About this project
(For Your Consideration: To view photos of the Rewards for Donations, scroll down toward the bottom of this page. They're also showcased in the above video)
"My debut illustrated novel, JIMMY'S FUN NUN, is nearly complete!" I've been slaving away at it for a year and am hoping to raise funds to publish the book independently so that I can then bring copies to art shows and comic conventions across the country. As an illustrator and designer, all of the aspects of the book from the wraparound cover design to the interior page layouts are all of my own making.
I greatly enjoy showing artwork at arts & craft shows and comic conventions and love opportunities to share my passion for art with others. Meeting and greeting new people is invigorating for me as well as an important aspect of my life as an artist. The love and support from my family is equal to their enthusiasm for my craft. One of the main reasons that I get involved in shows is that I know that it'll bring us together. The characters in my book are tributes to them and what they mean to me.
"So, Why do I need help to publish the book?"
Any artist who shows work at big conventions knows just how expensive it can be to not only cover the entry fee but also invest in artwork prints and other merchandise to bring along with them. I'm becoming more and more amazed by the rising cost of these fees and other expenses that go along with traveling to and from shows. I simply do not not have the adequate funds right now to invest in ordering a bulk amount of books.
To be able to raise the the money to invest in printing the books I'd be able to reach a wide audience and to bring them with me to all sorts of shows! I found a great printer and all money raised through this campaign will go towards ordering copies of "Jimmy's Fun Nun." It's my way of making the book available to people whilst also securing copies for future show opportunities.
I'm currently working out the final tweaks in formatting the book for printing and am also creating a series of animated webisodes to promote the Fun Nun comic strip series, which is featured in entirety in the graphic novel. I recently had a proof copy of the book printed and it looks amazing! I've had to go back and make changes to various pages, but I'm not far from finalizing the interior design of the book.
For the most part, I am on track to having the book 100% prepared for printing within the next month. If I am successful in raising the preposed funds, I'll be right on time with ordering the books to have them shipped out as rewards for donations. To catch a glimpse of what the book looks like animated, have a look at the Chapter One preview below:
Another reason for me to go the self-publishing route is largely in part due to me wanting complete control over the editing of the book. The whole thing began as a labor of love, inspired by a genuine enthusiasm for the off-beat comedy of the main character, Sister Ashtabula, who is inspired by the nuns I had as teachers during my Catholic elementary school years.
I'm hoping that my enthusiasm for the project will reach as many people as possible and that my first published work will make a splash in the world of sequential art! It's been a long road and I've put in many hours of sketching, composing, inking, and writing. But, it's all been worthwhile! 292 pages of fun with a nun! 134 comic strips and an insightful, charming narrative.
"Can a Nun Have Fun?" That's the question I asked myself roughly a year ago when I started making Fun Nun comic strips. I began the series as a means to entertain myself. To my surprise, the comic strips ignited laughs amongst family and friends. I originally intended to create a three to six page opening and closing narrative to act as bookends for the collection of strips. Those three to six pages evolved into a heartfelt visual narrative well over 100 pages long. The story for my book is synopsized as follows:
I'm confident that my book is the right concoction of comedy and charm to cause even the world's biggest sourpuss to crack a smile!
"Your Rewards, visualized!" Not only am I offering personalized copies of my Graphic Novel as rewards for donations, I'm offering various prints that feature my illustration work. Most notably my sequential and comic artwork.
A closer look at the Postcard/Bookmark Set:
Have a closer look at the Poster Artwork below:
An Original handcrafted Oil/Mixed Media Painting on 14"x10.5" thick Illustration Board sized to fit a handsome complimentary Cherry Wood Frame, professionally constructed custom to the work. All together, 19w"x16.5h" The Frame is 1.5" in thickness from back to front and is prepared with a wire hanger for wall mounting. Approximate weight is 5-7 lbs. The painting is varnished for long lasting gloss and quality.
Fun Nun Artwork Gallery:
I'm sincerely grateful for any donation that someone would be willing to make on behalf of this creative project! Going this route is an amazing way to connect with people and to allow for the book to be discovered and appreciated in a unique way that big publishing just doesn't off, in my opinion.
Thank you so much for the support and I hope to be shipping Fun Nun graphic novels to you all in the coming months!
Cheers & Best Wishes,
P.S. Here's a little food for thought. I love movies, especially documentaries! It's a goal of mine to make a movie of my own someday. I've been video documenting the making of the Fun Nun Book since I started and have a great idea as to how to edit it all together. So, if this fundraising campaign is successful, I'll certainly be moving forward with the documentary! I just wanted to throw that out there, hint at it! One thing leads to another. And in closing, for fun, here's a short film that my brother and I made last year for a contest:
My Online Artwork & Project Portfolio: http://www.jameslincke.com
Risks and challenges
I've been working on The Fun Nun graphic novel for almost a year at this point. I've pushed forward in creating not only a substantial collection of comic strips, but I've fleshed out what was once a several page story into a full fledged illustrated novel! 7 Chapters long.
The biggest struggle right now, for me, is to keep pushing forward to complete the book. To finish formatting the pages and getting over the hurdles that come with facing the reality of the publishing world. I've put in the time and the hard work on the creative end, and now I need to make the book a reality. This is where I need the most help.
Achieving funding for mass production of the book is my greatest aspiration right now in regards to the project. I'm not worried about being off schedule with shipping the books once they are printed. I imagine that if I am successful in raising the money through Kickstarter, I will be able to order the books right away and within a month and a half all of the rewards for donations will be in the hands of those who have helped me achieve my goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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