FALSE GUARD: a martial arts fantasy graphic novel by Merwan

Created by Neurobellum Productions

The complete graphic novel omnibus by the author of the award-winning ASTER OF PAN. (10 DAY FLASH CAMPAIGN!)

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Shipping Update - Jan 24
2 days ago – Tue, Jan 25, 2022 at 12:29:17 AM

Hi everyone!

Hope you are doing well, and hope that most of you (in the US and Canada) have received your packages by now. We just got an update from Quartermaster on the international order status, as follows:

- UK/EU orders are departing for Spiral Galaxy in the UK this week. Figure 2-4 weeks for them to receive the inventory, pack up the individual orders, and send them on their way. So you should have your items in late February (early March at the latest, in case of unexpected delays).

- AUS/NZ orders are being picked up by Aetherworks Freight Forwarding Partner shortly. Still waiting on a pickup date from them. I know that "shortly" isn't helpful, and we're sorry for the delay in having more specific dates; getting goods down under (for a cost anywhere close to reasonable) has been one of the biggest challenges in all this global shipping fiasco. Aetherworks is doing what they can to prioritize container space by grouping multiple campaigns and products together, so that will have some impact on when the combined goods leave the states. I don't know if they're waiting for something more or if they're ready to fly with what they have now. As soon as Quartermaster can confirm with them, we will let you know. Suffice it to say that once they have the inventory, they should be able to turn the orders around in less than 2 weeks.

- Asia orders are on their way to VFI now and are expected to arrive there around Feb 16th. Those orders should then be turned around quickly and in backer hands 2-3 weeks following (depending on the speed of local regional carriers).

Once again, thanks for your patience, everyone. As challenging as this particular fulfillment has been, it would have been three times as challenging (and expensive, for all of us) if we hadn't combined these three campaigns into one shipping project. We've certainly learned some tricks this time around which we will put into practice with this next round of "Free Shipping" campaign bundling that started with OGRE GODS and continues with tomorrow's launch of ARSENE LUPIN, GENTLEMAN THIEF. There will be a third campaign available to piggyback for free later on in the Spring, before the target May fulfillment window, so if you're looking to get some great books and collectibles while saving on shipping, we encourage you to back 'em all! 😊

Status update
29 days ago – Tue, Dec 28, 2021 at 08:33:14 PM

Hi everyone!

Yow -- first off: HUGE apology for such a delayed update... with three campaigns shipping together, in the midst of the year-end administration demands and -- oh, yeah: HOLIDAYS -- we shamefully lost track of what we had and had not yet posted to each campaign. That is not a good excuse for our silence, although the holidays have made it more complicated to get details and confirmation from Quartermaster...

Realizing the last update stated shipping should begin Dec 13th, we wanted to get firm word from QML that that would be the case. That week, they did let us know that a large project just ahead of us was taking a few days longer than expected, and ours would likely be going out the week of Oct 20th. We absolutely should have let you know about that delay immediately, but I failed to do so as I was traveling to visit family at the time and got slammed with catchup business upon return. Again, not a proper excuse -- you should have been a priority. 😔

Since then, QML completed that larger project and committed themselves to get SHANGRI-LA, FALSE GUARD, and THE WALL out by the end of this week. The Christmas weekend certainly put a big monkey wrench in the works but as of yesterday morning, they still claim that packages will be going out this week. Some may already have hit the mail, in fact (though I don't have confirmation or tracking info yet). They know that this is a big priority for us to have out this week, however, so I trust it will happen.

(Full disclosure: In order for Magnetic Press to recognize the revenue from these campaigns in this calendar year, those orders must ship this year. Something about how cashflow is different from revenue earnings, I dunno... it's accounting stuff I don't fully understand, but with that imperative in mind, QML is in the hot seat to make sure things are indeed out this week.)

So, while I don't have firm confirmation to report, I want to trust their professional word that packages are rolling out the door as I type this. 😊

I know that's not really news, but considering how overdue you were for an update, hopefully it brings everyone up to speed.

As soon as I can get ACTUAL confirmation, I'll post accordingly. PROMISE! 😁

Secondly:

HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY! HAPPY BELATED WISHES! 🎄

An update on shipping and a BIG FAVOR TO ASK...
about 2 months ago – Fri, Dec 03, 2021 at 10:34:20 PM

Hey everyone!

Happy Friday! Just a quick update on shipping:

QML should have everything to start packing boxes NEXT TUESDAY. Their current estimate is to have Domestic and Canadian orders hitting the mail the following week (of December 13th). They are also hoping to have International freight ready to depart for the UK, Australia, and Asia hubs that same week. We will of course keep you updated as they confirm dates.

In the meantime, if you haven't checked out the OGRE GODS campaign, it ends a week from today!

Or if you have already backed that (awesome) project (thank you), you could really do us a huge favor by

CHECKING OUT THE SOUNDTRACK NOW STREAMING ON SPOTIFY, APPLE MUSIC, iTUNES, and AMAZON!

Visit the Hyperfollow page for direct links to your favorite streaming platforms

This marks our fifth release on those streaming platforms (and others, including Pandora, Deezer, Tidal, iHeartRadio, ClaroMusica, Saavn, Boomplay, Anghami, KKBox, NetEase, Tencent, Qobuz, Triller (beta), Yandex Music (beta), MediaNet, Shazam), but we have, like, zero followers. Mostly because we haven't done anything to promote ourselves on those platforms, but that's something we'd like to change in 2022, and a great start would be if all of you with a Spotify account please follow us! That will help us start to climb their algorithm ladder so that they share our stuff in other playlists, which in turn (hopefully) gains more followers, which pushes us further up the ladder... We're pretty sure that's how Justin Bieber and Post Malone got rich and famous...

You don't have to actually like it or listen to us, but just following is a huge boost. And it's not like a Facebook follow that opens you up to a bunch of spam posts -- you'll just hear about new music in your Spotify feed as it comes out (sporadically throughout the year). So if you feel like doing us a solid, we'd appreciate it! 😎

Thanks, everyone!

THE OGRE GODS SAGA - launching Tuesday!
2 months ago – Sun, Nov 14, 2021 at 12:37:07 PM

Hi everyone!

Happy Saturday! We hope you're having a nice week. Some of you have asked when we'll be revealing our next amazing title, and we're excited to answer that question today...

Launching THIS TUESDAY NOVEMBER 16th at 10am CST:

A few of you might be familiar with this amazing, multiple-award-winning series by the late Hubert and artist Bertrand Gatignol, but for those of you who aren't, now is the perfect time to jump into this unique and engrossing dark fantasy universe full of gothic drama and moral intrigue!

We are thrilled to announce not only the brand new, fourth and final volume in the series, FIRST BORN, but also a brand new, campaign-exclusive, limited edition Slipcased Boxed Set containing all four books!

For those of you not familiar with the series, it is set in a dark fantasy world ruled by a hierarchy of different sized giants, with each self-contained volume in the series focusing on a different element of the population: the giant Ogre Gods are introduced in PETIT, the tale of the smallest giant’s struggles with family tradition; the plight of the subservient human population is explored in HALF-BLOOD as one charming con artist rises to a seat of power; focus then turns to those humans living in the wilderness beyond the giant’s influence in THE GREAT MAN; the series ends with a look back in FIRST BORN, telling the tale of the first daughter of the first giant and her effort to break the patriarchal chains that each daughter would otherwise suffer.

Personally, this is without a doubt my favorite series we've published (and we've published a ton of amazing stuff). We're publishing this final volume posthumously in the wake of series author Hubert's passing in 2020 (mere weeks after we had the pleasure of dining with him and Bertrand in Paris), and we're hoping this campaign can be a celebration of his thought-provoking work. Bertrand completed the final volume from Hubert's finished script, and we are humbled to bring this final work to light.

If you are a fan of complex, centuries-spanning fantasy filled with mystery, intrigue, moral ambiguity, and hard-hitting dilemma, you will LOVE this series. It is described as GAME OF THRONES as in a BROTHERS GRIMM fairy tale universe, gloriously illustrated in Disney-esque sequential art, with chapters of relevant lore interspersed as illustrated prose throughout. This is a must-have hybrid for fantasy readers of all kinds.

I really hope you will check it out. It is admittedly a bit different from the colorful sci-fi we've been offering lately, but it is undoubtedly still an unequaled reading experience you will never forget.

As usual, you can pre-register for exclusive, bonus linen prints by visiting www.theogregods.com today. We'll be offering a nice array of additional Free Bonuses during the campaign, including some sweet Stretch Goals. 😊

Please share the link and support this fantastic project on Tuesday! Thank you!

Time to grab your digital downloads and collect your Ambassador Points!
3 months ago – Sat, Nov 06, 2021 at 08:40:20 PM

Happy Saturday, everyone!

Just a quick update with two big pieces of news:

1) DIGITAL REWARDS HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED!

You may have already received an email notification from Backerkit informing you of your Digital Downloads now added to your Pledge Manager Account. If you log into Backerkit, you will find them there -- just click the big blue button in the middle of your account screen that says "Get Your Digital Downloads" and it will take you to a page with your links.

The book PDFs are hosted by Gumroad so you will have to use the discount link to grab those for free. (Please note that there are a limited number of downloads using your code, so please do not share it.) This includes the PDF versions of FALSE GUARD as well as any of you who added ASTER OF PAN or PISTOUVI.

2) Ambassador Points have been awarded!

In case you missed the mention on the campaign page, everyone who pledged to the campaign will receive a number of Ambassador Points equivalent to their final pledge. What are Ambassador Points?  They are reward points that can be collected and redeemed for discount codes on our webstore, and a great way to further support Magnetic Press (while getting some more cool books at a great price)!

If you are already a webstore customer and part of the program, just log into your webstore account (which should be the same email address as your Kickstarter/Backerkit account). You should see those new points added to your balance under the heading "FALSE GUARD Kickstarter Points."

If you don't have an account on our webstore, your points have been entered, but you will need to complete registration to use them. 😊

For a walkthrough of how to register, just follow the steps in this update from a previous campaign:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/neurobellum/monolith-a-cinematic-graphic-novel-thriller-by-lrnz/posts/3237293

You can use points for discount codes, gift cards, and pretty soon exclusive collectible items that you can only get using points! It's definitely a fun program that we'll be building on very soon!

That's it for now. If you have any questions about the above, please send us a message and we'll get back to you ASAP.

We sent all of the combined order data to Quartermaster last night and they're already in the process of segmenting inventory for regional freight and product assembly (eg. putting all of the individual Stretch Goal items into a single "Stretch Goal Bundle", etc). It has been a bit of a marathon getting all three of these campaigns manually consolidated, but it's worth it to get you all of these awesome items in December! 🤩

Thanks, everyone!