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By Ethics Comics LLC
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About this project

About Diamond Island

A story that explores the meaning of true success, Diamond Island is a 225 page, full-color graphic novel that has:

  • A meaningful message

  • Engaging artwork and dialogue

  • A humorous storyline

  • An appeal to readers of all ages

Meet Joseph Kirsch

Joseph Kirsch has been studying the world since that fateful day in the Beth El Hospital maternity ward. A teacher for over 30 years, Kirsch has had ample time to pass on his observations to generations.

As a fan of sequential art classics, such as Tintin, Joseph realized that graphic novels were the perfect medium to tell meaningful stories. In 2003, Kirsch began Ethics Comics LLC - a small publishing company based in Ohio - with a vision of publishing graphic novels that are engaging, rich in community values, and social responsibility.

Over a decade later, Joseph is fulfilling his dream by offering Ethic Comics' first graphic novel, Diamond Island, to communities around the globe.

With your support, that dream is sure to become a reality. 

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Diamond Island: An Introduction

Richie Rockstein has been struggling. He's bounced from one department to the next at his Dad's big company, but can't seem to fit in. Richie's latest mishap involved his tie getting caught in his shredding machine, and some ridiculously bad press.

After the fiasco, Richie's father has no choice but to let him go...

A short while later, the bills start to pile up. Richie decides to sell some of his belongings for cash, and stumbles upon an ancient journal in the process...

The journal tells a tale of a legendary island covered in precious gems.

With dreams of making it big and proving himself to family and friends, Richie buys the journal...

The adventure is just beginning!

Our campaign goal

We want to print a special first-edition of Diamond Island. This edition will be limited to our Kickstarter campaign and its backers. Here are the features of this edition:

  • Printed in full-color 
  • Hardcover
  • Full-size 8-1/2 x 11 
  • Have special "thank you" pages for backers' names

Kickstarter and Amazon fees amount to 10 percent of what's collected. With that in mind, we calculated the minimum funding level needed for:

  • Printing Diamond Island with the features listed above
  • Rewards
  • Fulfillment

Rewards: What you receive for supporting the printing of Diamond Island!


Note: Reward delivery dates are conservative, we may be able to deliver earlier than indicated!

The Diamond Island bookmark:

  • 2 x 6
  • Double-sided 
  • Full-color
  • 14-pt ultra-thick cardstock
  • UV finish (front)
The Diamond Island bookmark! (enlarged to show detail)
The Diamond Island bookmark! (enlarged to show detail)

Please remember that Kickstarter is all-or-nothing

If we don't reach our funding goal in the allotted time, we won't receive any of the funds.

Visit Our Website to Begin Reading!

Diamondislandbook.com

You will make us stronger by following us on Facebook and Twitter!

Risks and challenges

There are no risks associated with the completion of the graphic novel.

We have also reduced the risks associated with printing and shipping by teaming up with professional printing and fulfillment services. We will keep backers up-to-date as we progress through each stage.

After a successful campaign, we'll need to add the names of eligible backers to the proper sections on the thank you page(s). This process may take a short period of time (3-6 days).

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    FRIEND: Receive a PDF download of the bonus story created by student artists and writers.

    Note: This bonus chapter is also included at the end of the Diamond Island graphic novel.

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    SUPPORTER: Receive a beautiful, limited-edition hardcover copy of Diamond Island and a custom designed Diamond Island bookmark!

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    Pledge $36 or more About $36

    CREW MEMBER: Receive a beautiful limited-edition hardcover copy of Diamond Island, the custom bookmark, and a download of the Diamond Island soundtrack produced by Mark Avsec, former Wild Cherry keyboardist and current member of Donnie Iris & the Cruisers.

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    JOURNAL DISCOVERER: Your name will appear in the BRONZE section on the "Thank You" page inside the book (optional). Also receive a beautiful limited-edition hardcover copy of Diamond Island, the bookmark, and the Diamond Island soundtrack (download).

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    MAP READER: Your name will appear in the SILVER section on the "Thank You" page (optional). Also receive TWO hardcover copies of the beautiful limited-edition Diamond Island graphic novel, TWO bookmarks, and the Diamond Island soundtrack (download).

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    VISIONARY: Your name will appear in the GOLD section on the "Thank You" page. Also receive THREE beautiful limited-edition hardcover copies of Diamond Island, THREE bookmarks, and the professionally produced Diamond Island soundtrack (download).

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    PATHFINDER: Your name will appear in the PLATINUM section on the "Thank You" page (optional). Also receive FOUR copies of the limited-edition hardcover Diamond Island graphic novel for family and friends, the Diamond Island soundtrack (download), and FOUR bookmarks!

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    ACCOMPLISHED EXPLORER: Your name will be displayed on the prestigious DIAMOND page, a SEPARATE thank you page dedicated to those who pledged $500 or more (optional). Also receive FIVE copies of Diamond Island, one of which will be SIGNED by both Diamond Island creator Joseph Kirsch, and co-writer/character designer, Max Winters. Plus, get the Diamond Island soundtrack and FIVE bookmarks!

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    DIAMOND COLLECTOR: Your name will be displayed on the prestigious DIAMOND PAGE, a SEPARATE thank you page for those who donate $500 or more (optional). You will be able to DEDICATE A HALF-PAGE to family, friends or loved ones. You’ll also receive EIGHT copies of Diamond Island, TWO of which will be SIGNED by both Diamond Island creator Joseph Kirsch, and co-writer/character designer, Max Winters. Plus, get the Diamond Island soundtrack and EIGHT bookmarks.

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    DIAMOND PHILANTHROPIST: Help share Diamond Island with many people! We will DONATE 50 copies of Diamond Island to the organization of your choice (non-profit, education, etc). The donation can made anonymously at your request. You will also be able to DEDICATE A FULL-PAGE to family, friends or loved ones and your name will be displayed on the prestigious DIAMOND PAGE (optional).

    Also, receive TEN copies of Diamond Island for family and friends, THREE of which will be SIGNED by both Diamond Island's creator, Joseph Kirsch, and co-writer/character designer, Max Winters.

    Each donated book and personal book will be shipped with the Diamond Island bookmark!

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Funding period

- (35 days)