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A world-hopping graphic novel journey of magic, mayhem, laser swords and flying salamanders!
We have successfully funded Book 2!  Stay tuned for news about the printing process and when you can expect your book to arrive!
We have successfully funded Book 2!  Stay tuned for news about the printing process and when you can expect your book to arrive!
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A curious tinkerer with the strange ability to talk to machines, a flippant magic harvester, and a zealous paladin are thrown together by chance. They travel to strange worlds with flying toasters and immortal kings, and have to rely on each other to solve the problems they find... and the ones they create.


Sombulus is a light-hearted fantasy adventure webcomic that I started writing/drawing 5 years ago, and I publish a new page every Tuesday and Thursday at www.sombulus.com. Sombulus is rated around PG for sometimes featuring scary monsters, magic and sword fighting, and tavern/drinking scenes.
 
 My name is Christina Major, and I'm based in the Los Angeles area.  I write and draw the comic in a variety of programs, including Photoshop and Manga Studio.  I love manga-style action and humor of the ridiculous/pun-riddled variety, and I can be found doodling just about anywhere I go.  By day, I'm a freelance graphic designer and board/card game junkie.

2014 was an exciting year for me!  Together, we funded Sombulus Book 1, and I brought it to conventions on the East and West Coast, including Small Press Expo, Wondercon, and Alternative Press Expo.  I'll be in Momocon in Atlanta in May, with more to be announced! My work will also be appearing in the 1001 Knights anthology and the Kidthulhu Volume 2. I'm so thankful for the support of my readers and backers for making it all possible, and I'm looking forward to growing my comic career even more!

You'll be able to grab a copy of Sombulus Book 1 or 2 through this Kickstarter (or both!), and funds will go toward the printing of Sombulus Book 2!  All backers during this campaign will have a special section crediting them by name in Book 2 as thanks for their support.

Sombulus Book 1 is the story of the immortal King Tirani, who just can't seem to die. Three magic strangers might be able to help him... but will the price be the entire kingdom?  It's a 100-page perfect-bound soft cover book with classic black and white screentoned art.

Sombulus Book 2 will pick up where Sombulus Book 1 left off! It'll be a 140-page perfect-bound soft cover book, covering the second part of the Tirani arc and the entire Wart Post arc.  If you're following online, you know that an exciting thing happens: COLOR ARTWORK!

The Kickstarter goal is for a full-color print run of Book 2, plus shipping, Amazon/Kickstarter's fees, and any reprints I need to do to fulfill reward tiers and stretch goals.  With your support, I know we can make this happen!

Any extra funding beyond what is used to meet the goal will go toward comic upkeep, art software/hardware/supplies, convention appearances, and other Sombulus-related stuff.All backers during this campaign will have a special section crediting them by name in Book 2 as thanks for their support.

DIGITAL READER - for donors of $5 or more
A PDF digital edition of one Sombulus book of your choice! (Book 1 or Book 2!)  The Digital Editions of the Sombulus books are optimized for Kindles, iPads and other e-readers.

DIGITAL ARCHIVE - for donors of $10 or more
Both?  Both is good!  Get a PDF copy of all the Sombulus books for one price (Book 1 and Book 2).  The Digital Editions will be optimized for Kindles, iPads and other e-readers.

ONE BOOK - for donors of $20 or more 
One Sombulus book, coming up!  Use this tier to grab either Book 1 OR Book 2 of Sombulus, signed by creator Christina Major (that's me!)

ONE BOOK + BONUS GOODIES - for donors of $35 or more 
You'll get one signed Sombulus book (Book 1 or Book 2) AND the digital edition of all books, as well as a one-of-a-kind bookplate with a character sketch dedicated to you!

TWO-BOOK BUNDLE - for donors of $40 or more 
Want to get all caught up with Book 1 and Book 2?  Or maybe you want two copies of Book 1 for your friends?  Get TWO Sombulus books of your choice with this tier!

ONE BOOK + WORLD GUIDE - for donors of $50 or more 
You'll get one signed book (Book 1 or Book 2), sketched bookplate, and a very special "Outpost" Limited Edition 16-page World Guide to go with it, including world-building notes about Demshul customs and history, never-before-seen full-color bonus art, and maybe a few hints at where the story's going next!

NEW! CDOWD BUNDLE - for donors of $50 of more
Charles Dowd, the amazing artist behind Lilith Dark, is offering five lucky backers his super-cool avatar drawing services!  He'll draw you or a loved a digital portrait to use as your avatar!  Nice! You'll also get one signed Sombulus book (Book 1 or Book 2) with a sketched bookplate.

WORLD TRAVELER BUNDLE - for donors of $75 or more 
The ultimate collection of Sombulus books!  Gonna need a bullet list for this one, because it's got:

  • TWO signed Sombulus books (your choice of Book 1/Book 2)
  • TWO custom sketched bookplates
  • The Limited Edition 16-page bonus guide to the Outpost Worlds
  • Digital Editions of Books 1 AND 2
  • A limited edition set of three 4x6 postcard prints.

ORIGINAL ART BUNDLE - for donors of $100 or more
One book + bookplate, the limited edition prints and Outpost world guide, PLUS a one-of-a-kind hand-drawn Sombulus art card by creator Christina Major (that's me!). This original art is size 4" x 6" and will feature a Sombulus character of your choice.    More details about this reward here

BE IN THE COMIC BUNDLE - for donors of $125 or more
One book + bookplate, the limited edition prints and Outpost world guide, PLUS a one-of-a-kind full-color digital portrait of you or a friend as a Demshul or a Kanite (your choice!). You'll also appear in a future comic in Sombulus!  More details about this reward here

REGGIE BUNDLE - for one donor of $250 or more
The amazing Caralyn Tucker of Mystic Reflections is back on board and has crafted another adorable Reggie sculpture, this time graced with his magical mothamander wings!  This tier includes a book + bookplate, the limited edition prints and Outpost world guide, PLUS a unique, one-of-a-kind collectible figurine.  More details about this reward here

    

Risks and challenges

I have worked with printers in a professional capacity for a decade, and was very impressed by the quality of Print Ninja in their printing of Sombulus Book 1, as well as the printers that helped out with the prints and world guides. However, there can be unseen hangups/quality issues/miscommunications even in the best of plans, and should they arise, I'll address them with the same professionalism I bring to my job.

The art for the comic is completely done and edited for print, so timing-wise, we're in really good shape for a summer delivery!

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    1. A digital portrait by spotlight artist Charles Dowd of you or a loved one!
    2. A copy of one Sombulus book of your choice, signed by Christina Major.
    3. A custom sketched Sombulus book plate
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    1. Two Sombulus books of your choice (Book 1 and/or Book 2)
    2. A PDF copy of Book 1 and Book 2.
    3. A custom sketched Sombulus book plate
    4. Limited Edition "Outpost" World Guide.
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    ORIGINAL ART BUNDLE:
    1. A signed one-of-a-kind color art card of a Sombulus character of your choice, hand-drawn by creator Christina Major.
    2. One Sombulus book of your choice (Book 1 or Book 2), signed by creator Christina Major.
    3. Limited Edition "Outpost" World Guide.
    4. A PDF copy of Book 1 and Book 2.
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    BE IN THE COMIC:
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    2. One Sombulus book of your choice (Book 1 or Book 2), signed by creator Christina Major.
    3. Limited Edition "Outpost" World Guide.
    4. A PDF copy of Book 1 and Book 2.
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    REGGIE BUNDLE:
    1. A one-of-a-kind statuette of Reggie (Mothamander form) by sculptor Caralyn Tucker.
    2. One Sombulus book of your choice (Book 1 or Book 2), signed by creator Christina Major.
    3. Limited Edition "Outpost" World Guide.
    4. A PDF copy of Book 1 and Book 2.
    5. A custom sketched Sombulus book plate
    6. A limited edition set of three postcard prints.

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