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Help us print the first book of Cut Time, a fantasy comic inspired by astrology for teen readers and up!
1,193 backers pledged $45,103 to help bring this project to life.

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Cut time is an ongoing fantasy webcomic for teen readers and up, inspired by music, astrology, and 90's fantasy anime. This Kickstarter's goal is to print the first book of the series. Help us bring Rel's saga to life in the form of a full-color, softcover book!

Cut Time is a fantasy adventure comic that follows a blind nomad named Rel, her seeing-eye falcon, and her newly recruited friends, on a journey to bring order back to a world that's lost track of time. It is a colorful love letter to the magic of music, astrology, and the lavish style of 90's fantasy anime.

Rel's inner strength, fearless optimism and air of mystery allows her to find creative solutions to problems, and to encourage people to flock to her side. The title, Cut Time, is a reference to the alla breve, a musical time signature that’s been rhythmically “cut” to manipulate rhythm and/or tempo. This alludes to Rel's strange relationship with the flow of time. To other characters, it's as if that the passage of time has no impact on her. 

Musical theory appears elsewhere in the story as a crucial element in the characters and lore. Astrology is also a prevalent background element used throughout the story, apparent in the characters' dispositions as well as in the magic system used. The very structure of Cut Time is based on the 12 houses of the astrological wheel.

That's why the first book is represented by Aries, the sign that rules the first house. Have no fear; you don't have to be an astrology savant to enjoy the story, but this story will surely entice readers to learn its language!  

Cut time is published through Hiveworks. It can be read online here.

The printed version of Cut Time includes the first 3 chapters of the comic, as well as bonus materials. More bonus materials and cover upgrades will be added with each stretch goal. The book will be a full color softcover  6x9" edition of the comic.

In addition to the book itself, backers can select tiers that offer various other rewards. We even have an early bird tier for this book that includes a discounted book and free bookplate! Check out the tiers below.

Digital rewards include a wallpaper set and a digital copy of the book. Physical rewards include a set of four postcards, a hard enamel pin, and a limited quantity of signed bookplates. Here are the designs of the rewards!

Set of 4 postcards of Rel with animal friends across the seasons.
Set of 4 postcards of Rel with animal friends across the seasons.
A hard enamel pin of Fugue the falcon with golden accents.
A hard enamel pin of Fugue the falcon with golden accents.
An adorable bookplate lovingly signed by the artist.
An adorable bookplate lovingly signed by the artist.

An additional secret reward will be revealed as the stretch goals are met.

The primary production costs of this Kickstarter will go toward printing the book, which is why additional stretch goals are mostly focused on adding fun details to the book itself. The page files are currently all color-corrected and proofed by the Hiveworks team, and are ready to print and be assembled into ebook PDFs upon reaching our goal! 

Stretch Goal (1) - 20,000$ - A 5.5x8.5" print will be added to every tier that includes a copy of the physical book! The print is a collaborative work between Judy Jong, (who did the colors) and Rem, creator of Devil's Candy (who did the inks).

Stretch Goal (2) - 30,000$ - Red foil and spot gloss will be added to the cover. The spine will also be reinforced to make it all very fancy.

Stretch Goal (3) - 60,000$ - ???????????????

Thank you for helping us print Cut Time! Be sure to check out Judy Jong's work on Twitter and Patreon, and to give the comic a read.

Additional credit : The music used in the video is by Mattia Cupelli and can be found here on their Youtube channel. Special thanks to Rhiannon R.S. for all the color correction and pre-press work on the comic.

Risks and challenges

This Kickstarter is done in partnership by Hiveworks Comics, a creator-owned publishing house and studio that supports hundreds of webcomics. After many successful Kickstarters and years of general webcomic-and-print management, we're confident that we'll see this Kickstarter through in a professional manner. We'll keep backers informed of any problems or delays, and can be contacted directly through this Kickstarter's comments and messaging.

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    A quick waltz.

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