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About

Lela's twin sister, Darby, has been missing for days, and no one can find her. Until, that is, Lela receives a mysterious message, which guides her to Abe's, a barbershop that's been around for a thousand years, serving its very unique customers; heroes.

Where has Darby gone?
Where has Darby gone?

With the aid of Sarah - the girl in the midnight gown - Lela sets off into a magical, fairy-tale, world to seek out Darby, unaware that nothing is quite what it seems...

Lela Needs to Find Darby
Lela Needs to Find Darby

The Girl in the Midnight Gown is a book that can be enjoyed by all ages, which aims to immerse the readers into a fantasy world, and give them a positive, uplifting experience through the stories that can be shared by everyone..

A Look Inside the Book
A Look Inside the Book

The graphic novel also includes the illustrated tale, 'The Unfinished Story', with Lela and Darby.

  • Full colour 80-page graphic novel
  • A specially commissioned story soundtrack by Paige Lehnert
  • Includes the illustrated tale 'The Unfinished Story'
  • Additional 'Heroes Gallery'
  • Beautiful exclusive Dragon Enamel Pins
  • Great Dragon T-Shirts
  • Get a 10 page story preview now - click here
  • Shipping now included with Softcover reward tiers (see below)

 

Lela Searches for her Sister
Lela Searches for her Sister

 

 

 

 

As we progress through the campaign, we'll be unlocking pages from 'The Unfinished Story' illustrated tale, which is the second story in 'The Girl in the Midnight Gown'.

Set after the first story, it continues the adventures of Lela and Darby, and her mother and father. It's told as an illustrated story, as opposed to the graphic novel normal format, and is a throwback to books like Winnie-the-Pooh.

 

Each 75 backers will unlock a 30 second sample of one of the tracks from 'The Girl in the Midnight Gown' soundtrack, accessible via composer Paige Lehnert's SoundCloud page. Click the image above.

Simon Birks - Writer
Simon Birks - Writer

The Girl in the Midnight Gown is the first graphic novel in the new fantasy universe created by award-winning writer, Simon Birks, whose other comic series include Sinners, Hexes, Gone and Robyn, which have all successfully raised funds for printing using the Kickstarter platform.

Juan Fleites - Artist
Juan Fleites - Artist

Juan formed his love of comics during childhood with awesome comics such as Metal Hurtlant (aka Heavy Metal), Blueberry, and more.

As well as working in the comic and animation industry for 12 years, Juan loves collaborating on projects and creating new graphics for compelling stories.

Juan loves Grindhouse Movies, Pulp Comics and Louise Brooks!

Paige Lehnert - Composer
Paige Lehnert - Composer

Paige Lehnert is a composer from Orlando, Florida. She has scored several video games and films, including The Search for Simon, for which she won an award for best score at the Portsmouth International Film Festival.

She has also provided music for NASA’s VR mobile apps, which can currently be heard at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex at Cape Canaveral.

Lyndon White - Artist & Graphic Designer
Lyndon White - Artist & Graphic Designer

Lyndon is a UK freelance illustrator, writer and comic artist. Working with publishers such as Blue Fox Comics, Hellbound Media, Disconnected Press, ComicHaus, Capstone Press, Lyndon is a rising star in the comics industry.

Working on a range of titles with his own unique flare to horror, surrealism and narrative storytelling.

Some of the other Blue Fox Comics successfully funded through Kickstarter
Some of the other Blue Fox Comics successfully funded through Kickstarter

 

Why 'The Girl in the Midnight Gown'?

Recently, I went shopping for new books with my young daughter, and we went to the graphic novel section of the bookstore. I searched through, looking for something that would be age appropriate to her, but found very little I could buy.

Thankfully, being a comic book writer and publisher, I knew there was something I could do about it, so wrote 'The Girl in the Midnight Gown' to give children of all ages an interesting, exciting, diverse and inspiring story to read, alone or with a grown up.

Why Kickstarter?

We're running 'The Girl in the Midnight Gown' Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to print both the softcover and hardcover graphic novel.

Using Kickstarter, we're able to reward our backers by offering Kickstarter exclusive rewards, as well as the guarantee that you'll receive the book first!

'The Girl in the Midnight Gown' is 100% complete and, bar the backers names being put into the book, ready to go to print.

Kickstarter is a fantastic site, which helps us reach as many people as possible, and we're always delighted to hear the great feedback we receive from our fans.

 

 

 We hope you like the look of 'The Girl in the Midnight Gown', but wanted to give you an actual look at the first 10 pages of the story. Click the button below to download the preview.

 

We wanted to make your reading experience for 'The Girl in the Midnight Gown' as immersive as possible - we wanted you to really get lost in the story - so we decided to commission some special music from the amazingly talented Paige Lehnert, that you could listen to as you read it.

As well as providing 30 second previews of each track as we hit specific backer numbers, you can listen to the whole of the 'Here Be Dragons' tune by clicking the button below, which will take you to Paige's Soundcloud page.

 

 

We're offering every backer a daily chance to win these two exclusive badges simply by using the button below to tweet about the campaign!

All you have to do:

  • Back the campaign
  • Click the button below each day you want to be entered into the giveaway
  • Check the updates to see if you're that day's winner!

We'll randomly select one winner from all the backers who tweeted the message, each day!

 

Get an Exclusive Mystery 'The Girl in the Midnight Gown' Mini-Print

 

Every backer registered for Blue Fox Comics updates will receive a mystery 'The Girl in the Midnight Gown' mini-print.

Want to register? Click the button below. (You'll also get 3 free comics)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We really appreciate everything our backers do for us, and want to make sure that they feel supported. To help achieve this, Blue Fox Comics offer a money back guarantee - if you are unhappy with your rewards, and return them, undamaged, within one month of receiving them we will return your pledge amount to you.

 

 

 

'The Girl in the Midnight Gown' campaign runs throughout August. We will then send out surveys in September, print the book and create the merchandise in October, before sending the books out to the backers in November.

We have contingency built into this model, to cater for any unforeseen delays.

Thank you so much for taking the time to look at our campaign. If you've got this far, then we hope you've found it interesting.

'The Girl in the Midnight Gown' is a great book for everyone, so if you want it for yourself, or maybe just to gift to someone else, back us today and be a part of this fantastic journey!

 

Risks and challenges

Since 2015, Blue Fox Comics have directly run ten successful comic book Kickstarters, and have helped two other projects get funded.

We have a very good understanding of exactly what it takes, not only to run a Kickstarter campaign, but to successfully deliver on the rewards.

'The Girl in the Midnight Gown' is complete, with the only outstanding tasks being to add backers names to the back of the book, and to draw the backers who've pledged at a higher tier.

As soon as those tasks are complete, we can send the book to the printers.

Should any issues arise, we will let you know immediately, along with any action we need to take.

Feel free to look at our previous Kickstarter campaigns for evidence of our ability to successfully communicate with our backers post-campaign.

Thank you.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    Cowboy

    Bare Bones PDF of The Girl in the Midnight Gown

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    Aztec

    All of the above, PLUS a deluxe PDF of The Girl in the Midnight Gown, including script and original short film script.

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    Ninja

    All of the above, PLUS 'The Girl in the Midnight Gown' graphic novel, and an exclusive bookmark.

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    Muskateer - EU Only - Postage Included

    Same as Ninja, but EU only + FREE postage!

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    Zorro - Non-EU - Postage Included

    Same as Ninja, but International postage included - use this option if you're outside of the European Union.

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    Saracen

    All of the above, PLUS 2 x Dragon enamel pins, and the exclusive story soundtrack by Paige Lehnert.

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    • Deluxe PDF of The Girl in the Midnight Gown
    • The Girl in the Midnight Gown Graphic Novel
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    Archaeologist

    All of the above, PLUS an exclusive Kickstarter mini-print

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    • Deluxe PDF of The Girl in the Midnight Gown
    • The Girl in the Midnight Gown Graphic Novel
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    Sheriff

    Everything from the Aztec tier, PLUS the hardcover of 'The Girl in the Midnight Gown', and exclusive campaign bookmark!

    Includes:
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    • Deluxe PDF of The Girl in the Midnight Gown
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    Wizard

    Everything in the Sheriff tier, PLUS 2 Dragon Enamel Pins, the story soundtrack,and an exclusive mini-print!

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    • Bare Bones PDF of The Girl in the Midnight Gown
    • Deluxe PDF of The Girl in the Midnight Gown
    • The Girl in the Midnight Gown Graphic Novel
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    Knight

    All of the Wizard tier, PLUS get your name in the back of the book, for all time!

    Includes:
    • Bare Bones PDF of The Girl in the Midnight Gown
    • Deluxe PDF of The Girl in the Midnight Gown
    • Exclusive Bookmark
    • The Girl in the Midnight Gown Hardback Edition
    • 2 x Dragon Enamel Pins
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    Pledge £79 or more About $104

    Outlaw

    All of the Knight tier, PLUS the exclusive 'The Girl in the Midnight Gown' T-Shirt - comes in adult and child sizes.

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    • Bare Bones PDF of The Girl in the Midnight Gown
    • Deluxe PDF of The Girl in the Midnight Gown
    • The Girl in the Midnight Gown Graphic Novel
    • Exclusive Bookmark
    • The Girl in the Midnight Gown Hardback Edition
    • 2 x Dragon Enamel Pins
    • Girl in the Midnight Gown Story Soundtrack by Paige Lehnert
    • Exclusive Kickstarter Mini-Print
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    Pledge £120 or more About $157

    Starship Captain

    All of the above, PLUS appear in a large double-page spread of Abe's with all the heroes plus you! The image will be printed in the book!

    Includes:
    • Bare Bones PDF of The Girl in the Midnight Gown
    • Deluxe PDF of The Girl in the Midnight Gown
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    • The Girl in the Midnight Gown Hardback Edition
    • 2 x Dragon Enamel Pins
    • Girl in the Midnight Gown Story Soundtrack by Paige Lehnert
    • Exclusive Kickstarter Mini-Print
    • Your Name in the Back of the Book
    • 2 * The Girl in the Midnight Gown T-Shirts
    • Appear in a double page spread of Abe's, in the book!
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    Pledge £399 or more About $524

    Samurai

    All of the above PLUS Simon will write an exclusive short story with you as the star, and we'll illustrate it with you in!

    Includes:
    • Bare Bones PDF of The Girl in the Midnight Gown
    • Deluxe PDF of The Girl in the Midnight Gown
    • The Girl in the Midnight Gown Graphic Novel
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    • The Girl in the Midnight Gown Hardback Edition
    • 2 x Dragon Enamel Pins
    • Girl in the Midnight Gown Story Soundtrack by Paige Lehnert
    • Exclusive Kickstarter Mini-Print
    • Your Name in the Back of the Book
    • 2 * The Girl in the Midnight Gown T-Shirts
    • Appear in a double page spread of Abe's, in the book!
    • Your personal illustrated story!
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