Volume 1: A gender twisted version of the classic tale "Beauty and the Beast".
Sixty years ago, the Forest Goddess "disappeared" and since then the Elders of August's village require lineage to define one's profession. For August, he is being trained as a hunter, just like his ancestors. Unfortunately, August is terrible. After being killed trying to save one of his hunting companions, August is revived by the shape shifting Forest Goddess, Elu. As a result, August has strange powers that allow him to speak magical languages, bend plants to his will, and feel the pain of the forest and its creatures. He is determined to stop these powers and the only way to do this is to convince the Hunters to stop going into the forest. When tragedy strikes the village, August is cast out into the forest to appease it. Together, Elu and August seek to restore balance to the forest and the village.
Chapter 1 is available online for free. You can read it: beyondbeauty.thecomicseries.com
Beyond Beauty is a part of the http://kickingitforward.org movement.
Here's the first 2 pages:
The funds from this kickstarter will go towards producing chapter 2 and printing Volume 1 which includes Chapter 1 (35 pages) and Chapter 2 (70 pages) in 105 pages of story and 20 pages of bonus material.
The Idea:My best friend and I were talking about steampunk fairytale retellings and Beauty and the Beast came up. I have ideas for plenty more, but Beauty and the Beast stuck with me. I wondered what would happen if I switched the genders. We often see Beauty as a woman and the Beast as a male, but what if it was the other way around? Who would really be the "Beauty" and who would be the "Beast" in this case? As I wrote to find the answer, the story became something more than I was ever expecting.
Najela Cobb (N.L.Cobb) has always liked to write and is now pursuing writing as an extension of her professional career. Beyond Beauty is her first (but definitely not last) foray into the world of webcomics.
You can find her: life-in-the-margins.tumblr.com
And for more info about Beyond Beauty: beyondbeautycomic.tumblr.com
Crystal Jayme, (a.k.a Scotty) has been self publishing comics since she was 16. Her works span numerous genres and she hopes to one day work professionally in the comic industry.
You can find her here: scotty6000.deviantart.com
The Rewards (Check updates for previews or click the link):
APPRENTICE: Shout out on new website and digital wallpaper.
Digital Copy, Postcard, PLUS shout out on website, and digital wallpaper.
Paperback copy, Bookplate, and Bookmark.
Flat Color Chibi Commision, 11 x 17 art print PLUS everything from the ROOKIE level.
Hardcover copy PLUS everything from the ROOKIE level.
CREATURE: Hardcover copy, 11 x 17 art print, flat color illustration PLUS everything from ROOKIE level.
Background character, 11 x 17 art print featuring your character, hardcover copy, PLUS everything from ROOKIE level.
FOREST GOD/GODDESS: 6 page penciled comic featuring your background character, hardcover copy, 11 x 17 art print, bookplate, and bookmark featuring your character PLUS everything from ROOKIE level. Your comic will be included in exclusively in all kickstarter books (unless you don't want it to)
These funds will go towards helping to finish Chapter 2 and complete Book 1. It would be ideal to raise the entire cost of creating a graphic novel, but since this is my first kickstarter, I am raising enough funds to supplement the creation of this graphic novel. If I surpass the funding goal, the money will be used to complete the Beyond Beauty Graphic Novel, reward fulfillment, then other projects.
Kickstarter fees and amazon processing fees are 3-5%.
$4200 of the money will be going to the artist.
Any thing over that will help with postage and reward fulfillment. Any money over the funding goal will go towards rewards and funding future Beyond Beauty chapters.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
A potential challenge or risk is simply the artist trying to get work out in a timely manner. My artist, Crystal Jayme, is an incredibly talented artist who works fast, but she is also human and she does have a number of her own personal projects going on. There may be points in time where she needs to take a break and I will respect her wishes for that.
What happens if this project is not funded? I will not stop writing the comic, but production will be slow going with lots of hiatuses as I will have to come out of pocket to create these pages. A story that might have taken 4-5 months to finish up may take a little over a year because of funding. You do not have to worry about the comic being cancelled because of lack of funding. But if you enjoy the comic, I hope that you'll contribute.
Yes, you DO receive a paperback copy in addition to your hardcover copy.
The printer I plan on using prints their covers on 80# Cardstock and the interiors are printed on high bright 50# paper.
The song is called "Waltz of the White Lilies" by Deanta. It was available on youtube video editor, so it seems that it's available to use.