About this project
Welcome to my Kickstarter campaign for my second graphic novel, FaLLEN Volume 2! This webcomic is a labor of love for me, and it was a dream come true for me when in 2014 I was able to raise enough money on Kickstarter to print the first book. I raised more than double what I asked for, and I was completely blown away by the love and support I received from friends, family, long-time readers and even total strangers!
However, I must warn: FaLLEN is rated 15+, so this is not a stocking stuffer for your third grader! Other reasons you may not be interested in FaLLEN:
- You hate cartoon violence against creepy monsters
- You are a misogynistic poop head
- You think women and sexual freedom just do not mix
- You have a personal vendetta against me...
All good? Let's continue!
I'm a traditional artist, meaning I hand draw, hand ink, and even screen tone by hand every single black and white page of this comic! If you are interested, you can watch me ink a full page below (5 hours compressed into 50 minutes!):
All the art supplies can get pretty expensive at times, which is why I need the help of my readers to help fund the printing of Volume 2!
FaLLEN is about a team of girls who one day find themselves not knowing the answer to the simplest question; who are you? Vox, a mousy messenger from a goddess-like being known as an Aeon, tells the amnesiatic girls he can give them back their identities. All they have to do in return is fulfill their duties as Guardians, an elite team of warrior women with magical abilities.
There is a free to read version online at the website. It is censored and does not include corrections made for the book printing, but you can still get a feel for the series without spending a dime!
Meet the colorful cast of FaLLEN!
Everyone who pledges even a dollar to this Kickstarter will be able to vote for their favorite character for the character ranking special illustration that will be included in the book and as a postcard print! Your choices will have a direct affect on the outcome of this special artwork!
Some of the rewards include desktop and smart phone wallpapers of a variety of sizes, three designs all together (standard wallpaper features art from the cover, pledgers getting only 1 wallpaper choose the size only). Kickstarter exclusive!
Pledgers can also receive a special "I Support FaLLEN" icon to use as their Kickstarter or SNS profile icon. Pledgers can choose a design from 9 different characters! A Kickstarter exclusive!
Another Kickstarter exclusive is the chance to have your name in the special thanks section of the book dedicated to Kickstarter pledgers! At higher tiers, you will be upgraded to the title of producer!
There will be a PDF version of the book available. The default version is the English version of Volume 2, with other versions available the higher the tier, including Volume 1. This is uncensored, same as the print version.
New rewards include Ad Space on leaflets I'll be sending out with every book, which is for fellow artists who want to get the word out to like-minded individuals about their comic or artwork. The leaflets will be black and white on B5 paper, each ad can have half a page of space. No artwork that is 18+ will be printed, though the comic being advertised can be adults only as long as the ad clearly states this. If you have questions about the ad space, please message me! Will also not accept ads for comics promoting racism, sexism, or any other discrimination against groups of people.
You can also get a photocopy of an actual page from FaLLEN! The copy will be on B4 paper, same size as the originals, in color so you can see what pages look like before they have text and are cleaned up digitally after scanning. I will sign each copy.
Or, if you prefer an actual copy, you can get the actual manuscript pages from the bonus comic featured in Volume 2. Not a copy, these are the real things! You can own a piece of FaLLEN! These will also be signed.
More production art includes thumbnails/roughs of an entire chapter of FaLLEN.
More custom art includes a line art of your favorite character in black ink, signed, on an autograph sketch board. For a little extra, you can even get some full-color customized art printed on a poster, just for you! This can be any character from FaLLEN doing just about anything you want! I'll even send you the PSD file so you can see how I made it.
Okay, let's get to some visuals!
The main event, the top contender, the... the... the book! This is the hold-it-in-your-hands-and-smell-it book, with paper and everything. I will be using the same printer I used for Volume 1, which is Eikou based in Japan, so if you liked the print quality of the first book, you can expect the same quality for the second. Like the first, this will be printed in a B6 format (5.04 × 7.17 inches), the same size as many Japanese tankoubon books are printed. Should fit quite comfortably in your backpack or on any bookshelf.
Body pillowcases are back this year! The previous design is still available to order as well as the yet to be designed new pillowcase, which will feature Maris in both her Guardian and waitress uniforms!
Last year I had several people ask for T-Shirts... well, you got it!
More images coming soon!
As mentioned before, anyone who pledges even a dollar will be able to cast their vote for the special Character Ranking Poll illustration. This illustration will be included in the book in black and white and will be available in full color as a postcard-sized print.
Early Bird Specials
Everyone who pledges on a tier marked "early bird special" will receive some fun bonus rewards:
- your copy of FaLLEN will be signed by me, the creator, Ogawa Burukku
- a holographic sticker featuring Vesta and Maris
- a copy of one of the individual FaLLEN Japanese single-issue books, now out of print! (limited to $50+ tiers only)
Some of these may also get upgraded as stretch goals are unlocked.
☆ These will be updated as stretch goals are unlocked!
I have listed several add ons with each tier, with prices varying depending on the tier. Some of those add-ons include:
- a second PDF
- second copy of the book OR a copy of volume 1 OR a Japanese copy of volumes 1 or 2.
- add on bookmarks (4 designs total)
- add on the calendar
- add on a body pillowcase at any tier for $60
- NEW! Add on a character keychain/charm of Vox, Arma, Lamia, Maris, or Vesta ($5 per character to any tier, see unlockables chart below)
- NEW! Add on a T-Shirt for $20!
Add-ons will have a special section in the survey I send out to all pledgers at the end of the campaign, where anyone who included money for an add-on can select which add-ons they wanted.
More coming soon as goals are unlocked.
We've already unlocked most goals! I will update this as new stretch goals are unlocked!
Where To Find FaLLEN
If you want to stay up to date on FaLLEN Vol. 2's Kickstarter campaign, I will be updating everyone as the campaign goes on both here on KS and on my social media platforms and websites. Here is a handy collection of links you can use to find me or find FaLLEN:
Risks and challenges
In my first project for Volume 1, I relied on a webcomic publisher as my printer and as a source for some of the rewards, which backfired in a horrible '80s B-Movie station wagon explosion kind of way. I had based all of my expenses on the quote they had given me and several rewards (site subscriptions, printing the novelized version of FaLLEN, etc) were to be provided through their services, as well as the printing of both the English and Japanese versions of the book. Well, a month after my KS campaign ended, they announced they were shutting down immediately. I had to scramble to find alternatives, reformat my book for the new printer, cancel rewards, and in fact I ended up spending money out of pocket to make up for the loss. I felt like I had really let everyone down, even though it was all entirely out of my control. (you can read about it here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fallenvol2/fallen-vol-1-graphic-novel-by-ogawa-burukku/posts/1090178)
This year I am NOT relying on any of my affiliations to make this book. I will be using the same printer I used last year, Eikou, but I have two back-up printers ready to go just in case! I have budgeted the book printings accordingly (the Japanese version is now a stretch goal) and every standard reward is something I have previously made or with a printer I have used, so no surprises this year.
I am also shipping differently from last year: posters will now be rolled up and put inside of boxes. Everything in the $50+ tiers will be boxed and shipped out together, with the exception of rewards like original manuscripts since those cannot be rolled up. Backers will now have the option of upgrading their shipping method.
I do not want to rush the artwork or anything, so there is always the possibility that there will be a delay or two in sending out rewards, but I will keep you all updated so you can see where I am at and what the hold ups are, if there are any.
Finally, please make sure you keep up to date with your address info and messages! Last year I had a few returned packages and no response from backers when I asked about new addresses.
I am really looking forward to releasing the second book in my series FaLLEN. I hope this is a successful campaign, and thank you all for checking out this page!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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