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Felix's only connection to humanity is through a robotic space probe stationed on a planet 13 light-years away.
Felix's only connection to humanity is through a robotic space probe stationed on a planet 13 light-years away.
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***I failed to mention in the reward tiers that ALL BACKERS who donate over $5 will receive a copy of the comic, along with the other prizes listed in their selected reward tier. :) 

 What is 13 Light-Years Away?

It's a comic book, for one thing. 

And it's a little bit bipolar. On one hand you've got Earth, with gas masks, physics, Oregon, PTSD, a metaphorical monster, ghosts, the future, a cat, and absolutely no people aside from Felix. Then you've got Litheii, with chariot racing, a third-world community, Meso-American tribal influence, religion, cannibalistic neanderthals, and a girl named Shrift. If you add those up, you've got one very unique sci-fi romance. 

The story behind 13 Light-Years Away has developed gradually over the course of several years. If you were to ask me where it came from, the simplest answer to that question would be, "it came from me."

To be a little more specific, 13 Light-Years Away is a direct product of my life as Rachel Everett. It is the combination of all of my aesthetic fascinations, as well as my philosophies and perspectives I have developed throughout my short 19-year-long existence. What started out as an attempt at creating a really cool-looking and creative story soon evolved into the force that drives me to improve as a person, a storyteller, and an artist. 

But it has also become something much, much deeper; 13 Light-Years Away is my personal message of hope to the world.

If you'd like to know what that is, you'll just have to read the comic. (Which won't happen for a very long time, unless this project is funded) ;)

 What does "Chapter 0" mean?

"Chapter 0" can be compared to a trailer to a TV series. It's much shorter than a regular comic book (only about 16 pages) and it brushes over a lot of detail in the same way a trailer would. It's a little taste of what is to come.

I'm starting 13LYA off this way because I want to make people excited for it. It's a little bit of a teaser, with the intent to lure in an audience before the production of the actual series. Basically it's a marketing technique. It's also a way for me to get my feet wet in the comic industry before I dive in head-first with my baby project.

 Why Should I Back 13 Light-Years Away: Chapter 0?

Ever since I could hold a pencil, I've been making art and telling stories. It's always been my dream to apply both of these passions to a career. "13 Light-Years Away: Chapter 0" is my first official step toward accomplishing that dream. 

By contributing to the production of Chapter 0, you are essentially taking a seed that has been developing for a very long time, anxiously awaiting the opportunity to grow, and planting it in the ground. 

I just want to print this comic already and get it into your hands! But printing comics costs a whole lot of money. By giving me the money that I don't have, you are literally giving 13LYA a kickstart. You're helping me to express myself as an artist, and you're opening the door to discovering an entirely new world and a story that just might change your life. 

Here are some sample pages from the comic: 

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Page 2 of 16
Page 14 of 16
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***I failed to mention in the reward tiers that ALL BACKERS who donate over $5 will receive a copy of the comic, along with the other prizes listed in their selected reward tier. :)  

Risks and challenges

Chapter 0 hasn't been completed yet, which means I'm going to finish it while this Kickstarter is running. And that means that there might be some hiccups along the way, like unexpected delays. However, I've planned out my schedule so that I have enough time to finish the project and left some room to breathe. The chances of Chapter 0 not being completed by the end of this Kickstarter are very slim.
Either way, finished or unfinished, I'm going to wind up needing the money to print this thing sooner or later. So basically, even if it wasn't completed before the Kickstarter ends, you as a backer wouldn't have anything to lose aside from having to wait a little longer than expected to read the comic.
But, like I said, the chances of that happening are very slim.
The comic is scheduled to be completed by the 21st of August.

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