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Help us kick off a thrilling, ongoing anthology of fantasy stories exploring every corner of a rich, diverse, magical world
Help us kick off a thrilling, ongoing anthology of fantasy stories exploring every corner of a rich, diverse, magical world
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From the writer:

"We were getting tired of all fantasy looking alike.
I was getting tired of my friend, Grey, not being recognized for his incredible artistic talent.
I was more than a little tired of the lack of representation in comics and fantasy. I think it's time we agreed that it's not satisfactory anymore to be seen as special interest groups. I think we're past having a comic for the queer people, a comic for the people of color, here's the comic with the body positivity, here's the one where women are treated like people.

Midgard is all about how we deal with discovery, empathy, and danger
Midgard is all about how we deal with discovery, empathy, and danger

Do you know how long I had to wait to see a compelling trans character in popular fantasy? How much, every time we pushed for a more inclusive universe, we were told "that's not realistic. You're being unreasonable. You can't have it all."

Don't let anyone tell you we can't have it all.

That's what this project is all about.

Our first look at the world of Pithvi, the setting of Midgard
Our first look at the world of Pithvi, the setting of Midgard

I'm Alexander. The pictures you're looking at were done by my good friend Grey. Together, we're creating a new fantasy world. A better one. A more inclusive one. Not without monsters, perils, dangers...sure. No world is perfect, and we want to keep ours interesting. But that doesn't mean that we shouldn't be able to create a fantasy world that anyone, anywhere, can easily start reading about and say 'Look, there...that's just like me'."

Toma, one of our first heroes, embarks on his ritual of adulthood
Toma, one of our first heroes, embarks on his ritual of adulthood


From the Artist

My name is GREY. I'm terrible at this sort of thing, so bear with me.
Since high school my formal studies focused on painting and etching, two artistic mediums which I have a deep, lasting passion for. At different times in my life these both felt out of my reach. Until I began learning these disciplines, that is.

Toma is just one of our many diverse protagonists, but we like making him the face of our campaign, because he's just so cute
Toma is just one of our many diverse protagonists, but we like making him the face of our campaign, because he's just so cute

Comics have long been another passion of mine, though their creation again feels very daunting to me. Midgard, Alex and I hope, will be a safe space for our readers, where they can feel accepted. I hope that this can go both ways. I would like Midgard, for me, to be somewhere I can experiment with sequential art, and further develop my style as an illustrator.

Eharatonu, the island Toma calls home, is beautiful, isolated, and perilous
Eharatonu, the island Toma calls home, is beautiful, isolated, and perilous

As the the series progresses I hope to grow more comfortable with incorporating more techniques I have learned and played with through the years. Overall I hope to be able to use this experimentation to enable moments where slight stylistic changes might add something to the visual language I'm using.

Toma experiences a vision
Toma experiences a vision

 
Stretch Goals
$1500:  ACHIEVED!

ISSUE 0: Black and White
a pencil art pdf of Issue 0 as it progresses, to give you all a sneak peek before dialogue and color comes into the mix

PLUS: Alexander and Grey will record a commentary track for Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring

$2,000:We will print an official Midgard Pin and send it to everyone who backed us for $10 or more

We will also send all backers $25 and up the script for our first story arc (post issue Zero) along with their Issue Zero PDFs

We will ALSO record TWO more commentary tracks: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Good Burger

$2,500: 12 HOURS TO GO SPECIAL! We will print a limited black-and-white run of comic books containing the first act of Issue Zero and send them to all backers $10 and up

$3,000:We will send all backers a time-lapse video of Grey's process for doing pencil art on an actual page for Issue Zero

We will finish the trilogy of audio commentaries with Lord of the Rings: Return of the KingAll backers $75 and up will receive a SECOND fully inked and colored original from Issue Zero

$4,000:We will print a limited black-and-white run of comic books containing the second act of Issue Zero and send them to all backers $10 and up

We will send all backers a time-lapse video of Grey's Ink and Color process on an actual page for Issue Zero

We will send all backers $15 and up an official Midgard coaster

We're calling this NO SLEEP TIL MORDOR: Grey and Alexander will livestream watching all six movies in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies back to back nonstop, going insane.

$5,000 In leiu of comic books, we will send each backer $25 and up a black and white trade paperback of Issue Zero in full

We will personalize every issue sent to backers with their names written in the in-universe language of the Omashiquela, a fearsome and mysterious people from far away

We will record an audio commentary for the first episode of Game of Thrones

$5,100 and onwardsFor every $100 above $5,000 we will record an additional commentary track for consecutive episodes of Game of Thrones (episode 2 at $5,100; episode 3 at $5,200; and so on)

$7,000Issue Zero trade paperback will be printed in color

 

Risks and challenges

RISKS: Well, let's be honest...there are a lot of webcomics. But we are hoping that our unique look and cast of characters we will be playing with will carve us our own place in the sun.

CHALLENGES: The scope of our storytelling is not insignificant, but world-building is one of Alexander's favorite parts of writing. GREY's greatest challenge is also the source of his strength; the meticulous, perfectionism of his training in classical painting. Please support him here so he can stop trading forgeries of Van Goghs for groceries at the corner bodega.

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