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A superhero comic about a girl who crumbles into shards of glass as a symptom of anxiety attacks.
A superhero comic about a girl who crumbles into shards of glass as a symptom of anxiety attacks.
54 backers pledged AU$ 2,020 to help bring this project to life.

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The Comic

We aim to print a 24 page, full colour comic issue (20 pages of story) in American Standard format. 

Our minumim goal is to print our first issue, and we have two stretch goals that will allow us to also print issues 2 and 3 for a print launch extravangaza!

Comic Covers
Comic Covers

$600 AU - We can print Issue 1!

$1000 AU - We can print Issues 1 and 2!

$1500 AU - We can print Issues 1, 2 and 3!

$2000 AU - We can all freak out Kermit-the-Frog style, order a larger print run and take this show on the road to a convention! We're hoping to show our faces at Supanova, Adelaide 2016.

BEYOND - It's over two thousaaaaaaand! Depending on demand, we can order a larger print run and/or fund printing for issues 4-7 in the future!!!

If we reach our minimum goal, the print launch will be held at Greenlight Comics, Adelaide on the 25th June 2016. You are invited to come and celebrate with us-- and if you're not in town, you're invited to receive lovely rewards in the mail.

The Story

Hail is a superhero comic about Lena, a woman who crumbles into shards of glass whenever she has an anxiety attack, which makes her dream to become a lawyer even more difficult. But it also spurs her into finding other ways to help people. While her friends Ebony and Seth have mixed reactions to her crime-fighting adventures (both caution and extreme enthusiasm), it also doesn't take long for new enemies to notice.

Hail faces the difficulties of living with mental illness while simultaneously indulging in superhero action, comedy, romance and friendship. It's much like real life, but with extra superheroes.

Issues 1-3 are free to read online now at hailcomic.com if you want to see what it's all about!

Meet the Characters

Lena Blackwood
Lena Blackwood

Lena works at a law firm by day and in her spare time she reads, drinks tea and foils the occasional bank heist. She's a mostly cheerful person determined to find ways to help people beyond the walls she comes up against in her day to day life.

Ebony Romano
Ebony Romano

Ebony has been Lena's best friend since their days studying law. She takes great pleasure in being an extreme over-achiever, with strong ambitions and a somewhat shady background in computer hacking. She likes making fancy meals and crocheting things.

Seth Nguyen
Seth Nguyen

 Seth works at the law firm with Lena and Ebony. Despite being brought up by his wealthy family to work in law, he's perpetually unkempt and has a pretty chilled out attitude towards everything. He loves birds, a lot.

Dorian Eveland
Dorian Eveland

Dorian is a crime reporter for the Adeline Times who has a mysterious past and spends a lot of hours at the gym. He likes chai lattes and has a deep seated fear of anyone touching his eyes. Does that sound weird? He's a weird guy.

The Shepherd
The Shepherd

The Shepherd is a serial killer looming on the edges of Hail's story, moving ever closer to a confrontation with Lena. His apparent lack of pattern between those he murders confounds the police force, and he collects dog collars and wears them on his arms.

The Rewards

If you're able to support us we can offer your very own copies of the comic(s)! If you can't make our print launch, we'll send your copies out after the 25th June. We also have a bunch of other cool gear available, and if you take one of the top tiers Rosanna Lam will draw YOU turning into glass! OMG! (A head-and-shoulders portrait of course, for the sake of modesty...) Check out the rewards list for more detail.

Do YOU have an awesome Hail mouse pad? Maybe you should!
Do YOU have an awesome Hail mouse pad? Maybe you should!

The Creators

Writer/Project Manager: Miranda Richardson

Miranda finished a creative writing degree in early 2015 after having some great experiences in 2D animation and film. She has a strong interest in illness narrative in fantasy and an increasingly intense love of comics. She works part time in medical administration and spends every other waking minute working on, thinking about, and enjoying art. Hail is her first serial comic and she can't wait to move deeper into the story and into the comics community.

Lead Artist: Rosanna Lam

Rosanna Lam is an aspiring artist who is currently studying a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Arts: Digital Media at Flinders University. She aims to develop proficiency in digital media production consisting of multi-media design, illustration, 2D and 3D animation, and screen production, and hopes, that one day, her creations will inspire others. In her spare time, Rosanna likes to read manga and play games to appease her ever-growing interests in comic illustration and game design.

We also have a couple of super cool background artists, Tom Murton and Mala Kerr, along with a crack team of other artists who work on inking, colouring and shading: Terri Arnold, Rhianna Carr, Sarah Lloyd, Sandeson Gonzaga, Maddy Deane, Christopher Genovese, Ethan Robertson, Jasmine Woolcock and Luke Bartholomew.

The Team
The Team

Why a Kickstarter?

Most of us are studying art or working part time to fund our work in comics at this stage in our careers. So basically, we are a little low on the funds! But moving Hail into print will open up so many doors for us. Many readers prefer not to read online, so we can meet with a whole new audience by going into print. After the launch we can take our comics to conventions and become more involved in the comics community. We're incredibly excited! If you can support us and come with us for that part of the journey, we'll be so happy.

Ebony and Seth think you're awesome.
Ebony and Seth think you're awesome.

Risks and challenges

As the art work is already completed, the risks and challenges to this project are pretty minimal. We've done a small test print run of Issue 1 with Jeffries Printing Services and the finished product has great quality paper and colour. We've contacted them to make sure there's enough time from submitting our work for printing on the 1st of June to launch on the 25th. We've also discussed the actual launch date with Greenlight Comics in Adelaide and we're all set to go.

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    Thank you so much! Thanks to you, we're closer to our goal. Mega gratitude and good karma coming your way.

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    Thank you! Not only will you get mega gratitude and good karma, but you will also receive a copy of Issue 1 in full colour glossy lovely print.

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    Thank you! Aside from karma and gratitude, you'll also get Hail issue 1 PLUS issues 2 and 3 (2-3 in print provided we meet our stretch goals to do that - if we don't meet our stretch goals, we'll send you the digital PDF version!)

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    Thank you. Karma! Gratitude! Metaphorical confetti! Also you'll receive Hail issues 1, 2 and 3 in print (2-3 will of course only be in print if we can meet our stretch goals and will be sent to you in digital format if not) and we will publicly thank you on our social media pages and website and you can bask in all that philanthropic glory. Woooo~

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    Pledge AU$ 50 or more About $37

    Thank youuuuuu! This will give us a big jump closer to our goal. Karma, gratitude, the works. You'll also receive Hail issues 1, 2 and 3 in print (2-3 in print provided we meet our stretch goals and digital version if not) and a public 'thank you' on our social media and website. Aaaaand you'll get an A3 Hail poster to hang on your wall, and when your friends come over you can boast about your awesome support of Hail and its merry band of artists.

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    You know what? You are a beautiful person. Thank you :) There must be good karma and gratitude falling out of your ears!

    Joining this tier will also give you a copy of all three Hail issues (2-3 in print provided we meet our stretch goals and digital version if not), a public thanks on our social media and website AND at our official print launch (see our 'story' on this page for details). That's right, we will mention your name in a speech and there will be much philanthropic glory to be basked in. Then of course you'll receive an awesome A3 Hail poster, and you know what else? A Hail mousepad. Yeah man. I have one, and it's awesome.

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    Pledge AU$ 200 or more About $147

    Okay, this is getting pretty real now. If you're joining this tier, the good karma and gratitude is going to know no bounds. Thank you so much. THANK YOU.

    For your beautiful philanthropy, we can reward you with a print copy of all three issues of Hail (issues 2-3 in print provided we meet our stretch goals and digital version if not) along with a public thank you on our website, on our social media, at our print launch, just all over the place. You'll get an A3 poster, a mouse pad (no really the mouse pad is the best) AND...

    Rosanna will personally draw a portrait of you turning into glass. TURNING INTO GLASS, like our very own hero! That's awesome. Its going to look so cool.

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    Pledge AU$ 500 or more About $369

    So at this point, you've almost single-handedly reached our first goal and funded the printing of the first issue of Hail. I would like to shake your hand. Thank you so, SO much!!! You are fantastic. The good karma and gratitude is through the roof, and you get all the metaphorical confetti you can handle!

    You get all three issues of Hail in print (provided we meet our stretch goals for 2-3 and a digital version if not... But if you've helped us out this much, we're much closer to meeting those stretch goals!)

    We'll also send you an A3 Hail poster signed by Rosanna Lam, Miranda Richardson, and as many others from the team that we can get to our meeting on June 1st. You will get an awesome Hail mouse pad!!! It's super cool AND it helps your computer mouse work more accurately. Mouse pads, guys. Get into them.

    We'll thank you publicly on our website, social media, and at our launch! And Rosanna will draw a portrait of you turning into glass like a boss.

    Finally, Rosanna and Miranda will take you and any other Reward 8 backers out for an awesome coffee (or tea) afternoon where we can talk comics and have many fun times. If you don't live in Adelaide, we'll Skype you while drinking our warm beverages and have the fun times in cyber space.

    THANK YOU!!!

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