The Saturnalia Gambit

by Neal Bailey and Rafael Dantas

This 160-page original graphic novel tells a twisty time travel story that starts with a bad breakup and evolves into a speculative fiction story about two people inadvertently triggering the dawn of a new age of humanity.

Wha? Yeah.

For fans of: Doctor Who, Cura Te Ipsum, or Looper

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A DRM-free digital copy of The Saturnalia Gambit, along with digital copies of every single one of Neal's present works: Cura Te Ipsum Year One, Two, Three, Four, and Five, Muscle and Blood, Owe My Soul, Glory, and Wilder. Over TWO THOUSAND pages of story. Also includes mention in the acknowledgements.

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The Saturnalia Gambit in print and digitally, and both digital and physical copies of all the Cura Te Ipsum trades (Years One through Five). Six total trades. Also includes mention in the acknowledgements. Signatures/personal notes will be offered.

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The Saturnalia Gambit in print and digitally, copies of all the Cura Te Ipsum Trades, and all four of Neal's novels. Also includes mention in the acknowledgements. Signatures/personal notes will be offered.

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TEN physical copies of The Saturnalia Gambit to sell in your store, and a mention in the acknowledgements. You will also be offered the option of inscription and/or personalization.

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Pledge at this level, and we'll dedicate the book to you! You also get digital and physical copies of all of Neal's self-published phyiscal work, starting with Saturnalia. This includes Muscle and Blood, Owe My Soul, Glory, Wilder, and Cura Te Ipsum Year One through Five. Also includes mention in the acknowledgements. Signatures/personal notes will be offered.

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Thank you SO much for helping us make this book happen. If you can, and if you're willing, we could absolutely use your help spreading the word on social media!
 
Below you can find a series of brief graphics that explain some of what The Saturnalia Gambit is about, and what we're offering. If you share them, and send a link back to this drive, that would help IMMENSELY.
 
And if you do, don't forget to tag Neal in, because there will be an awesome MYSTERY SURPRISE in your package when it comes if you do!
 
Here are the promos:

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Timeline

Estimated ship date should be Late Spring 2022, or June 2022.

Stretch Goals

$3,800 - a full-color poster featuring the characters of The Saturnalia Gambit and a "Doc Brown" style time-travel map, which we will include in ALL physical orders!

updates

2022-02-15 01:18:08

Funded! Woo!

Neal

We did it!
 
Thank you to everyone who, with just thirty hours to go, helped chip in across our drive to make The Saturnalia Gambit happen!
 
It was a squeaker, for sure, but I always had faith in y’all.
 
With our goal achieved, we’re happy to announce our first STRETCH GOAL, a full-color poster featuring the characters of The Saturnalia Gambit and a "Doc Brown" style time-travel map, which we will include in ALL physical orders if we hit $3,800!
 
Now that we have the funds needed to do this thing, I’ll make sure to give regular updates and let you know, as the process progresses, when to expect your books!
 
I’ll be in touch soon to let you all know what we need to personalize books and get them out to you…and if you have any questions, I can be reached at neal at neal bailey dot com, with no spaces.
 
Once more, thank you! We never could have done this without you.
 
I’d also like to give an extra special thanks to Zoop for making things easy, and for all the help and plugs along the way1
 
-Neal

2022-02-01 23:39:18

Day 1!

Neal

Hey, everyone! Thank you for such an incredible first day.
 
As I write this, we sit at $1,180 toward our goal, which is a fine start.
 
It's always incredibly daunting to do a pledge drive, but I've found, again and again, that counting on folks to see you through is always good policy.
 
We have a long way to go, and we're not out of the woods yet, but we have a solid start, a foundation to build on, and I'm sure with all of our efforts, we'll make this happen.
 
If you can, please tell someone who might like an OGN about our drive, but if you can't, heck, your pledge is more than enough. I really appreciate it.
 
Once again, thank you so much. I can't wait to get this book into your hands.
 
Neal

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Of course! To you, to your dog, to your mom, to anyone. One of the best parts of this is writing a personal note of thanks to everyone who keeps my work going.

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