The Elemental Balance | Ch 1, 2, & 3 (64 pgs)
Earth's energy gave birth to beings with Elemental powers. But when Elementals start disappearing, a new threat is revealed.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, November 8 2018 12:29 PM UTC +00:00.
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WHAT IS THE ELEMENTAL BALANCE?
The Elemental Balance is a story about 4 individuals from around the world who gain the powers of the Elements. They are known as the Elementals. They don’t know how or why they got these powers, but they all died from a natural disaster caused by the Element's energy they harness.
The story follows their journey of finding one another in hopes of unraveling the truth behind their powers and its connection to their resurrection. Instead, they discover that they're being hunted by a mysterious force! Find out what makes them a target in the Kickstarter Exclusive premiere of the first 3 issues of The Elemental Balance.
Elemental Balance is the first comic series published by inZane comics. The story has been written by Zain Shenwari with artwork done by Luke Horsman.
The first 3 comics offered in this campaign have been completed, from the artwork to lettering. That equates to 64 pages of completed story content. All that remains now is a successful Kickstarter campaign. And...
We're seeking your support to fund Chapter 4
Come and join us on this thrilling adventure and escape into the inZane World of Elemental Balance!
PARENTAL GUIDANCE: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for teens aged 13 years and above. May contain violence, suggestive themes, and/or crude humor.
So...What's the Story Like? It’s like if Avatar the Air bender merged with Netflix’s hit show Sense8...but without the rated R stuff of course!
MEET THE ELEMENTALS:
ELEMENTAL BALANCE CH1 | GROUNDBREAKING NEWS
Chapter 1, Groundbreaking news is about a new discovery! The Chapter starts off with a monologue, while scenes of a tragic incident from a memory are illustrated in the background. The monologue poses the question: if Earth was created with Elemental Energy, then what happened to those energy forces? According to the laws of Physics, energy can not be destroyed...it can only be transformed from one form to another!
The story then diverts back to the present time and introduces our main character Chloe and her boyfriend. Chloe is obsessed with understanding the meaning behind elemental energies and goes from museum to museum to find out more about them. One day while on a museum tour, Chloe's boyfriend gets her a necklace. That day, her life changed forever.
That night Chloe has a vivid dream that she's in Nairobi, Kenya, running away from a mudslide. She gets buried under the mudslide and dies, only to wake up and be relieved that it was all just a dream.
Or so she thought, until she found out the next morning, her dream was real!
Find out what the meaning behind Chloe's dream is in Chapter 1, Ground Breaking News.
ELEMENTAL BALANCE CH2 | WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE
Chapter 2, Water under the Bridge title is an idiom that means to move on from the past. As the title suggests, this chapter will reveal Chloe's past. By now, we've discovered that Chloe is the Water Elemental, and now we dive into the events that transpired during her transformation into an Elemental.
Chloe and her friend Jessi are on vacation for their spring break.
But as the day progresses, their perfect getaway turns into a nightmare.
The cruise ship they were on, is engulfed by a massive tsunami.
Find out how Chloe survives and becomes an Elemental in Chapter 2, Water Under the Bridge.
ELEMENTAL BALANCE CH3 | UP IN AIR
Chapter 3, Up in Air title is an idiom that means that there's uncertainty. Like the title suggests, this chapter will reveal several mysteries. Chloe and Baraka (the Earth Elemental) thought they were going to unite with the Wind Elemental, but a new threat is revealed to them.
Chloe and Baraka arrive in Japan and head to a local internet cafe in hopes of finding clues to the whereabouts of the Wind Elemental.
There they meet Satoshi, a local citizen who claims he knows where the tornado happened and offers to take them there.
Desperate for leads, Chloe and Baraka follow him, but what’s in store for them will surprise you!
This chapter closes with a major plot twist, leaving you wanting more. But fear not! We've already begun working on Chapter 4 so by the time you read all 3 issues.. the next one will be right around the corner.
Find out the major reveal in Chapter 3, Up in Air.
Here's Mike from "Chico Comics Page" review of "The Elemental Balance". Click Here for the full Article.
"In comics there are indie publishers, and then there are indie publishers. There was confidence in the writing, the art, and overall design of the book. The art in here is fantastic. Everything feels like a comic I should be reading off the stands."
Read what Trever from "Frags and Beer" thinks about the first chapter of "The Elemental Balance". Click Here for the full Article.
"I enjoyed every panel of this book, and hope to see a lot more from Luke. The pages have a lot of movement and detail. The characters look great against wonderful backgrounds. The pencils are up there with the best that I’ve seen from any company, large or indie. This book is definitely worth checking out."
Hear what David from "The Newest Rant" had to say about "The Elemental Balance". Click Here for the full Article.
"Having now checked-out the first issue I can say I enjoyed it a great deal thanks to a mixture of fun ideas and a quick-moving plot."
And here is what CJPendragon had to say about The Elemental Balance. Click here to read the full Article.
"The Elemental Balance is a weirdly awesome mash-up of science, superpowers, and humanity that will leave most readers vying for more. It’s well-written, with just enough suspense to have a thrill for your experience."
WHAT ARE STRETCH GOALS?
Stretch goals are bonus add-ons to your current pledge rewards. It’s the best way to get the most value out of your pledge. When stretch goals are reached, the below rewards are unlocked. Keep in mind, the further we get into stretch goals, the more exclusive it gets. The initial goals will include everyone, but after that, it will be directed towards print backers only. Gradually after that, it will be for BigBang backers only. There’s no need to feel left out, you can upgrade at any time during the campaign.
Hi, my name is Zain and I’m the writer for The Elemental Balance. I’ve always had a passion for writing stories. In fact, my first story “Game Plan” was written to impress my wife. Spoiler alert, it paid off! I find it rewarding to bring entertainment to people, that’s my niche! My style of storytelling is grounded in reality but, nonetheless, is fiction. Characters are set in unrealistic situations but have very relatable emotions. Imagine if someone could achieve greatness with a determined will, how would they react if they had powers? This is what my stories are rooted in….emotions!
It’s fascinating what the human will allows us to achieve. They say the human body can bend steel, but the brain limits it. Isn’t that amazing how our body functions? The world around us is fascinating because its full of mysteries. Our reality seems fictitious because we’re a MIRACLE and the celebration of LIFE fuels the stories I write!
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Luke Horsman is an extremely talented artist from the UK. He is well versed in many forms of art mediums. In fact, Luke did the pencils, ink, and coloring for the first three chapters. His artwork has truly brought the characters from the script to life.
It's been a blast working with him. We mesh really well. I'm particular with scenes and visual symbolism and he's keen on creating eye-catching, bold illustrations. Together we made an excellent team!
Check out Luke's website for awesome artwork by clicking here.
The story for the Elemental Balance spurred from a conspiracy theory relating to actual history. What if our understanding of history is skewed? It’s interesting that in ancient history, most civilizations believed the world comprised of 4 elements. Although these civilizations were geographically apart, with no means of communication, they all believed in the SAME 4 elements; Earth, Water, Wind, and Fire. Was there something that they knew that we didn’t? Although in modern science we know of a whole periodic table of elements, interestingly there are 4 states of matter and these 4 states of matter closely resemble attributes of the 4 elements:
After tossing around different conspiracy theories, we cultivated an idea from which transcended the story of the Elemental Balance. But don’t worry, the story is not like a SCIENCE book…it's FICTION! I guess we could call it Sci-Fi!
STATUS OF THE COMICS:
The entire Elemental Balance series story has been completely written and is going to be a 10-comic series. The pencils/inking/coloring and lettering have been completed for the first 3 chapters and have been entirely self-funded. We have already started working on Chapter 4 and anticipate it to be complete by the end of the year. For our current Kickstarter Campaign, we’ve decided to be proactive and have already reached out to vendors, received quotes, and identified preferred suppliers. In order to ensure quality, we took a step further and ordered samples at premium rates just to “feel” the quality. All that remains now is a successful campaign and sending those comics to you!
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH PLEDGE GOAL?
To be honest, the pledge goal doesn't cover our cost. In fact, we anticipate incurring further cost by fulfilling the campaign rewards. We want to be as transparent as possible, so below is a pie chart of our cost structure for all 3 comics. The Artist Commission rates and sample costs are actual incurred cost. The other cost such as shipping, print and Kickstarter fees are estimates based on if we surpass our goal and are selling at the breakeven point. These costs will increase or decrease depending on sales. Our intent is to get this comic book off the virtual shelves and into your hands. That’s why we purposely set our campaign goal low. Of course, if we surpass our goal, and break even, we won’t complain!
WHAT WILL WE DO WITH THE FUNDS?
All the funds raised will be used towards funding the next issues of Elemental Balance. We want to make sure that those who supported the campaign get to enjoy the conclusion of the series! The cost will go towards the penciler, inker, and colorists and of course, the printer. It will also cover the cost of shipping and materials, taxes, and fees.
If we significantly surpass our goal, then the funds will be used to start artwork on our other comic book projects; Game Plan, The Lost King, and Humanimal Instincts.
WHAT ABOUT INTERNATIONAL CLIENTS?
We really do care about our International clients but unfortunately, international shipping rates are intensely high to the point where they are more expensive than the reward itself. That is why we have digital options available. Eventually, we'll have international print options available with reasonable shipping rates. There are two main ways of accomplishing this:
- Fulfillment Center: We would need to contract with a fulfillment center in your region. We would then send them to all the pledges in one shipment, and they would distribute the individual rewards within that country. This would mean we would have to ship them twice and would be both a timely process and financially burdensome for our customers.
- Local Printer: The second option would be to work directly with a printing company in your region and have them deploy the individual rewards. As long as they satisfy our quality standards, this would be a feasible option.
However, we don’t want to overpromise our shipment capabilities until we have a good grasp of our international demand. We can determine this demand by our digital sales so if you’d like to see the Elemental Balance campaign ship to your country, please support any of our digital sales options.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR INZANE COMICS?
As soon as the campaign is successful, our main priority is fulfilling the pledge rewards. After that, we plan on completing the 10 comic book series for the Elemental Balance.
Aside from that, we have several comic book projects in draft such as The Lost King and Humanimal Instincts, which we plan on bringing online soon. We also have other storylines that are in the concept phase and don’t have a title yet. All these stories will tie into one ultimate story.
We’re also working on unconventional comics that don’t necessarily follow the rules of traditional comics, which will be published under the "inZane Chrome" brand. These stories will be more relatable to graphic novel enthusiasts. The first one will being “The Game Plan” (Remember, this is the one I wrote for my wife)
Our long-term goal is to provide an avenue for young artists and writers to get their foot through the door in the comic industry. We plan on starting an inZane Summer internship program with students across the US. During this internship, selected students will create a comic book project from the ground up while being mentored by industry professionals.
Need some help? We're always happy to answer any questions. You can contact us through Kickstarter or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We here at inZane Comics would like to thank you for your support and hope to bring you amazing comics for years to come!
Risks and challenges
The story is written, all of the artwork is completed, and the editor has reviewed content. Suppliers have been evaluated and chosen for all merchandise. All that remains is print. Delays could potentially happen in production due to the manufacturing process and all the moving parts. However, we will be ordering during the campaign to mitigate any production delays. Please place orders within the first 10 days of the campaign to ensure your request makes it in the first shipment.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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