A magical girl series -- from the point of view of the villains. Chapters 1-5 are readable online already for free!
Why This Campaign Exists
I've been publishing the print editions of To Prevent World Peace, chapter by chapter, since it first started in October 2009. I finish the latest chapters a year before they are scheduled to go online, and then I usually try print them within a few months of finishing.
The problem: I have run out of money. My husband was laid off last year, and since then, our income has been low. (Let's just say we are not breaking even.) Because of this, it would be irresponsible for me to print this chapter right now, or for awhile, until I have funding.
What's In It for You?
Suppose you read the webcomic already, but you are not interested in the print editions. Why would you want to fund this?
The answer is simple: BACKLOG.
I keep a year of archives finished, and complete, at all times, but I've only ever made it available before through print editions. Now, if you are interested in reading the next year of pages right now, you can pledge as little as $5 and read them immediately upon this project successfully funding.
Suppose you want the print editions, but have hesitated over buying them?
There has never been a better time to get the print editions. At the $50 level, you will receive all ten print editions of the chapters and short stories, plus a free print copy of Black Magic Academy. This includes free shipping, and -- of course -- the PDF editions of all chapters so far and short stories.
What If We Go Over the Funding Goal?
Then the fun begins! There are a lot of bonus things I'd love to do, but I haven't been able to justify the time it would take to do them. If we go over the goal by enough, I will be able to start working on these things.
If we overfund by $50:
I will include a bonus original sketch of a character of your choice for everyone who pledges $10 and above.
Update: DONE! If you know what you want, feel free to e-mail me or message me to start on yours right away!
I will update with five extra pages (one every day Monday through Saturday) the week after this campaign completes.
Update: DONE! Thanks to a highly generous Paypal donation, we are even up to the goal after this!
If we overfund by $250:
There will be a Tiffany short story! It will be about her backstory, especially why she was kidnapped and how she ended up so happy in the dungeon. It will be somewhere between 10-25 pages in length. (Most likely 15-20.)
Update: DONE! I'm not certain when this will be finished, but I'm going to aim for December to start posting it.
If we overfund by $500:
There will be a very, very awesome Kendra short story I've been wanting to do for ages. Called "Avenging Angel: What Would Have Been," it shows how Kendra would have gradually become Avenging Angel, and what would have been going on with Crimson Dragon -- Florence -- in the meantime. It may be anywhere from 15-30 pages in length.
Update: DONE! And, wow . . . we reached this only an hour after my update about reaching the Tiffany short story. You guys are AWESOME!
(I cannot yet give a timeframe for this, but I'll start on it as soon as the Tiffany short story is completed.)
If we overfund by $750:
Can we say "exhaustive worldbuilding"? Rhea will explain, in thorough detail, almost everything she is aware of about the worldbuilding, which is a lot more than most people can claim. Including aspects that have not been revealed yet, and even some that are basically secret (because Rhea doesn't make a habit of spilling truth to anybody). It could be anywhere from 15-30 pages in length.
Update: Thanks to a generous Paypal donation, if we reach a $650 total, we will reach this.
Now that that bonus goal is officially reached, it's certain you will get the Tiffany short story. Not instantly, though -- what this funding means is that I can afford to take the time to begin working on it. But as soon as I finish, you'll get to see it.
Obviously, my highest priority is the regular updates. You guys earning the five extra updates next week means I'm going to need to speed up the pace of those a bit. And I've got bonus sketches to complete! :D So I have quite a bit of extra work ahead of me, and I'm going to rebuild those five weeks of backlog first before beginning extra pages.
I'd like to complete the Tiffany short story and begin posting it in December. If that isn't possible, my goals may shift. But within a year sounds entirely feasible to me.
In case we reach the Kendra short story (and/or the Rhea short story): I will not begin working on this until after I finish the Tiffany short story. So I have no idea about these timeframes. But as soon as I possibly can, obviously!
The printed manga chapters are 8.5 inches wide by 11 inches tall, and (like magazines or a comic book) are folded with two staples for the binding. 8.5 inches by 11 inches is the finished size (the paper they are printed on is 17 inches by 11 inches in size), so they're a little bit taller than your average magazine.
The covers of the first four chapters, and short stories, are the same type of paper as the internal pages. (This is normal paper weight, what you'd usually see.) I was unhappy with the printers I was using after chapter four, so I tried a new one with chapter five, and they printed the cover of this one on thick cardstock. That printer moved locations soon afterwards, and their customer service was not stellar, so I moved to a third printer for chapter six. That one gave chapters six and seven very nice covers that are glossy. I was highly pleased with this, and their ink quality, and so I consider them the best I've worked with so far. It's likely that chapter eight (and the rest, ideally) will be the same, since I'd like to stick with this new printer permanently.
The book is printed through Createspace, so the covers are thick, and the internal pages are cream. The book is 6 inches wide by 9 inches tall, so it's just a bit bigger than your average trade paperback (which is 5.5 x 8 inches), but still one of the standard sizes in publishing.
Black Magic Academy is about 150 pages. (It's actually exactly 150 pages, but that's counting the six in the front before the first chapter begins.) Word count-wise, it's 36,000 words -- which is short (by comparison: most books aimed at young adult or middle grade audience are about twice that length).
I think it has as much plot as your average book of 60,000-80,000 words; I just tend to feel the shortest amount of time you can take to tell a story effectively is the best way. But of course, not everybody agrees with this. I have a friend who thinks I write things way too briefly. ;)
(At its longest, Black Magic Academy was a whopping 120,000 words, by the way. I trimmed out loads of dead weight, and I think that makes it a MUCH better story.)
The manga chapters weigh in at 24-32 pages. The shortest is Chapter Four, with 20 comic pages; the longest is Chapter Five, with 30 comics pages. They're all a mulitiple of 4 as far as page count, and they all have at least one bonus comic page.
There are three types of bonus pages.
Every chapter has exactly one bonus page of the first variety: a one-page, canon-but-not-necessary scene from the story. It's always the first bonus page, after the commentary. And it's often funny. I use these for flashbacks, continuations of conversations that keep going off-screen, or (in most cases) just plain fun scenes that weren't crucial to the plot and only needed one page.
Since each print edition needs a multiple of 4 pages, if I have leftover space after this, I fill this with one of the other two types of bonus pages. The rest of the extra space is split between these types equally.
The second type of bonus page is when I do some in-character writing. I choose the font to match a character's handwriting, I create a signature for them, and I draw a picture of them in the process of writing whatever-it-is. Some are long and informative, such as Kendra's "Unsent Letter," or Rhea's propaganda tract "A History of the Infestation Known as Magical Girls." Others are very simple and silly, like Chronos's "How to Regain Peace and Quiet," or Felicity's terrible poem obsessing about Daniel.
My third type of bonus page is usually preferenced by "Emily's Sketchbook Presents . . ." These are silly one-page bonus comics based around things in reality. Some of them are about working on the story ("Somewhere Around the Fifteenth Draft," "The Writing Process," "Blasted Backgrounds," and "Too Many Ideas"); others are about silly things that have to do with me, my friends, and my family ("Dream Pets," "The Perseid Pig," "Nine-Month-Old Distraction," and "Toddler-Speak").
If you'd like to see how many bonus pages each chapter has, you can see a complete list:
"Bonus Comic" means the canonical one-page extra comic that is in every chapter; there is always one of these. "Bonus Page" means it is one of the other two varieties; there can be anywhere from zero to three of these, depending on how much extra space needed filling.
The bonus comic is called "Overhearing." It's a humorous scene that happens in Chapter Eight off-screen.
The bonus page is "Toddler-Speak." It's based on real, true, yes-these-really-happened (in some cases, to my great exasperation) things.
The back cover shows two characters from Chapter Eight. I call it "Guard Duty."
Let's say: up to two characters from any of my stories, keep it clean, and don't expect any backgrounding -- though I may do it if I reaaaaally feel like it, or I think the picture needs it. I'll probably spend more time on polishing if it's just one character featured, but I'm cool with drawing two characters interacting.
So there's a lot of flexibility. Here are some potential ideas --
- A scene from the past or the backstory. (For instance: Wings of Justice team pose, Florence's evil boyfriend two years ago, Kendra versus a previous arch-nemesis, anything Tiffany . . .)
- A character design or costume design for somebody. (For instance: Kendra's mom as a magical girl, the Wings of Justice pre-power-up costumes, Chronos and Rhea as kids, Chronos and Rhea's parents . . .)
- Non-spoilerific future scene.
- A concept for somebody's transformation scene.
- Any two characters interacting.
I'll draw up to three characters if it just ought to be that way (like a Wings of Justice team pose), or if the character designs are fairly easy (like a request with characters of A Magical Roommate). And I'll probably use these as TopWebComics voting incentives eventually, so feel free to come up with something you don't think anybody else will be requesting.
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Apr 20, 2012 - May 20, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $5 or more
PDF copies of To Prevent World Peace Chapters 6-8, including all bonus pages. (Chapters 1-5 can be read on the website right now. Chapter 6 is just starting online.)Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $10 or more
PDF copies of Chapters 6-8 (including all their bonus pages), plus a print copy of Chapter Eight.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $15 or more
PDF copies of Chapters 1-8 and both short stories (including all bonus pages), and free e-book copy of Black Magic Academy. No print edition of Chapter Eight.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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Everything at the $10 level, plus PDF copies of Chapters 1-8 and both short stories (including all bonus pages).Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Everything at the $15 level, plus a print copy of Black Magic Academy. (Signed to you, or whoever you wish.)Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $50 or more
Everything at the $25 level, plus print copies of Chapters 1-8 and both short stories.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $75 or more
Everything at the $50 level, plus a personal “thank you,” by name, to you in the Chapter Eight commentary.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $150 or more
1 backer Limited (1 of 2 left)
Everything at the $75 level, plus you get to name a character that Kendra will fight in a future chapter. (Name's subject to my approval, and it should not come from another copyrighted story.)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012