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A colorful, charming comic where a headstrong palace guard must save a young prince before the kingdom is plunged into chaos.
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 ~~~****  UPDATE- STRETCH GOALS!  ****~~~

Hi everyone! We've MET OUR GOAL and still have 23 hours to go so I've made some stretch goals! : D

$2,700- Everyone that got a physical reward tier, will also receive an art print! This means that those who choose the $30 Tier (Printed comic signed + art print) will be receiving a total of 2 art prints; their Reward art print and the additional Stretch Goal art print!

$3,200- All printed comics will have gold foil accents on the comic cover (the title, feather accents, the apples, etc.)

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Ivan! The Firebird Issue #1 will be a 32 page full color comic! The story of Ivan has grown in my brain for 4+ years! It's the kind of story I would have loved to see as an animated movie growing up, and heavily inspired by the works of Studio Ghibli and other animated films like Secret of NIMH, Treasure Planet, El Dorado, Brother Bear and others. In the end it all boils down to mystery, fantasy and friendship. Those are the things I focus on in storytelling and the kind of content you can expect from Ivan! The Firebird.

By helping to back this kickstarter you will help provide the funding to make this comic possible, ensuring that this vibrant, colorful story has a chance to be printed and shared!

In a land where magic has disappeared, the royal family holds the last artifact of the past- a magical tree who's golden apples can be melted into metal or consumed to gain great strength. However, a mysterious Firebird starts to appear, wreaking havoc on the tree treasured by the palace. One of the Palace Guards named Illya, a talented warrior with a habit of telling tall tales, convinces young prince Ivan that whoever captures the Firebird will have a wish granted.... Can Illya regain control of the situation before her fantastical story plunges the kingdom into chaos and endangers the young prince? 

Illya is a skilled warrior who is very proud to be the youngest warrior admitted into the ranks of the Palace Guard. Though she treasures her position in the palace above all, her unfortunate habit of playing pranks and telling fables does get her into trouble every once in a while.

Prince Ivan is the youngest of three princes, a shy boy who longs for his parents to return from the war currently enfolding with a neighboring kingdom. He loves listening to his grandmother's tales of when she was a child and their kingdom's lands still contained magic and strange, fantastical creatures.

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BUDGET BREAKDOWN

Unfortunately there's lots of costs that come with working on a comic, including printing, special shipping costs and fees, hiring other creatives for things like lettering and editing. Your contributions will help cover all of this so the comic can actually be printed and shipped!

~*~* Many thanks to North Carolina-based National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, Joshua Messick (who's created music for Mary and the Witch's flower) for allowing me to use his song "Ancient Roots" in my preview video! You can see more of his work at:  https://joshuamessick.com/ ~~ 

~*~* The lettering you see was done by the lovely Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, who I look forward to working with on the rest of the comic! You can follow him on Twitter at: @hassanoe ~*~*

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges

I've partnered with a company to help with rewards, so you can trust that your rewards will be fulfilled and shipped by a large company with many hands on deck and not just one girl overrun with boxes!

The comic is already 60% done and on schedule to be completed in December. The fulfillment date has been set to February to avoid any lost packages in the December/January holiday time and to allow buffer for any unexpected mishaps.

I've set up backup plans to ensure I don't have any issues with delays but in the chance I fall behind schedule, backers will be the first to know. I've backed a kickstarter before that did not communicate delays and know how much it sucks, so you can be sure I'll be overly communicative if anything.

Thank you for your support and trust as we bring this story to life together!

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