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$2,248
pledged of $12,300pledged of $12,300 goal
63
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, June 4 2019 3:40 PM UTC +00:00

About

ZAHRA THE SHADOW FLAME is the first series by Rakan Sindi and Kali Baker-Johnson, the founders of Adam Comics. It's a super-heroine comic set in an alternate Middle East. It's part high fantasy, part sci-fi, part social commentary, and part good ol' fashioned teen angst. We are very excited to introduce Zahra to the Kickstarter community in our first campaign!

Our goal for this Kickstarter is to fund the artwork for Issues #3 & #4, which will complete our first story arc, as well as the printing of the comics and trade paperback to send to all of you good people.

Zahra Darwesh is the last of The Birth Weepers: a familial line of mystically powered women, resurrected souls of the child-daughters sacrificed in ancient Arabia. Zahra can command fire, a fact she must keep hidden so she will not be hunted as a witch like her ancestors were.   

 But all she really wants is to get out - to escape the trappings of adolescence, of school, of her traditional parents and the life they have planned for her - and build a path for herself on her own terms. But the path that she takes may not be the path she expected...

ZAHRA THE SHADOW FLAME is a thrilling coming-of-age story brimming with superheroics, political intrigue, and Middle Eastern folklore.    

GET CAUGHT UP! DOWNLOAD ISSUE #1 FOR FREE

"...full of twists, layered and action packed... a stark and fresh take on the superhero origin story.... Overall: 9.7"

READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE!!!

READ THE FULL AUTHOR INTERVIEW HERE!!! 

We're trying to raise the money for the artwork for Issue #3 of ZAHRA THE SHADOW FLAME. Our budget works like this:   

All of our comics are of the highest quality, bagged & boarded, and shipped in sturdy cardboard mailers...

  •  6.5"x10" Size
  • Premium Quality Paper
  • Saddle-stitched
  • 22-32 Full Colored Pages
  • Glossy Covers

Rakan Sindi (Creator/Writer) - Rakan grew up in Saudi Arabia and moved to the United States to pursue a career in film, his lifelong passion. He is a graduate of Chapman University’s MFA film program, emphasizing in Directing, and his thesis film, “RAHMA,” won the Best Short Film and Best Director – Short Film Awards at the Big House Los Angeles Film Festival 2015.    

Kali Baker-Johnson (Creator/Writer) -  Kali is a filmmaker, media educator, and life-long comic book fan. He is the director of the feature documentary film THUMBWARRIOR, as well as numerous award-winning short films which have screened in film festivals around the world, as well as programs for domestic abuse education and centers for at-risk youth. He was a Directing Fellow at Chapman University's film school, where he received his MFA. ​ 

 Davide Tinto (Illustrator) & Francesca Carotenuto (Colorist, Issues #3 & 4) - Davide and Francesca are a professional artistic duo from Naples, Italy. They both studied at the "Italian School of Comix" and in 2010 the artistic duo won first place in the contest "Imago".  Davide's credits include, "Pop Pixie", "Nero Napoletano"and "Damaged Universe". Francesca's credits include "Djungle", "Foot Hummer" and has recently begun working with Maaw Illustration to adapt Dumbo and Toy Story 4 into graphic novels for Disney.

 Michelle Montrose (Colorist, Issues #1-2) - Michelle is a passionate and innovative artist living in San Diego, California. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from San Diego State University in 2015, and is an active board member of The Southwestern Artists Association at the Spanish Village in Balboa Park. In addition to art, she is also passionate about Gaming, Traveling, Language-Learning/Teaching, and Volunteering. 

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  • Download of ZAHRA THE SHADOW FLAME #2! 
  • Download of ZAHRA THE SHADOW FLAME #1! 
  • Download of ZAHRA THE SHADOW FLAME #2! 
  • Download of ZAHRA THE SHADOW FLAME #3! 
  • Download of ZAHRA THE SHADOW FLAME #1! 
  • Download of ZAHRA THE SHADOW FLAME #2! 
  • Download of ZAHRA THE SHADOW FLAME #3! 
  • Download of ZAHRA THE SHADOW FLAME #4! 
  • Download of ZAHRA THE SHADOW FLAME #1-4! 
  • Physical copy of the ZAHRA THE SHADOW FLAME VOL. 1 TRADE PAPERBACK! 
  • Download of ZAHRA THE SHADOW FLAME #1-4! 
  • Physical copy of the ZAHRA THE SHADOW FLAME VOL. 1 TRADE PAPERBACK! 
  •  SIGNED PHYSICAL COPIES of ZAHRA THE SHADOW FLAME #1-4! 
  • Download of ZAHRA THE SHADOW FLAME #1-4! 
  • Physical copy of the ZAHRA THE SHADOW FLAME VOL. 1 TRADE PAPERBACK! 
  • We'll PRINT YOUR NAME in the trade paperback and on our website as part of the FIRESTARTERS CLUB of valued contributors!
  •  PDFs of the SCRIPTS for every issue!
  • A downloadable MP3 of the ZAHRA THE SHADOW FLAME VOL. 1 AUDIO COMMENTARY, with Rakan and Kali, full of behind the scenes stories and insight into the inspirations for Zahra!
  • A link to the short film RAHMA, directed by Rakan, the origin of the ideas behind the comic!
  • Download of ZAHRA THE SHADOW FLAME #1-4! 
  • Physical copy of the ZAHRA THE SHADOW FLAME VOL. 1 TRADE PAPERBACK! 
  • We'll PRINT YOUR NAME in the trade paperback and on our website as part of the FIRESTARTERS CLUB of valued contributors!
  •  PDFs of the SCRIPTS for every issue,
  • A downloadable MP3 of the ZAHRA THE SHADOW FLAME VOL. 1 AUDIO COMMENTARY, with Rakan and Kali, full of behind the scenes stories and insight into the inspirations for Zahra!
  • A link to the short film RAHMA, directed by Rakan, the origin of the ideas behind the comic!
  • Davide will DRAW YOU INTO ISSUE #3! Just provide us a photo and you'll see your likeness in the background (limited to 10 backers)!

IF WE EXCEED OUR GOAL...

BY AN EXTRA $250 - We'll commission an ISSUE #1 VARIANT COVER by our art team which backers can choose to receive for their physical copy!

BY AN EXTRA $500 - We'll commission an ISSUE #2 VARIANT COVER by our art team which backers can choose to receive for their physical copy!

BY AN EXTRA $1000 - We'll commission an ISSUE #3 VARIANT COVER by our art team which backers can choose to receive for their physical copy!

BY AN EXTRA $1500 - We'll commission an ISSUE #4 VARIANT COVER by our art team which backers can choose to receive for their physical copy!

BY AN EXTRA $2000 - We'll get ISSUES #2-3 TRANSLATED INTO ARABIC and release them digitally!

BY AN EXTRA $3000 - We'll include a physical copy of the ZAHRA THE SHADOW FLAME ADULT COLORING BOOK with every physical copy! It's 54 pages of fully-lettered line art, collecting issues #1-2, that you can color on your own!

Half of our rewards content has already been produced and is ready to go. The last half, Issues #3 & #4, are already written and we are just waiting to get the funds to pay our very talented artists. There could be delays if our artists run into trouble, but we have no reason to think they won't be able to continue delivering high-quality work in a timely manner.  We also have a printer that we have used many times in the past for our small print runs of issues for conventions. We know and trust them, although delays are always a possibility. 

All in all, our risks are pretty low.   

Issue #1 

32 pgs. PDF, EPUB

Available in English & Arabic

Preview 

Issue #2

22 pgs. PDF, EPUB

Alone, on the run, and still reeling from tragedy, Zahra goes to Amani for help. Meanwhile, Suliman is made an offer from an otherworldy benefactor. 

Preview

Issue #3

22 pgs. PDF, EPUB

Where is Zahra? And who is the mysterious Desert's Hand?  

Issue #4

22 pgs. PDF, EPUB

As Zahra readies herself for the mission at hand, the ghosts of her past come back to haunt her. 

 And finally here's some preliminary concept art for what we have planned for the future of Zahra TSF, including some new characters... 

preliminary concept art by Davide Tinto, colors by Francesca Carotenuto

THANK YOU!

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