one girl, one curse, 10 chances to love
The Story10 Confessions & A Kiss follows one girl, Zoe, who gets into a bit of trouble when she "accidentally" gets cursed to find her one true love. She has 365 days to do so, or she dies. (Da da da dum!)
Her obstacle is she was an awkward girl in high school, so she's never dated. Not once. She's spunky, but boy-shy. And she has no one she even likes, much less could feel love for. If you don't think this could bring trouble, think again. It's one thing to have made your mistakes in high school when the hormones are flying off the handle. When you're in college and have no social clue in the world? You don't even know where to begin!
This is meant to be a limited series with about 15 chapters, give or take. My goal is to keep the story down to three graphic novels, at any rate. Currently I am in the middle of producing chapter 2.
Meet the Main (and minor) characters:
Zoe: Our spunky, red-headed protagonist. She can be brave and willing to stick her nose where it doesn't belong, but get her standing in front of a love interest and she's suddenly shy. It's her spunk that gets her into trouble in the first place. Well, that and the curse on the gypsy's bracelet laid there by the ill fate of the Princess Zomigod - but that's a while 'nother part of the story.
Alexi: Zoe's best friend and staunch supporter. He doesn't really believe in anything he can't see or touch, but the curse changes his mind. He'd be a love interest at the start of this except he's dating the mysterious Patches. Or maybe he IS a love interest ...
Lala: A nod to my ethnic roots, Lala is a no-nonsense UFO-believing "Native American" and Zoe's other best friend. She makes it her personal mission to get Zoe a boyfriend.
Grigori: Grandson of the gypsy Madame Schlotsky, meet the second main love interest in the story. Zoe doesn't like him at first, but perhaps she will change her mind later.
It's The End Guy: He was meant to have only a cameo, but he wormed his way into the story. Because of his touch with Zoe and her life he ends up returning to school to attend graphic arts. He won't have a large role.
Madame Schlotsky and Madame Rue: gypsies. They tell the guys stuff.
And a host of other minor characters!
Which means I'm here because ...Right now my goal with 10 is to assemble the first five chapters into a chapter book. Or, manga book if you prefer. The first step in this is for me to revisit chapter 1, ink it, tone it, improve some of the artwork, and basically give it the polished feel I wanted it to have when I began this venture. Then I will return to chapter 2, on to chapter 3, and so on.
Each chapter will be available for Kindle and Nook individually with each release. Chapter 1 is currently available this way, but I warn you: I'm revamping it and I will be changing things soon. I also might change my mind about this part and take them completely down, leaving only the chapter books available.
When all is said and done, I want to produce a limited print run of the each chapter book - maybe 500 or so - with a unique cover that will be only available through 10's website and at conventions. All other editions will have a different cover.
In order of importance:
- To be able to set aside funds for the print run. - maybe $2000 to $3000?
- Paper - lots and lots of manga artist paper with guidelines, A4 in size - price varies
- Pens (Faber-Castel manga black: XS, S, M, B) - price varies
- Prismacolor Markers (all of the cool grey shades) - price varies
- Manga Studio Pro - $300
- Paintshop X3 - $70 at my local PX - goal met!
- Computer upgrades and/or replacement - Gee, that's a hard one.
My donation goal of $500 is far FAR below what I truly need to see this dream happen. But it's a start.
What You GetAs a person of little financial worth (unless you count military life insurance) I don't have a lot to offer. But let me see...
I can offer wallpapers! Woo hoo! How's that for originality?
I can also offer a PDF of chapter 1, PDF's of the entire book when it's assembled, being drawn into the book, original art... yeah, okay. Just check out the pledges and rewards to the right.
If this campaign doesn't succeed: C'est la vie... I'll be sad, but what are ya gonna do really. If this happens I'll continue to fight my battle against the evil forces of the economy. And maybe I'll get to win. Which would be great! Because there's this OTHER comic I'm dying to create called Hollywood Heroes ...
Other Ways You Can Help
Spread the word! Every time you do one of the following, I'll enter you into a raffle to get a free sketch commission from me. You can request anything... um... not x-rated. :-)
E-mail me (deathATapocalypsewritersDOTcom) a blog post, LiveJournal entry, or DeviantART journal where you've posted this project.
Tweeted about this project.
Re-blog about this project on your Tumblr, Kaboodle, or any place like that.
Send me the physical goods I mentioned! Check out the donation page for Heavenly Bride at http://apocalypsewriters.com/ooakleaf/?page_id=755 then scroll down to see where to send. If you do I'll mail you back a bookmark. If you send me LOTS of goods, I'll mail you back a digital, signed print of Zoe and the bookmark.
Did something else? E-mail me (deathATapocalypsewritersDOTcom)!
So far we have Maggie in Canada in the draw. Whose next?
10 Confessions used to be able to be found at: http://www.10confessions.com
The pledge sizes are set to take this situation in account, so unless you live somewhere expensive like Russia it's all good. Don't worry your pretty little heads about it.
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Signed copy, bookmark, wallpaper, acknowledgement, access to download the pdf version of the chapter book, and the option to be drawn into the comic! You can be one of the crowd or a mythical creature. Estimated delivery date on this is not accurate: delivery depends on completion time only.Estimated delivery:
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The ultimate VIP package! You can choose from an original page from the comic or a commissioned page that won't be in the comic but will be unique for you. You also get the wallpaper, bookmark, acknowledgement, two signed copies of the initial print run, and access to the pdf download of the book when it becomes available. AND you'll get access to chapter 6! Estimated delivery date on this is not accurate: delivery depends on completion time only.Estimated delivery:
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