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ELEMENTS is an all-ages LGBTQ+ friendly comic anthology focused on creators of color sharing comics with an EARTH theme. The book will be 272-pages, standard graphic novel sized, printed in black & white with a beautiful Pantone spot color. This book is packed with original stories that show our representation in science fiction, fantasy and more! Brought to you by Ascend Comics.

Left to Right - Art by: Chrystin Garland | Diigii Daguna | Chan Chau
Left to Right - Art by: Chrystin Garland | Diigii Daguna | Chan Chau

ELEMENTS: Earth follows in the footsteps of Fire, where we continue to tell the publishing industry: yes, #WeNeedDiverseBooks, but #WeNeedDiverseCreators too! The past few years have only continued to fuel this need as we delve further into the numbers and facts of our lack of representation, not just on the page, but within the industry at large. ELEMENTS is more than just a showcase, it's a place where creators are free to show they're not only the heroes, but how much their amazing voices continue to grow. 

So keep up as we race to the finish line, provide a meal for a mountain, discover the truth within our lands, and wrestle to find peace in our hearts and minds.  

Top L: Mira Ong Chua | Top R: Undram Ankhbayar | Bottom L: Blacklimes | Bottom R: Royal Dunlap
Top L: Mira Ong Chua | Top R: Undram Ankhbayar | Bottom L: Blacklimes | Bottom R: Royal Dunlap

ELEMENTS: Earth has been a year in the making! It is edited by me, Taneka Stotts, the award-winning Black queer comics creator and animation writer who wishes to see a better future. I'm Kickstarting ELEMENTS to not just make this book a reality, but to also pay the contributors, production staff and all the added contributors who have worked hard to get it this far. I began this journey in 2015 by creating ELEMENTS: Fire, and along the way Shing Yin Khor joined and the book was born. By 2018, Fire became an award-winning success that took home both an Ignatz for "Outstanding Anthology" and the Eisner award for "Best Anthology." Now in 2019 ELEMENTS: Earth will be the second book from Ascend Comics, a new comics publishing company which I co-founded with Der-shing Helmer

Our fire has cooled allowing new stories to grow!

Amara ShermAyme SotuyoBlacklimesChan ChauChrystin GarlandDiigii DagunaGenué RevueltaHazel NgJames F. WrightJemma SalumeKelly BullLuke B HowardMelanie UjimoriMira Ong ChuaNadia ShammasNaomi FranquizRia MartinezRii AbregoRoyal DunlapSadaf AliSasha KimShing Yin KhorTaneka StottsTess StoneUndram Ankhbayar

Left: Kelly Bull | Middle: Naomi Franquiz | Right: Ayme Sotuyo
Left: Kelly Bull | Middle: Naomi Franquiz | Right: Ayme Sotuyo

 ⚫⚫ Choose between the high quality softcover book or the high res Digital PDF ⚫⚫ 

 ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫ A Kickstarter ONLY Bookplate by Chan Chau ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫

Art by: Chan Chau (@Aluhnim)
Art by: Chan Chau (@Aluhnim)

 ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫ A Kickstarter ONLY 3-Pack of 5x7" gold foil art postcards. ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫

 ⚫⚫ Eunnie: @eunnieboo ⚫⚫ Annabelle Hayford: @sparklyfawn ⚫⚫ Alu: @popoalu ⚫⚫

UNLOCKED POSTCARD ARTISTS

⚫⚫⚫⚫ Peo Michi: @PeoMichi ⚫⚫ D.J. Kirkland: @ohheydj ⚫⚫ Isuri: @IsuriMH ⚫⚫⚫⚫

An Original Gold Plated Enamel Pin | 1.5" in | ELEPLANT | by Shirley Jackson @LionInTheTrees

 ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫ MORE TO BE UNLOCKED ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫

Left: Rii Abrego | Middle: Luke Howard | Right: Shing Yin Khor
Left: Rii Abrego | Middle: Luke Howard | Right: Shing Yin Khor
  •  **LOCKED** If the Kickstarter reaches $45,000, each contributor/team will receive an extra $50.00. 
  •  **LOCKED** If the Kickstarter reaches $50,000, each contributor/team will receive an extra $100.00.  
  •  **LOCKED** If the Kickstarter reaches $55,000, each contributor/team will receive an extra $150.00.  
  •  **LOCKED** If the Kickstarter reaches $60,000, each contributor/team will receive an extra $200.00.  

And so on and so forth into infinity and BEYOND

This campaign will be fulfilled by White Squirrel and published by Ascend Comics!

 So don't delay, back today! 

Art by: Amara Sherm
Art by: Amara Sherm

 Special thanks goes to:  

Kickstarter Music is Asterism by Underbelly | Remix & Kickstarter Video by: Lucia Retamales

We use the artist bonus system by  C. Spike Trotman

Risks and challenges

My name is Taneka Stotts and this is something around my 12th Kickstarter campaign. The biggest ones to note are the Beyond anthologies, ELEMENTS: Fire, Catarina's Collections, and most recently the ROADQUEEN campaign.

Honestly, our only risk would be a shipping delay from the books being held up in customs. The comics are drawn and we already have a printer lined up and waiting!

Our only challenge comes from backers not filling out their survey. Please note that you'll have six months from the time that fulfillment begins to claim your reward. If your reward goes unclaimed after that time you forfeit your right to collect it.

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    SEEDLING

    WALLPAPER PACK

    Our wallpaper pack features the amazing cover by Chrystin Garland and two illustrations by Jemma Salume (Oxboxer).

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    SPROUT

    DIGITAL PDF of ELEMENTS: Earth - A Comic Anthology by Creators of Color!

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    PYROPHYTE

    A digital PDF of ELEMENTS: Earth + the award-winning ELEMENTS: Fire

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    A PHYSICAL COPY of ELEMENTS: Earth + the Digital PDF + Wallpaper Pack

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    LUMINESCENT

    BOOKPLATE TIER*

    A Limited Edition 5x5 B&W Bookplate by Chan Chau

    A PHYSICAL COPY of ELEMENTS: Earth + the Digital PDF + Wallpaper Pack

    *Eligible for unlocked upgrades

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    THE POSTCARD PACK*

    Featuring amazing illustrations by: Eunnie (@eunnieboo), Annabelle Hayford (@Sparklyfawn) & Alu (@popoalu)

    A PHYSICAL COPY of ELEMENTS: Earth + Digital PDF + Wallpaper Pack + Bookplate

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    **FOR RETAILERS & BOOK CLUBS ONLY**
    Five softcover copies of the Elements: Earth Anthology.

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    GEOTHERMAL

    THE ENAMEL PIN*

    An enamel pin designed by Shirley Jackson (@lioninthetrees)

    A PHYSICAL COPY of ELEMENTS: Earth + Digital PDF + Bookplate + Postcard Pack*

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    ISOSTASY

    YOUR NAME + ORIGINAL SKETCH CARD

    Your name will be listed in a special Thank You section of ELEMENTS: Earth. You will also receive a 4x6 sketch card by one of the ELEMENTS: Earth artists in Copic + Gold Ink

    A PHYSICAL COPY of ELEMENTS: Earth + Digital PDF + Wallpaper Pack + Bookplate + Postcard Pack* + Enamel Pin*

    *Eligible for unlocked upgrades

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    TECTONICS

    THE ELEMENTS COLLECTION!

    SIGNED COPIES of ELEMENTS: Earth & ELEMENTS: Fire + PDFs

    Your name will be listed in a special Thank You section of ELEMENTS: Earth. You will also receive a 4x6 sketch card by one of the ELEMENTS: Earth artists in Copic + Gold Ink

    A PHYSICAL COPY of ELEMENTS: Earth + Digital PDF + Wallpaper Pack + Bookplate + Postcard Pack* + Enamel Pin*

    *Eligible for unlocked upgrades

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    • PHYSICAL COPY - ELEMENTS: Earth
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    IGNEOUS

    PHYSICAL COPIES of ELEMENTS: Earth & ELEMENTS: Fire + PDFs

    ADD $10 for the BOOKPLATE
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    *This additions includes all unlocks!

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