Lady Sabre & The Kickstarter of the Ineffable Aether

Apologies for the lack of posts, but this time I have a good excuse, I swear.

I moved three weeks ago. And not down the street, but from Massachusetts to New York. I got offered a job I couldn’t turn down and here we are! The Kitchen is now located in a different … house?

ANYWAY, I came for an urgent reason. The Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether Kickstarter. Writer Greg Rucka and artist Rich Burchett are creating the first collection of their webcomic, the aforementioned Lady Sabre.

Lady Sabre Hardcover

In the creators’ own words:

Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether is a webcomic created by Eisner Award winners Rick Burchett (The Batman and Robin Adventures, The Superman Adventures, Blackhawk, She-Hulk) and Greg Rucka (Whiteout, Stumptown, The Punisher, Detective Comics, Queen & Country, Alpha). Rick handles the beautiful art and Greg provides the story and the words. The whole work is overseen by editor, designer, and web-guru Eric Newsom.

Lady Sabre’s world is one of danger, adventure, and deception, filled with clockwork monstrosities, dire magic, and noble hearts. It is a world flavored by Victorian England and late 19th century Europe and the Old West. It is a world of cannon fire and steel meeting steel, brass gears meshing seamlessly with steam-driven pistons, a world of passion and humor and a dash of romance.”

They are now in the “hours, not days” countdown of the campaign. I wanted to post earlier, but this is only the second time I’ve spent any real time on my computer since I moved. And though it was a success by the end of its first day, there’s still plenty of reasons to donate now. The primary reason is that this will be the only way to get the collection in the format it is being offered, and the only way to get it at all for at least a year.

What started as a 192-page book has now expanded into that book, two additional books (one an in-world almanac, the other a compilation of scripts and process materials, and maps of the world. And all this for as low as $20 for PDFs ($10 for just the comic), $30 for physical copies. Having already upgraded the book’s general quality as well as the materials used to create the comic, the only stretch goal that remains is to create deckplans for the HMS Pegasus, Lady Sabre’s vessel.

Higher pledges receive gifts ranging from swag (dogtags, tintype portraits), to signatures and art, to even appearing in the strip. That’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. (Or at least, that’s how I explained it to my bank account.)

Only $7,000 separates that goal and the current amount of pledges. Hell, if the campaign raises $14,000 more, it’ll have raised $100,000 more than its original goal! And with the way some Kickstarters blow up in their final days, that’s not too much to expect.

So go back to the beginning read some strips or jump in now if you like dragons. If it seems like something you’d be into, pony up some cash. It’ll be worth it. When top creators are left to their own loves and devices, it usually is.

Donate, or the Lady will make you smuggle this map in your keister.

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