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As a child Jason saved Elvenwood from the Witch-Queen. Now he is a depressed 30 with a dead end job. But his help is needed once again.
As a child Jason saved Elvenwood from the Witch-Queen. Now he is a depressed 30 with a dead end job. But his help is needed once again.
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Seriously, truly, here's a Kickstarter graphic novel I HEARTILY endorse -Mark Waid (The Flash, Kingdom Come, Superman, Daredevil, The Avengers, Black Widow, Etc.)

Awesome! Fun as hell. -Mark Alan Miller (Hellraiser, The Steam Man)

DOWNLOAD A FREE PREVIEW HERE. YOU GET THE FIRST 10 PAGES OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL PLUS 4 BONUS PAGES.

LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY is a fantasy/comedy full color 140 page graphic novel project.

Long ago Jason was the "Child Knight" from our world who saved the Legendary Kingdom of Elvenwood from the evil Witch-Queen Nexis. Now Jason is a depressed 30, lives with his mother, and runs a comic book store. Poorly. But Elvenwood needs his help once again. Will he be the hero he once was? Or will he just make things worse because he grew up to be a complete jackass?

The Haunted Forest
The Haunted Forest

I always wondered what happens to the kids when they grow up after visiting Narnia, Wonderland, Fantasia, Oz, Where the Wild Things Are, etc. I thought that would be really fun to explore. That’s how the project started but as I was writing it became much more than that. It became a very personal story about creating art, not giving up on your dreams, and about what makes us all who we are.

It’s a project that is near and dear to my heart, and I want to get it out into the world. I feel like I don’t even have a say in it sometimes. This is the one project that seems to just bug me about letting it out. I have been working on for years. It’s been in and out of development with studios and animation houses but it never got to the finish line. And yet Long Ago and Far Away just wouldn’t let it go. It wouldn’t let me go. So it steered me into comic books. And when the artist Fernando Pinto (who I met through podcasting, how about that?) started turning in pages I simply got a chill. This is what this world and these characters looked like. And they looked happy. Like they were finally being let out to play. I hope they entertain you. Thank you for your support.

--Chris Mancini

Fernando Pinto is from Chile and has been writing and drawing comics for a while now. He also likes foods with tomato sauce on them. But who doesn’t? The world is flat. And tomato-ey.

Fernando Pinto

So where will the money go? The money raised will go to pay the artist, Fernando Pinto, and for the publishing and shipping of the book.  Also, we didn't want to do a "First Issue" or a "Part 1". This is the whole story: beginning, middle, and end. That's why the goal is a little higher. 

If enough money is raised passed the initial goal, it will also be used to hire support in coloring and lettering to get the project done quicker. So the more money we raise, the more money goes to pay Fernando and other artists. You're supporting independent artists. A very good thing.

DOWNLOAD A FREE PREVIEW HERE. YOU GET THE FIRST 10 PAGES OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL PLUS 4 BONUS PAGES.

Risks and challenges

There are always things that happen in indie production. I think everyone gets that, and no one more so than the creators who just roll their eyes when a shipment gets lost, a hard drive goes down, or someone on the team loses it, throws away their cell phone and moves to Tahiti.

This is my third Kickstarter, and while Ear Buds: The Podcasting Documentary hit numerous delays we weathered it and now the film is done and will be delivered this year.

I have an indie film background. I've seen a fair amount of... nonsense. A large part of being an independent artist is problem solving. So I am confident that no matter what curveball may get thrown at us on this project, the worst it will do is slow us down. But it will not stop us. Cheers!

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    The full color graphic novel in digital form. Approximately 140 pages. But it could be longer. We're not sure yet. But it won't be less.

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    READER PACKAGE The full color graphic novel shipped to you in softcover, a digital copy, the digital wallpaper, and an exclusive Long Ago and Far Away Bookmark designed by Fernando Pinto. International Backers please add $10 for shipping.

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    EVERYTHING DIGITAL: Get LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY as a full color digital graphic novel, the digital wallpaper, and Fernando Pinto's TWO other digital graphic novels WARPED: THE ADVENTURES OF SANDY AND ANGUS and SAM'S BIG CHANCE.

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    READER PACKAGE + SKETCH The full color graphic novel shipped to you in softcover, a digital copy, the digital wallpaper, and an exclusive Long Ago and Far Away Bookmark designed by Fernando Pinto. PLUS get a Long Ago and Far Away sketch inserted into the book by Fernando. International Backers please add $10 for shipping.

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    DIGITAL AND PRINT I WANNA HELP TIER: Get LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY as a full color digital graphic novel AND shipped to you as a softcover graphic novel, the exclusive bookmark, the digital wallpaper, and Fernando Pinto's TWO other digital graphic novels WARPED: THE ADVENTURES OF SANDY AND ANGUS and SAM'S BIG CHANCE. International Backers please add $10 for shipping.

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    I LIKE PHYSICAL BOOKS IN MY HAND TIER AND I WANT THEM SIGNED. Yeah, old school buddy! You get the full color graphic novel shipped to you in softcover, an exclusive Long Ago and Far Away Bookmark designed by Fernando Pinto, and Chris' two other books PACIFY ME: A HANDBOOK FOR THE FREAKED OUT NEW DAD and THE COMEDY FILM NERDS GUIDE TO MOVIES. All three books are SIGNED by Chris Mancini. International Backers please add $10 for shipping.

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    DIGITAL AND PRINT I WANNA HELP TIER PLUS A PAGE OF ORIGINAL ART: Get LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY as a full color digital graphic novel AND shipped to you as a softcover graphic novel, the exclusive bookmark, the digital wallpaper, and Fernando Pinto's TWO other digital graphic novels WARPED: THE ADVENTURES OF SANDY AND ANGUS and SAM'S BIG CHANCE. ALSO get an 11x17 page of original art from the graphic novel. International Backers please add $10 for shipping.

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    DIGITAL AND PRINT I WANNA HELP PLUS CUSTOM PRINT TIER: You get LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY as a full color digital graphic novel AND shipped to you as a softcover graphic novel, the exclusive bookmark, the digital wallpaper, and Fernando Pinto's TWO other digital graphic novels WARPED: THE ADVENTURES OF SANDY AND ANGUS and SAM'S BIG CHANCE. You also get a CUSTOM PRINT OF YOUR CHOOSING. The print will be mailed to you with the graphic novel. You'll pick any comic book character and Fernando will do a print for you. International Backers please add $10 for shipping.

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    COMEDY FILM NERDS SHOUT-OUT TIER: You get LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY as a full color digital graphic novel AND shipped to you as a softcover graphic novel, the exclusive bookmark, the digital wallpaper, and Fernando Pinto's TWO other digital graphic novels WARPED: THE ADVENTURES OF SANDY AND ANGUS and SAM'S BIG CHANCE. You also get a Shout-out on the Comedy Film Nerds Podcast for you or your business! International Backers please add $10 for shipping.

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    DIGITAL AND PRINT I WANNA HELP PLUS CUSTOM YOU'RE IN THE PRINT TIER: You get LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY as a full color digital graphic novel AND shipped to you as a softcover graphic novel, the exclusive bookmark, the digital wallpaper, and Fernando Pinto's TWO other digital graphic novels WARPED: THE ADVENTURES OF SANDY AND ANGUS and SAM'S BIG CHANCE. You also get a CUSTOM COLOR PRINT OF YOU IN THE LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY WORLD. You'll send in a photo and pick "heroes or villains" and Fernando will do a full color print for you. The custom print will ship with the graphic novel. International Backers please add $10 for shipping. THIS IS A LIMITED TIER!

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    EVERYTHING PLUS! You get LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY as a full color digital graphic novel AND shipped to you as a softcover graphic novel, the exclusive bookmark, the digital wallpaper, and Fernando Pinto's TWO other digital graphic novels WARPED: THE ADVENTURES OF SANDY AND ANGUS and SAM'S BIG CHANCE. You also get a CUSTOM COLOR PRINT OF YOU IN THE LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY WORLD. You'll send in a photo and pick "heroes or villains" and Fernando will do a full color print for you. The custom print will ship with the graphic novel. You'll also get Chris' other 2 books PACIFY ME and THE COMEDY FILM NERDS GUIDE TO MOVIES. All books will be signed by Chris Mancini. BONUS: Chris will write something for you: A speech, a thank you note, ad copy, a roast for your buddy, etc. Anything, within reason, that can be put on one page. International Backers please add $10 for shipping. THIS IS A LIMITED TIER!

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    Comedy Film Nerds Spoiler Episode Tier! You get LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY as a full color digital graphic novel AND shipped to you as a softcover graphic novel, the exclusive bookmark, the digital wallpaper, and Fernando Pinto's TWO other digital graphic novels WARPED: THE ADVENTURES OF SANDY AND ANGUS and SAM'S BIG CHANCE. You also get a CUSTOM COLOR PRINT OF YOU IN THE LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY WORLD. You'll send in a photo and pick "heroes or villains" and Fernando will do a full color print for you. The custom print will ship with the graphic novel. You'll also get Chris' other 2 books PACIFY ME and THE COMEDY FILM NERDS GUIDE TO MOVIES. All books will be signed by Chris Mancini. BONUS: SEE A MOVIE WITH THE COMEDY FILM NERDS AND RECORD A SPOILER EP WITH THEM AFTERWARDS. LOS ANGELES AREA ONLY. Backers please add $10 for shipping. THIS IS A LIMITED TIER!

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    EVERYTHING PLUS YOUR OWN COMIC BOOK STORY MADE! You get LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY as a full color digital graphic novel AND shipped to you as a softcover graphic novel, the exclusive bookmark, the digital wallpaper, and Fernando Pinto's TWO other digital graphic novels WARPED: THE ADVENTURES OF SANDY AND ANGUS and SAM'S BIG CHANCE. You also get a CUSTOM COLOR PRINT OF YOU IN THE LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY WORLD. You'll send in a photo and pick "heroes or villains" and Fernando will do a full color print for you. The custom print will ship with the graphic novel. You'll also get Chris' other 2 books PACIFY ME and THE COMEDY FILM NERDS GUIDE TO MOVIES. All books will be signed by Chris Mancini. BONUS: Chris and Fernando will write and draw 10 pages of YOUR comic for you (nothing insane, please). This includes writing, inking, coloring, and lettering. International Backers please add $10 for shipping. THIS IS A LIMITED TIER!

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