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Amaranthine Project: Avatar is an original period fantasy, full colour graphic novel project by S.A.McGowan and H.S.Bonyun.
Amaranthine Project: Avatar is an original period fantasy, full colour graphic novel project by S.A.McGowan and H.S.Bonyun.
219 backers pledged $11,321 to help bring this project to life.

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Comic Summary:

read the comic intro at www.projectavatar.com

Amaranthine Project: Avatar is about a secretive and paranoid scientist being held against his will in order to participate in a secret project by the occupying government. Their goal in holding him captive is to gain the lost alchemical wisdom of science and the soul that Dom possesses and use it not only against their enemies, but their people as well. For years Dominique has lead his captors in intellectual circles, managing to keep the most terrible of his secrets to himself, that is until the arrival of a fellow prisoner, Cristofori. This peculiar young man turns all Dom's meticulously calculated plans on their head as Dom, adapting to this new variable and convinced that Crist is not what he appears, tries desperately to figure out the young man's agenda. It isn’t long before a series of strange events forces the unlikely pair into a militant rebellious uprising and a dizzying government conspiracy that takes them on an adventure across the continent in search of answers and in pursuit of their perceived purposes.

Our comic is a character driven story that explores the ideas of trust, betrayal, friendship, love, loss, the relationships we form with each other and how they change and form the world as we perceive it. 

Why We Are Here:

Amaranthine Project: Avatar started as a sort of side hobby project for our team back in high school that we did in our spare time. We worked on the pages once a week and didn’t really have any sort of plan or direction aside from what we liked about the characters. It was not a comic we planned to really get into or to endure past some free time after school and figured we’d get bored with it. However, that’s not what happened. We realized in the spontaneity of the comic (each of us in charge of a different character and how they would react on page) as we went along that we were making something far more interesting and deep than we had set out to do and we found ourselves loving the world we had created and the characters we brought to life within it. In 2008 we decided to stop and scrap the entire thing and start over from scratch. We knew what we wanted to do, where we wanted to go and wanted to make something greater than we started with.

We spent the next year in pre-production solidifying everything we needed, the script, planning out pages, books worth of concept art and sketches, walls covered in notes and plans. We were finally ready to begin.  In 2009 we released the intro to the new comic to our waiting fans with really positive results. Excited about the success of the new intro and the continuing support of our readers, we were ready to continue the project come the end of collage finals.

Unfortunately, we came to realize after we graduated that we could not afford to keep working on our comic and the project had to be set aside due to lack of funding. Up until now, Amaranthine Project has been completely personally funded and we just can’t afford to do it anymore. Making ends meet, our team works an average of 12-14 hours a day doing work for other people and paying clients to pay the bills, this leaves literally no time for us to do anything else.

Since 2009 we have been saving every scrap of money we can in order to make time for our project and we are about halfway there. After years of realizing other people’s dreams and ambitions for them, our team is itching to finish the project that made us fall in love with comics.

To this day we continue to receive a steady stream of e-mails and comments from our fans asking us to continue, we can not do it alone and we need your help.    

With The Money:

With the money raised on Kickstarter, we will be able to work on our comic full time and have the pages in time for our next comic convention season. Book 1 is planned to be full colour, 8.5 x 12" and between 50 and 60 pages. The money raised here is for labor and supplies and printing for the book has already been arranged. We hope to have the first book completed in about 6 months after funding is received.

Any money exceeding the total we are looking to raise will be invested back into the comic for the production of book 2 and better rewards for the people helping us out on kickstarter. We would be thrilled for any additional help we can get, the more money the make, the further we can take this!  

Publishing:

Brandstudio Press has set a very high bar for other companies to match in terms of quality and we have been a big fan of their products for years. Anyone who is a collector of high quality sketch, concept and illustration art books likely has a book or two of theirs in their collection. We are very excited to have this opportunity to work with them and offer our fans something of such high quality right out of the gate. These are books to treasure.Our book is scheduled to be published in April of 2013 by Brandstudio Press who have very generously agreed to work with us on this project.

Rewards:

We will try to add new rewards as they become available to us. You can find information on each award below as well as which tier you can acquire them at. Rewards all stack so you will receive the reward for the amount you donated as well as all previous donation amount reward. 

For example, if you donate $15, you will receive the $15 reward (set of 3 avi charms) as well as the $10 reward (complete first chapter PDF) and the $5 reward (exclusive wallpaper).

$5 start at: Kickstarter exclusive 1920x1200 px wallpaper. This wallpaper is only available to people who donate to our kickstarter fund. Wallpaper will be sent as soon as kickstarter allows us access to required information (after funding for project is completed).

$10 all of the above and: Complete first chapter of our book in PDF form. The PDF will contain larger, higher quality images than will be available on our website, which are small, low-res web versions. The PDF will be released to you in full as soon as we have completed the chapter and before we will begin to post the online versions, which are only updated at a rate of 1 page per week. 

We expect to have the first chapter completed in about 6 months after funding is received.

$15 all of the above and: Set of 3 charms featuring main characters from our comic. The first two charms will be of Dominique and Cristofori, however, the third charm will be a surprise. There are 4 different characters the last charm could feature and the character you get will be chosen at random from these 4.

Charms are 1 inch tall on 3mm thick acrylic with matching straps. They are perfect for hanging on your phone, DS/DSi/3DS, PSP, handheld systems, wallets, keys, backpacks, pencil cases, cameras, zippers and any other object that can be looped around!   

Charms will be sent out in batches every 2 second week and will arrive separately from other physical prizes in order to get them to you as soon as we can.

$25 all of the above and: Your name added to the acknowledgments section of our comic's website as special thanks for making our dream possible. 

$35 all of the above and: An 8.5x12 inch Hardcover Copy of Chapter 1. Printing will be limited depending on the sales of the book and may not be re-printed after the first run. The only way to 100% guarantee yourself a copy of this book is by pledging through kickstarter. Please see "publishing" section above for more information about our publisher and specs. Though this book is not scheduled for printing until next May, you will still receive your PDF copy of the book at the regularly schedule time. 

If you are living outside of Canada or the continental US or please pledge an additional $8 to this to cover the shipping of the book. Shipping alone costs us between $14 and $20 depending on your location.

★Updated Jan28★ | $50 all of the above and: 

New: A bundle of three, 8.5x11" prints. The first print will be a print of the comic poster as seen in our video (full version of the preview image), the next two prints will be selected at random from our lineup of new Project Avatar promotional illustrations. Both of these prints will be of art from 2012 and guaranteed to be a new edition to your collection! Prints will be shipped with your hardcover copy of the book.

People who have selected the old $50 package will automatically receive this upgrade. Please click here for more details.

You will also have name added to the to the acknowledgments section of the book as a special thanks for making our dream possible. 

$75 all of the above and: A single character original sketch by us to be included with your copy of the book. The sketch will be done traditionally and you will receive the original. Character will be from the comic and you are welcome to request which in-comic character you would like to have drawn for you. More rewards added:  print bundle

$100 all of the above and: A copy of the limited edition, 72 page full colour art book by comic artist Stephan McGowan, “The Promise”. This book was a limited run of 1000 copies and we are down to the last 80, we have saved these last 80 books for kickstarter pledgers. 

You can learn more about the book as well as take a peek inside HERE .

Your book will be shipped with your copy of the hardcover first chapter of the book. We do not expect to run out of copies for this kickstarter however copies of this book are limited, we will update this section of this prize is no longer available. 

More rewards added:  print bundle

$200 all of the above andAn original full colour illustration done in ink and gouache on water colour paper of up to 2 in-comic characters of your choosing to be sent with your hardcover copy of chapter 1. If you have a preference, you are welcome to request which in-comic character you would like to have drawn for you.  

You may choose one of these characters to be your cameo character if you are receiving this prize upon donating $500 or more.

More rewards added:  print bundle

$500 all of the above and: An in-comic cameo. We have several minor characters that appear throughout our books to serve specific functions within the story. Some may appear only once while others may appear several times, this is your chance to appear as one of these characters. We will send you an e-mail with the available roles for you to choose from. Please note that these characters may appear in later chapters of the book rather than the first one depending on the character you choose and where you would fit into the world. More rewards added:  print bundle

$500 all of the above (except cameo) and: One of our original Amaranthine Project promotional posters. Only 3 were ever printed (one for each original creator). The poster is the same one as shown in the video and belongs to artist and writer Stephan McGowan, however, there is a catch: the poster was previously haunted. 

For information on the haunted poster, please CLICK HERE.

Poster is of this illustration HERE , poster does not contain text or watermarks and will come signed by both artists.

If you would like one of the 3 posters but would prefer one of the not-haunted ones, just let us know and we will send you Hunter Bonyun's poster instead.

Please note that this reward includes all previous reward except the in-comic cameo reward and is being offered as an alternate option to this prize.

More rewards added:  print bundle

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