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The collected first act of acclaimed webcomic RISING SAND, wrought in the flesh of trees!
The collected first act of acclaimed webcomic RISING SAND, wrought in the flesh of trees!
The collected first act of acclaimed webcomic RISING SAND, wrought in the flesh of trees!
306 backers pledged CA$ 18,284 to help bring this project to life.

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It's time! Rising Sand has become a menace the internet can no longer contain on its own, and the ceremonial (book-)binding ritual must begin!

Rising Sand is a fantasy adventure webcomic that tells the story of Dal, a precocious runaway who learns that the sun itself is falling out of the sky, and that civilization has little time to prepare for—or perhaps avoid—the end. To make matters worse, Dal's zealous paladin sister Ro is hot on her tail, determined to drag her back to the life she left behind. Braving perilous ruins and murderous cultists, Dal will find her place in the world, even if it kills her. And everyone else.

First launched online in 2016, Rising Sand is an award-winning, meticulously illustrated story that presents ubiquitous human anxieties such as finding our tribe, sacrificing our happiness for the ones we love, climate change, and the acceptance of death through the lens of a light-hearted—and sometimes gut-wrenching—pre-post-apocalyptic world on the edge of its own extinction. A blend of science fiction, high fantasy, and even slice of life makes Rising Sand a rich and rousing adventure for readers of all ages, provided they can squint through the occasional exploding head.

RISING SAND Volume One is a ninety-page softcover tome collecting the first Act of the story, which introduces us to Dal, her friends, and the world of Erj, and builds to a brutal clash as Dal and her sister finally cross paths—again, for the first time. Remastered lettering and artwork, gorgeous 80lb matte paper, and exclusive extra pages featuring behind-the-sand production art, some of which has never been seen online, makes RISING SAND Volume One the most definitive version of the story to date!

It sounds like we have everything under control—what do we need you for? Come on, this is Kickstarter. You know why you’re here. Printing books is very, very expensive. But not impossible! Not if we do it together. We’d love your help to make this project happen, and are willing to show you a very clever chart to get it.

As you can see, printing books and shipping them to you dominates the funding goal. The plan is to print enough for the campaign and, in a perfect world, have a few left over for conventions and shops. Every dollar will be put back into the campaign—including towards stretch goals, which, for the time being, are under wraps. We don’t want to jinx anything. But forget about that for now; I see you eyeing that ‘rewards’ sliver, there…

Our reward structure is pretty simple; frankly, our primary aim is little more than to have the book in everyone's hands without requiring a mountain of money to convert into trinkets. Nevertheless, we’ve the typical selection of stickers, pins, guest artwork, and even the Rising Sand soundtrack EP to slake your material thirst, available in the tiers to your right. Let’s take a closer look at them!

Note: As indicated, all prices are in CAD, so in the statistical likelihood you're reading this from the US or Europe, these are probably going to be a bit less than the numbers would make it seem. Bonus!

You did it! You're helping! And your name will be remembered forever, etched permanently into RISING SAND Volume One! To commemorate your triumph, receive a high-quality digital PDF edition of the book, immune to all the spills and filth of IRL.

This tier includes:

  • RISING SAND Volume One digital PDF edition
  • Backer credit in the book

Complete the Erjan experience on your desktop or mobile device with a suite of digital extras, including a bevy of high-rez, pre-formatted RS wallpapers, as well as Music To Go To Waste, the official Rising Sand soundtrack EP by composer Lukus Benoit, in both high-quality MP3 and lossless FLAC formats! For the curious, it sounds a little like this:

This tier includes:

  • RISING SAND Volume One digital PDF edition
  • RISING SAND wallpaper pack
  • MUSIC TO GO TO WASTE soundtrack EP
  • Backer credit in the book

This is it! The book itself! With the binding ritual complete, you'll receive a trophy in the form of a physical copy of RISING SAND Volume One, ready to mount on your favourite shelf, coffee table, or comic rack, and be bragged about to your friends and loved ones! You can also read it, if you want.

This tier includes:

  • RISING SAND Volume One physical copy
  • RISING SAND Volume One digital PDF edition
  • RISING SAND wallpaper pack
  • MUSIC TO GO TO WASTE soundtrack EP
  • Backer credit in the book

Make Nyue proud with a cache of additional physical rewards, including an XL holographic RS logo sticker, antique silver-finish lapel pin, and a trio of 8x10 frame-ready Rising Sand prints by special guest illustrators Sophie Campbell (Wet Moon, Shadoweyes), Guillaume Bonnet (The Thief of Tales), and Melissa Pagluica (Above the Clouds)!

It's dangerous to go alone, and we've found ourselves lucky enough to bring along some truly unique voices to help round out this vision of Erj. Your walls, your laptop, your YOU will have never looked so beautifully bleak! We'll also sign your copy of the book on request.

This tier includes:

  • RISING SAND Volume One physical copy (signed on request)
  • Antique silver-finish lapel pin
  • 3" holographic sticker
  • RS 8x10" guest art print set
  • RISING SAND Volume One digital PDF edition
  • RISING SAND wallpaper pack
  • MUSIC TO GO TO WASTE soundtrack EP
  • Backer credit in the book

For backers with only the biggest thirst—let Jenn slake it with a bespoke, traditional, one-of-a-kind portrait sketch of your favourite Rising Sand character, ready to frame!

We'll ask backers for their preference when surveys go out. If left unspecified, Jenn will draw whoever—perhaps even characters who have yet to appear!

This tier includes:

  • RISING SAND Volume One physical copy (signed on request)
  • Custom RS 5x7" character portrait sketch
  • Antique silver finish lapel pin
  • 3" holographic sticker
  • RS 8x10" guest art print set
  • RISING SAND Volume One digital PDF edition
  • RISING SAND wallpaper pack
  • MUSIC TO GO TO WASTE soundtrack EP
  • Backer credit in the book

We've funded! Thank you! As such, the stretch goals are UNLEASHED!

Holofoil has been unlocked, and all books will now be approximately 44% shinier than they would have otherwise been! Thank you!

Also unlocked are broken sun logo patches, which will be included with ALL physical tiers—even the book-only and early bird tiers!

There's still time to reserve a copy of RS Volume One! Let's bring this home!

If you've read this far, thank you! We hope you'll consider pledging to help make Rising Sand Volume One happen. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out via Kickstarter or Twitter. Risks and Challenges is also below.

We'd also like to thank our fellow collaborators on this campaign, Sophie Campbell, Guillaume Bonnet, Melissa Pagluica, and Lukus Benoit, as well as the incomparable Iron Spike for her valuable advice regarding Kickstarter husbandry. We couldn't have done it without you!

Don't forget the skull!

Risks and challenges

This is our first Kickstarter campaign; nevertheless we have triple- and quadruple-checked all the math to ensure that there will be no surprises in the event of successful funding. It’s hard to say how easy it will be when one has not suffered the grueling drudgery of packing envelopes for shipping, and so our timeline is a rough estimate, and perhaps even too conservative. At any rate, we will check in regularly with backers with the project’s state of affairs—even when there’s little to report. Clear communication is our paramount concern.

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    Pledge CA$ 15 or more About $11

    Heart of Glass

    For those who like their books paper-free: a DRM-free digital PDF copy of RS Volume One, as well as a thank you shoutout in the book itself!

    Includes:
    • RISING SAND Volume One (digital PDF edition)
    • Backer credit in the book
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    Pledge CA$ 20 or more About US$ 15

    Waste Wanderer

    Complete the RS digital experience with some digital extras: a wallpaper pack for mobile and desktop, and MUSIC TO GO TO WASTE, the RISING SAND soundtrack EP by Lukus Benoit in high-quality MP3 and FLAC formats!

    Includes:
    • RISING SAND Volume One (digital PDF edition)
    • RISING SAND wallpaper pack
    • MUSIC TO GO TO WASTE soundtrack EP
    • Backer credit in the book
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    Pledge CA$ 26 or more About $20

    Race The Sun (EARLY BIRD!)

    This one's the same as the Champion of Erj tier, but with that sweet early bird flavour! Act fast!

    Includes:
    • RISING SAND Volume One (the book!)
    • RISING SAND Volume One (digital PDF edition)
    • RISING SAND wallpaper pack
    • MUSIC TO GO TO WASTE soundtrack EP
    • Backer credit in the book
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    Pledge CA$ 33 or more About $25

    Champion of Erj

    A real-deal, physical copy of RISING SAND Volume One, that you may do with what you will. Read it, eat it, burn it! It's yours.

    Includes:
    • RISING SAND Volume One (the book!)
    • RISING SAND Volume One (digital PDF edition)
    • RISING SAND wallpaper pack
    • MUSIC TO GO TO WASTE soundtrack EP
    • Backer credit in the book
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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About $38

    True Decadent

    Indulge your tactile desire with a set of three EXCLUSIVE 8"x10" prints, an XL holographic RS sticker, and lapel pin! We'll also sign your copy of the book on request!

    Includes:
    • RISING SAND Volume One (the book)—signed on request!
    • RISING SAND 8x10" guest art print set
    • RS Broken Sun antique silver-finish lapel pin
    • RS Broken Sun 3" holographic sticker
    • RISING SAND Volume One (digital PDF edition)
    • RISING SAND wallpaper pack
    • MUSIC TO GO TO WASTE soundtrack EP
    • Backer credit in the book
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    Pledge CA$ 65 or more About $49

    Market Fresh (RETAILERS ONLY!)

    Four copies of the book, wholesale.
    Backers of this tier must be associated with a comic or book store; we will confirm this before shipping.

    Includes:
    • 4x RISING SAND Volume One (the book)
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    Pledge CA$ 150 or more About $113

    Nyue Incarnate

    For the backer who has everything: grab a one-of-a-kind physical portrait sketch by Jenn of your favourite RS character—or roll the dice and let us choose one for you!

    Includes:
    • RISING SAND Volume One (the book)—signed on request!
    • Custom 5x7" RS character portrait sketch by Jenn
    • RISING SAND 8x10" guest art print set
    • RS Broken Sun antique silver-finish lapel pin
    • RS Broken Sun 3" holographic sticker
    • RISING SAND Volume One (digital PDF edition)
    • RISING SAND wallpaper pack
    • MUSIC TO GO TO WASTE soundtrack EP
    • Backer credit in the book
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