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Thanks to all our backers, the first issue was funded and fulfilled!  Alexia and I thank all of you who support us and we look forward to bringing Issue Two of this samurai epic to the world.
Thanks to all our backers, the first issue was funded and fulfilled!  Alexia and I thank all of you who support us and we look forward to bringing Issue Two of this samurai epic to the world.
172 backers pledged $6,952 to help bring this project to life.
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47 Furious Tails, Issue #1 ~ A comic about the 47 Ronin

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47 Furious Tails is a 12 issue limited series which tells the story of the Ako incident in a new and exciting way. Participants of this historic event are depicted as members of the animal kingdom. Join us as we tell the tale of this legend from Japan's rich history.

This KickStarter campaign funds the printing, shipping and remaining art costs of Issue one. 

ISSUE ONE

Asano Naganori, lord of Ako, is preparing for his fateful trip to Edo.  But all is not ceremony and sake in Ako, as a band of fierce bandits raid into the region.  In Edo, political forces are already in play that will ultimately doom lord Asano.  Journey with us as we go back in time and examine the story of these legendary figures.

I have delved into the legends and literary accounts of the Ako incident, taking a few artist liberties to fill in the blanks and to make the characters into anthropomorphic animals.  As the series progresses, you'll become acquainted with the principle actors in this legend, the men and women involved, and witness why the story of the Ako incident has persisted for over 300 years!

Art by: Alexia Veldhuisen / Page Four
Art by: Alexia Veldhuisen / Page Four
Asano Takumi-no-kami Noganori, Daimyo of Ako / Art by: Alexia Veldhuisen
Asano Takumi-no-kami Noganori, Daimyo of Ako / Art by: Alexia Veldhuisen
Oishi Kuranosuke “Yoshio” Yoshitaka, samurai of Lord Asano / Leader of the 47 Ronin
Oishi Kuranosuke “Yoshio” Yoshitaka, samurai of Lord Asano / Leader of the 47 Ronin

Reward Tiers:

There are many ways you can support this project. All print copies will be signed and all backers receiving signed copies will also receive the "Thank You" cards as well. All backers also receive their name on the Wall of Honor, which is being placed on the issue's online product page, which is currently being constructed  (You can see the page here).  You may elect to use your name or a pseudonym. 

If you have any questions about a tier, please comment or message me directly.

Art by: Alexia Veldhuisen / Page Five
Art by: Alexia Veldhuisen / Page Five

Digital Posters:

All tiers receive both digital posters.  You are authorized to print a copy (or have a copy printed) for personal use.

Digital Poster #1 / Art by Alexia Veldhuisen / Cover of Issue One
Digital Poster #1 / Art by Alexia Veldhuisen / Cover of Issue One
Digital Poster #2 / Art by Alexia Veldhuisen
Digital Poster #2 / Art by Alexia Veldhuisen

Thank you cards:

The thank you cards come with the digital poster image on one side and a printed "Thank you" from myself and Alexia.  All backers receiving printed copies will get both cards.  The cards measure 4.2 inches by 5.5 inches, with the art on a glossy front.  These cards are limited to KickStarter backers only.

On behalf of Alexia and myself, we thank you for your support.

Art by: Alexia Veldhuisen / Page Ten
Art by: Alexia Veldhuisen / Page Ten

T-Shirts

These rewards were added at the suggestion of several backers:

Long sleeve t-shirt with the digital poster of Yoshio among the cherry blossoms
Long sleeve t-shirt with the digital poster of Yoshio among the cherry blossoms
Chikara T-shirt available in several different colors
Chikara T-shirt available in several different colors
Asano Takumi-no-kami Noganori, Daimyo of Ako / Available in several different colors
Asano Takumi-no-kami Noganori, Daimyo of Ako / Available in several different colors
Yoshio, leader of the 47, t-shirt available in several colors
Yoshio, leader of the 47, t-shirt available in several colors
Noboyuki baby onesie, available in black, blue, pink and white in various sizes
Noboyuki baby onesie, available in black, blue, pink and white in various sizes

Why KickStarter?

I fund projects through KickStarter so I can pay a fair wage to the artists I commission for my projects.  This KickStarter is being done for that same reason and to pay for printing and shipping of backer rewards. 

Since 2017 I have brought my projects to KickStarter.  With each campaign I strive to provide backers with the best production value possible. Along the way I've been able to put out great projects that I'm very proud of and met some really fantastic people in the process.  Kickstarter is where life is breathed into projects, where they take flight and find their way to backers all over the world. I hope you'll support this project and help Alexia and I to bring 47 Furious Tails to print.

Art by: Alexia Veldhuisen / Page Thirteen
Art by: Alexia Veldhuisen / Page Thirteen

Please note:  I will NOT publish hate speech that is submitted as a backer name or pseudonym.  While this is rarely an issue, I like to be up front about it. 

Fulfillment:

Digital copies of 47 Furious Tails, Issue One will be distributed through Drivethrucomics.com. When the backer survey is sent out (after we've funded and the campaign ends) it will include a question about what email address you would like to use for this digital reward.  

Digital posters will be distributed via link sent to all pledge levels (You are granted permission to have one copy of each printed for personal use.) 

Physical copies will be sent via United States Postal Service mail and will ship bagged and boarded.  Backer tiers include shipping costs within the United States, while foreign destinations have an additional amount added in the pledge manager to help cover the additional shipping costs.  Sketch art will be packaged and shipped directly from/by Alexia Veldhuisen. 

Back cover of Issue one: Based upon the work of Alex Tora,  The Asano clan Mon.  This image was created, in part, through altering that work and is used under the creative commons license. Image links to license.  Art by: Alexia Veldhuisen
Back cover of Issue one: Based upon the work of Alex Tora, The Asano clan Mon. This image was created, in part, through altering that work and is used under the creative commons license. Image links to license. Art by: Alexia Veldhuisen
Digital copy fulfillment through Drivethrucomics
Digital copy fulfillment through Drivethrucomics
                                  

Copyright statement:  47 Furious Tails is copyright(C) William Samuel Quinton and Sinopa Publishing 2017.   Characters are based on historical figures.  Story is inspired by the historic record of the Ako Incident, and has been fictionalized for narrative purposes. All rights reserved. 

Risks and challenges

I have launched and fulfilled five KickStarter campaigns to date, three of which have fulfilled a couple of weeks later than projected due to unforeseen issues and one fulfilled ahead of schedule. The campaign for Whispers of Persephone has fulfilled all rewards except signed copies which are currently shipping to me and will be in backer hands shortly. I have planned for the events that had caused previous delays and I'm confident this campaign will fulfill on schedule.

Printing and shipping are the biggest areas of vulnerability for this project. I have identified multiple printers as fall back resources, and we'll be shipping through the United States Postal service.

Risks for delay in production are minimal. Alexia is a highly skilled professional artist, trained for the production of comic books and a graduate of the Kubert School. I am confident we will see completion of the remaining pages and fulfillment of backer rewards well within the scheduled time frame.

I look forward to sending 47 Furious Tails, Issue One to you. Thank you for your support!

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    Digital Comic Tier

    Your support helps bring the story of the Ako Incident to the world in a new way!

    We hope you enjoy Issue one as much as we enjoyed creating it!

    Includes:
    • Our Gratitude
    • Digital copy of 47 Furious Tails Issue One
    • Name on the wall of honor, crediting backers of this issue
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    ~ Signed Print Copy ~

    Alexia and I are signing every print copy for this campaign and you'll be getting one of them!

    This tier INCLUDES the shipping costs within the United States. Additional shipping costs are appended in the pledge manager for all other shipping destinations. I'm very sorry for the inconvenience.

    Includes:
    • Our Gratitude
    • Digital copy of 47 Furious Tails Issue One
    • Signed copy of 47 Furious Tails Issue One
    • 47 Furious Tails Digital Posters
    • Name on the wall of honor, crediting backers of this issue
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    ~ Signed Print copies x 3 ~

    You have our gratitude!

    This perfect tier for people who want copies to read, for their collection and a copy for friends.

    We'll send you three (3) signed copies of 47 Furious Tails issue one as well as three (3) of the signed thank you cards.

    This tier INCLUDES the shipping costs within the United States. Additional shipping costs are appended in the pledge manager for all other shipping destinations. I'm very sorry for the inconvenience.

    Includes:
    • Our Gratitude
    • Digital copy of 47 Furious Tails Issue One
    • Signed copy of 47 Furious Tails Issue One
    • 47 Furious Tails Digital Posters
    • Name on the wall of honor, crediting backers of this issue
    • 47 Furious Tails backer's thank you cards
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    Signed copy and Apparel

    Thank you for your support!

    Backers at this pledge level will receive a t-shirt depicting a 47 Furious Tails character.
    Sizes are available up to 3XL, T-Shirts are made by American Apparel and printed by printful. Several different colors are available (please message me directly if you have a question about a particular color)

    Characters available include:
    Asano Naganori
    Yoshio
    Chikara
    or the Poster image of Yoshio practicing among the cherry blossoms

    Backers may instead choose a baby 'onesie' with an illustration of the youngest of the 47, Noboyuki depicted upon it. Onesies are available in sizes up to 24 months.

    Backers will also receive all of the digital rewards associated with this campaign.
    This pledge level includes shipping within the United States. Additional shipping costs are appended in the pledge manage to cover international shipping costs.

    Includes:
    • Our Gratitude
    • Name on the wall of honor, crediting backers of this issue
    • 47 Furious Tails Digital Posters
    • Digital copy of 47 Furious Tails Issue One
    • 47 Furious Tails backer's thank you cards
    • Signed copy of 47 Furious Tails Issue One
    • One item of 47 Furious Tails Apparel
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    Samurai

    Thank you for your generous support, samurai!

    Backers at this tier will receive an inked and colored sketch done by Alexia Veldhuisen of one of the principle characters (no background) of 47 Furious Tails.
    9" x 12" water color paper

    This tier includes shipping costs anywhere the USPS will deliver.

    Includes:
    • Our Gratitude
    • Digital copy of 47 Furious Tails Issue One
    • Signed copy of 47 Furious Tails Issue One
    • 47 Furious Tails Digital Posters
    • 9x12 inked and colored sketch
    • Name on the wall of honor, crediting backers of this issue
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    Ronin

    Thank you, for your generous support!

    Backers at this tier will receive an inked sketch done by Alexia Veldhuisen of one of the principle characters (no background) of 47 Furious Tails.
    9" x 12" water color paper

    This tier includes shipping costs anywhere the USPS will deliver.

    Includes:
    • Our Gratitude
    • Digital copy of 47 Furious Tails Issue One
    • Signed copy of 47 Furious Tails Issue One
    • 47 Furious Tails Digital Posters
    • 9x12 inked sketch
    • Name on the wall of honor, crediting backers of this issue
    • 47 Furious Tails backer's thank you cards
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    Daimyo

    You have our gratitude and respect.

    For your generous patronage you will receive the greatest rewards we have to offer:

    You will work with me (W.S. Quinton) to create the haiku included on the final page of the comic.

    47 Furious Tails, Issue One will be dedicated to you.

    You will receive an inked and colored sketch done by Alexia Veldhuisen of one of the principle characters of 47 Furious Tails (no background).

    We will mail to you a signed copy of issue one, and you will receive all of the electronic rewards from this campaign.

    Thank you for your support.

    This tier includes shipping costs anywhere the USPS will deliver.

    Includes:
    • Our Gratitude
    • Digital copy of 47 Furious Tails Issue One
    • Signed copy of 47 Furious Tails Issue One
    • 47 Furious Tails Digital Posters
    • 9x12 inked and colored sketch
    • Daimyo Dedication and Haiku
    • Name on the wall of honor, crediting backers of this issue
    • 47 Furious Tails backer's thank you cards
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Funding period

- (29 days)