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Funding open for “Alexander, The Servant, & The Water of Life: Book 1” by Reimena Yee

Good day everyone, I’m Elena and thanks to be here on Alessandro III di Macedonia- the blog about Alexander the Great and Hellenism! It’s a busy time to me but I’m sharing something it might interest you, I sure do because I believe in this project, I really like the comic and I’d like to have it in paper format! Yesterday Hivemill opened the funding of:

Alexander, The Servant, & The Water of Life: Book 1

by Reimena Yee

This is a web-comic about the 21st century edition of the Alexander Romance, a nearly 2000 year old literary tradition recounting the legendary life and accomplishments of Alexander the Great. It’s online already and you can read it HERE BUT there’s the possibility to read it in a hardcover edition and this product will only be produced if at least $15,000.00 is contributed by August 20, 2022 00:00 (Eastern Time (US & Canada)). It will ship in May 2023. There are multiple choices of packages that can be purchased, depending on how much each one wants to spend, from 5 $ to 77 $:

$5 – Book 1 ebook
$10 – Book 1 ebook + digital artbook
$12 – Brass bookmark
$30 – Book 1 hardcover + digital package
$42 – Book 1 hardcover + digital package + brass bookmark
$47 – Book 1 hardcover + digital package + all bookmarks
$52 – Book 1 hardcover + digital package + all bookmarks + standard bookplate
$77 – Book 1 hardcover + digital package + all bookmarks + sketched bookplate

but there are only 29 days remaining to see this comic in the printed hardback version!

You can help this raising by ordering the pack you prefer by following THIS LINK.

The Story

In 323 BCE, Alexander the Great begins to fear.

Fearing the destruction of his pothos — his longing for life, ambition, and eternal conquest — from old age, Alexander embarks on a quest for the elusive Water of Life while accompanied by his wisest, most trustworthy Servant.

As they experience a series of countless fabulous wonders, including glass submarines, naked philosophers, Amazonians, and talking prophetic trees, Alexander confronts his complex legacy and reflects on the life and deeds that will cement his transformation into one of the most unforgettable figures in world history.

The 21st-century retelling of the Alexander Romance, a 2000-year-old literary tradition.

Alexander, the Servant & the Water of Life was shortlisted in 2022 for the Cartoonist Studio Prize and Comics Arts Australia, and picked as one of the Best Comics of 2021 by the A. V. Club!

(Content warning: blood, war, gore, some nudity)

+16 readers / Historical fantasy / Drama / LGBTQIA+

The project

Hiveworks is crowdfunding the printing of Alexander, the Servant & the Water of Life directly through our store, Hivemill. Alexander, the Servant & the Water of Life is a Hiveworks original project produced by Reimena Yee.

Alongside the book, we are offering pre-set selections of items in every tier.

Here are the available tiers (scroll through the carousel for images):

  • Book details: Hardcover, color interior, 7×10 inches, 208 pages, contains Prologue and Chapters 1 to 7.
  • Paper Bookmark details: A pair of 2×6 inch bookmarks
  • Metal Bookmark details: Brass metal enamel, 7 cm or ~3 inches tall with 10 cm or ~4 inches chain
  • Standard bookplate: Sticker featuring exclusive art
  • Signed and sketched bookplates: Limited to 15, gold ink on black cotton paper, randomized design
  • Digital Artbook: 60+ pages PDF containing concept art and process

The Author & Artist

Reimena Yee is a strange and fancy storyteller and illustrator originally from the dusty city of Kuala Lumpur. She is the creator of the Eisner-nominated The Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya, the gothic suburban fantasy Seance Tea Party and the whimsical adventure comedy My Aunt is a Monster. She is also one of the core founders of UNNAMED, a Southeast Asian comics collective. https://reimenayee.com

The Consultant

Richard Stoneman is a former editor for classics and other subjects at Routledge; and the foremost expert globally on the legends of Alexander. He is also the author of several books on the Alexander Romance, Greek mythology, early travellers to Greece, and the relations between Greece and India, including Alexander the Great: A Life in Legend, The Greek Experience of India and A Traveller’s History of Turkey. He continues to hold an Honorary Professorship at the University of Exeter.

The Editor

Atla Hrafney is a queer comics writer and editor from the sunny country of Iceland. She is one of the founders of the Icelandic Comics Society. Her editorial portfolio includes the Eisner-nominated The Carpet Merchant of Konstantiniyya, the popular webcomic, Countdown to Countdown, and many more.

Let’s help Alexander, The Servant, & The Water of Life: Book 1 to actually get published! Thank you and have a good day,

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