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A fantasy comic about a bard who gets sent to a town in North Ireland that's never heard music before. 120 pages of bardic fury ensues!
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£3100-for pledges £19+ you will receive a set of 4 Oi! pin badges

£3200-for pledges £19+ you will receive a kickstarter-exclusive volume one book sleeve

 £3800-If the kickstarter reaches this amount, Sajan Rai, the artist who made the background song in the video, will record an entire 5 song EP of songs inspired by Oi! The EP will be available for download by all backers, and backers in the £25+ pledge level will receive a physical CD of the EP.


£4500-If the kickstarter reaches this amount, the EP will instead be printed on vinyl, with a specially designed sleeve, and distributed to all backers is the £25+ pledge level

I'd also like to announce this bonus reward, which is going to be given to all backers in the £35+ pledge level: The limited edition riso-print Oi! Chibi album sized poster!



Hi, I'm Daniel de Sosa. I'm an American cartoonist born in the San Fernando Valley, and have been living in London for the past four years. I'm trying to publish the first 5 chapters of my fantasy comic series Oi! Tales of Bardic Fury in a beautiful one-colour manga sized volume. The first five chapters make up the first arc of Oi! and tells a self contained story about the forming of Iron Age Ireland's greatest rock band.



So what's it all about eh?

Oi! is inspired heavily by my passions for rock music, history, and ancient Gaelic culture and mythology. Traditional Irish music and poetry to me is the most beautiful in the world and more people need to know about the cultures great musical history. Iron Age Ireland was a culture controlled by mushroom chewing druids, where music was considered a form of magic, and even had the power to overthrow kings. Druids were like hippy cult leaders and Bards were like rock stars.  The more I researched and learned about ancient Irish society, the more ideas and characters began popping in to my head. I had to create a story in this setting. Soon Oi! was born.

Hurling in the rain
Hurling in the rain


The story begins with Bryan, who has  has recently graduated from the great Academy of Tara, where he spent 12 years training to become a fully fledged bard.

To complete his training, Bryan must pass his final test: a year-long work placement in a tiny fishing village in the north called Oi, that has not been able to afford a town bard for 20 years. Bryan thinks it will be a laid back vacation chugging mead on the beach and laying with peasant daughters. Little does he know how wrong he is.

Here's some of the characters Bryan meets in the town of Oi:

Servius of Sicilia-the sardonic town slave.

Fishbane and dolphin friend, Star Seal is the village druid. He doesn't swim, water just likes to be around him.

 Aideen "The Mean" O'Riada, Star Seal's older daughter, captain of the town hurling team and a savage beast.

Rhiannon O'Riada, Star Seal's youngest daughter, and set to inherit the village ahead of older sister Aideen because she was born with 'selkie hands.'

If this sounds interesting to you you can read the first two chapters FOR FREE online HERE.

I am intensely passionate about these characters and telling their story.

aren't they just adorable?
aren't they just adorable?
model sheet and concept art
model sheet and concept art

Why so blue?

The ancient Gaels and Celts loved covering themselves in blue paint made from the woad plant. 

Just imagine of all that blue inky goodness inside.
Just imagine of all that blue inky goodness inside.

If you are going to get this this story the way it should be seen, it needs to be printed in woad-coloured ink. I have been printing my comics for the past few years using a risograph machine. Riso-printing gives a unique effect and feel halfway between old offset printing and screen printing. Oi! volume 1 will be printed in riso because I want each page of this book to look and feel like a vintage gig poster.

Examples of finished pages in mono-blue scale.
Examples of finished pages in mono-blue scale.

This all sounds super groovy. What do you need me for?

Though I have already completed the first two chapters of Oi, it has taken 18 months to accomplish. This is because I have only been able to work on the comic in my free time outside a full time job. I write, pencil, ink, shade and letter the comic all by myself. Each page takes an estimate 6-10 hours to complete, depending on the complexity. It is work that I love doing, but I need your support to fund the completion of this comic at something quicker than a snail's pace. If this campaign is successfully funded, I will be able to focus the next 4 months of my time entirely on completing the next three chapters of Oi! Volume One, and bring the rest of the story to you at a much faster rate. I will also be able to get it printed up for you using the gorgeous risographic process, and sent to you in manga-sized book that I guarantee will stand out from anything else on your shelf.

 Additionally, I want to update some of the art in chapter one, which was drawn over a year and a half ago, to match my current style. Quite frankly, I've gotten better at drawing since it was made.

 If you liked the first two chapters so far,and can't wait to see what happens next to Bryan, Servies, Rhiannon, Aideen and Star Seal, even the smallest donation from you will help to make this book happen.

Do I get some kind of reward for backing this project?

Here are some of the cool things you can get for backing this project:

Oi! GUITAR PLECTRUM (Available at the £7 pledge level)

Rock out with your harp out. You too will be able to inspire incidents of mass jigging with this amazing sonic device. 

colours: gold on forest green
colours: gold on forest green



I WILL DRAW YOU AS A SLOTH (Available at the £9 pledge level)

My Backwards Burd friends and I have been drawing sloth portraits of visitors to comic conventions in the UK for over two years now. We've sold an estimated 700 sloth drawings to date, including two to Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage from Game of Thrones while they attended the London Film and Comic Con in 2013 . I have drawn a little girl dressed as Bane as a sloth and I have drawn slenderman cosplayers with Judge Dredd helmets as sloths, so you too can be drawn as any sloth you can imagine.

Just a few of the many happily slothified customers
Just a few of the many happily slothified customers

STAR SEAL ART PRINT (Available at the £15 pledge level and above)  

measures 222mm x 154mm and comes individually wrapped and boarded. Printed in 3-colour riso, hand signed and individually numbered limited edition.
Oi! Volume 1 Printed(Available at the £19 pledge level and above)

Contains the first 5 chapters of Oi! Tales of Bardic Fury.
Book Details  
-120 pages Size 
-198mm x 129mm woad coloured blue riso print interior pages  
-3 colour riso print laminated cover
- Perfect bound and professionally finished
 OI! ISSUE #1 STONED AT THE ROCK CONCERT RISO PRINT COLLECTORS EDITION (Available at the £35 pledge level and above)

This is Chapter 1 of volume 1 of Oi! printed in large format standard comic size. Until now this has only been available at UK comic cons and shops around London, as well as the Backwards Burd online store. Now you can have it! Even though I'm not famous, it also comes hand-signed by me. Who knows, it might be worth something one day, and if not, at least it looks nice. This book, and the collectors edition of Chapter 2 below were printed, folded and bound by me. I have sold around 350 copies of #1 and 2 so far and only have a few left. It was an insane amount of work to fold all these books and though I love each one dearly, I will never make any more of these!
 
 OI! ISSUE #2 SELKIE BLUES RISO PRINT COLLECTORS EDITION (Available at the £35 pledge level and above)

Chapter 2 of volume 1 of Oi! printed in large format standard comic size.

SCREEN-PRINTED BAND SHIRT (Available at the £45 pledge level and above)

 You get your very own screen-printed Oi! band shirt.


ORIGINAL DRAWING COMMISSION (Available at the £60 pledge level and above)  
I will draw a coloured and inked commission of any Oi! character of your choice, or an original character of your own creation and send it to you. DISCLAIMER I will not draw commissions of characters under copyright.
Aideen Oi! Swimsuit Issue Edition
Aideen Oi! Swimsuit Issue Edition
Tales of Bardic Pajamas
Tales of Bardic Pajamas
 

ORIGINAL PAGES (Available at the £150 pledge level and above)

You an will get an original inked page of Oi! (297mm x 420 mm). Each penciled and inked page takes me about 6-10 hours to complete and comes boarded and sleeved. You will literally be able to see the blood, sweat and bardic tears that I've poured in to making this comic. 

I WILL DRAW YOUR STORY (Available at the £500 pledge level and above)

I will draw a black and white comic story based on a script written by you up to 6 pages in length, and send you the high resolution files as well as the original art work. You will own all publishing rights to the art.

Story I drew, written by Karim Iskander Flint for the WWI Anthology To Arms
Story I drew, written by Karim Iskander Flint for the WWI Anthology To Arms

All money raised will go towards production costs, printing costs, backer rewards and shipping fees.

Thanks  for taking the time to take a look at my Kickstarter campaign for Oi! Tales of Bardic Fury, and thank you again if you decide to contribute to it. if you can’t contribute to the campaign financially, blogging, tweeting, or sharing this project with friends will help me greatly. I really can't make this campaign a success without you, and I thank you sincerely.

The Backwards Burd Comics Team at MCM London
The Backwards Burd Comics Team at MCM London


Book Details

  • 120 pages
  • Size 198mm x 129mm
  • woad coloured blue riso print interior pages
  • 3 colour riso print laminated cover
  • Perfect bound and professionally finished


Risks and challenges

As one of the cofounders of Backwards Burd Comics (www.backwardsburd.com) I have years of experience putting out comics and getting them out in time to meet tight deadlines, as well as successfully selling them at conventions. I have sold 350 copies so far of Oi! #1 and #2 so I know there is a big audience for this book, I just have to be able to focus entirely on this project in order to get it out to you, the reader, as quickly as possible. If the kickstarter goal is met, I will be able to dedicate all of my time in to finishing the next 3 chapters of the self contained first arc, and give you the best story that I can possible make by January 15, and have the books and reward packages printed and shipped to you by early February 2015.

I have set a mid January deadline to have the print file PDF properly prepared, so that just in case there are any delays with the printer, I will still be able to get the book out as promised in early February 2015.

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    I WILL DRAW YOU AS A SLOTH-That's right I will make your dreams come true and draw a portrait of you AS A SLOTH. I will send the portrait of you in high-res JPEG form for you to do with it what you will. You also receive everything in the lower tier goals listed above.

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    STAR SEAL ART PRINT-It's everyone's favorite afro druid Star Seal ON HIS VERY OWN FINE ART PRINT. You will receive a limited edition risographic art print of Star Seal, everyone's favorite dolphin loving town druid. Each print measures 150 mm x 250 mm and comes sleeved and boarded. You will also receive the PDF version of Oi! Volume 1 as soon as it is ready to send to the printer and the Oi! guitar plectrum.

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    RISO PRINTED OI! ISSUE #1 STONED AT THE ROCK CONCERT COLLECTORS EDITION: A copy of Oi Issue #1 in a collectors edition woad-coloured ink print run. Until now this has only been available at UK comic cons and shops around London, as well as the Backwards Burd online store. Now you can have it! Even though I'm not famous, it also comes hand-signed by me. Who knows, it might be worth something one day, and if not, at least it looks nice.You will also receive: print copy of Oi! Volume 1, Star Seal print, Oi! guitar plectrum AND

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    RISO PRINTED OI! ISSUE #2 SELKIE BLUES COLLECTORS EDITION: Oi! Issue #2: Selkie Blues woad-ink riso edition, starring Rhiannon O'Riada. Comes signed by me just like Issue 1. You will receive: Oi! Volume 1, Star Seal print, Oi! guitar plectrum, Oi! Issue #1 Stoned at the Rock Concert

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    BAND SHIRT: You get your very own screen printed Oi! Band shirt. You also receive Oi! Volume 1, Star Seal print, Oi! plectrum, and the collectors editions of issue #1+2

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    ORIGINAL DRAWING COMMISSION: I will draw a coloured and inked commission of any Oi! character of your choice, or an original character of your own creation and send it to you. I will not draw commissions of characters under copyright. You also receive the Oi! Band shirt, Oi! Volume 1, Star Seal print, Oi! plectrum, and the collectors editions of issue #1+2.

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    BECOME A PERMANENT CHARACTER IN OI!:

    I will create a character design of yourself as an Iron Age villager and make that character a permanent resident of the village of Oi! In crowd scenes, you will be there. In background scenes YOU WILL BE THERE living in Oi. You might even receive a few spoken lines or two. I will also send you the original concept art of your character. You also get the Oi! Band shirt. Oi! Volume 1, Star Seal print, Oi! plectrum, and the collectors editions of issue #1+2

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    ORIGINAL PAGE: You an will get an original inked page of Oi! (297mm x 420 mm). Each page takes me about 6-10 hours to complete and comes boarded and sleeved. You will literally be able to see the blood, sweat and bardic tears that I've poured in to making this comic. You also receive the Oi! Band shirt, Oi! Volume 1, Star Seal print, Oi! plectrum, and the collectors editions of issue #1+2.

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    THE PAGE MASTER: You will get 5 original inked pages of Oi! and my sincerest thanks.

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    I WILL DRAW YOUR STORY: I will draw a black and white comic story based on a script written by you up to 6 pages in length, and send you the high resolution files as well as the original art work. You will own the publishing rights to this story.

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    THE COVER: the cover has not yet been designed, but you will receive THE ORIGINAL INKED DRAWING OF IT. You will be the first to see the cover design before anyone else as well.

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