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Lighter than Heir is a military fantasy webcomic about the hotheaded daughter of a war hero. Help us fund the second book!
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October 8th- Postcard count has gone from 3 to 6! ALSO! Pledge $100 or more and receive an animated commission on top of your other rewards! More info here!

September 29th- Physical reward backers! Pledge an extra $10 to get this Kickstarter exclusive print! ALSO! A new $500 reward was added!

September 22nd- New reward added for JUST PDFs! Also! Pledge over $70 and you'll get all of our book PDFs included! 
Also free international shipping for rewards over $100!

Short Version

Since 2011, Melissa Albino [nalem] and Michael Spanier [spanio] have created over 500 pages of their webcomic, Lighter than Heir. The comic tells the story of a cocky young woman who struggles with her comrades and herself to make a name for herself and become the greatest soldier who ever lived. Back in 2014, 168 really generous people helped bring the first nine chapters of her journey to print. Now, it’s time to bring the second part of her adventure to print in a brand new full color paperback, but it’s gonna require your help!

Long Version

With boot camp behind her, the cocksure and kinda famous Zeppelin Von Schultheiss knows her first assignment as a border patrol soldier is going to be a breeze. Steinbech is the greatest country in the world, and those no good Zamorans are always trying to sneak in to purchase medicine or work their jobs. What a bunch of jerks!

Luckily, since she’s the daughter of a volant war hero, Zeppelin inherited his ability to fly! What better way to keep the borders secure than from the air? But when a mishap threatens the already tenuous relationship of the two countries, Zeppelin will have to leave the safety of her home behind on a harrowing journey into enemy territory. Since she’ll have to stand up to dangerous villains and confront her own demons to make it back it alive, it’s a good thing famous people never die.

Right?
(Zeppelin’s adventures begin here!)

 Volume Two of Lighter than Heir will contain Chapters 10-18 (245 pages!) of the comic with revised art and a never before seen book-exclusive bonus chapter wherein our heroes take a break from their mission for some much needed rest and relaxation!

Matching the presentation of our first book, Lighter than Heir Volume Two will be presented in full color! That includes chapters 10-12, which will be appearing in color for the first time!

If this Kickstarter is funded, this volume of Lighter than Heir will be printed in a 280 page, full color, 6” x 9” 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 to entice your generosity!

 All backers who contribute at least one dollar will receive a digital wallpaper featuring brand new original artwork! And you’ll be invited to vote for the thumbnail sketch you want produced!
The wallpaper is included with all the rewards!

 At the $10 tier, backers will receive a PDF digital copy of the full color Lighter than Heir: Volume Two! This includes the revised art and the bonus chapter! 

  For a $15 pledge, backers will receive PDFs of both Lighter than Heir books.

Every tier above $15 comes with both PDFs!

ACT FAST! Only FIVE people will be able to grab a physical copy of Volume Two for only $20!

BONUS REWARD!Physical reward backers! Add $10 to your pledge to get this really sweet Kickstarter Exclusive print! 11"x17" and printed on 90# paper,  It will never be available outside of this campaign! Don't miss out!

 Pledge $30 to own Lighter than Heir Volume Two in all its 280 page full color glory! 

After the $30 tier, every tier includes a physical copy of Volume 2!

 Pledge $40 and your book will come personalized with a sketch on a Kickstarter exclusive nameplate!

 At the $50 pledge level, you'll get a personalized copy of Volume Two and the totally new Sticker & Postcard sets!

NEW REWARD TIER!

 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.

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]

AND INTRODUCING TWO NEW BOOKS EXCLUSIVE FOR THIS KICKSTARTER!

 Ever have one of THOSE days? Herbie and Jeff: Deutsch Titel is 24 pages of CRAZY robot comedy! [note: The comic is in English]

What We Were Before is a brand new 20 page book that debuted at Small Press Expo this year! It is currently unavailable anywhere else and is a slice of life story of loss and coping with it.

All of these PDFs are a treat because they've never been publicly available 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]

 For a $60 pledge, you can grab physical copies of both Volumes 1 & 2!

 At the $70 tier, you'll get physical copies of both books, but Volume 2 will come personalized with a sketch on the Kickstarter exclusive nameplate!

Every pledge above $70 automatically includes the bonus PDFs from the GREEN TIER and all of the postcards and stickers!

If you pledge $100, you will get everything from the $50 tier plus a traditionally inked illustration on 8.5”x5.5” bristol paper. The character featured is up to you!

Add $20 to your $100+ pledge if you'd like a physical copy of Volume 1.


FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING FOR PLEDGES ABOVE $100!

Also! Backers who pledge $100 or more receive a custom animated commission too!

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

Add $20 to your $150+ pledge if you'd like a physical copy of Volume 1.

 For a pledge of $250, you can have your likeness included in a future page of Lighter than Heir! You'll also receive everything from the $150 tier!

 Add $20 to your $150+ pledge if you'd like a physical copy of Volume 1.

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!

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 Joshua Tomar (as Vogel). Animated by nalem. Script and timing by spanio. Sound effects from freesounds.org. Music "Velocity" is in use from incompetech.com with a creative commons license and "Moonlight Sonata" is public domain.

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Risks and challenges

We’ve run and managed a successful Kickstarter once before, so we now have a much better idea of how long things take and the kind of obstacles we can expect. With the necessary revisions and preparations for print expected to take about 3 months, the plan is to send this book off to the printers in late December 2015. Working with Print Ninja last time around was an amazing experience, and we’ll be doing the same this time around. Barring any unforeseeable issues on their end, we should be able to hit our expected delivery date of March 2016.

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    Hand-Inked commission of whoever you want on 8.5x5.5 bristol board!
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    Hand-Colored commission of whoever you want on 8.5x5.5 bristol board!
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    Cameo in a future Lighter than Heir comic!
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    Everything from the $250 tier AND a Hand-drawn comic of whatever you want on 11x17 bristol, comic is finished digitally, original art and completed colored version of comic is mailed to you.

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