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:

Next steps
about 1 year 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!

Secret Giveaway Code
about 1 year ago – Sat, Sep 18, 2021 at 03:29:02 AM

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Final 48 hours! A $100 Giveaway to see how far we can push it!
about 1 year ago – Sat, Sep 18, 2021 at 03:28:47 AM

Hi everyone!

This is it -- the final 48 hours! Hopefully, a bunch of the 400+ folks watching the campaign will decide to take advantage of the awesome exclusives being offered and join before the clock ends at 5pm CST this Friday!

We've unlocked the set of 3 GOLD FOIL STAMPED BOOKMARKS and are closing in on the 2" METAL CHALLENGE COIN. Those of you who have pledged to any of our previous campaigns know that those coins are sweet. So let's spread the word and get another one added to the collection!

To that end, we want to offer another incentive to hopefully encourage you all to share the campaign and refer your friends to pledge as well. So we have created a new FINAL 48 HOUR GIVEAWAY CONTEST!

Click on the image above, or visit this link ( to enter the contest. We will choose 3 winners -- a First Place winner for $100, a Second Place winner for $50, and a Third Place winner for $25.

There are lots of ways to enter: 

  • Visiting the campaign page
  • Listening to the FALSE GUARD Unofficial Playlist
  • Entering your Backer ID/#
  • Sharing a Tweet
  • Referring Friends to the contest/campaign
  • Entering a Secret code (that will be shared in a Backer-only update shortly)
  • and a Bonus set of entries for completing ALL tasks!

The point of all this is to encourage everyone to invite all of your friends to the party! The more people who join us in these last 48 hours, the more cool stuff everyone gets! The Coin is not the last available stretch goal item we have in mind -- how about a set of 5 killer vinyl Stickers if we hit $30k? 😎

You can still get FREE SHIPPING even if you missed the previous campaigns!

Some of you may be thinking that offer doesn't apply to you because you missed the SHANGRI-LA and CARBON GREY Kickstarter campaigns, but both of those Backerkits are STILL OPEN! 

If you pre-order from either of those Backerkits, those orders make you eligible for the Free Shipping offer for your FALSE GUARD pledge! 

And to clarify -- that FREE SHIPPING counts for EVERYTHING IN YOUR FALSE GUARD ORDER -- Including the Add-on titles (ASHES ASHES, AFTER THE FALL, HARD MELODY, and MONGOLIAN WIND)! If we can combine your shipments, then your FALSE GUARD ordered items will be shipped at NO ADDITIONAL COST.


In addition to your pledge tier rewards, ALL BACKERS WILL RECEIVE AN EQUIVALENT NUMBER OF AMBASSADOR POINTS AS THEIR TOTAL PLEDGE VALUE. If you aren't familiar with our Ambassador Point program, visit our webstore for more information. They can add up to some valuable webstore goodness very quickly. 😊

So while we count down the clock towards the grand finale, we made an Unofficial FALSE GUARD Soundtrack playlist on Spotify-- put that on loop and get ready for the fireworks! It's got a bunch of tracks similar to the one we used in the trailer video. Cool stuff.

Thanks, everyone! Let's go all out on this final lap!

PANKAT! (...exclaimed in celebration...)
about 1 year ago – Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 10:27:05 PM

WOOT! What a great way to end the week -- THANK YOU, EVERYONE!

This campaign was a last-minute decision and for a short-length test run that we totally admit we did not promote very well nor support with very many updates along the way... and yet, it proved to be a very nice success! 🥳

Granted, that's entirely due to the fact that THIS IS AN AWESOME BOOK by AN AWESOME CREATOR, and we're proud to be publishing it with Merwan! He is (as you might have guessed) one of our very favorite authors, and we're glad that so many of you agree. 😊

Next up comes the usual "Kickstarter will collect your funds, blah blah blah" rigmarole, along with getting the Backerkit set up. We'll be moving quickly on this since things will be ready to ship in November. The procedure is pretty similar to our previous campaigns except for the Free Shipping that backers of SHANGRI-LA or CARBON GREY are eligible for. Once Kickstarter has completed collecting funds, we'll be able to determine which backers qualify and we'll reach out to you to coordinate that order bundling for your savings. It might take a little manual work on our end to transfer order items from one campaign to the other, but we'll make it work. That's our promise. 😎

We'll post an update very soon with all of the requisite info. If anyone has any further questions to address, please message us and we'll answer as soon as we can.

In the meantime, tonight we celebrate a victory!


In case you're on the fence... the Challenge Coins will be SWEET...
about 1 year ago – Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 01:15:34 PM

Hi everyone!

This update is mostly for the folks on the fence watching -- with only 24 hours left, we're so close to unlocking the Challenge Coin! Hop on board and let's hit $25k so that everyone can get one of these sweet collectibles!

A pic of some of our previous coins -- they've become quite collectible among backers as each campaign succeeds!