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A queer fantasy about a ballerina and an assassin falling in love while trying to save the world
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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…

Issue 3 cover by Olivia Stephens; issue 4 cover TBA.
Issue 3 cover by Olivia Stephens; issue 4 cover TBA.

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 novelist 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,  sold at auction to Putnam/Penguin and is slated to be released Summer of 2019.

Each issue of Circadia is 22 full-color pages. Issue 3 is complete and ready to go to print, and issue 4 is well on its way! 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 Issues #3 and #4 a reality and help fund artist fees on the final issue.

We've also included catch-up tiers for those who missed out on the previous issues' Kickstarters!

WHO'S ON THE ISSUE #3 TEAM?

Issue 3 artwork and colors by Jey Pawlik.
Issue 3 artwork and colors by Jey Pawlik.

WHO'S ON THE ISSUE #4 TEAM?

Issue 4 artwork and colors by Sarah Simes.
Issue 4 artwork and colors by Sarah Simes.

Enamel Pin by MJ Erickson 

Special Edition Print by Guest Artist Harriet Moulton 

Issues #1 and #2

Issue 1 features writing by Jennifer Dugan, interior artwork by Keezy Young, colors by MJ Erickson, lettering by Ariana Maher, and cover artwork by Jen Bartel. You can check out the (funded!) issue 1 Kickstarter here.

Issue 1 artwork by Keezy Young and colors by MJ Erickson.
Issue 1 artwork by Keezy Young and colors by MJ Erickson.

Issue 2 features writing by Jennifer Dugan, interior artwork and colors by MJ Erickson, lettering by Ariana Maher, and cover artwork by Eli Baumgartner. You can check out the (funded!) issue 2 Kickstarter here.

Issue 2 artwork and colors by MJ Erickson.
Issue 2 artwork and colors by MJ Erickson.

Issue #1 Mini Comics

Left - mini comic art by Little Corvus; right - art by Eli Baumgartner.
Left - mini comic art by Little Corvus; right - art by Eli Baumgartner.

Made possible by our backers on issue #1, these digital mini comics include a gorgeous short comic by Eisner-nominated artist Little Corvus, following the crow Munny on his adventures; and a beautifully dark comic about Aderes by Eli Baumgartner, co-creator of Heart of Gold. Both shorts are written by Jennifer Dugan.

 Domestic (US) shipping is included in all physical tiers! An additional fee will be added for international shipping. 

Want to add previous issues to a tier other than the catch-up tiers? Just adjust your pledge as follows. You will be asked on the backer survey at the end of the Kickstarter to specify which issues and which format.

  • +$4 per issue for the DIGITAL PDF (ex. +$4 for one issue, or +$8 if you need both 1 & 2).
  • +$10 per issue for both the DIGITAL PDF and PHYSICAL COPY (ex. +$10 for one issue, or +$20 for both 1 & 2). 

Risks and challenges

This is a LOW-RISK project. Issue 3 is complete and ready to go to print, and issue 4 nearly so.

In addition, you can be confident we will be back to finish this series. The issue 5 artist already has the script in hand, 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. I've run two Kickstarters before, and all rewards were delivered in a timely manner. 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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    Observer: DIGITAL CATCH UP TIER

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    Beginner Ballet

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    Beginner Ballet: PHYSICAL CATCH UP TIER

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    Corps de Ballet

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    Demi-Soloist

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    Soloist

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    Prima Ballerina Assoluta

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