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Bookwyrms 1 | A fantasy comic about rebel librarians

Childhood friends, forged books, secret societies and mysterious abilities. ~ Printed edition of Bookwyrms: Volume One.

Bookwyrms 1 | A fantasy comic about rebel librarians

Childhood friends, forged books, secret societies and mysterious abilities. ~ Printed edition of Bookwyrms: Volume One.

£8,049
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285
backers
8days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, October 24 2019 8:06 PM UTC +00:00.

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After years in the making, the first volume of Bookwyrms is complete! Containing chapters 1-4 plus additional content, the comic is now ready to be printed. 

"Cwen City, Everstrom. Capital of the modern world. Home to Undine National Library, where the largest collection of knowledge is gathered and looked after by experts in all fields. Suzzen and Rogier, along with neurotic History expert Arabelia, discover that someone is secretly replacing books with modified copies. Together with Dylion who’d very much rather avoid life-threatening investigations and Kveld, Suzzen’s reckless roommate, they all set out to uncover whatever evil goals the book-tamperers are after. But they better be careful, as the enemy could be anyone around them." 

Bookwyrms follows the story of Rogier and Suzzen, two childhood friends who end up living and working together at Undine Library, as they discover that someone is tampering with the books and they begin a dangerous investigation that will lead them to secret societies, mysterious abilities and remote locations. This story can be enjoyed by readers from all ages.

Originally a webcomic, Bookwyrms has over 200 pages available to read for free in its website.  

Bookwyrms: Volume One includes the first arc in the story (chapters 1-4, online published pages 1-179), with polished texts corrected by our keen editor Laura Monteiro. There are currently 3 arcs planned to complete the story. Additionally, this volume contains some exclusive extra pages with sketches and concept art. The book will be 275 x 182 mm, 184-pages long, all printed in full colour on matte 120gsm paper with a matte laminated softcover. A successful campaign will allow for a printed edition of 100 books, and any leftovers will go towards printing additional books and works on Volume Two.   

Based on a printed edition of 100 copies:  

 All pledges include your name added to the ‘Thank you’ page in the book! The digital copy of the book will include any additional content present in the printed version. 

The A5 sketch in The Mythologist will portrait a character of your choice and will be created on high quality paper. Here's a close-up of the shaped character bookmarks and the Undine Library badge: 

After smashing the campaign goal in the first day, stretch goals are here!

For the first stretch goal I will design a Undine Library Reader Card: the personal card that would provide any scholar access to the Reading Rooms at the library. This printed card will be added to all rewards that contain a physical copy of the book (The Scholar and above. This is because for digital copies I would need to add shipping costs and it would become too complicated!). This first stretch goal was set to be at £2.5k, so it is already achieved!

If we reach £4k, I will create a fourth shaped character bookmark: Ava and Cyril. This bookmark will also go to all rewards that include a physical copy of the book (The Scholar and above). 

If things get serious and we manage to hit £5.5k I will add the extra comic Wyrmlings to all pledges (The Reader and above). This is the story of how Suzzen and Rogier met. This four-pages long comic will be exclusive to Bookwyrms: Volume One.

Some Wyrmlings concept art:  

Update: After unlocking all the previous stretch goals, here's a new one! If we manage to get to £6.5k, the cover of the physical books will have some elements like the title printed with a golden metallic effect! This technique is called foiling and I have so many books that use it in their covers, it always looks so cool! I think this effect would fit very well the Victorian-esque aesthetic of Bookwyrms.

 Let's see what happens in the next weeks! :)

 Hi! I’m Lorena, a comic artist and illustrator currently living in the UK.

In 2014 I self-published the first issue of my Victorian-esque zine 'Compendiums of Curiosities: Lethal Flowers'. Soon, the second issue ‘Wonderful Inventions’ followed. Both the zines and Bookwyrms reflect well the stuff I like working on the most: Victorian aesthetics, botany, curiosities, mythology and young adult heroes.

Bookwyrms is my first graphic novel, born out of some character design practice and the story that grew around it for years until it just needed to be shared. I have learned so much while working on this project that you will be able to see how the style evolves through its pages, especially during chapter 1.

Thank you very much for reading this far!  

Risks and challenges

While this is my first Kickstarter, I have spent over a year preparing it in order to reduce the challenges as much as possible. The comic is ready to be printed, and the bookmarks and badge designs are also completed. Our printers Comic Printing UK have a lot of experience with comics and are well-trusted in the industry.

Shipping is set to be the biggest challenge in this campaign; however, after several years of shipping zines to the world I am confident that this is something I will be able to manage. I have allowed extra time to the estimated delivery date to make sure that I can meet it. Same goes for the sketch commissions: extra time has been added to the estimated delivery date for it to be as safe as possible.

I will keep backers posted on the project's progress regularly, and will let them know if any potential issues come up and as they are sorted out.

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