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Help this creator-owned frontier fantasy comic full of steam, sorcery & secrets collect and print its second volume!
With your help this creator-owned frontier fantasy comic full of steam, sorcery & secrets is collecting and printing its second volume!
With your help this creator-owned frontier fantasy comic full of steam, sorcery & secrets is collecting and printing its second volume!
290 backers pledged $13,211 to help bring this project to life.

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Next Town Over is a creator-owned frontier fantasy comic; a twisted yarn about the less-than-black-and-white nature of good and bad, written and drawn by Erin Mehlos. This campaign will help collect and print its second volume, consisting of chapters 5 through 8. Build onto your NTO library if you already own the first book, or get caught up in style with one of the collections (check out the rewards below!)! Continue unraveling the curious rivalry 'twixt laconic, mechanically-inclined Vane Black and wanted rogue John Henry Hunter through: 

Updating like clockwork since autumn of 2010, Next Town Over’s web incarnation has picked up readers, popularity, and its fair share of kind words: 

  • WINNER, 2016 Excellence in Webcomics Awards (Excellence in Writing)
  • "If you haven't read Next Town Over before, then you may have just found your new favorite webcomic." -- Aaron Colter, Comics Alliance
  • "Next Town Over is an all action webcomic — with shoot-outs, chases, lassoing and the like — and it ain’t ashamed of what it is. It’s for folks who swill Tennessee whiskey and are in the mood for some rootin’, tootin’, shootin’, gun-totin’, sassafrassin’ Texas-sized brawls.... 4 stars." -- The Webcomic Overlook
  •  "The comic’s artwork is gorgeous ... a must read." -- Shawn Gustafson, The Specialists
  •  "Some comic book artists are great artists, but great comic book artists understand their medium and transcend drawing and move into storytelling... Mehlos really owns this in Next Town Over." -- Slap Bookleather

I’m Erin Mehlos, an independent (and self-taught) comics creator, editor, publisher and mom from the frozen north of Wisconsin, USA. I'm the creator of Next Town Over, Hell's Corners, the fair pay, inclusive anthology Poor Wayfaring Strangers (successfully crowdfunded earlier this year), and a contributor to several other projects, including NOBODIES and the Eisner-nominated 24 Hour Comics Highlights 2005. I wear a lot of hats, I spin a lot of plates, and I don't have an overabundance of cash, which is where you come in! 

 

Volume 2: No Particular Fear will collect Next Town Over's most recent four chapters (#5-8; Wayward through Diamondback Ridge) into a quality foil-stamped trade softcover featuring over 130 pages of pure comics and another (estimated) 30+ pages of extras, including conceptual sketches, bonus artwork, guides to Next Town Over locations & characters, some of the fantastic entries to Next Town Over's various art contests, and more! 

I will also be printing a shorter run (500 copies, total) of a slipcased, clothbound hardcover edition with a bound-in, signed and hand-numbered limitation page to match the Volume 1 hardcover.

The first volume of Next Town Over was a great book, largely made possible by generous backing from people like you, but I vastly underestimated the costs associated with making it such a great book.  Now, it's important to me that I make this second volume a perfect match for the first on your shelf -- whether you own the softcover or limited hardcover -- but I'm a lot better acquainted with what that's going to cost, and unable to shoulder so much of the burden myself this time. A run of 1000 trade paperbacks + 500 slipcased hardcovers of this volume of Next Town Over, when you factor in printing, logistics, an ISBN, etc. -- nevermind my time collecting and prepressing the book -- is going to run upwards of $8000; shipping it out to you folks (international shipping has gotten ludicrously expensive) is expected to cost close to $2000, and then of course there's Kickstarter fees, payment processor fees, taxes.... 

  

 

$14,000 – NEW 3-page comic from Gus Carlson, creator of Tourist Unknown added & exclusive to the book! Gus is a contributor to Poor Wayfaring Strangers, and artist of Next Town Over short "Rough Week" (already included in Volume 2)  

$16,000 – at least two new guest illustrations from artists yet to be revealed added to the book, and a swell set of 8.5x11" prints of Eric Dagley's fantastic NTO covers (for which he'll also get a well-deserved bonus paycheck) added to all $50+ pledges.

$18,000 - NEW 3 page short from me included in & exclusive to the book

$20,000 - ????? Unlock $16K goal to find out! ?????

$25,000 - ????? Unlock $18K goal to find out! ?????

Help me pay for the book, guarantee yourself an early copy, and guarantee the future of Next Town Over!  

Thanks, partner.

Video by @playcator
Video music: Gringo Flamenco by Montana Skies 

  

Risks and challenges

With THREE successfully funded, successfully fulfilled Kickstarter campaigns under my belt (the last two of which were fulfilled months ahead of schedule) this isn't my first rodeo. I've learned a ton about potential pitfalls, unforeseen expenses, and other assorted disasters that can cripple a crowdfunded product, and I'm confident I'm heading them all off at the pass! Additionally, with the exception of the cover and any stretch goal materials, the art to be included in this book is done. That's right, the 130+ pages of pure comics that make up the meat of this volume are 100% in the bag. This campaign is about as low-risk as they come, but that said, life is life and there is always a slim chance of unforeseen delays, etc..

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    JUST PASSIN' THROUGH

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    DIGITAL DUDE

    A digital copy of Next Town Over Volume 2 + absolute loads of my gratitude.

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    DIGITAL DARLIN'

    A digital bundle of extraordinary value! Get Next Town Over Volumes 1 & 2 digitally along with a digital copy of the fan favorite short Genevieve -- that's over 300 pages of comics! The best way for a new reader to get acquainted with Next Town Over!

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    DIGITAL DESPERADO

    An incomparable digital frontier fantasy bundle! Get Next Town Over Volumes 1 & 2 digitally, along with Poor Wayfaring Strangers, a 132-page full-color anthology including 2 stories by Erin and tons more from some of her bestest comic pals! This is like 450 pages of comics for $15! Not bad!

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    PRINT PARTNER - EARLY BIRD

    Your very own softcover print copy of Next Town Over Volume 2 to curl up in bed with. Strike while the [branding] iron is hot and get yours just a little bit cheaper!

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    PRINT PARTNER - BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL

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    PRINT PARTNER

    Your very own softcover print copy of Next Town Over Volume 2 to curl up in bed with. Caution: book contains fire.

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    PRINT PARTNER - QUICKDRAW EDITION

    A softcover print copy of NTO Volume 2 utterly defaced with a sketch (your choice!) by Erin inside!

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    HARDCOVER HARDCASE

    A gorgeous, clothbound, slipcased edition of Next Town Over Volume 2 with a bound-in limitation page signed and numbered by Erin. This extra special edition of the book is limited to 500 copies and will never be reprinted!

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    CATSUP COLLECTION

    New to NTO? No problem: get caught up with this thrifty print bundle of Volumes 1 & 2, softcover and signed!

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    HARDCOVER HARDCASE - QUICKDRAW EDITION

    A gorgeous, clothbound, slipcased edition of Next Town Over Volume 2 with a bound-in limitation page signed and numbered by Erin, along with an original 8.5x11 sketch (your choice!).

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    FRONTIER FANTASY

    This ultimate softcover bundle includes Next Town Over Volumes 1 & 2, along with Poor Wayfaring Strangers, a 132-page full-color frontier fantasy anthology including 2 stories by Erin and tons more from some of her bestest comic pals.

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    HELLBENT FOR HARDBOUND

    Gorgeous, matching clothbound, slipcased copies of Next Town Over Volumes 1 & 2 with bound-in limitation pages signed and numbered by Erin. These super special limited copies of Volume 1 are getting pretty scarce!

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    CONNOISSEUR CURATOR

    Matching clothbound, slipcased copies of Next Town Over Volumes 1 & 2 with bound-in limitation pages signed and numbered by Erin, along with a softcover of frontier fantasy anthology Poor Wayfaring Strangers. The ultimate way to get you or a friend caught up.

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    TRAILHAND

    A gorgeous, clothbound, slipcased edition of Next Town Over Volume 2 with a bound-in limitation page signed and numbered by Erin, a special credit in selfsame book, and an original 8.5x11" sketch (your choice!)

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    SEE YOU IN THE NEXT TOWN OVER

    A gorgeous, clothbound, slipcased edition of Next Town Over Volume 2 with a bound-in limitation page signed and numbered by Erin, a special credit in selfsame book, and a special guest appearance in a future volume of Next Town Over (appropriately attired, natch; please note your cameo will be significantly later than your receipt of the book as I'll need to work you in as allowed by the story)

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    HAPPY TRAILS

    I will draw you a full color 4-page comic. You can write it, or I can write it, or whatever. It's up to you; all yours. This is pretty special. I understand if you have questions: feel free to message me with inquiries about any specifics.

    .... I guess you can have a book, too. One of the nicer ones.

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