The Tide is a new graphic novel serialized as a range of beautiful individual comic books. This Kickstarter is for part one - the debut hardback edition.
The tides of the Great Mar bring with them an ancient evil. For centuries the Marsguards' Treaty has kept safe those living around the shores of the Mar. The Marsguard of each Duchy, hereditary custodians of the signal towers that ring the coast and the high walled defenses that protect the coastal cities of the great lake, holding each other to an uneasy truce. South of the Mar, the lands have been turned into a wasteland as its past rulers, refusing to join the Treaty, drained the marshes and damned the waterways to protect them from the evils carried with the tide. The people of the Mar thought they were safe behind their high walls, but the new threat comes not from the water but out of the desert wasteland. A new king has emerged. Neighbouring countries have fallen before his armies as his empire spreads. The men of conquered nations swell his ranks. His spy network knows the Marsguards' every move. All attempts to negotiate have failed. Three duchy citizens in witness protection are caught up in the tempest of change in a race against time and tide.
Hi, I'm Adam Lumb, the creator, writer, penciller, inker and colourist of new comic book series "The Tide". Take a look at the rewards available below. I hope you like what you see.
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Pledge £16 on the first day of this Kick Starter on 1st September and you'll be automatically upgraded to the £20 signed and numbered Collectors Edition.
Get a friend to pledge and get a Kickstarter exclusive limited edition 10” x 6” facsimile edition of an original pencil drawing. This print will only available to Kickstarter backers for £16 and over who refer a friend. Simply send me a message with you friends Kickstarter details and if they have pledged by the time the campaign has finished your exclusive Kickstarter reward will be added to your order. Help spread the word and get rewarded. And of course your friend can tell a friend and they can also get a bonus.
I'm certainly not against the idea of taking this series of books to a traditional publisher. But I have a clear vision of what I want this book to be and I'd love your help make it this way. It only gets to Debut once.
This book began in a library during a lunch break, next door to where I was working in an art gallery.
This book began in another library 20 years ago.
This book began in a hotel room.
The reality is that this book began in a lot of places over many years. It may not have actually taken 20 years to write (or 30 or 40...) but in many ways, all of these years went in to creating this story.
It's crafted from a desire for a book I couldn't find. You see, I love mainstream media. I like my heroes and heroines beautiful. I like comics to be beautiful too. But I want stories with drama that matters. I want stories that turn pages but aren't afraid to let the story dictate the pace and length of the book. I don't feel the need to pare back comic book stories to fit a notion that comics need the fat cutting away. That's where the flavour is.
But a 20 year career in art galleries helping other artists bring their art to the world means I want something else from beautiful mainstream stories...
I want the books to be beautiful too. Beautifully crafted art books. Things to keep.
Making a book is hard. Maybe you are making a book too. You only get to do it the first time once.
Be there at the start.
The tide is rising.
No more waiting.
Please pledge your support and grab a copy now and help create something new.
32 page hardback book with "Tide Wash" cover design.
Features behind the scenes sketches and concept work in addition to the story.
Why a Debut Edition?
This is book one of the series and will be reprinted as Book 1 in the future. But there will only ever be one Debut Edition. Be there at the start.
All of the money raised will be used to letter, design and print the book and to ship it to you.
I will not be taking a creative fee as author and artist of the book. Making the book happen at a reasonable price is more important to me. Maybe next time :-)
The whole series is written. I know where we end and it's going to be an amazing journey. This Debut Edition book is written, drawn and I am finishing the colours now. Once the Kickstarter campaign is successfully completed the book will go for final lettering, design and printing.
Your orders will be despatched early in 2018.
Kickstarter is an all or nothing way of raising funds for art projects, which means if we don't reach the target the book won't be made. Without your help I can't get the book designed, lettered and printed. Your pledges matter and I really appreciate everyone who invests in making the project happen. You're not just buying a book. You are helping to launch a new series. I hope you love the story and thank you for being a part of making it happen.
Adam Lumb Sheffield, England, 2017
Attention Inkers and colourists. I’m going to be looking for help with issue two. Details in the back of the Debut Edition.
Stay up to date with The Tide series with behind the scenes content and Free previews.
Risks and challenges
I've been fortunate enough to work for national art galleries and the BBC and I'm used to delivering on projects for customers.
This time it's great to bring the experience of working with others to my own book, I've written, drawn, inked and coloured this book personally.
It's being lettered by professional comic book letterer Jim Campbell with a track record of delivering for;
Dark Horse Comics
It's being printed by an established printer with an excellent track record of delivering high-quality hardback books.
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