About this project
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We have successfully unlocked the option to upgrade the standard hardcover book to a clothbound Deluxe Edition:
There are no seperate reward tiers for the Deluxe Edition of the Wormworld Saga book. All you have to do, to upgrade the standard edition of the book to the Deluxe Edition, is to add an additional $15 to your pledge. ANY reward containing a book can be upgraded that way. If your reward includes more than one book just add $15 for each book you want to upgrade.
After the campaign a survey will be sent out to all backers in which you will be asked how many books exactly you want to have upgraded. Just to make sure.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via private message.
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The Wormworld Saga in an epic fantasy adventure for all ages. The original graphic novel is published online at wormworldsaga.com. In 2012 the German publisher Tokyopop started to publish a German book edition of The Wormworld Saga and collected the first three chapters in a glorious hardcover book.
The German book already had a second edition and this January a French version of the book was published by the well-established Belgian publisher Dupuis. There really is no reason why we shouldn't find a publishing partner for an English edition of this book in the United States. Especially if you take into account that 70% of the visitors of the Wormworld Saga website are located in countries where English is the native language and 50% are actually living in the U.S. Frankly, of all languages, an English edition should have been the very first one to be published.
However, it turns out that it's not that easy to bring a European graphic novel to the North American market and since the traditional publishing world didn't give this book a chance we've decided to have this crowdfunding campaign.
PLAN B - because everyone should have one!
This project is based on the page layout that Tokyopop created for the German edition and should this campaign succeed, the printing of the English edition will also be supervised by Tokyopop in Germany. It's interesting to note that publishers normally don't print foreign language editions. Printing the books isn't even the problem. Distributing them is. Publishers typically don't have strong connections to distributors in foreign countries and since bringing the printed books into the bookstores is the critical part in selling books the traditional way, most publishers only do business in their home country and license their books to foreign publishers if they want to bring it to foreign markets.
However, in this case we don't have to worry about distribution because we will do our business directly with you, the reader. Through this kickstarter campaign we will find out if there is a demand for an English book edition of The Wormworld Saga and should this be the case, it will be our pleasure to meet it without any middlemen.
OUR GOAL - which we can't reach without you!
Our goal is to produce a moderate print run of an English edition of the first Wormworld Saga book. Our funding goal covers the printing costs, postage and kickstarter fees. It's simple as that. To thank you for your support we have a nice set of rewards.
REWARDS - because you deserve them!
The central reward of this campaign is the book. We'd love to see it in as many hands as possible and therefore we've tried to make it extra affordable. Since this book is going to be produced in Germany we expect to ship practically all books via international mail. Therefore we have incorporated a flat shipping fee into the price of $25 for the book. No matter where you are located in the world, you don't have to worry about additional shipping fees AT ALL.
The book is 5.91″ x 9.25″ (15 x 23,5cm), hardcover with varnished logo, 128 pages, and contains the first three chapters of The Wormworld Saga, a sketchbook section, a fan art gallery*, and a 'Making Of'-article about the history of the project. All books in this campaign are signed and stamped with a kickstarter exclusive blue Wormseal stamp.
* We will actually try to get ALL NEW fan art from international artists for this edition. If you are an artist and want to contribute to the fan art gallery, keep an eye out for our call for submissions!
You can also get a small sketch and a personal dedication in your book. Since the blank first page is covered with the stamp and the signature, these will go on the last page of the book.
If you want to make your book extra special, you can get these three prints from my favorite panel artwork of each chapter in the book. The prints are 5.91" x 7.87" (15 x 20cm) on strong 230g/m² paper with rounded corners and they are signed and stamped with a kickstarter exclusive blue Wormseal stamp.
Because these are very popular Wormworld Saga items we're offering an exclusive edition of the large collector's prints of The Journey Begins, Welcome To The Wormworld, and Trapped! . The prints are 27,6" x 19,7" (70 x 50cm) on strong 230g/m² paper, signed, dated, and come with a kickstarter exclusive blue Wormseal stamp. You can get a personal dedication on it, too.
The three collector's prints are also available as a bundle in THE PRINT MANIAC tier at $500. This reward will also come with three signed posters:
And if you're willing to invest an additional $100 you can add some nice merchandize to the package. The MERCH MANIAC tier at $600 comes with all the prints, a wooden sword replica, a plush, and a button set. Here's a video:
As my illustration workflow is 100% digital these days, I practically don't draw on paper anymore. But you know, it's like riding a bike and whenever there is an occasion for it, I enjoy doing pencil drawings for my most dedicated fans. The pencil drawings are 5.91" x 7.87" (15x20cm) with rounded edges on heavy drawing paper. The drawing incorporates a kickstarter exclusive blue Wormseal stamp, is signed and dated and you can get a personal dedication on it. These are rare items. Really, you don't often have the chance to get one of these!
CUSTOM REWARDS - because you know exactly what you want!
If none of the listed rewards exactly fits your needs - maybe you want a specific number of books, or just a very specific mix of the available items - you can choose the reward tier THE INDIVIDUALIST at $25 and combine your own custom reward. Take any combination of items that you find in the chart below and calculate the total sum of your custom reward. Then edit the amount of your pledge to fit this sum and you're ready to go. When the campaign ends, we will send around a survey in which we will ask you of which items your custom reward consists and that's it. Please note that kickstarter limits the number of items that we can send out in bulk. So, please don't choose more than 10 pieces of a specific item. Your total number of items can be more than 10 pieces though.
All Custom rewards - even those that don't include books - come with at least one set of all available freebies. If your custom reward contains more than one book each of the books will come with all available Freebies.
For custom rewards it's hard to optimize shipping fees. The shipping costs are incorporated into the pricing of the individual items but the more items you combine the more likely it is that we can save shipping costs if we send out everything in one big package. In cases where we can save a substancial amount of shipping costs we will compensate this with additional items that we will put into your package.
Do you have an idea for a completely new item that you'd like to have but don't find in this list? Write it in the comments and if your idea isn't too crazy it's very likely that I will add it to the list.
FREEBIES - because everyone loves them!
We appreciate any contribution to this campaign, be it ever so small. Therefore every backer will receive a PDF containing the Jonas, Raya and Loki papertoys. You will have to print out the PDF and assemble them yourself though. Fortunately this is a lot of fun!
PHYSICAL FREEBIES - because what's in your hand matters!
The following items will be given away as freebies to all backers that receive a physical reward ($25 and above). You know how it works: should we reach beyond our funding goal, the list of freebies is likely to expand as we hopefully hit many different stretch goals.
For the beginning we'll put this cool metallic Wormseal sticker into all packages. It's 3.15" (8cm) in diameter and looks especially cool on dark surfaces. I personally love to put these on black Moleskine notebooks. It looks awesome!
A set of three postcards with the covers of the chapters that are featured in the book. These postcards are strictly limited to this campaign and will never be produced again. The idea is, to have all future books equipped with chapter postcards so that you can gather a nice collection of them!
This giant magnetic button is 3.1 inches (7,9cm) in diameter and sticks to any magnetic metal surface. It simply looks awesome anywhere you put it.
The "Trusted Blade" bookmark is the ideal companion to the book. Every bookmark will be signed with a silver marker.
This dust jacket is perfect for all Deluxe Editions because that way you don't have to let go of the nice cover artwork if you upgrade to the Deluxe Edition. And for the standard hardcover books it also doesn't hurt to get them some extra protection.
The special thing here is that the mockup above shows the first map of the Wormworld which now is over 7 years old. I really don't like to officially use this map any longer and that's why the map we are talking about here will be a brand new map that I will illustrate completely from scratch.
BONUS ITEMS - because ... Bonus!
Every backer (down to the $1 rewards) will receive the Wallpaper Set:
I will create a collection of info and images about Captain Orion and you'll receive it in form of The Captain Orion Files PDF (for all $10 rewards and above). The PDF will include all major Captain Orion artworks, editorial text and a lot of sketches and studies of this character. It will also include a Captain Orion comic splashpage that was created as a demo for a videotraining. This page will be translated in English (it currently is lettered in German):
The Upgraded Map (for all $25 rewards and above) will be printed on both sides and on the back there will be a list of all backers. I will sign the map with a silver marker and this special version of the map will be limited to this campaign:
LOCKED FREEBIES - let's free them!
All freebies have been unlocked! You're AWESOME!
THANK YOU! - which can't be said often enough!
No, really! Thank you for your interest in our kickstarter campaign and we hope for your support!
Risks and challenges
The production and printing of the books will be done by Tokyopop. They are one of the biggest comic publishers in Germany and have a huge experience in this field. The books will be printed in Germany so pirate attacks on cargo ships from China really are no issue at all! Phew!
I myself will be personally involved in the fulfillment of this campaign. I've already done two kickstarter campaigns and nobody had any complaints about how I handled those. Of course there's always things that can go wrong but normally these are minor issues that may cause small delays if at all. My policy is to be very transparent about the progress of the project and you can expect regular updates from me during the fulfillment phase.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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