One day left update: We're funded! The book, as well as the t-shirt, the pin, and the digital rewards are unlocked. Most importantly, WE ARE MAKING THE LONG CON GAME. To get the game, choose your reward level and then add $20 to add on the game.
In the Beginning
Last year, I launched a comic on LINE Webtoons called Warning Label. (You can read it here.) I didn't know how it would go or how it would be received. What happened was more than I could have ever have hoped for. Warning Label was a hit, I was blessed with passionate and excited fans.
The strip’s success brought a lot of requests for a print edition. As a comic book guy at heart, I’d always planned to make Warning Label a printed graphic novel, too, so my fans could read it over and over. With this in mind., I designed the strip to repurpose as a 6x9 trade.
So let's make it!
In the Trade
The trade collection will contain the complete Warning Label story, as it was meant to run. There are a couple of minor edits that I've wanted to make, including the infamous Burrito Math Error and one chapter that ran a little differently than intended. Those minor issues will be corrected.
Also, when the strip was running I tried to write a chapter-by-chapter account of the strip, calling out references, in-jokes, and challenges as I went. Eventually, this became unmanageable while producing the strip. I want to add these back in and complete those notes as well. I'll also put in some original concept art and the original pitch for the series.
The story itself runs 208 pages. (The longest single story I've ever done!) With the additional back matter, I expect the book to be around 250 pages of Warning Label goodness!
Yeah, I've got a few in mind.
At $7500 ($1500 over) I'll create Warning Label pins. Everyone who orders the book will receive one. (Stretch goal unlocked and added to the reward levels!)
At $9000 ($3000 over) I'll create to-order t-shirts. I'll get your size (men's and women's cuts) and everyone over the "Just a book" and "Book plus Bookplate" level will get a shirt. (Stretch goal unlocked and added to the reward levels!)
At $12,500, I’ll release a digital version of the 24-Hour Comic Book Day story Haunted that I did back in 2010. This hasn’t been seen a lot of places. I’ll also include the one-act play I wrote, The Romantic, and two Batman: Brave and the Bold spec scripts I wrote that led to my first animation writing work!
At $15,000, we’ll make some Warning Label pocket notebooks. 3.875” x 5.5. I love notebooks, and these will be pretty cool ones.
At $17,500, I’ll record a live drawing session and make that available digitally. You’ll see how I create a drawing, from rough drawing to colored finished piece.
And there's one super-crazy one. I mean super-duper crazy. Seriously, the crazy you're thinking of? Double it. Because I want to make Danielle's The Long Con card game.
In the series, Danielle pitches a card game where players create their own comic convention and play against other convention promoters. I think this could be a fantastic game. I have a game designer who will create the game, and then I, or myself and a team of artists, will create the cards.
As opposed to the book, the game isn't finished, or really even started. I'm confident we can make it, but only if we hit this goal will we start working out timelines. But everyone who buys a book over the "Just a Book" level will also get a copy of the game.
To do it, we need to hit at least $20,000. I know that's a lot. But I have the best fans in the world. If anyone can do it, you can.
Risks and challenges
Fortunately there aren't a lot of risks here. Warning Label is already completed. The pages are done and already in the final document. All that has to be done is writing the back matter. Creation-wise, we're okay.
The goal is to have the book at Comic-Con International in San Diego this year. I have a reliable printer who can have the book done and some buffer time built in to the process, but that is a place where something could go wrong.
Many of the levels require me to do commissions, and while I do those all the time, it's possible travel or other professional commitments could get in the way. But in those cases, I'll send out what is complete (like the Warning Label collection) quickly and then send the commission later so you're not waiting.
Past that, though, I have 15 years experience as a graphic designer and illustrator. I've printed any number of books before. I'm well familiar with the process and am sure that we can make this collection.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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