To begin, I am doing things very different from most other creators who use Kickstarter. The first thing you will notice that I am only offering the book to backers. Although other things are cool - like stickers, buttons, pins, etc. - I am focused more on getting the book into the hands of readers. These other items are novelties that do little to accomplish the goal and I feel that they distract from the book itself. I also feel that the money is better served investing into the print of the product.
Second, I am not aiming to print thousands of copies. I am aiming to print a modest amount of copies and will focus on selling them directly to readers at conventions. The hope is that I can get a small lot printed and use the sales of those books to replenish future stock. If I can get digital copies made, I will attempt to list them on various digital book sites like Amazon, ComixCentral, Comixology, etc. But the primary goal is to have books in hand when I attend conventions.
The eventual goal is to get these books listed in book stores and at libraries, but I'm trying not to be too overly ambitious out of the gate. I want to start small, build a solid foundation and have a steady ground to stand on when I aim to build higher.
The Tempest Moon is the culmination of 9+ years of work. Growing up, it has always been a dream of mine to work on comics. Since I was a teen, I've been dreaming up an epic world and an equally epic story to go with it. In February 2009, I decided to take the leap into the fascinating world of comics. At this stage in my life, I had already attempted to create comics numerous times, all of which I stopped, completely dissatisfied with the outcome.
This would have marked the 7th time I would have attempted a comic about this epic world, the world that I have indefinitely dubbed "the Big One". Feeling not so confident in my writing abilities and marginally confident in my artistic prowess, I aimed to create a "practice" comic. Something a little less complex in terms of visuals and story telling...
Enter: The Tempest Moon.
The Tempest Moon is hard to describe in a few words. I've tried for years to find the perfect elevator pitch for it, but to this day, it has eluded me. Here's a few things that can maybe sum it up. It is:
- An urban fantasy story
- About an evil warlock bent on destruction
- About magic (fire/wind/water/earth)
- A coming of age story
- A story about life
- A story about family
- A story about keeping secrets from your loved ones (and the consequences to follow)
It's hard to pack all of that into a single sentence. Despite it being a "practice comic", it morphed into something much bigger than itself. I initially intended to just draw a few pages until I felt comfortable that I could successfully do a comic. After a handful of pages had been created, I started asking myself, "What happens next?" It was this mind set that eventually caused me to draw close to 500 pages of comic to land on this very unique story. Once I had started, I had to see it through.
For a preview, click on the image:
“The world of comics needs more creators with the passion to make something from nothing and the willingness to get the story out by any means necessary. What you are reading is the first step, not only of a group of characters, but of a creator. I, for one, look forward to the journey.” -GMB Chomichuk, Midnight City
"...[What] I enjoyed most was the stylistic choices Chris has made. The art is simple, yet this choice creates moments which truly portray the depth and darkness of the story being told.... ...Each chapter reveals even more about the characters and where their journey might take them. This is an exciting journey you don't want to miss." -Tom Kaczmarek, creator of Fraternity of the Butterfly
”Tempest Moon is one of those comics that successfully hits all the key storytelling points - a fully built world, characters with unique traits, beautiful art, and writing that moves that story along. Chris has crafted a diverse set of characters that you'll instantly care about and a well defined mythos that will keep you turning the pages. His writing is fast paced while also taking time to introduce the characters and their personalities so that you feel as though you know them. This is a must read!” -Stephanie Cannon, It Came Out On A Wednesday / Ghost City Competition finalist (2017)
The goal of this campaign is to get the completed series printed in a single, hard-cover omnibus. It will be 580 pages (featuring close to 500 pages of art (including extras). It will be 5.5"x7" (standard manga size) and in black & white to give it a real, authentic manga feel to it. Unlike traditional manga, it will read left to right, like a standard English graphic novel.
I'm keeping perks pretty straight-forward. Since the goal is to get the book printed, I will be focusing solely on that and offering copies of the book to backers. I want the initial printing to be about 100 copies. They will be printed by Art Bookbindery here in Winnipeg, which I've been quoted $12.48 per book to print.
When factoring in this campaign, the goal is to have a minimum of 50 copies with me when I go to comic con and I plan to sell them for about $19.99 (CAD) or $15.99 (USD). To print this amount, I will need about $1248 (CAD), so I will be aiming for $1500-$2000 (CAD). I have set the goal of the campaign to $1500 (CAD), as this would be more than enough to get these copies printed, along with a buffer of approx. $250 (CAD) for shipping costs.
Since I am working on multiple books and aiming to get them printed eventually, any stretch goal would include preview copies of those books, as well. I am also looking to cover the costs of some other services / products I will need to complete this work:
- PDF Converter: SodaPDF, $45
- Bar Code(s): TBD
- ISBN: free in Canada (pending approval)
The increments will include everything that came before it, except where noted:
- $5 A thank you in the book and digital preview (chapters 1-5)
- $10 Copies of originally printed vol. 1 and 2 and digital preview (chapter 6-11)**
- $15 A complete digital copy of the series
- $20 A copy of the printed book
- $30 A personalized sketch (2x4)^
- $35 A personalized sketch (3.5x5)^
- $40 A personalized sketch (5x7)^
- $45 A personalized sketch (6.5x8)^
** there are limited copies of vol. 1 and 2, so they will only be given to $10 backers
^ at this level, backers will only get the sketch type that they've opted for
All backers who opt for a physical copy will provide newsletter updates on the production of the book.
NOTE: These goals will match the going rates for this comic: $15 for the full digital or $20 for the physical. Sketch cards will be starting at a $10 increment and size of paper will increase with every $5. As a comparison, I typically charge $20-$30 for sketches (to start).
As mentioned before, I am aiming to print 20-30 page preview copies of my next few comics as well. They are going to be printed in standard comic size, in black and white. I get a small discount for printing with an ad from the printer (Ka-Blam! Digital Printing), which I will be doing for each and aim to print about 100 copies. Prices for these prints will be listed below. See the price calculator for details: Click here
I will printing each one of these at $400 CAD ($309.80 USD) increments into the stretch goal, so that I will have enough to print the number of copies required for the fulfillment of this campaign (each backer will get a copy), plus have copies for comic con, plus a buffer for shipping costs. At every $400 increment over the initial goal: anyone who opts for a physical copy of Tempest Moon will receive a physical copy of these comics. Anyone who opts for a digital copy of Tempest Moon will receive a digital copy of one of these.
The comics are:
Written by: Christopher Ducharme
Illustrated by: Tom Kaczmarek
People are born with psychic powers in the wild west. (It is essentially the X-Men in the wild west)
$1.77 (USD) each
100 = $177
About the artist:
Tom Kaczmarek is an artist, designer and writer from Central Illinois. He enjoys working on projects with compelling characters, unique worlds, and telling stories with heart. His passion project is Fraternity of the Butterfly, a comic book saga following the adventures of super-powered heroes fighting to protect their world against seemingly insurmountable forces while the real danger may be from those very heroes themselves. In his free time Tom is an avid movie fan and attempted gamer.
Written and illustrated by: Christopher Ducharme
A woman is resurrected 200 years after her death to destroy the monster that ended her life.
$1.86 (USD) eac
100 = $186
Written and illustrated by: Christopher Ducharme
Treasure hunters land on a remote island and find more than they bargained for.
100 = $156
(For some reason, the link will not stay on this image, so for a preview of this comic, please click here.)
Risks and challenges
The over all goal is to achieve a means of creating digital copies of the available products and have that for future releases, and get all four above listed products printed. This is a practically risk free campaign.
Here is why:
The Tempest Moon is done and all that remains is formatting and lettering the pages, finishing up the cover wrap for the book, and sending it off to the printer. The other three projects are ready to go right now, I just need the funds for printing.
I aim to have the book(s) sent to the printer no later than August 1st. I will be editing the remaining pages of Tempest Moon during the run of the campaign and hope to have it completed by no later than May 31st. I will then double and triple check the material for errors and make necessary corrections. If I deem it ready for print, I will send the files to the printer as soon as possible.
It needs to be completed before August 1st as this will give me enough time to get everything printed and shipped for the local Comic Con this coming October. Despite this time line, I aim to have it all completed before this date and rewards shipped out before then. (I give myself the deadline of August 1st to account for any delays or unforeseen circumstances.)
I want to point out that this entire campaign and most of the projects are a one man army. Not only do I take up the writing and illustration for these projects (with the exception of Mind Freaks), I am also solely responsible for the editing of the pages, the lettering and the planning of everything involved. It's a lot to take on, so I can't necessarily guarantee I will be able to adhere to this time line - especially since I have a life, too. But I will be putting my best foot forward to ensure this is done in a timely manner. If you leave an email address when backing, you will be put on a newsletter mailing list and will receive regular emails on the status of the project (on a bi-weekly basis).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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