Olive and the Underworld is a 50 page, full color graphic novel. While there are mature themes such as death and the afterlife, Olive doesn't contain graphic violence or harsh curse words and so would be suitable for a young adult audience as well as adults.
At its heart, this is a story about the sometimes lonely journey one goes on to find one's place in the world. Who am I? Where do I belong? Who will love me? And learning along the way that things aren't always what they seem.
Olive is an orphan who lives in a world where she doesn't belong and is always the outcast.
She longs for a home but it never works out.
After a bus accident in which she and her classmates perish, they find themselves in Purgatory. While her classmates struggle to accept their fate, Olive finds this new world and its inhabitants intriguing. (While Heaven has Angels and Hell has Demons, Purgatory has Gurgels. If Angels are like the starlets of the afterlife and Demons are like Wall Street dynamos, Gurgels are like your neighborhood mechanic that keeps your junk car running like new. )
In Volume 2 and beyond, Olive determines that at last, she has found a place she can call home. No one else going through Purgatory understands. The Gurgels insist that Purgatory is a temporary place for humans. However, Olive is determined to stay.
About the Writer
Emily Felt is a lover of stories and characters, and has long dreamed of seeing her words transformed into beautiful pictures such as the ones in this project. She's had a variety of different career paths over the years (lobbyist, makeup artist, improviser, etc.) but through it all, she's always been a writer. Currently, she's also writing screenplays and pilots, but has fallen in love with this genre and community and can't imagine not being a part of it.
About the Artist
Laura West has been illustrating stories since childhood, when she'd ask her parents to write the words so she could draw the pictures. After spending many grown-up years working in various industries, she quit a cushy corporate job to go back to school, graduating from Art Center College of Design (Illustration, '11). She currently works as a concept artist in the themed entertainment industry and draws all day, and spends nights and weekends with Olive. It has been both a dream come true and a labor of love to illustrate a graphic novel, and holding a printed copy will be the culmination of many hours of worthwhile work.
Where the Kickstarter Money Goes
Every penny we earn will go towards making Olive and the Underworld a reality.
Funding will go into creating content for Olive, publishing, mailing, kickstarter rewards, kickstarter fees, and any unforeseen expenses.
If we happen to do well, then anything above and beyond we need for Volume 1 will go towards the creation of Volume 2.
Our stretch goal rewards are all collectors cards. These will be produced once and only for this campaign. As each stretch goal is reached, another card will be added to the set and who is on that card will be revealed. Everyone who contributes at the $18 level and higher will receive them! You will also receive our undying gratitude.
$29,000 ????? An important character from Volume 2 will be revealed!
Risks and challenges
This is our first graphic novel and kickstarter campaign. However, we have done an enormous amount of research and work to make Olive come alive. This is a work of love for us and we are committed to not only seeing Olive and her gang materialize on the pages for Volume 1, but to tell their stories for many Volumes to come.
As is the way with all creative endeavors, delays may occur. However, we will do our best to get all rewards to you in a timely manner and will keep you informed every step of the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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