Snowbound - A Serial Magical Girl Manga

Follow the story of Yukino Maeda as she learns of the strange power she was born with and what that power will cost her.
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Drew Byrne
Comic
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
4 Team Members

A teenage girl learns she carries a power thought to be lost to the world. With that power, she has to protect her friends & home while learning the truth behind her powers and her own life.

Campaign News: Thanks to everyone who joined our stream! No idea if we'll have another one before our campaign ends on Saturday. If a lot of people ask for it, we'll work it out. Just leave a comment on this page if you want another stream.


As a note for potential backers. we've come across a problem with Paypal donations regarding Paypal's fees. As such, we'd like to ask that if you're going to donate less than $15, please do so only by credit card. If you can only use Paypal, please consider donating at least $15. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Note this isn't a requirement, only a request.


Snowbound is the story of Yukino Maeda, a Japanese teenager who lives in a world where it doesn't snow! One day, though, Yukino learns that she has the power to create and control snow! At the same time, her home becomes overrun with creatures known as daemons (day-mons). Once beings that helped humans in the shadows, they now cause mischief and trouble for the city. It's up to Yukino to stop them and find out why they're being drawn to her home.

This is a serial comic, styled like Japanese comics often referred to as manga and based in Toronto, Canada.  While it carries references from three stories that helped inspire it (Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura and My-HiME), it works to twist these elements into something that carries a touch of nostalgia and yet, thanks to a story that tries to reshape the idea of how our world works and how the actions of people can affect it, feels new and fresh. Each character is designed to not just feel unique to each other but to feel real to readers, to make them think they are actual people because, to an extent, they are! Most of the main cast of characters are based around actual people, often named for them and sharing aspects like similar personalities, similar interests or similar ways of thinking even if their behavior might be different.

Each issue/chapter of the comic is about 45 pages long, compared to the average 20 pages found in Japanese comics.


Page 10 from the manga.

Want to see more? Scroll down or go here to see the full preview of the manga here!

Can't read on deviantART? Try this link instead!


Drew Byrne - The writer and creator of Snowbound, Drew, going by the alias hythrain, is an amateur writer trying to prove himself in the writing world. For the past four years he's worked hard to improve himself and make a name as an independent comic writer; Snowbound is the result of his efforts thus far. With the support of the artists, all of whom have shown great enthusiasm for the project, and his friends, Drew is putting himself out there to try and prove that he can tango with the big boys of comics.

Anna Tsocheva - Anna, otherwise known as Rikae, is a freelance illustrator and comic artist based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Since 2003, she's worked on numerous short story comics of varying success. She has a huge love for art, always open to changing and experimenting for new results. Snowbound is her first large scale project, and she's very excited to be able to work on it. -

Rachel Marks - A very versatile freelance artist, Rachel has 12 years of work history ranging from character design and 2D animation to comic books and video games. She's the Art Director and co-owner of indie game development house, Bang Bang Attack Studios, and has been a great supporter of Snowbound since the team was first formed. You can find more of her work on her deviantART account, FalyneVarger.

Laurie Thomas - Currently a student of Ringling College of Art and Design where she pursues a major in Illustration and a minor in Visual Development, Laurie "Cetriya" Thomas has a huge body of works including paintings, illustrations, product design and several self published books. Her work has been shown at various galleries, Madeby Boutique, and even in games.


A so-called "rough" version of our limited edition 12x18 poster print (As stated by the artist, Finni). If this is suppose to be rough, can you imagine what it'll look like when finished?!


The idea of the campaign is to help jump start the comic's production which, not surprisingly, costs a lot of money. While the comic will be produced regardless of the success of this campaign, the pace will be much slower without your support. Every bit of money we raise, after the service fees and reward costs, goes straight to producing pages. Our target goal of $3500 gets the first chapter completed. After that, we need to raise an additional $3500 plus $500 to make each future chapter. This means we'd need a total of $17,000 to complete a full volume.

It takes as little as $5. If every person who saw this gave just $5, we'd hit our goal in no time!




Q. How often do you plan to release chapters?

A. That depends on our success here. At the top end, if this campaign is an overwhelming success then we could look into doing up to seven chapters a year along with perhaps one to two chapters of a sidestory. (At 45 pages on average per chapter, this is 360 to 405 pages). However, if the opposite were to happen and we absolutely bomb, we'll likely begin at only one chapter a year. This is the key thing: the more success, both in funding and in exposure, the more we can make not just now but in the future.

More questions to be added in the future.



Here's the first 11 pages of the manga, for you to check out!




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  • $5USD
    Digital Issue

    You get a digital copy of the first chapter of Snowbound. You'll also have your name printed in our "Special Thanks" pages of the first volume when it's made.

    25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $10USD
    Forgot International Shipping?

    This is for international folks who had a mailed perk but forgot to add extra to help cover international costs. International means being outside of Canada. It's $10 for US folks, $15 for others.

    1 claimed
  • $10USD
    Digital Wallpaper Pack

    Along with a "Digital Issue" reward, you get a set of ten wallpapers to use on your computer or laptop! These are in high quality sizes, able to fit each of the standard resolution ratios - 4:3, 16:9 and 16:10.

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $15USD
    Pinback Button Collection

    Along with a "Digital Wallpaper Pack" reward, you get a pack of four 1.25" pinback buttons featuring different characters from Snowbound! Don't worry, there won't be any duplicates!

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $15USD
    Printed Issue Stand Alone

    As a last minute reward, for folks who only want a printed issue and nothing else... well, here it is! This is ONLY for the printed issue!

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $30USD
    Printed Issue

    Along with a "Pinback Button Collection" reward, you'll get a printed copy of the first chapter mailed to your door! If from the US, we ask that you add $10 to help cover shipping. If outside North America, please add $15 to help cover shipping.

    9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $30USD
    L.E. Poster Print Stand Alone

    As a last minute reward, for folks who want the limited edition 12x18 inch print and nothing else, here you go! This does technically come with a digital issue as well, but it's no big deal.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $50USD
    L.E. Poster Print

    Along with a "Printed Issue" reward, you'll get an 11x17 inch poster of Yukino Maeda made by "Zeldamon" artist Finni Chang (http://finni.deviantart.com/), exclusive to the Indiegogo campaign. If from the US, we ask that you add $10 to help cover shipping. If outside North America, please add $15 to help cover shipping.

    10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $100USD
    Art Commission

    Along with a "Digital Issue" reward, you get a digital commission done by the art team! All commissions must be SFW, and due to time constraints will NOT allow for any edits. All commissions consist of a single character with black & white toning and a simple background.

    1 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $100USD
    Background Cameo

    Along with a "L.E. Poster Print"" reward, YOU will make a cameo appearance in Snowbound as either one of Yukino's classmates or as someone on the streets of Toronto. You will either have to provide a picture or give a description for an avatar character. If from the US, we ask that you add $10 to help cover shipping. If outside North America, please add $15 to help cover shipping. Estimated delivery is for all non-cameo aspects. There is no set delivery for the cameo.

    2 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $250USD
    Full Cameo

    Your "Background Cameo" reward is upgraded! Your character will be upgraded to have a full acting cameo, used as a character-of-the-day at some point throughout the series. Of course, it comes with the digital download, first chapter book, and limited edition print. If international (outside Canada), please add $15.

    0 out of 5 claimed
  • $500USD
    Custom Print Messenger Bag

    Along with a "Digital Issue" reward, you get a custom-printed messenger bag, feature artwork of Yukino on it. The bag is 11" H x 18" W x 6" D. If from the US, we ask that you add $15 to help cover shipping. If outside North America, please add $25 to help cover shipping.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $700USD
    Everything!

    Say what? Yea, you read this right. You get everything; you get a digital download, your name in our Special Thanks credits, the first issue, the limited edition poster, the SFW art commission, a full cameo (And guaranteed to have your cameo be in the first volume), and the custom-printed messenger bag! No need for additional money for shipping!

    1 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
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