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A comics anthology on the theme of stars. 10 original full colour star-inspired stories by 10 Australian women.
A comics anthology on the theme of stars. 10 original full colour star-inspired stories by 10 Australian women.
A comics anthology on the theme of stars. 10 original full colour star-inspired stories by 10 Australian women.
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251 backers pledged AU$ 9,141 to help bring this project to life.

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Starrytellers Anthology

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Starrytellers is a beautiful comics anthology created by 11 Australian women, featuring ten short stories inspired by stars. Each comic interprets the theme in the artist's own way, creating a collection of comics that range from introspective, to adventurous, to super cute!

Why stars? Stars are great! As a theme, it's broad, offering up mythology, history, science fiction, you name it.

Mock up only - final product may differ. Art shown: Lovesoup's cover art and pages of Jacobin's story, "Lucent".
Mock up only - final product may differ. Art shown: Lovesoup's cover art and pages of Jacobin's story, "Lucent".

The Starrytellers anthology will be a 96 page, full colour, offset printed book, with matte soft covers and silver foiling. We want this book to be something we're all proud of, to reflect the quality of the comics on the inside! But we need your help to make this happen.

Mock up only - final product may differ. Art from Lee Lai's "Doing Fine".
Mock up only - final product may differ. Art from Lee Lai's "Doing Fine".

Printed locally and featuring exclusively home-grown talent, Starrytellers is 95% ready to go, with the art pretty much done and a print proof arriving any day now. Printing will take only a week, meaning we WILL make the Christmas shipping window domestically, and possibly internationally as well.

Because we (Mamath and Alisha) are passionate about artists being paid for their work (and before everyone else has taken their cut), all of the artists on Starrytellers have already received a base page rate out of our own pockets. With your help, we can raise enough funds to print the book and then to give our contributors more dollars for their excellent and enthusiastic work.

From Lesley Vamos' contribution "The Lonely Star"
From Lesley Vamos' contribution "The Lonely Star"

We have ten different Australian artists, each with a unique visual style and voice:

Cherriuki
Madeleine Karutz
Natasha Sim
Lesley Vamos
Alexis Sugden
Jacobin
Ele Jenkins
Lee Lai
Mamath (AKA Samantha Calcraft)
Alisha Jade

PLUS our cover artist Sai Nitivoranant (AKA Lovesoup)!

We hope that through Starrytellers you'll discover new artists to love, as well as some great comics!

From "The Sky Garden" by Natasha Sim
From "The Sky Garden" by Natasha Sim
Don't have space, don't wanna pay for shipping? Get a digital copy of Starrytellers as a PDF or CBZ!
Don't have space, don't wanna pay for shipping? Get a digital copy of Starrytellers as a PDF or CBZ!
Keep it simple, get the book.
Keep it simple, get the book.
The gifting season is almost upon us! Pick up a print copy of Starrytellers for yourself, and one for a friend. Free shipping domesetically!
The gifting season is almost upon us! Pick up a print copy of Starrytellers for yourself, and one for a friend. Free shipping domesetically!
The book with a bookplate signed by ALL the artists, plus the digital copy.
The book with a bookplate signed by ALL the artists, plus the digital copy.

The artist signed bookplates are signed by every single artist contributing to the book. :D

It's a very fancy bookplate indeed. "Die" cut and on classy pearlescent paper, these bookplates are currently travelling around Australia (and Canada!) collecting signatures from every contributor.
It's a very fancy bookplate indeed. "Die" cut and on classy pearlescent paper, these bookplates are currently travelling around Australia (and Canada!) collecting signatures from every contributor.
...or go for a bookplate that's been sketched on by an editor (Sam or Alisha), with a personalised inscription!
...or go for a bookplate that's been sketched on by an editor (Sam or Alisha), with a personalised inscription!

 This other bookplate option doesn't have all the artist signatures - but you can get a personalised inscription instead, and a sketch by one of the editors! Oooh fancy!

The pearlescent paper is hard to capture on camera!
The pearlescent paper is hard to capture on camera!

 Examples of what a sketched bookplate will look like! We've been getting some practice in.

The book, a bookplate signed by ALL the artists, and a second bookplate with a custom inscription and sketch from one of the editors
The book, a bookplate signed by ALL the artists, and a second bookplate with a custom inscription and sketch from one of the editors

The $100 tier gets both the artist signature bookplate AND a second sketched bookplate with a custom inscription and sketch from one of the editors. Use the inscription to proclaim this copy of Starrytellers as YOURS and YOURS ALONE. Or use it to send well wishes to a friend! Or...make Mamath write something really rude in delicate cursive script, I guess. THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS.

The book, plus a plush toy made by Alisha Jade, of the star character from Lex Sugden's comic. Make Alisha suffer.
The book, plus a plush toy made by Alisha Jade, of the star character from Lex Sugden's comic. Make Alisha suffer.
The book, plus a plush toy hand-made by MAMATH. Please note that the plush is an art/collectible item and not intended for play.
The book, plus a plush toy hand-made by MAMATH. Please note that the plush is an art/collectible item and not intended for play.

Mamath is actually better known for making toys than making comics. She's pretty good at it! And has a very expensive embroidery machine to back her up! Based on the bat character in Alexis Sugden's Starrytellers comic, this plush will be at least 6 inches tall (ears/wings not included), made of super soft minky fabric, with embroidered details. Entirely hand-made, these plush are extremely limited.

PLEASE note that the plush toys are art-collectible items and NOT intended for play.

The book, plus THE original cover art painting. Only one in the world!
The book, plus THE original cover art painting. Only one in the world!

 The beautiful original cover art painted for Starrytellers by Sai could be hanging on your wall!

The book, and Alisha will draw an 8-page comic under YOUR direction. Plus the digital copy!
The book, and Alisha will draw an 8-page comic under YOUR direction. Plus the digital copy!

It's very hard to get Alisha to work on other people's projects but YES if you back this tier, she will draw a comic up to 8 pages, under YOUR direction. Up to simple colours! - it could be...anything? If you have a script hanging around that you're just dying to comic-ify, here's your chance to get that done.

The book, and Mamath will draw an 8-page comic under YOUR direction. Plus the digital copy!
The book, and Mamath will draw an 8-page comic under YOUR direction. Plus the digital copy!

Mamath is also offering up comic-ifying services! At the $1000 tier, Mams will draw an 8-page black/white comic under your direction. This is MUCH less than she would normally charge for something like this.

If you would like more info about the custom comic tiers (reproduction rights, size, materials, etc!), please message us here on Kickstarter or email at hello@starrytellers.com!

 $8000 is our initial goal and allows us to print 750 books.

At $9000 we can print 1000 books!

At $10500, $12000 and $13500, artists get an extra monetary bonus per page!

At $15000 we can print more books again!

And so on, adding more artist bonuses and books as we're able. :)

From Mamath's story "500 Billion Suns"
From Mamath's story "500 Billion Suns"

Every retweet, reblog and Facebook share helps us to reach out to interested people!

There's a reblog campaign happening over on Tumblr to help us spread the word:

And a retweet campaign on Twitter as well!

We know not everyone can afford to pledge but spreading the work helps us a lot!

From Madeleine Karutz' "Seeing Stars"
From Madeleine Karutz' "Seeing Stars"
A panel from Ele Jenkin's "Lone Wolf"
A panel from Ele Jenkin's "Lone Wolf"
Mock up only - final product may differ. Art from Cherriuki's "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star".
Mock up only - final product may differ. Art from Cherriuki's "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star".

Risks and challenges

Both Sam and Alisha have printed many comics before, separately, so we have the experience. We’ve printing with a local Brisbane printer so there’s no risk of enormous printing or shipping delays due to offshore printing. And the book is ready to go, so no art delays!

All in all we’re pretty well set. We got this.

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    BOOK + SIGNED BOOKPLATE + SKETCHED BACK BOOKPLATE

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    BOOK + STAR PLUSH

    A copy of the print book + a plush toy of the Star from Alexis Sugden's story, hand made by Alisha + the DRM-free PDF.

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    CUSTOM ALISHA COMIC

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    CUSTOM MAMATH COMIC

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