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...
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
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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