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About this project

In the tradition of The Rocketeer and Indiana Jones, Annabelle Avery: Steampunk Girl is here!  We're ready to get the ball rolling, but we need your help!

PODCAST INTERVIEWS WITH THE CREATORS:

Mike on Word Balloon with John Siuntres:
http://wordballoon.blogspot.com/2013/09/word-balloon-podcast-scott-allie-mike.html

Matt & Mike on DJ Grandpa:
http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/archive.org/download/DjGrandpasCribTheJackOfSpades/DJG13090202_128kst.mp3

Matt & Mike on Club of Heroes:
http://clubofheroes.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-club-of-heroes-podcast-episode-45.html

OTHER INTERVIEWS
Matt & Mike on A Place To Hang Your Cape:
http://ap2hyc.com/?p=7854

Matt on Examiner.com
http://www.examiner.com/article/matt-kelly-brings-steampunk-into-the-mainstream-with-annabelle-avery

The Story

Our FULL COLOR, 60+ page comic book tells the story of Annabelle Avery.  She's just like any other 17-year-old in 1880's London, except for one important fact: she owns a jetpack and isn’t afraid to use it!  

When her adventurous inventor parents disappear when she is a baby, Annabelle Avery is raised by her posh Uncle Albert, Her Majesty's Minister of Technology. But Annabelle has danger in her blood, and can't resist trying to discover their true whereabouts! 

To complicate matters, her parents left her an ornate key, which is said to open a mysterious Portal. The mad inventor said to be responsible for their disappearance, one Roderick McCallum, is after the Portal. Annabelle and McCallum have met before, and the violent encounter left McCallum disfigured, his body now augmented with clockwork machinery.

Annabelle now has it in her head that she has to get to the Portal before McCallum inevitably returns!  Her Uncle won't like it, but nothing stops Annabelle Avery: Steampunk Girl!

Annabelle prepares for her big adventure
Annabelle prepares for her big adventure

Based on characters created in our 2012 webcomic, we're super excited to finally bring the Annabelle Avery world to print, but we can only do it with your help! 

The Book

Annabelle Avery, Steampunk Girl: Volume 1 - Through the Steam Portal, is an all-new FULL-COLOR comic book, 60+ pages long.  The script is locked, and work is well underway on the art.  The European-influenced inking style Mike uses requires a lot of time, so our goal is to have the entire book delivered by February.  We believe that it is this extremely detailed vintage art style and genre-bending twists that will set our book apart from other steampunk stories you may have read! 

What is on the other side of the steam portal?
What is on the other side of the steam portal?

The Goal: Our goal of $8,000 will go to compensate artist Mike Gallagher, colorist Giuseppe Pica (Unmasked: The New Age Heroes, Holiday Wars, Flax), printing copies to sell and give as samples, covering miscellaneous technical and legal costs, and helping to fulfill the rewards.  This goal is based on cost of labor, printing, reward fulfillment/shipping.

Reaching Above the Goal: See our stretch goals below!

The Sample Art & Pages

Combining the feel of classic woodcut engravings and the detailed linework of Art Adams and Moebius, international artist Mike Gallagher is pushing his style to the limit.  We think the work speaks for itself! Click on the images for a full, detailed view!

Steam-cyborg villain Roderick McCallum leads a fearsome lot!
Steam-cyborg villain Roderick McCallum leads a fearsome lot!
A steam-powered elephant never forgets how much damage it can do!
A steam-powered elephant never forgets how much damage it can do!
What monstrous machinery is this?!
What monstrous machinery is this?!

Comic sample pages to come.

Stretch Goals

$9,000 - Making-of DVD! 
For everyone who pledges $20 and above, we will also include a bonus DVD, featuring a sit down chat with Matt and Mike.  They'll discuss their influences, share behind-the-scenes stories, unreleased sketches, and a teaser of future volumes!

$10,000 - Book/Paper Upgrade!
We'll upgrade the printing quality for everyone who receives the full graphic novel (signed or unsigned).  Hopefully hardcover!

$13,000 - Convention Booth!
You'll help pave the way for Matt and Mike to sell copies of this book at an upcoming convention (convention location/date TBD)!

$17,000 - Webcomic Remastered!
Mike and Matt will revisit the original 48 page webcomic with all new art & colors as a "zero issue" one-shot, a proper companion to volume 1!

$25,000 - Volume 2 Begins!
This helps us get a head start on Volume 2 of the project!

The Team

Writer Matt Kelly (Emerald Star Presents #1, #2 for Emerald Star Comics & The Steampunk Leaf one-shot for Red Leaf Comics) met international comic book artist Mike Gallagher (Closed System for BullSpec, Komunista for Rosencrantz, Section 8 for Fugazi Comics) while working on content for the original Annabelle Avery webcomic.

Sharing similar sensibilities, they quickly decided that they could further develop the Steampunk Girl world into something that could have a much larger life than the webcomic. Matt and Mike began daily work on script and visual elements, honoring the steampunk aesthetic, while simultanteously turning it on its ear. They have set out to tell the ulimate steampunk epic!

Colors are being handled by Giuseppe Pica, who Matt first encountered while reading last year's Kickstarter hit Unmasked: The New Age Heroes. He is excited to be a part of this project! 

Rewards

1. Annabelle Avery, Steampunk Girl: Volume 1 - Through the Steam Portal
Printed 80+ page comic!  Choose either digital PDF or printed volume (see rewards section for details).

The book also features pin-ups from the following sensational artists!

2. Printed Collection of original Annabelle Avery web comic!
The first and original Annabelle Avery comic, the basis for this Kickstarter!  Featuring a 48-page Annabelle Avery origin story by Steampunk Girl creator Matt Kelly and art by:

  • Michael Robinson
  • Mike Gallagher
  • John Powers
  • Nick Sica
  • Aaron Thacker
  • Stan Kubica
  • Mark Ayala
  • Nicolas Micciola
  • Jamieson McKay

3. Steam Portal T-Shirt

Available in most common sizes!
Available in most common sizes!

4. Pocket Watch Prop Replica

A version of the one that Colton uses in the story!
A version of the one that Colton uses in the story!

5. Original Comic Art

Straight from Mike's drawing board, you can get a page of original comic art from the book!  Artist Mike chooses which piece you receive!

6. Original Commission

Get a commissioned piece from Mike Gallagher of one of the characters from the book!  Choose from heroic Annabelle Avery, villainous McCallum, or sidekicks Professor Kurtz & boy assistant Colton!

7. Advertising Space
Get your business or website advertised in the book in an "olde timey" treatment! We'll make a vintage styled ad for your business or website.

Vintage Ad Sample!
Vintage Ad Sample!

8. Your Likeness in the Book
Get your face drawn into the story! You'll live forever in the pages of this book! No steampunk augmentation required!

9. Personal Likeness Commission

A personalized 11x17 drawing from Mike Gallagher of your own personal steampunk character! Whether it is your own likeness or from your imagination, Mike will bring to life this character in stunning vintage detail. It'll look just like a classic wood print! Suitable for framing!

10. Extremely Limited Original Concept Art (only 5 available)

Receive original concept art (one of the five drawings as featured on this page) in the extreme detail and craftsmanship that says "steampunk" from head to toe!  Mike chooses which ones you receive!  Exclusive beyond exclusive!

11. One-of-a-Kind Watercolor Piece

Receive an original, one-of-a-kind watercolor of a scene from the book! Mike will choose the most visually dynamic scene and recreate it in water color, JUST FOR YOU!

12. One-of-a-Kind Jet Pack Prop Replica

Receive an original, one-of-a-kind prop replica of the jet pack worn by Annabelle! Matt will use his theatre prop making background to construct a highly detailed jet pack* based on Mike's designs. Perfect for steampunk gatherings! *Jet pack does not actually function! Don't even try!

Jet Pack Schematics!
Jet Pack Schematics!

Risks and challenges

Mike has been in the comic industry since the late 1980's, and Matt has professional experience in project management & printing. Since the art is well underway, the only risk involves having the book and other rewards printed and shipped. We're working with experienced companies, so we don't think this will be an issue. Of course should an unforeseen circumstance occur, the team will communicate it quickly to the backers.

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    STEAMPUNK BUDDY LEVEL: Thanks for your support! You'll receive a special "thank you" in our Steampunk Inventors Hall of Fame page on our website!

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    BASIC DIGITAL LEVEL: Receive a PDF of the finished ANNABELLE AVERY, STEAMPUNK GIRL: THROUGH THE STEAM PORTAL comic! PDF is DRM-Free and can be read on any device! Also receive a special "thank you" on our website!

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    BONUS DIGITAL LEVEL: Receive a PDF of the finished ANNABELLE AVERY, STEAMPUNK GIRL: THROUGH THE STEAM PORTAL comic! PLUS a PDF of the original Web Comic- the Steampunk Girl origin story! Also receive a special "thank you" on our website!

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    BASIC BOOK LEVEL: You get the above (name on website, both PDFs, exclusive sketch card), PLUS the finished 60+ page graphic novel in all her glory!

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    EXCLUSIVE BOOK LEVEL: You get the above (name on website, bothPDFs, exclusive sketch card), PLUS a Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE version of the graphic novel, SIGNED and NUMBERED by the creators!

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    STEAM PORTAL LEVEL: You get the basics above (name on website, PDF, exclusive sketch card, Kickstarter exclusive versions of graphic novel and original webcomic), PLUS a cool STEAM PORTAL t-shirt!

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    COLTON TIME PIECE LEVEL: You get the basics above (name on website, PDF, exclusive sketch card, Kickstarter exclusive versions of graphic novel and original webcomic, T-shirt) PLUS a prop replica of the pocket watch used by the character Colton!

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    ART LOVER LEVEL: You get the basics above (name on website, PDF, exclusive sketch card, Kickstarter exclusive versions of graphic novel and original webcomic, T-shirt, timepiece) PLUS a page of original art from the book! Artist Mike chooses which piece you receive!

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    ART COMMISSION LEVEL: You get the basics above (name on website, PDF, exclusive sketch card, Kickstarter exclusive versions of graphic novel and original webcomic, T-shirt, timepiece) PLUS get a commissioned piece from Mike Gallagher of one of the characters from the book! Choose from heroic Annabelle Avery, villainous McCallum, or sidekicks Professor Kurtz & boy assistant Colton!

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    STEAMPUNK ARTISAN LEVEL: You get the basics above (name on website, PDF, exclusive sketch card, Kickstarter exclusive versions of graphic novel and original webcomic, T-shirt, timepiece) PLUS get your business or website advertised in the book in an "olde timey" treatment! We'll make a vintage styled ad for your business or website, for use in our book or elsewhere! (No Adult Sites)

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    IMMORTAL LEVEL: You get the basics above (name on website, PDF, exclusive sketch card, Kickstarter exclusive versions of graphic novel and original webcomic, T-shirt, timepiece) PLUS get your likeness drawn into the story! You'll live forever in the pages of this book! No steampunk augmentation required!

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    EXCLUSIVE CONCEPT ART LEVEL: You get the basics above (name on website, PDF, exclusive sketch card, Kickstarter exclusive versions of graphic novel and original webcomic, T-shirt, timepiece) PLUS receive the original one-of-a-kind copies of the concept art as featured on this site and in the video! Mike chooses which ones you receive!

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    CRAZY STEAMPUNK JET PACK LEVEL: You get the basics above (name on website, PDF, exclusive sketch card, Kickstarter exclusive versions of graphic novel and original webcomic, T-shirt, timepiece) PLUS receive an original, one-of-a-kind prop replica of the jet pack worn by Annabelle! Matt will use his theatre prop making background to construct a highly detailed jet pack* based on Mike's designs. Perfect for steampunk gatherings!
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