We made it! Thanks everyone. Now the fun part, stretch goals!
If we hit $3,000 raised, everyone that pledged $25 or more will get a physical copy of the book! Please, let's make this happen!
The Space Heists of Vyvy and Qwerty is a sci-fi buddy comedy comic about two best friends roaming the universe as thieves-for-hire. It is initially being released digitally. Please keep reading to learn more and get a preview of issue one!
Vyvy & Qwerty
Vyvy was abandoned by her smuggler parents as a young child. She was playing in the cargo hold of their ship while on a routine contraband run, when authorities hailed them to stop. Not knowing Vyvy was down there, they jettisoned her and the cargo before they could be searched.
Whether or not they ever tried to look for her, she doesn't know, but Vyvy never saw her parents again.
Vyvy picked pockets and stole to survive her entire life, becoming more and more proficient at it until she was able to acquire her own ship. She's been one of the universes most active thieves-for-hire ever since.
Qwerty was created by an outlaw cyborg, known only as Fathertron. Intended to be his best creation, Qwerty turned out to be a little... broken. His high processing power allows him to be self aware, like many other robots, but with it also came a disorder known as hyperactive processing.
This condition necessitates that Qwerty always be acquiring and analyzing information. As such, he is constantly multi-tasking and getting easily distracted.
With the only way to fix Qwerty being a procedure that wipes out his identity, he opted to run away from home and Fathertron instead.
Spending some time on his own, he quickly learned that the universe is often unkind to robotic beings. Luckily for him, it wasn't long until he met Vyvy and joined her as a thief-for-hire.
What we're doing
Vyvy and Qwerty is a book about friendship at it's core. It examines the relationship between two loners who depend on each other both professionally and emotionally, and tackles how messy that can be.
They are each other’s chosen family, making ends meet as they steal and pilfer from galaxy to galaxy, until they get pulled into something much bigger than themselves. There’s something ancient festering in the most toxic and darkest reaches of space, and Vyvy and Qwerty might just be the only ones who can stop it!
I also want to state that we're very proud of these characters. They’re fun, multifaceted, and represent a diverse modern universe. The idea of a “strong female protagonist” gets thrown around a lot, but I truly feel Vyvy embodies what the phrase is supposed to mean. She’s a self-sufficient hard worker, a woman of color, and a relatable action hero. Characters like (and unlike) Vyvy, who is of Asian/Caucasian heritage, populate the entire world of The Space Heists of Vyvy and Qwerty.
Who we are
First of all, thank you for checking out our Kickstarter. Carlos, Osmarco and I are super excited to be putting this out there for you all to see. We’re extremely passionate about comics and sci-fi, and hope you enjoy reading what we’ve created as much as we enjoyed making it.
My name is Niall, and I'm the writer and creator of Vyvy and Qwerty. I've been published in a variety of small press anthologies from the likes of 803 Studios and GWP Books, and am finally taking that big step into my own comic with this project. I am extremely fortunate to be working with such a great team that tolerates my attention to detail, and am excited to finish this comic.
On a personal level, writing and creating comics is all I really want to do, and I hope that dedication is apparent in these pages we’re showing you. I believe in comics as a story telling medium, and have many arcs and ideas I hope to have the privilege of sharing with you in the future.
Carlos Trigo is a comic book artist from Spain, and co creator of Vyvy and Qwerty. He's been working actively for the US indie comic market since 2011. His published works include Hero Hourly (21Pulp), Crimson Society (Action Lab Comics), Ghoul Squad (The Higher Universe) and Mixmancer (Epigamics).
"Carlos is amazing. The commitment he brings to every project, including timeliness and professionalism, is outstanding. The work is amazing, too. The energy and expressions combined with fundamentals. The only regret I have in relation to Carlos is that more people haven't discovered his work yet and aren't aware just how good he is."
-James Patrick (Batman, Green Arrow, Star Trek)
Osmarco Valladão is an artist from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is responsible for Vyvy and Qwerty's colors, letters and logo. He's done the colors for the biographies of Barbara Walters and Condoleezza Rice from Bluewater Productions, as well for a few stories in Vincent Price Presents. He has three graphic novels published in Brazil, titled The Long Yesterday, O Instituto (The Institute) and O Coronel (The Colonel). Most recently he's been featured in David Lloyd's Aces Weekly and did Imposter from James Patrick's 21Pulp.
What you get
No matter what your pledge level, you will get a PDF of the comic and your name in the "Thank You" section.
The more you pledge, the more you get! Here's some other stuff we're offering...
- A PDF of the script.
- A PDF "art book" that has the pencil/ink/color/letter process of each page, as well as some concept art.
- Two 3x5 stickers of our NEW logo, designed by Osmarco Valladão.
- An 8 1/2 x 11 glossy print of the cover, signed by Niall.
- Your very own portrait. Carlos will draw and Osmarco will color a small picture of your face, suitable for Twitter icons, business cards, and the like.
- Be in the comic. We'll draw you in as a background character or minor speaking role, as a human or alien. Limited to five backers.
- An original comic page drawn by Carlos. Limited to ten backers.
What we need
For this Kickstarter, I’m trying to keep it simple. The pages you see here were funded with my own money, and we need your help to keep it going. The money raised in this campaign will primarily be used to pay the art team as we complete issue one, with the rest of it going to various Kickstarter fees, creating the pledge rewards, shipping fees etc. I am not paying myself as a writer with the current funding goal, and hope to use the possibility of stretch goals for physical copies, creating subsequent issues, and maybe variant covers.
In order to keep our funding goal at a reasonable price, we’re currently going to be offering the first issue as a PDF. Additionally, we will be submitting the book to comiXology in hopes of using that as our digital distribution platform in the future. We want to see this book published in a physical format more than anyone, and while some comics on Kickstarter can use the platform to fund a print run, we need it to fund creation.
We sincerely appreciate your support in our quest to make this comic a reality. Thank you for your time and your pledge, and PLEASE share this with friends, family and on social media. There’s no way to calculate just how important your word of mouth is for a project like this.
Video edited by Lauren Manalo
Risks and challenges
There are always risks when starting a new Kickstarter campaign, and I think the first many of you will notice is that this is my first created project. As such, there may be a learning curve that will require some patience on your part. However, I am trying to go into this as educated and prepared as possible.
One of the first things I'm doing to make sure things go smoothly is having most of my rewards be delivered digitally. This helps eliminate the possibility of your product getting lost in the real world, as well as making sure you get them as soon as they're available.
Additionally, the first issue (actually, the first five issue arc) is completely written and scripted already, and the art team I'm working with are very professional and diligent. Barring any natural disasters or personal tragedies, this will hopefully be a smooth process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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