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40 Page all ages graphic novel based on one man's life reading and collecting comics

Genoa, IL Comics
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An all ages story following the life and times of a boy as he grows up and how comics helped him in his journey. 

Page 1- Art by Natisha Reid

As we walk through life from childhood to adulthood, there are those moments and hobbies that help us through the various transitions in life. This book is about that journey.

What's the Story?

The book follows the life of Blaine, a young boy who lives with his recently divorced mother and his grandfather. Thanks to one amazing moment Blaine learns about the world of comic books through his grandfather. The story follows Blaine through the course of the next thirty years as he reaches the various crossroads in life and how comics helped him meet those challenges along the way. 

What's the Project?

Page 9 - Art by Natisha Reid

The book is almost finished and ready for printing. Now it's time to get the book out there to the world. The funds raised with this Kickstarter will be used to fund:

-The first print run of the book -Fulfilling all rewards -ISBNS; and copyrighting of the book and fees. We are planning on a late summer 2014 early fall 2014 release date for the book. 

Anything extra will go towards - printing the book on a larger basis and some great stretch goal rewards.

Page 4 & 5 - Art by Natisha Reid

Chapter Insert - Art by Kristin Owen 

Stretch Goals

  • 1st (Unlocked Early) Juan Castro will ink and add colors to our chapter inserts for the book. 
  • 2nd (Unlocked Early) If you pledge $25 or more you will get a My Life as a Comic Book Reader T-shirt. It is also now it's own reward limited to 30.
  • 3rd (Unlocked Early) Jamal Igle, creator of Molly Danger and artist extraordinaire will be contributing to the book with an incredible chapter insert.
  • 4th (Grandpa's Tales of the Green Flyer) Unlocked when we reach a stretch goal of $12,500. This will be an original digital comic book that tells the origins of the super heroes of Blaine's World. This will be a Kickstarter exclusive.
  • 5th (Bookmarks and Calendars) Unlocked when we reach a stretch goal of $15,000. Everyone who has contributed $15 or more will receive an exclusive My Life as a Comic Book Reader bookmark and calendar.
  • 6th (The Story Teller Collection) Unlocked when we reach a stretch goal of $20,000. Everyone who has contributed $15 or more will receive an audio CD or digital download recording of the author reading the book, complete with background music.
  • 7th (Deluxe Edition) Unlocked when we reach a stretch goal of $28,000. This will be a complete volume that will feature Grandpa's Tales of the Green Flyer, my original script with artist notes and more exclusive to Kickstarter backers only.
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Who we are...

Ryan Read (Writer/Creator): A writer and technology teacher and supporter of community reading. My Life as a Comic Book Reader is his first graphic novel that he has been writing for the last six years. He lives in IL with his wife, Melissa, and son, Tyler. You can visit his blog at: http://mylifeasacomicbookreader.blogspot.com or the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Mylifecomicbookreader

Natisha Reid (Artist): Natisha is a graphic design artist currently attending school for a degree in media arts. She has an incredible eye for detail and pays for school through artistic services on fiverr.com

Kristin Owen (Chapter Inserts): Kristen has been a career mathematics teacher and long time friend to Ryan's wife, Melissa. She lives in IL with her husband and daughter. 

Mary Lou Read-Dreyer (Words/Script Editor): Mary Lou has been a career graphic designer and has worked for Northern Illinois University for close to 30 years. She is a wonderful wife, mother, sister, aunt and grandmother. 

Why Kickstarter?

  As mentioned above, the book is almost finished and ready to be printed. The funding is for printing, rewards and shipping costs but the main reason is, this book has been a long time in the making. This story isn't about just one person's love of comic books or collecting. It's about one person's journey that could be yours or mine, helping him rise in life with something that's considered to be just a hobby. It is a universal story brought together and to life in this novel created through God's blessing and support this book is ready to be created now and put out in the world. 

Full Funding Breakdown
Full Funding Breakdown

  I believe in this book and it's message for anyone who has ever taken a moment and asked: "What helped me through this?" The story of Blaine isn't just one story of one person but many brought together in this graphic novel and brought to life through incredible artwork and illustrations by an amazing team. My Life as a Comic Book Reader is a book for everyone, young or young at heart.

 Chapter Insert- Art by Ryan Read

Risks and challenges

The book is halfway finished and almost ready to go. So the risks are pretty small! The only remaining thing needed is the funds to get the book printed. The amount needed is to cover book printing, rewards and shipping.

The balance of pledges yet fulfilled from our prior Kickstarter are well in-process, and the fulfillment of our Little Free Library for Genoa/Kingston for November 2013 will not bleed in to the delivery times of this project. We will do our very best to keep everyone up-to-date if there are any delays.

We have an amazing team so I am confident about this project and believe the end result something amazing! The quality of this book is very important to me and I am willing to adjust anywhere along to way to ensure everyone will be pleased with the end result.

Thank you for helping get this book printed and out to the world.

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    Our eternal thanks and gratitude for your support. You will receive a digital image from the book to use on your computer or mobile device.

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    You will receive an PDF version of My Life as a Comic Book Reader, complete with illustrations before it's full release; and of course our eternal thanks and gratitude for your support.

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    You will receive a full 11 x 14 poster of the original cover for the book

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    You will receive a My Life as a Comic Book Reader T-shirt. These are limited to awards of $25 and above.

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    Along with the PDF you will receive a first edition copy of My Life as a Comic Book Reader signed by the writer and of course our eternal thanks and gratitude for your support.

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    Cyber Monday Deal. For one day only you get a signed hard copy of the book by both the writer and artist. A signed PDF of the book along with the original script. T-shirt and original bookmark. That is the Green Flyer Bundle for a one day only special.

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    Along with the PDF you will receive a first edition copy of My Life as a Comic Book Reader signed, by both the writer and the artist and of course our eternal thanks and gratitude for your support.

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    Natisha will do commission work for you. You name it as long as it is age appropriate. She will draw what you will like. You will also receive an PDF copy and of course our eternal thanks and gratitude for your support.

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    Green Flyer Gift Bundle. You will receive 5 unsigned copies of the book and a My Life as a Comic Book Reader T-shirt.

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    Green Flyer Fan Gift Bundle. You will receive the PDF, TWO signed first-edition copies of the book and a signed print of an illustration from the book by the artist and a T-shirt.

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    Super Green Flyer Gift Bundle. All of the above, plus we will print your name in the book as a supporter who believes in the importance of stories and storytellers.

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    Ultimate Green Flyer Gift Bundle. All of the above and you will also receive a signed copy of my original script. From panel breakdowns to original notes.

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    You get me for a one-on-one Skype Call. I will do an interview, review your work, coach, you name it as along as long as it relates to education or the book. I will be more than happy to do a Skype Video Call. Please contact me first before you make this pledge so we can make sure everything is organized. You will also print your name in the book as a supporter who believes in the importance of reading. Also, you will receive a signed copy of the book by me.

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    If you are in the Chicago Land Area or Northern Illinois, I will visit your bookstore or comic book shop and sign copies of the book during a weekend visit. You will also print your name in the book as a supporter who believes in the importance of reading. Please contact me first before you make this pledge so we can make sure everything is organized.

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