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ALL $5+ BACKER LEVELS will receive a SLIM ebook copy of the anthology (with stories, but no comic). BACKERS FROM $13+, or who select the ebook only option, will ALSO receive ebooks that include the TEN PAGE COMIC.

Even heroes age...

Witness the twilight adventures, the heartbreaking reconciliations, and the super-senior hijinks of heroes, villains, and sidekicks long past their world-saving window...or are they?

In ELYSIAN SPRINGS: ADVENTURES FROM THE NURSING HOME FOR AGING SUPERHEROES anthology, you'll read ten stories and a comic by authors like Gail Z. Martin, Tee Morris, Misty Massey, and Jared Axelrod, plus a ten-page comic from Jason Strutz.

And just look at the preliminary cover by artist Pieter Wessels. You know you want a poster!

Preliminary cover art!
Preliminary cover art!

The best part is, we've already started!

Project Editor Lauren Harris (Assistant Editor, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show) and assistant editors Michelle Ristuccia and Taum Dell'Armo, seek to pay the anthology's authors and artists professional rates for their work, a feat only possible if the project is funded.

Want to hear one of the stories early?

Chris Lester, author of the award-winning Metamor City Podcast, has made his submission, FLYING FREE, available for you to get a taste of what you can expect from the ELYSIAN SPRINGS anthology. Listen to the story on his podcast, The Raven & the Writing Desk, below!

PART I    PART II

That's just the beginning!

There are over 30 pitches from fantastic authors published both traditionally and independently. Alongside our headliners, the top stories will be chosen to fill the empty beds at the shared-world nursing home where our stories take place.

Stretch goals include black and white artwork from comic artist Jason Strutz, drawn specifically for each story; an audiobook featuring ten amazing narrators; and a chance to include five more awesome stories in the anthology!

Seriously, how could you resist, with sweet swag like this aluminum handy cape parking sign?

18" x 12" of .040 aluminum awesome
18" x 12" of .040 aluminum awesome

 OR THIS FABULOUS SUPER SENIOR TEE!

Available in men's S-3XL
Available in men's S-3XL

HERE'S THE BREAKDOWN:

TEN STORIES + 1 comic - $9,800

10 stories x maximum of $350/story = $3,500

Cover art + Layout from One Stop Writer Shop = $500 (total $4,000)

10 page Comic (Jason Strutz + Lauren Harris) = $600 (total $4,600)

Incentives (Sticker, brochure, visitor's pass, lanyards, physical books only) = $2,895.99 (total $7,495.99, round up to $7,500.)

Shipping = Estimate about $1500. Estimated total is $9,000.)

Kickstarter 8% fee = budgeting appx $750. Estimated total is $9,750. Round up to $9,800.)

STRETCH GOAL 1 - STORY ARTWORK  - $10,100

B&W artwork for each story - $30 (x10 = $300)

STRETCH GOAL 2 - AUDIOBOOK - $12,100

Audio for each story - ($100 per finished hour (max 10 hours) each to voice actors and editor) (10x ($100 x 2)) = $2000)

STRETCH GOAL 3 - FIVE MORE STORIES - $15,000

Five bonus stories with illustrations and audio = (5x ($350 + $30 + $200) = $2,900)

So what are you waiting for? Nurse Rose's permission?

Support the withered war-horses, the senile sidekicks, the villains on viagra!

Back ELYSIAN SPRINGS: ADVENTURES FROM THE NURSING HOME FOR AGING SUPERHEROES!

Risks and challenges

Sometimes even the most professional of publications hit a snag, and the more people involved, the higher the potential for timeline adjustments.

Pendragon Press is dedicated to providing the highest quality stories, visuals, and audio for the Elysian Springs Anthology, and in the event this level of quality requires a timeline adjustment, backers will be notified of the setback, the action plan, and the new projected date of fulfillment.

We've received over 30 pitches for fantastic stories, but we won't be able to include all of them in the anthology. The good news is, there will be plenty of quality stories to substitute In the event that an author drops or is unable to complete the required revisions.

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    VISITOR
    -ALL BACKERS of $1 or more will receive an Electronic Visitor's Pass (EVP) and a shoutout on social media, thanking them for visiting one of our many Superpowered Residents.
    -PLUS an early invite and shout-out on the CLOSED WARD podcast, with *even more* audio stories from Elysian Springs.

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    SIDEKICK SWAG PACK
    Elysian Springs brochure, visitor's pass, & sticker
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    +Physical copy of Elysian Springs Anthology
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    Tee Shirt, all STAFF level swag, ebook copy of Elysian Springs Anthology, & thank you on donors page in book

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    CAPTAIN BOOKWORM
    +Physical copy of Elysian Springs Anthology
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    HANDY-CAPE PARKING SIGN (18" x 12" .040 aluminum parking sign)
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    RESIDENT
    +Official Patient Admittance Form with your name and Hero Alias
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    CLOSED WARD
    +Personalized, unique Accident Report signed by Nurse Rose
    +Your picture comic-ified and posted on our Closed Ward Residents bulletin
    +As many AUTHOR and ARTIST signatures as can be gathered by September, 2016.
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    NURSE ROSE'S FAVORITE
    +YOUR NAME appearing as a superhero or staff member in one of the anthology stories
    +Invitation to the ELYSIAN SPRINGS STAFF MEETING at Balticon 2016 (physical or via live stream)
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    DIRECTOR OF ELYSIAN SPRINGS
    +Super STAFF SCRUBS with embroidered logo
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