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After violating the Koma'i's most sacred law, Artema is forced to leave the only life she's known. Can she survive on her own?
After violating the Koma'i's most sacred law, Artema is forced to leave the only life she's known. Can she survive on her own?
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rtema is the story of a young woman who abuses her powers to protect her home. In her zeal, Artema violates the most sacred rule of her people, the Koma'i. In Artema: The Beast, we find Artema alone in her quest for vengeance. As Artema's world expands, we learn more about the hated Chengol and the Koma'i's place in a much larger conflict. The story follows the same nonlinear timeline as Artema: The Exile, allowing us to understand Artema's past and future.

Art by Angela Boyle
Art by Angela Boyle

With dynamic art from Awesome 'Possum's Angela Boyle and snappy country music writer Rachel Cholst (Adobe & Teardrops, No Depression, Wide Open Country), Artema: The Beast ratchets up the pace.

Art by Angela Boyle
Art by Angela Boyle

At the end of the day, Artema is about recovering from trauma. Your support will further Artema's journey and those who can gain strength from it.

Art by Angela Boyle
Art by Angela Boyle

Praise For Artema: The Exile (Issue 1)

"Artema is a true creation of love." -- The Valkyries

"Cholst and Boyle...do a lot of nice character work with Artema. She's  an iconoclast who's quick to anger. She finds it hard to accept her  people's law that they can never strike first or fight in anger. She  beats up a guy who says women are inferior warriors. Boyle gives her  great backgrounds to work against: craggy mountains, gloomy caves, and  vast deserts. ... [She has a nice sense of the dramatic when it comes time to the battle  scenes, with several striking poses that set the tone for what was at stake." -- Rob Clough, High-Low Comics 

"It’s an intriguing start, that’s for sure. Rachel has a great grasp of  pacing and leaving breadcrumbs to be uncovered later (who is that  painted warrior?), and Angela does some solid work letting the faces tell the story in some otherwise silent panels. ... Get that second issue out quick!" -- Kevin Bramer, Optical Sloth 

Art by Angela Boyle
Art by Angela Boyle

Where's Your Money Going?

We want to follow Kevin's advice! All of the art for issue #2 is all done! We need your support to get the comic printed! Here's our budget:

Kickstarter takes about 10% of the money we raise. Assuming we need to ship 40 books (hopefully more!) the total of the shipping + the quote we've received from the printing company comes out to $300.

Stretch Goal: $715

Of course, we'd love to raise even more money! Angela's art and skills don't come for free, so we'd love to use this campaign to recoup the entire cost of making the issue 2, fulfilling your rewards, and supporting Kickstarter's advocacy for independent artists everywhere.

Support Artema's journey towards self-discovery. Give her a home on your bookshelf and make sure others can learn from her example as well.

NEW STRETCH GOALS

(Updated 3/26)

We did not anticipate raising $600+ on the first day of our campaign! So we've added a few more stretch goals!

50 backers: behind-the-scenes PDF for all backers!

$1000: Color Cover

$1400: Bonus story with issue 3

$2000: Issue 3 gets published in December

Presentssssss

There's lots to love with the Kickstarter rewards for this campaign! Get properly recognized for supporting Artema on our thank-you page; get your face in issue #3; get an exclusive linocut print from Rachel (check back for updates to see the design!); score some of Angela's original artwork for the comic, or get this pin that Rachel designed. (This campaign is the only way to purchase it online!)

About Us

Angela Boyle is a freelance illustrator, editor, and designer (flyingdodopublications.com). In 2016, she graduated from the Center for Cartoon Studies. She runs the natural science comic anthology Awesome ‘Possum (itsopossum.tumblr.com).
angelaboyle.flyingdodostudio.com 

Credit: Lauren Renner
Credit: Lauren Renner

 Rachel Cholst is a New York-based educator and activist. She also writes  about alt-country and punk at her nationally-recognized blog and  podcast, Adobe & Teardrops. She’d like to dedicate her first published comic to Pamela and Kyle, for giving her the push. 

Risks and challenges

The art is complete and we have a printer lined up. The main risks are delays in fulfilling the rewards, though we do not anticipate any.

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    E-Copies of Issue 1 and 2

    Live in the FUTURE and get e-copies of Issue #1, Artema: The Exile and Issue #2, Artema: The Beast!

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    Unicorn Pin

    Express your o-PIN-ion with a snazzy unicorn pin (see photo)! This is the ONLY place to purchase the pin online! You'll also get your name in the book and a PDF copy of both issues!

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    Book and Pin

    Get a copy of issue 1 *or* 2 *plus* a unicorn pin! You'll be asked for your choice when the rewards are fulfilled. You'll also get your name in issue 2!

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    Signed Copies of Issues 1 and 2

    Get signed copies of *both* books from Angela and Rachel! You'll also get your name in issue 2! Please note that these will ship a little later to allow for both artists to sign them.

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    Your Face in Issue 3!

    Thanks to your generosity, Artema will continue to have adventures well beyond issue 2! Be a part of her world in issue 3. (You'll need to send in reference photos.) You'll also get a copy of issue 2 with your name in it AND a copy of issue 3! (NB: Issue 3 will be out next year.)

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    Original Art

    Actually take Artema home with you and get some of Angela's original artwork. You will get one random page from either issue 1 or 2, though you can request a page (with no guarantee that it'll be available.)

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    LIMITED EDITION Linocut Print

    The first 5 people to donate $20 or more will get themselves a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE linocut print of Rachel's design! You'll also get a physical copy of issue 2 and your name in it! (Note that this may ship in April.)

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