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The first issue of a fantasy comic about a bisexual ballerina and a non-binary assassin falling in love while trying to save the world.
The first issue of a fantasy comic about a bisexual ballerina and a non-binary assassin falling in love while trying to save the world.
The first issue of a fantasy comic about a bisexual ballerina and a non-binary assassin falling in love while trying to save the world.
434 backers pledged $8,002 to help bring this project to life.

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Zara is pretty sure her dream lover, a non-binary assassin named Aderes, is just that: a dream. A delightful figment of her imagination that comes to visit every night as she sleeps — no doubt conjured up due to a distinct lack of a social life and way too many long days spent at the barre trying to hold on to her spot in the ballet company. 

But when strange occurrences in her dreams start to have real world consequences, and once pleasant dreams twist into nightmares, Zara realizes that the line separating her waking and sleeping life might be blurrier than she thought…

Cover art by Jen Bartel (design not final).
Cover art by Jen Bartel (design not final).

Circadia is a 5-issue story presented anthology style with a different team of queer women and non-binary artists showcasing their talents across each issue. 

Creator Jennifer Dugan is a YA and comic writer that believes the world needs more stories about queer kids unapologetically living their lives, loving each other, and kicking ass. Circadia is her second comic after her ongoing horror comic, Gnaw. Her debut young adult novel, Hot Dog Girl, recently sold at auction to Putnam/Penguin and is slated to be released Summer of 2019.

The first issue of Circadia is 22 pages, full-color, and it's already complete and ready to go to print. A large portion of the work has been paid for out of pocket, so the biggest hurdles left are printing and shipping costs. Your support will make physical copies of Circadia Issue #1 a reality and help fund artist fees on future issues. 

WHAT DOES THE COMIC LOOK LIKE? 

Lines/Inks by Keezy Young, colors by MJ Erickson.
Lines/Inks by Keezy Young, colors by MJ Erickson.

WHO'S ON THE ISSUE #1 TEAM? 

BEHIND THE SCENES

Included in the $25+ tiers (with the exception of the print-only $25 tiers), you'll get a behind the scenes PDF that will take you through the various stages of Circadia Issue #1's production, from script to finished project.

THE MINI PRINTS

Included in the $50+ tiers, you get ALL FIVE mini prints! Check out the previews above, then click below to learn more about the amazing artists: 

KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE! HOLOGRAPHIC PRINT

Art by Sara DuVall.
Art by Sara DuVall.

Included in the $60+ tiers, you'll get a special Kickstarter-exclusive print on holographic paper, drawn by Eisner-nominated artist Sara DuVall!

ADVANCE DIGITAL COPY OF ISSUE #2

Issue #2 art by MJ Erickson.
Issue #2 art by MJ Erickson.

Included in the $75+ tiers, you'll receive an early digital copy of Issue #2 — delivered to your inbox on the same day Issue #1 is released to backers, over a month ahead of Issue #2's official release date!

 

If we meet our stretch goal, we'll be able to fund a special short comic by Eisner-nominated artist Sara DuVall (Deja Brew)! Take a peek inside the life of Munny, the raven that follows Zara through both her waking and dreaming worlds. If the stretch goal is reached, all backers will receive a digital PDF copy of this special mini comic. 

By Sara DuVall - Cactus Flower (2014), left; a comic for a Finn fanzine, right.
By Sara DuVall - Cactus Flower (2014), left; a comic for a Finn fanzine, right.

  

Risks and challenges

This is a LOW-RISK project. Issue 1 is complete and ready to go to print, as are all of the rewards. In addition, you can be confident we will be back to finish this series. Work on Issue 2 is already well underway, and the artists on issues 3-5 already have their scripts in hand and are ready to start drawing. We just need YOU to help us cross that finish line.

There are bound to be risks and challenges with any endeavor, but I’ve done everything I can to mitigate these risks. Barring printer error we should be good to go. I plan to give regular updates throughout the campaign and after, so if anything should happen to come up, you will be kept in the loop as we work to resolve it.

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