When Mykal Isildur, a respected watchmaker in the puritanical Steampunk village of ‘Shadow’s Haven’, stumbles upon a hidden mystical portal, he has to reconcile the regimented existence he's worked his whole life to perfect versus the outrageous one he's unintentionally created for many others and himself. Will he understand what it all means before the timeline completely unravels?
(Make sure to scroll down past all the updates to get more info about the 32 page collectible issue 11 of 11 AND the 260+ page trade paperback version that are available through this campaign!)
UPDATE 08.14.19 - FULL Wrap around cover REVEALED!
With just a couple DAYS remaining in our campaign, we are now unveiling to you the FULL wrap around cover:
We are super happy with the final result. Thanks to The Chronicles of Zalaria's Peter Smith (Inks) and Javi Laparra (Final Colors) for working alongside of us to bring this beast to light.
How can you obtain it? It's the standard issue #11 Cover, The LIMITED EDITION Foil Variant Issue #11 Cover - AND its the 260+ page Trade Paperback cover!
UPDATE 08.12.19 -Stretch Goal #1 is ACHIEVED *finally!*
You all have gone and done it - you have told your friends and amended your pledges and UNLOCKED stretch goal #1! This means EVERY digital and physical backer will get 8 other titles from 7 amazing creators! So if you are a NEW POTENTIAL BACKER remember that every tier will get these added!
Here is what is included:
MAGNUS #1: CHRIS RAU and ACE NUCKOLLS // ICHABOD JONES: Monster Hunter #1 - RUSSELL NOHELTY // WELCOME TO THE VOID #1 - CHUCK PINEAU // BOOK OF LYAXIA #1 - ARON POHARA // PRISON WITCH #1 - PAT SHAND and AMY SHAND // BLOOD SKULLS and CHROME #1 - HANNU KESOLA // STAKE / SPY-DEER MAN - DAVID BYRNE
Will there be more stretch goals? Of course! More to come!
UPDATE 08.05.19 - OUR WHOLE SHIRT CATALOG IS NOW AVAILABLE!
If you have seen an Heirs of Isildur at a live appearance, you know we have quite a few shirts available at our booth. That's fine and good for those of you that are able to attend, but we know many of you may never see us face to face.
For this reason, we have decided to make ALL of our shirts available to YOU during this campaign, and at a reduced price! We will not create new tiers for them. They will ONLY be available through an overpledge.
If you want a shirt here is what you need to do:
* Go to 'Manage your pledge'
* Add the appropriate amount (all shirts are $15)
* Include additional shipping, if any (If your physical tier package charged you $5 shipping, add $7. If you were charged $12 OR if you are an overseas backer, there is no additional shipping for you for the first shirt!)
* Message us and let us know IMMEDIATELY what your overpledge is for (Shirt NAME and Shirt SIZE from the graphic).
--- We have a VERY limited stock. As soon as a shirt SIZE is gone, we will adjust the graphic to reflect that.
--- Because of the limited quantity, we cannot HOLD any shirts without an overpledge out of fairness to other backers.
--- If you have ANY questions, or are not sure exactly how much to pledge, please reach out immediately and we'll let you know your total! Thanks!
UPDATE 07.30.2019: WE have reached the minimum FUNDED level! Thank you all for supporting what we are doing and believing in our steampunk time-travel tale.
We all know that the campaign doesn't END when FUNDED is reached - now the FUN really begins. It's STRETCH GOAL TIME! Back by popular demand is another installment of our KILLER CREATOR PACK! This 3rd installment will have some great creators and titles that we can't wait to get in your hands.
UPDATE 07.26.2019 - 4PM - Up and coming badass artist BRYAN SILVERBAX (Scout Comics artist, MARVEL and STAR WARS Sketch card artist) has created an amazing HOMAGE cover for our campaign. We always say this story is 'time travel in reverse', so we are now releasing this UNLOCKED cover BEFORE we reach the stretch goal for it... that's just how we roll.
He is also offering up for ONE lucky person the original hand drawn 11x17 art for this masterpiece! (The 'Silverbax 1 of a kind' tier)
If the original art is not in your price range DO NOT FRET - it is also a limited edition HOMAGE COVER (E) (only 50 logoed copies to be printed) and will be a part of the SERIES #2 TRADING CARDS!
Thanks SILVERBAX for this killer art!
UPDATE: We are officially REVEALING the main cover art for issue 11 and the trade right now:
Someone with an astute eye might notice that the cover is SLIGHTLY more weighted to the left side that is because.... drumroll please... this will be a full WRAP AROUND cover! That's right! This art will carry around to the back side and have many more characters from our story included.
We also want to let you know that the super rare HOLOGRAM TRADING CARD available to early bird backers and elite tier purchasers only will be based on this art.
The main artist behind this wonderful work of art is Peter Smith (pencils and inks), with colors by Javi Laparra, and flats by Matt Knowles.
UPDATE 2: We've heard your comments and you are correct - you need MORE options for how to get the HEIRS OF ISILDUR trading card pack! We will be adding some tiers ASAP so that you can get the cards with the single issue #11 or the trade paperback.
But we also need a favor from you! We THOUGHT we knew what we wanted to do for the trading card packaging itself, but we aren't so sure anymore. We need you to help us decide! We have two options - based on the beginning of the series (Issue #1 and the CD) *OR* based on the completion of the story arc (Issue #11 and the trade paperback).
Below you can see a basic mockup of the two choices (far right) and below is the link for you to go and vote.
Now just click on this simple POLL and cast your vote! We thank you in advance!
- Fans of Steampunk adventures, time travel, alternate reality, science fiction, mysteries, etc...
- People that like to see boundaries pushed in new and creative ways (for instance -combining comics with metal music, not bowing to the expected genre confines, etc...)
- If you like character driven stories that are designed in a way that you can enjoy without fear of unneeded gratuity (there are some DEEP topics, but presented in a way that is as tasteful as possible), then this is for you!
Over the past two years we have released 10 issues, covering 17 chapters of our story arc, as well as a 12 track melodic metal CD.
This kickstarter campaign serves a threefold role: First, to bring forth the 32 page story arc completing issue #11 (The FINAL CHAPTER - 'Everything Unravels')...
Second - to unveil the 260+ page ENHANCED TRADE VERSION, which brings together all 11 issues /18 chapters into a single volume. We say this is the 'enhanced version' because it offers all the song lyrics from the album, behind the scenes factoids and trivia, and it even sees a full re-lettering / re-layout of the original issues (taking those chapters from illustrated novel format to comic format), giving a consistent reading experience from commencing to consummating page!
...So even if you have every individual issue, the trade volume offers up some fresh content for you!
THIRD - We want you to have access to all other support merch that accompanies the story above! Let's enter through the front door of the Father Time Emporium (main character Mykal Isildur's clock and watch making establishment in Shadow's Haven) and see what treasures are inside!
We can't TALK about the 12 track 'The Crossroads Conundrum' album without sharing some of the MUSIC with you! Below are a couple of the music videos that have been created for the album, and an endorsement from one of the biggest personalities in the power metal world. You don't NEED the CD to enjoy the story (or vice versa) but putting them together gives you a unique experience:
We have reward tiers based around getting the final chapter of this story arc (#11) and all of its cover variants.
We also have tiers based on the 260+ page trade paperback (which includes all 11 issues / 18 chapters retouched and relettered).
For the collectors in the house, we have all kinds of packages that include collectibles and super rare items.
The super rare HOLOGRAM Trading Card is ONLY available to physical backers in the first 48 hours. After that you must back an 'Elite Tier' (which are all marked as such), to get your hands on one. We will print as many as are necessary for the campaign, with a small overage potential. Any leftovers will become CON exclusives, not to be sold on our website!
We do have a whole host of shirts available as well. Instead of including them in a specific tier, we will include the information about type and availability here, and if you want one, simply overpledge the amount listed and let us know what you are wanting (shirt info coming soon)!
We've also created special tiers for up and coming artist Drew Pritchett so that his rabid legion of fans can get their hands on everything he does.
Lastly, for those that want to see themselves drawn into the issue: we have created a way to get you into the TRADE VERSION in your steampunk best. Read the details in the 'DRAW ME IN' tier for more details!
...And if you know of merch that we have, but its not listed in the campaign (i.e. individual issues, variant covers, etc...) PM us, we'll see what we have on hand, and you can overpledge the difference to get your hands on that swag!
Here are graphical images of some the tiers!
There are more tiers coming soon so that you can have an easier ability to get the awesome items that you want!
INSYMMETRY CREATIONS, LLC is the moniker that content creators MATT KNOWLES and STEPH CANNON collectively operate under. After combining their writing efforts into a single entity in 2018, the pair have designs on making their mark in as many ways as possible in the industry. Earlier this year they successfully funded issue #1 of the well-received medieval fantasy spin off series 'TALES FROM NOCTURNIA'.
Here's how the roles and responsibilities shake out for this specific campaign:
As a musician, writer, and steampunk personality, Matt has dipped his toes into many different creative pools over the years. He is the writer, creator & musician behind HEIRS OF ISILDUR, the creator and co-writer of TALES FROM NOCTURNIA, and is the co-creator and co-writer of THE ACCURSED (debuting on Alterna Comics in 2020). He is gaining 'steam' in the steampunk, comic, and metal music communities.
If you've ever been to a convention and noticed the person with the brightest smile and aura in the room, you've probably seen Steph. Don't let her positivity and bubbly personality fool you however; one thing she is very serious about is her content creation.
Her very first story, the one page 'Boot Hill', was a finalist in the Ghost City Comics Competition for 2017. She's had multiple short stories included in anthologies, such as 'Bogey' (IF Anthology - Alterna Comics), 'Light Reflected' (CORPUS), and 'Hexed' (It Came Out on A Wednesday #1 - Alterna Comics) that is the basis for THE ACCURSED (which she created and is the co-writer on, debuting on Alterna Comics in 2020). She was also a story consultant for Luke Martinez' graphic novel 'The Ascendant'. She is the co-writer and co-creator of TALES FROM NOCTURNIA.
She has been involved with the Heirs of Isildur series as an editor and creative consultant since issue #5, and is the editor over the entire trade version.
Steph is a steadfast supporter of indie creators on Kickstarter, supporting over 90 projects (cumulatively) over the years.
The talents of this Guatemalan artist from DIGITAL DREAM STUDIOS are highly sought after as an Inker and Colorist. Luckily for the INSYMMETRY CREATIONS team, he is locked into multiple series and stories on their docket, current and upcoming. His work with Steph Cannon on the one page 'Boot Hill' was the impetus for him becoming a full time member of the Heirs of Isildur / Tales from Nocturnia team.
His accolades include Heirs Of Isildur (2018-current), doing art for issues and music videos. His involvement started during issue 6, and has been the full time artist since issue 7. His work can also be found in the revamped issues 1 & 2, and the 'Lovelorn Betrayal' music video. He also does art for the medieval fantasy spinoff series TALES FROM NOCTURNIA.
He will be involved in THE ACCURSED (Alterna Comics), based on the 2 page 'Hexed' short story, debuting in 2020. He has also done subcontracting coloring work (through Protobunker) for Marvel and DC titles such as: Old Man Logan, Deadpool: Assassin, Ironman, Action Avengers, and Supersons.
OTHERS WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE SERIES:
PETER SMITH: Did the main cover utilized for both issue #11 and the enhanced trade.
DREW CHARLES PRITCHETT: Variant Cover Artist + additional art for the trading card series!
BLAKE WILKIE: Blake was the original artist for the series. His work can be seen in issues 1-6 (in whole or in part).
FACHRUL REZA RI'VAI: Fachrul did guest artwork on a section in Issue #9.
BRYAN KNOWLES / NAOMI RENAE WHATLEY: This pair co-edited the story from issue 1 through issue 6.
COREY STEGER / CHRIS WICKLEIN / CASSIE MORRIS / BRYAN ECKERMANN / ZAC LEASER: These individuals were all involved on the MUSICAL ALBUM, either through guest spots OR on the production/mixing/mastering end.
HULYAN BOLSONI MINOSSO (Pontilhado Studios): Hulyan is the man responsible for three of the music videos for the project (Shiver, Crossroads, and Lovelorn Betrayal), as well as the cover for Issue #1 / the musical CD.
If you've gotten all the way to this point of our pitch, we hope that means you're interested in our steampunk time-travel tale. We thank you for taking the time to read about our story. We really believe in it, the characters, and the packages we are offering.
We hope to hear your name decreed at next year's annual 'Festival of Amonesta', held in the town square of Shadow's Haven, as a valued visitor to our quaint but peculiar steampunk enclave!
Risks and challenges
There are very few for this project. The trade volume, standalone issue #11, and album were either completed prior to the campaign start or will be finished prior to the campaign completion (aside from small touch up work based on buy-ins in the campaign, backer thank you page, etc...)
Every vendor we are using for printing and/or support merch is reputable and they've done projects for us or close associates previously.
NOTE: Our previous campaign for TALES FROM NOCTURNIA #1 saw us deliver all rewards one month earlier than expected/promised. We are not making any guarantees here, we are simply saying our track record with kickstarter campaigns and self funding all previous projects shows that we take very seriously making our deadlines and providing high quality products.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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