About this project
When aliens crash land on Earth during the middle ages, a group of vikings are the only thing stopping them from enslaving the planet.
Enter: The Spider King
More than just an excuse to swipe axes at aliens, the Spider King is a clash of genres. It takes all of the best aspects of medieval fantasy and science fiction, and smashes them together to create an unexpected twist on two well worn stories.
At the root of this big concept is the Laxdale Clan. A group of bumbling vikings who come across a crashed spaceship filled to the brim with alien weapons and futuristic technology.
They then get caught up in an intergalactic battle, and have to defend the Earth against the world conquering Spider King.
While there's going to be plenty of action, adventure, and alien blood, this book will be grounded in an engaging story, and populated with complex and relatable characters.
While The Spider King will pay homage to classic sword and sandal epics, don't expect any chain mail bikinis here.
Josh Vann is an Australian writer with a background in Graphic Design and Illustration. He has fierce Viking blood running through his veins, but it's diluted with saturated fats and cholesterol.
Simone D'Armini is a comic book artist and illustrator from Rome, Italy. He studied at Scuola Romana dei Fumetti where he now teaches. He has a VERY nice beard.
We're raising funds to produce the first volume of The Spider King. This will involve: editing, illustrating, colouring, printing and distribution, all of which is really expensive.
We've met our initial goal of $19,500 but that's not the end of the story. Every dollar extra we raise beyond that will go towards extending the length of the Spider King. We want to make it longer so we can cram more amazing stuff into it, and tell the most thorough and exciting story possible.
• If we can reach $25,000, we'll extend the first volume to 80 pages
• If we can reach $30,000, we'll extend the first volume to 100 pages
It would take a massive last minute effort to reach $30,000 so, if we do, we'll throw in a pair of limited edition, kickstarter exclusive, pewter Laxdale Clan & Spider King pins with every pledge over $25.
Rewards & Incentives
We think you'll be pretty pleased with the final product, but to sweeten the deal we've also got some great rewards and incentives for our backers.
A few of our rewards are:
Set of Five (5) 1.25inch pin back buttons
(Not final artwork)
- Simone's Sketchbook
Simone has put together a limited edition A5 Sketchbook of drawings.
Josh and Simone are in the process of designing a set of three Spider King T-shirts. Depending on the reward tier you choose, you can own one or all of these shirts, which will be screen-printed onto high quality American Apparel T-Shirts.
(T-Shirt designs are works in progress - Not final artwork)
The $A100 reward tier features three (3) beautiful 11"x14" inch Limited Edition Spider King prints, drawn by these three amazing artists:
The final printed book will also feature a gallery of tributes by a group of amazing artists, as well as developmental sketches and character designs.
- Become a part of the story
Who among us can honestly say they've never longed for the simple, carefree life of a Viking? Well, if you invest in this project, you can live your dream by being immortalised into the pages of the Spider King. Your likeness (or that of a loved one) will appear as an incidental character in the book.
This could be you! Do you have what it takes to become a viking warrior?
- Sketches & Original Artwork
Financial analysts agree, art is a safe and timely investment. Get in quick to snag some amazing original artworks by the ridiculously talented Simone D'Armini, before the comics establishment catches on to how good he is.
(Above) Hand drawn A5 Sketches by Simone D'Armini. (20 Available)
(Above) One of a kind, original artwork from the Spider King, pencilled and inked by Simone D'Armini. (10 Available)
(Only limited quantities of full page sequential art and A5 sketches are available, so get them while you can.)
More than anything we want to get this project funded (just keep in mind that the more we raise, the better we can make this book). But if we're lucky enough to meet our funding target early, we have some amazing stretch goals to strive for as well.
Animation by Orel of NK'Motion
THE SPIDER KING - SAMPLE
"FLUFFY THE BARBARIAN" (7 pages)
Story: Josh Vann Art: Simone D'Armini Colours: Davide Mastrolonardo
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If so, please support this campaign so we can bring you more!
Risks and challenges
If we reach our funding goal, the risks of this project not being completed are minimal. Simone is a professional illustrator who is comfortable working to deadlines, and Josh has experience with printing and mail distribution (he has stamps and he knows how to use them).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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