Hello there! My name is Melissa and I'm a comic book artist reaching out through Kickstarter to create a full color trade paperback.
Above the Clouds follows a young girl named Eily whose world is silent until she is given a book. She falls in love with a story about an unlikely hero who must save a great world tree from a dragon. Only, the story she's reading isn't done and now she must get a reluctant author to finish what he has started.
ATC started a little over 5 years ago as a project to learn how to make comics and can be read in its entirety over at atcloudscomic.com. The story is complete, and now we've come to the final phase of the project: the first-ever printing of the ENTIRE 250+ page story!
Over the years I've traveled to comic book conventions selling my story as individual chapters and have been fortunate to have good people believe in this project. Because of their support and my determination to become a storyteller, I've always been able to self-fund the printing of the smaller chapters.
Now that I've completed the story and am ready to share it in its entirely, the price of printing a full-color, 250+ page, bound book is a little more then this indie creator can shoulder alone -- so I need your support!
The money raised from this campaign will go straight towards funding the first print run of the single-volume collection. I will be printing enough copies for my Kickstarter backers and hopefully will have some books left over to bring with me to conventions.
Original artwork by Lucas Elliot and Ann Marcellino, two amazing artist that I'm so excited to commission! Ahhhh! (post card set is for "Happy Cloud" tiers and above, as well as International supporters $25+).
Commonly asked Questions
(to be updated as they roll in)
1. Who is Melissa? Heya! I'm a freelance illustrator and comic book creator of Above the Clouds. I did the whole thing myself! Story, artwork, and before KS I self published each chapter and brought them with me as I toured comic conventions across Califonia. If you'd like to see more of my artwork you can find my website at mpagluica.com
2. Is the story complete? Yep! It's all done. All the pages for the story have been drawn and there is an ending to the story. It's ready for you to binge read in one go.
3. Is ATC appropriate for kids? Yes! It's totally all ages and I've talked to teachers who like to bring it into their class room.
4. Shipping information:
For U.S. Supporters - A book is a very heavy item to ship, so in order to give you the lowest shipping costs your reward may be split into two packages: 1) Media mail: $4.50 + 2) Any extra rewards you may want to add on $4.00. That's how I arrived at the final cost of S&H $8.50.
The rule with Media Mail is that I cannot add any extra items into the package (books only!) in order to give you the lowest cost. Otherwise the cost would be $14.24 to ship non-Media. Media Mail is subject to being open by inspectors.
I will be going through BackerKit and will gladly offer upgraded shipping costs if you would like your items extra protected or would like to avoid Media Mail.
International Supporters - The costs are pretty high for all my international supporters with no real work around, it can range anywhere from $25 to $37! Ouch!
As a special thank you to my international supporters who are going the extra mile to support ATC, to help make the shipping costs more worth it I will automatically include a FREE inked sketch (as shown in the sample image) as well as sign the book. This is for ALL International orders only.
5. Media Credits
Song used in video: Long Road Ahead by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Risks and challenges
Working on a comic for over 5 years, I have experience with local printers and making individual chapters. This round, I'll be sending the volume edition to a printer overseas, Print Ninja, for the first time.
With my prior experience and with the help of fellow comic creators who have worked with overseas printers, I know I'll be able to deliver a beautiful book.
With overseas printing, there is always the chance of delays in shipping as well as a longer time frame with receiving the final book. I'll be sure to update you on every stage of the production of Above the Clouds. (With all the excitement, it will be hard not to!)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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