It’s finally here: The new Kickstarter campaign.
The first two issues of Westward sold out within the first month of their release. While this might seem like a huge success, it’s important to point out that unless you’re selling tens of thousands of copies, the truth is the expense of printing and shipping just one issue of a 32 page black-and-white bi-monthly book is extremely costly. Since Kinetic Press is essentially a one-man enterprise, shouldering that cost can be pretty near-impossible. That’s why Westward has turned to Kickstarter for help.
Westward: Volume 1 will allow new readers the opportunity to start at the beginning of the series, while offering something extra to more familiar fans.
Westward: Volume 1 will be 120 pages, collecting the first three chapters into one perfect-bound, high-gloss trade paperback. The book will appear under the listing for “Tool Publications” in the March 2013 issue of Previews and see global distribution the following May, appearing on the shelves of comic book retailers everywhere.
The book includes several never-before-seen bonus materials, including:
- Concept art
- Early sketches and plot notes
- Character designs
- Reference photographs
- Script pages
- “Fallible,” an all-new short story by Ken Krekeler, set in the Westward universe
The Kickstarter campaign for “Westward: Volume 1” will officially launch on March 1st of 2013 and will run for 30 days. As part of the “soft-push” phase of the project, you can visit the Kickstarter page early to view the short documentary video on Westward’s production and scope out the rewards tier.