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My first print run of my fantasy adventure comic, Sombulus, was a great success! The story continues online, and in an all new book in 2015!
My first print run of my fantasy adventure comic, Sombulus, was a great success! The story continues online, and in an all new book in 2015!
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A magical world-hopping scavenger is thrown together with a tinkerer who talks to machines and a paladin on a god-given mission to stop him. 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 almost 4 years ago in May 2010, and I publish a new page every Tuesday and Thursday over at www.sombulus.com.

It is also part of the Spider Forest webcomic collective with other awesome fantasy comics like dream*scar and Snow By Night.

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 shounen manga-style action and humor of the ridiculous 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.

It's always been my dream to bring my art and stories to the world, and I'm looking forward to growing my comic career even more with your support!

I'm raising the money for the first-ever print run of Sombulus, Book 1! It'll be a 100-page perfect-bound soft cover book, printed in black and white and covering the first part of the Tirani arc.  The Kickstarter goal is for a 500-book print run, plus shipping and Amazon/Kickstarter's fees.  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.  I might also buy a celebratory pazookie, and eat it while thinking of all the awesome people that made my very first comic book possible.

STRETCH GOALS!


UNLOCKED! $3700
-  If we reach this funding amount, all backers of $20 or more will receive an EXCLUSIVE Sombulus bookmark by Isabelle Melançon, artist of Namesake

$4800 - If we reach this funding amount, all copies of Sombulus Book 1 (both print and digital) will include a bonus story chosen by the backers!  See this update for details!

More stretch goals to be announced soon!

DIGITAL DESKTOP - for donors of $2 or more
A digital desktop wallpaper for your Mac or PC, featuring the art of Sombulus!

DIGITAL READER - for donors of $5 or more
A PDF copy of Sombulus, Book 1.  The Digital Edition of Book 1 will be optimized for Kindles, iPads and other e-readers.

DIGITAL PATRON - for donors of $10 or more
Want to help a little more, but don't want physical swag?  As thanks for chipping in a little extra, you'll get everything in the Digital Reader tier and also be listed in the Patron section of the book.

THE BOOK - for donors of $20 or more
Sombulus Book 1!  You'll get a 100-page perfect-bound soft cover book covering the first part of the Tirani arc.

BOOK BUNDLE - for donors of $35 or more
You'll get the soft cover book signed by creator Christina Major (that's me!) AND the digital edition of the book, a limited edition set of three 4x6 postcard prints featuring Rana, Sydney and Astyr, and your name listed in the Patron section of the book.

BOOK + WORLD GUIDE - for donors of $50 or moreYou'll get the signed softcover book, your name listed in the Patron section of the book, and a very special Limited Edition 8-page bonus guide to the Kingdom of Tirani, including developmental art, maps, history, genealogy of the royal family, and creator notes.

WORLD TRAVELER BUNDLE - for donors of $60 or more
You'll get the signed softcover book, the Limited Edition 8-page bonus guide to the Kingdom of Tirani as described above, a limited edition set of three 4x6 postcard prints featuring Rana, Sydney and Astyr, and your name listed in the Patron section of the book.  Whoo!

UNLOCKED! SNOW BUNDLE - for donors of $40 or more
Eric Menge, a Wizards of the Coast writer, and Brittany Michel, illustrator and SCAD graduate, have teamed up to create Snow By Night, an enthralling colonial fantasy story of muskets and alchemy.  FIVE lucky backers can get the SNOW BUNDLE, which includes everything in the Book Bundle (digital and physical copies of Sombulus, patron credits, and the three limited edition postcard prints) AND Chapter Books 1-3 of Snow By Night!

UNLOCKED! CDOWD BUNDLE - for donors of $40 or more
Charles Dowd made his mark on the internet with Lilith Dark, an adventure story inspired by his daughter. Thanks to a generous donation by him and the support of the Lilith Dark community, FIVE lucky backers can get the very exclusive CDOWD BUNDLE, which includes everything in the Book Bundle (digital and physical copies of Sombulus, patron credits, and the three limited edition postcard prints) and a custom digital CDowd Avatar of YOU or a loved one.  See some samples here!

CHIBI BUNDLE - for donors of $80 or more
All the stuff from the World Traveler bundle PLUS a one-of-a-kind black and white digital portrait of you or your loved one as a mini-sized Demshul or a Kanite (your choice!). Can you handle the cuteness? More details about this reward here

BE IN THE COMIC BUNDLE - for donors of $100 or more
All the stuff from the World Traveler bundle PLUS a one-of-a-kind full-color digital portrait of you or your loved one as a Demshul or a Kanite (your choice!). You'll also appear in a future comic in Sombulus!  More details about this reward here

SNEAK PEEK GAMER BUNDLE - for donors of $150 or more
All the stuff from the World Traveler bundle, and you will ALSO get a beta test copy of Myriad: The Sombulus deckbuilding game!  An original card game for 2 to 4 players, Myriad is being developed by my wonderful game designer husband (Mark Major) and illustrated by yours truly. More details about this reward here

REGGIE BUNDLE - for a donor of $250 or more
All the stuff from the World Traveler bundle, AND an adorable handcrafted statuette of Reggie, everyone's favorite baking salamander, by fantasy sculptor Caralyn Tucker.  See more of Caralyn's amazing steampunk dragons, fairies, and art over at her blog and her Etsy Shop.

Risks and challenges

I've gotten quotes from a few printers for this particular project to ensure that things will go smoothly if one or the other doesn't work out. I have worked with printers in a professional capacity for 9 years and I've heard really great things from other comic artists about the ones I've narrowed down. 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 spring/summer delivery.

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    BOOK BUNDLE: 1. A copy of Sombulus Book 1, signed by creator Christina Major, 2. A limited edition set of three postcard prints. 3. A PDF copy of the book. 4. Your name listed in the Patron section.

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    CDOWD BUNDLE: 1. A Custom Avatar Portrait by comic/fantasy illustrator Charles Dowd, 2. A copy of Sombulus Book 1, signed by creator Christina Major, 3. A limited edition set of three postcard prints. 4. A PDF copy of the book. 5. Your name listed in the Patron section.

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    SNOW BUNDLE: 1. Chapter Books 1-3 of Snow By Night by Eric Menge/Brittany Michel, 2. A copy of Sombulus Book 1, signed by creator Christina Major, 3. A limited edition set of three postcard prints. 4. A PDF copy of the book. 5. Your name listed in the Patron section.

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    BOOK + WORLD GUIDE: 1. A copy of Sombulus Book 1, signed by creator Christina Major. 2. Limited Edition "Tirani" World Guide, 3. Your name listed in the Patron section

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    WORLD TRAVELER BUNDLE: 1. A copy of Sombulus Book 1, signed by creator Christina Major, 2. Limited Edition "Tirani" World Guide, 3. A limited edition set of three postcard prints. 4. A PDF copy of the book. 5. Your name listed in the Patron section.

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    CHIBI BUNDLE: 1. A black/white digital portrait of you as a mini-sized Demshul or Kanite. 2. Sombulus Book 1, signed by creator Christina Major. 3. Limited Edition "Tirani" World Guide, 4. A PDF copy of the book. 5. A limited edition set of three postcard prints. 6. Your name listed in the Patron section.

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    BE IN THE COMIC BUNDLE: 1. A digital portrait of you as a Demshul or Kanite, and a background appearance in a future comic. 2. Sombulus Book 1, signed by creator Christina Major. 3. Limited Edition "Tirani" World Guide, 4. A PDF copy of the book. 5. A limited edition set of three postcard prints. 6. Your name listed in the Patron section. (Note: The book will be delivered at the date below. I'll let you know when your appearance in the comic happens!)

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    SNEAK PEEK GAMER BUNDLE: 1. A fully-playable beta version of Myriad, the strategic deckbuilder based on the worlds of Sombulus. 2. Sombulus Book 1, signed by creator Christina Major. 3. Limited Edition "Tirani" World Guide, 4. A PDF copy of the book. 5. A limited edition set of three postcard prints. 6. Your name listed in the Patron section.

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    REGGIE BUNDLE: 1. A handcrafted statuette of Reggie the Baking Salamander, by fantasy sculptor Caralyn Tucker. 2. Sombulus Book 1, signed by creator Christina Major. 3. Limited Edition "Tirani" World Guide, 4. A PDF copy of the book. 5. A limited edition set of three postcard prints. 6. Your name listed in the Patron section.

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