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Dirigible Days is planning their next steampunk adventure in the form of a comic book/graphic novel!

Art by Chris Bailey
Art by Chris Bailey

UNLOCKED!!!   $8,100 -- "Bagged and Boarded" If you collect comics, you know how important it is to keep them looking their best.  If we can reach this goal, all copies of Dirigible Days: 998 will be sent out with poly bags and boards!  This includes all Printed copies we sell in the future!

UNLOCKED!!!   $9,100 -- "More Pages/Perfect Bound Book!!!" Our story is jam-packed into a 36 page book.  If we reach this goal, we'll be able to add a four page spread, bringing the book to 40 pages, and giving Chris some breathing room, or room to draw some amazing splash pages. If we add more pages, it's also possible now to perfect bind the book instead of stapling it.  Let's face it, perfect binding looks nicer!

NEW GIVING LEVEL $15! (COURIER) We just opened up a new giving level and two new rewards!  At the $15 level, you'll get printed 8.5 x 11 Dirigible Days "propaganda" art prints and a set of four 5 x 7 postcards with original watercolor artwork by Blue Millenium   These new rewards will be available to anyone who gives (and has already given) at the $15 and up levels!

"Propaganda" Art Prints
"Propaganda" Art Prints
Postcards with art by Blue Millenium
Postcards with art by Blue Millenium


DIRIGIBLE DAYS: 998

Because of the support of a large group of generous fans, Dirigible Days is now planning their next adventure in the form of a comic book! Our plan is to produce a limited run of a 36-page graphic novel by Spring or Summer 2014. Right now, the book will have a color cover and black and white interior (with gray tones), but if we exceed our goal by enough money, we'll be able to print it in full color.

WHY A "COMIC BOOK"?
We had a wonderful experience filming the Dirigible Days web series. However, it was a huge undertaking, requiring almost five months of weekend shoots (due to our day jobs) and hours upon hours of editing and effects work. Life, much like adventure, is inescapable. Currently, the schedules of the main cast are conflicted and unpredictable, and we've been unable to commit to another season in the near future. But the adventure continues, and we still have more story to tell. So, we're bringing the next chapter to life in the form of a graphic novel. This way, we get a chance to branch out into another art medium where our only production limitation is the artist's imagination!

Salazar Strega by Gary Lobstein and Jeff Gruhala
Salazar Strega by Gary Lobstein and Jeff Gruhala

BUDGET
Why does it cost $7,800 to print a comic book?  Here is a basic estimated breakdown of our costs to get this project done:

Artwork - $2,200 - $2,600
Printing Quotes
(based on 1,250 printed copies) - $3,100 - $4,000

Supplies/Fees/Marketing - $1,000 - $1,200

"Strega Cover" (left) by Chris Bailey; Art (right) by Jeff Gruhala
"Strega Cover" (left) by Chris Bailey; Art (right) by Jeff Gruhala

ABOUT THE STORY:
Dirigible Days: 998 takes place one year after the events in our web series. So, if you haven't watched the series yet, you may want to catch up before reading! :)

One year after the fateful encounter with the Hierophant of the Cult of Cthulhu, adventure is still inescapable!

Captain Santiago Dunbar, mute pilot Josie Devereaux, and witty engineer Hooper Jefferson return, along with new comrades Dr. Nella Chatterjee and navigator Mackie MacMillan, in an epic steampunk tale of airships, super robots, political plots and evil cultists. When Captain Dunbar learns that his mentor—revolutionary and genius inventor Desmond Ellington—has been kidnapped by the Empire of Rabasa in order to complete a weaponized automaton colossus, the crew begins a perilous journey of danger and intrigue throughout Africa in order to discover the truth: from the skyland of Khara-Khoto, to the jungles of Kenzania, across the savannahs of Ethiopia, and into the desert ruins of Irem, City of Pillars. World War is on the horizon, but is this crisis caused by the warmongering government of Rabasa or masterminded by a familiar and malevolent enemy?

THE COVER ARTIST :
We are extremely fortunate to have Eisner award winning legendary comic artist and steampunk fan RICK BURCHETT drawing the cover art for Dirigible Days: 998. Rick has worked for both Marvel and DC Comics and is best known for his work on The Batman and Robin Adventures. Currently, he, Eric Newsom and Greg Rucka are producing a steampunk-themed web comic, Lady Sabre and the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether.
http://www.ineffableaether.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Burchett

THE INTERIOR ARTIST :
CHRIS BAILEY is a breakout artist from Evansville, IN. His work graces the opening montage on every episode of Dirigible Days, and he has done many of the show's promotional art pieces. Chris' unique, fluid style and history with the Dirigible Days crew makes him the perfect choice for this graphic novel. You can see some of his other comic work at: www.facebook.com/thebaileybot


MEDALS FROM THE STEAMPUNK SURPLUS
At the $25 level and up backers get their name in the comic on our “Thank You” page; listed as inductees into the “Honourable Order of the Nile” under their respective giving level titles, i.e. Members, Officers, Companions, etc… At ($75) Lieutenant level and up backers get a random decorative medal from Santiago Dunbar’s Steampunk Surplus!

At the ($150) Knight/Dame level and up backers receive the commemorative “Honourable Order of the Nile” medal made especially for this campaign!

THE MUSIC OF DIRIGIBLE DAYS:
Backers at the $35 level and up will receive  MP3 downloads of the "Music of Dirigible Days" album, containing six of the awesome songs we had in our web series, including "New Horizons (Dirigible Days Opening Theme)" by Vernian Process, "Dirigible Days" by  Victor Sierra, two tracks by St. Louis' old-time string band The Root Diggers and two scores by music composer Daniel McGowan. All original music!

T-SHIRTS:
We have two fun designs to choose from, but you'll need to decide if you are a villain or a hero! "Don't Be a Brasshole" features Captain Dunbar and "Brasshole" features Salazar Strega. And, if you are able to give at the $100 or up levels, you'll get BOTH!

WHAT IF WE EXCEED OUR GOAL?
If we exceed our goal, we'll be able to increase the print run, upgrade to a better quality book that's perfect bound, a full color book, or begin preparations for the next installment of Dirigible Days, whether that is another book, short film, web series season, or maybe even a musical! ...But probably not a musical.


THE WEB SERIES:

New to Dirigible Days?  We have a five-part webseries that was funded right here on Kickstarter for you to watch.  Check us out on YOUTUBE or FACEBOOK!

Download, print out and color the comic image below and send a pic of it to us via our facebook page, and we'll post it on our wall for all our fans to see! Be sure to let us know how you'd like to be credited.  http://www.day304.com/ddcoloringbook.jpg

Image by Chris Bailey
Image by Chris Bailey

Thank you and may the wind be at your backs!!!!
- the Crew of the S.S. Beatrix

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Our biggest challenge to make this project a reality is to be able to raise enough funds to afford the cost of printing. The bids we are getting now may be slightly higher next year when we are actually set to print.

We've given our artists ample time to complete their task, but life does get in the way, and our deadlines may shift, causing a delay in finishing the artwork. We are fairly certain that our book can be printed by Summer of 2014 at the latest, however, it may take a little longer. Of course, we might also end up ahead of schedule, too!

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    COMPANION: Receive your choice of either the Dunbar “Don’t Be a Brasshole” t-shirt OR the Strega “Brasshole” t-shirt, as well as the previous rewards: "The Music of Dirigible Days" MP3 album download, one print copy of Dirigible Days: 998 and your name on the “Thank You” page, digital download of Dirigible Days: 998, art print JPEGS, thank you video and access to exclusive backers-only content.

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