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A Small Favor: The Undying Soldier #1

A space traveller and his A.I. companion go looking for an immortal soldier who holds the secrets to an ancient mystery.

A Small Favor: The Undying Soldier #1

A space traveller and his A.I. companion go looking for an immortal soldier who holds the secrets to an ancient mystery.

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About

Welcome to my latest campaign for A Small Favor! If you are a returning backer, you can get the latest issue of the series, which is also the start of a new arc called The Undying Soldier. If you’re a new backer, you can catch up on the whole series, which includes 150 pages of story!

A Small Favor is an epic sci-fi story with historical fiction and mystery elements. The series takes place over 1,000 years, from the American Civil War to the distant future. One of the coolest things about the book is that each time period is drawn by a different artist, so there have been 18 different artists featured in the series, all telling stories in one continuous narrative. You can read the first issue for free right now if you'd like to get a feel for what the series is like:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/qof97oryncyliij/ASFIssue1TheRuinsOfEnkiduIVPart1DigitalCopy.pdf?dl=0

I’ve been working on A Small Favor since 2014, and I’m beyond thrilled to finally bring the second arc of the story to life. What is The Undying Soldier about? I’ll let the characters of the book tell you:

A Small Favor: The Undying Soldier tells the story of James, Liz, and Krydre as they search for the titular Undying Soldier, a legendary fighter in the Necan Cicadan War who is rumored to be immortal. Will they find the Undying Soldier? Will he have the answers they seek?

inks by Noah Mease, colors by Walter Ostlie, letters by Dave Lentz

There are two stories in The Undying Soldier #1. The first story is a 12-page continuation of the main A Small Favor saga, with line art by Noah Mease, colors by Walter Ostlie, and letters by Dave Lentz. The story also features short flashbacks in classic A Small Favor style, featuring the artwork of Daryl Toh, Luca Bulgheroni, and Craig Florence.

The second story in the issue is an 8-page backup story about the first time James and Liz met. This story is cool because it gets at the heart of the relationship between James and Liz, and why they make such a good team. I'm so happy to say that this story was illustrated by the incredible Hoyt Silva, with letters by Dave Lentz

artwork by Hoyt Silva

 This issue of A Small Favor is the first of five issues that will make up A Small Favor: The Undying Soldier. While the previous story arc, A Small Favor: The Ruins of Enkidu IV introduced the characters of James and Liz and established the rules of the story world, The Undying Soldier is a much more action-packed book. In this arc we will meet new characters, see epic battles, navigate the tense landscape of shifting alliances in the Necan Cicadan War, and get ever closer to uncovering the mysteries at the heart of the story. Who is the Old Man? What is the "small favor" he expects from James? Is the Undying Soldier immortal like James?

Who Am I?

A Note About Rewards:

We want The Undying Soldier to be an entry point into the series, so if you're new and you want to get right into the story as quickly as possible, you can pick up The Undying Soldier #1 by itself and not miss a beat. Because this Kickstarter is primarily raising money to produce the actual content of the issue, we will be printing the issue on-demand (unless we reach sufficiently high funding levels, allowing us to print in bulk).

If you want a little more of a primer on the story and the characters, you can also pick up A Small Favor #0: Welcome to Earth World, a one-shot introduction to the series; and A Small Favor: The Ruins of Enkidu IV, which is the 130-page graphic novel that started the series.

So what is the official reading order for A Small Favor? You’ll want to read A Small Favor #0: Welcome to Earth World first, followed by The Ruins of Enkidu IV, and then finally the new issue, The Undying Soldier #1. 

If you're new to the series and want to catch up, there are digital and physical catch-up pledge levels that include everything.

Extra Rewards Available in This Campaign

We are also offering a few unique rewards for this Kickstarter that we are very excited about. First, backers at most physical levels will be receiving two A Small Favor trading cards, featuring James and Krydre, with art by Daryl Toh. These cards will only ever be available through Kickstarter - we will never sell them on the website or bring them to conventions. As each issue of A Small Favor launches on Kickstarter, two new trading cards will be made available - so if you stick around and support us as the series goes on, you'll be able to collect the complete set.

Second, for the first time, I am expanding the world of A Small Favor with prose, in the form of a novella. 100 Days in the Vacuum: A Small Favor Story is an ebook novella written by me (Caleb Palmquist) that is available as a reward on the Kickstarter. In the novella, James is involved in a space battle that leaves him stranded in empty space with no oxygen and quickly depleting power reserves. While an ordinary man would die minutes after losing oxygen, James' immortality prevents him from dying - but he still feels all the effects of oxygen deprivation, starvation, and zero gravity. The ebook novella will be included in most pledge levels and will be made available to backers months before wide release on Amazon. It should be noted that while this story expands the world of A Small Favor, it is not essential reading for the overall story of the comics. If you'd rather not read a prose story, you won't be missing anything critical to the central mystery of the series.

Next, I'm happy to say that Noah Mease, the main series artist on A Small Favor, has illustrated a variant cover for this issue, which is available in some pledge levels or as an add-on. Check out the variant:

variant cover by Noah Mease

Finally, I'm happy to be offering single-issue copies of A Small Favor: The Ruins of Enkidu IV #1-3 for the first time. When The Ruins of Enkidu IV was first produced, it was never published as single issues. Now Jonathan Fisher, the cover artist responsible for the main cover of The Undying Soldier #1, is working on covers for these three issues, which are available as part of certain reward levels or as add-ons. This page will be updated with the final art as the covers are completed. These issues will be strictly printed on-demand as a Kickstarter exclusive. They have all the same story content as the graphic novel The Ruins of Enkidu IV, but we are offering them as single issues now for those who prefer the single-issue format.

cover art by Jonathan Fisher to be revealed

This is the third Kickstarter forA Small Favor, and we have a lot to offer. There are many pledge levels with many different rewards, so I have done my best to make all the levels clear and legible. Here are a few of my favorite rewards:

In case you want to create a custom reward package, you can always choose any of the available rewards as add-ons to your existing pledge. You can even get the anthology comic book I created and edited, Modern Mythology: The Hero's Journey. Check out the FAQ for a full price list of add-ons.

Stretch Goals!

With this Kickstarter, I have some very specific stretch goals in mind that I would love to meet, so I'm revealing the first two upfront. Our first stretch goal is an 8-page story illustrated by Daryl Toh, expanding on James' adventure on the Titanic. If we reach this stretch goal, the extra story will be included in every version of the comic, both print and digital. Check out the full list of stretch goals below, which will be updated as the campaign proceeds:

The Creative Team

Who made this book? A lot of really talented people, that's who. Check it out:

Caleb Palmquist is the writer behind A Small Favor. He created the series with John Grimes. Caleb also created a comic book anthology called Modern Mythology: The Hero's Journey.

Noah Mease is the main artist on A Small Favor. He is responsible for the main story of the book, which takes place in the year 2811. Noah is a playwright and set designer in New York City when he's not drawing comic books.

Walter Ostlie is the colorist for A Small Favor: The Undying Soldier. Walter has worked on many beloved comics, including Metal Shark Bro, Is'nana the Were-Spider, and Shiver Bureau

Dave Lentz is taking over lettering duties on A Small Favor beginning with The Undying Soldier #1. Dave is a prolific designer and comic book letterer who has been working in the industry for 15 years.

Hoyt Silva is the illustrator behind the backup story in A Small Favor: The Undying Soldier #1. Hoyt has worked on many popular comics including his creator-owned superhero comic Last Stop.

Daryl Toh drew one page in A Small Favor: The Undying Soldier #1, and he provided the artwork for the trading cards available in this campaign. Daryl is a comic book artist who has worked on lots of awesome comics like Cricket Song and Is'nana the Were-Spider.

Luca Bulgheroni drew one page in A Small Favor: The Undying Soldier #1. Luca is a long-time collaborator on the A Small Favor series as a colorist, and a talented illustrator in his own right.

Craig Florence also drew one page in A Small Favor: The Undying Soldier #1. We've been trying to get Craig involved in A Small Favor for years, so we are beyond thrilled that we were finally able to trick him into contributing.

Where Does the Money Go?

Great question. Unlike my previous campaigns, which focused mainly on raising money to do a large print run, this campaign is focused on raising money to produce the artwork in the book. The new single issues that are produced during this campaign (the main book, the variant, and the copies of The Ruins of Enkidu IV #1-3) will all be printed on-demand, and they will be printed in extremely limited runs. There are two reasons for this: first, we are able to keep the costs down on the campaign by not printing thousands of copies offset; and second, the eventual plan is to collect all five issues of The Undying Soldier into the second trade paperback collection of A Small Favor, at which point we don't want to have tons of copies of the single issues laying around. 

One of the consequences of this is that because on-demand costs are high per issue, I have to charge more for each individual issue of the new comics than I normally would. I hope that you'll understand the need for the higher costs as we work together to continue the story of A Small Favor. Remember, you can always get the digital versions of the new comic (or the complete collection) for very reasonable prices.

Here's a quick breakdown of where the money from this campaign will go:

60%: Art Costs

20%: Printing and Fulfilment

10%: Kickstarter and Credit Card Fees

10%: Buffer Against Unexpected Costs

Pinups!

A number of very talented artists have contributed pinups for this issue, which will all be included in the digital and physical editions of the comic! Check them out below:

Liz by Hoyt Silva
Liz by Daniel Hooker
James by Nick OG

Risks and challenges

This is my fifth Kickstarter project (I ran three under my company name Enkidu Studio). I have always delivered quality books in the past, and I see no reason why that will change. There is always a possibility that there will be delays in the art production process, printing, or shipping. I have added an extra buffer of time to account for possible delays, but I don't expect any major issues.

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