The Heart of Time follows the misadventures of a bad-tempered teenager and her pug as they crash through time, ruining history, the space-time continuum and the sanity of peaceful Tudor villagers.
Amelia steals her father's time machine (a modified scooter) with no idea of how to control it, and, together with her pet pug Gertrude, crashes through time trying to find her way home. Along the way, she interrupts Arthur, a Victorian gentleman, just as he is about to propose to the love of his life. His proposal ruined, he hitches a ride on Amelia's bike to escape his girlfriend's deranged father.
After a crash landing, he wakes up in 2006 to find the teenager disappeared, a severely confused pug on his lap and pieces of scooter everywhere...
The Heart of Time is an anarchic adventure, inspired by long-running series such as Avatar: TLA and Samurai Champloo. Written and illustrated by Sarah Millman, the comic has been published online as a webcomic since 2012 (read it here) and has been sold in single issue format at events such as Thought Bubble and London MCM. Chapters 1 to 3 are already complete, while 4 will be completed before the end of this campaign.
Volume 1 will be printed as a paperback in full colour, at UK size (16cmx24cm) and with 116 pages, collecting the first four issues of Heart of Time. The comic totals just over 100 pages, and the rest of the page count includes extra artwork and development sketches.
Chapter 1 was originally published in black and white, and is being coloured especially for this volume!
Book tiers start from £12, and all tiers include UK postage. Other rewards include a pack of four badges and a5 prints (with designs created just for this campaign, TBA), sketched-in books and thanks on the website.
I'll also be creating a black and white illustration incorporating the names of backers, which will be printed in the “extras” section of the volume. This will be included in any tier over £20.
Full colour commission example. Khalida © Anastasia Catris.
More examples of my work can be found here.
The finished artwork will be emailed to you as high resolution digital illustration, and a print of your commission sent along with your other rewards. I'm pretty open to draw whatever you like, but nothing pornographic or overly offensive please. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
HELLO THERE tier:
Remember these guys?
THIS COULD BE YOU! Or your friend. Or your cat.
You (or your person/ character of choice) will feature in a new chapter of HoT, as an extra! You will have at least one line scripted, and feature in at least three panels of the comic. I'll send you a list of time periods to choose from and create a costume design for you for this era. This will be delivered to you as a high resolution jpeg and a print sent along with your other rewards. (Just to clarify, this cameo will appear in a future chapter of HoT, and will not be printed in this book.)
Hello! I'm Sarah, a writer and illustrator from Cardiff, Wales. The Heart of Time was created as part of my MA Animation course, and since graduating I've been taking the comic to conventions up and down the UK. I love the convention scene, and when I'm not drawing or writing scripts (which is most of my life...) I play a lot of games, read a ton of comics and I'm currently learning to bake.
I was previously a 2D artist at Wales Interactive, working on titles such as “Master Reboot” and “Soul Axiom”. I am now a full time freelance artist as of November 2014.
Printing the issues collected in a volume solves a multitude of problems (easier to transport, cheaper to print etc.) and by funding the volume via Kickstarter, I will be able to be much more ambitious with my page count, size and print run. I will also be able to bring you extra materials like prints, badges and sketches, and even more if the campaign reaches it's stretchgoals!
Kickstarter is a brilliant platform for creators to interact with an audience directly, and bring them content without having to go through publishers or other third parties. I'm excited to bring HoT to new readers, and give my current readers a lovely, well-made book with extras they've never seen before.
Thank you for reading! Any support for The Heart of Time will be greatly appreciated :)
Music: "Going Higher" from www.bensound.com
Thank you to Mikela, for allowing me to use her cosplay photo (and for cosplaying!!)
Risks and challenges
The Heart of Time chapters 1-3 have already been completed, and chapter 4 and any extra content will be finished by the time this Kickstarter is over. I have already printed the comic in single issue format, and I've worked with the printer before and have a good idea of their working methods and turnaround time. Aside from losing a limb, natural disaster or a meddling time travelling teenager determined on messing up my life - all should go to plan.
The commission pledges will take slightly longer, and I will be able to discuss your requirements over email - if you are planning to go for this pledge and will need the artwork for a specific date (eg. as a birthday present) please contact me before you pledge and I will let you know if this is doable.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!
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