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$2,990
pledged of $2,500pledged of $2,500 goal
42
backers
14days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, July 1 2019 3:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Welcome!

If you're new to Duskrider, no worries!   You can read Chapter 1 here for free! 

Things to note:

  •  if you missed Vol. 1, it will be included as a digital copy in all reward tiers over $15
  • this is an illustrated novel, and not a graphic novel. This means that as opposed to a paneled structure to tell a story, I will have large, full-spread illustrations accompanied by bodies of text.
  • the digital version on my website will have animated images 
  • the first twenty people to pledge $25 or more may choose an additional digital wallpaper of their choice to go along with their reward (ALL GONE!) 

 Example of animation in the digital version:

Chapter 6: Vermilion
Chapter 6: Vermilion

The idea for Duskrider came about in late 2016.  I had been going down a rabbit hole of 80's sci-fi nostalgia, and had also discovered the music genre synthwave.  I created a piece called Midnight Rider that would essentially be the first draft of the character Lena.  After composing a short story about her, I decided that it could actually be told in a much larger and thought-out adventure.  Enter the concept of Duskrider.

I wrote Chapter 1 in 2017, and published it by summer 2018, in hopes of garnering some attention. Ultimately, it would be used to promote a Kickstarter to fund the story. I launched that summer, and it failed. I found my initial goal was way too ambitious. I wasn't about to give up, however, because I believed in the project and Lena's story. I re-launched in September.

With a much more attainable goal, I hit it in about a third of the total time. I scrambled to provide some stretch goals, and ended up creating a lot more work and expense for myself. But at least I knew people were interested.

Paperback chapter art example
Paperback chapter art example

In the year 2487, mankind has established its first interstellar civilization. Twenty light-years from Earth, in the Libra constellation, exists a planetary system known as Gliese-581. In this system, Zarmina, the sixth planet, travels in a tidally-locked orbit around Gliese, a red dwarf star twice as old as our own sun. For over one hundred years, colony ships from Earth have been terraforming and inhabiting Zarmina. The voyage between Earth and Zarmina takes more than twenty years at light speed. A shipbuilding company has constructed a new type of colony ship, the Duskrider, that supports a fully-functioning society for this lengthy journey. 

A new social phenomenon is revolutionizing human life on Zarmina. People now have the opportunity to transfer their consciousness to a new body: a synthetic host. The synthetic host doesn’t age. It doesn’t need food, get sick or develop cancer. Transferring essentially means immortality. The process, however, is irreversible. Recently, a colony ship from Earth has docked in Zarmina’s interstellar port city of Vogt. The colony transport ship, Duskrider, has brought 300,000 immigrants from Earth in hopes for economic growth. 

Among this group is Lena. Over the years aboard the Duskrider, Lena has been training under her team manager, Zedd, to become magnacycle operator for their team. However, Zarminian magnacycle riders have begun insuring their legacies by transferring their consciousness to synthetic hosts. Lena is facing pressure from her team and their investors to protect hers as well. Are humans meant to achieve such lengths with life? Does living as a synthetic feel the same? She now finds herself at a diverging path of her convictions, or continuing her passion.

Story influences
Story influences

  Example of animation in the digital version:

Chapter 4: Zarmina
Chapter 4: Zarmina

My ultimate goal is to have Vol. 2 include as many chapters as funding allows. 

More funding=more chapters per volume. 

This also means that people that pledge for digital or print versions of the book will get more content for their pledge!

The entirety of the story is around fifty chapters, broken into three books.  Vol. 1 includes the first six chapters of Book 1. 

  This campaign's initial goal is set for Chapters 7 and 8, roughly twenty pages of content.


Cost Analysis

Stretch Goals

  •  $3500: Chapter 9 is included in Vol. 2., and everyone having something shipped receives a sticker.
  •  $4000: Chapter 10 is included in Vol. 2. , and everyone having something shipped receives a patch.  
  •   $4500: Enamel pins to all physical backers.
  •  $5000: Chapter 11 is included in Vol. 2, and everyone that pledges for the $75 tier or higher receives a t-shirt.

If somehow we surpass $5k, every thousand past this point gets another chapter into Vol. 2. (Until Book 1 is complete)

Patch and t-shirt examples
Patch and t-shirt examples

Ok, let's get on to what you're REALLY here for! 

I already read Vol.1, and I want to continue the story.
I already read Vol.1, and I want to continue the story.
Save the trees. I want to read it from the beginning via my screens.
Save the trees. I want to read it from the beginning via my screens.

 If a $3500 goal is met, everyone beyond this point will receive a sticker!

If a $4000 goal is met, everyone beyond this point will receive a patch!

I don't want my Vol. 1 to look lonely on my book shelf.
I don't want my Vol. 1 to look lonely on my book shelf.
I want the paperback and a new piece of art.
I want the paperback and a new piece of art.
I want the story from the beginning, in book form.
I want the story from the beginning, in book form.

 If a $5000 goal is met, everyone beyond this point will receive a t-shirt! 

I already have Volume 1, but I want that art.
I already have Volume 1, but I want that art.

 ALL GONE!

Just give me everything.
Just give me everything.

 ALL GONE!

I came up on some money, and I want to spend it on a rad Kickstarter project.
I came up on some money, and I want to spend it on a rad Kickstarter project.

Risks and challenges

If the stretch goals are met for the additional chapters, then I may have to add on a few weeks of work time per chapter.

It is incredibly expensive to send prints internationally. In order to transport them safely, I must use a tube or thick box, which gets heavy, inducing more shipping charges.

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