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Swift Spark: The Animated Series

A project in Spijkenisse, Netherlands by Pan-tastique

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Swift Spark and the Defense Five is an animated series about five teen heroes trying to unravel a mystery whilst protecting their city.
Backers: 18
Average Pledge Per Backer: €39

Funded: €699 of €18,000
Dates: Aug 2nd -> Sep 16th (45 days)
Project By: Pan-tastique
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Latest News

Rewards have been sent!

September 15th - via: kickstarter.com
https://www.patreon.com/m/SwiftSpark https://ko-fi.com/swiftspark Hi, everyone! I've sent the guaranteed rewards to everyone's inbox.  For clarification because I'm a dumb-dumb that messed up some of the messages: The guaranteed rewards (€1 and... (Read More)

Thank you for coming along.

September 15th - via: kickstarter.com
https://ko-fi.com/swiftspark patreon.com/swiftspark Hello all,  As we have entered the final 24 hours of the campaign, I wanted to once again thank everyone who pledged and shared the campaign these past weeks. I've noticed some people unfollow the... (Read More)

First Audio Edit: Final scene

September 13th - via: kickstarter.com
This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read. (Read More)

Just because the Kickstarter is over, doesn't mean you can't continue to support us.

September 12th - via: kickstarter.com
Thank you all so much for pledging. It means a lot to me that so many people were willing to come together for our show. We obviously didn’t reach the goal, but that’s not stopping us from moving forward with production. The storyboards are done,... (Read More)

Backer-exclusive: FULL Storyboards for Parts 1 + 2!

September 10th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, everyone! The storyboards for parts 1 and 2 of the pilot episode are finally done, and I'm sharing them with you today. In case you hadn't caught up on the first half, which were posted at the start of August: (Scroll a little further for part... (Read More)

One week left: What's Plan B?

September 8th - via: kickstarter.com
 Hi, all. First of all, thank you to Backer 17 for joining us in our final days! It's clear that the Kickstarter isn't gonna hit the mark at this point. Still, I want to thank every single one of you for pledging. And we're not giving up - we didn't... (Read More)

The physical comic is now complete!

September 1st - via: kickstarter.com
Tadaa! The comics are here! All 6 comics! Tomorrow, I'll be setting up my booth at the Stripdagen Rijswijk. :) Storyboards are 85% done - 17 minutes have been cleaned up now. The pilot comic has been set up for the first half - I'm going to get into... (Read More)

Last update of August!

August 31st - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, guys! Nothing special today, other than two more panel sneak peeks for the storyboards :) The books have been shipped and should be here by Friday, so I intend to snatch some photos for Friday's update! I'm also really looking forward to de... (Read More)

Welcoming our first Patron!

August 30th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, all! This is the public version of the update I just published, without the Backers-only super cool sneak peek which you shouldn't miss out on-stuff. :) Pilot boards are still being cleaned up! 15 out of 22 minutes as of today. Getting there :) I... (Read More)

Another sneak peek! + Welcoming our first Patron!

August 30th - via: kickstarter.com
This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read. (Read More)

Meet me at Stripdagen Rijswijk!

August 29th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, everyone! How are you doing? I've got some fun news for our Dutch backers today! Coming weekend, I'm attending de Stripdagen in the Broodfabriek in Rijswijk! For those not in the know, Stripdagen is a big comics event in The Netherlands that has... (Read More)

Sunday update!

August 28th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, all! As promised, 13 minutes finished, and another thumbnail to enjoy. Nothing else to report for today - but stay tuned for tomorrow, especially my Dutch backers out there might be interested in tomorrow's news.  (Read More)

Welcome, Backer 16!

August 27th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, everyone! Good evening! First of all, welcome to our 16th backer! It's not over yet, heh. Glad you could join us! Not much to report today, other than that there's now 12 minutes of pilot storyboards with fully cleaned lines. The colouring's... (Read More)

BIG update!

August 26th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, all! I'm happy to report that I have a big update to announce. The 2nd pass for both storyboards is now finished! I wanted to share some out-of-context screenshots of both halves - the first half is finished and watchable in the pinned update (if... (Read More)

2nd half of storyboards nearing completion!

August 25th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, everyone! I managed to get to minute 20 of the 2nd pass of the storyboards for part two of the episode today. This means there's only 2 more minutes left to get through before I can clean up & release the boards! Are you excited? Because I... (Read More)

Kickstarter feedback time!

August 24th - via: kickstarter.com
This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read. (Read More)

Swift Spark Physical Copies Incoming!

August 23rd - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, all! I'm still storyboarding, and happy to announce that there's a handful of physical copies of all issues of Swift Spark headed my way. Just 5 per book, but that should be enough for a while. :) I'll add them to the website after the... (Read More)

Update: Comic officially complete! + Fun art inside!

August 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, all! Today's update is short and sweet, featuring some special artwork. The first voice lines have been submitted! I'll be spending some time going through them tomorrow. Progress is really being made now! By October 1st, I'm guaranteed to be... (Read More)

Sunday funday update!

August 21st - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, guys! I'm still working on the project, a little bit every day. Today, I managed to get to 16 minutes for the storyboards' 2nd pass, and finished the linework for that comic preview all of the backers are waiting to get their hands on! This... (Read More)

Saturday update!

August 20th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, guys! Today's update is short and sweet. Swift Spark and the Defense Five's main storyline is done. I finished the comic today. I'll be preparing the files for digital and Amazon release on Monday. It's weird how a project I've worked on since... (Read More)

The 'Friday' update that came out on Saturday morning... plus CASTING ANNOUNCEMENT!

August 19th - via: kickstarter.com
Did... the "Friday night update" just get pushed to Saturday morning because of shenanigans? Yes. I am very excited about something and had to geek out for an hour. Anyway! I am halfway done with the lettering of the final chapter. So that... should... (Read More)

Casting announcement: JAMES!

August 18th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, all! Hope you're having a wonderful Thursday evening! We hit 15 backers today! I'm so glad to have your support. To give you your daily update: Today I did another minute of the 2nd pass for the pilot's second half. That means the boards for the... (Read More)

Wednesday update time + casting announcement: Meryn Abbott!

August 17th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, everyone! Another day, another update. And another cast announcement! Daily project update: The webcomic is down to 17 pages left to shade. I can confidently say those will get done tomorrow. The pilot has one minute of the second half... (Read More)


August 16th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, all! I have some good news today. Nothing but good news, in fact! To update the project first: There's 34 pages left to go in the comic before it goes to lettering. This means I could actually go into lettering on Saturday if I put myself to some... (Read More)

VOICE CAST ANNOUNCEMENTS - first, an apology...

August 15th - via: kickstarter.com
...Because I've been duping you all! ;) Hi, everyone! Today's the day that the voice actors have officially received their scripts, line reads, and are off to work. Had this not been an indie production lead by someone living in Europe, we might have... (Read More)

Sunday night update!

August 14th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, all! The heat is really draining my energy, so tonight's update is short and sweet: -Made it to minute 19 of 22 for thumbnailing the storyboards. -15 pages have been shaded. 63 pages remain. -Voice actors are starting their recording sessions... (Read More)

Fun Art Update: Swift Spark and Gretel!

August 13th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, everyone! Yesterday, Hamster & Gretel aired on Disney Channel in the USA (but for those of us who live outside the USA or missed the premiere, the first 2 episodes are also available on YouTube), a superhero show by Dan Povenmire, which you... (Read More)

Daily update: a peek at the Pilot Comic!

August 13th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, all! Hope you're having a great Saturday. I'm here to update you on the latest and greatest. The cast for the first half of the pilot has been finalized, and recording is starting next week. That means as soon as the appropriate voicework has... (Read More)

Swift Spark: Animation compilation

August 12th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, guys!  Today I wanted to share something fun - I've been going through all the videos I've created for Swift Spark since 2016, and wanted to compile them into this animation compilation. This is a compilation of "all" (taking out some doubles,... (Read More)

Daily update! Storyboard thumbnail peeks + comic sneak peek

August 11th - via: kickstarter.com
This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read. (Read More)


August 10th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, guys! James is speechless! For those who can't read the image - we reached 5000 views on the teaser trailer for Swift Spark and the Defense Five! Whoa!  Thank you all so much for the support - you're incredible. We're now at 15 minutes... (Read More)

#3: Swift Spark and Representation

August 10th - via: kickstarter.com
When I wrote this blog, it was June. There were less than 50 days left until the campaign's launch. We were also about halfway through Pride Month, a month centred around the LGBT+ community. A month where corporations feel the need to make money off... (Read More)

Backer 13, welcome!

August 9th - via: kickstarter.com
And who says 13 isn't a lucky number? ;) Hello hello everyone! We're ending our first week on 13 backers and just under €700. I'm so humbled that you're all willing to share your money with me to make this project come to life.  As for updates:... (Read More)


August 9th - via: kickstarter.com
It's finally time to announce the comics that will be coming to your inbox for FREE when you back this campaign! These comics will be making their way to your inbox September 16th, regardless of whether the Kickstarter succeeds, along with Swift... (Read More)

Short animation test!

August 8th - via: kickstarter.com
In 2021, I did a few storyboards with sound featuring my "dream voice" for James. I've decided to play around with actually quickly animating one of them today in an one-hour exercise! Of course it's a little rough around the edges, but it's fun, and... (Read More)

Blog #2: Drawing Inspiration

August 8th - via: kickstarter.com
In the first blog, I already alluded to some inspirations that lead to the creation of Swift Spark and the Defense Five, but I wanted to write a short blog to go a little more in-depth – because ultimately, there’s much more that inspired me than... (Read More)

Swift Spark: Some Backstory

August 7th - via: kickstarter.com
In June, I wrote some blog posts about Swift Spark. I figured I might share them here as campaign updates.  In May 2016, I began working on a webcomic. Back then, I had a list of several ideas, all based around the characters I’d created on... (Read More)

Swift Spark: Chapter 10 preview

August 7th - via: kickstarter.com
This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read. (Read More)

Time is running out on our Early Birds!

August 7th - via: kickstarter.com
5 covers + the 6th yet to be revealed. 5 is a special Kickstarter variant cover. Hi, guys! Did you know you can get a physical copy of the comic through Add-Ons? And did you know there's an early bird option available that is €19 cheaper than the... (Read More)

It's time for a New Deal in Animation.

August 6th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, guys! I initially wanted to write this in the morning, but I got so caught up in checking auditions (did you know we have over 100 voice acting auditions? Wowee!) and finishing the linework for the final pages (only 19 left in the whole comic!),... (Read More)

Day 4!

August 5th - via: kickstarter.com
Another late-night post, more positive this time - as we broke the 10-backer curse after 2 days. The outpour of support tonight on social media has been phenomenal, and I wanted to thank you all. I have some words to say on the current goings-on in... (Read More)

Revealing the Swift Spark Issue #6 cover this month!

August 5th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, all! Swift Spark Issue 6 is about halfway done, so that means... the end of the comic is coming up. Yep. After 6 years, it's finally time. I expect Issue 6 to (digitally) hit my own shop in September, the physical version should arrive in... (Read More)

NEW backer reward!

August 5th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, all! I wanted to announce this later, but it seems like the campaign is in desperate need of a pick-me-up. All backers are in for an extra reward: an indie comics bundle! The indie comic bundle will contain at least 5 comics! Every backer will... (Read More)

Day 3...

August 4th - via: kickstarter.com
...Seems like today has been a struggle. But that does not mean no progress was made. I'm working on something exciting, the details of which will be revealed when we hit 15 backers. So keep your eyes peeled for that, and ask your friends who love... (Read More)

Swift Spark: FANART!

August 4th - via: kickstarter.com
Since 2016, we've collected a few pieces of awesome fanart. I want to share them with you to show how others were inspired by my comic! I appreciate each and every piece I receive, and I put them up on my website,  in the fanart section.  Swift... (Read More)

Day 2 Update

August 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read. (Read More)

Announcing voice actors soon!

August 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, all! How are you doing? Last week, I put out a casting call for the final characters of the pilot - and the response was phenomenal. Over 100 people have applied to lend their voice to one of our characters. I will be going through them all, and... (Read More)

First 24 hours - physical reward add-ons

August 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
An overview of some of the available add-on rewards. Hi, all! So we're 24 hours in now, and I wanted to share some pictures of the add-on rewards we have available. Some are  'backer goals', such as the older version of the comic (unlocks at 25... (Read More)

Morning update!

August 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
Good morning, everyone! We're now 19 hours in, and holy crap. I did not expect to get to €500 in the first 12 hours of being live. The current pledge level is 3 times as much as the final in 2020. We're also at 8 backers, so I'm going to announce a... (Read More)

The first six hours!

August 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
So... six hours in, how do I feel? Blown away, honestly. I was hoping to hit €100 the first day, and just a few hours in, we're already over €300. In 2020, I had my first go at crowdfunding this pilot, and we ended at €167 after 30 days. So...... (Read More)

Launch day!

August 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, everyone! 2 backers within the first hour of launch. That's incredible, thanks so much! I wanted to spend a few moments to introduce myself. I talked about myself briefly in the campaign's description,  but not really! Of course the project's... (Read More)

Starting off Strong: STORYBOARDS!

August 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read. (Read More)

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