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:

FREE SHIPPING applied to qualifying orders! Backerkit locking orders THIS WEEKEND!
9 months ago – Sun, Oct 31, 2021 at 06:09:59 PM

Hi everyone!

Hope you had a great week and are starting a fun weekend! 

As promised, we've spent the week reviewing all surveys to confirm which FALSE GUARD orders qualify for the Free Shipping offer with SHANGRI-LA or CARBON GREY. Thanks for filling out your surveys! It was immensely helpful!

We used that data to manually add the appropriate amount of credit to each qualifying order to negate the shipping charges calculated by Backerkit. So if you backed SHANGRI-LA or CARBON GREY at a physical shipping tier, your shipping for FALSE GUARD should now effectively show as FREE!

Please check your Backerkit this weekend to confirm that the amount due looks correct. If you don't see any credit and feel you should, please send us a message. We'll be happy to help figure out any broken links.

With those shipping credits applied, we went ahead and sent the 48-hour Order Lock notification to everyone. You should receive an email from Backerkit soon (if you haven't already) with your 48-hour heads-up to complete your survey. If you have completed your survey and everything looks good, you don't have to do anything -- they will lock your order automatically on Sunday. 

If you haven't completed your survey, you have two days left to do so! Otherwise, you may no longer qualify for Free Shipping, and your shipment might be delayed! Any order that can't ship with the rest of fulfillment in December may face additional shipping charges...

Once orders are locked on Sunday, Backerit will charge all Credit Cards on file for any outstanding balances, including any remaining shipping due. If they have trouble running your card, they will continue to try, but please please please try to ensure a working payment method so that we don't have to hold your order back. (See above disclaimer about missing the boat...)

If everything seems to be moving quickly all of a sudden, it is. We're pushing hard to get FALSE GUARD, SHANGRI-LA, and THE WALL all ready to ship together in early December, so please do us a favor and help us out as best as you can by making sure your survey info is correct and up to date. We want to end 2021 on a high note, and getting these amazing books into your hands will be a marvelous milestone for us. 😎

Next week, we will set up and distribute the digital rewards, as well as award all Ambassador Points. Both distributions will require locked orders, so that's another reason to make sure your payment method can go through without delay. 😊

Thanks, everyone! If you have any Q's please message us directly!

Get ready for THE WALL
10 months ago – Sun, Oct 03, 2021 at 03:35:11 AM

Hi everyone!

First off, hope you all had a great week and are enjoying a sunny weekend! Thank you for filling out your Backerkit surveys so quickly! There are only 17 of you who still need to complete their surveys so that we know how to prepare shipments. We've noted qualifying previous campaign backers (of SHANGRI-LA or CARBON GREY) and we will be manually combining those orders in the next two weeks. Our goal is to have that task completed by October 15th, so that orders can be locked (with Credit Cards charged) on Monday October 18th. If you qualified for order bundling with either of those other two campaigns, shipping will be removed from your FALSE GUARD order, so you will only be responsible for any new Add-ons you may have selected.

We think we've figured out a good system for combining the orders, but it will be a fun and interesting process to set up. In fact, we're so confident in the process that we've decided to extend the offer in another Flash-campaign launching next week...!

"MAD MAX meets THE WALKING DEAD" in a post-apocalyptic blockbuster!

We are SUPER-EXCITED to be publishing THE WALL by the amazing Mario Alberti (Spider-man, Redhand) based on the original screenplay by director Antoine Charreyron (Babylon AD, The Prodigies)! And while we freely acknowledge that this book will be in comic shops in a few months, orders placed during this campaign will include a CAMPAIGN-EXCLUSIVE PRODUCTION ARTBOOK for FREE! This bonus supplement will NOT be available in stores!

As with previous campaigns, you can PRE-REGISTER today for a FREE Bonus linen-cardstock print, and if you also pledge on Day-1, you will get a second linen-cardstock print for FREE.

We'll have stretch goals (including a Challenge Coin) along the way. It will be another short campaign, like FALSE GUARD. And like FALSE GUARD, pledges will SHIP FOR FREE with qualifying orders of SHANGRI-LA or CARBON GREY!

That's up to three campaign orders shipping together for the price of one! Just imagine the treasure trove of awesomeness that could arrive on your doorstep by Christmas! 😎

Please check out the pre-registration page today for tons more info, imagery, and sample pages. Then bookmark the campaign page itself so that you're ready to back on Day-1 this Tuesday Oct 5th at 10am CST!


...but another one? So soon?

We know a few of you may be wondering that.  And it is a very reasonable question.  As with FALSE GUARD, we found ourselves faced with an amazing book, already completed and inbound from the printer, but headed for a retail market that is still adjusting and recovering from the ongoing pandemic. So we made a (very) last-minute decision to offer some very cool exclusive items during another abbreviated campaign. It worked out rather well for FALSE GUARD, and frankly THE WALL is (arguably) even cooler. 😁

We know that this book will appeal to quality connoisseurs such as you and the Kickstarter community as a whole. Kickstarter has become more than just a place to raise money -- it is a high-traffic platform to reach a hungry and eager audience looking for unique and exclusive items and opporunties, such as limited-edition prints, artbook supplements, and stretch goals that will only be available through a campaign. In all honesty, this place has become a central platform for us to spotlight some of our top offerings and exclusive extras. It's one of our favorite Social Media spots, and we love interacting with everyone here. We've tried offering similar bonus exclusives through our webstore, but our webstore simply does not have the thousands of browsing eyeballs that Kickstarter brings.

Certainly, some of you wonderful regular supporters may feel as if we're squeezing too many campaigns out too quickly. That's a reasonable concern. And if you need to skip a campaign to catch your breath, that is perfectly understandable. These books will be available later (although the exclusive items may not).  But hopefully the Free Shipping bundling helps make these Flash-campaigns easier to consider.

If you are worried about our ability and commitment to fulfill these promises, that is also a valid concern. But we hope that our track record of delivering 9 previous campaigns, with another having just shipped this past week and an 11th preparing to ship in the next 2 weeks will calm anyone's nerves. Like FALSE GUARD, THE WALL is finished and already on its way to us. The exclusive items are simple to produce and will be in-hand and ready to ship with everything else in December. We're here to release awesome books.  Not shipping promised products is not part of any viable equation. This is what we do and we will continue to faithfully deliver everything promised.

We recognize how frequent these recent campaigns appear to be. It is somewhat experimental, allowing us to gauge what can or will not work. For the record, there will only be one more campaign after this in 2021 (and it will be a BIG ONE... stay tuned!), and the pacing in 2022 will be much more reasonable. 😊 

Not every title will appeal to everyone. Each campaign title is unique, and we try to spotlight that uniqueness to appeal to different folks. Certainly, some of you will like EVERYTHING we make (as I do, as curator of the brand), but we want to discover new followers and to grow our overall fanbase from title to title. So each campaign should not in any way be seen as "another money-grab" but rather another opportunity to grow. We're not here out of a crucial need to raise initial production money; we're here to offer you cool stuff that won't be available anywhere else. 😎

Hopefully, that wasn't too long-winded, and hopefully, that will put any concerns at ease.

Because you really do not want to miss out on THE WALL. It is AMAZING. 😊

See you there on Tuesday morning!

Backerkit is open! Smoke Test surveys are out! Giveaway winners announced!
11 months ago – Thu, Sep 23, 2021 at 11:28:59 PM

Hi everyone!

The Backerkit is now open!

Pre-registration and Day-1 Prints have been awarded and we've initiated the recommended "Smoke Test" which sends surveys out to a random 5% of the Backers to make sure the survey questions, item assignments, add-ons, credit calculations, etc are all functioning as planned. Once that test is complete (usually within 24-48 hours, depending on how soon that randomly selected 5% respond), then we will hit "send" on the rest of the surveys. So the rest of you should see them by this weekend.

This set of surveys will be a little more involved than most other campaigns as we're using it to figure out who backed SHANGRI-LA or CARBON GREY so that we can segment you out for the Free Shipping qualification. We think we've figured out a well-organized way of handling that offer, so we're eager to see how the surveys roll in... Once we've identified who backed one of those earlier campaigns and how those individuals would like their stuff bundled, then we'll go about the process of manually adjusting both orders accordingly. It may take some practice swings to get it down pat, but we will make it work! 😀

We also picked the three winners of the Final 48 Hour Referral Giveaway!

Congrats Travis, Paoed, and Ben! 

We'll be reaching out to you shortly with your Gift Card codes! 😎🤑

Thanks again, everyone! Stay tuned for more news and updates shortly!

Recommendation: Fol'Klor by Cary Nord
11 months ago – Thu, Sep 23, 2021 at 07:25:24 PM

Hey everyone!

Coming in late with this recommendation, but they were kind enough to recommend us in an update in the final hours of our campaign, and we want to return the favor. We're big fans of Cary Nord's work, and this looks fantastic! They're down to the last 6 hours, so check it out and help their final push!

Fol’Klor #1: An Epic Fantasy Comic Book by Cary Nord

A young woman’s emerging powers are either humanity's SALVATION or its DOOM! From the Eisner Award winning artist of Conan.


Next steps
11 months ago – Wed, Sep 22, 2021 at 09:37:13 AM

Hi everyone!

Hope you had a nice weekend. We spent some time assembling the Backerkit for FALSE GUARD and have submitted it for review and activation. They recommend waiting for 10-14 days from the end of the campaign to send out surveys, primarily to let Kickstarter finish their collection process so that their imported data accurately reflects completed pledges. If we can get the green light to send them out sooner, we'd like to push them out this weekend, but otherwise, the following week seems like a safe bet.

The Backerkit window will be relatively short since these orders will be ready to ship as soon as November (barring any shipping delays). Granted, that's somewhat of a moot point for backers who qualify for the Free Shipping with SHANGRI-LA or CARBON GREY since those will be shipping in December and January respectively. 

Here's how the "Free Shipping" with previous campaign pledges will work:

If you backed at a physical tier, your Backerkit survey will contain a question asking if you backed a) SHANGRI-LA/CARBON&SILICON, b) CARBON GREY, or c) NEITHER.

  • (If you backed one of those other campaigns but wish for FALSE GUARD to ship separately, select "Neither" -- you will, however, then be responsible to pay for shipping.) 

Once surveys are in, we will manually confirm your pledge to the selected previous campaign.

In the meantime, you will see shipping calculated for your order while we cross-reference and confirm your qualification. Don't worry, if you qualify and your orders can be combined, we will negate that shipping amount from your FALSE GUARD ORDER. (You will still be responsible for any extra add-ons costs, however.)

Once we have locked the FALSE GUARD Backerkit orders (around October 10th) we will add your final FALSE GUARD order items to the other campaign cart at no extra charge to that destination campaign. They will just be added to that cart for packing purposes.

(Note: we have extended the SHANGRI-LA Backerkit window until October 15th to allow for this order-bundling process.)

This is admittedly an experimental process, and it may end up requiring a lot of individual order manipulation on our part, but we are committed to making it work as promised. 😊 We're pretty confident the process will work out as planned, so much so that we're preparing another flash-offering that can be bundled for even more savings... but more on that in the next few weeks... 😉

Thanks again, everyone! Stay tuned for some feedback survey opportunities (with prizes!) later this week!