Friends! Freedom Fighters! ABOLITIONISTAS!
CAP AND GOWN
I had been hoping to have ABOLITIONISTA! completed and published by now...but things have slowed down. Our artist, the remarkable Delilah Buckley, is finishing school at the Art Institute of Atlanta, and though she originally thought she would be able to complete her school work and work on our manga comic book at the same time, she underestimated how rigorous her academic demands would be. She'll be through with school this Friday after which she will be working full time on ABOLITIONISTA! I estimate that we'll have it published and delivered some time in July. Although I'm glad that Delilah set aside our manga project to focus fully on her school work, (I can't help thinking school is always first priority) I assure you, after her graduation on Friday, she and I will do everything in our power to get you the highest quality fulfillment of our project as quickly as possible.
In the mean time, I have not been idle. I've called on guest editors to bring their expertise to the project and bring ABOLITIONISTA! to a high degree of polish. Here are a few of the people who have been working on the script: Valerie Gallaher, formerly of DC Comics and now with MTV Geek, Dallas Middaugh of Random House (one of the largest publishers of manga in the US), and Steve Susoyev of Moving Finger Press (who is co-partering with me to publish Abolitionista!) Together, these editors have had over 50 years experience in editing, and they have examined the comic book with their experts' eye and brought a professional sheen to our vibrant, moving story.
In addition, I've had Rona Lane from Child Abuse Prevention Program (the only organization certified to teach child abuse prevention in NY schools) read over it with an eye for how effectively this story models the skills that people need to know to protect themselves from predators. Rona is so excited about our project that she has become one of our biggest supporters.
And there's more: Pamela Rose (who you might have seen on the second season of NBC's The Voice) has fallen in love our manga and written a jammin' dance anthem around ABOLITIONISTA! I'll be sending you the song and video as soon as the final production is finished.
Fashion Designer, Janelle Stuart, is designing a fashion line around ABOLITIONISTA! and is creating some insanely cool t-shirts and wrist bands for us!
FUN FUN FUN
AND...O.Fishell Productions/Going Down Entertainment is producing a launch party for ABOLITIONISTA! in New York City on Sunday September 1st of Labor Day Weekend. Of course...you're invited! More information to come.
This is just some of the things we've been working on while we've been waiting for our fabulous Delilah Buckle to finish art school. She graduates this Friday, after which, we are committed to getting you the highest quality manga possible. You can expect to receive it in July, and in the meantime, we'll be sending you many more updates to track our progress.
seconds to go
Pledge $1 or moreYou selected
GUARDIAN: We're sending you respect, veneration and a telepathic high five...because every dollar counts and because you are making the world safer for children. Tell your friends that you've found your mission and that your superhero training has begun. You'll also get onto the roster of heroes on our website, security clearance to our ABOLITIONISTA! network with special reports of artist progress, sample pages, and an insider's access to the fascinating production process, including sketches, ink pages, color covers, etc...available only to our team of heroes.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $10 or moreYou selected
FREEDOM SOLDIER: You've spoken, you've made your pledge known, and now you've been initiated into the ranks of Freedom Soldier. You're invited to our exclusive ABOLITIONISTA! launch party in June, 2013, where you'll mingle with other heroes, ruminate about past exploits, and speak of a future free of slavery. In addition to receiving everything that The Guardian receives (above) you'll get a PDF copy of comic book to read on your iPad, Kindle, nook, or other hi-tech crime-fighting devices.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $20 or moreYou selected
RESCUE SQUAD CAPTAIN: you get everything above, PLUS...an ABOLITIONISTA! bracelet that identifies you as someone who knows about the hidden danger lurking in our world, and that you're here to protect the most vulnerable of our number.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or moreYou selected
PROTECTOR: Now comes our story of innocence in peril, and you get everything above, PLUS... a paperback copy of ABOLITIONISTA!, the 60-page story in our breathtaking manga format, available initially only to Kickstarter backers. (Canada please include $2.50 for shipping.)Estimated delivery:Add $7 USD to ship outside the US
Pledge $35 or moreYou selected
WARRIOR: everything above, and an ABOLITIONISTA! Identification Card with the Abolitionista Safety Pledge on the back, that reminds you of your mission. PLUS...a second paperback copy of ABOLITIONISTA! to give to the children in your life whom you care about. (Canada please add $4 for shipping.)Estimated delivery:Add $9 USD to ship outside the US
Pledge $45 or moreYou selected
HERO: everything above, PLUS... a third copy of the epic saga, to help safeguard another child in your life from danger. (Canada please add $4.25 for shipping.)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
Pledge $55 or moreYou selected
ARCHANGEL: everything above, PLUS... a fourth copy of our tale, to help inspire another child to live a life of courage, freedom, and safety. (Canada please add $5 for shipping.)Estimated delivery:Add $12 USD to ship outside the US
Pledge $75 or moreYou selected
AVENGER: everything above, (just to remind you, that includes a telepathic high five, website acknowledgement, production blog access, bracelet, PDF copy of the manga, identification card, four paperback copies of the manga,) PLUS...an ABOLITIONISTA! t-shirt, with a picture of Eden, our manga heroine, on the front. PLUS...an additional copy, for a total of FIVE copies, of our fabulous saga to give to the friends and family. (Canada please add $6 for shipping.)Estimated delivery:Add $14 USD to ship outside the US
Pledge $100 or moreYou selected
SLAVE REBEL LEADER: everything the AVENGER gets, PLUS...a total of five copies will be SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR! which will be destined to become collector’s items since the author’s signature is very rarely seen anywhere on anything. This is a fantastic gift for manga fans, and just may be one of the most important gifts that you could ever give. (Canada please add $6 for shipping.)Estimated delivery:Add $14 USD to ship outside the US
Pledge $200 or moreYou selected
FREEDOM COMMANDO: everything the AVENGER gets, PLUS...recognition: you’ll be getting your name printed INSIDE the manga in the Hero section, identifying you as someone with a super human heart, someone who sheds light in the darkness, gives strength where there is weakness, plants hope where there is despair, and brings security to the frightened and the vulnerable. (Canada please add $6 for shipping.)Estimated delivery:Add $14 USD to ship outside the US
Pledge $300 or moreYou selected
CHAMPION: everything the AVENGER gets, PLUS...The Teacher's Tool Chest: a class room curriculum for contemporary human trafficking that introduces it through the topic of historic slavery. It includes a study guide to the comic book, discussion questions, and group activities that will help students understand the issue, recognize exploitive situations, identify recruitment techniques of traffickers, and gives students real strategies to stay out of danger. These are proven tools of exploitation prevention that will be useful to the students for their entire life. The Teacher's Tool Chest comes with a lesson plan, enough ABOLITIONISTA! comic books for 30 students, and teachers guide. (Canada and Mexico add $35 for shipping.)Estimated delivery:Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
Pledge $400 or moreYou selected
GLADIATOR: everything the AVENGER gets, PLUS...a voucher good for one top secret social engagement with ABOLITIONISTA! creator, Thomas Estler, in New York City, in which he will refer to you as “Gladiator” and introduce you to other members of your team. Food will be eaten, confetti will be thrown, instagrams will be sent, and we will bask in the rapport of a shared mission, while we resist resting on our laurels. For we cannot forget what unites us: the love of freedom and the quest to bring down the infrastructure of modern-day slavery. (Canada please add $6 for shipping.)Estimated delivery:Add $14 USD to ship outside the US
Pledge $500 or moreYou selected
ANGEL: everything the AVENGER gets, PLUS...the cartoon image of you or the person of your choice will appear in a background scene in one of the panels. This is a perfect holiday gift for the comic book lover in your life. We can get you the page of the comic book that features you or the person of your choice by Christmas if you pledge by December 1st and email your picture to us. (Canada please add $6 for shipping.)Estimated delivery:Add $14 USD to ship outside the US
Pledge $1,000 or moreYou selected
TRAFFICKING INVESTIGATOR: everything the AVENGER gets, PLUS...The School Counselor's Tool Chest: (like the Teacher's Tool Chest) includes workshop curriculum about the issue of human trafficking. It includes a study guide to the comic book, discussion questions, and group activities that will help students understand the issue, recognize exploitive situations, identify recruitment techniques of traffickers, and it gives students real strategies to stay out of danger. These are proven tools of exploration prevention that will be useful to the students for their entire life. The Counselor's Tool Chest also comes with a lesson plan, enough ABOLITIONISTA! comic books for 100 students, and a teachers guide.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
Pledge $2,000 or moreYou selected
0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)
(limit: 2 adult females; 2 adult males) TRACKER: everything the AVENGER gets, PLUS...the cartoon image of an adult of your choice will appear as one of the heroic adult characters in the manga, who have actual names and dialogue in the story. (Canada please add $6 for shipping.)Estimated delivery:Add $14 USD to ship outside the US
Pledge $5,000 or moreYou selected
REVOLUTIONARY: everything that the AVENGER receives, PLUS...The ABOLITIONISTA! Workshop taught by our experts for an entire grade at a school of your choice (or the reasonable equivalent at another organization of your choice: girls/boys club, YMCA, community organization, or faith-based organization) which will introduce the subject of human trafficking, provide up to 250 students with the ABOLITIONISTA! comic book, and give children real skills to protect themselves from being trafficked.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
Pledge $10,000 or moreYou selected
0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)
ABOLITIONISTA GENERAL: We want to express our gratitude to you by putting your name on our project. You will receive everything that CHAMPION receives, PLUS...your name, or the name of your choice (within reason), will be on the cover of the Manga as our sponsor under the author and artist’s names.Estimated delivery:
- (40 days)