Silence will be available for pre-order (and ordering once the Kickstarter has been fulfilled) at my Etsy Shop. If you missed the Kickstarter, check there for more info!
Silence is a comic about music and the power it has to hold everything together when the world seems to be falling apart. The story takes place in the music town of Anthem, whose male population continues to dwindle as ships go missing at sea during routine shipping runs. The South Seas Capital Company holds Anthem in a death grip of debt, and many of its employees struggle to keep their houses from being repossessed by the bank.
Johanna Jones, a runaway from the town of Anthem receives a letter from the SSCC informing her that her father has gone missing after The September, the ship he was aboard, failed to return on time. They plan on repossessing her childhood home and allow her several days to collect any important belongings. Johanna reluctantly returns home to try to put together an expedition to search for The September’s whereabouts. Along with her best friend, a washed up elderly ex-punk rocker, an on again off again addict, and a cat named Arpeggio, she sets off on a yellow submarine called the Heart of Gold for Hades’ Hexagon, a mysterious area where ships keep disappearing.
From the creator of Dragon Slayer comes a 40+ page full color comic about the transformative power of music.
Lead Guitar: Johanna Jones – Intelligent, street smart and impetuous, Johanna Jones is a force to be reckoned with. After running away from home at the age of 17 with her favorite records and a guitar, Johanna was forced to make her way in the world on her own.
Vocals: Dinah Rose – Dinah is a popular singer in Anthem and despite her timid nature she commands a strong and powerful voice. She performs with the King Royals, a band comprised solely of her family members under the oppressive watch of her father.
Drums: Meg N. – To call Meg a mess would be an understatement. Her mother, Penny Love, is arguably the most powerful person in Anthem, allowing Meg to squander vast amounts of money sedating herself into oblivion.
Bass: Cherry Suzuki – Cherry was once the front woman of the all-girl punk band Jackie and the Rippers roughly forty years ago. Her destructive personality has led to a life of isolation, and she barely makes ends meet lending her submarine out as a showboat.
Dragon Slayer Vol.1,2, 3, and the collected edition were all successfully launched via Kickstarter, and I love the direct communication I get with fans of the book. Ideas and suggestions for characters evolved over the course of all three Kickstarter campaigns and were incorporated into the previous book. I received a lot of fan art over the course of the last three campaigns, and if I receive any for this campaign I will include every bit of it in the first issue.
I take your investment in the book seriously, and I will do everything in my power to get backers the best product in as timely a fashion as possible. The first two Kickstarter campaigns were fulfilled roughly within a month after they ended, with the third taking a bit longer due to multiple moving parts.
I have finished the art for the book in advance, so the two month timeline is primarily so I can make sure I'm happy with the colors during printing.
My name is Devin Kraft and I spend every waking moment I can drawing. I make a living by doing freelance art and selling posters at comic conventions all around Texas and New Mexico (you can check out my poster work here). I was most recently published in Capcom's Capcom Fighting Tribute book, which was a huge honor.
I’ve been working on Silence since I wrapped up Dragon Slayer last year, and I’m thrilled to finally be able to present it. I chose to color the comic myself this time and I tried to make each page as vibrant and vivid as my print work. Silence is influenced first and foremost by music by the bands I love.
Please check out the following sections for more info on each reward tier. Rewards will be shipped in sturdy mailers.
This tier includes a DRM free digital download of Silence: Track One, which will be 40 pages of full color sequential art (just shy of two issues’ length of a normal comic) as well as several pages of bonus back matter content.
In addition to the previous tier, you will receive a physical print copy of the Kickstarter Edition of Silence: Track One shipped to your house. Your copy will be signed and numbered, and packed in a sturdy envelope.
You Had to be There
In addition to the previous tiers, your name will be included in the liner notes of every edition of Silence going forward. You will also receive access to behind the scenes material, including the script, thumbnails, and an exclusive behind the scenes podcast. Also included will be an 8.5x11” gig poster printed on brilliantly garish neon paper, a bookmark, and a “Listen To” sticker.
The “Listen To” stickers are designed so that you can write the name of your favorite band or song on them and stick them places to get people to check out a band they might otherwise not have heard of. Here's a few examples:
Just Play the Hits
In addition to the previous reward tiers, you will receive both a physical and digital copy of my previously Kickstarted graphic novel Dragon Slayer. Dragon Slayer is a 148 page long graphic novel about revenge. You can get more info on Dragon Slayer by checking out the Kickstarter campaign!
The Mix Tape Tier
In addition to the previous reward tiers (minus Dragon Slayer), you will receive 3 different gig posters printed on offensively gaudy neon paper as well as a white guitar pick that I’ll do a quick sketch on. You will also receive a sketched on CD with all of the behind the scenes content on it, as well as music from some of my friends bands and various playlists and music recommendations!
The Cover Album
In addition to the previous reward tiers, you will receive an original sketch card.
In addition to the previous reward tiers, I’ll upgrade your sketch card into a sketched on 45 vinyl record. I picked up some really terrible singles from a local record shop, and I intend to put them to good use by drawing on them!
In addition to the previous reward tiers, you will receive a physical and digital copy of Dragon Slayer!
I'm Taking Requests
In addition to the previous reward tiers (minus a physical copy of Dragon Slayer) you will receive a bust (shoulders up) commission of your choice!
Play Free Bird
In addition to the previous reward tiers, your bust commission will be upgraded to a full body commission!
In addition to all the previous reward tiers, I’ll design and/or illustrate a custom front album cover for you or your band, even if the band is fictitious!
Risks and challenges
I've used Kickstarter three times before, so I have faced the challenges it takes to get the book printed and shipped.
The comic is ready to be sent off to the printer, the only thing I am waiting on is the list of names from the campaign to include in the final pages of this print run.
As soon as I receive the comics, I will work tirelessly packaging and shipping each order. For the first two Kickstarters I was able to finalize the books and rewards, get them printed and shipped to me, and ship them out in 20-24 days.
Depending on the scale of this project, it might take a bit longer (I'm budgeting two months to send out backer rewards due to the length of the book compared to the previous Kickstarter campaigns), but my first priority is getting backers a quality product in a timely manner. Wherever possible, I have tried to put in the work prior to launching this campaign to minimize backer waiting time on the tail end.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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