Ash Pure is creating Indie comics and story worlds
19

patrons

$108
per month
Why Patreon? Why now? Why am I asking you?

Listen, I've been making the comic and surrounding story world for The Lion & The Unicorn, in its current form, since 2011 and have managed 4 issues - that's slightly less than a book a year. Which, let's face it, is pretty poor in anyone's language.



Why is that?
I'm glad you asked and I'll tell you why, not just because I'm something of a perfectionist who has developed an incredibly time consuming creative process, but more because stupid real, stupid life always gets in the stupid way! Making comics always gets pushed further and further down the - ever growing, teetering on the edge of a breakdown - to do list. Because the rent's got to be paid and the fridge needs to be filled with something other than hot sauce and capers (it turns out you can't live on condiments).

But maybe there's hope, maybe, just maybe, there's a way... And it's name is Patreon, or more specifically it's Your Name Here ].

With your help we can build this world together and leave stupid old reality behind, even if for just for a little while.



What is The Lion & The Unicorn?
The Lion & The Unicorn is an epic, urban, sci-fantasy adventure set in a fully realised alternate reality story world.
In this world, the elusive ‘magic’ of psychic power is a recognised and essential part of modern urban living. Made available to subscribers exclusively by the britomart Conglomerate, who design, manufacture and distribute the disposable, technology patches, known as brands, which grant their user exponentially enhanced mental and physical capabilities. Access to the technology and the Utopian lifestyle of the britomart is free, as long as users accept the conglomerate's terms and conditions.



Away from the shining towers of the britomart and the crumbling decadence of the old royal city, poor, disenfranchised and openly antagonistic clans not willing to accept the conglomerate's new world order or that of the ancient and corrupt Royal Houses, hijack the brand technology, boosting the power to create dangerous, telekinetic, pirate patches. This highly illegal, powerful and addictive technology is vilified as the ‘scourge of the city’ by the media, who encourage a culture of fear and panic fuelled by reports of rising levels of lawlessness, violence and psychic terror.



In response to this perceived danger The Lion, a forgotten War hero and The Unicorn, a rising psychic knight are brought together by the young, king Jonathan of the Rose. Together they are forced to defend their Kingdom from the greatest threat it has ever faced...



Nominated for the 2014 British Comics Awards Best Comic The Lion & The Unicorn incorporates photo montage, rotoscope, illustration, typography and graphic design in a technique that I like to call Composographic Fotorotomancy (seriously!?)

But it’s not just the unique visual package that makes The Lion & The Unicorn different, the cross media composition is paralleled in the story telling. The central comic narrative being but one way in to a transmedia story world of epic proportions. It is a relevant yet timeless story set in a fully realised, highly engaging and immersive, alternate-history that can been described as having the richness and depth of Game of Thrones with the revolutionary appeal of The Hunger Games.

The story is your way into this world, the emotional hook to encourage you to explore, share your opinion and get involved as a member of the Content Council

What is the Content Council?
The content council is what will shape the future of this story world, it is the collection of individuals who will define the destiny of these characters, the ending of the story and an infinite amount of new beginnings.

By contributing to this Patreon you will have voting rights and can begin to shape the future of this story now and can even be in the story.

So this is how it is - I’ve built an alternate reality (AR), that’s a whole planet including the AR version of every country in the world, all the AR people of the world and an entire timeline stretching as far back as you want it to go and so far we’ve only seen about a month’s worth of action, with a handful of characters mainly in one city. See what I’m saying?

So this Is how it works, the more you do, the more you contribute the higher your rank the more voting power perks and rewards you have. And if you’re creating content of course that content will be voted on by the council to be included as cannon.

It breaks down like this

Wastesman
You can: Vote (1 point)

Hood
You can: Vote (2 points)

Runner
You can: Vote (5 points)

Knight
You can: Vote (10 points)
Appear as / Create / Write for a character in the storyworld
Write an event on the timeline // Add a location name to the map

Unicorn
You can: Vote (20 points)
Appear as / Create / Write for a one off character in the comic
Write a key event on the timeline

King
You can: Vote (50 points)
Appear as / Create / Write for a supporting character in the comic
Write an event in a sub story 

God
You can: Vote (100 points)
Appear as / Create / Write for a key character in the comic
Write an event in the main story

So what are you waiting for?  To paraphrase a great Jedi, It's time to take your first step into a larger world.
Tiers
Do me a favour!
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
One Dollar!? One... Dollar!
Hey! I'm freakin' dying out here!
I'm joking of course. I love you and think you're a wonderful human being.
  • Have access to  pre-release and Patreon only content
  • Content Council Level: Wastesman
Getting There
$2 or more per month 3 patrons
That's better, I'll treat myself to a slice of dry bread as a treat...
Again I jest. I love you twice as much as the one-dollar-lot. Look,
  • Access to the locked comic content on the website (1 gate per month or as released)
  •  Content Council Level: Hood
Now We're Talking
$5 or more per month 10 patrons
For five bucks I don't even have any sass. You've found my genuinely humble side.
Thanks so much.
  • Get the Digital Acts  featuring exclusive deep content, as a  high res pdf  ( keep  (every month as released or until you're up to date) followed by... 
  • A monthly collectors pack featuring exclusive high-res Wallpapers, character pin-ups and other cool stuff. 
  • Plus all previous rewards of course.
  • Content Council Level: Runner
You I Like
$10 or more per month 7 patrons
Yes you are a patron of class and distinction for sure.  You get,
  • The complete extended digital editions of the books as high res pdf to collect and keep  (every month as released or until you're up to date). 
  • Plus all previous rewards. 
  • Content Council Level: Knight
Pure Class
$20 or more per month 1 patron
What can I say? You're clearly an individual of superior taste and distinction.  For this you get,
  • A limited edition, signed and numbered deluxe print comic (one per  month until you're up to date).  
  • Plus all other rewards 
  • Content Council Level: Unicorn
Check Yourself
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
That's a lot of money and while it means we might be able to afford a tree this Christmas, rather than putting our presents round an old beer can, you need to think, is this wise? Of course it is!  You'll get,
  • An A4, art grade print, signed and numbered, super limited edition
  • All previous rewards
  • Content Council  Level: King 
Are You Mental?
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Seriously. You need to take a long hard look at your life... Because you are an absolute legend!
  • You'll get the Collector Box featuring everything ever made (including poster comics and art cards not available elsewhere).
  • All previous rewards
  • Content Council Level: God 
Goals
$108 of $400 per month
If I could make it half a day per week paid then I could start adding the specially reformatted comics to the website (reformatting comic pages for back-lit and landscape screen viewing is a painstaking process but one that is important to ensure the optimum reading / viewing experience).
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Why Patreon? Why now? Why am I asking you?

Listen, I've been making the comic and surrounding story world for The Lion & The Unicorn, in its current form, since 2011 and have managed 4 issues - that's slightly less than a book a year. Which, let's face it, is pretty poor in anyone's language.



Why is that?
I'm glad you asked and I'll tell you why, not just because I'm something of a perfectionist who has developed an incredibly time consuming creative process, but more because stupid real, stupid life always gets in the stupid way! Making comics always gets pushed further and further down the - ever growing, teetering on the edge of a breakdown - to do list. Because the rent's got to be paid and the fridge needs to be filled with something other than hot sauce and capers (it turns out you can't live on condiments).

But maybe there's hope, maybe, just maybe, there's a way... And it's name is Patreon, or more specifically it's Your Name Here ].

With your help we can build this world together and leave stupid old reality behind, even if for just for a little while.



What is The Lion & The Unicorn?
The Lion & The Unicorn is an epic, urban, sci-fantasy adventure set in a fully realised alternate reality story world.
In this world, the elusive ‘magic’ of psychic power is a recognised and essential part of modern urban living. Made available to subscribers exclusively by the britomart Conglomerate, who design, manufacture and distribute the disposable, technology patches, known as brands, which grant their user exponentially enhanced mental and physical capabilities. Access to the technology and the Utopian lifestyle of the britomart is free, as long as users accept the conglomerate's terms and conditions.



Away from the shining towers of the britomart and the crumbling decadence of the old royal city, poor, disenfranchised and openly antagonistic clans not willing to accept the conglomerate's new world order or that of the ancient and corrupt Royal Houses, hijack the brand technology, boosting the power to create dangerous, telekinetic, pirate patches. This highly illegal, powerful and addictive technology is vilified as the ‘scourge of the city’ by the media, who encourage a culture of fear and panic fuelled by reports of rising levels of lawlessness, violence and psychic terror.



In response to this perceived danger The Lion, a forgotten War hero and The Unicorn, a rising psychic knight are brought together by the young, king Jonathan of the Rose. Together they are forced to defend their Kingdom from the greatest threat it has ever faced...



Nominated for the 2014 British Comics Awards Best Comic The Lion & The Unicorn incorporates photo montage, rotoscope, illustration, typography and graphic design in a technique that I like to call Composographic Fotorotomancy (seriously!?)

But it’s not just the unique visual package that makes The Lion & The Unicorn different, the cross media composition is paralleled in the story telling. The central comic narrative being but one way in to a transmedia story world of epic proportions. It is a relevant yet timeless story set in a fully realised, highly engaging and immersive, alternate-history that can been described as having the richness and depth of Game of Thrones with the revolutionary appeal of The Hunger Games.

The story is your way into this world, the emotional hook to encourage you to explore, share your opinion and get involved as a member of the Content Council

What is the Content Council?
The content council is what will shape the future of this story world, it is the collection of individuals who will define the destiny of these characters, the ending of the story and an infinite amount of new beginnings.

By contributing to this Patreon you will have voting rights and can begin to shape the future of this story now and can even be in the story.

So this is how it is - I’ve built an alternate reality (AR), that’s a whole planet including the AR version of every country in the world, all the AR people of the world and an entire timeline stretching as far back as you want it to go and so far we’ve only seen about a month’s worth of action, with a handful of characters mainly in one city. See what I’m saying?

So this Is how it works, the more you do, the more you contribute the higher your rank the more voting power perks and rewards you have. And if you’re creating content of course that content will be voted on by the council to be included as cannon.

It breaks down like this

Wastesman
You can: Vote (1 point)

Hood
You can: Vote (2 points)

Runner
You can: Vote (5 points)

Knight
You can: Vote (10 points)
Appear as / Create / Write for a character in the storyworld
Write an event on the timeline // Add a location name to the map

Unicorn
You can: Vote (20 points)
Appear as / Create / Write for a one off character in the comic
Write a key event on the timeline

King
You can: Vote (50 points)
Appear as / Create / Write for a supporting character in the comic
Write an event in a sub story 

God
You can: Vote (100 points)
Appear as / Create / Write for a key character in the comic
Write an event in the main story

So what are you waiting for?  To paraphrase a great Jedi, It's time to take your first step into a larger world.

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Tiers
Do me a favour!
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
One Dollar!? One... Dollar!
Hey! I'm freakin' dying out here!
I'm joking of course. I love you and think you're a wonderful human being.
  • Have access to  pre-release and Patreon only content
  • Content Council Level: Wastesman
Getting There
$2 or more per month 3 patrons
That's better, I'll treat myself to a slice of dry bread as a treat...
Again I jest. I love you twice as much as the one-dollar-lot. Look,
  • Access to the locked comic content on the website (1 gate per month or as released)
  •  Content Council Level: Hood
Now We're Talking
$5 or more per month 10 patrons
For five bucks I don't even have any sass. You've found my genuinely humble side.
Thanks so much.
  • Get the Digital Acts  featuring exclusive deep content, as a  high res pdf  ( keep  (every month as released or until you're up to date) followed by... 
  • A monthly collectors pack featuring exclusive high-res Wallpapers, character pin-ups and other cool stuff. 
  • Plus all previous rewards of course.
  • Content Council Level: Runner
You I Like
$10 or more per month 7 patrons
Yes you are a patron of class and distinction for sure.  You get,
  • The complete extended digital editions of the books as high res pdf to collect and keep  (every month as released or until you're up to date). 
  • Plus all previous rewards. 
  • Content Council Level: Knight
Pure Class
$20 or more per month 1 patron
What can I say? You're clearly an individual of superior taste and distinction.  For this you get,
  • A limited edition, signed and numbered deluxe print comic (one per  month until you're up to date).  
  • Plus all other rewards 
  • Content Council Level: Unicorn
Check Yourself
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
That's a lot of money and while it means we might be able to afford a tree this Christmas, rather than putting our presents round an old beer can, you need to think, is this wise? Of course it is!  You'll get,
  • An A4, art grade print, signed and numbered, super limited edition
  • All previous rewards
  • Content Council  Level: King 
Are You Mental?
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Seriously. You need to take a long hard look at your life... Because you are an absolute legend!
  • You'll get the Collector Box featuring everything ever made (including poster comics and art cards not available elsewhere).
  • All previous rewards
  • Content Council Level: God