Fitting in with your peers is important to all of us, whether we like to admit it or not. Even more important is feeling comfortable with who you are and how society accepts that, particularly if you're a member of the LGBTQ community.
In the story, a young girl, Taryn, comes out to her close-minded parents, only to find herself cast out to the streets. She flees her abusive home with the intent to seek shelter at her girlfriend's house.
On her way to her girlfriend's house, another poor soul is cast out of his home: more specifically, cast out of a window, and he lands on her head.
This is how Taryn and the dog meet. Taryn doesn't like dogs. She's allergic to dogs. She's having the worst day of her life... but what does the dog decide? That she's his best friend, of course. He follows her to her girlfriend's house, and the rest becomes history.
Strays has been a pet project for several months, now, and after completing it in black and white, I decided to send it to print. It has had an overwhelmingly positive response from people of all backgrounds and interests.
Coming out can be a terrifying experience for anybody, especially when you know your family won't accept it. Strays is a story about coming out and acceptance. It's a story about love and hate, and it's a story about fitting in when you don't know where you'll fit in.
I've included some awesome gifts for your pledges. All the money I make from Strays will go directly into the printing of my comics. I am looking to do an initial print of 250 books, which will cost me CAD $1265 after taxes. I am asking for $300 CAD to cover at least a quarter of the costs of the printing of these 250 copies. Every penny that doesn't go into your rewards or Kickstarter fees will go directly to printing my book.
If I exceed my goal, I will look into getting even more rewards out to the people who have pledged! Postcards, greeting cards, bookmarks, and stickers are amongst the additional rewards I have planned.
A copy of the comic, dimensions 6.25 x 10", in full colour, and signed by the artist and writer, Stephany Lein. It is 32 pages long with a couple extra pages for thanks, credits, and other small things. There will be a page in the comic reserved to thank the donations made to the kickstarter.
Prints are on 100lb glossy paper and will be shipped flat.
Here are the two buttons included with all applicable reward levels
Bacon key fobs are handmade from Made by Meag with custom bacon fabric!
The pencil cases, like the bacon key fobs, are also designed and produced by Made by Meag with custom Dog fabric by Stephany Lein
The original line art and artwork by creator Stephany Lein available in the Kickstarter. Only 3 available!
Get a custom watercolour painting by Kristen Maduik of the dog from Strays, or of YOUR dog! Just send an image once the campaign completes and it will be yours!
Christopher Yao has generously contributed this beautiful Leona and Taryn picture for my kickstarter campaign. Only 1 available!
Shane Kirshenblatt is an extraordinary artist and has donated his time and effort in form of this beautiful picture. Only 1 available!
Meaghan Carter is a rising star in the Toronto comics community with her ongoing comic, Godslave, and will draw a picture from Strays for you! Only 1 available!
Powerhouse A Shay Hahn will draw a picture anyone you want, not limited to characters from Strays! Only 1 available!
Rina Rozsas has painted this gorgeous watercolour portrait of Dog and it can be yours! Painted with lightfast watercolour on 140-lb archival paper. 8x10 image, with border the full size is 11x14".
Thank you for visiting my Kickstarter page, and if you pledged, thank you very much for your support! If you can't wait for the coloured version to come out, you can read the comic in black at white at http://www.tapastic.com/series/strayscomic
Risks and challenges
The comic has been completed and is ready to send off to print. The only risk I see is if the post office eats the books, or if the printer is struck by lightning, (Very unlikely, I'd say!) or the postal carrier eats your package. (Also, very unlikely)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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