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A weird western illustrated novel from the epic sci-fi fantasy series, Children of Gaia.
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 Welcome to the vast fantasy universe of Children of Gaia—the backdrop for an epic, ongoing story told across multiple media. We're raising funds to print and distribute the second book in this realm-hopping series: War & Horses. And along the way, we're sharing a new soundtrack for the larger Children of Gaia experience.

At major funding milestones during this campaign, we'll release a new and previously unheard song from the Children of Gaia universe to backers only! These songs can accompany you as experience War & Horses...and other Children of Gaia projects!

War & Horses is a dime-store-western-style narrative written by Peter Lampasona, with illustrations by Chris Covelli and Jayel Draco and editing by Lynsey G. More than just a "weird western," War & Horses' gun-slinging adventure is the first Children of Gaia book to take place in the realm of Terra, where humans reign, technology is fast advancing, and resources are running dry.  

 About War & Horses: 

The Story:

Deep in the dustbowl of the newly formed Republic of Draven, the old aristocracy coexists with a new democratic government in an uneasy peace that’s often broken by conflict. Famine and drought wrack the once-fertile region—and violence is a spark to dry grass. 

Into the midst of the chaos walks a shadowy figure: the Triggerman. The only thing certain about him is that he leaves a trail of chaos in his wake. Following that trail is writer Landon Ford, a journalist documenting the Triggerman’s exploits and digging for the truth of his identity.  

War & Horses is Ford’s work: a series of dime-store books popular in both Terra and the new world of Rendaraia...and whispered by some to be ridiculous fiction. But the Triggerman is very real—and his true purpose may become the story of Ford’s life.  

War & Horses is the second book in the Children of Gaia series, following The Great Nations of Rendaraia and two short comics: "Refuge" and "Carrying Iron."

The Music:

 Children of Gaia is a vast universe stretching across multiple realms, books, comics, and forms of media. Only one soundtrack can bring them all together: the work of composer Jack Schell, AKA the Soundweaver (RIP; 1959 – 2018). We want to share his Children of Gaia soundtrack with you before it's released to the rest of the world!  

At major funding milestones (25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% funded), we'll release a new, unreleased track from Schell's Children of Gaia: Great Nations Soundtrack... to Kickstarter backers only! Our supporters can experience Children of Gaia books, comics, and more the way they're meant to be enjoyed: with musical accompaniment from the Soundweaver! *Rumor has it that the full Great Nations Soundtrack album may be added as a stretch goal*

Another of Schell's albums, Ageless Music, will be available as a reward to select backer tiers as well as a Backerkit add-on.

About Children of Gaia: 

In Rendaraia, where nature, magic, and civilization have long coexisted, strangers of unknown origin are invading. As war rages between the Terran interlopers and Rendaraian natives, hundreds of unique cultures of wildly varying technologies, traditions, and species are ravaged by an imperial society driven by the rapacious demands of its own politically divided home—Terra. But there is more at stake than land or culture: Rendaraia and its invaders are linked far more deeply than anyone realizes.

In a lavish fantasy setting, battles are waged through soldiers and sweat; magic and steel; diplomacy and gunpowder. Children of Gaia (COG) is a complex story told through the eyes of those living through a collision of worlds. Some fight for power, others struggle to preserve a way of life, and many battle just to stay alive.

Other Works from the COG Universe:

  The five Great Nations of Rendaraia have stood for centuries as strongholds of culture, magic, science, and military strength. When, one by one, the Nations mysteriously fall—each destroyed in a day, with no word or warning—the intrepid scholar Jan’Ka’Zian sets out to record a complex network of intertwined cultures on the edge of destruction. Jayel Draco’s gorgeous illustrations present a vivid picture of elaborate cityscapes and mountain vistas, vast skyfaring fleets, and fantastic flora and fauna. 

The chase is on, but who is the hunter and who is the prey? When high fantasy meets familiar warfare and stropes are turned upside down, things aren’t quite how they seem in this action/adventure 8-page short comic that gives a glimpse into the larger fantasy universe of Children of Gaia. “Refuge” is designed to be included among collected works, such as the Oneshi Press Anthology #07, and the Children of Gaia multimedia universe. 

"Carrying Iron" is an 8-page comic set in the seedy underbelly of Ralliesport, the capital city of the Republic of Draven in the realm of Terra. Written by Peter Lampasona, illustrated by D.L. Johnson, and lettered by Cardinal Rae, this short comic takes readers into the shadows of an underground jazz club, where dubious dealings are made along to the musical stylings of a kidnapped transport from the New World. "Carrying Iron" introduces the Triggerman, a legendary figure who haunts the pages of Children of Gaia books and the imaginations of both Terrans and Rendaraians...and now, comics readers, as well.

What You'll Get: 

In the newly formed Republic of Draven, every citizen is a valuable member of Terra's first democracy. From hardworking farmers to legendary gunmen, every backer for War & Horses will be valued, and shown proper thanks. 

Plus, Get Ready for Add-Ons!

We'll work with Backerkit to get our backers even more rewards after the Kickstarter is successfully funded! You'll be able to add books, art, stickers, and more to your order at checkout. Here's a taste...

 What We'll Get: 

We've got all the funds from the $4,500 goal planned and accounted for. Check out this proper sturdy pie chart for all the details! 

 Aside from one or two pieces that we'll be live-streaming during the Kickstarter campaign, the writing, art, and lettering for War & Horses are already complete! That means that, when fully funded, the finished book won't take long to print and distribute.

About Our Team:

  Peter Lampasona is the author of War & Horses. He's a contributor/co-writer of Children of Gaia and also provides fight choreography and consultation for several Oneshi Press projects, including Children of Gaia: The Great Nations of Rendaraia, Tracy Queen, and PACK. Peter is best known for writing about the world of sports and has contributed to publications such as MMAMania, The Fight Nerd, and US Combat Sports. He also worked on production for Spike TV show MMA Uncensored Live and the Unrivaled documentary series and appeared in the New York Mixed Martial Arts documentary sporting an, in retrospect, ridiculous haircut. 

 Chris Covelli is a co-illustrator of War & Horses. He's also the co-creator and co-writer of Children of Gaia. Chris Covelli also provides digital pre-visualization for several Oneshi Press projects, including Children of Gaia: The Great Nations of Rendaraia, Tracy Queen, and PACK. With over a decade of experience in the 3D animation/VFX industry, Chris has provided freelance professional work on advertisements for American Express, Coca-Cola, Crayola, Newsday, and many others.  Chris has also done 3D work on independent films including The Last Winter, Sleep Dealer, and Danny and the Wild Bunch.  Currently, Chris works as a Senior Modeler at DHX Media on Nickelodeon’s children’s series Blaze and the Monster Machines.  Check out Chris’s online portfolio at polygonpusherinc.com

Jayel Draco a the co-illustrator of War & Horses. He's also the co-creator and co-writer of Children of Gaia. He is a multi-disciplinary visual artist who graduated from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan in 2003 with a BFA in Illustration. For over a decade he has done freelance work as an art director, illustrator, animator, graphic designer, VFX technician, and web designer. His animation work for Wagner's Die Walküre (conducted by James Levine and directed by Robert LePage) was shown at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and his animation work for Marvel's Astonishing X-Men (written by Joss Whedon, illustrated by John Cassaday, and directed by Neal Adams) was projected onto the side of a building in Union Square at MarvelFest. He recently left a salaried position at Neal Adams Continuity Studios as web designer, animator, and VFX technician to co-found Oneshi Press, where he is the designer of the Oneshi Press Comics Anthologies, the co-creator and illustrator for multiple properties in the Children of Gaia fantasy universe, and the illustrator of Tracy Queen and PACK

Lynsey G is the editor of War & Horses. A publishing professional with years of experience in mainstream trade, online, and indie publishing, she's worked as a writer, proofreader, editor, writing coach, and publisher. Her written work across multiple genres has appeared in Rolling Stone, Playboy, Glamour, Bitch, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. She is the author of Watching P*rn, a memoir about her time as a journalist for the adult entertainment industry; Tracy Queen, a graphic novel about a love warrior; and PACK, a comic book series about vigilante dogs. She is the co-founder of Oneshi Press, where she is a co-developer of the Children of Gaia fantasy universe, and the editor of the Oneshi Press Comics Anthologies.  

Jack Schell  the Composer for Oneshi Press, AKA The Sound Weaver created the music for the Children of Gaia The Great nations of Rendaraia Album, the Oneshi Press Intro Video, and several other Oneshi Press projects. Jack draws from the broadest range of musical styles and genres. Jack’s compositions evoke visual images in the listener’s mind to form what may be called ‘soundscapes’ or ‘musical art pieces’.  Jack Schell has a unique signature sound and style. His uncommon rhythms combined with sweet, sometimes quirky and fun and memorable melodies form original sound compositions that appeal to those from all walks of life. From an early age Jack picked up instruments and made music from them, often with a unique perspective that influenced the sounds he produced. He learned piano, clarinet, drums and percussion in his childhood. He picked up again with the advent of Atari computer and MIDI music software in the mid-1980’s when he began to compose his signature style music. Now with several releases over the last thirty years, Jack creates well-rounded soundscapes filled with depth and intrigue. In addition to his website and facebook, you can also find Jack's work on cdbaby and iTunes

 "When I remember what I came here for, to bring you happiness and joy"  - Jack Schell August 13, 1959 - June 10, 2018 ~ May his song resound eternal 

About Oneshi Press:

Oneshi Press is an independent publishing company based in Missoula, Montana, focused on creating richly illustrated fantasy and sci-fi graphic novels, comics, and art books. Simply put, we make books that give a sh!t, and we're excited to offer comics, graphic novels, and illustrated books to folks who give a sh!t, too—about the world, the animals and humans who live in it, and the dignity of all involved. 

War & Horses is the second book to come out of the Children of Gaia series, which is published exclusively by Oneshi Press.

Risks and challenges

Aside from one or two pieces that we'll be live-streaming during the Kickstarter campaign, the writing, art, and lettering for War & Horses are already complete! That means it won't take us long to get the book printed and sent out to backers!

The Oneshi Press team already has three successful Kickstarter campaigns under its belt, so we're hopeful that, barring unforeseen calamity, we should have these books out by the end of the year.

Of course, that depends very much on our book printer, art printer, and other providers of rewards, so it's possible that our delivery dates may be pushed back by a month or two.

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    Draven Farmer

    (Over a $6 value!) As a farmer in the Republic of Draven, you're a valued part of this new democracy! Thank you for working the land! We'll thank you with:

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    Killin' Folk

    (Over a $14 value!) There's work for everyone in the Republic of Draven, from the honest and hardworking farmer...to the violent, criminal, and ruthless.
    Killin' folk will receive:

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    • A thank-you on our website.
    • A .PDF download of "COG: War & Horses"!
    • A .PDF download of "COG: The Great Nations of Rendaraia"!
    • A .PDF download of "COG: Carrying Iron" (8-page comic)!
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    Proper Sturdy

    (Over a $44 value!) The Proper Sturdy folk of Meso County are the salt of the earth that makes up the Republic of Draven. Without them, the war to form a democracy would have been lost.
    Proper Sturdy backers will get:

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    • A thank-you on our website.
    • A .PDF download of "COG: War & Horses"!
    • A .PDF download of "COG: The Great Nations of Rendaraia"!
    • A .PDF download of "COG: Carrying Iron" (8-page comic)!
    • A .PDF download of "COG: Refuge" (8-page comic)!
    • A thank-you printed in "COG: War & Horses"!
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    Last-Day Kitchen Staff (LAST-DAY ONLY!)

    (Over a $64 value!) The kitchen staff at the Governor's Mansion is a tough bunch of old hands in the service of the Earl...or, rather, the Governor of Meso County, now that he's been duly elected. They've been through the uncertainty of the war and now of growing drought. They've seen an epic battle between a mysterious rustler and the Governor's best killin' folk...And they're still here.

    Includes:
    • A thank-you on our website.
    • A .PDF download of "COG: War & Horses"!
    • A .PDF download of "COG: The Great Nations of Rendaraia"!
    • A .PDF download of "COG: Carrying Iron" (8-page comic)!
    • A .PDF download of "COG: Refuge" (8-page comic)!
    • A thank-you printed in "COG: War & Horses"!
    • A printed copy of "COG: War & Horses"!
    • One 8x10" Wanted Poster Print (by Jayel Draco)!
    • A digital download of Jack Schell's album "Ageless Music"!
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    Country Hard

    (Over an $86 value!) The people of Unsung Township, Meso County, the Republic of Draven may be some of the toughest folks on Terra. Some would even call them "Country Hard."
    Country Hard backers will receive:

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    • A thank-you on our website.
    • A .PDF download of "COG: War & Horses"!
    • A .PDF download of "COG: The Great Nations of Rendaraia"!
    • A .PDF download of "COG: Carrying Iron" (8-page comic)!
    • A .PDF download of "COG: Refuge" (8-page comic)!
    • A thank-you printed in "COG: War & Horses"!
    • A printed copy of "COG: War & Horses"!
    • Jayel Draco's signature on your copy of "COG: War & Horses"!
    • An Oneshi Press shwag pack (including stickers and postcards)!
    • Three 8x10" Wanted Poster prints (signed by Jayel Draco)!
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    Rustler

    (Over a $161 value!) The Rustler holds a special place in Meso County lore. Not quite a part of any gang, not really country hard nor proper sturdy, this man was more mystery than reality.
    Rustler-level backers will get:

    Includes:
    • A thank-you on our website.
    • A .PDF download of "COG: War & Horses"!
    • A .PDF download of "COG: The Great Nations of Rendaraia"!
    • A .PDF download of "COG: Refuge" (8-page comic)!
    • A .PDF download of "COG: Carrying Iron" (8-page comic)!
    • A thank-you printed in "COG: War & Horses"!
    • A printed copy of "COG: War & Horses"!
    • Jayel Draco's signature on your copy of "COG: War & Horses"!
    • An Oneshi Press shwag pack (including stickers and postcards)!
    • Three 8x10" Wanted Poster prints (signed by Jayel Draco)!
    • A .ZIP download of "COG: Eternals of Gaia" illustrations!
    • A “Proper Sturdy” bumper sticker!
    • .PDF downloads of Oneshi Press Comics Anthologies #01 - #08!
    • A signed, printed copy of "COG: Great Nations"!
    • A digital download of Jack Schell's album "Ageless Music"!
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    The Triggerman

    (Over a $361 value!) The Triggerman is a legend, not just in Unsung, or Meso County, or even Draven. He's a myth whispered across Terra, and some even say the tales of his exploits have reached the new world of Rendaraia. Is he real? Just a story? Nobody seems to know. But thousands have read of his exploits in Landon Ford's bestselling books...
    Triggerman-level backers will receive:

    Includes:
    • A thank-you on our website.
    • A .PDF download of "COG: War & Horses"!
    • A .PDF download of "COG: The Great Nations of Rendaraia"!
    • A .PDF download of "COG: Refuge" (8-page comic)!
    • A .PDF download of "COG: Carrying Iron" (8-page comic)!
    • A thank-you printed in "COG: War & Horses"!
    • A printed copy of "COG: War & Horses"!
    • An Oneshi Press shwag pack (including stickers and postcards)!
    • Jayel Draco's signature on your copy of "COG: War & Horses"!
    • Three 8x10" Wanted Poster prints (signed by Jayel Draco)!
    • A .ZIP download of "COG: Eternals of Gaia" illustrations!
    • A “Proper Sturdy” bumper sticker!
    • .PDF downloads of Oneshi Press Comics Anthologies #01 - #08!
    • A signed, printed copy of "COG: Great Nations"!
    • Printed copies of PACK issues #1 & #2 (signed)!
    • A signed, printed copy of "Tracy Queen, Volume 1"!
    • Three 8x10" photo-plate-style illustrations (by Jayel Draco)!
    • A signed original sketch of a "War & Horses" character!
    • Printed copies of Oneshi Press Comics Anthologies #01 - #08!
    • A digital download of Jack Schell's album "Ageless Music"!
    • A CD of Jack Schell's album "Ageless Music"!
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    1st-Day Ranch Hand (1st-DAY-ONLY REWARD!

    (Over a $68 value!) The hands at the Capitol Ranch—seat of the Governor's Mansion and stables—don't get much appreciation for the work that they do. The Governor of Meso County isn't known for showing his appreciation to peasants...or, rather...servants, now that they have rights. Still, they're hard-working, efficient, and vital to the workings of the great ranch and the comfort of its prized horses.
    1st-Day Ranch Hands will receive:

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    • A thank-you on our website.
    • A .PDF download of "COG: War & Horses"!
    • A .PDF download of "COG: The Great Nations of Rendaraia"!
    • A .PDF download of "COG: Carrying Iron" (8-page comic)!
    • A .PDF download of "COG: Refuge" (8-page comic)!
    • A thank-you printed in "COG: War & Horses"!
    • A printed copy of "COG: War & Horses"!
    • One 8x10" Wanted Poster Print (by Jayel Draco)!
    • One 8x10" photo-plate-style illustration (by Jayel Draco)!
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