R:ILPERSONA is a sci-fi fantasy action comic book series that is published in weekly episode installments every Wednesday on ilpersona.com, now in its 4th year of serialization! Click here to check it out!
Following on the heels of last year’s successful Kickstarter release of R:ILPERSONA Volume 1: The Etheric Mastery Edition, we’re following up with the sequel trade paperback graphic novel, R:ILPERSONA Volume 2: High Places & Principalities, collecting for the first time ever the entire “High Places & Principalities” story arc that runs through R:ILPERSONA Chapters 4 through 8! Along with these five chapters, the book also includes the side story comic, “The Guardian” !
R:ILPERSONA takes place on a post-apocalyptic Earth 793 years after the world as we know it was destroyed in an event known as “The Apex Cataclysm”. Since that time, the world has become a place where technology and a black magic force known as "The Ether" have combined, and the planet is in a state of all-out war between two opposing factions:
The Holy Starlight Supremacy of the Northern Continent, Setentrional...
...and The People’s United Republic of Sol of the Southern Continent, Meridional.
If this is your first time learning about the series, please check out our previous campaign here to get an idea of what to expect (the first volume will also be made available again as a part of this campaign!). Going forward, there will be mild spoilers!
In our last volume, the series’ protagonist Rade, a black magic wielding teenage assassin for The Holy Starlight Supremacy, woke up in the middle of a mission with his memories erased:
Having assassinated Lyla Prestis, the powerful General Elite of The Republic of Sol, Rade found himself lost within a military medical facility on The Isle of Azazel until he encountered his partner (in the working sense, obviously), Strykes:
Together, the duo battled a series of deadly enemies until they managed to rendezvous with their team of Etheric black magic powered soldiers, The Diavolo Unit, and escaped the island with their mission successfully completed.
With the memories of his life from before he woke up now gone, and with Strykes urging him to keep his amnesia a secret, we pick up in Volume 2 with Rade having to adjust to a world that he doesn’t know, as his journey takes him into the homeland of his faction, The Holy Starlight Supremacy!
Things don’t get any easier for him, as Rade not only has to deal with the fallout from his assassination mission on The Isle of Azazel…
…but also, he comes face to face with the sins of his bloody past! All of this, plus the Post Cataclysmic World gets fully unveiled in R:ILPERSONA Volume 2: High Places & Principalities!
R:ILPERSONA Volume 2 not only contains R:ILPERSONA Chapters 4-8 and the Side Story Saga: “The Guardian”, but it also comes in your choice of two different covers! You can either get it in the standard edition above, illustrated by our long time collaborator 7AHO, or:
...the digitally painted alternate cover, courtesy of Whaleshark Studio! Clocking in at 180 pages, R:ILPERSONA Volume 2 is a can’t miss follow up to our previous trade paperback collection!
See what people have said about the series!
"The world is immense, built by someone with a grand vision, and it gives plenty of breathing room for epic storytelling in the future" The Comic Book Yeti
"The writing in this book is great, mixing good storytelling with awesome humor; it feels like FLCL and Paranoia Agent with sprinklings of Samurai Champloo. " Fanbase Press Review
"It reminds me of playing an RPG video game" Fanboys Inc Review
At the $5 Tier, you can get the hi res digital PDF version of the book!
At the $10 Tier, you can receive not only the digital version of Volume 2, but also the digital version of R:ILPERSONA Volume 1: The Etheric Mastery Edition from our previous campaign!
At the $15 tier, you can receive not only both digital versions of R:ILPERSONA Volumes 1 and 2, but also both the brand new R:ILPERSONA- The 2nd Soundtrack mp3 collection and the previous soundtrack from our last campaign as well! The soundtracks are a collection of original music that is featured on the series' YouTube Channel, R:ILPERSONA TV. Check it out (the music featured in these videos will be in R:ILPERSONA- The 2nd Soundtrack):
Both soundtracks contain 1 hour of music each and are also available in other reward tiers.
At the $20 tier, you'll not only get the print edition of R:ILPERSONA Volume 2, but also the digital version as well.
At the $25 tier, you can receive the digitally painted alternate cover edition of R:ILPERSONA Volume 2, plus the digital version!
At the $30 tier, you'll get our second sticker collection, illustrated by 7AHO!
The $40 tier includes both print editions of R:ILPERSONA Volumes 1 & 2 (+ digital versions)!
Once you hit the $50 tier, you'll be able to get these awesome prints (illustrated by 7AHO):
And, if we get successfully funded, we'll have stretch goals with even more prints!
Finally, at the $90 tier, not only will you be able to get the book, sticker collection, soundtrack and art prints, you'll receive:
....the original scripts to R:ILPERSONA Volume 2, but also a special HD Video Comic version of the book's opening story, Side Story Saga 1: The Guardian! As an added bonus, you will also receive our original sticker collection from our previous campaign (illustrated by Mharz ):
And the previous soundtrack for R:ILPERSONA Volume 1!
We're almost to the finish line with 77% of the campaign funded with 10 days to go! As a bonus, we're offering another exclusive art print to all backers:
For any backer that adds an additional $5 to their pledge, we will be sending you an art print of this brand new illustration of the character Strykes from the lead artist on the series, JM 'Kilayman' Valenzuela, who was so gracious enough to put this together!
We're successfully funded!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you to everyone who supported this campaign by pledging or sharing it with friends.
Now that we've reached the finish line with about a day and a half left, it's time for a:
If we can finish with at least $2500, every single backer will receive this additional art print:
The complete illustration by 7AHO that was used for the book's main cover! Again, this will be for -all backers- of this project if we can hit our stretch goal within the next...35 hours lol! Thank you all for your support!
The main expenditures in making this book happen are the printing costs, cost of shipments for physical rewards and the kickstarter fees. The project is already completed, so once it’s funded it will go right to the printers!
The Starlight City Project: Writer & Series Creator Shaun Barrow, who also does editing , video production and music production for all of the series' various projects.
JM Valenzuela for Skill3 Studio: Artist for Chapters 4-9 + Side Story Saga 1 and has been the main artist for the series since Chapter 1. Super talented and goes by the name of "Kilayman".
Ludwig Sacramento for Skill3 Studio: Does lettering and colors, and excellent project management.
Vocapanda for Skill3 Studio: Also does lettering and colors, and is also a really great singer.
7AHO:The cover artist for R:ILPERSONA Volume 2 and has illustrated insert art and multiple art prints, a fantastic artist all around.
Whaleshark Studio: Responsible for creating the alternate cover of this book, and just great folks to work with.
Risks and challenges
The book is already complete, so there are no risks outside of not being funded. Once the project is funded the book files will be sent to the printer, and once the books and other physical rewards arrive they’ll start being shipped out.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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