About this project
**$7,000 BONUS GOAL REWARD - FREE PRINTS!**
Hey everyone! WE PASSED $7,000!! So here's what happens if you hit $8,000..
If we make $8,000 then everyone who has pledged $25 or more will get one of two free 14x10 full color print in addition to a t-shirt of their choice and their normal rewards.
Here's what these prints look like!
So here's the deal, if we hit our $8,000 total then everyone who has pledged $25 or more will be able to choose one of these prints and they'll get it FOR FREE. Now, if you want BOTH prints (or if you want a print whether or not we hit the $8,000 bonus reward) then you can pledge $65, $75, or $200+
***NEW GOAL + BONUS REWARDS***HEY EVERYBODY! WE DID IT!
Thanks to all my lovely supporters, KSW has reached full funding! But that doesn't mean we can't still have fun!
So here's the deal, if we can reach a new goal of $7000 then I will be sending every supporter who pledges (or has pledged) $25 or more one of two KSW T-shirts FOR FREE!
You can choose from these two awesome designs!
So tell your friends, tell your neighbors, and tell strangers on the bus to pledge, because I really wanna send cool KSW shirts to all y'all!
What is KSW?
My comic, KSW, is an action comedy set in a ridiculous, near-future New Jersey. It’s a world plagued by rogue AI’s and outlet malls. It follows Shishkabob - a swordsman for hire - as he attempts to assassinate an experimental and “un-killable” cyborg named Sarah Warren. Bob and his mercenary team stumble around neo-Jersey as they fail their way toward Sarah Warren. They visit exotic locations like underground video arcades and corporate cafeterias. They battle cyborgs, mutants, and the conventions of traditional narrative. And not only that, they learn, they grow into themselves, and then Bob gets into fist fights with homeless people. Because KSW uses such a straightforward and simple plot, I have plenty of room to explore themes like consumerism and how to cope with loss through exaggeration and bad jokes - jokes like using product placement for products that don’t exist and by giving even the most exaggerated characters realistic motivations. In that way the story is as much about that plot as it is about the characters, the atmosphere, and Goldeneye for the N64.
I like to think of KSW as a more character driven King City or a more coherent Tank Girl.
Comics are the perfect medium. They
contain the strongest aspects of literature and movies while avoiding
the pitfalls of both mediums. Like film, comics are a sequential,
visual medium. They can have all the fast paced excitement of a Michael
Bay film or all the visual metaphor of a good movie. But comics aren't constrained by pacing the same way films are. A movie is a set length -
Expendables 2 is two hours long no matter how many people don’t go see
it - but a comic is different. A comic's pacing is influenced as much by the
page composition as the reader’s investment. And that investment makes all the difference. You
can’t just open a comic book and let the story happen to you. You have to actively read it.
You have to invest in a comic enough to engage with the story and turn its pages. And that investment is what makes traditional literature (and comic books) hit so hard. It makes a story personal, even if it’s just a stupid story about a cowardly,
loud-mouthed, assassin swooning over sex bots and the other monotonies of life.
Comics initially grab you because they’re a visual medium and then they keep you because they’re a narrative medium. Comics fall into this sweet spot between passive watching and active reading that sets them apart from their sister mediums and gives them this feel all their own.
Comics are awesome.
I started this comic four months ago. At the time, I was hoping to finish a 40 page story by the end of the semester. But when I had finished the 40 pages I realized that I still had so much more of the story to tell. So, it’ll have to be a graphic novel, 100 pages long at least. And now that it’s summer I have the time to finish it. The only problem is that I don't have the money.
If it is successful, Kickstarter will provide me with the resources to fund this whole project - from drawing and cleaning all the pages to printing and marketing the final graphic novel - and it will give me the resources to finish the project quickly, ideally resulting in a finished graphic novel by the end of the year.
Making the video for this Kickstarter was a lot of fun. It also took a lot of takes. Here's a video of all the "junk" that didn't make it into the main film.
Sad thing is that this video is totally better than the real one.
Hey guys, I know I messed up my rewards and they're super confusing so let me list them more clearly here:
$1 - Good karma.
$5 - Shout out on my website.
$10 - Shout out in my book and website.
$15 - Shout out in my book and website AND a digital copy of the comic.
$20 - All of the rewards above this one, AND a signed, copy of KSW.
$25 - All of the rewards above this one, AND a copy of the original 40 page mini-comic.
$40 - All of the rewards above this one, 'cept you get TWO signed copies of KSW instead of one.
$65 - Shout out in my book and website, digital copy, a signed copy of KSW, and a framable print.
$75 - Shout out in my book and website, digital copy, TWO signed copies of KSW, and a framable print.
$95 - Shout out in my book and website, digital copy, a signed copy of KSW, and a commissioned piece of art - anything you want.
$105 - Shout out in my book and website, digital copy, TWO signed copies of KSW, and a commissioned piece of art - anything you want.
$130 - Shout out in my book and website, digital copy, a signed copy, AND an exclusive Kickstarter hardcover.
$150 - Shout out in my book and website, digital copy, a signed copy, AND an original, framable page of KSW.
$200 - Shout out in my book and website, digital copy, two signed copies, AND the print, a commissioned piece of art, and the hardcover.
$250 - Shout out in my book and website, digital copy, two signed copies, AND a walk-in role in the comic.
$300 - Shout out in my book and website, digital copy, two signed copies, the print, the commissioned piece of art, the hard cover, and the original KSW page.
$500 - Shout out in my book and website, digital copy, two signed copies, the hardcover, AND a small-medium sized role in the comic.
$1,000 - Shout out in my book and website, digital copy, two signed copies, the hardcover, AND a medium-large sized role in the comic.
$4,500 - Every prize listed on here and dinner with the artist/artist as babysitter/artist as therapist. I will basically come to you and do whatever you want for a day because I love you so much. Also the book will be dedicated to you.
Hope this helps!!
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