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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, August 23 2019 6:00 PM UTC +00:00.

£2,898
pledged of £1,500pledged of £1,500 goal
262
backers
4days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, August 23 2019 6:00 PM UTC +00:00.

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NEW STRETCHGOALS ADDED - thank you so much for your support! 

£2000 - UNLOCKED - Every physical tier backer will receive a bookmark (design TBC)

£2500 - UNLOCKED - Every backer will receive digital PDFs of Oz, Bryn and Iro as D&D NPCs, ready to use in campaigns

£3000 - LOCKED - Every physical tier backer will receive an enamel pin of the Y Ddraig tea shop logo

More to be announced!

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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 7 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.

Things started to heat up in issue 6, and Hanny found herself in hot water after the summoners cornered her and Iro. As their carefully brewed plan finally comes to fruition, the Y Ddraig gang discover what the mysterious Ellie is really after - secrets are revealed and much lore is to be had. Will Cait and Iro be reunited?  Will Oz finally burst a blood vessel? And what about the breakfast tea?!

You can read a preview of issue 1 here, or issues 1-5 are available to read as a webcomic over on Patreon from just $1.

Issue seven is 36 pages, UK-sized, and is available from £2 in digital and £5 in print. The issue is completely drafted out, and will be completed as the campaign progresses. It usually takes me between three weeks to a month to complete each issue, so this means that it will be sent to print the last week in August (directly after the campaign finishes), with the digital copies being sent out to backers as soon as the Kickstarter funds transfer (probably the first week in september).

Should all go to plan, I intend to run one final Kickstarter for issue 8 as soon as this campaign has been completely fulfilled, meaning you don't have long to wait for the last issue!

 If you've never read any NPC Tea before, don't worry - you can start here! For £8 you can get all of the digital issues so far, or £28 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...

MICHELLE MARHAM (FELINE TRICKSTER)! website | twitter

NIKKI STU! website | twitter

NINA BONES! website | twitter

MORRIGHAN CORBEL! website | twitter

Should we surpass the goal, I'll announce stretchgoals here!

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.

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 four 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 7 whatever happens, I really appreciated the fantastic support I received from the other three 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 this issue, 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

Issue 7 has been completely drafted out, and will be completed as the campaign progresses. This means it will be ready to go to print as soon as the campaign finishes. I have already completed four successful Kickstarters and have learned a lot from each one. 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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