about this story. I want it to look like it already belongs on shelves. ALL BACKERS GETTING PHYSICAL COPIES WILL EXPERIENCE THE QUALITY FOR THEMSELVES THANKS TO THE SENSUAL VELVET GLIDE OF 32lb GLOSSY PAPER.  

$1,500

At this stage, I can increase the quantity of the print run by 50%. This means I can send more out into the world, I can give Soo even more copies to distribute in far away New York, and I can afford to charge less for them at conventions and online, which is great because it lowers a new reader's barrier to entry. AT THIS LEVEL ALL BACKERS WILL GET A NOTE CONTAINING A LITTLE-KNOWN FACT ABOUT AN ANIMAL SPECIES IN THEIR PACKAGE.

$1,800

At this stage, I can afford to commission the first five pages of art for issue #2 much sooner than planned. This gets the ball rolling and lets me strike while the iron is hot, if I may use two boring cliches in the same sentence. Why just 5 pages? I can use them to drum up more attention and support to fund the rest of the issue. Otherwise I have to wait until I can afford to commission the whole comic and that takes a while. AT THIS LEVEL, BACKERS WILL GET A DIGITAL PDF OF THE FIRST FIVE PAGES OF ISSUE #2 BEFORE THEY ARE AVAILABLE ANYWHERE ELSE, POSSIBLY INCLUDING THE COVER, DOG WILLING. T

Risks and challenges

The issue is already complete, so there is very little risk. I suppose the riskiest scenario is that you get really invested in the story and it takes a long time for me to do more issues. But guess what? I'm getting laid off in the winter so don't you worry about that.

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    DIGITAL ONLY

    A digital PDF copy of the remastered comic emailed to your inbox.

    + Your name listed on the Thanks Be To You page in the comic and on the website.

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    PRINT COPY

    A print copy of the remastered comic is delivered to you by post, by hand, or by carrier corgi.

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    ART PRINTS

    I'll include two art prints, both 8.5x11 and printed on 100lb paper or better:

    + KINGDOM OF DOG cover by Michael Minthorn

    + KINGDOM OF PIG illustration by Matthew Adams

    + Print copy
    + Digital copy
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    Have your dog appear in a future issue. They will be named and in full regalia. There are a variety of roles requiring dog models so your candidate might appear in a single panel or become a major character. In either case, their title and deeds will be listed at the end oƒ the issue they first appear in, and they will be known to all.

    + Two prints
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    Have your dog appear in a future issue. This tier is just like the previous one, except you are guaranteed nothing bad will happen to your dog's character "on-screen".

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    Pledge CA$ 120 or more About $90

    Kingdom of Dog artist Soo Lee will create a black and white portrait of your pet or animal of choice in full Kingdom Of Dog glory, and I will include the original in your package.

    + Plot protected appearance of your chosen animal in a future issue
    + Two prints
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    Pledge CA$ 600 or more About $448

    Fine artist Michael Minthorn will paint an oil portrait of an animal of your choice in Kingdom Of Dog regalia, similar to the cover of the comic, and it shall be sent to you with the utmost care.

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