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A colourful all-ages comic full of adventure, surprises and fantasy mayhem!
A colourful all-ages comic full of adventure, surprises and fantasy mayhem!
184 backers pledged AU$ 6,253 to help bring this project to life.

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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!

Get a free PDF comic here: www.tolcraft.com/free

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?

How do you make that poison again?
How do you make that poison again?

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. 

It's... complicated.
It's... complicated.

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! 

After a long journey, you need some R&R!
After a long journey, you need some R&R!

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.  

The vanilla cover plus two limited-edition variant covers. Check below for full details about all reward levels!
The vanilla cover plus two limited-edition variant covers. Check below for full details about all reward levels!

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.

Bog vows to spread the good name of orc-kind.
Bog vows to spread the good name of orc-kind.

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.

Samwise Didier
Samwise Didier

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?! 

Some beaut shots sent in by proud parents all over the world!
Some beaut shots sent in by proud parents all over the world!

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. 

Some of the films, TV and magazines I've worked on.
Some of the films, TV and magazines I've worked on.

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!

A rare sighting of young René at the beach.
A rare sighting of young René at the beach.

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)

Why Kickstarter?  

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.

My process for making a comic page: from rough sketch, to inks, to final colours!
My process for making a comic page: from rough sketch, to inks, to final colours!

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!

Want more? Get a sample PDF of the comic here: www.tolcraft.com/free

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:

Some sketch page reward examples.
Some sketch page reward examples.

 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.

Cheers, René

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.

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    Pledge AU$ 5 or more About US$ 4

    Just the PDF, please.

    A digital copy of the 40-page comic, Sneaky Goblins at College

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    Digital Catch-up Bundle

    You not only get a PDF of new comic, but also a PDF of the original, 160-page graphic novel!

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    The Comic Book

    Includes TWO editions of the comic: the regular, AND the epic variant cover!

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    • Sneaky Goblins at College: GOBLIN SCHOLARS edition
    • Sneaky Goblins at College: ORC MINSTREL edition
    • PDF of the 40-page comic: Sneaky Goblins at College
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    BEST VALUE! All the editions

    Collect all THREE editions of Sneaky Goblins at College AND get your name printed in the book! Plus, a limited-edition print and a map to guide you through the lands of Wynferth.

    Includes:
    • Sneaky Goblins at College: GOBLIN SCHOLARS edition
    • Sneaky Goblins at College: BAND OF ADVENTURERS edition
    • Sneaky Goblins at College: ORC MINSTREL edition
    • Your name in the book
    • Limited-edition print
    • Map of the World of Sneaky Goblins
    • PDF of the 40-page comic: Sneaky Goblins at College
    • PDF of the 160-page Graphic Novel: Sneaky Goblins
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    Original Drawing + All the Editions!

    Collect an original, signed drawing of a Sneaky Goblins character. Lovingly inked by the artist of Sneaky Goblins, René Pfitzner. The drawings are made with a brush pen on 65lbs acid-free paper. During the Kickstarter I'll be going live to draw some of these, so make sure you swing by to watch the action! Please check out the drawings on the Pinterest page (link in the Campaign section). This level includes everything in the BEST VALUE! level, including your name printed in the book as a thank-you.

    Includes:
    • A signed, original ink drawing of a Sneaky Goblins character
    • Sneaky Goblins at College: GOBLIN SCHOLARS edition
    • Sneaky Goblins at College: BAND OF ADVENTURERS edition
    • Sneaky Goblins at College: ORC MINSTREL edition
    • Your name in the book
    • Limited-edition print
    • Map of the World of Sneaky Goblins
    • PDF of the 40-page comic: Sneaky Goblins at College
    • PDF of the 160-page Graphic Novel: Sneaky Goblins
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    Catch-Up Bundle!

    You missed my last Kickstarter? No worries, you can catch up on the original tale of fantasy mayhem: 160 pages of full-colour action adventure for all ages. This pledge level includes the original, signed drawing of a Sneaky Goblins character, and everything else in the Original Drawing level.

    Includes:
    • The original Sneaky Goblins 160-page, full colour Graphic Novel
    • A signed, original ink drawing of a Sneaky Goblins character
    • Sneaky Goblins at College: GOBLIN SCHOLARS edition
    • Sneaky Goblins at College: BAND OF ADVENTURERS edition
    • Sneaky Goblins at College: ORC MINSTREL edition
    • Your name in the book
    • Limited-edition print
    • Map of the World of Sneaky Goblins
    • PDF of the 40-page comic: Sneaky Goblins at College
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    Immortalise Yourself!

    You don't just want your name in the book, you want your face in there! For ever after, readers of Sneaky Goblins at College will find your smiling (or scowling- it's up to you, really) visage on the Thank You page in the book. I'll draw your portrait straight-up, or as any fantasy character type you choose: hunter, minstrel, cook, stone-worker, warlord- you name it! This level includes everything in the Original Drawing level.

    Includes:
    • Your portrait in the book
    • A signed, original ink drawing of a Sneaky Goblins character
    • Sneaky Goblins at College: GOBLIN SCHOLARS edition
    • Sneaky Goblins at College: BAND OF ADVENTURERS edition
    • Sneaky Goblins at College: ORC MINSTREL edition
    • Your name in the book
    • Limited-edition print
    • Map of the World of Sneaky Goblins
    • PDF of the 40-page comic: Sneaky Goblins at College
    • PDF of the 160-page Graphic Novel: Sneaky Goblins
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    Commission the Artist

    Commission the artist and creator of Sneaky Goblins to create an unique piece of digital art. I'll draw your portrait, your dog's portrait, your comic book cover, your prize-winning garden, your mascot, whatever you want! You get to choose the style and subject matter. I'll work with you to create the piece of art you're looking for. Each piece will be fully coloured (unless you require otherwise). This pledge level includes everything in the Immortalise Yourself level.

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    • I'll make a unique piece of digital art, you choose the subject.
    • Your portrait in the book
    • A signed, original ink drawing of a Sneaky Goblins character
    • Sneaky Goblins at College: GOBLIN SCHOLARS edition
    • Sneaky Goblins at College: BAND OF ADVENTURERS edition
    • Sneaky Goblins at College: ORC MINSTREL edition
    • Your name in the book
    • Limited-edition print
    • Map of the World of Sneaky Goblins
    • PDF of the 40-page comic: Sneaky Goblins at College
    • PDF of the 160-page Graphic Novel: Sneaky Goblins
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    All the original comic pages!

    You get every original pencil sketch for every page of the comic! Each page in Sneaky Goblins at College was pencilled on paper before scanning and finishing the colours and inks digitally. There are 100 A4 sheets of paper that went into making this comic book, and one lucky backer gets them all! This pledge level includes everything in the Immortalise Yourself level.

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    • Every pencil rough: 100 pages of original art!
    • A signed, original ink drawing of a Sneaky Goblins character
    • Your portrait in the book
    • Sneaky Goblins at College: BAND OF ADVENTURERS edition
    • Sneaky Goblins at College: ORC MINSTREL edition
    • Sneaky Goblins at College: GOBLIN SCHOLARS edition
    • Limited-edition print
    • Map of the World of Sneaky Goblins
    • PDF of the 40-page comic: Sneaky Goblins at College
    • PDF of the 160-page Graphic Novel: Sneaky Goblins
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    I'll Create Your Comic Book!

    Bring your comic idea to life! I'll help you craft a short story (or you can bring a finished script) and I'll draw the pages as a full-colour 3-page comic.
    This pledge level includes everything in the Immortalise Yourself level.

    Includes:
    • Three complete comic book pages, telling your story.
    • Your portrait in the book
    • A signed, original ink drawing of a Sneaky Goblins character
    • Sneaky Goblins at College: GOBLIN SCHOLARS edition
    • Sneaky Goblins at College: BAND OF ADVENTURERS edition
    • Sneaky Goblins at College: ORC MINSTREL edition
    • Your name in the book
    • Limited-edition print
    • Map of the World of Sneaky Goblins
    • PDF of the 40-page comic: Sneaky Goblins at College
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