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Steampunk! Fantasy! Magic... and ROMANTIC COMEDY?! Help us turn our web comic into a proper graphic novel!

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!

UPDATE 7/31: Add another book/poster combo to your reward package for only $10 more!

>> RETAILERS / LIBRARIES: Check out the special pre-order tiers! <<

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.

The clockwork city of Veldrif!
The clockwork city of Veldrif!

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!

This 11" plushie happens at $15,000... and everyone who pledged $40.00 or more will get one for FREE added to their order!
This 11" plushie happens at $15,000... and everyone who pledged $40.00 or more will get one for FREE added to their order!
Mia meets Winston for the first time.
Mia meets Winston for the first time.


DIGITAL PACK
WALLPAPER 3-Pack
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.  

BOOKMARK
A nice, glossy double-sided, reversible 11” bookmark featuring Rhen and Mia.

POSTERS

11X17 Posters on thick, glossy stock (these are really nice!)  2 image choices 

- Rhen and Mia Promo Poster

- The True North and Midnight

2.25" BUTTONS

We’ve got 2.25” full-color buttons of Winston’s face and Rhen’s sigil amulet.

T-SHIRTS
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

Dance, Magic, Dance! Rhen, Mia and Winston in LABYRINTH! This one-of-a-kind original fan art can be yours by backing the $75 "Labyrinth Tier"
Dance, Magic, Dance! Rhen, Mia and Winston in LABYRINTH! This one-of-a-kind original fan art can be yours by backing the $75 "Labyrinth Tier"

THANK YOU for your support, and see you in Belatyr!

Goodbye, Cap'n!
Goodbye, Cap'n!

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    The Digital Bundle -A PDF copy of the Shadowbinders book, Digital download of the Rhen and Mia Paper dolls, Digital Wallpapers, and the "Take on Mia" short

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    A signed copy of the Shadowbinders book, bookmark, Large Pin of your choice, The Digital Bundle (International orders please add 10.00) Retail 25.00

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    **VOLUME 2 (chapters 5-6 ONLY) Limited Edition Sketch Cover Book** We will put together a limited number of Vol 2 books (for those who purchased Vol 1 before the Omnibus and only want Vol. 2) Limited edition and numbered (total of 50 will ever be made). Cover is blank (except for logo) Character of your choice will be custom drawn on the cover. The Digital Bundle (International orders please add 10.00 USD)

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    A signed copy of the Shadowbinders book, bookmark, both Shadowbinders posters, Large Pin of your choice, T-shirt in your choice of size and design, The Digital Bundle (International orders please add 20.00--due to the size of the posters) Retail-45.00

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    A signed copy of the Shadowbinders book with character sketch (you choose which Shadowbinders character you would like), bookmark, both Shadowbinders posters, Large Pin of your choice, T-shirt in your choice of size and design, The Digital Bundle (International orders please add 20.00--due to the size of the posters) Retail-55.00

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    Student/Library Tier-- 3 copies of the Shadowbinders book (can be signed upon request), 3 posters of your choice, and 3 bookmarks. Retail-65.00

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    A piece of original art (your choice, first come first served) A signed copy of the Shadowbinders book, bookmark, The Digital Bundle (International orders please add 20.00--due to the size of the art shipping will be higher) Retail-70.00

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    A signed copy of the Shadowbinders book, bookmark, both Shadowbinders posters, Both Large Pins, 2 T-shirts in your choice of size and design, The Digital Bundle (International orders please add 25.00--due to the size of the posters) Retail-75.00

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    ***LABYRINTH TIER!*** A piece of original pencil art - Rhen, Mia and Winston in "Labyrinth" on 11x14" bristol, A signed copy of the Shadowbinders book, bookmark, The Digital Bundle (International orders please add 20.00--due to the size of the art shipping will be higher)

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    3 backers Limited (6 left of 9)

    COMMISSION TIER! Only 9 available! Kneon will draw what you want him to -- either Shadowbinders or other characters -- on 11x17" pro comic board. UPGRADE TO DIGITAL COLOR - ADD $25. Shipping outside the US and Canada: Add $20. **PLEASE SEE 8/1 UPDATE FOR MORE DETAILS**

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    Retailer Tier-- 10 copies of the Shadowbinders book. That is 1/2 the cover price of 15.00. ( Must provide valid Shop name.) Retail 150.00 (International orders please add 35.00 shipping)

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    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    Be in Belatyr...custom artwork of your as a character from Rhen's home world. It will be a steamfantasy piece. Artwork will be black and white on 11X14" Bristol, One-of-a-kind custom T-shirt featuring the art work, A signed copy of the Shadowbinders book, The Digital Bundle (International orders please add 25.00--due to the size of the art)

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    Retailer Tier-- 20 copies of the Shadowbinders book. That is 1/2 the cover price of 15.00. ( Must provide valid Shop name.) Retail 300.00 (International orders please add 45.00 shipping)

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    You will be turned into a minor character with lines appearing in 2-3 pages of Shadowbinders. The character will be named after you and will appear sometime in the upcoming chapters 8-10 ( must sign a release to allow us the undisputed useage of your likeness), A custom T-shirt of your character, An piece of art featuring your character and a character of your choice from the Shadowbinders Universe, A signed copy of the Shadowbinders book, Digital download of the Rhen and Mia Paper dolls, Digital Wallpapers, and the "Take on Mia" short(International orders please add 20.00--due to the size of the art page)

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    ***OWN THE COVER*** You get the original line art for the Shadowbinders Omnibus cover (drawn on acid free Bristol) Plus: A signed copy of the Shadowbinders book, bookmark, both Shadowbinders posters, Both Large Pins, 2 T-shirts in your choice of size and design, The Digital Bundle (International orders please add 25.00--due to the size of the posters)

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    Your character will be turned into a minor character with lines (in at least 5 pages...possibly more) The character will be named after you and will appear sometime in the upcoming chapters 8-10 ( must sign a release to allow us the undisputed useage of your likeness), A custom T-shirt of your character , The original art from the pages you appear in, A signed copy of the Shadowbinders book, Digital download of the Rhen and Mia Paper dolls, Digital Wallpapers, and the "Take on Mia" short(International orders please add 20.00--due to the size of the pages)

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    A 8-10 page short story with a Shadowbinders character of your choice or an 80's video parody with song/video of your choice. Art will be hand drawn, signed and shipped to you, and shared among all who pledged. A custom t-shirt based off the short story or video. A signed copy of the Shadowbinders book, bookmark, both Shadowbinders posters, Both Large Pins, The Digital Bundle (International orders please add 30.00--due to the size of the pages)

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