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A Viking warrior woman conspires to end the tyrannical reign of the god-king Odin.
A Viking warrior woman conspires to end the tyrannical reign of the god-king Odin.
A Viking warrior woman conspires to end the tyrannical reign of the god-king Odin.
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This Kickstarter is to fund the production of the first volume of the exciting new adventure comic from Oklahoma artist Natasha Alterici. That's me. Hi there. Okay, enough about me...

The Story:

A young Viking woman is on a mission to end the tyrannical reign of god-king Odin during a time of warfare, slavery, and the subjugation of women. Heathen follows the story of Aydis and her quest to challenge the gods with the help of the legendary immortal, the Valkyrie Brynhild. With her loyal horse Saga by her side, Aydis will battle, befriend, and outwit the various gods, demons, and fantastic creatures of lore she encounters along the way. 

Though set in times of old, the strong social justice themes presented in Heathen resonate in today’s world. It's a progressive story with brave and endearing characters, provocative artwork, and plenty of romance and adventure. Drawing from the rich veins of Norse mythos, Heathen will appeal to fans of Saga, Fables, and other stories rooted in universal themes of freedom, equality, and heroism.

What people are saying about Heathen:

"Stunning art and a compelling story. It deserves a wide readership." -Rebecca

"THIS IS SO WONDERFUL. Incredible. I'm all gushy-Fangirl about it." -Kristen

"F***ing awesome." -Dakota

"It's undermining traditional family values, corrupting the youth of America!" -someone's mom probably

The Project:

Issue one is finished, issue two is being drawn right now, and I've got material to fill about a dozen more! For now I want to complete the next three installments and collect the first four issues together in a trade paperback with lots of bonus art. This is where I need your help. Funds from this campaign will go to production of the issues, printing of the trade, postcards, art prints, and other rewards, for shipping costs, and for the copious amounts of coffee needed to get this thing done.  

Potential stretch goals could include bonus art prints, sketch cards, (stickers???), but biggest of all, more comics! We could with enough funds do a five or six issue trade. But, we'll talk more about that, should we get there. 

Art!!!

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Risks and challenges

I have personally managed one Kickstarter and assisted in running two others. Though they have all been successfully funded, my first project (LUCID) suffered significant setbacks. This was due in part to our team's inexperience, but also to some unforeseeable printer issues, followed by unforeseeable life crises. I have learned much from that campaign and am committed to better preparedness.

The good news is for this project I have the help of a local publisher, Literati Press. They do all my editing, file preparation, and they coordinate with the printer. This makes a huge difference, and allows me as artist/writer to focus on the comic book and, of course, you guys! I believe we've also given ourselves a realistic time frame to work in, with the expected delivery date set five months out, though of course digital rewards can go out much sooner.

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    DIGITAL REWARDS
    You will receive digital copies of all 4 issues, and your name will be listed on the dedication page.

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    ISSUE ONE VARIANT
    Signed copy of Heathen issue one with Kickstarter exclusive variant cover, digital copies of all 4 issues, your name on the dedication page, plus the postcard!

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    VOLUME ONE
    Signed copy of Heathen volume one, which includes all 4 issues in a beautiful full color trade paperback, with bonus art! plus everything from the $10 tier.

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    VOLUME ONE PLUS
    Signed copy of Heathen volume one, plus a limited edition 8 x 10 art print. And everything from the $10 tier.

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    ORIGINAL ART
    Signed copy of Heathen volume one, plus one of 6 original 8 x 10 drawings created for this collection, drawings will be matted and framed. Plus everything from the $40 tier.

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    Signed copy of Heathen volume one, plus the actual oil painting created for the cover art for this collection, framed. Plus everything from the $40 tier.

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