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Shane W Smith creates long-form graphic novels. Proud to be the first Australian creator invited to Drip.

My name is Shane W Smith, and I'm a graphic novelist  based in Australia. I've got a Bachelor Degree in Creative Writing from  the University of Canberra, and my oddest achievement is getting a comic  published in a refereed academic journal. Four of my books have been  shortlisted for awards, including the fan-favourite zombie-family-drama  book Undad. I'm happily married with four small children and a full-time desk job... and I never sleep.  

Earlier this year, I delivered my millionth comic page into the  hands of my fans. My awesome (and growing) fanbase is incredibly  supportive of my work. I'm so appreciative: we only crushed this  milestone because of you.  

I've launched this Drip page not only to fund a range of ambitious  forthcoming projects, but also as a sustainable way to serialise and  road-test works-in-progress for my keenest readers. 

My latest graphic novel is a full-colour 500 page fantasy graphic novel called Triumviratus. Triumviratus will  see a strictly limited hardcover release in late 2018, but won't be  widely available until every page has been first posted to this page. As a supporter, you will have exclusive access to these pages, delivered in monthly instalments. 

Triumviratus is a book about duty, destiny, and three desperate people whose misadventures in love bring the world to its knees. 


Three times he will prove his love for her. The third time will kill him. 

In a world where violent magic is punished by the gods, mages have  learned to use their powers for manipulation and deception instead. 

Rynold has learned this lesson better than most. 

But  when, in a moment of jealousy, he misuses his sacred power to send  Princess Mirelda's lover Damian into exile, he inadvertently rekindles  an ancient evil that has lain dormant for a thousand years, waiting for  its chance to awaken. 

Chosen by the gods themselves to bring  Damian back, Rynold and Mirelda leave their home in desperate pursuit of  Damian, the fate of the entire world upon their shoulders. But as their  long journey progresses, they come to learn that the greatest threat to  them - and to the world - might well come from within... 

Unrequited love often feels like the end of the world. This time, it really is. 

Triumviratus  paints a deeply personal love triangle against an epic fantasy  backdrop, and will appeal to readers of fantasy who appreciate strong  character drama driving a high-stakes story. 

All 515 pages of Triumviratus are complete and Patreon and Drip are currently the only places you can read it.

If you like what you see, becoming a supporter for $1 a month will get you exclusive access to the entire story as it's released.

(Note: as Triumviratus has been live on Patreon since January, my first priority for this Drip page is to catch-up quickly and run the two pages in unison. Early supporters of this Drip page will actually be receiving 50+ pages per month for a while, even at the $1/month level.) 

Backers at all levels will receive exclusive early access to at least 22 pages of comics each month from Triumviratus, months ahead of its publication, and from any other future project I launch (like my forthcoming space opera graphic novel The Winds of Change), as well as some exclusive additional content. 

In  addition, my entire back catalogue, along with a bunch of awesome  behind-the-scenes content - concept work, completed pages, deleted  scenes, scripts, workshops, and other content from all my books, past  and present - and other perks are available at higher tiers. 

Click the links below for some free previews!

Preview the first forty-five pages of Triumviratus now!

Get a free preview of some of the Triumviratus behind-the-scenes content!

I hold a firm belief that - when it comes to digital content - even a  small investment should have a significant yield. I'm committed to  offering you as much bang for your buck as I can sustainably manage, in terms of both quality and quantity. That's what I feel I owe my readers  for taking a shot on me.
 

Thanks for taking a look at this page. If high-stakes character-driven epic fantasy is your jam, I'm confident you'll like Triumviratus. Just hit that "Subscribe" button, and start collecting your rewards. 

38 Posts

  • The future of DR!P

    2019-06-30
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    Dear supporters, A while back, Kickstarter announced that Drip was going to be decommissioned, with XOXO developing a platform to...
  • Wrapping up 2018 and planning for 2019!

    2018-12-20
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    Dear backers, We are just about to close out 2018 here, and I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support.  My personal...
  • INKTOBER #37 - an anniversary and a big announcement

    2018-10-31
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    We're rounding out Inktober 2018 with some awesome news.  As you know, my goal for this endeavour was to figure out what project I would...
  • INKTOBER #36: All The King's Men (6)

    2018-10-30
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    We're continuing on with our Inktober trend of the last few days, posting images derived  from the All The King's Men anthology,...
  • INKTOBER #35 - All The King's Men (5)

    2018-10-29
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    For the remainder of Inktober, I'll be posting images derived from the All The King's Men anthology, November's featured book (...
  • INKTOBER #34 - All The King's Men (4)

    2018-10-28
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    For the remainder of Inktober, I'll be posting images derived from the All The King's Men anthology, November's featured book (...
  • INKTOBER #33 - All The King's Men (3)

    2018-10-27
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    For the remainder of Inktober, I'll be posting images derived from the All The King's Men anthology, November's featured book (...
  • INKTOBER #32 - All The King's Men (2)

    2018-10-26
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    For the remainder of Inktober, I'll be posting images derived from the All The King's Men anthology, November's featured book (...
  • INKTOBER #31 - All The King's Men (1)

    2018-10-25
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    For the remainder of Inktober, I'll be posting images derived from theAll The King's Men anthology, November's featured book (...
  • Drip update and some unfortunately-timed news

    2018-10-24
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    Dear supporters, Our Founding Period is now over, and this Drip page is now officially live. Thanks for coming on board in the early...
  • INKTOBER #30 - Soldier

    2018-10-24
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    One of the questions I've been asked a lot since completing work on Triumviratus is "WHAT'S NEXT?" It's a question I'm asking myself...
  • INKTOBER #29 - #jolt

    2018-10-23
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     The official prompt for Inktober Day 29 (I'm a bit ahead, I realise) is JOLT.  And in this concept art from no particular project, this...
  • INKTOBER #28 - Line in the Sand (5)

    2018-10-22
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    Here's another piece of concept art from Line in the Sand. This here is Steph, a Padakan soldier serving alongside Sean Banner (the...
  • INKTOBER #27 - Line in the Sand (4)

    2018-10-21
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    Here's another piece of concept art from Line in the Sand. Here, we see Sean Banner, the protagonist and playable character from the...
  • INKTOBER #25, #26 - Chamber

    2018-10-20
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    Here's another project that never made it off the ground. Today's artwork is from a three-issue miniseries called Chamber. This project...
  • INKTOBER #24 - The Winds of Change (4)

    2018-10-19
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     One of the questions I've been asked a lot since completing work on Triumviratus is "WHAT'S NEXT?" It's a question I'm asking myself...
  • Some good news, and a reward upgrade!

    2018-10-18
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    As you probably know by now, I'm running this Drip page in tandem with a pre-existing Patreon page ( https://patreon.com/ShaneWSmith/ ),...
  • About All The King's Men

    2018-10-18
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    Every month, higher tier backers will receive books from my back  catalogue and exclusive bonus content related to them. The title for...
  • INKTOBER #22, #23 - FTL

    2018-10-18
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     As promised, today's Inktober drawings feature a project that never got off the ground.  This is some concept art for a story proposal...
  • INKTOBER #21 - Line in the Sand (3)

    2018-10-17
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     One of the questions I've been asked a lot since completing work on Triumviratus is "WHAT'S NEXT?" It's a question I'm asking myself...
  • INKTOBER #20 - "Breakable"

    2018-10-15
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    Today's Inktober drawing is in line with the official mandated prompt for the day: Breakable.  The tagline for the All the King's Men...
  • INKTOBER #19 - Line in the Sand (2)

    2018-10-15
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     One of the questions I've been asked a lot since completing work on Triumviratus is "WHAT'S NEXT?" It's a question I'm asking myself...
  • INKTOBER #18 - The Winds of Change (3)

    2018-10-14
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    One of the questions I've been asked a lot since completing work on Triumviratus is "WHAT'S NEXT?" It's a question I'm asking myself...
  • INKTOBER #17: The Winds of Change

    2018-10-13
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    One of the questions I've been asked a lot since completing work on Triumviratus is "WHAT'S NEXT?" It's a question I'm asking myself...
  • INKTOBER #14, #15, #16: Triumviratus

    2018-10-12
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    One of the questions I've been asked a lot since completing work on  Triumviratus is "WHAT'S NEXT?" It's a question I'm asking myself...
  • INKTOBER #12, #13 - The Undad franchise

    2018-10-11
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    One of the questions I've been asked a lot since completing work on Triumviratus is "WHAT'S NEXT?" It's a question I'm asking myself...
  • INKTOBER #11: Untitled Star Wars concept

    2018-10-10
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    One of the questions I've been asked a lot since completing work on Triumviratus is "WHAT'S NEXT?" It's a question I'm asking myself...
  • INKTOBER #10 - Untitled project (2)

    2018-10-09
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     One of the questions I've been asked a lot since completing work on Triumviratus is "WHAT'S NEXT?" It's a question I'm asking myself...
  • INKTOBER #9 - Untitled project

    2018-10-08
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    One of the questions I've been asked a lot since completing work on Triumviratus is "WHAT'S NEXT?" It's a question I'm asking myself...
  • INKTOBER #6, #7 and #8 - Family

    2018-10-07
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    I'm flying solo for a few days at home, and I'm already missing my wife and kids. Today's Inktober sketches are for them.  These images...
  • INKTOBER #4 and #5 - Line in the Sand

    2018-10-05
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    One of the questions I've been asked a lot since completing work on Triumviratus is "WHAT'S NEXT?" It's a question I'm asking myself...
  • INKTOBER #3 - Undad anthology

    2018-10-04
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    One of the questions I've been asked a lot since completing work on Triumviratus is "WHAT'S NEXT?" It's a question I'm asking myself...
  • INKTOBER #2 - The Winds of Change

    2018-10-03
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    One of the questions I've been asked a lot since completing work on Triumviratus is "WHAT'S NEXT?" It's a question I'm asking myself...
  • INKTOBER #1 - Tales by Starlight

    2018-10-02
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    #Inktober is an annual drawing challenge that artists from around the world participate in. There's been an official prompt list since...
  • Triumviratus preview - pages 1-44

    2018-09-17
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     Here are the first two chapters of Triumviratus, in which we meet all the vertices of our love triangle. Hope you dig...
  • About My Back Catalogue

    2018-09-17
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    Here's a bit of information about the titles that will be rotated through the $7 reward tier on a monthly basis.    JANUARY: James...
  • About Me

    2018-09-17
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    I imagine that if you're checking out this page, you already have a pretty  good idea about who I am. But the page feels naked without an...
  • About Triumviratus

    2018-09-17
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     Jealousy. Betrayal. Desperate people whose misadventures in love bring everything to the very brink of oblivion.  Triumviratus, a 515...