I'm looking to print and release an all-new comic miniseries, Science is Magic. If you've supported my previous Kickstarters, thank you very much, and I hope you support this campaign. If you are new to my Kickstarters and/or the work I have done through Antarctic Press and other publishers, I appreciate you taking the time to look over this new Kickstarter project.
If you're not familiar with me, my name is Ben Dunn, and I started Antarctic Press, a small, independent comic company, in 1984. During the past 30 years, A.P. has published some of the greatest, most diverse independent comics. (I say this as someone who's collected comics of almost every type and genre since the early seventies.) Prominent among those are my own Ninja High School and Fred Perry's Gold Digger.
The comic industry has changed over the years, and many comic retailers are more hesitant than ever to support new titles from small publishers. This makes it especially difficult to get new projects into your hands. While sales to comic distributors. like Diamond Comic Distribution, do cover some of the cost, they did not cover the entire cost of this project. So, I've turned to Kickstarter to help introduce new projects such as this one.
My new miniseries Science Is Magic, is Romeo and Juliet meets Harry Potter. The battle of the sexes is more pitched than ever, divided between reliance on the mystical and mechanical! Certain women are graced with powerful magical abilities, solving problems with spells both fierce and subtle. Many men are gifted instead with talent for technology and engineering, and believe these are the keys to resolve the world’s woes. The two sides are fiercely, irrevocably opposed…until a pair of them fall in love!
What are we going to do with the Kickstarter money?
We're going to print and ship the Science Is Magic miniseries.
The Science Is Magic miniseries will be four 32-page comics. Remember we are offering ALL FOUR ISSUES with this Kickstarter. Printing the actual books is the biggest single expense, the money will be used to help offset those costs. Then there's the shipping expenses: Not only do we have to ship the books from the printer, but once I get them, I then need to send copies to all of you. Over the course of four issues, this can amount to several thousand pounds of books, so the shipping can be quite costly. On top of all this, Kickstarter takes their cut of the project income, which is around 10% of the cost.
So what do you get? All 4 issues of Science is Magic, here are the covers to the issues.
Science Is Magic #1
Science Is Magic #2
Science Is Magic #3
Science Is Magic #4
Each issue is full-color, standard comic size, and 32 pages long. They will be sent to our Stateside supporters as they are completed. Our overseas supporters will receive all 4 issues at once when completed to save on shipping costs.
We also decided to offer some Add-Ons!
Choose the pledge level of the highest-price item you would like. (E.g., if you want sketch editions, please choose the reward for the sketch editions.)
Increase your pledge level by the amount of the add-on you would like to add! For instance, if you pledged for the original art reward level and also want a print, just add that amount.)
After the Kickstarter campaign is over, we will contact you personally and then ask what you want for your extra contribution.
Here is what you can currently add by increasing your pledge. (Please note that Kickstarter rules state that we cannot sell you more than ten of any one item.)
It's never too early to have some stretch goals, so here's the first one!
And here's a sneak peek at some pages of the first issue:
Risks and challenges
There are always risks inherent in any project, but this one has very few. Our biggest risk is that we won't get sufficient funding, and then the book won't be made.
I've been printing and releasing books for close to 30 years, so I have good relationships with my printers and don't anticipate any problems with that aspect. I have also employed the help of Antarctic Press to assure that books will ship when completed.
There is always the risk that we won't be able to get the books in on time due to a variety of factors, but again, I don't anticipate that sort of problem.
I believe in full disclosure and will make sure to keep you all updated on the progress of the book and all the incentives.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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