About this project
Welcome to the Kickstarter for Knights-Errant: Volume 1!
Knights-Errant is an epic political drama about gender, race, and religion - with a healthy dose of gallows humor. It follows a wild-eyed vagabond named Wilfrid who’s seeking private revenge...until they get thrown in jail. The arrest drops Wil into some local power struggles between a royal family and a rogue Margrave, but the entanglement also leads Wil to a young captain named Oswald. Oswald seems to be hiding secrets of his own, and Wil is intrigued.
Long story short, Wil's little quest for revenge isn't so little anymore.
The series has been running for years, but more recently, Jennifer Doyle rebooted it as Knights-Errant: Pavane. This is the first volume of that reboot, which is now Jenn's definitive edition of the series.
Read it online right now at sparklermonthly.com!
This series has never been in print, so join us for the first deluxe, full-color paperback, featuring Chapters 1 - 3 and exclusive bonus material!
In addition, this Kickstarter is our opportunity to release new Knights-Errant merchandise - from the cute to the ridiculous - and offer a chance to be drawn into the comic for the hardcore fans. See details below and get yourself something fun!
The majority of the funds will go toward printing the book and shipping it around the globe, as well as printing up the other tier items (sexy body pillow cases are worth every penny). Sparkler Monthly, the digital magazine that currently publishes Knights-Errant in monthly installments, will be running this Kickstarter and ensuring that all rewards are prepared and shipped.
This beautiful, full-color book will be printed with Print Ninja.
If we reach our initial goal of $15,000, we can unlock new prizes, free upgrades, and maybe even...extra short stories or an audio drama?! Be sure to check back here for updates!
This book has been a long time coming, and we hope you’ll join us and become a part of it. Thank you so much for your support!
Risks and challenges
Sparkler Monthly/Chromatic Press has run four successful publishing Kickstarters in the past, and our core staff has stayed the same, although we've also expanded and welcomed new staff members to help things run more smoothly. We've also teamed up with the larger publisher Hiveworks Comics, which will further reduce the risks.
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-The Beppe/Anton picture above marked "New Print," which didn't fit on the tier graphics because of its shape.
-The Wil/Oswald crowd picture posted below that (Work in Progress).
-An unrevealed, brand-new picture Jenn is working on right now!
UPDATED: Is there a way for me to buy that dakimakura (body pillow case) art on something other than a pillowcase?
Yes! Please see the new $100 tier.
By the way, those pillowcases (at the $125 level) are HUGE: about 5 feet tall! They're almost life-size and should fit almost any body pillow you might already have/buy for the purpose.
Sparkler has done a dakimakura case once before (http://sparklermonthly.com/shop/merchandise/posters/td-daki/) and the print job is really beautiful, so you could possibly rig the case to your wall like a wall scroll or poster, if you didn't want it in your bed...or you could prop it up in a chair facing the door to surprise/terrify guests!
For some of these items, yes! The $50 tier (two copies of the book in the same package) and the $15 add-on rule to get all the keychains (listed on every tier $40 and up) might be what you're looking for.
If there's something else you want, please add the following dollar amount to your pledge and REMEMBER what you chose, since we'll be asking you about it in the post-Kickstarter survey (that's the only way we'll know to send it to you!):
-An extra copy of the paperback in your package: $30 (shipping to USA) or $40 (shipping to non-USA)
-The 3-print set added to your package: $25 (shipping to USA) or $30 (shipping to non-USA)
-The Sparkler Monthly membership: you can always buy that - or single issues, monthly billing, etc. - immediately on our site at http://sparklermonthly.com/membership-levels/
-The dakimakura body pillow case: $65 (shipping to USA) or $70 (shipping to non-USA)
-NEW The two 11" x 17" prints of the body pillow case art: $40 (shipping to USA) or $50 (shipping to non-USA)
The other items (signed bookplate or being drawn into the background of Vol 2) can't be purchased separately, sorry.
You'll definitely get to choose! It will be a question on the post-Kickstarter survey.
Your options are:
1.) Wil + Oz (two separate charms on one chain)
2.) Beppe/Anton (one slightly bigger charm on one chain)
There is indeed a small typo, and thanks to DanishWolf for pointing it out! On the $25 paperback tier, it says "Get everything at the $15 tier" when it should say "Get everything at the $10 tier" (there is no $15 tier). The listed items you get on that tier, however, are all correct.
Sorry for any confusion! We edited this Kickstarter a ton of times before going live, so we can't believe we all missed that, LOL.
Not to worry--we can just extend your current membership by a year, give you a code so you can gift the new membership to a loved one, etc. You'll be asked about this in the post-Kickstarter survey, because we don't want you to just receive something you already own. :)
Unfortunately, the United States Postal Service had a big cost increase this year (10-20%) for international packages: http://www.stamps.com/usps/postage-rate-increase/
Actually, for many tiers, we're charging LESS for shipping & handling than it will actually cost us, just because we want to make this Kickstarter more affordable for our international fans. We're sorry we can't do more. :(
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