About The Book
Set against the backdrop of London and rural Ireland in 1790, Wild Rose reimagines a haunting Irish folktale. The story of Eliza Day is a tale of love and revenge, but also of class conflict, religious intolerance, and the secret societies that became common in eighteenth century Ireland.
When Eliza is seduced and betrayed by a wealthy English lover, she vows to seek revenge and enlists the help of a witch. But as she soon finds out, the restrictive society in which she lives has no place for defiant, damaged women who break with convention. With the help of Adam Stone, a free Black man, Eliza has a chance to make a new life for herself after the loss of her innocence - but to do so, she will have to be braver than she could ever have imagined.
Wild Rose is a six-issue mini-series with potential for an ongoing storyline. This is a socially conscious project which depicts the realities of life in 18th century Europe, including people of color and LGBTQ+ orientation. #weneeddiversebooks
Below, artist Kara Brauen (pencils/inks) shares her thoughts about Wild Rose and talks about the process of creating the artwork that brought issue #1 to life.
Issue #2: Fallen From Grace
Gravely wounded and abandoned by her lover, heroine Eliza Day must come to terms with her heartbreak and shame if she is to realize her revenge. Her only allies are an unlikely duo-a Catholic priest and a witch with secrets of their own.
Check out the first three pages of issue #2!
All backers - at EVERY reward level - will get a digital download of the Wild Rose issue #1 photo comic (cover below). This photo comic was created by Nicola when she was planning and storyboarding issue #1 and has never been shared publicly before now.
We are also excited to offer you this exclusive cover variant print, available only on Kickstarter (below). This variant was created by Jono Doiron, who provided color/lettering/cover art for issue #1. Jono has moved on to other exciting projects and we wish him all the best!
At the $75 tier, you get a Wild Rose logo t-shirt, plus all previous rewards. This pledge offers excellent value for your money, including two digital comics, a signed print copy of issue #2, the cover variant print, the photo book download, and four full-length e-books.
Finally, for just $100 you can appear in issue #2! You provide the reference photo and Kara will draw you into the story. At this level, you are not guaranteed a speaking role, but you will be very clearly visible and identifiable based on the reference photo you provide. And for $250, you are guaranteed to appear in at least three panels and have dialogue in at least one.
You can add items to your pledge level by choosing the item you would like and follow the instructions below!
- Set of 5 die-cut stickers $3
- Colouring book (digital download) $4
- Print copy of issue #1 $5
- Four full-length novels by Nicola (digital download with $20 value) $5
Added by backer request: You can now add on all four books in Nicola's New England Furies series. The first book in this urban fantasy romance series won the $10,000 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in 2016!
1) Press the "Manage Your Pledge" button at the top of the page. If you haven't made your pledge yet, it will say "Back This Project".
2) Increase your pledge in the "Pledge Amount" box by the total amount of the extra items you would like. Do not change your reward tier.
3) When the Kickstarter campaign ends, you will receive a survey so that you can explain in detail which items you would like and how you want the extra funds assigned.
Please note that the sticker set and print copy of issue #1 require a base pledge at the $10 tier and above to help defray the cost of shipping.
In the Press
Wild Rose has been the subject of local, national, and international news coverage. Writer Nicola R. White has done interviews with The Chronicle Herald newspaper, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (see video at 26:14), Celtic Life International (see below), and Women Write About Comics.
Meet the Creators
Nicola R. White (writer) - In 2016, Nicola's debut novel, Fury’s Kiss, won the $10,000 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize and received national news coverage in Canada. Since then, she continues to publish several books each year and has branched out into game writing and graphic novels. In addition to her work as a writer, Nicola is a lawyer and college instructor.
Kara Brauen (pencils/inks) – Kara Brauen received her Bachelor’s Degree in English at St Thomas University, before going on to study animation at the Gaming and Animation Institute of Fredericton. Since then, she has spent several years working as a freelance designer and illustrator. Her packaging work has received Honourable Mention from Xerox’s Best of the Best 2016 Awards, and she has won an award for Excellence in Art Direction at the 2016 Silver Wave Film Festival for her work on the short film “The Wakefield Will.”
Sandy Carruthers (cover artist + colorist/letterer) - Sandy Carruthers first started working in comics at Malibu Graphics and worked on many black and white titles. His biggest success was The Men in Black comic, which he illustrated and which was later adapted into a blockbuster film starring Will Smith. He has also worked on Captain Canuck and Canadiana, a webcomic starring the Canadian superheroine. He served as the Editorial Cartoonist for the Charlottetown Guardian newspaper for ten years and published a book of his editorial cartoons entitled Sh-It Happened. He has worked on several graphic novels for Graphic Universe, including Yu the Great and Sunjata: Warrior King of Mali (a 13th-century West African story).
Risks and challenges
Nicola here: One of the biggest challenges in producing an independent comic is coming up with the money to pay artists a fair wage and to cover printing costs. The $2,500 goal I have set for this crowdfunding campaign is not a random number. It has been carefully calculated as the minimum amount of money required to pay the artists fairly and cover the cost of printing/fulfilling backer rewards.
There is always a slight chance that reward fulfillment may be delayed by an unanticipated event. Some rewards for issue #1 were delayed by one month due to longer printing/shipping times than I anticipated. There is also some risk when shipping comics, especially overseas, that they may suffer damage. To minimize this risk, all print copies will be bagged and boarded before shipping to backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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