Shelby + Amber Cragg are creating NEOKOSMOS
151

patrons

$780
per month



NEOKOSMOS is the story of human children who are being raised on a space station as part of an alien experiment, after an extinction event that ended all life on the planet Earth. Only allowed to speak to each other via text and screens, and only given access to human culture from an archive of Wikipedia, the kids deal with loneliness, fraught teenage feelings, and the challenges of being raised by a race of cold and calculating lizard aliens with unclear motives. If this weren’t enough, their entire world is flipped upside down when the space station is attacked by a band of menacing space pirates.

In 2015, NEOKOSMOS began its life as an an experimental science fiction webcomic. Our goal was to create a story that read more like an animated film than a comic — each frame of the story was illustrated, with an emphasis on expression, acting, and dialog. Updates included animated gifs, original music by James Roach and Toby Fox, and breathtaking animation by Adrienne Garcia. You can read this version of the story for free right now at neo-kosmos.com !



The webcomic version of NEOKOSMOS ran for 2 years before it was discontinued due to time constraints. While it wasn’t clear to us when we first began NEOKOSMOS, the universe and stories that we wanted to explore ended up too expansive for every frame of the story to be drawn out like a movie. Instead of scrapping the project entirely, we thought long and hard about how to best convey the story that had become so important to us. Eventually, we decided on a solution: revisiting NEOKOSMOS as a fully illustrated series of YA novels.


Since we are both artists as well as writers, we want to create a product that reflects both sides of our creativity. We are going to be experimenting with format and visual storytelling throughout the prose-driven novels, creating what we hope will be a unique and engaging reading experience for everyone!

Our final goal for the NEOKOSMOS series is to create a trilogy of science fiction novels for a young adult audience with a strong focus on neurodiversity and LGBTQ+ themes. With your support, we can make this goal a reality!



However, you don’t have to wait for too long to read the full story! One thing we really liked about having a webcomic was the serial and interactive nature of posting a story as it is worked on -- and we are continuing that tradition right here on Patreon! $10 Patrons can follow along with the story as it is written, with new chapters being released EVERY WEEK! If you were a reader of the webcomic and you want to catch up with all the new developments, this is the the tier for you. We are already well past the point where the webcomic left off. Come see what you’re missing!






$1+ PATRONS
-Access to our Patreon-only Discord Server
-News + Updates
-Creators Q+A
-Access to Patreon-only Streams

$3+ PATRONS
-Access to exclusiveBehind-the-scenes concept art and notes (including SPOILERS)
-Access to Patreon-only Discord Server
-News + Updates
-Creators Q+A
-Access to Patreon-only Streams

$10+ PATRONS
-Access to weekly chapter updates (and backlog of previous updates)
-Behind-the-scenes concept art and notes (including SPOILERS)
-Access to Patreon-only Discord Server
-News + Updates
-Creators Q+A
-Streams

$25+ PATRONS (Limited to 25 people)
-Join the NEOKOSMOS MAILING CLUB! Every month, you will get a surprise in the mail, including PINS, postcards, original artwork, and zines, all hand-picked by Shelby and Amber!
-Access to weekly chapter updates (and backlog of previous updates)
-Behind-the-scenes concept art and notes (including SPOILERS)
-Access to Patreon-only Discord Server
-News + Updates
-Creators Q+A
-Access to Patreon-only Streams

$50+ PATRONS (Limited to 4 people)

-Receive Monthly CUSTOM COMMISSION, a collab between Amber and Shelby (a $100 dollar value)
-Join the NEOKOSMOS MAILING CLUB! Every month, you will get a surprise in the mail, including PINS, postcards, original artwork, and zines, all hand-picked by Shelby and Amber)
-Access to weekly chapter updates (and backlog of previous updates)
-Behind-the-scenes concept art and notes (including SPOILERS)
-Access to Patreon-only Discord Server
-News + Updates
-Creators Q+A
-Access to Patreon-only Streams



SHELBY CRAGG - Head Writer, Artist
TUMBLRINSTAGRAM TWITTER
Shelby Cragg is an artist and writer from Durham, NC. They graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2015 with a degree in Illustration. Shelby is perhaps best known for their work on the Hiveswap series of games as a character designer and writer, and the Homestuck webcomic, where their art was featured as the ghost art for the character “Calliope”. Shelby enjoys gay aliens, cats, and wearing sweatpants.

AMBER CRAGG - Assistant Writer, Artist
TUMBLRTWITTERINSTAGRAM
Amber Cragg is a professional artist living in Burbank, CA. Amber has worked as a storyboard revisionist, storyboard artist and currently is working as character designer on the hit cartoon Steven Universe. Amber enjoys slime ASMR, her hairless cat Sneep Snoop, and giant muscular women.

Also, we like each other, so much that we got married.

Want to support NEOKOSMOS, but can’t commit to a monthly donation? Don’t worry! You can support our work with a one-time donation on our ko-fi page!
Tiers
LVL 1
$1 or more per month 33 patrons
-Access to Patreon-only Discord Server

-News + Updates

-Creators Q+A 

-Access to Patreon-only Streams 

Includes Discord rewards
LVL 2
$3 or more per month 29 patrons
-Behind-the-scenes concept art and notes (including SPOILERS) 

-Access to Patreon-only Discord Server

-News + Updates

-Creators Q+A 

-Access to Patron-only Streams 

Includes Discord rewards
LVL 3
$10 or more per month 36 patrons
-Access to weekly chapter updates! (and backlog of previous updates) 

-Behind-the-scenes concept art and notes (including SPOILERS) 

-Access to Patreon-only Discord Server

-News + Updates

-Creators Q+A 

-Streams 

Includes Discord rewards
DOCTOR
$25 or more per month 4 of 25 patrons
-Join the NEOKOSMOS MAILING CLUB! Every month, you will get a surprise in the mail, including PINS, postcards, original artwork, and zines, all hand-picked by Shelby and Amber!

-Access to weekly chapter updates (and backlog of previous updates) 

-Behind-the-scenes concept art and notes (including SPOILERS) 

-Access to Patreon-only Discord Server

-News + Updates

-Creators Q+A 

-Access to Patron-only Streams 

Includes Discord rewards
DIRECTOR
$50 or more per month 3 of 4 patrons
-Receive a Monthly CUSTOM COMMISSION, a collab between Amber and Shelby 

-Join the NEOKOSMOS MAILING CLUB! Every month, you will get a surprise in the mail, including PINS, postcards, original artwork, and zines, all hand-picked by Shelby and Amber!

-Access to weekly chapter updates (and backlog of previous updates) 

-Behind-the-scenes concept art and notes (including SPOILERS) 

-Access to Patreon-only Discord Server

-News + Updates

-Creators Q+A 

-Access to Patron-only Streams 

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$780 of $1,000 per month
Unlock monthly wallpapers by Shelby and Amber, the content of which will be voted on by patrons!
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NEOKOSMOS is the story of human children who are being raised on a space station as part of an alien experiment, after an extinction event that ended all life on the planet Earth. Only allowed to speak to each other via text and screens, and only given access to human culture from an archive of Wikipedia, the kids deal with loneliness, fraught teenage feelings, and the challenges of being raised by a race of cold and calculating lizard aliens with unclear motives. If this weren’t enough, their entire world is flipped upside down when the space station is attacked by a band of menacing space pirates.

In 2015, NEOKOSMOS began its life as an an experimental science fiction webcomic. Our goal was to create a story that read more like an animated film than a comic — each frame of the story was illustrated, with an emphasis on expression, acting, and dialog. Updates included animated gifs, original music by James Roach and Toby Fox, and breathtaking animation by Adrienne Garcia. You can read this version of the story for free right now at neo-kosmos.com !



The webcomic version of NEOKOSMOS ran for 2 years before it was discontinued due to time constraints. While it wasn’t clear to us when we first began NEOKOSMOS, the universe and stories that we wanted to explore ended up too expansive for every frame of the story to be drawn out like a movie. Instead of scrapping the project entirely, we thought long and hard about how to best convey the story that had become so important to us. Eventually, we decided on a solution: revisiting NEOKOSMOS as a fully illustrated series of YA novels.


Since we are both artists as well as writers, we want to create a product that reflects both sides of our creativity. We are going to be experimenting with format and visual storytelling throughout the prose-driven novels, creating what we hope will be a unique and engaging reading experience for everyone!

Our final goal for the NEOKOSMOS series is to create a trilogy of science fiction novels for a young adult audience with a strong focus on neurodiversity and LGBTQ+ themes. With your support, we can make this goal a reality!



However, you don’t have to wait for too long to read the full story! One thing we really liked about having a webcomic was the serial and interactive nature of posting a story as it is worked on -- and we are continuing that tradition right here on Patreon! $10 Patrons can follow along with the story as it is written, with new chapters being released EVERY WEEK! If you were a reader of the webcomic and you want to catch up with all the new developments, this is the the tier for you. We are already well past the point where the webcomic left off. Come see what you’re missing!






$1+ PATRONS
-Access to our Patreon-only Discord Server
-News + Updates
-Creators Q+A
-Access to Patreon-only Streams

$3+ PATRONS
-Access to exclusiveBehind-the-scenes concept art and notes (including SPOILERS)
-Access to Patreon-only Discord Server
-News + Updates
-Creators Q+A
-Access to Patreon-only Streams

$10+ PATRONS
-Access to weekly chapter updates (and backlog of previous updates)
-Behind-the-scenes concept art and notes (including SPOILERS)
-Access to Patreon-only Discord Server
-News + Updates
-Creators Q+A
-Streams

$25+ PATRONS (Limited to 25 people)
-Join the NEOKOSMOS MAILING CLUB! Every month, you will get a surprise in the mail, including PINS, postcards, original artwork, and zines, all hand-picked by Shelby and Amber!
-Access to weekly chapter updates (and backlog of previous updates)
-Behind-the-scenes concept art and notes (including SPOILERS)
-Access to Patreon-only Discord Server
-News + Updates
-Creators Q+A
-Access to Patreon-only Streams

$50+ PATRONS (Limited to 4 people)

-Receive Monthly CUSTOM COMMISSION, a collab between Amber and Shelby (a $100 dollar value)
-Join the NEOKOSMOS MAILING CLUB! Every month, you will get a surprise in the mail, including PINS, postcards, original artwork, and zines, all hand-picked by Shelby and Amber)
-Access to weekly chapter updates (and backlog of previous updates)
-Behind-the-scenes concept art and notes (including SPOILERS)
-Access to Patreon-only Discord Server
-News + Updates
-Creators Q+A
-Access to Patreon-only Streams



SHELBY CRAGG - Head Writer, Artist
TUMBLRINSTAGRAM TWITTER
Shelby Cragg is an artist and writer from Durham, NC. They graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2015 with a degree in Illustration. Shelby is perhaps best known for their work on the Hiveswap series of games as a character designer and writer, and the Homestuck webcomic, where their art was featured as the ghost art for the character “Calliope”. Shelby enjoys gay aliens, cats, and wearing sweatpants.

AMBER CRAGG - Assistant Writer, Artist
TUMBLRTWITTERINSTAGRAM
Amber Cragg is a professional artist living in Burbank, CA. Amber has worked as a storyboard revisionist, storyboard artist and currently is working as character designer on the hit cartoon Steven Universe. Amber enjoys slime ASMR, her hairless cat Sneep Snoop, and giant muscular women.

Also, we like each other, so much that we got married.

Want to support NEOKOSMOS, but can’t commit to a monthly donation? Don’t worry! You can support our work with a one-time donation on our ko-fi page!

Recent posts by Shelby + Amber Cragg

Tiers
LVL 1
$1 or more per month 33 patrons
-Access to Patreon-only Discord Server

-News + Updates

-Creators Q+A 

-Access to Patreon-only Streams 

Includes Discord rewards
LVL 2
$3 or more per month 29 patrons
-Behind-the-scenes concept art and notes (including SPOILERS) 

-Access to Patreon-only Discord Server

-News + Updates

-Creators Q+A 

-Access to Patron-only Streams 

Includes Discord rewards
LVL 3
$10 or more per month 36 patrons
-Access to weekly chapter updates! (and backlog of previous updates) 

-Behind-the-scenes concept art and notes (including SPOILERS) 

-Access to Patreon-only Discord Server

-News + Updates

-Creators Q+A 

-Streams 

Includes Discord rewards
DOCTOR
$25 or more per month 4 of 25 patrons
-Join the NEOKOSMOS MAILING CLUB! Every month, you will get a surprise in the mail, including PINS, postcards, original artwork, and zines, all hand-picked by Shelby and Amber!

-Access to weekly chapter updates (and backlog of previous updates) 

-Behind-the-scenes concept art and notes (including SPOILERS) 

-Access to Patreon-only Discord Server

-News + Updates

-Creators Q+A 

-Access to Patron-only Streams 

Includes Discord rewards
DIRECTOR
$50 or more per month 3 of 4 patrons
-Receive a Monthly CUSTOM COMMISSION, a collab between Amber and Shelby 

-Join the NEOKOSMOS MAILING CLUB! Every month, you will get a surprise in the mail, including PINS, postcards, original artwork, and zines, all hand-picked by Shelby and Amber!

-Access to weekly chapter updates (and backlog of previous updates) 

-Behind-the-scenes concept art and notes (including SPOILERS) 

-Access to Patreon-only Discord Server

-News + Updates

-Creators Q+A 

-Access to Patron-only Streams 

Includes Discord rewards