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Comic & Art book. Illustration style aims to blend Western approach to power and athleticism & Eastern aesthetics in grace and form.
Comic & Art book with a style blending the Western approach to power and athleticism & the Eastern aesthetics in grace and form.
Comic & Art book with a style blending the Western approach to power and athleticism & the Eastern aesthetics in grace and form.
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THANKS TO ALL OUR BACKERS FOR MAKING SPLIT EARTH SAGA COME ALIVE! WE'VE PREPARED FOR YOUR GRAPHIC NOVEL A BADGE STICKER LIMITED TO THIS CAMPAIGN !!

Split Earth Saga is a futuristic fantasy Graphic Novel. 120+ pages, fully coloured, elegantly designed. 

The writer and artists of this project have devoted 1.5 years in the creative process. This is our first attempt to reach out to an audience with our physical books.

 

Long ago, in the year A.D. 2041, human civilisation had reached an ultimate state of harmony. No more energy crisis. No more poverty. No more wars. All aspects of life as people had known were reaching an ideal state. Humanity celebrated its finest moment. 

That's why no one saw it coming. 

Without warning, mountains shattered and crusts broke. Earth had split apart in two, bursting open with a planetary ring. Vast blue light emerged from the divide, mystically locking the two hemispheres in place.

Half of Earth rotated in an eerie manner, with only a limited part of its surface remaining habitable due to the precious rotation of night and day. 

The other half of Earth was not so fortunate. It stopped moving altogether, like a dead weight hovering in space, gradually turning barren under the constant glare of the sun. People named it Everlight, an expanse where menacing spectral beings “Alabaster” roamed.

Decades passed when the two hemispheres lost all contacts of each other. It was only 13 years ago that humans had found a way to breach through the strange effects of the dividing Blue Light, once again connecting two drastically different worlds.

Rescue missions were planned. Year after year, Warrior teams were dispatched to Everlight, tirelessly bringing surviving humans back to the Habitable Zone. With the aid of newly discovered mineral "Dark Stone" deep under Earth's cliffside, human warriors now stood a chance to combat Alabaster.

 A female Warrior must always travel with a male Cultivator, whose blood supply is proven compatible with her unique Dark Stone weapons. 

Zerly (code name: Sprite) is a new Warrior. Unprepared and undertrained, her volatile Dark Stone Blades only function with the nourishing blood of her stepbrother Zack.

She is far from ready, but the fate of humanity cannot wait. Now High Command is sending Sprite and three other Warriors – along with all their Cultivators – on an unprecedented mission. 

When stakes grow high and team dynamics change, they are forced to seek answers beyond those of their immediate task. In doing so, they might be confronted with the ultimate question:  

Why has Earth become what it is? 

Our artistic style aims to be the fusion of many. To combine the Western approach to power and athleticism, and the Eastern sense of aesthetics in grace and form.

The artists employ techniques ranging from European oil painting to oriental brushworks. And the fundamental design gives each Warrior a unique fighting style associated with her Dark Stone weapon type, which evolves and grows as the Warrior does.

To counter the Blue Light Zone's corroding effect that disintegrates all inorganic matters, the Warriors must cross hemispheres in capsules filled with organic algae liquid that serves both as protection and outfit. Upon landing, the algae liquid will coagulate along pre-injected tattoo lines on their skin, forming suits.

Only trained female operatives may wield Dark Stone weapons. Male Cultivators on the other hand need to release blood at will, not only for feeding the weapons but also for drawing blood seals to dispel besieging enemies. So we've designed various "Blood Release Pits" as wearables on mail Cultivators' bodies and arms. 

Fleshing out the world of Split Earth Saga - and characters that will eventually steer its fate - is such a unique experience. Our creative team loves this part of the process, and we want to share with you ideas both initiative and polished. 

Thus we have included many of our design thoughts in various Rewards, primarily in the Artbook, certain that many of you will find them interesting and engaging.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Earth - now only half of it rotates against the Blue Light divide, with the other half remaining forever still. The result is the forming of new geographical zones

Now the surviving humans fight not only to avoid the eternal glare of the sun, but also to shun the devour of night in certain regions. A thin strap of Habitable Zone is all that’s left for life to thrive on. Or is it?

Images from the World-Setting Artbook
Images from the World-Setting Artbook

Old cities in regions of forever night have seen secret guilds mining Dark Stone for unfair trading, while ancient ruins in Everlight have become bases of operation for hunters of strange relics.

A long time has passed since civilisation is redefined, and now even architecture in the two hemispheres are vastly different, powered by distinct energy sources and driven by disparate threats.

 

Images from the World-Setting Artbook
Images from the World-Setting Artbook

Further complicating the situation is the Blue Light’s mysterious effect: all inorganic matters disintegrate into dusts when travelling from the Rotating Hemisphere to the Still Hemisphere, allowing only an unidirectional escape, preventing anyone from going back to the unmoving half of Earth entirely. But scientists from the Habitable Zone have successfully built a catapult technology that is able to send trained human operatives the other way. 

Now Warriors are heading back to Everlight, to a world entirely different from their own. And through the the eyes of the young warrior Sprite, we will journey to the heart of Split Earth's mystery as fate unfolds.  

   

 

 

From the onset, we knew that simply spending time in polishing the story and artworks was not enough. We must make a compelling product worthy of your hard-earned cash. Therefore we’ve done a tremendous amount of research on how best to produce a physical book that, when you finally hold it in your hands, will be VERY PROUD that you’re one of Split Earth’s founding backers

For the same reason, we’ve designed the Reward Tiers in a way that will echo with different Backers’ inner creative genius. Everyone will find something here that feels right for you. 

When it comes down to pricing, we set a goal that touches on breakeven. We believe this is the right decision to set the right foundation stone for the project. Given the chance, we will make alive the world of Split Earth Saga.  

This is the book. 120+ fully coloured pages, 7"x10" in size. A beautifully rendered graphic novel. Every page breathes adventure!
This is the book. 120+ fully coloured pages, 7"x10" in size. A beautifully rendered graphic novel. Every page breathes adventure!

The above is the main reward: Split Earth Saga Graphic Novel. We have painstakingly created the artworks, now it's time to make a great book, worth as their permanent home. Open the pages and follow Sprite in her journey to the lost and forbidden part of Earth!

Other rewards - each unique in its own way - are listed here:

This elegantly designed artbook is about the world of Split Earth Saga, with the creators’ development notes. It contains characters, geography, timeline, technology, monsters, and more. You’ll also read about the artists' design philosophy.
This elegantly designed artbook is about the world of Split Earth Saga, with the creators’ development notes. It contains characters, geography, timeline, technology, monsters, and more. You’ll also read about the artists' design philosophy.

 

Deluxe hardcover set. We will produce the graphic novel and world-setting artbook with their original cover images printed on solid hard covers, wrapped in gloss black dust jackets. A classy gift set for collectors.
Deluxe hardcover set. We will produce the graphic novel and world-setting artbook with their original cover images printed on solid hard covers, wrapped in gloss black dust jackets. A classy gift set for collectors.

 

Four pages of story panels (7” x 10”) selected from important scenes of the graphic novel. Annotations of the writer’s notes reveal how our own collaborative decisions were made while the written language was transformed into the visual.
Four pages of story panels (7” x 10”) selected from important scenes of the graphic novel. Annotations of the writer’s notes reveal how our own collaborative decisions were made while the written language was transformed into the visual.

 

Six illustration prints (4” x 6.7”) of our signature images. At the back of each print, you will see process sketch of that very image, with the artist’ notes, laying bare their thoughts in the image design process.
Six illustration prints (4” x 6.7”) of our signature images. At the back of each print, you will see process sketch of that very image, with the artist’ notes, laying bare their thoughts in the image design process.

  

2 Kickstarter Exclusive Prints (7” x 10”) for Deluxe Combo and above. One is the signature team photo. The other is our protagonists in a teasing mood, veiled in soft light. Both are richly coloured by oil painting and oriental brushwork techniques.
2 Kickstarter Exclusive Prints (7” x 10”) for Deluxe Combo and above. One is the signature team photo. The other is our protagonists in a teasing mood, veiled in soft light. Both are richly coloured by oil painting and oriental brushwork techniques.

 

FREE BONUS for certain tiers! This is the theme music you’ve heard in the video. The MP3 comes in full version. Produced specifically for the mood, this music piece contains hand-played guitar tracks and energetically programmed music arrangement.
FREE BONUS for certain tiers! This is the theme music you’ve heard in the video. The MP3 comes in full version. Produced specifically for the mood, this music piece contains hand-played guitar tracks and energetically programmed music arrangement.

 

 All Backers' names will be credited in our website (in the order of reward tiers and pledging time).

We will also do our best to dedicate page space to the names of as many supporters as possible (when costs and production allows such). So help us spread the word!

This is the last mile. Our journey began 1.5 years ago, now all is ready except the last kick. With all your help, together we will make Split Earth Saga come alive. 

ARTWORKS BOOKLET - Add $15 to obtain

We're creating a booklet that contains at least 30 pieces of our artists' older illustrations. Some are commissioned works (with rights to release) and some are done for fun.

ROSE GOLD BOOKMARK - Add $7 to obtain

Since we've reached the $16K Stretch Goal, ALL Backers (of physical rewards) will receive a free silver metallic bookmark. Now we're offering an Add-On for those who want an additional bookmark of a different colour - Rose Gold. It's produced with an extra process of plating.

And here's the procedure to place Add-Ons

1. After you've made a Pledge to any physical reward tier, go back to the campaign page, click “Manage Your Pledge” button that shows up in the reward selection section. 

2. Increase your Pledge by your desired amount:
- If it's $15 we'll know it's for the Booklet
- If it's $7 we'll know it's for the rose gold bookmark
- If it's $22 we'll know you want both!

3. Proceed with the Continue button, and Confirm. We will be notified and will make a note under your name. When we ship the rewards, you'll get the add-ons too. :)

 

Joey Yu is a storyteller by birth. Born in Taipei, grown up in Vancouver, and now relocated to Shanghai due to career pursuit, Joey has since become a published author in Asia, writing both fiction and nonfiction. His Mandarin novels have won prizes such as Kadokawa Light Novels Award and Fantasy Literature Award in Taiwan. Recently he is writing for Asian comic projects and mobile games (one of them – a FPS called Storm of Darkness – was ranked #1 in Google Play’s action-game for a brief time). 

Zephyr Z. is a character and concept designer. He specializes in elements of the imaginative, trained from years of experience in big corps that developed MMORPG. He is involved in the visual designs of various science fiction novels, including a globally acclaimed one – The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu – and has his painting featured in events based on the IP. Zephyr holds a Masters degree in Fine Arts. He is also an amateur archer, beating opponents in contests small and large when he isn’t drawing. 

Monica Ding is a professional artist with a diverse range of interests and influences. Most days she takes on commissioned jobs painting with two cats on her laps. She learns and appreciates different art styles, drawing from various influences and making her own. She particularly enjoys painting the female form, as to her that’s the most beautiful thing, visually. Monica also claims to be a pseudo botanist, growing cute little plants to be sold in online markets, delivered in pots painted with her own hands. 

Special Thanks to:
- Laurie Underwood for lending our video a mesmerizing voice!
- Kino Eye Productions for creating the blood-boiling music Everlight (KEP is run by Joey's former guitarist Jim; they worked together on the track)
- Leo Chang and Schafer Wilson for helps & hearty advices
- Tahan Lin for super expert tips
- Catherine Chen for her assistance in a meticulous fashion- Chris Collom for his emergency rescue AND many new friends from the KICKSTARTER community for helping a newbie creative trio get on our feet and take that first step.

A WORD ABOUT SHIPPING Just as they say - a real pain in the ass. We've researched different methods and various companies, calculating local and cross-continental costs and all that. The price gives us a headache. But we ain't gonna let distance stop us from shipping the books to whoever calls for it, wherever you may be. Everest, Antarctica. So the creative team has decided to go with our gut feeling. We are pressing shipping price down to the lowest it can be without jeopardising the goods. So even though the books are gonna come from Asia, Backers from North America and Europe should find associated shipping costs reasonable (The only risks we can't take are the heavy weights, Deluxe and double sets, so we priced those higher). We hope our honoured Backers will feel their money well spent, investing mostly in the book's production instead of delivery. And as the campaign is running its course and long after (if we hit our goal), we will continue to search for the ideal method for shipping so our Backers will be receiving smashing good Graphic Novels without overpaying.  

Risks and challenges

Our creative trio do also work on side jobs in order to keep our dreams alive. While there's a risk that we might delay the completion of Split Earth due to unexpected incidents, we will absolutely do all we can to reach your expectation - and to reach our dream milestone. We've spent 1.5 years polishing this project's foundation, and we've come to Kickstarter feeling ready. So please help us spread the words of this project. Let's make it happen together.

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    Enjoy both the Graphic Novel and the World-Setting Artbook on your digital devices.

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    Physical copy of our beautifully rendered Graphic Novel!

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    You get the physical book with beautifully rendered story panels. You also receive 4 pages of line sketches on important scenes in the story, annotated by the creators. This is for those who love ALL THINGS STORY-RELATED!

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    You get the physical book with beautifully rendered story panels. You also receive 6 illustration prints of our signature images, each coming with process sketches and the artists' notes. This is for those who LOVE ALL THINGS ARTISTIC!

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    You get the physical copies of BOTH books - a beautifully rendered Graphic Novel and an elegantly designed Artbook. Not only you get to experience the story, you'll also get to read more about Split Earth Saga's geography, history, technology and spectral enemies - along with development notes from the creative team.

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    All Inclusive Combo

    You get everything listed up till this tier: Physical copies of BOTH the Graphic Novel and the Artbook. You also receive BOTH the annotated story panel pages and the illustration prints.

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    Deluxe Hardcover Combo

    Both of your books - Graphic Novel and Artbook - will be in hardcover, elegantly wrapped in gloss black dust jackets for a collector like you. Aside from annotated story panel pages and illustration prints, you also receive a special print LIMITED to Kickstarter campaign! AND, you will receive our theme music Everlight in MP3 download, as a free bonus!

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    You get 2 sets of Graphic Novel and Artbook (nice gifts for a friend!), plus the Kickstarter Exclusive Print. And the MP3 of our theme music as free bonus.

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    This is an option for bookstores or buyers who wish to acquire our books in a better rate. You will receive 12 copies of the Graphic Novel. You will also receive one unit for each unlocked Stretch Goal.

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    Individual Portrait Set

    YOU ARE THE DESTINED!
    Aside from all the great stuff you're receiving, we will paint a full colour portrait of YOU, fashioned either as a Cultivator or a Warrior, customised with your choice of Dark Stone weapons and accessories!

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    • PDF of Artbook
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    Team Portrait Set

    FOR YOUR SOUL-CONNECTED!
    Aside from all the great stuff you're receiving, we will paint a full colour portrait of TWO people for you (each can be either a Warrior or a Cultivator). Can be a great gift for someone you love *wink*. The team portrait will include your choice of Dark Stone weapons and accessories!

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    • PDF of Artbook
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    Appearance in Story (The Protector)

    YOU will join an epic battle in the storyline, appearing in the Graphic Novel as either a Warrior or a Cultivator (your choice!). We will guarantee that you show up in at least 4 panels (maybe more).

    And THIS is your character's ending:
    - DIE heroically PROTECTING another character!!!

    You also receive ALL the essential Rewards listed below.

    Includes:
    • SPLIT EARTH SAGA Graphic Novel
    • World-Setting Artbook
    • PDF of Graphic Novel
    • PDF of Artbook
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    Appearance in Story (The Brave)

    YOU will join an epic battle in the storyline, appearing in the Graphic Novel as either a Warrior or a Cultivator (your choice!). We will guarantee that you show up in at least 4 panels (maybe more).

    And THIS is your character's ending:
    - DIE FIGHTING a very formidable enemy!!!

    You also receive ALL the essential Rewards listed below.

    Includes:
    • SPLIT EARTH SAGA Graphic Novel
    • World-Setting Artbook
    • PDF of Graphic Novel
    • PDF of Artbook
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    Appearance in Story (The Philosopher)

    YOU will join an epic battle in the storyline, appearing in the Graphic Novel as either a Warrior or a Cultivator (your choice!). We will guarantee that you show up in at least 4 panels (maybe more).

    And THIS is your character's ending:
    - DIE saying something VERY WISE as last words. Yes we mean it.

    You also receive ALL the essential Rewards listed below.

    Includes:
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    • World-Setting Artbook
    • PDF of Graphic Novel
    • PDF of Artbook
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Funding period

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