News: With Two Weeks To Go, The Defenders Of Eden Crowdfunding Campaign Is Already Into Stretch Goals
It's been a long, long wait but the comics project
Defenders Of Eden is finally on Kickstarter with a tangible offering - Issue #1 of the comics series - that's ready to be printed and shipped.
Defenders Of Eden
is a speculative-fiction comics series created and written by US creator Matthew Rodriguez, with art by US creator CJ Edwards and colours by South African creator Andrew Cramer, who is behind the series Week Daze
and part of the They Did This!
collective. It is inspired by Eighties properties, such as the Masters Of The Universe
(He-Man) action-figure toy line, which later expanded into comics, a television series, and a film, and ThunderCats
, which started as an animated series and later expanded to comics.
The story takes place in a realm called Eden, in which antagonist Lady MaryWeather is attempting to overthrow the Kingdom Of Neuthonia. Up against her are "an unlikely group of characters from all over Eden".
The project, which is aimed at both adults and children, was first launched as a crowdfunding campaign about five years ago and was an early example of what has now become a common problem - overenthusiastic creators with overly ambitious projects but little to prove that they can deliver. Consequently the campaign failed because it was trying to branch into toys as well as comics but, to their credit, the team members kept going. Now they are actually ready to deliver something that is already complete: the first issue of the comic series, which is titled Machine & Magic
. As a result, three days into the campaign the project had surpassed its funding goal and was already into stretch goals. Funders want to back a strong project - not a dream.
The reward tiers for this campaign are also scaled down and more in line with the spirit of the project. (The previous campaign ran wild with merchandise ideas rather than focusing on the core starting point of the project - the comic.)
Unfortunately, if you're in South Africa you're going to miss out on a lot of what's on offer as the shipping cost, which is calculated as a pledge addition, starts at US$20 although, oddly, the US$20 charge is for tiers that actually offer more physical stuff, while the tier that only offers the comic and no extras costs US$25 for shipping. (This is unfortunate as a 24 page comic doesn't cost US$25 to ship to South Africa.)
What you can do if you're in this situation is jump in on the US$10 level and receive a PDF of the comic instead of the printed version.
Above: The regular cover and the limited-edition Kickstarter cover for Defenders Of Eden: Issue #1 - Machine & Magic, with art by CJ Edwards and colours by Andrew Cramer.
If you're a potential backer in the US (or can supply a US delivery address) or you don't mind the shipping costs the reward options are much broader and include two vintage-style mini comics and a limited edition chase cover (pictured above right), featuring the villains, which will only be printed for eligible backers of the Kickstarter campaign. There are also prints and posters and options to help to design a character. There was an option to have your likeness drawn into a future issue but the three available slots for that offer have already been grabbed.
As for stretch goals, free stickers have been unlocked for those receiving physical rewards. Still in the locked list are an Axel Gimenez pinup, for those receiving physical packages who are willing to add another US$5 to their pledge, and a PDF sneak peak of Issue #2 for every backer.
on Kickstarter. The campaign is running until Thursday, 5 April 2018, at 20:07 UTC/GMT (22:07 SAST/CAT/GMT+2).
Above: Interior art by CJ Edwards with colours by Andrew Cramer, of Defenders Of Eden: Issue #1 - Machine & Magic.
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