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At the turn of the 18th century the Ako Incident gave rise to a legend. Forty-seven ronin plotted and took revenge for the death of their lord, the Daimyo of Ako, Asano Takumi-no-Kami Naganori. For 300 years their legend has lived on, their names spoken of with reverence.  

Cover Art by Alexia Veldhuisen
Cover Art by Alexia Veldhuisen

47 Furious Tails is a re-telling of this legendary story.  With characters portrayed from the animal kingdom, and filled with samurai action and furry revenge. Author W.S. Quinton and artist Alexia Veldhuisen bring the legend to you anew.  In 28 full color pages of issue.  Interior art is being done in the same style as the cover (above).  Character sketches for concepts have been provided below.

Based on historical events combined with interpretations from various accounts of the incident, this book seeks to be true to the legend, while being original in its vision.

Illustrated by Kubert School Alumnus Alexia Veldhuisen, this book will bring stunningly high quality art to an amazing tale of honor, loyalty, and revenge.

Examples of her work can be seen below:

Character sketch for Asano (not final art)
Character sketch for Asano (not final art)

The entire series has been outlined, the writing for the first issue is complete, and the remaining issues have been plotted from the outline. The entire series will span twelve issues. Written with attention to history, and filled with furious samurai action!

Character sketch for Yoshio (not final art)
Character sketch for Yoshio (not final art)

This KickStarter is to fund the art, printing, and shipping of the first issue of this limited series comic. Your support of this project makes it possible!

Revised character sketch of Yahei
Revised character sketch of Yahei

Issue one will set the stage for what lies ahead. Granting insight into the lives and minds of these characters before their greatest story unfolds. This issue introduces key characters and adds a new layer of depth to the tale.

character sketch of samurai Ōishi Kuranosuke Yoshio "Yoshio"
character sketch of samurai Ōishi Kuranosuke Yoshio "Yoshio"

With a number of different backer rewards to choose from you can support this book at a level comfortable to you, and help make this project succeed. Digital and print copy backer awards are available. Shipping costs have been included in the backer reward levels for convenience.

Clay Morrow in B/W by Alexia Veldhuisen (example of her finished work)
Clay Morrow in B/W by Alexia Veldhuisen (example of her finished work)

Physical rewards ship from the United States. International shipping rates necessitate higher backer levels for international backers on physical copies. Backer levels include shipping costs. Please note that at Ronin backer and higher, a second backer amount is specified for shipping outside the United States. 

All physical copies of issue one will be bagged and boarded when shipped. 

A finished illustration of an ogre, by Alexia
A finished illustration of an ogre, by Alexia

 

Retailers: You too can help back this project and make the comic a reality. With retailer rewards at two levels, you can get copies for your store easily. Retailer reward levels exists for 10 and 25 copies. Do you have multiple stores?  Do you need more than 25 copies? Message W.S. Quinton here (on KickStarter) and we'll work out a backer reward level for you. Retailer rewards will ship to the brick and mortar address we will confirm with you during the KickStarter campaign.  

Retailers outside the United States:  I haven't forgotten you.  Message me directly and we'll work out a backer reward level for you.  International shipping can be a complicated issue at times, but we'll work it out. You are responsible for any and all taxes and tariffs applied to your backer reward.

Backers at all levels will have the option to have their name included in the online product pages for this comic, retailers can have either their store name or the owner(s) name(s) as you prefer, people reading these books years from now can see how you helped make it possible.  Due to page count and space considerations we will only print the Daimyo level backer name in the book itself.  Daimyo backer level is detailed in the rewards descriptions. Directly message W.S. Quinton if you have questions.  

Black Riders by Alexia Veldhuisen
Black Riders by Alexia Veldhuisen

What you get for helping us:

All backers contributing $2.00 or more receive a digitial copy of issue #1. These digital copies will be fulfilled through drivethrucomics.com.  You will be notified by email from Drivethrucomics.com to access your digital copy. I will be asking for a good email address from you when the backer survey is sent.  That is to facilitate your access to that copy.

Backer levels are in place for rewards of digital copies, physical copies, signed physical copies,  and backers can also support this project at levels that will reward them with original art work from Alexia Veldhuisen, or original art from the book, or even a unique reward for one "Daimyo" level backer.  See the reward levels for details, there is something for everyone.  

We will utilize KickStarter to fund subsequent issues of this series. I know you will enjoy issue number one enough to follow this series to its conclusion.

Every effort is being made to make this comic a work of art worthy of its subject matter.  Alexia Veldhuisen is a remarkable comic book artist with a passion for the subject matter.  The art provided in this KickStarter are samples of her recent work. 

A finished illustration of a Dire wolf by Alexia
A finished illustration of a Dire wolf by Alexia

I believe in keeping things simple.  We have one add-on and one stretch goal for this campaign.  Check them out below!

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Add on a Poster: 

Do you wish to help fund this project and get a little something extra from your backer rewards?  

Poster by Alexia Veldhuisen
Poster by Alexia Veldhuisen

If so, you can add on a 8.5 x 11 inch, full color poster to your rewards by pledging an additional $5.  This add on is available for any backer pledging at a level where physical copies of issue one are already an award.  

When you add on a poster please message W.S. Quinton.  This will help us to correctly fulfill backer rewards.

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Stretch Goal:  $20,000  {Variant Cover}

When this stretch goal is unlocked, a variant cover of the first issue will be produced and made available through this campaign.  Details will follow once unlocked.

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Covers produced for this KickStarter edition will only be used for this print run and the electronic editions. These covers will NOT be made available for print on demand.  We want your copies to maintain their value. Any future reprint will utilize a new cover to help preserve the collector value of these books. Print run will consist of a number of copies needed for backer fulfillment, rounded up to the nearest thousand plus the 5% overage from PrintNinja.  This will limit costs for production and limit the total number of copies in existence.  

I ask that you support this effort to produce this high quality comic book. Share on social media sites and groups, and help us to bring this book to the attention of comic book and samurai fans all over the world.

Let us once again bring tales of honor, loyalty, and sacrifice to our world.

Your pledge makes this retelling of the legend possible.

Digital copies to be fulfilled by Drivethrucomics.com.  

Printing to be conducted through PrintNinja (comics printed in China and shipped to me and then on to you) for quality color. 

Thank you.

Print Ninja
Print Ninja

 

47 Furious Tails is Copyright (C) 2017 by W.S. Quinton and is published by Sinopa Publishing LLC.  Artwork for 47 Furious Tails was created by Alexia Veldhuisen under commission to Sinopa Publishing LLC.  All rights reserved.   

                            

Risks and challenges

This is my third kickstarter. The first being for the book Tale of the Wizard's Eye, the second being The Draw of Glenfallow, both of which funded fully. Tale of the Wizard's Eye was fulfilled on schedule, and The Draw of Glenfallow (update) ran about one week behind fulfillment schedule due to an unforeseen series of issues with the printing.

Risks identified include:
Production and shipping delays - the physical copies will be printed and shipped from China so a variety of environmental effects or man made calamities may delay the delivery of the physical copies. Any and all such delays will be disclosed via updates.

Art delays - Alexia expects to finish the totality of the art for the first issue on or before January 14th, 2018. Illness, natural disasters or other calamities may alter that time table. Having said that, Alexia has produced work for Sinopa Publishing LLC before and has always been very conscious of deadlines and the quality of her work. Any and all such delays will be disclosed via updates.

Delivery delays - We will be shipping by United States Postal Service. Environmental factors may influence delivery time for physical copies.

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