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A military fantasy webcomic about a young girl's trials to escape her father's shadow. Preorder the first book!
This Kickstarter is completed! Thank you! Now live, the book 2 Kickstarter! http://lighterthanheir.com/kickstarter
This Kickstarter is completed! Thank you! Now live, the book 2 Kickstarter! http://lighterthanheir.com/kickstarter
168 backers pledged $7,433 to help bring this project to life.

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[April 4th]: We've approached our $7000 stretch goal! Thank you! A new $8000 stretch goal was announced!

[March 23] : Take a look at the book we have planned for you! 

[March 14] :

  Paypal Payment Option Integrated! [ Order here ] Also, Stretch goals have been updated!

[March 12]: Anybody who has pledged or will pledge $70 or more will automatically be rewarded PDFs of our three other books! Also! Four BRAND NEW reward tiers have been added!

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STRETCH GOALS!

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Short Version

Melissa Albino[nalem] and spanio have spent nearly three years producing the webcomic, Lighter than Heir. The comic follows the story of a young girl who's trapped in her famous war hero father’s shadow. Being the cocky girl she is, she joins the military in hopes to replace his name in the history books. That task deems difficult as she must face new hardships such as basic training, enemies, and the turmoil of her own emotions. The comic was originally in bluescale on the internet, but with your help, we plan to bring the comic to print in a BEAUTIFUL 6"x9" full color paperback book with revised art, book exclusive comics, and bonus goodies available no where else! But only until April 5th 12AM EST!

Long Version

The famous Zeppelin Von Schultheiss is tired of living in the shadow of her father. So what if he was a war hero… there’ll be other wars! And who cares if everyone loves him? Love is for people without true ambition! And it’s not like it’s a big deal that he could fly. I mean… well okay, that was kind of a big deal. But Zeppelin can fly too! And unlike her beloved war hero father, she isn't dead.

So join Zeppelin on her personal quest for praise and glory… or just sit back and get on with the praising and ...glory-ing. Because military boot camp is going to be a cakewalk for someone this headstrong and arrogant.

Right?

(Start reading here to find out!)

 Lighter than Heir Volume One will contain the first SIX chapters (224 pages!) of the comic with revised art and a never before seen bonus epilogue chapter detailing the final days of basic training.

Supplemental materials planned include early character sketches and rare behind the scenes insights.  

And for the first time ever, Lighter than Heir Volume One will be presented in full color!  

If this Kickstarter is funded, Lighter than Heir will be printed in a 250 page, full color, 6"x9” paperback book!  

But printing a full color book of this size can be very expensive! That’s why we need your help!

For your pledge, we’re offering special rewards that will enrich your life! (or at least look really good on a shelf)

After our last Kickstarter attempt, we discovered new economical ways to print the book. 500 copies is the minimum/cost effective order our new printer provides. If all goes according to plan, we should get a full colored, 6”x9”  perfectbound book with a medium-high gloss finish on the cover.

 For all backers who contribute at least one dollar, you’ll get a fresh new digital wallpaper featuring brand new art!

 Pledge $5 to receive the desktop wallpaper and your choice of either three postcard prints or the Lighter than Heir sticker set!

 At $10, you  have a choice between:

  • A PDF digital copy of the full color Lighter than Heir: Volume One! This includes the revised art and the bonus epilogue chapter and supplements!
  • Both the Sticker set and postcard prints

After $15, the PDF of the book is included with every tier!

Pledge $30 or more, and the 250 page full color print edition of Lighter than Heir: Volume One is yours! [except with the GREEN TIER. Physical copy of book not included]

 Pledge $40, you get the Wallpaper, PDF,  and you can chose between:

  •  A physical copy of the book with stickers and prints
  • A personalized copy of the book personalized/signed and sketched
  • A physical copy of the book with a digital cartoon portrait

The digital portrait can be of whoever/whatever you want!

*NEW REWARD TIERS*

There are plenty of people who want books but don’t have the space. With this tier you get the Wallpaper, Lighter than Heir PDF, AND PDFs of our other books!

Fenada: In Good Spirits is a 24 page comedy about friendship, love, and alcohol. [rated 13+ for alcohol use, smoking, and mild sensual content]  

Change in Quarters is a 108 page graphic novel that tells the love story of Taylor, who's stuck in a boring life routine, Charley, an artist in the making, and their struggles with their life differences.

 And the bonus book Hot Honeys is a mini book filled with my comic female characters in bikinis. Rated 13+ for mild nudity and mild sensual content. [if this is not your thing, you can opt out of this option]

All three books are special treat because they have NEVER been released online!

On top of the PDFs, you also get a digitally inked full body commission of whatever/whoever you want at web resolution! [approximate size, 800x1100 pixels at 72DPI]


Want the PDFs but a personalized book instead of a commission? There is also the NOT SO GREEN TIER!

 There is also an option of getting the PDFs, book, and commission! 

 

Every pledge above $70 automatically includes the bonus PDFs, stickers, and postcards as rewards! 

 At the $75 pledge level, you can get an original, physical piece of artwork! These illustrations will be hand drawn and inked on 4.5”x3” Bristol paper. The character featured in the illustration is up to you!

Limited Rewards

[All limited rewards have free international shipping!]

 If you pledge $100, you will get a hand drawn and inked illustration on 8.5”x5.5” bristol paper. As with the smaller Bristol commissions of the $75 tier, the character featured is up to you!

 Just like the $100 tier but with one notable difference. COLOR! Your one of a kind 8.5”x5.5” Bristol commission will be hand drawn, inked and colored with Prismacolor markers.

Cameo Casualty

 Are you willing to die for this comic? Well for only $250, you can! Pledge at this tier and your likeness will be included in a future Lighter than Heir comic wherein you’re sure to die a horrible death! Be immortalized forever with a unique reward that ironically will forever showcase the evidence of your mortality.You’ll also get a commission of your choice illustrated in full color on 8.5”x5.5” bristol paper!

 For a pledge of $500, we will draw a one page comic written by you! It’ll be hand drawn and inked at 9.5”x14”  on 11”x17” smooth bristol paper before being scanned and digitally colored. The completed comic will be delivered as a print alongside the original inked artwork in the mail!

*NEW LIMITED REWARD!*

This one is CRAZY BIG. You get the personalized book, stickers, prints, cameo casualty, PLUS a FIVE comic page commission drawn at 9.5"x14" on 11"x17" Bristol! These will be completed digitally and the original art is mailed to you.  ALSO you get physical copies of all our books which includes the last copy of Change in Quarters we will EVER have!

After we sell this one, this version of the book will NEVER be printed again! So if you’re crazy awesome, you can get this comic motherload!

These rewards are unavailable outside of this Kickstarter, so if you want one, don't wait!

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Pitch video voices provided by Anna Kingsley (as Zeppelin) and Anthony Sardinha (as Austerlitz). Animated by nalem. Backgrounds and script by spanio. Sound effects from freesounds.org.

Risks and challenges

We've been updating Lighter than Heir since May 2011. With an archive of more than 390 pages (and counting!), we've shown ourselves to be fully committed to this project, the story, its characters, and more importantly, the fans who have come to expect regular updates.
Unfortunately, we still have to do many freelance art projects/jobs to pay the bills and make ends meet. So with your help, we’ll be able to dedicate 100% of our time to completing the art revisions and coloring on the remainder of Volume One before the end of the summer.
The primary challenge that comes with a project like this is the actual manufacturing of the books. Barring any unforeseen delays, the finished book should be on hand and ready for shipping in September 2014. But problems can arise, and we will do our best to keep our backers well informed should anything interfere with that expected delivery date.
The last Kickstarter for this book was unsuccessful. There were many factors working against us last time, but we're confident with a much smaller goal and a better launch period [away from the holidays], we should be able to fund and deliver you the best book we have to offer.

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