Getting Lost is a gentle story. It's a story about a respite, a lull, a pause from the real world, coming in a totally unexpected way. Reed and Isaiah go for a walk in the woods, a short drive from where they live. When night falls, they can't find their way home, and neither of them mind in the slightest.
It's a story about the importance of friendships with people around whom you can be entirely yourself, and a deepening of one such friendship. It's also a story about the just-out-of-reach magic that seems to lurk in places not shaped by humans.
Reed and Isaiah are on their way. Would you like to come too?
This project - like The Ink Witch last year - is one that I think works best for teen and up. It features two genderqueer* protagonists, a gentle adventure through the woods, and a few slightly rambling conversations. There's some magic in there, too. It's not that your kids won't like it, it's more that the themes aren't really geared towards them. 13+
Getting Lost will be a 24 page (28 incl. covers) full colour A5 comic, and will have 115gsm silk pages and a 170gsm silk matt laminate cover.
The aim of this Kickstarter is to fund an initial print run of 200 copies, for backers and to sell at both Thought Bubble 2018, and Bristol Comic and Zine Fair, where I'll be tabling in September and October. The amount you pledge will cover printing, materials and supplies, and a run of A6 art postcards for backers, and to sell. Also included in this goal is the postage to get your sweet sweet rewards to you!
The money breakdown:
- First off, comics! For 200 copies (printed by the lovely folks at Comics Printing UK) it'll cost me £302
- Second, postage! This one's a bit more of a moving target, but with an average of £5 postage per backer (assuming a lot of you will be international) and a required 44 backers to break even on comics, that's a starting point of about £220 for postage.
- Third, those sweet sweet postcard prints: these beauts cost me £145 for 500, which feels like a lot but when divided by three caters to 166(ish) backers.
- and some sensible padding of £75(ish) for paper costs, Kickstarter fees, and - y'know - paying the artist something.
- the more backers I get, the more I get paid for my work on this comic! It's not the biggest goal for me, but it'd sure be nice :')
Genderqueer is an umbrella term for people who does not identify with the traditional gender binary (male/female) but who instead identify as neither, both, or a combination. In this comic, both protagonists use they/them pronouns. Isaiah is nonbinary - somewhere inbetween female and male but not ascribing strongly to either - while Reed is genderfluid, which means they can vary from masculine, to neutral, to feminine on any given day.
Are you genderqueer?
I am! Gender's kind of a moving target/continued exploration for me, but I'm nonbinary, like Isaiah. I use she/her or they/their pronouns :)
Risks and challenges
It's fair to say that I'm practised at this: this will be my third comic funded through Kickstarter, starting with Nino in 2015 and followed by The Ink Witch last year in 2017. Both projects were more than fully funded, with all rewards finding their way to backers. *
There are challenges, of course. Time restraints on completing this comic - as it vies for time against my day job as a bookseller - are the greatest, but I'm also practised at creating this kind of art in a short space of time. As of time of publication, the comic is 10/24 pages complete, with the rest in some stage of partial completion. This is about where I was this time last year, with The Ink Witch, and I've no doubt I can finish in time. I've made sure to give myself several along-the-way deadlines, to let myself rest appropriately, and to get on when I can so far, and I've no doubt that come late September there will be a finished comic on my table at Thought Bubble - and come late November, a finished comic in your hands, too.
*with the rare exception of a few backers who didn't complete their surveys, even after prompting.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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