About this project
UPDATE 8/5: Vote for the Cover! OWN the Cover!
UPDATE 8/4: Over 100% Funded! WE DID IT!
UPDATE 8/4: New LIMITED Vol. 2 Sketch Cover Tier added!
UPDATE 8/1: New LIMITED Commission Tier added!
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Shadow-WHAT? Serialized online as a webcomic, our comic blends elements of steampunk, fantasy, sci-fi and even a little romantic comedy. It’s about a teenaged girl named Mia White who is transported to the fantastical world of Belatyr courtesy of an antique ring that her grandfather left her. There she encounters a powerful, brash and egotistical young mage named Crimson Rhen and his crew onboard the famed airship The True North.
Adventure, hilarity and teen angst ensue.
The comic first set set sail in 2010 and we currently update 2 to 3 times per week on our website at shadowbinders.keenspot.com. We’ve got some really awesome, dedicated readers and are currently averaging over 500,000 monthly page views.
So what’s this Kickstarter for?
A 6x9" full color graphic novel featuring Chapters 1 through 6 of our webcomic. We produced a thin Print-On-Demand book featuring the first few chapters last year, but this is our first proper print run. Plus, Chapters 5 and 6 have never been printed anywhere before.
We decided to go this route as it offers much more bang for the buck for the consumer as opposed to another anorexic Volume 2 featuring just Chapters 5 and 6 alone.
It will also include Bonus material: The very popular Rhen Faire short story (a parody of the 'Safety Dance' music video), an exclusive character guide, world map, and possibly more (depending on room.)
Also, a BRAND NEW COVER that we will let readers vote on! In the coming weeks we'll post rough sketches of a handful of covers and the most popular one will grace the book. The final cover will be hand drawn on bristol board and available to one lucky backer as a donation tier!
Why do you need the money?
Printing isn't cheap. Our goal amount is set for a modest print run and order fulfillment and nothing else at this point.
What happens if you go OVER the goal?
We would use the money to offer awesome Stretch Goals (see below), a larger print run, and attend conventions if we can.
STRETCH GOALS we have planned
$10,000+: At $10,000 we will offer the 10-12 page exclusive story Rennie and Winston about Rhen as a child, drawn by Jamie Cosley. It's 'Steampunk for Kids.'
$15,000+: If we hit $15,000 everyone who donated $40 or more will automatically get a Chibi Winston plushie (created by Soft Stuff Creations - see prototype below) added to your order at no additional cost! (Retail value $15-$20) That is our 'Thank You' to you for being so awesome!
PDF will be sent to your email. It will include: 1. The True North and Midnight and 2. Rhen and Mia promotional art in different sizes for different devices. (similar to poster art below)
UNLOCKED! Special LABYRINTH themed wallpaper!!
RHEN AND MIA PAPER DOLLS
PDF sent to your email. It will include Rhen and Mia in paper doll form and some different outfits for each. Print them out and have some fun. I am sure Rhen would look great with a purse and Crimson Mia could be a lot of fun!!
'TAKE ON MIA' 80'S VIDEO PARODY STORY
A PDF sent to your email. It will include an 80's video spoof of Take On Me featuring Shadowbinders characters.
A nice, glossy double-sided, reversible 11” bookmark featuring Rhen and Mia.
11X17 Posters on thick, glossy stock (these are really nice!) 2 image choices
- Rhen and Mia Promo Poster
- The True North and Midnight
We’ve got 2.25” full-color buttons of Winston’s face and Rhen’s sigil amulet.
We’ve got three tees to choose from, They have never been available ANYWHERE before!
- Tizzle & Barret Airship & Dirigible Co. Ltd.
- 2 "Stuism" shirts (SHITTLES! or You're so PANTIES!)
Available in Men's S-3XL, Women's S-2XL and Children's XS-XL
(Please specify which design you want, as well as your size with your pledge!)
ORIGINAL SHADOWBINDERS COMIC ART:
These are the actual pages from the early strips -- 100% original and one-of-a-kind! These will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Please specify which piece # you’d like with your pledge amount. Pencil on 11x14” Bristol.
PAGES THAT ARE SPOKEN FOR: #3, #5, #7, #8
THANK YOU for your support, and see you in Belatyr!
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