Sneaky Goblins at College is a 40-page full-colour comic with three awesome fantasy-adventure stories...
And we're funded! Thanks so much to everyone who has backed my project! You're the best!
We've already unlocked two stretch goals-- see below for more!
This book includes 3 fun fantasy stories:
Goblins at College
Dank and Sophie were students at Fitch's Academy for Young Assassins. Dank always struggled with the practical aspects of the course, but he wasn’t always great with the book-learning, either. How did he get his grades up and what gave him the passion to do it?
Bog the Orc
Bog might be a giant, beefy orc with decent mutton chops, but he never quite fit in. What kind of orc leaves his tribe and strikes out alone in this wild and dangerous world? This short comic reveals all.
Stop the Dragon
Dank, Bog and Sonya the Wizard arrive in a small town, hounded by a terrible menace: a greedy, fire-breathing dragon! They'd rather avoid a fight, but they are quickly drawn into the town's nightmare. They'll need to work together to defeat a foe more powerful than any of them have faced before!
The three stories in this comic are based around the characters found in my graphic novel, Sneaky Goblins. What’s that you say-- you haven’t read it yet? Don’t worry about it, you can enjoy the book even without reading the original. Besides, every pledge level AU$15 and up gets a PDF of the original graphic novel.
So whether you’re a die-hard Sneaky Goblins fan, or you’re checking out my comics for the first time, I hope you have as much fun reading this comic as I did making it.
Here's what they're saying about my first Kickstarter project, the original Sneaky Goblins graphic novel:
Sneaky Goblins is a delightfully fast and funny fantasy adventure. It’s packed with incredible creatures, lovable underdog characters, and it transforms all the familiar Lord of the Rings-style quest tropes into something really fresh and engaging.
-Lucas Testro, The Radioactive Lounge podcast, Ep 109.
This comic excels in the character design. The design for Dank and Bog passes the silhouette test, they’re interesting characters to look at. The set-up, the character design, the world-building- it’s all there. You should definitely go check out Sneaky Goblins, it’s a really fun comic!
-Jason Sigler, Digital Strips Podcast, Ep 517.
Sneaky Goblins is a fun read and I love the characters. Glad Bog was able to somewhat get his hand back - an orc mage is a fun character. Now I'm looking forward to the mecha-ape invasion!
-Samwise Didier, art director
But it's not just for grown-ups! Did you know kids love Sneaky Goblins too?!
Hi! I'm René: creator, writer and artist of Sneaky Goblins at College.
I was a character animator at Disneytoon Studios and a storyboard artist at Southern Star Entertainment. I'm also a compulsive comic creator! I've chipped in to a number of different comic anthologies and webcomics.
I've always loved drawing and telling stories. Making this book was a labor of love, and I hope that comes through as you read it.
So why did I write Sneaky Goblins at College?
Every one of these stories has a special meaning for me, and each is built around a theme that goes to the heart of who I am and where I've come from...
Goblins at College Have you ever had a passion and then lost it somewhere along the way? When I worked in an animation studio, I was super-motivated to progress to the department that would give me the greatest capacity for expression and the best use of my skills. Trouble was, once I got there, I discovered the new role was a massive step up! The work became overwhelming and I quickly lost the drive to rise to the challenge. I wish I had someone like Sophie to drag me through the difficulty and help me remember what I loved about animation in the first place.
Bog the Orc is a story about an outsider. Even though I'm part of the majority Anglo culture here in my native Australia, growing up I always felt a bit on the outside. When I was a child in the 80s, it wasn't cool to like drawing or comics or video games. Being an introvert didn't help either. Bog eventually has to leave his home, but now he has a chance to step out and be the orc he was meant to be!
Stop the Dragon is a good old fantasy Dungeons and Dragons- style fantasy romp, but the character I most identify with is the elderly priest who just wants some peace and security for his monastery. Priests in the fantasy genre are often portrayed as self-serving and manipulative. For once I wanted a man of the cloth who was straight down the line: no machinations, no ulterior motive: just straight -up concerned for the safety of the town.
If you'd like to know more about what makes me tick as a creator, here's a short video documentary about me and my work:
Over the last year, I've been making and posting the pages of this comic on my weekly webcomic: www.tolcraft.com. Now the three stories are complete, and it's time to print the book! With your help, I'd love to make this book a reality, and get it into the hands of readers like you.
· 40 pages plus cover
· full colour
· Perfect bound
· Cover: 105lbs (It'll feel sturdier than your average floppy comic book)
· Interior paper: 70lbs
· Size: 6.625 x 10.25in. (Standard Image book size)
This comic book is 100% complete and ready for print! All I have to do after the campaign is make the Thank You page and then send it off to the printer.
The amount raised will all go to funding an offset print run of 1000 copies of the comic. Copies of the comic left over after the campaign will be stock that I can sell at comic conventions, libraries and book shops.
I've come to Kickstarter to help get this book into as many hands as possible, and I'd love your support to bring it to life.
Let's have a peek inside!
What will the funds be used for?
I'm only on Kickstarter to print the book and get them out to all of my wonderful backers! I'm not trying to make money or reimburse myself for any of the time I spent making the comic itself.
The whole amount raised will go back into the book, the rewards, and shipping it out safely to you:
Here's what you get in each pledge level... with pictures!
Here's some more of those signed sketches included in the AU$50 level and above:
Click here to check out the Pinterest board for more examples: The Kickstarter Pinterest board
And what kind of kickstarter would this be without...
You should have your books by the end of November 2019.
I plan on sending the final book files to to the printer as soon as the funds come through from Kickstarter (about 2 weeks after the campaign ends).
Printing will take a couple of months- at the most. I also want to have a buffer just in case there is a delay at any stage.
I'll be packing and shipping the books from Melbourne, Australia.
Thanks so much for checking out my campaign. I'm really excited about making this book and I'd love for you to be involved. Choose a pledge and lock in your copy now.
Risks and challenges
After successfully running my first Kickstarter last year, I have a good understanding of the demands and potential pitfalls involved in this kind of project.
The comic is totally finished - it's ready to go to press!
The biggest risk is an unforeseen delay in printing and shipping out to me in Melbourne, Australia, and the fulfillment centre in Chicago, USA. That's why I've built in a buffer in the delivery schedule.
- (29 days)