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A steampunk-styled adventure set in the retro future of an alternate America.

WHAT IS THIS?

This a brand-new steampunk adventure series whose first story will be told in three 48-page issues. Our hero, Dr. Quentin Bowlsby, or "Q" for short, falls into a mystery after he is asked to retrieve an item from a train crash by gov't agents. Once there, however he uncovers evidence of the presence of an old adversary, piquing his interest in the case. One thing leads to another and soon he's...well you're just gonna have to read it.

This Kickstarter campaign is the to get the ball rolling, so to speak. Well, that's not entirely true. The ball started rolling well over a year ago, when we sprouted the idea for the story, but this is the first time we are seeking outside funding to pay our creative team and print the book. Depending on how much we can generate here, we can possibly fully fund all three 48-page books with just this one campaign, that would be a perfect world.

WHO ARE WE?

The creative team for this inaugural installment of "The Steamworld Chronicles" is as follows:

Story and script are by Steven Hoveke & Mike Scigliano. The interior artwork and all conceptual designs are courtesy of Ben Risbeck. Coloring for the artwork is by way of Jeff Balke. Leaving the all-important lettering of the project in the able hands of John J. Hill.

Steamworld Chronicles can also be found on FACEBOOK and TWITTER

Here's an example of the artwork we are producing : Page 11

Page 11 pencils/inks
Page 11 pencils/inks
Page 11 color
Page 11 color

UPDATE! We have our first color page just in time for the big final push! SEE! We told you it's gonna be in color!

More info about each member of the creative team can be found at our website by clicking the link below.

This first issue of the "The Steamworld Chronicles" is the launching point for a planned series of adventures. This first issue of a planned three 48-page issues will tell the tale we have sub-titled "The Constantine Quest"

Future tales will tell of more adventures of Dr. Quentin Bowlsby, his longtime friend and boss Clifford Weston and the ever expanding cast of characters. We have big plans for this world. Several story outlines have already been scribbled down and merely await the completion of this one. The world which we have created is rich and deep, and one day we hope to invite others to come create in it as well.

What we are raising the money for? Our artists will LOVE being paid to do what they love to do. Our Kickstarter funding amount is set to cover our creative costs, to have the artwork drawn, colored and lettered. It DOESN'T include the writers, Steve and Mike, who are foregoing getting paid for the work done on this project until the artwork is paid for. If our funding goal is met, whatever overfunding occurs will go towards the production of Issue #2, and eventually #3. Only THEN, will Steve and Mike see any money out of this. It's really the only way. They can't draw this thing, and without art, they might as well be writing books.

Our hopes are that the book will get picked up by a publisher and help us to offset the creative and printing costs, but we are fully aware of the wealth of amazing projects there are out there and if we can't get the help we need from an established publisher, we're ready to publish it independently. We think that once word gets out about the first issue, we won't have to worry about this problem for long, but that's our opinion. We may be biased.

One other thing, please check out our stretch goals for the campaign below. They have been designed to allow us to give more to each person who donates, as the funded amount rises. As an example, If we reach $20k, then every person who pledged $10 to get issue #1 will automatically get a copy of Issue #2...no extra charge. This is designed with the idea that the more people who everyone can get to pledge support for us, the more everyone will benefit.

So, please pass the link around and everyone wins.

Also, follow us on TWITTER

And come like us on FACEBOOK

STRETCH GOALS REVEALED
STRETCH GOALS REVEALED

When we originally pitched our idea to Kickstarter, they thought our stretch goals were a little vague and wanted us to keep them hidden until further along in the campaign. As we approach our funding goal, I think it's high time we release them.

The concept is simple. The more people who support and pledge, the more stuff EVERYBODY gets.

Here's the basic idea. When we started out we were looking for just under $10k. Which is $10 x 1000 people. Simple, right? So those 1000 people all get  the first issue for their $10 pledge. Now, here's where it gets awesome. IF those 1000 people could each talk JUST ONE other person into spending $10, that's another 1000 people, and another $10k. At that point, everybody who has pledged $10 or more, gets not only part 1, but they get part 2 as well, for FREE. One more step, if the 2000 people who have pledged $10 each can get another 1000 people between them, then we have $30k and all 3 books are fully funded and EVERYBODY gets all 3 books (upon completion) for JUST $10!!

That was our masterplan. Now , I doubt at this stage we can double our pledges, but it's worth a shot, right? So go tell your friends and have them tell their friends. And honestly, we don't need 3000 people because you now someone will want some cool sketches or prints and those pledges count as well so, if someone pledges for one of the sketchbook rewards, that's like 7 people pledging for $10!! It'll add up fast, so get those Facebook and Twitter accounts rolling! EVERYBODY WINS!!

UPDATE! WALTER SIMONSON's Cover pencils prelims

Walter Simonson cover image pencil prelim
Walter Simonson cover image pencil prelim

Here is the 1st pencil prelim from Walter for the cover art for issue #1. How awesome is this? There is some more stuff to be added later today and we hoep to be able to update this with finished pencils later tonight or tomorrow!

COVER art UPDATE..FINISHED!

Here are the finished pencils for the Walter Simonson cover!

Steamworld Chronicles #1 - Final pencils
Steamworld Chronicles #1 - Final pencils

Should be updating with the Final Inks tomorrow!

WALTER SIMONSON'S COVER ART _FINAL

Inks-Final
Inks-Final

ARTWORK UPDATE #2

Pages 9-10 pencils / lettered
Pages 9-10 pencils / lettered
Pages 9-10 inks
Pages 9-10 inks

Wanted to add here the images I posted in an earlier update. Since a lot of people won't bother to look or even know to look for them. ALSO, backers are getting access to some other stuff that is only visible to them as far as production sketches and advance images from Walter Simonson's work.

pages 12-13 inks
pages 12-13 inks
This is the cover to our Limited-Edition ashcan we had a few weeks ago at Long Beach Comic & Horror Con.
This is the cover to our Limited-Edition ashcan we had a few weeks ago at Long Beach Comic & Horror Con.

This is the book that all backers will get if we break $15K. It includes the first 23 pages of the book in pencil form and fully lettered. If that goal is reached, then we will be sending these out by year's end as a special advance gift to our loyal backers

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We waited to have a good solid start on the book before we launched this campaign. At launch, we have over half of the first 47-page issue already penciled and inked. We have Walter Simonson's cover on the way and will post images soon. We have our creative team working steadily to maintain the flow necessary to produce the work in a timely fashion and have our book finished by year's end to ensure we hit our delivery date, or if possible, ship it earlier than stated.

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    DIGITAL COPY (PDF) - You will receive a digital copy of the first issue in PDF format. Digital copy will come with a cover image created by artist Ben Risbeck. It will be emailed directly to you as soon as the book is ready for print. This file will be delivered earlier than the printed copies.

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    BEN'S COVER - A physical copy of "Steamworld Chronicles" #1 with a cover image created by Steamworld artist, Ben Risbeck + the PDF copy.

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    WALTER SIMONSON COVER - A physical copy of "Steamworld Chronicles" #1 with a cover image created by comics legend, Walter Simonson + the PDF copy.

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    ALL COVERS 4-PACK - 4 copies of "Steamworld Chronicles" #1 with 1 of each of the covers: Ben's, Walter's, Walter's sketch variant and the blank sketch cover +PDF copy

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    COMIC SHOP AD AND RETAILER REWARD - This reward is for comic shops or retailers that may want to carry "The Steamworld Chronicles" in their stores as well as have an opportunity to purchase multiple copies of multiple covers, YOU tell us what you want. Your shop's name and info will appear in an ad within the first 8 pages of the book. Contact us AFTER you've purchased this ad, and let us know what books you'd like, we'll give you a total and you can add it to your pledge amount after the fact. If you have any questions please contact us.

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    HOWARD CHAYKIN SKETCHBOOK - SKETCHED! - An original S1P sketchbook that has been signed by Howard and also has an original head sketch in each copy + Issue #1 Walter’s Cover + PDF copy

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    SIMONSON SKETCHBOOK SETS - Complete set of 5 S1P Walter Simonson sketchbooks - - This will be the ONLY way getting the RARE 1st volume - long SOLD OUT. Each volume in the set will be signed and the numbers will match (all 5 copies will have the same #) within a set + Issue #1 Walt’s cover +PDF copy. As a BONUS, 3 sets, randomly, will have an original Walter Simonson sketch in one of the volumes.

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    GEOFF DARROW SKETCHBOOK - S1P Geoff Darrow sketchbook vol. 1 We have #6-10 of 300 SOLD OUT copies that have been signed and sketched by Geoff + Issue #1 Walter’s Cover + PDF copy

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    ORIGINAL PAGE ART #1 - Original art page from Issue #1. (we choose) Because we live across the country from one another, you actually get 2 separate pieces of art! Pencils and inks. + Issue #1 Walt’s cover + PDF. All artwork will come signed (personalized on request)

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    SIMONSON PRINTS SET OF 2 - Both Walter Simonson cover prints (B&W and color), signed (matching number sets #1-10) + 2 copies of issue #1 (both Walter's covers, reg and sketch var.)

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    ORIGINAL PAGE ART #2 - Original page of YOUR choice (first pledged, first choice) from the book, you get pencils, inks and a high-quality, full-size print of the colors of your page as it appears in the book. + issue #1 with Walt’s cover + PDF. All artwork will come signed. (personalized on request)

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    YOU'RE IN STEAMWORLD! - You will get drawn into the book as a character. In addition, you will receive the original pencils, inks and a print of the final colors of your page. You will also get a copy of Issue #1 + PDF.

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    WALTER SIMONSON SIGNS AT YOUR PLACE! Comics legend and "Steamworld Chronicles" cover artist Walter Simonson will come for a 2 hour signing at your comic shop. Accompanying him will be The creators of 'Steamworld" Steven Hoveke and Mike Scigliano who will bring along 75 copies of "The Steamworld Chronicles #1" with Walter's kickstarter ONLY cover as part of the deal. Your shop MUST be within a couple hours drive of Suffern, NY (roughly 120 miles - please use Google maps to see if you store qualifies). If you are close but beyond the limit, please contact us if interested - depending on HOW MUCH farther you are, arrangements may still be made. Contact us for any other details or ideas as well. Here's a once-in a lifetime chance for your store to have a legend visit and hang out.

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    EXCLUSIVE COVER FOR YOUR COMIC SHOP - Walter’s cover will become an exclusive cover for your comic shop. This pkg. includes multiple copies of the book with Walter’s artwork with a reworked Steamworld logo and your shop’s logo, if you wish. The artwork will be the same as the KS exclusive cover, but you will have access to the colored art, pencils or just inks as an option. Plus, it will look different as it can be reworked to feature more of Walter’s art, or possibly a "virgin" cover (no trade dress). We are open to discussion as to the final design.

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