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1001 Knights is a massive 3-volume anthology project focusing on creating people-positive characters with feminist overtones.
1001 Knights is a massive 3-volume anthology project focusing on creating people-positive characters with feminist overtones.
1001 Knights is a massive 3-volume anthology project focusing on creating people-positive characters with feminist overtones.
3,289 backers pledged $299,192 to help bring this project to life.

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1001 Knights is a massive 3-volume anthology project focusing on creating people-positive characters with feminist overtones. Over the course of 3 volumes, 250+ artists explore themes about what it means to be a knight and what makes for a strong character through illustration, comics, poetry, and prose. The artists involved have worked long and hard to create meaningful art that will uplift and inspire readers. 1,001 knights will be represented between all 3 volumes, including fictional characters and the contributing artists.

In order to make this the coolest and most epic anthology we can dream of, we need your help! All money raised will go towards making the book and compensating the participating artists.

1001 Knights is curated and created by Kevin Jay Stanton (Illustrator, curator of FEZZINE, artist for the Signature Shakespeare series) and Annie Stoll (Grammy Nominated Art Director, Year 85 Group creator and illustrator of the comic Ode). Kevin and Annie met on the wonderful world of Twitter and have spent many an evening chatting about unicorns, lady knights, and impossible dreams. They have been working on curating, creating, and herding 250+ artist cats for 1001 Knights for over a year and are extremely excited and proud to put this set of books out into the world.

1001 Knights is suggested PG-13. Read on for further details about the book, participating artists, and the rewards! If you want even more info + sneak peeks check out the hashtag #1001Knights across twitter, tumblr, and our website: http://www.onethousandandoneknights.com 

Here is a mock-up of the anthology. Read below for book size & specs
Here is a mock-up of the anthology. Read below for book size & specs

There are three volumes each over 250 pages. The book is 7"x10" with cloth bound hardcover and full color interiors. There is also a box to house all three books that will be included with complete physical sets. Each volume can stand alone as one but combined, the three volumes represent all the unique houses/themes and between them contain a complete set of 1,001 unique characters.

Each book in the set is themed after one of three qualities that embody what it means to be a knight. Wisdom, Courage, and Fellowship - the knowledge of right and wrong, the strength to stand up against injustice and protect the innocent, and the trust and love of friends.

We are so very honored to have the following inspirational people writing introductions for each of the volumes of 1001 Knights:
Samantha Swords, a real life lady knight for Courage
Steven Sugar and Rebecca Sugar, a super talented pair of siblings for Fellowship
Richie Pope, an incredible illustrator and activist for Wisdom

MET!!!!!!!!!!! $72,500 --- Patterned Pantone Printed Endsheets for each House book. Each book will have its own special pattern representing the house.

MET!!!!!!!!!!! $75,000 --- Ribbon Bookmarks in each Book

MET!!!!!!!!!!! $80,000 --- Each Print Set Gets a New Print
Now there are 4 prints per set! Art has been added to the print sets in the rewards section below.

Here is an example of what each volume will now look like with the first two push goals unlocked!

MET!!!!!!!!!!! $85,000 --- Foil added to Slipcase & Cover First, the slipcase will get 2 additional foil stamps. This means it is now a total of 3 foil stamps in Gold, Blue & a Bright Silver. Second, all covers for each book gain an additional foil cover. So there will be 2 foil colors on the cover in Gold and Red! (How luxurious!!)

MET!!!!!!!!!!! $90,000 --- House Bookmarks 
House Bookmarks added to all tiers receiving a Printset. This means any tiers receiving a printset will now have Books with a very special House-Specific bookmark. Each bookmark is built into the book with a fancy pattern specific to the house (check out our image mock up)

Here is a rough example of what you've unlocked:

MET!!!!!!!!!!! $100,000 --- Gilded Edges - All physical copies of the book will have gold gilded edges!!!

MET!!!!!!!!!!! $110,000 --- New Prints added to Print sets - Each print set will get another new print! (now a total of 5 Prints Per Set!) See the rewards section for unlocked prints

MET!!!!!!!!!!! $120,000 --- More Foil Color Added to the Individual Cover (3 Total!) - 1 More Foil Color Added to the Individual Book Covers (3 Total!) So now ALL cover ink colors will be special foil inks!

MET!!!!!!!!!!! $130,000 --- Knight Sticker Sheets to All Physical Orders receiving a Printset - Special stickers sheets made out of artists' work will be added to all orders with physical books!

MET!!!!!!!!!!! $140,000 --- 1001 Knights Crest Patch Added to all FULL BOOK SET Orders

Mock-up of Embroidered Patch
Mock-up of Embroidered Patch

MET!!!!!!!!!!! $150,000 --- We will donate 50 books to Libraries and Institutions (if you want your library or institution on the list, contact us!) AND a new tier will unlock that includes a Trio of "Elite" Enamel Pins

MET!!!!!!!!!!! $165,000 --- Fold-Out Posters for each House added to All Physical Orders (see Rewards section for the designs)

MET!!!!!!!!!!! $180,000 --- Digital Knighthood Pack to ALL Tiers (wallpapers, borders, avatars, and a certificate of knighthood) AND we will Donate Another 25 Books 

MET!!!!!!!!!!! $200,000 --- The Compendium (PDF of a Behind the Scenes Look at the making of the art from 1001 Knights. Process, sketches, walkthroughs, and notes about the art and characters from artists themselves!)

MET!!!!!!!!!!! $250,000 --- A Treasury of Temporary Tattoos to ALL physical orders

Next Push Goals!

$300,000 --- Circular Bumper Stickers added to All Physical Orders AND we will Donate Another 25 Books
$350,000 --- A text based adventure game with a chapter for each house for ALL backers written by several of the writers in our project.

There are over 250 incredible artists in 1001 Knights. For a complete list of all the participating artists with links to their personal art sites, visit http://onethousandandoneknights.tumblr.com/artists

Below are just a few examples of the amazing artists of 1001 Knights. We will be revealing all 250+ names throughout the campaign in our updates.

Concept Artist for Frozen, Big Hero 6, Wreck-it-Ralph, Tangled, Paperman, Moana
Concept Artist for Frozen, Big Hero 6, Wreck-it-Ralph, Tangled, Paperman, Moana
Eisner and Harvey Award winner for Adventure Time comics, To Be or Not To Be: That is The Adventure, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
Eisner and Harvey Award winner for Adventure Time comics, To Be or Not To Be: That is The Adventure, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
Cartoon Network, Steven Universe
Cartoon Network, Steven Universe
Blizzard, Lego
Blizzard, Lego
  
Eisner, Shuster, and Harvey-nominated author of Spera from Boom! Studios/Archaia
Eisner, Shuster, and Harvey-nominated author of Spera from Boom! Studios/Archaia
Chronicle Books, Dreamworks, Cartoon Network, Disneyland, The Washington Post
Chronicle Books, Dreamworks, Cartoon Network, Disneyland, The Washington Post
Strong Female Protagonist, First Second
Strong Female Protagonist, First Second
Archie Comics, Image Comics, Hana Doki Kira
Archie Comics, Image Comics, Hana Doki Kira
Regular Show Comic Artist, Boom!
Regular Show Comic Artist, Boom!
Eisner-nominated artist of Atomic Robo, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse
Eisner-nominated artist of Atomic Robo, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse
Bungie, Wizards of the Coast, Tor, DC, National Geographic
Bungie, Wizards of the Coast, Tor, DC, National Geographic
  

AND MANY MORE ARTISTS! CHECK THE LIST HERE {HERE}

The artists of 1001 Knights are illustrators, cartoonists, designers, animators, authors, poets and more! Many of the artists are award-winning and acclaimed in their own right and have done work for such companies as Disney, BOOM!, Archer/FX, Nickelodeon, Sony, Cartoon Network, Marvel, IDW, Archaia, Hiveworks and Lucasfilm. Several 1001 Knights artists have won or been nominated for Eisners, Harveys, Ignatz, Junos and Grammys to name a few.  The anthology is bursting at the seams with a ton of extremely talented up-and-coming artists to look out for too! We hope that you will check out all of their personal links that we've gathered HERE on our website. All the artists in this anthology have put a lot of hard work into crafting not only visually stunning, but thought-provoking and diverse characters.

The art is complete and the book is 90% designed. We just need YOU to help us make this a reality. We want to make the coolest anthology set we can! We also want to compensate the participating artists not only monetarily, but with a special “Artist's Edition” of 1001 Knights, with an alternate cover design. All profit after the cost of books and rewards will go to our artists, being split evenly amongst them.

We will not be selling this to publishers. It’s an entirely not-for profit project. Artists will be receiving “Artist Edition” copies of the House they created for, but there will be nowhere else to get full sets after the kickstarter closes!

To make a set of books of such high quality has taken a lot of hard work. Since this anthology is very deluxe to begin with, the costs of producing it are high. That said, we are confident in our artists and you that together we will make these books come to life!

Help us make 1001 Knights a reality! Rise a knight and fight alongside us as we challenge the traditional representation of “knight” and “strength” and bring meaningful and truly rad new character-driven art into the world.

Our rewards include PDFs of the book, print sets, custom art & even more special items which will be unlocked once we reach our goal!

Here is a tier chart guide to all the rewards. More will be unlocked once the goal is reached.

This chart represents the cost of making & shipping the books and rewards after Kickstarter fees. Profit raised beyond the cost of producing the rewards will be going to our artists. Now that we have reached goal, all profit goes directly to an even split amongst the artists themselves.

Breadpig helped us with the math needed in order to make 1001 Knights a reality. They helped us find printers and spec out the costs of books and rewards. The books are very deluxe to begin with (cloth-bound, foil-stamped, hardcover, & full color to boot!), so the cost of making them is quite high. Working with Breadpig has ensured that 1001 Knights will be the most amazing Anthology we can make. They have worked with some our artists's projects, including Ryan North's TO BE OR NOT TO BE and Scott Wegener's ATOMIC ROBO, as well as many other projects that we love and have supported! 

Annie & Kevin are a pair of friends who met on Twitter and decided to collaborate on a comic anthology. Eventually, they met up and began to scheme about all the zines and anthology ideas they wanted to make. What started out as a small call for art to a zine they were putting together about lady knights, quickly grew into the full revolution that is the current 1001 Knights project. The pair has been working for over a year on this passion project. They both feel very strongly about the need for better, more diverse characters and promoting people positivity as well as supporting their fellow artists in every way they can. Both Annie & Kevin have previous experience in comic anthology self publishing (Hana Doki Kira, Fezzine) and are very excited about creating the best anthology they can with and for their fellow art peers on 1001 Knights.

Annie @aniistoll

Kevin @kevinjaystanton

Campaign Support - Breadpig, Inc.

Video by Matt Pichette  

Music by DarkeSword

PR by Lillian Noble

The 1001 Knights Crest
The 1001 Knights Crest

Risks and challenges

We've held off on kickstarting until we we had nearly everything in hand. We're working with Breadpig to make sure all costs are accounted for and to make sure fulfillment of rewards will be as efficient as possible. We've also got the job narrowed down to 3 printers.

Barring acts of nature out of our control, we're confident in getting everything to you in a timely manner!

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FAQ

  • In January 2016, the USPS hiked up their shipping fees substantially. Just in time for our kickstarter...yay. Luckily for us, the amazing people at Breadpig are helping run support on this project. They have been able to help us do the math, create tiers & work with vendors to get rewards not only made but fulfilled. It’s unfortunate that the shipping costs so much, but rest assured that the books are going to be packaged super well to ensure that they arrive in pristine condition. They will be shrink-wrapped together with any prints so that they stay flat and ship nice and cozy.

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  • The goal of 1001 Knights is to establish a safe, creative, and positive space where the artists can express themselves. We define people-positivity as being accepting, open, and championing people of all gender IDs, orientations, races, cultures, and beliefs. The artists of 1001 Knights are as diverse as the characters they have created in the book and are all welcome. We embrace feminist ideals and encourage the voices of all cultures, races, gender, and sexuality. It's about uplifting personhood to avoid stereotypes and recognize individuality. We believe that creating a positive and accepting environment is uplifting and vital to forge peace and understanding, in our artistic community and in society as a whole.

    Embracing each other in this way has made for some of the most amazing, creative and inspiring art! We hope that the art and the spirit of 1001 Knights inspires readers to make the world a better place through art, dialogue, and action in their own lives!

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  • Thank you for your interest! We are currently not accepting submissions for 1001 Knights - the books are complete and 90% laid out already. However we plan on doing additional collaborative projects after we wrap this one up. If you’d like to submit your portfolio for consideration for future projects, please email onethousandandoneknights@gmail.com and we’ll add you to our list!

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