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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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!)
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).
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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