For Molly is a fantasy comic that takes place in modern New Jersey. An anti-social talking dog named Molly must help a recently divorced New Yorker named Greg rescue his sister from an evil that lurks in the forest.
Once funded the webcomic will be published online on Tapastic, WebToon, Reddit and formollycomic.com.
At the center of the story are two lonely characters with a lot of baggage. For Molly explores themes like guilt, abandonment and loyalty as Greg and Molly’s unlikely friendship is tested on every step of their journey.
Chapter 1 begins with Greg Shen signing his divorce papers. And while house sitting for his younger sister Ava in New Jersey, he is kidnapped by an unknown assailant in all-black riot gear wielding a sword. A talking stray dog named Molly comes to Greg's aid. She tells him Ava is in danger at the Sanctum Free Zone deep in the forest, but first they need to escape his kidnapper!
Here's a look at page nineteen of chapter one with incredible art by Benjamin Sawyer!
- The PDF copy of "For Molly" Chapter 1 will include: original cover art by Benjamin Sawyer and Thank You Page. Distributed via email after publication online.
- The Deluxe Edition PDF copy of "For Molly" Chapter 1 will include: original cover art and concept art by Benjamin Sawyer, Thank You page, forward from Gabe Cheng and two variant covers by Isabella Cheng and Eugene Frost. Distributed via email after publication online.
- $25 donors and up will get their name on Thank You Page of both PDF versions of the comic.
- Digital wallpapers for phone/computer screens featuring art by Isabella Cheng.
- 5"x7" postcard featuring the original cover art by Benjamin Sawyer and personalized thank you message from Gabe Cheng.
- 4" Sticker featuring original art of Molly and Greg by Janet Kim.
- 1.5" Enamel pin featuring original art of Molly by Janet Kim.
- 11"x17" Poster of original cover art by Benjamin Sawyer.
- 11"x17" Poster of variant cover art by Eugene Frost.
- 11"x17" Poster of variant cover art by Isabella Cheng.
DRAWN INTO A PAGE by Benjamin Sawyer. Your face will appear in "For Molly" on page 3 of chapter 1.
- CUSTOM PORTRAIT by artist Benjamin Sawyer with Greg and Molly. Portrait will be printed on 20"x30" canvas and shipped to you!
Written by GABE CHENG
Gabe has been writing his whole life, but "For Molly" is his first webcomic. He left a successful career as a high school teacher and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his passion for writing and entertainment. This campaign is the first step in achieving one of Gabe's lifelong dreams: writing and publishing a graphic novel.
He’s an avid pizza enthusiast, he's surprisingly good at pub trivia and he finds inspiration from the films of Kevin Smith and the novels of Neil Gaiman.
Art by BENJAMIN SAWYER
Ben is a lifelong artist and pop culture geek. He’s a professional illustrator, comic artist, storyteller, and university professor. He loves his dogs, motorcycles, craft beer, video games, and his partner Kim. Check out his work on his website and @sketchsawyer on social media.
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Once funded the "For Molly," Gabe and Ben will immediately start working on the twenty-five remaining pages that comprise chapter 1. Online publication will begin in July 2018, around the same time physical rewards will be sent out.
Digital wallpapers for phone/computer screens will be sent via email immediately following the campaign. PDF copies will be sent via email when publication has ended online.
Risks and challenges
This is Gabe's first Kickstarter, and he's learning as he goes.
The campaign's risks include unexpected printing delays, shipping delays and other events that would cause rewards to not get to backers on time. But there are already vendors in place to begin production on the rewards as soon as the campaign ends.
Gabe and Ben will begin working on the remaining twenty-five pages of chapter 1 immediately after the campaign ends. Barring an unexpected delays, online publication of "For Molly" will begin in July 2018.
Gabe will keep backers updated on the project's progress and any expected delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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