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Science-fiction artist MATT HOWARTH adds another chapter to the alien mystery of the Syndics and the Myriad Worlds they left behind.
Science-fiction artist MATT HOWARTH adds another chapter to the alien mystery of the Syndics and the Myriad Worlds they left behind.
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Many generations ago, the mysterious Syndics appeared from some unknown place to enslave the ten-thousand worlds. They brought with them not just the hyper-space technology to travel faster than light, but also a network of navigation beacons, a song that played throughout the spheres. Then a century ago, the Syndics left just as mysteriously as they came. Freed from bondage but without purpose, the thousands of species of the Myriad waged war against each other. Planets disappeared. Alliances were formed. New technology replaced the old.

After destroyng a cache of Syndic hardware, Rhys has been on the run with naught but remorse for abandoning Naril. But when galactic terrorists start using what certainly seems to be Syndic technology, Rhys finds himself thrown into a wild hunt to track down these villains before they can cause more mayhem. His adventure is packed with surprises, like alien drive-bys, suns going nova, and a film crew shooting a very peculiar documentary.

Myriad Threat continues the story of Myriad Quest, exploring the bizarre legacy of the Ten-Thousand Worlds. And no artist tells a strange story like Matt Howarth (New Worlds, Those Annoying Post Brothers, Savage Henry, Transmetropolitan).

As our way of thanking you for your support, we've reached out to the far corners of the universe, as well as our own cargo hold, to find a variety of exciting sci-fi weirdness, both classic and new.

See a reward you like, but it's got something you already have? Don't worry. If you get duplicates of something, we'll be happy to split your order up to send your duplicates to someone else, as a gift.

Your Character Here, in the Myriad

Matt has orchestrated the story so that you can participate—by appearing as characters in the graphic novel. Pledge at the appropriate reward to choose a character in the background... or choose to appear in a cameo as a integral character in the story. Only limited slots available.

Stretch Goals: More Pledges = More Pages

All proceeds from this pledge go directly to the artist. As with Myriad Quest 1, the more you pledge, the more we'll put in this book.

When we meet our base goal of $2,250, we'll be producing a 48-page back and white graphic novel. For each $1,000 over the base goal, we'll add 2 or more pages to the story. The more pledges, the larger the book will get. We have such sights to show you!

Risks and challenges

We here at Sanguine are the ACES OF KICKSTARTER. We've met five successful Kickstarter goals, and we've delivered on five successful projects. And with each project, we deliver faster than the last. We've got a precision printer lined up, we have the digital setups ready to go. We're ready to launch, all we need is your help to light this candle.

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    THANKS - You will be listed in the book as a sponsor. We couldn't do it without your support!

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    DIGITAL COPY - You will receive a digital copy of this book. You will be listed in the book as a sponsor.

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    PRINTED COPY - You will receive a printed copy of this book. You will be listed in the book as a sponsor.

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    DIGITAL COPY OF BOTH MYRIAD QUEST & THREAT - You will receive digital copies of both the first and the second graphic novel. You will be listed in Myriad Threat as a sponsor.

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    DIGITAL & PRINTED COPY - You will receive both a digital copy and a printed copy of this book. You will be listed in the book as a sponsor.

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    CONVENTION BOOK SPECIAL - Includes the Worldcon 2002 science-fiction convention book, which includes "Original Sin", Matt Howarth's comic-strip adaptation of story by guest-of-honor Vernor Vinge. (As well as all the other event listings, articles, adverts, etc.) This reward includes (1) MYRIAD THREAT in print form, (2) the 2002 WORLDCON book.

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    COLOR XENOTECH GRAPHICAL NOVELS -- You will receive digital copies of MYRIAD THREAT as well as digital copies of the two exclusive KEIF LLAMA: XENOTECH graphic novels. Humans deal on a daily basis with hundreds of alien races. What happens when their reactions are a little too...alien? You call in a xenotech, a specialist in intuiting alien motivations and solving problems. Someone who can get the job done. Someone like Keif Llama. This Kickstarter exclusive includes the following: (1 -2) MYRIAD QUEST and MYRIAD THREAT digital edition (3, 4) ASTRAY and RIPTIDE, two full-color digital novels with even more Llama drama. You will be listed in the Myriad Threat graphic novel as a Recipient of the Confed Award for Outstanding Leadership in Expeditionary Diplomacy.

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    MYRIAD STORY AND GAME (DIGITAL) - Digital copies of Myriad Quest, Myriad Threat, and the Myriad Song role-playing game. You will be listed in Myriad Threat as a super-sponsor.

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    DIGITAL READING LIBRARY WITH LOTS AND LOTS OF WORDS - For those of you who like words, this bundle includes several prose novels. This reward includes: (1,2) MYRIAD QUEST and MYRIAD THREAT in digital form, (3) MYRIAD SONG role-playing game in digital form, (4, 5, 6, 7) THE BLUE LIGHT, IMAGINARY NUMBERS, ITSELF, and SEPARATION ANXIETY, four prose novels by Matt Howarth, in digital form.

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    DIGITAL LIBRARY WITH NOT SO MUCH WORDS - Because language is a virus from outer space. This reward includes: (1,2) MYRIAD QUEST and MYRIAD THREAT in digital form, (3, 4, 5) INFERNO, ORPHANS IN ORBIT, and THE VOLCANO IN THE CORNFIELD, Matt Howarth's wordless masterpiece, in digital form.

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    COMPLETE MYRIAD LIBRARY (DIGITAL) - Digital copies of Myriad Quest, Myriad Threat, Myriad Song, and the Myriad Aliens books. You will be listed in Myriad Threat as a super-sponsor.

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    STAR-CROSSED PRINT LIBRARY -- You will receive a print copy of MYRIAD THREAT as well as STAR-CROSSED. Published in 1997 under the short-lived DC Comics imprint, Helix, STAR-CROSSED recounts the surrealist tale of a deep-space romance between a genetically-engineered post-human and a sentient asteroid. This Kickstarter exclusive includes the following: (1-2) MYRIAD QUEST and MYRIAD THREAT print editions (3,4,5) STAR-CROSSED color print editions, volumes 1-3. You will be listed in the Myriad Threat graphic novel as a Supporter of Human and Mineral Rights.

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    DELUXE XENOTECH DIGITAL LIBRARY -- You will receive digital copies of MYRIAD QUEST & THREAT, as well as digital copies of the complete KEIF LLAMA: XENOTECH, Volume 1. Humans deal on a daily basis with hundreds of alien races. What happens when their reactions are a little too...alien? You call in a xenotech, a specialist in intuiting alien motivations and solving problems. Someone who can get the job done. Someone like Keif Llama. This Kickstarter exclusive includes the following: (1 -2) MYRIAD QUEST and MYRIAD THREAT digital edition (3-11) KEIF LLAMA: XENOTECH, Volume 1, Issues 1-9, (12, 13) ASTRAY and RIPTIDE, two full-color digital novels with even more Llama drama. You will be listed in the Myriad Threat graphic novel as a Recipient of the Confed Award for Outstanding Leadership in Expeditionary Diplomacy.

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    MUSIC APPRECIATION LIBRARY -- You will receive a print copy of MYRIAD QUEST 1 & 2 as well as two Compact Discs featuring inserts illustrated by Matt Howarth. Ozone Player’s “Long Range Influence” is a science-fiction themed album which contains a 22-page graphic story by Matt Howarth and over an hour of colorful musical exploration combining space music, progressive rock, synth pop, classical music and 60's tv theme tunes. Quarkspace is an American rock band who create their own sound out of song, electronics and improv. In 2004, they hooked up with legendary comic book artist, Matt Howarth, for “Node in Peril”, a combination CD and comic book. This Kickstarter exclusive includes the following: (1,2) MYRIAD QUEST & MYRIAD THREAT print editions (3) OZONE PLAYER: LONG RANGE INFLUENCE compact disc and Matt Howarth comic booklet (4) QUARKSPACE: NODE IN PERIL compact disc and Matt Howarth comic booklet. You will be listed in the Myriad Quest 2 graphic novel as a Special Contributor for Music Appreciation.

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    XENOTECH VARIANCE -- Because you requested it! (1 -2) MYRIAD QUEST and MYRIAD THREAT digital edition AND Print (3-11) KEIF LLAMA: XENOTECH, Volume 1, Issues 1-9, digital, (12, 13) ASTRAY and RIPTIDE, two full-color digital novels with even more Llama drama. You will be listed in the Myriad Threat graphic novel as a Recipient of the Confed Award for Outstanding Leadership in Expeditionary Diplomacy.

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    BOOK & ORIGINAL PAGE - You will receive both a print and digital copy of the Myriad Threat graphic novel ... and one page of the original artwork. (Requests for specific pages will be served on a first-come basis, so pledge early! Original artwork art will be 8x11.5, B&W, on 2-ply Strathmore-Bristol paper, without lettering.) Your original page can be from Myriad Quest, Myriad Threat.... and we might be able to handle a special request or two. Just ask! You will be listed as a super-sponsor in our book.

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    BOOK AND CUSTOM SKETCH -- Matt Howarth will draw a custom sketch for you, based on your request. (Black and white, 5.5 x 8.5, and subject to the whims of Mr. Howarth's muse.) And we'll give you a physical book and a digital copy, too. You will be listed as a super-sponsor in the book.

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    INCIDENTAL CHARACTER APPEARANCES
    Matt has orchestrated the story so that some of you can participate—by appearing as characters in the graphic novel. There are three characters open; they do not have lines, and are incidental to the plot-line (meaning you get to appear in a crowd). You will be listed as an underwriter in the book. Oh, and you get a digital copy and physical copy.

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    ORIGINAL INTERIOR ART: POST BROTHERS #53 -- (Ron and Russ Post are violent mercenaries capable of shifting to all reality levels. In the self-contained story "The Sweet Deal", the brothers once again reveal their capacity for atrocity.) ... This reward includes (1) MYRIAD QUEST and THREAT in print and digital form, (2) MYRIAD SONG in print and digital form, (3) one original page of POST BROS #53, 8"x12" black and white, exclusive to this Kickstarter. Requests for specific pages will be honored in the order they are received. You will be listed as a super-sponsor in the Myriad Threat graphic novel.

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    ORIGINAL INTERIOR ART: SAVAGE HENRY #8 -- (Henry and Caroline thought they would have a nice vacation on a happy world of pixies and dragons ... but things quickly escalate into reality-bending madness.) ... This reward includes (1) MYRIAD QUEST and THREAT in print and digital form, (2) MYRIAD SONG in print and digital form, (3) one original page of SAVAGE HENRY #8, 8" x 12" black and white, exclusive to this Kickstarter. Requests for specific pages will be honored in the order they are received. You will be listed as a super-sponsor in the Myriad Threat graphic novel.

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    INTEGRAL CHARACTER APPEARANCES
    Matt has orchestrated the story so that some of you can participate—by appearing as characters in the graphic novel. There are two characters open; they have lines, and are vital to the plot-line. You will be listed as an underwriter in the book. Oh, and you get a digital copy and physical copy.

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Funding period

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