The Heart of Time is Volume One of a fantasy comic that is about time travel, scooters and pugs (Oh my!). This first volume collects chapters 1-4 of the series, and is 116 pages, in full color. The story follows the misadventures of a bad-tempered teenager named Amelia and her pug as they crash through time, ruining history, and messing with the space-time continuum, as well as the sanity of peaceful Tudor villagers. When Amelia steals her father’s time machine (a modified scooter) she has no understanding of how to control it, and, together with her pet pug Gertrude, she crashes through time attempting to find her way home. Along the way, she interrupts Arthur, a Victorian gentleman, just as he is about to propose to the love of his life. His proposal ruined, he hitches a ride on Amelia’s bike to escape his girlfriend’s deranged father.
After a crash landing, he wakes up in the year 2006 to discover the teenager has disappeared, and he is now in possession of a severely confused pug sitting on his lap and pieces of scooter are everywhere. The Heart of Time is an anarchic adventure, inspired by long-running series such as Avatar: TLA and Samurai Champloo. The story is written and illustrated by Sarah Millman, the comic has been published online as a webcomic since 2012 (you can read it here), and it has been sold in single issue-format at events such as Thought Bubble and London MCM. Chapters One through Three are already complete, while Chapter Four will be completed before the conclusion of this campaign.
Volume 1 will be printed as a paperback in full color, at UK size (16cm x 24cm) and with 116 pages, collecting the first four issues of Heart of Time. The comic totals just over 100 pages, and the rest of the page count includes extra artwork and development sketches. Chapter 1 was originally published in black and white, and is being colored especially for this volume!
Book tiers start from £12, and all tiers include UK postage. Other rewards include a pack of four badges and a5 prints (with designs created just for this campaign, TBA), sketched-in books and thanks on the website. Millman will also be creating a black and white illustration incorporating the names of backers, which will be printed in the “extras” section of the volume. This will be included in any tier over £20. (More examples of her work can be found here.)
The finished artwork will be emailed to backers as high resolution digital illustration, and a print of each backer’s commission will be sent along with their other rewards. Millman is pretty open to draw whatever backers like — though nothing pornographic or overly offensive. Folks with questions please don’t hesitate to ask her.
Backers (or your person/character of their choice) will be featured in a new chapter of HoT, as an extra! Backers will have at least one line scripted, and be featured in at least three panels of the comic. Millman will send backers a list of time periods to from which to choose and create a costume design for each backer for this era. This will also be delivered as a high resolution jpeg and a print sent along with other rewards. (Just to clarify, this cameo will appear in a future chapter of HoT, and will not be printed in this book.)
Printing the issues collected in a volume solves a multitude of problems (easier to transport, cheaper to print etc.) and by funding the volume via Kickstarter, and she will be able to be much more ambitious with her page count, size and print run. She will also be able to bring extra materials like prints, badges and sketches, and even more if the campaign reaches its stretch goals!
Kickstarter is a brilliant platform for creators to interact with an audience directly, and bring them content without having to go through publishers or other third parties. Millman is excited to bring HoT to new readers, and give her current readers a lovely, well-made book with extras they’ve never seen before. The commission pledges will take slightly longer, and she will be able to discuss specific requirements over email.
This project will be funded on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.