Last March, FRESH ROMANCE launched as a digital romance comics anthology magazine and raised 180% of its goal here on Kickstarter. Now, we're working on an exciting paperback edition of FRESH ROMANCE that will be a brand new format and style for new readers and existing fans of the critically acclaimed series to enjoy. This new edition will feature an exclusive comic from Kieron Gillen and Christine Norrie that won't be available in any other format! To make this happen, Rosy Press has teamed up with awesome comics publisher Oni Press!
Wait, what's Fresh Romance?
In case this is your first introduction to FRESH ROMANCE and Rosy Press, here's what's up: FRESH ROMANCE is a digital, monthly romance comics anthology magazine produced by editor Janelle Asselin's company Rosy Press. It features love stories as told by exciting and talented creators and ranges from sweet to smutty.
We're of the opinion that it's pretty darn great, but we're not alone there!
"Captained by Janelle Asselin, this ongoing anthology is one of the best Kickstarters I’ve ever backed." - Alex Brown, Tor.com
"Every issue has delivered with fantastic stories and extras like advice columns. Expect this series to be copied (poorly) in 2016." - Brett Schenker, Graphic Policy
"With stories that deviate from the heteronormative standard, Fresh Romance takes a progressive stance on romance and highlights diversity in terms of creators, genres, and character design. Heartwarming, giggle-inducing, and cute as hell, Fresh Romance is truly joyous to behold." - Kelly Richards, Newsarama.com
“An awesomely diverse magazine…. Fresh Romance promises to be a sometimes sweet, sometimes spooky, and all around gorgeously written new addition.”– Geeks With Wives
Special Print Edition!
Each FRESH ROMANCE story that has been digitally released will be compiled in this brand new print edition. The book will be 224 pages and printed in a 6x9 paperback format, although if we hit our goal early in the campaign, it may get upgraded to a hardcover. While we may offer other editions of this book to the direct market, only books bought through this Kickstarter will have the Special Edition cover by Kevin Wada! Plus, Kickstarter backers will get their copy of FRESH ROMANCE VOL. 1 before anyone else!
Other great features of the print edition are behind-the-scenes features and columns, plus all the comic stories will run in their entirety, rather than in installments like in the digital edition. The comics included are:
- School Spirit by Kate Leth, Arielle Jovellanos, Amanda Scurti, and Taylor Esposito. School Spirit is the story of four teens embroiled in keeping their love lives secret from everyone around them. It's never quite that simple, though, and complications for this group include bigoted parents and witch-y powers!
- Ruined is an historical romance by Sarah Vaughn, Sarah Winifred Searle, and Ryan Ferrier featuring a couple entering a loveless marriage at the prompting of society and their families. The future looks bleak for Andrew and Catherine, but there's more to each of them than either one knows. (Just chapter 1 -- 60 pages of story -- will be included)
- The Ruby Equation stars a cynical matchmaker from another dimension who has to learn to believe in love for real! But is a coffee shop the right place to learn lessons of love? Written by Sarah Kuhn, drawn by Sally Jane Thompson, colored by Savanna Ganucheau, and lettered by Steve Wands.
- Beauties by Marguerite Bennett, Trungles, and Rachel Deering takes readers to a lush fantasy world where the beautiful are beastly and the beasts are beautiful -- and true love can be either.
- First, Last, and Always by Kieron Gillen and Christine Norrie is about the magic of a first kiss with someone.
With these talented creators on board, FRESH ROMANCE forges a new future for romance comics with modern characters, stories and a wide array of genres. These stories are all creator-owned and the creators have been paid a page rate for their work already thanks to our previous Kickstarter, which covered the cost of producing six issues. The primary use for the funds raised from this Kickstarter is the cost of printing and distributing the physical book. Anything we earn above and beyond the goal will go to creating more FRESH ROMANCE comics.
Still, paying creators fairly is a cornerstone of the Rosy Press business model; we wouldn't exist without the hard work of creators, so we firmly believe they should be compensated fairly and retain control over their work. So when we hit our goal and for every $10,000 we go over our goal, every single creator whose work is included in this collection will get a one-time bonus of 2x their page rate.
The pre-orders for this Kickstarter will raise the money to print and fulfill the Kickstarter-exclusive special edition and any other rewards. Plus, the Kickstarter will signal to Oni that they’ve made the right investment in partnering with us and encourage them to take further chances on Rosy Press. You want more print versions of Rosy Press projects? You should back this Kickstarter!
But what IS Oni's investment? Well, Oni is investing in FRESH ROMANCE VOL 1 for the direct market and working with us to produce all the print editions, while the Kickstarter will cover the costs of the Kickstarter exclusive version only. You're paying for what you get, basically, and not for us to print additional copies.
Having a print partner in Oni means that we can take risks that, as a small independent one-person publisher like Rosy Press, we otherwise couldn’t take. We can get lower printing costs, help with distribution, and a lot of other perks. These things get passed along to our readers, who then get cheaper books a lot faster!
Basically, Rosy Press is still just me, Janelle Asselin, putting these books together with lots of love and care. Oni is then helping me put them into a broader world than I could manage alone. That’s something to celebrate.
Backers will be able to choose from simple copies of the book to a VIP pack that includes an original, one-of-a-kind sketch from one of our creators in addition to the book, stickers, a pin and a digital subscription!
Backers can choose between receiving their digital copy of FRESH ROMANCE VOL. 1 directly from Rosy Press or from ComiXology!
There will also be a variety of physical merchandise available, including art prints and more. Backers have the option to receive stickers or choose between one of the following pin options:
One of our many unique rewards will be a very limited edition art print of either Sarah Winifred Searle or Arielle Jovellanos' digital art. Backers have the following options to choose from in terms of art -- but beware, SPOILERS:
Readers can also choose from the following original art pages from Sally Jane Thompson:
Risks and challenges
I, Janelle Asselin, am an experienced editor and project manager with a history of putting monthly comics out on schedule. That being said, there are always potential risks in a project like this. We're mitigating this risk by working ahead - by the time the Kickstarter campaign has run its course, the printer will already have the files. Plus, Oni Press is an established company that has a long history of print production so they're prepared for anything!
This project is very important to me, to Oni, and to all of the creators involved, so we are eager to get it out into the world. Your help is an integral part of putting this beautiful comic out in print.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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