Friends, Romans, Countrymen, send me your bears...
My webcomic, SPQR Blues, has been collected into little minicomics, but it's never had a nice, perfect-bound, collected version with a fancy cover. I'd like to put one together for the comic's Tenth Anniversary!
What I'm looking for: the cost of a modest print run. Basically, I don't have the means to print any number of copies.
What you'll get: a copy! Extra art and goodies and stuff! Plus the gratitude of the Emperor and free sausage rolls at Petronia Vitalis's tavern, should you ever find yourself in Rome 1,940 years ago. Could happen! Could have happened already! Time travel is confusing. Plus:
OK, now you know everything. Sort of.
The Longer Story
SPQR Blues is set in ancient Rome in the years leading up to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. I (aka Klio) began the webcomic ten years ago as part of relearning to draw after recovering from repetitive stress and nerve injury.
Ordinary guys need epics too: Rather than the more typical Roman epic about gladiators and orgies and imperial assassinations (not that there's anything wrong with that), it’s about the lives of ordinary people in the city of Herculaneum, Pompeii's less famous neighbour--though there are the occasional murders, mysteries, banquets, and battles. Many of the characters are based on people who really lived in the town. Our hero Marcus Antonius Felix, the self-described descendent of a slave of the much more famous Marcus Antonius, arrives jobless, homeless, and missing his clothing, but carrying a lot of secrets. The first job he gets (after putting on some clothes) is as bodyguard for a wealthy teenage girl in danger, Petronia Iusta.
Subsequently: intrigue, murders, flashbacks, goddesses, star-crossed lovers, ursine intervention, more misplacement of clothing, heroic accountants, gambling, slave-dealing, swords, sandals, earthquakes, seven emperors, and a jug of wine.
You can see the comic online. There are some mature themes, and the art and language in the printed version will be unexpurgated. It's not extremely racy, but it's written for adult readers.
What the funding will cover:
- printing chapters I-IV (128 pages, estimated--extra back matter will make it a little longer; see future updates for the final page count) with a snazzy cover at a nice big size (9-1/2x12 inches)
- "director's cut" of the story: the lettering for the first chapter tidied up, all pencilled panels completed, fully drawn strips to replace the sleep-deprived loopiness from the end of 24-Hour Comics Day, and a little bit more about that incident when Mus and a goat nearly destroyed the legion's HQ
- shipping for books and goodies, including help with fulfillment
- the Kickstarter and other fees and taxes
PDF edition, bookmarks, art prints, posters, saucy portraits, original sketches, random sketches based on words in my big box o' Latin flashcards, custom-made Roman-style wood-&-wax note tablets (very nifty! I'll post pics!), and absolute(ish) imperial power! I've tried to offer a lot of possibilities so you'll get something fun for supporting the print run. Some of the art prints will be created only for Kickstarter and not be made available anywhere else.
Unfortunately, it is insanely expensive to ship overseas. You'll be asked to add $15 for shipping to destinations outside the US and Canada.
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If you have any questions, just ask, and thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
The art for the webcomic pages is complete and already set up in printer-ready files.
Fulfillment is always a challenge for me, so I've factored in the cost of having the the printer do fulfillment of books and bookplates.
For books with hand-drawn art, I've factored in having a certain number of books expedited and shipped early so that there'll be extra time to work on art.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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