About this project
Hello and welcome to the Kickstarter for Daryl Toh and Ryan King's latest horror comic book - Nico's Fortune! With your help, we can print and produce this oversized 40-page, full-color comic by Fall 2017!
What is Nico's Fortune about?
Nico's Fortune is a horror comic about a couple of newlyweds (Beth and Laura), their strange cat Nico, and their even stranger neighbors (the Nu Delta Xi's). It's in the same vein as Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, the campy 80's horror flick Fright Night, and the Seth Rogen/Zac Efron comedy Neighbors - except this story has a cute cat added for purrrfect measure. All together, Nico's Fortune is a giant mixing bowl filled with horror, romance, comedy, suspense, and adorable, fluffy cuteness!
What are the rewards?
The rewards for backing and supporting our kickstarter campaign include digital and physical printed copies of Nico's Fortune. Printed copies of Nico's Fortune will feature:
- 40-pages of full color art
- Perfect softcover binding
- Oversized printing (A4 measurements; 8.27"w x 11.69"h)
We're also offering a chance to order a 2nd printing of our previously sold out horror comic, The Games We Played. Printed copies of The Games We Played will feature:
- 24-pages of black and white art
- Saddle stitching binding
- Oversized printing (A4 measurement; 8.27"w x 11.69"h)
What is the expected release date?
Good news! Both Nico's Fortune and The Games We Played are 100% complete! If we manage to raise enough funds to meet our Kickstarter goal, we can pay for the printing immediately. The only difficult part will be waiting for the books - an expected 3 months (bleh!). Once the comics arrive from the printers, rewards will ship out to backers immediately. So long as the printing and delivery goes smoothly and according to plan, backers will have their books as early as Fall 2017, if not sooner!
Who are the creators of Nico's Fortune?
Ryan King (the writer):
Ryan is a comic book writer located in Oakland, CA. His self-published comics include the anthropomorphic tale of asexual identity ToTully Aces (with Letty Wilson) and the horror ghost-story The Games We Played (with Daryl Toh). His work has appeared in Study Group Comics, Nashville Review, Driftwood Press, Hobart and is forthcoming in Advanced Death Saves and Built on Strange Ground.
Daryl Toh (the artist):
Daryl is a comic book artist and freelance illustrator based in Malaysia. His most notable comics include The Misadventures of Tobias and Guy, Outer God (with Luc Labelle), and The Games We Played (with Ryan King). His work has also appeared in Oh, Joy Sex Toy!, Burl and Fur, Deadendia, and he did the artwork for Imp House, LLC's Chaos of Cthulu board game.
Funding Nico's Fortune via Kickstarter is simply the easiest way to bring our comic to life. Here are some of the specific reasons we chose to use Kickstarter:
- Full Creative Control - Since this is an independent comic, Daryl and I have full creative control over the final product, ensuring us the artistic freedom and license to tell our story exactly the way we want.
- Community Awareness - Kickstarter has a large community following and many users are already familiar with the Kickstarter brand. We are hoping to use this popularity and social momentum to build awareness and help fund Nico's Fortune.
- Direct to Market Sales - Kickstarter gives us the opportunity to sell Nico's Fortune directly to buyers all across the world while sidestepping most major retail markets. Ultimately this allows us to relinquish a massive financial burden that we would otherwise shoulder.
Where does the money go?
The goal of $6,225 has been estimated based on the quote for printing the books, reward shipping costs, Kickstarter fees, and sales tax. An additional $175 was added as emergency extra padding just in case an unseen error occurs. For the sake of perfect transparency, a breakdown of all expenses is provided in the pie-chart below:
1st Stretch Goal - $6,750 - BONUS Sketch Pages
Please pledge and spread the word!
Thank you for reading! Please consider pledging today and helping us bring Nico's Fortune to readers all over the world! Don't forget to share this Kickstarter campaign with a friend or two - believe us when we say it really, REALLY makes the difference! And make sure to tag us by using the hashtag #NicosFortune
Want to follow us elsewhere?
Ryan is on Twitter + Instagram as ryyyan_kiiing and his website is www.RyanKingWrites.com
Daryl is on Instagram + Tumblr + DeviantArt as tohdraws and his website is www.DarylToh.carbonmade.com
Music in promo video: "Big Cookie" by Meat Market (get their album Dig Deep from Recess Records here).
Risks and challenges
Other than the printing, Nico's Fortune is 100% complete! All we need are the funds so we can send the files to the printers and wait for the turn around. The only foreseeable risks and challenges would be an unpredictable error on the printer's behalf. This could be due to wrong files, delayed shipping, or the hamster apocalypse... Who knows what could happen? But there's a strong likelihood our backers will receive their physical rewards by fall of 2017. Just don't give the hamsters any ideas, okay?Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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