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A comic featuring living books, escaped characters, and a bumbling vampire for an assistant. Welcome to The Author's Apprentice!
A comic featuring living books, escaped characters, and a bumbling vampire for an assistant. Welcome to The Author's Apprentice!
316 backers pledged $17,678 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi everyone, and welcome to the official launch of the kickstarter for The Author's Apprentice!

The Author's Apprentice started as a collaboration between illustrator, Chechula, and author, Jessi Eichberger. This project developed into a four chapter webcomic recently finished posting on both tumblr and taptastic. The story follows the antics of a young girl named Johanna Petit, whose chance encounter with a peculiar book that leads to her discovery of the Athenaeum, a fantastical library that houses some very dark secrets of its own.

'The Author's Apprentice' Comic Pages
'The Author's Apprentice' Comic Pages

For this kickstarter campaign we are seeking to raise funds to self-publish this comic into a perfect bound, soft cover book.

In addition to the original four chapters, we have been fortunate enough to collaborate with several fabulous illustrators to create 14 additional mini comics that will be included in both the PDF and printed copies as an exclusive kickstarter bonus! These comics will further expand on the history of the Athenaeum and the stewards charged with its protection.

All together that means you, the backer, will receive over 250 pages of full-color material!!

Guest Artist Comic Pages
Guest Artist Comic Pages

 Below is a list of all the talented artists who have been kind enough to contribute material to our campaign:

Also a special thanks to BirDIYdesign.etsy.com for the frame graphics!

This project is the summation of over 3 years of hard work, and we're so pleased to finally have a chance to see this story in print! As a backer not only will you have access to this incredible collection of comics, but we've also put together some amazing rewards you can read more about below!

Chechula (illustrator) is a comic artist/illustrator/animator from the Czech Republic who studied animation in Zlín. She's been drawing professionally since she was 15 years old, and enjoys working with a diverse range of subject matter including surreal character design and fantastical mythology.

Jessi Eichberger (author) is a costumer in Los Angeles, California who was trained both in fine arts and costume design. Her love of graphic novels and fantasy literature led her to develop the idea for The Author's Apprentice while studying for her MFA in Scotland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

We're currently in the final stages of reviewing work received by our guest artists, and will begin setting up the file for print immediately. By the end of this campaign we intend to have the file ready to submit for proofing.

For this comic we are pleased to be partnering with PrintNinja! Having supported multiple kickstarters in the past, we've witnessed firsthand the level of quality provided by this printer, and also appreciate the multiple options for customization they offer their customers.

While this is our first kickstarter campaign, we have received guidance from several artists who have successfully funded previous projects using this platform. Additionally, we have already sought out help to see that fulfillment and shipping of the rewards happens in a quick and efficient manner.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your support in helping to make our project come to life!

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    Outline

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    Rough Draft

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    Novel

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    Sequel

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    Epic

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    Saga

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    Inkling

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    Bleedover

    Receive the PDF + soft cover copy of 'The Author's Apprentice' that includes the kickstarter exclusive guest comics + the Rufus bookmark + the mini print set + sticker sheet + enamel pin + 11"x17" poster.

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    Apprentice

    (ONLY 15 AVAILABLE) Receive the PDF + soft cover copy of 'The Author's Apprentice' that includes the kickstarter exclusive guest comics + the Rufus bookmark + the mini print set + sticker sheet + enamel pin + 11"x17" poster + original traditional sketch of any single 'Author's Apprentice' character by Chechula.

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    Architect

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    Curator

    (ONLY 6 AVAILABLE) Receive the PDF + soft cover copy of 'The Author's Apprentice' that includes the kickstarter exclusive guest comics + the Rufus bookmark + the mini print set + sticker sheet + enamel pin + 11"x17" poster + original traditional full color commission of a single character with a simple background by Chechula.

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    Author

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Funding period

- (31 days)