COMICS + GAMES! Shadowbinders: Gamified Steampunk Comic App
Shadowbinders is a steampunk fantasy comic, and we want to take our app to another level through more interactivity and gamification.
IMPORTANT: Please consider donating to the campaign even if you don't own an iPad, iPhone, Mac or other mobile device. You're not just supporting the App, but you're helping support our comic itself. We're offering several tiers of incentives for those of you not interested in the App itself, including our print Graphic Novel which is in hand and ready to ship!
>> SHADOW-SWAG DONATION GIFTS AT THE BOTTOM! <<
Serialized online as a webcomic and also available as a graphic novel, 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 www.shadowbinders.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 stand-alone comics app of Shadowbinders. But not just any comics app -- we want to take our app to the next level by adding in a slew of special features including stand alone mini-games featuring our characters, unlockable secrets, Game Center achievements and more!
In short, we want to offer readers something they can’t get with other comics apps and give them a completely different experience on mobile devices that can’t be had with either a webcomic or on the printed page.
What platforms do you plan to support?
iOS, OSX (Mac desktop), Android, Kindle Fire (Amazon App Store), and he Nook.
Why do you need the money?
The project is pretty ambitious, and ambition costs! While the app is well under way, we still have developers to pay, licenses to buy, etc. [Competent] development time currently clocks in around $80/hour USD. Just three weeks of FT development can easily run us $10K... and that's not even including what's been put into it already. We've been working on this for months.
essentially building multiple full-fledged apps and adding them into the
Shadowbinders bundle, and we’re coming up with new ideas almost daily!
We want to completely knock this one out of the park, and that takes financial resources well beyond what we’ve already spent out of pocket. Frankly, the more money we can raise, the more time we can buy and the better the final app will be!
What happens if you go OVER the goal?
We make the app that much better by buying more development time. We’ll also invest funds into better equipment to make the comic, this app -- and future apps -- all the cooler!
We’ve got some fun goal busting incentives lined up, so stay tuned for updates!
Thanks so much for your consideration, and Happy Kickstarting!
DONATION REWARDS A PLENTY!
Yeah, there’s some serious swag! Let’s take a looksee at some of it, shall we?
THE SHADOWBINDERS APP
Pretty self-explanatory. You’ll get a copy of the app for the device of your choosing once it’s released (more info on which platforms we plan to support a bit later -- for now iOS is a definite.)
A nice, glossy double-sided, reversible 11” bookmark featuring Rhen and Mia.
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. (images to come)
CHARACTER / WORLD GUIDE
A PDF of the guide will be sent to your email. It includes current characters and world information as well as some sneak-peak info on some upcoming characters or places (with concept art.)
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!!
We’ve got 2.25” full-color buttons of Winston’s face and Rhen’s sigil amulet.
8” CHIBI WINSTON PLUSH
It’s Winston the Feeb... in plush! Nuff said. (Note: Photo of sample is on its way from the manufacturer and will be posted as soon as we get it. For now, you can feast your eyes on the concept artwork.)
SHADOWBINDERS VOL. 1 GRAPHIC NOVEL
Our first print book collects Chapters 1 thru 4 in full-color with a nice, sturdy glossy stock cover. To read more about it, check out the Amazon listing here or read a review here.
Our 8-year-old son interviews us about the graphic novel below. (He got a netbook for Christmas and wanted to try out the webcam.)
We’ve got two tees to choose from, neither of which have ever been available!
- Shadowbinders App logo
- Tizzle & Barret Airship & Dirigible Co. Ltd.
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!)
1" PIN SET
This set includes 7 1" inch pinback buttons of the main cast.
PRINT: Some brand-new digitally painted art called “The True North at Midnight” will be available as a high quality glossy print.
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.
MIA’S RING: A sterling silver ring setting with a lab created 8 mm ruby, inspired by Mia White’s mysterious ring from the comic! Set by a local jeweler, each ring will be custom-sized so please include your ring size with pledge.
RHEN’S COAT: Everybody wants to be Crimson Rhen, but not everybody will get to wear his coat! Custom tailored by a master seamstress we’ll be offering an incredibly limited number of cosplay quality coats inspired by Rhen’s trademark crimson military trenchcoat. We’ll provide detailed instructions on getting your measurements for those who pledge. (Prototype coat in production, photos to be posted later in this campaign -- stay tuned!)
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