WEST of OZ is a Wild West / Fantasy retelling of L. Frank Baum's original novel "The Wonderful Wizard of OZ". It's a 9-Issue comic series.
We have taken the original narrative from the book and adapted it into our own fantasy world, fulled to the brim with re-imagined places and people from the classic childrens book series.
Last year, we successfully funded Issues #1-#3 and the TPB#1: "No Place Like Home" here on Kickstarter!
After we shipped the books to our Backers, we took WEST of OZ to Denver Comic Con, DiNK Indie Art Expo, Emerald City Comic Con , and a ton of other conventions and shows. We had a great time!
A lot has happened for our Team since the last Kickstarter;
Nick switched schools, Sean and Danielle paid off a mortgage, and Amanda got married!
Now, we are ready to get back to work and produce the next part of the WEST of OZ series, with Issues #4 - 6 and TPB#2: WEST of OZ Volume 2: "The Wonderful Land of OZ".
Issues #1 - #3 tell the story of how a farm girl from Kansas named Dorothy Gale arrived in the Land of OZ, and how she met up with the faithful companions who join her journey.
To give everyone a chance to get familiar with the WEST of OZ story,
we have decided to give away FREE copies of Issue #1: The STORM.
Here is a fast recap to hold you over until you have a chance to download Issue #1 above!
During the first 3 Issues, Dorothy meets a variety of unique characters in OZ. She lands in a village full of Munchkins, crosses paths with ghosts, and goes to a carnival!
At the end of the first 3 Issues, we find Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Woodsman, and the Lion united and aboard a train to Emerald City.
This is where the story picks up in WEST of OZ Volume 2.
NOTE: A digital copy of WEST of OZ Volume 1: No Place Like Home will be included with every Backer Tier that gets a copy of Volume 2!
The Wizard of OZ has some of the most iconic and memorable characters in modern literature. Like the original story, the characters in WEST of OZ are really the heart and backbone of our story as well.
Now that you have a better idea what WEST of OZ is about,
lets talk about the Kickstarter Campaign!
WEST of OZ Volume 2: Issues #4 - #6
This Project will cover the production of a total (4) four books: WEST of OZ Issues #4, #5, and #6, as well as a combined Trade Paperback edition.
We are offering the very readable and shelf-friendly Trade Paperback to all Backers in both Digital and Physical forms. Or three (3) Individual Physical Issues are available as Rewards at higher Tiers.
We are using the same budget model that we have used for our previous 2 successful WEST of OZ Campaigns again, with a few changes to improve the delivery part of the process.
We have gotten print estimates for the individual Issues, the Trade Paperback, and the Rewards, as are planning for extra shipping cost to cover re-shipping and damaged goods.
Any excess funds will go toward Stretch goals, and toward increasing the number of copies of the book that we will order!
WEST of OZ Volume 2 is a Trade Paperback collecting Issues #4 - #6 of WEST of OZ into one book. Each individual Issue is a standard ~32 page comic. The Trade Paperback includes all 3 books, as well as a cover gallery and Special Thanks section.
While the first 3 Issues introduced Dorothy and her companions, the next 3 Issues really try to expand and explore OZ as a place, and show more of the rich history and lore that makes the Land of OZ such an amazing place.
Nick has really fleshed out the citizens of the world more then we have in Issues#1-3 as well, and this included character wardrobe changes for all of our main characters, as well as creating a whole slew of other people and creatures to fill the world.
Here are short looks at the 3 Issues that make up WEST of OZ Volume 2:
Issue #4 picks up with Dorothy and her friends aboard the Emerald Express, a train on a no-stops trip to the Emerald City! But there is someone who is keen on stopping Dorothy before she reaches her destination.
In Issue #5, Dorothy finally meets the great and terrible Wizard of OZ! After such a long journey and so many adventures, could Dorothy really be about to find her way home?
Issue #6 sees Dorothy and her friends come face to face with the forces of the last remaining Wicked Witch! But this battle is unlike anything they have faced before, with our heros' in a fight for their lives!
If we manage to exceed our $5000 goal in a meaningful way, there are several things we would like to do with to expand the project!
$6000 - Extra Pages!
If we can get to $6000 total funds raised, we would love to add move pages to each of the books! Like any good story, there are always bits left on the cutting room floor that the creators loved.
Unfortunately, there are a limited number of pages per book, due to talent and print costs! With an extra $1000, we can fund and include an extra 3-5 pages per book, for a total of ~14 extra pages of story in the WEST of OZ Volume 2 Trade Paperback.
These segments exist, and have been cut out in the editing process, so they fit naturally into the flow of the story when restored.
The segments by Issue are as follows:
Issue #4 - "A Night On The Town"
Dorothy, Scarecrow, the Woodsman, and the Lion have arrived in the big city, and they cant spend their first night in some dusty old room. The Woodsman takes everyone to one of his old haunts and Dorothy shares a secret.
Issue #5 - "the Riches of OZ"
Dorothy and the Gang are sent off into the cities Shopping District with a group of assistants to find something suitable for their audience with OZ!
Issue #6 - "the Bees and the Winkies"
During their battle with the forces of the Wicked Witch, Dorothy and her friends find a bunch of the Witches minions. Like, A BUNCH! So many, in fact, that we had to take some of them out in the interest of having a book that was not 100% fighting! We would love to add back in the battle with both the Killer Bees and the tribal Winkies.
$7000 - Creator Compensation!
Ahh, the ever-elusive dream! To get paid to make comics!
As the Creators of the project, Nick and Sean have agreed to forego compensation for their main contribution to the book (e.g. they create the Art and the Writing for free). If the project makes $7000 (and not before), Nick and Sean will receive $500 each.
$8000+ - More Books!
If the project somehow goes to the moon, and we make more than $8000+, we will be using the extra money to order more books to make available on our online store and at conventions! We would also love to make a charitable donation to an organization related to education and comics!
Over the course of the Kickstarter and until we publish the books in early next year, we plan to keep our Backers and Community updated about how the production is going.
We also have a number of things we like to do along the way to fulfillment, such as Page In Progress updates where we show our Backers Only an original storyboard page from an Issue of WEST of OZ, then over a series of posts bring that page through the lines, color, lettering, and final production edit. Its a great way to preview the art, and lets our Backers ask any questions they might have about our process!
We also have an active Facebook Community of 1,100 and growing from around the world who we keep updated with regular posts and updates, who we hope you will join!
In addition, we will also make regular updates as we reach Funding and Fulfillment milestones (such as art complete, production complete, to print status updates) as well as when we receive merch and other printed materials.
Here are the Rewards (by Tier) that will be available to Backers during our Kickstarter Campaign this time around! Icons keep track of how many Unique Art Items, Digital Books, and Physical Books you will receive at each Backer level.
DESKTOP BACKGROUND #3: Each Kickstarter we have a background image of a different Witch of OZ. This time, we have the Wicked Witch of the West!
- STICKER SET #2: Stickers are 2 in. full-color image vinyl character stickers with ~1/4 in. die-cut . Stickers include: the Wicked Witch of the West, the Crow, the Wolf, two Winkie masks, and a WEST of OZ logo.
- POSTCARDS: Postcards are classic style 3x5 in. postcards with full-color printed images on both sides. (EXAMPLES ONLY)
- MINI-PORTRAITS: 5x7 in. full-color character portraits printed on card-stock.
- MINI-POSTERS: 11x17 in. versions of the WEST of OZ Poster art.
- POSTERS: 20x30 in. movie-style posters featuring WEST of OZ.
The WEST of OZ comic is made by a small team of independent Colorado-based artists.
WEST of OZ was created by Sean Benner and Nicholas Winand.
Nick is the Artist. Sean is the Writer.
Our ongoing Colorist is local Colorado Illustrator Amanda McManaman. We are also proud to welcome Colorist Danielle Hines to our team!
White Stag Productions, LLC is the publishing imprint that we are currently producing the books and merch under.
Our Team has previously completed 2 successful Kickstarter Campaigns for WEST of OZ, and produced 4 different books in the series.
We have delivered the books on time and within budget each time.
Risks and challenges
We have made print arrangements for the book, already have shipping cost estimates and a pipeline, and have completed books of the same proportional size in less time with the previous Kickstarters.
There is minimal Risk involved in this Project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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