Stitches is composed of 7 issues/chapters making a complete graphic novel. The story follows Hu YaFu, a young man of Chinese descent, struggling to find his own identity. The story opens during the funeral for the old man who used to live above him when Hu was a boy. The old man has left him a box containing an ornate needle and thimble, several spools of thread, and a cryptic note that only says “I’m sorry.” Hu investigates the contents and through his searching and a series of his own flashbacks, we learn more about the old man. His people called him the “Fate Stitcher Man” and he had the ability to sew extra attributes like luck, courage, or compassion into peoples’ souls. He’s left the tools of his trade to Hu and now the people who used to work for the Fate Stitcher Man want them back. As Hu avoids capture, he continues to trace the origin of the magic needle and thread, while potentially continuing the legacy of the Fate Stitcher Man.
That's the basic pitch, but I need your help. It takes a whole lot of time and money to make a good comic book. My goal is to raise $9,000. That will provide the funds to pay for the penciller, cover simple lettering, and help pay for some basic publishing and printing costs. I'm writing the scripts for all seven chapters. I'm basically treating them as independent issues that come together in a coherent whole. As I write this, I'm still working on the last of them and I'm nearly finished with all seven issues.
All of the sample artwork that I've posted is from the artist, Jack Lewis. He created everything you see for this campaign as a demonstration of what the finished product will look like. You can see more of his portfolio at his Deviant Account http://apexabyss.deviantart.com/gallery/ And check out the other promotional work listed below.
The first picture is a concept piece that helps capture the mood of the what we're aiming for. The comic takes place in present day, but the story spans thousands of years, so there's plenty of magic and legends mixing with modern technology and problems.
And below is a sample of what the very first page will most likely look like. It may be tweaked in the final version, but Jack drew this up so you can see the style and tone.
If you like what you see, please donate to the cause. Every little bit helps get the project closer to that $9,000 goal. But here's what will happen if I am fortunate enough to surpass the $9,000 benchmark.
$13,420 - I can pay for an inker to make the images sharper, shadows deeper, and continue to print the book.
$20,920 - In addition to the inker and better production, I can pay to have the whole book colored by a professional colorist. So, no more black and white.
$24,340 - My truly ULTIMATE goal. It's inked, colored, and with this extra push, I can get the book lettered by a professional letterer.
The project can be completed for $9,000. It will be drawn and lettered (for those of you who don't know the comics lingo, that means the word balloons will be put in). Even though I wrote the scripts, I can do the lettering myself. But, it would look a lot sharper if it was professionally done instead. This is why I listed the three other tiers. Each one I reach makes Stitches better than the last. There are always ways to improve the artwork and make the book look as polished as possible. So, there you have it.
Anything raised beyond $24,340 rolls back into the project to help pay for the cover artist so it will have a great, eye catching cover, and of course more printing. The more people who back the project, the more books I'll have to print, which means the more money it's going to cost. Don't worry, that's a good problem to have. Nothing you donate is going to waste. Everything you add will continue to make the book better and better.
Thanks, I appreciate you taking the time to check out my project, Stitches!
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