Lanterns of Arcadia is an ongoing webcomic, a fantasy mystery in which a dragon and a scientist team up to stop demons from destroying a giant magical library. You can read it for free at www.lanternsofarcadia.com
Started in 2016, the first two chapters of Lanterns of Arcadia are now complete, out of a planned ten. The goal of this Kickstarter is to raise funds to print these two chapters into a collected Volume 1 (180 pages).
Welcome to The Library, a magical multiverse with the collected knowledge of a thousand worlds- from the fantastical to the mundane. At its center stands the Tree of Knowledge, with the most magical worlds near the center and magic weakening the further out from the center you travel.
Our story starts in Arcadia, a magic-starved region near the outer reaches of the Library.
There, Avani Patel was content taking care of her plants and trying to develop a better magic battery.
Unfortunately, her rival, Phineas, has much bigger ambitions. When his dangerous and illegal experiments inevitably go awry, terrifying shadow monsters are released that threaten the safety of everyone in Arcadia.
Avani is caught up in this scheme when Phineas attempts to frame her for the crime. Now she and the Guardian, Phineas' would-be lab rat, must work together to find out just what these monsters are-- and how to stop them-- before the consequences spread beyond Arcadia and into the rest of the Library.
Volume 1 includes:
- Chapters 1 & 2 (173 pages)
- Book-exclusive epilogue (2 pages)
- Character Guide (2 pages)
- Exclusive concept art & sketches (3 pages)
The book will be printed at 7.5 x 10.5", in full glossy color, by PrintNinja!
The majority of the funds will go towards printing the books, shipping them to me, and then shipping them out to all of you. The rest is reserved for Kickstarter fees & taxes, ordering the rewards and miscellaneous expenses, as well as a small buffer fund in case of emergencies or unexpected events.
In addition to the book, I am offering art prints featuring art and characters from the story. There are seven prints in total. Small prints are 8x10". Large prints are 11x14" except for "The Librarian," which is 11x17."
Finally, there are two tiers with custom art - an 8x10" watercolor commission and a cameo spot for your character in future pages of the comic!
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I'm keeping things simple with just one stretch goal - gold foil lettering! This stretch goal will be unlocked if we reach $13,500.
Thank you so much for your support! Lanterns of Arcadia has been my dream project for over ten years now and I'm so excited to see it become a reality.
Risks and challenges
This is my first Kickstarter and very much the largest project I've done to date. I anticipate that there will be a learning curve and likely some bumps along the road. However, all of the art for the book and the prints are complete and just need to be handed off to the printer. I am used to mailing out print orders via my Etsy store and don't anticipate much trouble on that side. I have less experience with printing books, but Print Ninja's reputation is solid and they have a wealth of valuable advice and guides I am working from. If any problems do arise, though, I will make sure to keep communication open and alert backers as soon as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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