About this project
(NOTE: Stretch Goal 1 Has been UNLOCKED! Any who pledge $75 or more will get a FREE Join the Tin Man's Army T-Shirt in brown, green, or black. Scroll down to the bottom for pictures.)
HELP US RETURN TO THE LAND OF OZ!
Everybody has to have a dream, right? Ours was simple - to create an epic SteamPunk re-imagining of the World of Oz, set 100 years after the events of The Wizard of Oz.
On Free Comic Book Day 2013, May 4th, the world will get their first look into our vision of Oz in the pages of The Steam Engines of Oz FCBD issue. In it, readers will get to read the first full chapter of our Oz book, 100% FREE.
Free Comic Book Day was just the beginning, however! We wanted to keep the story going so we published three more issues via the traditional brick and mortar retailers but that just didn't feel right. The people we wanted to reach were not the traditional comic audience. So instead we rethought it for the Kickstarter generation. With your help, Arcana Comics is launching The Steam Engines of Oz into the stratosphere with an amazing ALL-NEW original graphic novel of The Steam Engines of Oz, made possible BY you and made especially FOR you.
By funding this project, you will make it possible for us to take the next giant step in our dream and the next giant leap in redefining how little guys like us get out ideas out into the world. Sure, the orders on the Free Comic Book Day and the first three issues have been fantastic (one of Arcana's best selling titles of all time, in fact) but we believe in something better. We believe in the power of your voice. So we're ending that series to bring this directly to you. Powered BY you and made FOR you.
This isn't just about one graphic novel, however... This is about The Steam Engines of Oz and transforming our idea into a true product of the 21st Century, an idea we believe in so much that we are asking fans to take a look inside the pages to see if they believe in it as much as we do. If you believe in what we're doing, you'll see why we're trying to make this happen. If you believe in what we're doing, you'll help us not only reach our initial goal, but help us push towards some stretch goals, and watch us transform our dream even more.
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Oh, we're glad you asked, friends! The Steam Engines of Oz is a family-friendly, EPIC SteamPunk infused story, set 100 years after the events of The Wizard of Oz. A lot has happened in the Land of Oz since Dorothy's departure, clicking her heels together and saying, "there's no place like home!"
Created by Sean Patrick O'Reilly (CLOCKWORK GIRL, KADE, EZRA, PIXIES) and Erik W Hendrix (DEADLY HARVEST, THE EVIL TREE, THE BOOK, CHAMPIONS OF THE WILD WEIRD WEST), with art from Yannis Roumboulias (DEADLY HARVEST) and colors from Chandran (INTRINSIC), our story follows young Victoria Wright, who works beneath the Emerald City, making sure the vast machines below the city keep running. She finds out, however, that her actions, which seem so small, actually have much larger implications.
Along the way, we find out what happened to some of the beloved characters from The Wizard of Oz and other stories set in the Land of Oz, as well as meeting new characters. So, what happened to the Tin Man, Scarecrow, the Wizard of Oz himself, and others? Well, you need to read the book to find out?
Early in the story, you'll meet some of the new characters, including Phadrig and Gromit, who live beneath the Emerald City as well, but under difference circumstances. You'll meet the mysterious Howard, who hides in the shadows, and, if you look closely, you may see other things sneaking about in the darkness!
The Steam Engines of Oz follows Victoria along her journey, but it's about much much more than a simple mechanic, it's about how people, regardless of where they come from, or however insignificant they may be, can affect change in a larger world. You won't see that in just Victoria, but those she touches along the way.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
Easy! The money goes to creating The Steam Engines of Oz Original Graphic Novel, an ALL-NEW story, ALL-NEW art and MORE OZ. It will go towards paying the AMAZING art team, including the SUPER-Talented Yannis Roumboulias and the master of colors, Chandran. Plus, of course, the money will go towards producing and shipping the incentives! If we surpass our goal, we have some impressive stretch goals we will be working toward (see below), but our long-term goal is for people to fall in love with and feel a part of The Steam Engines of Oz, and give us a reason to produce more story arcs and take the story and the property itself in different directions.
As you know, KickStarters ask for you to donate money for something to help creators bring a vision to life, to help them find a wider audience, and more... The Steam Engines of Oz is that, but also an opportunity to show your love for The Wizard of Oz, SteamPunk, and a unique take on a classic world. This isn't re-telling stories you already know or throwing the book out the window. The Steam Engines of Oz strives to integrated what we all know and love about L. Frank Baum's classic Oz stories and take the characters in an all-new direction. We're not re-imagining Dorothy Gale in the present, we're not throwing skin in the book... We're making something family-friendly, fun, epic, and beautiful. Won't you join us in the World of Oz?
Can I pledge for more than one item?
KickStarter isn't set up to be able to do that, but if you send a message to us, let us know what you'd like to do, and we'll let you know how much to pledge, tell you which incentive to pledge based on, and we'll be sure to get everything to you!
Do I have to pay more for International Shipping?
It's the nature of the beast, we're afraid... International Shipping is expensive, but we're doing our best to keep those costs down. You'll see specific items created for International shipping, so be sure to select those!
If you have pledged to get physical copies of books, you can "add on" to your pledge by the below amounts to get things you don't want to miss out on! Be sure to send us a message letting us know what your add-on's are or any questions.
+$20 ~ Join The Tin Man's Army Gears Emblem T-Shirt (S, M, L, XL)
+$25 ~ Join The Tin Man's Army Gears Emblem T-Shirt (2XL, 3XL, or "Special")
+$25 ~ Emerald City SteamPunk Goggles
+$20 ~ Arcana Grab Bag
+$20 ~ The Steam Engines of Oz Director's Cut KickStarter Exclusive
+$??? - If there are specific books you're interested in from the Arcana web site, you can add ANY Arcana title from this page ~ http://arcana.com/titles.php ~ at cover price and have it included in your incentive shipment!
We'd like to thank you for reading through this whole thing! We appreciate your time, and hope you'll join us on our journey. If you decide to pledge, we thank you and appreciate the help!
AND, WITH HIGH HOPES
We know it's a bit of hopeful thinking for us, but if we happen to hit our initial goals, here is where we will use our stretch funds to bring The Steam Engines of Oz to the next level:
Stretch 1 - UNLOCKED! - $10000 - Pledgers who contributed $75 or more will receive a "Join the Tin Man's Army" t-shirt with the Tin Man's Geared Emblem in sizes S, M, L, or XL (other sizes may be accommodated, so just email. Shirt comes in Green, Brown, or BLACK and is pictured below.
Stretch 2 - $12000 - Pledgers who contributed $25 or more will receive an exclusive director's commentary audio file from writers Sean O'Reilly and Erik Hendrix as well as artist Yannis.
Stretch 3 - $20000 - Arcana will produce, record and send you an audio file of a SEoO radio play of the first 4 issues.
Stretch 4 - $40000 - Arcana will produce a motion comic of the first Arc of The Steam Engines of Oz! All pledgers who contributed $25 or more will get an exclusive first look at the motion comic.
Stretch 5 - $50000 - Arcana will produce an original, all new 2 minute animated short based on the SEoO and only pledgers who contributed $75 or more will receive the link to view it. (3 month exclusive window.)
Stretch 6 - $100000 - Arcana will produce a 15 minute, live action short based on the Steam Engines of Oz and only pledgers who contributed $75 or more will receive the link to view it. (3 month exclusive window.)
Risks and challenges
Arcana is an experienced publisher with a decade-long track record of creating, publishing and distributing (on time) comic-based content. While some other comic creators on here may be publishing in print or otherwise for the first time, Arcana has a history of delivering on everything we say time and again. We're already producing 88 pages of this content that we're distributing through traditional means, and the creative team is poised and ready to go to continue creating great new content from the land of Oz. All we need is your pledge to make it happen. If you want to see what we're capable of delivering, stop by your local comic book store on May 4 and ask for the Steam Engines of Oz. If you want to see more, all you need to do is pledge.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The Steam Engines of Oz Free Comic Book Day and Issues 1-3 are the first complete arc of The Steam Engines of Oz. These WILL be collected into a graphic novel, which is available on some of the incentives. The KickStarter, however, is to help us fund The Steam Engines of Oz Original Graphic Novel, which is a NEW story, taking place following the adventures in the Free Comic Book Day issue and Issues 1 - 3. It will be a self-contained story and reading the first Arc (FCBD and Issues 1-3) isn't required, but is certainly a good read!
So, technically, this is how we see it.
The Steam Engines of Oz Volume 1 is The Steam Engines of Oz FCBD & Issues 1 - 3 and will be compiles in The Steam Engines of Oz Trade Paperback (check the descriptions).
The Steam Engines of Oz Volume 2 is The Steam Engines of Oz OGN (Original Graphic Novel), a NEW story/arc taking place AFTER Volume 1, but still self-contained.
Hope that helps!
What is the FCBD and Issues 1 - 3 (AKA The Steam Engines of Oz Trade Paperback) about versus The Steam Engines of Oz Original Graphic Novel (OGN)?
The Steam Engines of Oz Trade Paperback (TPB) contains the Free Comic Book Day edition, plus Issues 1 - 3. That's four chapters in all and will be a little over 100 pages when you include some bonus materials and such. The Free comic Book Day Edition was a FREE Chapter we gave away on Free Comic Book Day, May 4th, to great reception. Issues 1 - 3 are releasing June through August.
Here's a description for that trade paperback:
Arcana Comics & SteamPunk Originals collects the first four chapters of an epic SteamPunk future set in the World of Oz. A century after the witch was killed, the Emerald City is ruled by a once-revered hero, and salvation comes from the unlikely wrench of young Victoria Wright. She comes to find out the smallest of actions can have much larger implications, and the most insignificant of us can change the world. Rediscover old friends and new heroes along the way, and learn how something that was once a gift… can turn into a curse.
The Steam Engines of Oz Original Graphic Novel is a new, 80 page graphic novel with an ALL NEW story set in the World of Oz, following the events of FCBD and issues 1-3 (or the SEoO Trade Paperback if you get it that way). This will bring to light a new threat, which comes about due to what transpires in the first stories of The Steam Engines of Oz. Again, you don't HAVE to read the first books, but it never hurts! We'll meet more all-new characters and revisit old favorites to find out what has happened in the hundred years since the Wicked Witch was killed.
If you need something other than the shirt sizes mentioned, just send a question to us and we can talk about it! We'd love to make sure you're able to wear some amazing Steam Engines of Oz swag!
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