EIR is a sci fi all-ages one-shot comic that's about exploration, finding weird alien creatures, deciding how to observe and connect, as well as accepting rage, and defeating grief.
Imagine Raina Telgemeier adapted some Robert E. Heinlein.
This 24 page comic tells the tale of Sasha, who wakes one ordinary morning to find a sentient space helmet promising her adventure and a good time. She takes it up on the offer and flees into space rather than face her pestering family downstairs. What ensues can only be described as cosmically epic.
It's also a deeply personal comic, in ways you hopefully won't see coming.
Alfie Gallagher on art brings an effortless fantasy to this scenario that still feels all too real, and Triona Farrell on colours ensures everything has tone and timbre - you feel the scene changes, the cool breezes, the hectic danger. Ryan Ferrier on letters drops his usual science of placement and amazement, and I have to thank Dan Hill for always editing me tightly.
But, seriously, this art team is going to be your favourite thing about November. Don't believe me? Scope out this good business right here!
As for me, I'm Ryan K Lindsay - I've previously run 3 wildly successful comics Kickstarter campaigns with my DEER EDITOR series with Sami Kivelä. I've also written
- NEGATIVE SPACE @ Dark Horse [with Owen Gieni on art]
- HEADSPACE @ IDW/Monkeybrain [with Eric Zawadzki on art, joined by Sebastian Piriz, Marissa Lousie, and Dee Cunniffe on art/colours]
- CHUM @ ComixTribe [with Sami Kivelä and Mark Dale on art/colours]
- and was recently accepted into the DC Writers Workshop [under the instruction of Scott Snyder].
As a team, we've brought you this comic because we believe in four colour instruction for the next generation. We believe in gifting a story about something to a person you care about. We believe in comics and emotions.
In fact, we believe so much that we are throwing down the gauntlet with:
THE FIRST 24 HOUR BACKER REWARDS SPECTACULAR
If you back at $3 or above in the first 24 hours, I'll unlock four  other amazing all ages comic pdfs that I know you'll want need - HIT THE LINK FOR MORE INFO
The tl;dr of it is, hook yourself up with EIR in the first 24 hours at $3 or above and that night we'll gift unto you these 4 superb all ages comics:
- THE INTREPIDS #1 from Scott Kowalchuk and Kurtis J. Wiebe
- CAPTAIN ULTIMATE #1 from Boy Akkerman, Ben Bailey, and Joey Esposito
- DUNGEON FUN #1, from Neil Slorance and Colin Bell, and
- CLOWN FIGHT, a one-shot, from Ger Curti and Rob Harrington
That's a deal right? Well, don't delay, and make sure you spread the word so your mates don't miss out!
We've also presented a variety of pledge levels to get you excited to read and share this book - with all funds raised going straight to the creative team as they've tirelessly already created every page on the front end so it is completed and 100% ready to roll out.
Below you will find the baseline comic pledge for those who want to get in and out, but there's also stuff for those who want to have a little fun, or learn a little more about comics through our campaign.
$1 - EIR pdf - 24 pages, zero bells and whistles, just the story, but an ace story your kids can afford
$3 - EIR pdf - the whole story, plus scripts and process material galore - with art process, sketches, pencils, the script, as well as a huge essay about more all ages comics you will need to track down - 80+ pages
$15 - Audio Commentary of the book with Ryan, where I'll discuss themes, and inspirations, and it'll be fun for you and your kids, but would also be awesome to use in a class setting! - as well as the digital files above
$60 - Annotated Script by RKL [only 3 available] - where I print it off and red pen in lessons learnt, and what I think are erudite bon mots - as well as the digital files above
$80 - Alfie Gallagher Sasha Sketch x 4 - Alfie will knock out a rad bespoke sketch of Sasha in the helmet and send you the art in the mail - comes with all of the digital rewards above
$90 - Alfie Gallagher Open Sketch x 4 - your choice of subject, Alfie inks it and sends it to you - comes with all of the digital rewards above
$100 - EIR Interior Pages x 3 - select an interior ink pages from the book to be sent to you [you get to decide which page after you've read the comic] - comes with all of the digital rewards above
$115 - EIR Pin Up Inks - Alfie drew a gorgeous pin up for the book, and you can have the inked page sent to you - comes with all of the digital rewards above
$130 - EIR Cover Inks - score yourself the inked cover art in the mail - comes with all of the digital rewards above
$180 - Alfie Cover For You, Full Triona Colours - Alfie will ink a cover for your book, and give you the art, and then the titanic Triona Farrell will colour the file for you and send it your way to use and abuse - perfect for someone assembling their own comic and looking to put the very best foot forward on the shelf with a slick cover - comes with all of the digital rewards above
Wait, check it!
SECRET UNLOCK REWARD TIER
Okay, this is yet another digital only campaign, because postage from Convict Island down here is just no good. So I'm not offering up the print copy of the comic, because I'd have to charge too much for it.
Maybe we can find a nice happy middle ground. So, what if:
Every time we hit 100 Backer increments, it'll unlock the:
EIR Post Parcel pledge level
for 5 lucky backers @ $30, which will include:
- EIR - the comic printed up
- FATHERHOOD - a one-shot comic I wrote in 2013 for the parents out there
- EIR Character Cards - I'll print 3 character cards out, on card, just for you
- EIR pin up print - an A4 print of the pin up!
- A special, one of a kind, printed and signed script cover sheet with a 6 word story on it and a helmet sketch from Ryan K Lindsay.
$2500 - Character Cards - we will add the whole series of character bio cards to the back of the $3 PDF [think those old GI Joe cards on the back of the packet] and we'll also unlock free downloads of the following all ages comics:
FOOTSTEPS, by Louie Joyce
WHIZ BANG Vol. 1 - by Michelle Lodge, Forrest Helvie
MUMMY'S ALWAYS RIGHT, by Joe Mulvey
$3000 - 6 Word Helmet Adventures - every backer can write one Helmet inspired adventure story in only 6 words and they'll all appear in the $3 pdf
$3500 - All the All Ages Comics - hit this spot and I'll unleash free downloads of the following:
ORC GIRL, by Thomas Boatwright and Paul Allor
GOLDEN AGE, by Cecilia Latella, Guilie Speziani, Robert Harrington
FIND, by Alex Cormack, Sam Read
$4000 - Genuine Kid Art Helmet Pin Up Opportunity - if your kid [or you] draws a pin up of Eir/Sasha, well include it in the $3 PDF
We really hope you dig Sasha and her wild adventure. She's a girl with heart, spirit, and a sentient space helmet, what could go wrong?
Risks and challenges
The comic is already complete, and I've run 3 other fantastic and smooth Kickstarter campaigns so far, I think we'll be apples.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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