Fighting for the wishes of humanity, they shall keep the universe protected.
Star Warriors is a visual story wherein wishes are guarded by celestial beings called Star Warriors. They protect the dreams and hopes of all humanity from Dark Matter, the consumers of wishes, by giving up their chance to live again. Anybody can become a Star Warrior, even you.
Hi, I'm Scott Fraser, the Canadian artist and creator behind the web comic Star Warriors. I love to create worlds for everyone to enjoy and be a part of. To me, good stories have a community filled with readers that engage in the universe. Seeing everyone play with the story is what makes it come to life. I've been working on Star Warriors for over 3 years now and I am ecstatic to be able to deliver a printed version of it!
You can check out the web comic right away!
And without further ado...
The goal of this Kickstarter is to print the first Star Warriors comic book! It features chapters 0-3 of the web comic, Ezmeralda's story, consisting of 100+ comic pages.
All printing for the comic shall be done with Print Ninja! They have been printing comics for independent creators for years, and their quality is a testament to it. I want this comic to be of high quality for all of you, so going with Print Ninja just makes sense.
With 9,000$ CAD I can print the comic book. Anything further will be used to improve the book. If we go even further, I have some fun stretch goals in mind!
The printed comic will have the same design and level of detail as the web comic.
Although, the physical print and PDF will consist of a few formatting changes:
- Chapters 0-2 are formatted in landscape, so there will be two comic pages per printed page.
- Chapters 0-2 will have improved splash image artwork at the beginning of each chapter.
- All chapters will have full resolution artwork compared to the half resolution posted on the website, that's a full 300 DPI!
- Chapter 0 will be redrawn and I will add special content. (If the corresponding stretch goals are met.)
Feel free to join the Official Star Warriors Discord server to ask questions and talk to me directly!
Clicking the image below will take you to a channel dedicated to this Kickstarter!
We will also be hosting an event:
After this Kickstarter campaign, we will be sending out surveys to fill out, tell us who you referred, and if they pledged on the Kickstarter as well, we will put money towards a special comic book giveaway. (1 book = CA 20$)
This is the amount that will be added to books for confirmed referred backers.
Tier 1 CA 1$
Tier 2-3 CA 5$
Tier 4 CA 8$
Tier 5 CA 10$
Tier 6 CA 12$
Tier 7-8 CA 15$
Tier 9+ CA 20$
After the campaign, we will keep updating when the giveaway will be and how many books we will be giving! Tell your friends and stay tuned!
The first Star Warriors comic book! Complete with chapters 0-3 which forms the entirety of Ezmeralda's story! You can even get the book signed with rewards!
This is just as much about the community as it is about my work. With that said, there are several sections to the book!
1) A forward, presenting the book.
2) Chapters 0-3, Ezmeralda's Story.
3) Curated and credited fan art/comics and guest art/comics. (I wish I could include everything!) If you want to make art for the book or if you have already drawn something for Star Warriors click here to find out how to get your artwork included.
4) Kickstarter exclusive rewards from backers.
5) The Thank You section for all qualifying backers.
There are stretch goals to add more sections, so I will update this list as they are reached!
Merchandise is also available! There currently are buttons, sticker sheets, prints, and bookmarks.
For tier 2 reward pledges and higher you can add multiple items to your pledge, even items that are granted at higher reward tiers. You will be able to select which merch you are getting through Backer Kit after the campaign comes to a close. (Add-ons information can be found further down)
As stretch goals are reached, new merchandise will be revealed! (You can read more about stretch goals further down)
There are 10 button designs to choose from, including the Star Warrior characters that appear in the comic.
Each one has a 1.5" diameter (as of March 15th, diameter of buttons has been upgraded from 1.25" to 1.5" inches), you can see the designs below.
The three remaining designs will be revealed throughout the Kickstarter campaign as sketches and finished a bit after the Kickstarter has ended.
Also, this living Emmy button is a Kickstarter exclusive!
With four sticker sheets to choose from below:
- Two have 4 pieces of artwork each.
- One has 3 sprites with 2 variants of the comic's title.
- One holds all 6 of the faction symbols, with your choice of elemental color per sheet.
Of the prints available, the comic cover and chapter splash images are included.
All prints are 11"x17" on 100lb/60lb glossy/matte paper and will optionally be signed!
Also included are 2 vintage prints that I made years ago, they both have the old logo of the comic as well!
There are two remaining designs that will be revealed throughout the Kickstarter campaign, among possibly more options later.
A Kickstarter exclusive bookmark to keep track of your favorite books, measuring at 2"x8". For the bookmark, I wanted to make sure that you could rotate it to show one of two designs. Living Emmy or the Ascended Ezmeralda, the choice is yours.
The bookmark design is now up for vote! Click here to learn more on how to vote for your favorite design!
The TWO most voted designs will be printed as a DOUBLE-SIDED bookmark! Please take a look at the designs below. They can be rotated to show one of two images at the end.
There are two designs available, Ezmeralda and Anthrax. These Kickstarter exclusive perlers are designed and hand made by me!
The soda can is for scale.
I will draw for you a sketch of any Star Warriors character on a bookplate, even your own character! Sketches will be shaded, monochromatic and with a focus on one or two colors.
Bookplates are like giant stickers that you can apply to the inside of your comic book cover. They are far less risky than drawing on the book directly and you can apply the art anywhere you want!
I will draw a custom Star Warrior of your very own making, based on the Star Warriors universe and it's rules (found here: http://www.starwarriorscomic.com/starwarrior-creation-guide/).
Here are some examples of art done for my patrons on Patreon, this is what you can expect to receive:
Just like the Patreon reward, there will be character notes as written by the Star Warriors council! Click here to see the example
If you opt for a custom Star Warrior, it must be designed and owned entirely by you. This means no characters owned by other people nor companies!**
The early pages of Star Warriors from chapters 0-2 have art that is now years old.
I want to let you pick some of your favorite moments to be redrawn to make a comic book you enjoy.
Suggest which pages I ought to redraw and the 10 most suggested will be redrawn! Ties will be settled fairly with the roll of dice.
An entire comic page dedicated to your own story about the canonical characters in Star Warriors, doing whatever you want them to.
Although it won't be canon in the story, it will be fun to share the joy of having your ideas printed in the book!
It could even be the main character encountering Rudolph if you want to, I did so in the Christmas special comic back in 2015.
The art quality will be the same as chapter 3's artwork, with up to 7 panels.
For more examples, please check out the bonus comic gallery here: https://www.deviantart.com/starwarriors/gallery/67122093/Bonus-Comics
This is a direct upgrade to the custom comic page. TWO comic pages where you meet any one of the canonical Star Warriors characters of your choosing! You can decide how they meet up together, it is your story!
Just like the custom comic page, the art quality will be the same as chapter 3's artwork, with up to 7 panels.
If you have pledged tier two or above, you can purchase any of these items as an add-on to your pledge.
This will be handled via Backer Kit after the campaign ends, just pledge the extra amount for the merch you want as add-ons or wait to use the Backer Kit store. It helps me if you over-pledge though, otherwise I won't know how much I am getting!
9,700$ CAD (7,370$ USD*) UNLOCKED!
For the first stretch goal, I want to include bonus content. Work in progress and behind the scenes content will be added to the comic book! It will include concept art, design notes, first drafts, how I applied these to the story, unused content, deleted pages, and more..
I want to print at least 4 extra pages of bonus material for you guys
10,100$ CAD (7,674$ USD*) UNLOCKED
I want to give you all the best comic book I can make. With this goal reached, I can print a Kickstarter exclusive cover! There will also be a UV spot finish for the cover, to give it that nice glow effect.
10,800$ CAD (8,206$ USD*) UNLOCKED
Chapter 0 consists of the very first pages I made for the comic. I want to redraw them as an exclusive for the comic book.
13,900$ CAD (10,561$ USD*)
Reaching such a high stretch goal allows me to make hardcover versions of the comic book!
As a bonus, the price for the comic book will not change for this Kickstarter! Everyone getting a book gets a free upgrade!
15,500$ CAD (11,777$ USD*)
Want some shiny enamel pins of a select few Star Warrior characters? You got it!
The designs shown here are just a concept preview. Designs are up for election once the campaign ends, so you all get what you want most!
18,200$ CAD (13,829$ USD*)
A custom Star Warriors shirt will be created, there will be M, L and XL sizes to choose from.
The design will be up for election once the campaign ends, so you all get what you want most!
19,200$ CAD (14,589$ USD*)
Fans of the comic love to role-play and play board games, so why not make themed dice for them to roll?
There will be a Star Warriors themed 20-sided die with custom numbering.
Unlocked at 21,700$ CAD (16,488$ USD*)
Revealed at 18,000$ CAD (13,640$ USD*)
Unlocked at 24,200$ CAD (18,388$ USD*)
Revealed at 20,000$ CAD (15,156$ USD*)
Unlocked at 30,000$ CAD (22,795$ USD*)
Revealed at 20,000$ CAD (15,156$ USD*)
All the merchandise designs shown in this Kickstarter are mock ups and their designs may change during or after the campaign.
*: All USD prices are approximations from the current conversion ratio. They are here to help and may be subject to change.
**: For the terms and rules in regards to making a star warrior for this Kickstarter, please read here for what is and is not allowed: https://1drv.ms/w/s!AqWxoGjwg7nChzBPTQhGOalMJn1i
Risks and challenges
This is my first Kickstarter, so I don't have that much experience.
Other than new pages from backer rewards, the pages have already been drawn for the comic. All that's needed for them is a few tweaks and formatting the printed pages. Assembling the book together as a completed product could take some time.
Some of the biggest design challenges for this Kickstarter are the pages in chapters 0-2 that are formatted differently. Back in the day I never expected to actually come as far as to print a book, so I didn't use the regular page format.
Although, as a solution for this issue I am resolving it this way: https://i.imgur.com/2Hd7LZB.jpg
I am still speaking with people who are helping me design around this issue, but I think it's going to look great.
Another big risk are the incomplete merchandise designs. Here is a list of designs to complete:
- 3 buttons
- 3 prints
- the bookmark
- all stretch goal merchandise
The good news is that I will be sharing progress on these designs here, as Kickstarter updates. Your feedback will be invaluable for helping me make them the best I can. I'll even do my best to stream them online.
There is also the chance of delays, big shipping costs and a huge workload to get through.
No matter the risk of challenges that arise, I will make sure to update everyone as much as I possibly can.
If you have any questions, I will try to answer them as soon as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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