Elysia is an epic urban fantasy and sci-fi graphic novel written and created by Serena Obhrai and illustrated by Jennie Gyllblad.
- An angel must obey the orders given to it by The Higher Order of angels.
- An angel must serve to guard and protect their designated humans at all times.
- An angel must not engage in an act of fornication with a human at any given time.
The laws are mostly adhered to, however, there are some that choose to break them. Our story is set around the consequence of two such beings - Max and Devi - whose offspring has to suffer the harsh consequences and reality of her human scientist father and angel mother's choice to procreate, causing Elysia's wings to grow upon hitting puberty.
As her wings form, and she becomes an angel, Elysia has to face the fact that she is no longer human and must come to terms with the challenges that lie ahead with accepting her new form. Having been born with a lot more power and responsibility than she can accept, we follow Elysia on this epic coming-of-age journey where everything she knows no longer exists.
All the teenage angst involved with finding your place in life is nothing compared to the trials and tribulations that Elysia is faced with when confronted with the reality that she is the only key to stopping the Fallen Angel attack that is about to take over the world and all its inhabitants.
The story encapsulates a healthy respect for science, friendship and self-discovery. Don't be fooled by the angels - they are led by planetary alignments, not religion. Elysia makes many friends along the way all with their own awesome powers and begins her training to fight the Fallen Angel Overlord. All the while, her father is kidnapped, and her self-discovery and own powers are excelling at such a rate, that she becomes a formidable force to be reckoned with!
Finally, a point to remember: we don't receive a penny unless we hit our target.
'Elysia: Chapter 1' is the first issue to be released and we're happy to say it will be the start of an ongoing series of chapters for you to consume. This Kickstarter is the focus of the first three (there will be nine in total). We plan to release the comics 100+ pages at a time per chapter as a digital download, paperback and hardback.
Each chapter will be printed in full colour, sized 260mm by 170mm and 100+ pages of awesome. The covers will be glossy and the page and print quality will be high to support Jennie's art style. We're pulling out all the stops to make sure this first print run is of the highest quality for you.
Currently, the first three chapters (Volume 1, as a collective) are 95% scripted and we'll be ready to start creating pages when this 30-day Kickstarter campaign is over.
We have illustrated some pages and posters to show you the quality of work you can expect. We'll be in touch and available to contact every step of the way for updates and news, so come and say hello!
Expected delivery dates:
- Chapter 1: September 2013 (100+ full colour pages).
- Chapter 2: January 2014 (100+ full colour pages).
- Chapter 3: May 2014 (100+ full colour pages).
These are simply guideline dates based on how quickly we are working at the moment. We anticipate that once pages have begun the storyboarding and painting processes, we'll be able to speed everything up and get Elysia into your hands faster.
PLEASE NOTE: These will be shipped as they are completed. If you pledge towards an entire set of three chapters, we will send them out as they are printed so you can have them in their glorious forms as soon as possible!
Word On The Street...
Here's some feedback from early Elysia script previewers:
"With Elysia, Serena (with great assistance by Jennie) has created a fascinating fantasy world with a nice mix of genres that has the potential to appeal to a very large audience. What makes the story most compelling, though, is that she’s grounded it in great characters and relatable scenarios. You want to be Elysia, discovering her powers, but you’re also afraid to be her because of the situations she’s thrust into. It has everything that will keep you coming back for more.
I’ve been fortunate to read through a couple drafts of the script over the last year and the story is gets exponentially better each and every time. I can’t wait to actually see see Elysia fly onto the pages of the graphic novel."
—Anthony Del Col, Co-creator/co-writer of the acclaimed Kill Shakespeare (IDW Publishing).
"I was really excited to read an early draft of Elysia. It's a very different story set in a unique world and I can't wait to see it brought to life. It's the kind of thing you're going to tell your friends about and feel lucky to be in at the beginning before it gets really popular! Also, critically, Elysia is a hot girl with wings; which is excellent."
—Nick Wealthall, Poker presenter and comedy writer with many TV credits on over 20 different shows on the BBC and Channel 4.
"Serena has written a world full of little nuggets and curiosities. One part I really enjoyed the most was where Elysia learns to use her powers. Skar and the training scenes are superb."
—Corey Brotherson, Co-creator and writer of Magic of Myths, and Clockwork Watch and Unseen Shadows writer.
Limited Rewards: Get Your Face In The Comic
If that wasn't enough, and you like what you see above, YOU also have the opportunity to BE IN Elysia. That's right, we've opened up a few spaces available for Elysia superfans to have their beauteous faces put inside one of the first three chapters. You have the option of having no lines to several lines and your own story arc - lots to choose from.
As most of the story is done, this will be a select process to fit you into the story in a suitable way, so please bear with us as we work with you in order to achieve this.
ACT FAST because once these are gone, they're gone!
PLEASE NOTE that not all of the pledge rewards are listed here (only the popular ones), so if you fancy getting your face inside Elysia, go check out the pledges on the right hand side!
Follow the Elysia Blog for more illustrations, updates and news!
Our video was shot by the magical Benny Crime. Huge thank you to him for being so ace.
Risks and challenges
We're very open and thrive on updates. We have partnered with a good quality book printer and t-shirt designer to bring you the very best of products. Serena's background at her corporate jobs has also allowed her to organise large events with ease, so a couple of venues are already on hold for the book launch signing.
Currently, there are no foreseeable issues we'd come across as a work plan for the next year is already in place. We will always keep you in the loop of progress and conceivable hurdles - we're both talkers and communication is key, so you'll be hearing from us every step of the way.
The only thing that can potentially stop us is illness or death and, quite frankly, we'd both need to be *near* death before we stop working on Elysia.
We also have no plans to die any time soon.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
At the end of the campaign, should it be successful, a Kickstarter survey will be sent to all backers requesting your shipping address, email and any other information required to process your order.
Shipping must be added manually, so check your pledge box carefully and add the amount listed onto your initial pledge. Unfortunately, we will not be able to ship you your books if shipping is missing!
We will endeavour to send you everything on time and in one piece.
Serena has been working on Elysia for many years part time, and both Jennie and Serena have been working on it full time for the past year. It's a story that has been a long time coming and to finally acknowledge the completion of 'Elysia: Chapter 1' and be able to hold it in all of our hands will be an accomplishment worth noting given all the hard work put into it.
We'd love to celebrate with you if this Kickstarter is a success given you made it happen, so keep your e-ticket in a safe place and we'll see you soon!
NB: Both the creators are England-based, so it's quite likely to happen in London. We're hoping to have food, drinks and some light entertainment for the evening - as well as the chance to meet the creators and have your copy of Elysia signed!
For believing in the project so much, we figured it would be ace for you to come and join us for the launch of the first Elysia chapter in London. This means we'll fly you over and put you up in a nice, swanky hotel for a couple of nights. During the day, we'll show you how we work, sign stuff for you, you'll get to see insights into future Elysia chapters and get to hang out with us.
In the evening, the book launch and signing will take place and we'll be having fun with all of the other Elysia fans late into the night, where we'll taxi you back to your hotel and give you a little keepsake for being an awesome superfan.
As the story is almost complete, it means you'll receive roughly 100 pages per chapter. This could go up and be more, but it will never be fewer than 100 pages.
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