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A Graphic Novel based on a true story about a young man's dream to become coach for Tibet's first football team.
A Graphic Novel based on a true story about a young man's dream to become coach for Tibet's first football team.
A Graphic Novel based on a true story about a young man's dream to become coach for Tibet's first football team.
225 backers pledged DKK 191,156 to help bring this project to life.

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WE DID IT!!! FRENCH STRECH GOAL IN SIGHT. Rêves dans l'air rare

Just 24 hours before deadline we reached the goal of 180.000 DKR (app. 25.500$ or 24.000 €) thanks to all the helpful backers. What a cliffhanger.
If we reach 200.000 DKR (app. 28.400$ or 27.000€) within the next 12 hours we will translate and print "Dreams in Thin Air" into French.

YES! We did it!
YES! We did it!

Imagine a story so unbelievable that it needs to be unfold in a Graphic Novel. That’s our mission. We want to tell the amazing story of how the Tibetan national football team came into existence and their first international match.  

Mock-up of the Graphic Novel Dreams in Thin Air / Drømme i Tynd Luft.
Mock-up of the Graphic Novel Dreams in Thin Air / Drømme i Tynd Luft.
2/3 of the illustrations is already finished.
2/3 of the illustrations is already finished.

It all started with a dream. Literally. My name is Michael Magnus Nybrandt, and I’m from Denmark. Some years ago - on a tandem bicycle tour in Tibet - I had a dream that I would manage the ­Tibetan national football team. I was no football manager and Tibet didn’t have a national football team. But I was ­troubled about the unfair treatment the country has been subjected to, so when I got back home I ­started to pursue the idea of establishing a Tibetan National ­Football ­Association and national team in order to create awareness and help unify the Tibetan culture. Together with fellow Tibetan football enthusiast it took years of study and hard work until Tibet played their first international match against Greenland.

A full page from the book.
A full page from the book.
An illustration from Dreams in Thin Air.
An illustration from Dreams in Thin Air.
Snapshots from Michael's tandem journey in Tibet and his first meeting with H.H. Dalai Lama.
Snapshots from Michael's tandem journey in Tibet and his first meeting with H.H. Dalai Lama.

Now the story will be adapted into a Graphic Novel, called Dreams in Thin Air. Together with the hugely talented illustrator Thomas Engelbrecht ­Mikkelsen I have been working on the project during the last 4 years. The book is about my adventures in Tibet, my dream and ­encounter with the Tibetan people and the numerous struggles including political harassment from the Chinese authorities before the Tibetan National Football Team could play their first international match against Greenland. It is a ­universal story of a dream – and how, through belief and determination, the most unrealistic of dreams can become reality. 

That’s why we are here on Kickstarter. This ambitious book project is already well underway, with a ­finished manuscript and almost 2/3 of the artwork ­completed. Our Kickstarter goal, $28.000, will be invested in artwork, graphics, production, translation, proof-reading and ensure quality print copies in English and Danish titled "Drømme i Tynd Luft".

A Mock-up page from Dreams in Thin Air.
A Mock-up page from Dreams in Thin Air.

I hope you will join the adventure by making a pledge right here on Kickstarter. If you do - we will be able to complete the artwork and print the book independently - and you will be the first to receive a copy of Dreams in Thin Air / Drømme i Tynd Luft this Autumn. Please help us share and be a part of the story of the Tibetan football – make a pledge on Kickstarter today. The app. price in USD is displayed on the below reward illustrations.

Thanks. Michael Magnus Nybrandt, Tibetan football enthusiast and author, Dreams in Thin Air. Thomas Engelbrecht ­Mikkelsen, illustrator, Dreams in Thin Air.

Facts about the book. 188 pages. Format: 20 x 28 cm. Landscape format. All pages printed in color. Hardback cover. Scheduled publishing: October 2015. Titled in Danish: Drømme i Tynd Luft

Facts about the Tibetan National Sports Association. Today TNSA is a significant ­organization in the Tibetan community, supporting the young Tibetans, girls and boys, who plays football or other sports and dream of representing their own national team. Read more on tibetansports.org

Our great respect goes to Michael Max and his fellow companions at Attention Film who shot the film, Supersonic who made the sound, Magnus Christensson from Socialquare who assisted the campaign, Jonathan Lowth for his friendly and exceptional help, everybody at King George Road and friends and family who helped all the way. And off cause the two film magicians Rasmus Dinesen and Arnold Kroigaard who directed the documentary "The Forbidden Team" from which we have used clips in our presentation film.

If you are not able to contribute to Dreams in Thin Air that doesn’t mean you can’t help turn this book into reality. Spread the Word and share this page, Like us on Facebook and share our updates with your family and friends. You can also click here to learn more about Tibet and Tibetan football

Michael and Thomas
Michael and Thomas

Risks and challenges

We have big ambitions with this book and we truly believe in it's potential. Early in the creative process we had meetings and interest from publishers, but to finish the project and publish it on our own terms and conditions we decided to complete the mission on Kickstarter. The team behind the book have many years of professional experience with printing and graphic production and we made a serious plan and budget to manage the book safely through the last production stage. We have worked hard so far and we will continue until we have accomplished our commitments.

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    "Dreams in Thin Air" in hardcover. 188 pages illustrated with full-color. You also receive a limited Kickstarter exclusive t-shirt with motive from the book, a printed illustration of the Tibetan national football team, a bookmark, the digital PDF version of the "Dreams in Thin Air" and a pledge diploma send by e-mail.

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    TWO BOOKS WITH EXTRAS REWARD.
    2 copies of "Dreams in Thin Air" in hardcover. 188 pages illustrated with full-color. You also receive 2 printed illustrations of the Tibetan national football team and bookmarks, the digital PDF version of the "Dreams in Thin Air" and a pledge diploma send by e-mail.

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    TIBET NATIONAL JERSEY + THE BOOK WITH EXTRAS REWARD.
    "Dreams in Thin Air" in hardcover. 188 pages illustrated with full-color. You also receive the Original Tibetan football jersey from COPA, 2 printed illustrations of the Tibetan national football team, a bookmark, the digital PDF version of the "Dreams in Thin Air" and a pledge diploma send by e-mail.

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    5 copies of "Dreams in Thin Air" in hardcover. You also receive the Original Tibetan football Jersey from COPA, a limited t-shirt with motive from the book, printed illustrations of the Tibetan national football team, bookmarks, the digital PDF version of the "Dreams in Thin Air" and a pledge diploma send by e-mail.

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    10 copies of "Dreams in Thin Air" in hardcover. You also receive the Original Tibetan football Jersey from COPA, a limited t-shirt with motive from the book, printed illustrations of the Tibetan national football team, bookmarks, the digital PDF version of the "Dreams in Thin Air" and a pledge diploma send by e-mail.

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    30 copies of "Dreams in Thin Air" in hardcover. You also receive the Original Tibetan football Jersey from COPA, a limited t-shirt with motive from the book, printed illustrations of the Tibetan national football team, bookmarks, the digital PDF version of the "Dreams in Thin Air" and a pledge diploma send by e-mail.

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