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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, May 2 2019 3:15 PM UTC +00:00.

$12,825
pledged of $16,600pledged of $16,600 goal
187
backers
9days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, May 2 2019 3:15 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Alec Longstreth

Hello! My name is Alec Longstreth. I'm a cartoonist living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I'm best known for my Ignatz Award-winning minicomic Phase 7, which I have been self-publishing since 2002. 

I had such a positive experience using Kickstarter to make my book Basewood and the Drop Target Omnibus (with my pinball pal Jon Chad), that I'm back again to make a 144-page hardback collection of my latest comics project, Isle of Elsi.


Isle of Elsi

I launched Isle of Elsi in 2016 as a free webcomic. It updates every Thursday on isleofelsi.com  

Isle of Elsi is the comic I wish I could send back in time to myself when I was nine years old. It features lighthearted fantasy adventure stories with lots of silly wordplay, such as...

Creative influences for Isle of Elsi include: the comics of Carl Barks, The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, the poetry of Ogden Nash, Jerry Juhl's writing on The Muppet Show, T.H. White's The Sword in the Stone (plus the Disney version storyboarded by Bill Peet), and pretty much any book I can find that has anything to do with dragons.


Book One

The goal of this Kickstarter is to fund the printing of a 144-page hardback book that will collect the first three Isle of Elsi stories. You can check out all of these stories for free over on the Isle of Elsi website:

  •  The Dragon's Librarian (99 pages) - Our pun-loving protagonist, Rex Jargon Jr. and his best friend Sally Sanders must save their village from a diabolical dragon.
  •  A Menagerie of Messengers (9 pages) - Draziw the Wizard experiments with a bunch of new animal messengers, including talking wolves, after his beloved owl Nicomedes passes away.
  •  The Search for Spinoza (15 pages) - Nogard the Dragon goes on a quest to find a pair of glasses with the right prescription to help him read books.

All the comics are finished.  I am currently working on the final book design and layout, which I will be completing during the month that this campaign is running.


Backer Rewards

$1+ Outstanding Observer! 

Communication is key! When I run a Kickstarter I send out frequent updates about the status of the project from beginning to end. If you don't want a reward, but would like to learn more about this project as it unfolds, you can pledge $1 (or more) at this tier to receive updates. After the 30-day campaign is over, all posts will be for backers only.  


$5 Zealous Zinester! 

In 2014 I drew a 16-page Isle of Elsi Activity Zine as part of my annual 24-Hour Comic. This 5.5" x 8.5" (13,97 cm x 21,59 cm) zine includes all kinds of fun activities for kids, such as: a word find, a connect the dots picture, a town tour conducted by Sally Sanders, word and comics scrambles, a hidden picture illustration and a coloring page. 

At this tier you will get a physical copy of the zine, an Isle of Elsi postcard and bookmark (designs shown above), as well as a free digital download of the Isle of Elsi Book One eBook.


$25 Brilliant Bookworm!

I'm working with the same printer that I used for Basewood to create a beautiful, hardback book with durable smyth-sewn binding, offset printed in full color on high-quality, responsibly-sourced paper.  The trim size of the book will be 7.625" x 11.125" (19,37 cm x 28,26 cm). It will be 144 pages, which includes all three comics and some bonus back matter, including a glossary, some information about my cartooning process and a bonus two-page comic by Aaron Renier!  The front and back endpapers will be full-color fantasy maps: one of the village of Egalliv, one of the Isle of Elsi.

This tier includes all the rewards from the Zealous Zinester tier as well.


$40 Phenomenal Philographer!

At this tier, you will get a copy of the hardback book, which I will dedicate to you (or to whomever you choose), and I will do a sketch (ink with colored pencil) of one of the main characters from Isle of Elsi: Draziw the Wizard, Rex Jargon Junior, Sally Sanders or Nogard the Dragon!

This tier includes all the rewards from the Zealous Zinester tier as well.


$60 Delightful Distributor!

This tier includes five copies of the hardback book at wholesale price (50% off the cover price), as well as five sets of the Zealous Zinester rewards. I set this up for folks who work in a bookstore or comic shop, or as a distributor, so you can easily resell them at cover price. If you would like to order more than five copies, just message me through Kickstarter and we can set up a custom pledge amount.

(You can also use this tier if you just know four other people who would enjoy a copy of this book! :)


$75 Fantasy Fanatic! 

Believe it or not, there are only 36 copies left of the 2,000 hardback copies of Basewood from my previous Kickstarter! At this tier, I will sign and sketch in one of these remaining books, and I will also sign and sketch in a hardback copy of Isle of Elsi Book One.

This tier includes all the rewards from the Zealous Zinester tier as well.


$150 Awesome Aesthete!

At this tier I will ink and paint a 9" x 6" watercolor of Nogard the Dragon getting sleepy while reading under a tree at sunset.  This is not a print!  I will paint each one of these by hand on acid-free, cold press watercolor paper. Suitable for framing!

This tier includes all the rewards from the Phenomenal Philographer and Zealous Zinester tiers as well.


$300 Dragon Demigod!

My amazingly talented toy designer wife Claire Sanders has agreed to make a limited number of Nogard the Dragon plush toys.  Each one is handmade with soft plush fabric, plastic glasses and posable wings!  Here you can see the prototype she made for me as a gift years ago, which is about 13" tall, 6" hip-to-hip and 15" nose-to-tail.

This tier includes all the rewards from the Phenomenal Philographer and Zealous Zinester tiers as well.


Budget

The estimates below are all based upon data from the Basewood Kickstarter Public Accounting Page, which assumes a similar level of interest in this project (about 500 backers).

Risks and challenges

This will be my first time printing a 4-color (CMYK) offset book, and it will be the largest print job I have ever submitted. I have worked as a professional digital colorist on graphic novels published by FirstSecond Books for many years now without any issues. I am confident that my colors will print well, but there is a potential that the proofing process might take a bit longer than Basewood, which was only a 1-color (black) offset book.

I am a very organized person, and I feel comfortable sending out hundreds of books to backers (I have done this for many years with my 200+ Phase 7 subscribers). This time around, I feel like the biggest challenge on this project will be the fact that I now have two small children (ages 1 & 3), so my time is more limited, so I will be a bit slower on fulfillment.

I have tried to allow for both of these factors by adding an extra buffer of time to the "Estimated Delivery" date. I'm saying that everything will be delivered by December 2019, when my hope is that the book will actually be in people's hands sooner than that.

If it looks like I will not be able to meet that deadline on my own, I am fully prepared to hire some temporary help to get these books out the door and into backers' hands on time.

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