*UPDATE!* STRETCHGOALS #2 and #3!
We smashed the goal *and* stretchgoal #1, thank you so much! Any extra raised will be a great help - it'll all go directly to printing more comics (a larger print run!)
STRETCHGOAL #1: £3000 - if we hit that, a bookmark will be included in every physical tier. You can see the design WIP here! *REACHED!*
STRETCHGOAL #2: £3500 - badges in all physical tiers *REACHED!*
STRETCHGOAL #3: £4000 - badges UPGRADE to enamel pins - ooh, fancy!
Thanks to overwhelming support from Kickstarter backers and NPC Tea readers, the story continues! This campaign is to fund printing issues 4 and 5 of the modern fantasy 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 3 introduced the ice summon, Nix, and Iro, an excitable orc who also works at Y Ddraig. Now, the sinister student summoners and the enigmatic Ellie are ready to make their move, and their plan culminates at the annual Black Mage Ball. With the final two summons making an appearance, Iro having girl troubles, and Bryn being made to wear shoes to a black tie event, will our heroes make it out in one piece?
The comics will be 32 pages each, UK-sized, and are available from £3 in digital and £8 in print. The digital issues will be sent out to you as soon as they're ready, so issue #4 will be released mid-December and #5 in February. The print issues will be sent all together in February, so that I can guarantee the best possible print quality (and it helps with postage!) However, I wanted to make sure to get you something for Christmas... so all print backers will be sent a Christmas print mid-December, just in time for the big day! Everybody will also be sent a digital copy of this yuletide greeting too, regardless of reward level.
I'm also commissioning four more artists to produce prints for this campaign! We have...
*A CHALLENGER APPROACHES!*
Excited to announce that JESS TAYLOR will also be creating a print for this campaign, completing an awesome lineup of *five* print artists! All artist print tiers will now include five prints instead of four.
REVIEWS OF NPC TEA 1-3:
I've been lucky enough to receive some lovely feedback for issues 1-3, 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 two 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 last November, and while I will be releasing issues 4 and 5 whatever happens, I really appreciated the fantastic support I received from the issue 3 campaign. 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.
Both issues are completely scripted and drafted, and are on course for completion in February (digital of issue 4 in December).
ER… WHO ARE YOU AGAIN?
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
Issues 4 and 5 are fully scripted and drafted, and as they are the 4th and 5th in the series, I've developed a very efficient working method for producing issues of NPC Tea. The deadlines I've set for releasing 4 (mid-December) and 5 (February) is actually pretty forgiving compared to the schedule I usually work to!
This will be my third campaign, so I'm now very used to running and fulfilling a Kickstarter. Issue 3 was successfully funded in July, and while the books were a little bit delayed, the issue was completed and the printed comics sent out in October.
I fully anticipate that everything will run on schedule and to plan, aside from any unexpected loss of limbs or sanity.
- (30 days)