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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, May 3 2019 6:00 PM UTC +00:00.

£3,667
pledged of £1,200pledged of £1,200 goal
293
backers
8days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, May 3 2019 6:00 PM UTC +00:00.

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FULLY FUNDED IN 24 HOURS! Thank you so much for your support!

The first stretch goal has been reached! Sticker sheets will be added to all physical tiers. 

The second stretch goal has been reached! Badges will be added to all physical tiers.

The first digital stretch goal has been reached! A short story will be included with ALL tiers.

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Thanks to amazing support from Kickstarter backers and NPC Tea readers, the story continues! This campaign is to fund printing issue 6 of the modern fantasy  comic series - but if you haven't read any NPC Tea before, you can also get the whole series so far here too, in print or digital!

NPC Tea follows an ex-fire summon, an elf and a human as they attempt to save a failing tea shop in modern day Cardiff. Soon they find out that a lack of customers and caddies upon caddies of rotting tea are the least of their worries, when a type of banned magic rears it’s ugly head and threatens to destroy the entire city. Bryn, Oz and Hannah must unite if they are to save their business – and ultimately the city itself. An 8 issue series, NPC Tea escalates from slice of life comedy into an epic fantasy, twisting typical RPG and fantasy stereotypes into a modern day setting.

Issue 5 saw the gang attend a swanky party, which was then thoroughly crashed by malevolent forces. As love blossoms between an orc and an elf - and Oz tries desperately to keep things together - the misguided summoners draw closer, threatening Bryn's hard-won peaceful life. Will Alder's sudden appearance help the party, or is the spirits' fate inevitable?

You can read a preview of issue 1 here, or issues 1-3 are available to read as a webcomic over on Patreon from just $1.

Issue six is 36 pages, UK-sized, and is available from £2 in digital and £5 in print. The lineart for the issue is completed, and will be coloured as the campaign progresses. This means that it will be sent to print the first week of May (directly after the campaign finishes), with the digital copies being sent out to backers as soon as the Kickstarter funds transfer (estimated mid-May).

 If you've never read any NPC Tea before, don't worry - you can start here! For £7 you can get all of the digital issues so far, or £23 in print. 

Also, if you're missing any print issues in the series you can add them on - just select the tier that you want and add £5 for each additional comic that you're missing! You will be able to let me know what issues you need when the surveys go out after the campaign finishes.

I'm also commissioning four more artists to produce prints for this campaign! We have...

JESS TAYLOR! website | twitter

ALEX DINGLEY! website | twitter

CLAIRE SPILLER! website | twitter

RAE WOOTTON! website | twitter

Hooray! We hit the goal within 24 hours of launch, thank you all so much for your support!

Any further funds raised will be used to pay for a larger print run, and invest further into the NPC Tea project. The comic is completely independent and I'm a one-woman band, so every pledge helps!


More will be announced if we get that far!

I also have *secret easter egg* stretchgoals for digital backers, which I'll reveal as we hit them. Watch this space...

I've received some lovely feedback for the previous issues in the series - so don't take my word for it...

"The urban fantasy series continues to go off in an original direction, as it seamlessly blends the more traditional fantasy elements, orcs, elves, magic, and magic schools, with the slice-of-life bits like getting to class on time, dealing with a bad boss, and holding down a part time job... I recommend picking up the series in the strongest possible terms." - Bard Brehon, A Place to Hang Your Cape

"With a story full of wonder and intrigue as well as some of the most stiking visuals seen in comics of late, this is an issue worthy of delving into - ideally along with a nice cup of tea." - James Blundell, Pipedream Comics

"This all ends up feeling like a story that would develop if Neil Gaiman took over Saga and added in a tea shop but in Sarah’s hands the story & art blend together like the perfect cup of tea into something just as unique." - Comics Anonymous

I've run three successful campaigns before and I don't think there's anything quite like Kickstarter for indie creators. I enjoy having a closer connection to an audience and being able to include readers in the development process - and running a campaign is a great way to do this.

I've been publishing NPC Tea since 2017, and while I will be releasing issue 6 whatever happens, I really appreciated the fantastic support I received from the other two campaigns. It's also easier for current readers to pre-order the new issue!

 The entire amount raised will be put towards the print run for both issues, postage, and commissioning the artists, and any extra funds raised will be put right back into the project, towards larger print runs and any stretch goals we might reach.

I'm Sarah - I also go by Milmo - and I’m a comics artist based in Cardiff. I’m known for my indie titles NPC Tea and Heart of Time, and I also work as a freelance artist and writer. I’ve also worked in games (you can see my art and even hear my voice in Master Reboot on Steam). You can find examples of everything I do on my website here.

Thanks for reading!

Risks and challenges

The lineart for issue six has been completed, and will be coloured as the campaign progresses. This means it will be ready to go to print in the first week in May.
I have already completed three successful Kickstarters and have learned a lot from each one. The fulfilment of issues 4 and 5 was delayed due to illness, so I have given myself much more time for this issue and have completed more of the project before bringing it to kickstarter to avoid any delays for this campaign. I fully anticipate that everything will run on schedule and to plan, aside from any unexpected loss of limbs or sanity.

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