About this project
Strong Female Protagonist is the story of Alison Green, a middle-class American with super-strength, invincibility, and a crippling sense of social injustice. In the book we hope to produce with this Kickstarter, Alison deals with her past as a teenage superhero, goes to college, and tries to figure out how she can make a difference in a world where the problems are much greater than simply battling supervillains.
SFP is a comic written by Brennan Lee Mulligan and drawn by Molly Ostertag, and has updated twice weekly online since 2012. You can read four chapters and more at www.strongfemaleprotagonist.com! With this Kickstarter, we hope to publish the first four chapters (200+ pages), as well as bonus content, in a black and white paperback volume, with a new full color cover created specially for the Kickstarter print edition. Bringing the first book of Strong Female Protagonist to print will make it easier to share the story with others and will help us to continue the webcomic. Scroll down to see details on rewards!
Brennan Lee Mulligan (@BrennanLM) is a screenwriter and house improviser at the Upright Citizen's Brigade theatre. Molly Ostertag (@MollyOstertag)is a cartoonist, illustrator, and recent SVA graduate. We met at a LARP camp when we were teenagers and have been creatively collaborating ever since. We started Strong Female Protagonist because we both wanted to make a story that portrayed a female protagonist in a way we felt was missing from mainstream comics.
Alison Green used to be a superhero. With her seemingly unlimited strength and invulnerability, she was one of the most powerful around, fighting crime with other teenagers under the alter ego of Mega Girl. All that changed after an encounter with Menace, her mind reading arch enemy, who showed her evidence of a much more sinister and mysterious conspiracy that made battling giant robots seem suddenly unimportant.
Now Alison is going to college in New York City, trying to find ways to actually help the world while still getting to class on time. It's impossible to escape the past, however, and trouble comes in the form of angry former enemies, civilian casualties, an inconvenient crush, and all kinds of people who think they know the best way to be a hero.
Over the past two years, Strong Female Protagonist has grown in ways we couldn't imagine, thanks to the support of our readers. Here's what some cool people have said about our comic:
"Strong Female Protagonist is an ambitious exemplar of comics creators consciously stripping away many of the tropes of superhero comics while pursuing the implications of a hero role." - Hannah Means-Shannon, the Beat
"A smartly written and emotional exploration of the morality of superheroes." - Lauren Davis, io9.com
"(Strong Female Protagonist) is the perfect superhero comic for people who aren't really interested in the superhero genre. Actually, it's also a pretty perfect comic for people who are interested in superheroes." - Mey, Autostraddle.com
"It's just purely well-done comics...It's well worth reading, and if you're not already, you're missing out." - Chris Sims, comicsalliance.com
Why Kickstarter? Strong Female Protagonist is a labor of love, and Kickstarter is the perfect platform for us to interact with our readers to create a collected volume. We are both artists and paying printing costs up front is not an option - we need you, readers old and new, to take SFP from the web to the printed page. A graphic novel will enable us to share our story with many more readers. Your support will help us continue to make this comic. Thanks,
-Molly and Brennan
There are several levels of rewards tiers featuring brand new SFP merchandise:
INNOCENT BYSTANDER - $10 - You will receive a DRM-free PDF of the entire contents of the printed volume. This includes chapters one through four of the webcomic, alt text commentary, and bonus never-before-seen content!
PROTAGONIST - $22 - You will receive the PDF as well as a 6"x9", 220 page black and white paperback book with a brand new color cover. The book includes chapters one through four of the webcomic, alt text commentary, and bonus never-before-seen content!
SIDEKICK - $30 - You will receive the PDF, the book, and a 6" x 9" print with art by Molly that will be exclusively available through this Kickstarter:
BIODYNAMIC INDIVIDUAL - $45 - You will receive the PDF, the exclusive print by Molly, and the book, signed by Brennan and Molly and with a sketch of your choice by Molly, who reserves the right to refuse to draw anything super weird!
HENCHPERSON - $40 - You will receive the PDF, the book, the exclusive print by Molly, and a set of four 1.25" round buttons suitable for pinning to cool jackets and such.
GUARDIAN - $50 - You will receive the PDF, the book, the exclusive print by Molly, the buttons, and a set of eight 4.5" x 6.5" postcards with guest art by Faith Erin Hicks, Meredith Gran, Chris Hastings, Carey Pietsch, Aimee Fleck, Hannah Krieger, Aatmaja Pandya, and Peter Schmidt!
SUPERHERO - $75 - You will receive the PDF, the book, the exclusive print by Molly, the buttons, the set of guest art postcards, AND an 'I Can Do It!' T-shirt featuring Mega Girl, available in men's and women's sizes:
RETAILER LEVEL - $120 - Five signed copies of the paperback for retailers. Ships only within the continental United States.
DYNAMIC DUO - $140 - Two copies of everything in the 'SUPERHERO' tier - two books, two PDFs, two exclusive prints, two button sets, two sets of postcards, and two t-shirts.
CAMEO - $200 - You will receive the PDF, a signed book, the exclusive print by Molly, the buttons, the t-shirt, the guest art postcards, and a character with your likeness will be featured in the upcoming pages of the webcomic in a speaking role.
SUPERSELF - $350 - You will receive the PDF, a signed book, the exclusive print by Molly, the buttons, the t-shirt, and the guest art postcards. Then, we'll take some photos of you and a list of interests, and make you into a superhero! Brennan will write a short backstory and description of your powers, and Molly will draw you. You'll get a high resolution digital file and a print of your superself. And no guarantees, but if it makes sense in the future you might end up in the comic!
MYSTERIOUS BENEFACTOR - $600 - Why yes, we are free for dinner this Friday! If you can get yourself to New York City, Brennan and Molly will take you out for dinner and give you a signed and sketched copy of the book, the PDF, the exclusive print by Molly, the buttons, the guest art postcards, and a t-shirt. We'll chat about the comic and general nerd stuff for as long as you can make that ramen burger last.
Is there a combination of rewards you're interested in, but don't see above? Get in touch with us!
Risks and challenges
Yes, this is our first Kickstarter, and that comes with its own risks and challenges. However, we have researched and prepared extensively. A wealth of recommendations from other professionals helped us find printers for the various rewards that offer the best quality for the best price. We have been printing and selling minicomics for the past two years, so this feels like a natural step up from that. All of the content of this comic has already been created, so once we are funded we'll be ready to print!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The books are not signed unless it says so in the reward description. Books in the Biodynamic Individual tier ($45) are signed and sketched in. Books in all tiers at $200 and above are signed as well.
You're making a password protected section of the site and giving backers the password. What about people who can't be backers?
Sometimes it's cool when websites have a little mystery or require some extra thought! I'm sure that by giving the password to hundreds of people, it'll get out eventually, and if not people can email me. It's less about punishing those who can't donate and more about the fact that having to find and enter a secret password is kinda fun.