Thursday, June 20, 2013

An update

Sorry for the lack of updates over the past week or so, we've been busy preparing the first of the Kickstarter rewards for release. Last weekend we made the PDF files of the comic available to backers at the $14 tier and above. This weekend we'll be releasing the Carbon Grey EP by April Gee. Hoang will send out download details on Saturday.

On Monday we shot a short interview with April about the songs on the EP, which we'll make available in the near future. We've also been busy preparing new pages for the Vol.2 Trade Paperback, prepping the trading cards rewards and sending out pages for Vol.3 for Kinsun to color. Things are happening!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

CG Kickstarter Campaign Funded!

 We made it with a total of $56,000! Thank you all so much!


Sometimes when I re-read some of my posts I sound like a broken record. It seems that I keep repeating the same phrases - "thank you" again and again. I feel like I lack the ability to express my gratitude. I don't know what else I can say, so I'll say it in Vietnamese instead - Cảm ơn!

We did it together - all 861 backers, co-workers, friends and families. When I think about the time I first drew the sketch of Mathilde (see below) and Giselle in 2002, it seems so distant but somehow feels like it was yesterday. Today, you've all granted me my wish - to finish what I started.

And, of course, we unlocked stretch goal #2 - the miniature replica of Giselle's MP5 for backers who pledged at the $50 tier and above - an amazing achievement. We didn't quite make it far enough to unlock the figurine of Mathilde to stand beside Giselle, but maybe it's just as well - they'd only fight :)

Before it's too late I want to say a special thank you too to the other creative teams on Kickstarter that held cross-promotions with us, and helped to tell the world about Carbon Grey. We are in awe of your work.
In the following week, I will send out the survey to collect your addresses - please add any special notes you have for me then. Hopefully you all caught the mix-up with the US shipping costs (See the main page for details), but don't worry if you missed it, I'll go over it with you at the survey stage. We'll also start making the digital rewards available for download as soon as they're ready - starting over the next few days with the back issues. Many of you have asked about the add-ons; please PM me through Kickstarter. This makes it easier for me to keep track of everyone's special orders and changes.

One last time - thank you very much! it has been a wonderful and exciting experience. More things to come soon!

So this is it, I can finally say these words. Coming soon - our final chapter of Carbon Grey - where this epic saga comes to a close as we unravel the mystery behind the rock and Gottfaust's prophecy. We promise to close all lose ends and wrap up all unanswered questions. We're currently underway on the first issue and will continue to update you (here, on Facebook, our blog and on Twitter) with our progress. It's going to be a good one!

Best - Hoang

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Zima Prishla by April Gee

'Zima Prishla' from the soundtrack to Carbon Grey, by the wonderful April Gee! Find out more at

Carbon Grey Vol. 2 Trade Paperback Confirmed for 09/04/13

128 PAGES / FC / T+
The second volume of the epic story of deception, duty, and destiny.
Their god is dead, yet the sisters Grey live on. As the Queen conspires to escalate the war, sister is turned against sister. Mathilde embarks on a journey to reclaim the legendary stone of Gottfaust, while in Caul Giselle must solve the mystery of the Kaiser's final message or face execution as a spy.
DAUGHTERS OF STONE includes all three issues of volume two, along with stories "Raisa" and "Marshal and Marshall" (first published in CARBON GREY ORIGINS #2), and original material.
Collects CARBON GREY, VOL. 2 #1-3


Monday, June 10, 2013


A message from Hoang

WOW, what a roller coaster ride! It was exhilarating, stressful but most importantly FUN - a lot of fun. It took us over a month to plan, execute and finally launch the campaign. With baited breath we crossed our fingers and hoped that people would take notice of our work and support us. But we knew that, no matter how well we planned, nothing was guaranteed.

Today, you made it happen. You guys have given us an opportunity to finish what we started over a decade ago. THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH!!!

When planning the campaign we tried to come up with interesting and unusual rewards that might reflect the spirit of Carbon Grey (beyond just giving away copies of the comic), and as a result we’ve had quite an adventure. It’s given us the opportunity to commission new work from artists and musicians, to learn about manufacturing processes and gain new crafting skills making custom rewards.

It’s also led to us making a lot of new contacts and friends in other creative fields across the Kickstarter community. The feedback and advice from you - our backers and supporters - has encouraged us to go further still.

Unexpectedly Kickstarter has taken us and Carbon Grey into areas we’d never imagined - music, toy manufacture and perhaps even a tabletop game. We’re so grateful for this experience – it’s as valuable to us as the funding itself.

At its heart (as you’ll discover in volume three!) Carbon Grey is a story about the creative urge, and the consequences of suppressing it. We’re honored that you’ve allowed us the chance to express ours :).

Best - Hoang

New pages from Volume Three

Head on over to Kickstarter for more new work-in-progress artwork from Hoang and Kinsun. Gorgeous!

Saturday, June 8, 2013