Goal raised - and surpassed! We beat Volume 1's record ($3211), so every backer who ordered the book gets an extra mini-print.
Leif & Thorn is an original fantasy webcomic, starring an LGBTQ ensemble cast and featuring storylines about time travelers, restless spirits, magical girls, cross-cultural misunderstandings, and unicorn frappes.
Read Leif & Thorn online to get more updates, follow the latest strips, and stay on top of news about future books.
Volume 1 was printed with Kickstarter last year -- now it's time to do Volume 2.
(For those of you with simple needs: this is the one where they kiss.)
Leif was exported (almost literally) from his native Sønheim, to weed the gardens at the country's Embassy in Ceannis. Thorn is a Ceannic knight (with PTSD and a magic sword) on duty at the gates.
It's a hotbed of culture clashes, but they seem to be hitting it off.
Only in a friendly way, of course. Thorn is happy to pay the Embassy's exorbitant rates to "rent" Leif for an afternoon out, but all for platonic reasons. That's also why Leif is so patient as Thorn fumbles with his language, willing to eat risky foreign food, and ready to fight anyone who insults Thorn's dragon-burn scars. Friendship!
. . . no, seriously, they're both sitting on Feelings. But Leif has legal reasons for holding back -- and it's about time for Thorn to finally catch on.
Also: high tide under two moons, support for the recently reincarnated, vampires complaining about history memes, magic duels over musical tickets, lost-in-time travelers, and karaoke.
For teens and up. (Don't give this one to small children -- it includes mature topics like childhood abuse, PTSD flashbacks, international espionage, and health insurance.)
Leif & Thorn Volume 2 picks up right where Volume 1 left off. It covers about a year's worth of daily strips -- including storylines from 2017 and 2018 -- plus a gallery of Alternate Universe adventures.
Like the first book, it'll be 8.25" by 10.5", 180 pages of full-color strips, with wraparound covers and cool bonus features. They will look gorgeous next to each other on your shelf.
Here's a taste of the layout:
And here are some of the storylines inside!
(In the dialogue, different fonts represent different languages. Most characters usually speak in their native language, but Thorn, in particular, spends a lot of time speaking in Leif's.)
THE CALLING - A military installation gets put on the spot by a bunch of children, and has to pull off a holiday miracle.
TIME & TIDES - Trying to figure out if you have no chill as a result of childhood trauma, or if some people really are Just That Annoying.
SWEET SUMMER CHILDREN - The one where Thorn finds out Leif has a control microchip in his neck, and tries to tell himself it's just a "harmless cultural difference."
THE PERENNIALS - Orientation for "long-runners" -- people who, as kids, recover the adult memories of a past incarnation.
SUMMER SUNSHINE - The one with carnival food, amateur pop songs, secret agents, lost time travelers, and some really awkward hallucinations.
SUMMER SUNSHINE is also the one with the big confession, the attempted first kiss, and multilingual misunderstandings finally getting dragged out in the open.
ONLY 900'S KIDS WILL GET THIS - Vampire problems: inaccurate history memes, human laws trying to limit who you can eat, and the struggle to find a good accountant.
ALTERNATE UNIVERSES - Versions of the comic that take place in different settings and genres. Like the space opera, the urban fantasy, or one where they're all teenage superheroes, defeating monsters with the power of friendship.
Your writer/artist/creator is Erin Ptah. I've been posting comics (and fanart...lots of fanart) on the internet for the past 15 years. Good times.
Don't just take my word for how good Leif & Thorn is. Take the words of other people.
For instance, words like these:
"I have an insatiable need for content and there’s no other comic out there that delivers on such an engaging and well-built story and world AND updates every day. It’s the perfect comic!" ~Strontium
"*slaps Leif & Thorn* This bad boy can fit so many LGBT+ characters in it that audience members might discover actual words for themselves in the ensuing discussions on the pages" ~Shard
"You do amazing work and I am always impressed by the amount of detail that goes into the worldbuilding and character depth. Thank you so much for what you do." ~Kiwi
"I just found your comic and caught up after binge reading the archive in a few days. What an awesome story! I really like how everyone comes across as a person and isn’t just a cliche representation of a marginalized group. [...] Now I get to wait in suspense like the rest of you. :p" ~Willow
"This is so cute!! I’m slowly making my way through the archive and holy shit… everyone’s cute and I can’t handle it." ~Nicole
"I’ve always been interested in your webcomic but just never had time to sit down and read through it. But a couple days ago I finally got too curious, sat down to start, and blew through the archives in less than a day. XD I just love…everyone. Especially Bramble." ~Solar
"One of the first comics I remember reading that made me feel truly seen." - @Super_fluence
This is the section where I tell you about that LGBT+ representation!
Thing is, I have strong opinions about visible rep. It's very easy to go "here is a list of the characters' genders and sexualities" on your cast page. It's much more important to make those things obvious in the story.
So I'm just gonna show you the strips.
Here's the main slow-burn mutual-pining same-sex couple!
Also has adorable happily-married same-sex couples!
Casually-accepted young trans people!
Casually-manhandled-by-a-sexy-vampire adult trans people!
Both casual and cranky/pedantic adult nonbinary people!
Inclusion as a regular feature of backgrounds and crowd scenes!
By this point you can see other kinds of diversity in the cast, too. The main relationship is cross-cultural and interracial, which gives our heroes a lot of complications to work through -- the language barrier is just the start.
Granted, it's a fantasy planet unrelated to Earth, so there's no exact 1:1 representation of real-world races and ethnicities...but you'd still need actors from around the world to play the cast in the big live-action Netflix adaptation.
(Full disclosure: There are, currently, no plans for a big live-action Netflix adaptation. Hear that, Amazon Prime? You still have a chance!)
The part you've all been waiting for!
Early Bird Art Special
Exclusive bonus for people who back early:
The first 15 backers who pledged at least $10 got to request a Leif & Thorn bonus sketch -- any characters, any scenario, canon or AU. They'll be used in the book to fill up extra spaces, at the bottom of pages or the end of chapters.
Like this, only more so:
If your pledge includes a paperback book, I'll slip the original lineart in the package with it. And you'll be thanked on the credits page as an early backer, no matter what tier you're in.
The only limits on the sketches are (a) the content has to be safe-for-work, and (b) it can't spoil anything that happens in future storylines. (Hold on to those ideas for the Volume 3 campaign!)
Open to everyone! Don't see the exact combination of swag you want? Scroll to the end for the add-ons menu.
All tiers with paperback books include a Volume 2 campaign-exclusive mini-print, chosen by the results of this poll.
If you missed the Volume 1 campaign, don't worry -- there are tiers to get both books together! (You did miss the print that was exclusive to that campaign, though. Sorry.)
Want an extra book? Got a friend, family member, and/or local library who would appreciate a copy? Or maybe there's a whole combination of merch you want that just isn't covered by existing reward levels.
Well, here's how to fix that.
- Click the "Manage Your Pledge" Button at the top of the page (if you haven't pledged yet, it'll still say "Back this project")
- Increase your pledge in the "Pledge Amount" box by enough to cover as many extra reward(s) as you want, going by the price sheet below:
As we reached milestones on the way to the goal, we celebrated by revealing a never-before-seen full-cast portrait...one section at a time.
The complete piece has 90+ characters, all at different scales corresponding to their popularity -- as determined by this massive reader poll. As of 60 backers, the whole thing has been unlocked!
Some financial and technical details:
Why Kickstarter? Because I can't pull a couple thousand dollars out-of-pocket to do a print run. (Even when I know readers would buy the book afterward.) A Kickstarter campaign lets me bring a bunch of people together for pre-orders, so I can fund the printing upfront.
Plus, it's fun. And it worked beautifully for Volume 1.
Where exactly is the money going? Here's a pie chart!
The extra $10 is to buy myself a pizza once we're funded.
What happens if we make more than the goal? Well, first of all, that means we have more backers than expected -- so some of the extra cash goes toward making all of their rewards.
If we seriously overfund, I'll add stretch goals, unlocking extra merchandise and other goodies. Details are being kept secret until we pass the original goal.
How long will it take me to get my book? Here's the planned timeline!
This is the same as the Volume 1 timeline. It builds in plenty of time to handle unforeseen delays and mix-ups -- we had some of those on the first round, and because of this careful planning, we still ended up shipping right on schedule.
If we're lucky, Volume 2 will come together even faster! Either way, I'll keep the backers up-to-date with every step.
That's everything you need to know about Leif & Thorn Volume 2!
Thank you so much for your interest and support. After the campaign deadline has passed, watch the comic's website for buying information, news about future volumes, and, as always, the latest strips.
See you again in Volume 3!
Risks and challenges
I've already had one successful print run for this series, which let me get the hang of the process and iron out the kinks. If any new hurdles come up, I have some more Kickstarter-experienced artists on hand, who can offer advice and support.
The main content for the book is completely drawn! All that's left is some of the bonus art and extra features, which I'll be creating for backers over the course of the campaign.
The budget includes an emergency cushion for minor mistakes. As for the biggest expense, I plan to use the same well-established, reliable printer that did a great job with Volume 1.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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