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We're creating the Nefarious graphic novel! 150+ full color pages that follow the adventures of the master villain, Crow.
We're creating the Nefarious graphic novel! 150+ full color pages that follow the adventures of the master villain, Crow.
We're creating the Nefarious graphic novel! 150+ full color pages that follow the adventures of the master villain, Crow.
348 backers pledged $21,153 to help bring this project to life.

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Nefarious: Graphic Novel Volume 1

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This month only! For Kickstarter backers who also pledge on the patreon for at least $1, on top of what you already get- you also get a bonus pack of exclusive fancomics! [PDF]

If you pledge at $5 on patreon, you get a commemorative metallic finish trading card!

At the conclusion of the campaign send me your patreon name to take part. 

Nefarious is the story about a villain. Crow is a mad genius and world famous princess kidnapper. With his empire in shambles, our rogue protagonist has turned to being a villain-for-hire and abducts royalty for any big name bad guy who can afford his exorbitant fees. 

Nefarious volume 1 seeks to follow his adventures as he thwarts heroes, blows up town hall, and tries to rebuild his once mighty empire into a world conquering force.

 

Nefarious Volume 1 continues the story where the game's true ending leaves off. This was the most easy point for new readers to join in.

Our objective is to fund the creation of a 150+ page book. Four unique chapters of full color illustrations and villainous hijinks. At its core, Nefarious is a comedy with a heart. It deconstructs and inverts tired tropes and seeks to breathe new life into the villain-hero-princess dynamic in fun and interesting ways. 

 Tell me more about Nefarious

Nefarious started out as a game that put you in the role of the villain. Kickstarted back in 2014 and released in January 2017, it was an action platformer where your job was to kidnap princesses. Each princess had a different effect on player mechanics, and each stage ended with you becoming that worlds' boss fight as you battled a tiny hero.

 

What people didn't expect was that Nefarious had an intricate story that explored the role of villains, perspective and authority. Each princess you kidnapped had her own personality and agenda.

 The graphic novel does not rely on you having beaten or even played the game. Characters will be reintroduced organically, so all you need to know about Nefarious to enjoy it is that it's about the adventures of the villain!

 

 A refresher for some, an introduction for others. We'll be meeting lots of new characters in the world of Nefarious, but here are a few fan favorites:

 Crow serves as the villain protagonist of our story. Coming from a long line of villains, he loves mayhem, fighting and blowing obstacles up. Despite his chaotic tendencies, he is instilled with a powerful desire to fix things that are broken. Unfortunately for the world, the system is broken! Crow claims to be able to solve the worlds problems, if only all the kingdoms would unite under him and build a few giant golden statues in his honor. 

Becky is Crow's majordomo. She is a relentless bureaucrat who handles the paperwork and logistics of running Crow's empire. She employs the power of logic and delegation to keep the gears oiled.  Becky is loyal to one thing— the path to power and control. 

Despite being far more ruthless and cruel than Crow, she lacks his charisma and combat prowess. The two find themselves in a symbiotic working relationship with each other.

 Princess Mayapple rules the human kingdom from Macro City. She is a kind and patient ruler who sees the good in anyone, no matter how many times that outlook lets her down. Though well-meaning, Mayapple has proven to go to questionable lengths in order to achieve the greater good for her kingdom. 

Crow and Mayapple have a long history together, as Crow is the designated villain of her kingdom. He's been kidnapping her for six years running! Despite this, Mayapple never neglects to invite him out for go-karting and board game night.

Princess Foxglove rules the kingdom of Kyuutopia. A small tropical island nation that often serves as a vacation destination for all the nations of the world. The Kyuutopians (or Kyuuties) are a race renowned for their cuteness and aversion to being blown up by grenades. 

Despite its flowery appearance, her nation is teetering on the edge of financial ruin. Fox is suffering from a severely low approval rating, and the salty princess is not taking it well. 

Princess Ariella is the warrior princess of dwarves.  Her icy nation of Winterdown is currently under an uneasy truce with the fiery ogre kingdom. The two warring factions recently ended a 100 year war with each other. But Ariella isn't the most diplomatic of dwarves and peace is a fragile thing.

According to tabloid headlines, Ariella and the ogre kingdom leader, Prince Malachite, frequently meet in secret.

Prince Malachite, playboy, lord of flame and ruler of the ogre kingdom is the newest member of the world leader scene. His lofty position comes at the cost of deposing his tyrannical sister Princess Tephra from the throne. 

Though he rules the ogres with a much more gentle hand, his public image suffers from his open admiration for Ariella, his nation's former enemy. Malachite is a firm believer in the power of love.

Princess Farrah Day was an experiment gone mostly right. Though the happy-go-lucky ball of pure energy given human-ish form has a hidden dark side. She was designed to be the perfect princess, a lab-grown construct to exhibit all the proper qualities of a noble leader.

However her own creators were less than perfect and passed on their imperfections to her. When left to her own devices, she prefers to play pranks, and explore the world. 

We want our physical books to be something special and full of exclusive content. Below are some things we have currently planned.

  • Guest Comics - Shorts and comics made by actual fans!
  • Character Bios - Basic bios that go into the who's who of Nefarious. 
  • Concept Art/Model sheets - References drawn be me to keep the details of the cast organized and consistent. 
  • Four issues at 25 pages each.
  • 10 pages of  artwork for the musical "Bad Guy's Gonna Win!"

 We have a few specific addons we wanted to make available. By adding to your pledge (Without changing the tier) you can boost the contents of your reward by selecting from the following choices and then messaging me with which one you want. 

  • +15$ Nefarious game

Buying the game through this campaign is a great way to help us reach our goal! Delivers right as the campaign ends. 

  • +20$ B/W Digital sketch

Buy a sketch from me! I can draw any Nefarious character you wish as a black and white sketch.

  • +30$ Multiple Character B/W Digital Sketch

If you want to have multiple characters (2-3) in one shot. Choose this option. Sketch will be black and white and digital.

  • +70$ Digital Illustration

A full color commission! I'll draw and digitally color a Nefarious character (or any character of your choice) and send you the digital image!

Can't decide? Snag all booster packs by adding 125$ to your pledge! That would be the Nefarious game, 1-4 B/W character sketches, 1 fully colored character illustration.

 

 Below we're going to talk a little more in-depth about your rewards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Risks and challenges

As many of you know, Nefarious Volume 1 will be my second Kickstarter. My first kickstarter Nefarious the game was funded for 50k and successfully delivered to good reviews and favorable impression. I have a history of delivering that I hope you will continue to trust.

Any project comes with risk, there is some new territory I will be traversing, Namely large scale book printing. However I am confident we will break through any challenges that may arise, just as we have before.

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    Everything above plus a character with your likeness will be entered into a pool of background characters. These will show up in the comic! The end of each issue you appear in will also highlight your name and contribution.

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    A signed copy of the volume 1 hardcover edition. Plus a custom-made plushie of doom just for you! Pick any character in the world of Nefarious and we'll make them in cute plush form. This way you get a book and a friend! Supplies are extremely limited! Plus your name will be entered onto the wall of magnificent minions! Plus you get a steam key for the game!

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    A signed copy of the volume 1 hardcover edition. Plus a customized Crow-hoodie! This is an extremely limited tier, so grab this one fast! Plus your name will be entered onto the wall of magnificent minions!

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    A signed copy of the volume 1 hardcover edition! Plus you get to work with me to work on a cameo character! Appear in a minimum of four pages and be involved in the story as a named character! Subject to approval. Also includes a special thank you in the front and back of each issue!

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    Magnificent Bastard Tier

    A signed copy of the volume 1 hardcover edition! Plus a producer credit! Work closely with me on the writing and development of volume 1. Includes a credit in the front and back of each issue. This also comes with any of the other tiers you would like.

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    • Producer Credit
    • Become a citizen of Macro City
    • Legendary Hoodie
    • Live and die as a minion cameo!
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