All-ages story in 52 pages following the life and times of a boy as he grows up, showing how reading comics helped him in his journey in life.
What's the Story?
For thirty years I have been a collector and reader of comics. In the Spring of 2008 I watched as a two year relationship came to an end and my current job was being eliminated at my office. Facing debt, unemployment and depression I decided to sell my comic book collection in order to help get myself back on my feet. When I was going through my various long boxes of comics I pulled out a comic of one of my favorite super heores and I remember when I first saw the character and how I fell in love with comics at the age of 3. It was then that an idea hit me, I ran to my desk drawer and pulled out notepad and pen and started writing. Within an hour I had written the outline for a story about what comics meant to me and how they inspired me to look ahead to brighter days. This is that 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 his life and shows how reading comics helped him meet those challenges along the way. From growing up without a father to bullying in school. To watching as his mother remarried and how he became a big brother. Blaine faces all of his challenges head on with comic books as his inspiration in dealing with these problems. However, how can comics help you when you grow up? What happens when you face job lost? What happens when you become a father yourself? These questions and more are answered as Blaine's life unfolds in these 52 pages of a story that could be any one of us at any given time.
Who we are...
Ryan Read (Writer/Creator): Ryan is a writer, technology teacher and supporter of community reading, My Life as a Comic Book Reader is his first graphic novel and he has been creating it for the last six years. Ryan lives in IL with his wife, Melissa, and son, Tyler. You can visit our 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): Kristin has been a career mathematics teacher and long time friend to Ryan's wife, Melissa. She lives in IL with her husband and daughter.
Juan Castro (Inks): Juan is an inker and Apple fan from Tijuana. Born in 1987, he became a comics fan during the heyday of 90′s comics, and started drawing as soon as he could pick up a pencil. After high school he pursued a career in comics while studying fine arts, and quickly broke in as an inker. Now he continues towards his goal of becoming one of the premiere inkers in the industry. His recent projects include Incorruptible and G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes.
Jamal Igle (Chapter Insert): Jamal is a twenty-two-year veteran of the comic book industry. He has drawn everything from Action Comics to Firestorm the Nuclear Man, 52, Countdown, Daredevil/Shi,Iron Man, Iron Fist/ Wolverine, KISS, New Warriors, Noble Causes, Nightwing, Spider-man, Supergirl, Superman, and Zatanna. His work has appeared in projects for the European market such as L'armée des Anges for Les Humanoïdes Associé and Perry Rhodan, reprinted in a number of languages internationally. He's also a former editor, marketing executive and art director, and worked in television animation on series such as Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles and Max Steel. Last year he received the Inkpot Award for achievement in comic art. Currently he's completing work on KISS for IDW Publishing and Smallville Season 11 for DC Comics.
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.
As mentioned above, the book is almost finished and ready to be printed. The funding is for printing, paying our artists, rewards and shipping costs. 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 who was helped to rise in life with a pursuit that's considered by many to be just a hobby. I believe in this book and its 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. It could be your story or mine, or that of many. These stories are 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. It is a universal story brought to life in this novel. It was created through God's blessing and support. It is ready to be published now, to be put out into the world.
Stretch Goals Added
$2,000: Natisha and I will be adding the "Grandpa's Tales of the Green Flyer" as a digital PDF to all backers. This will feature the origins of Green Flyer, the main super hero from book as well as Bee Boy and Solara. Kristin Owen and I will be adding: "Blaine's Super Hero Day" a wonderful 6 page story about Blaine's superhero adventure in 2nd grade with his faithful sidekick, Hercules the Guinea Pig against the Dasterly Captain Homework.
$2,500: Tales and Blaine's Super Hero Day become part of the main hard copy edition. That will make it a 70 page book.
$3,000: We will be able to upgrade to a better paper quality and everyone who has contributed $2 and above will receive our original My Life as a Comic Book Reader Book Mark in both paper and digital form.
$3,500: We are launching the official My Life as a Comic Book Reader Podcast. This will begin in the summer of 2014 and will be a monthly series where anyone who has donated $25 or more will get to guest star.
$4,000: We are able to distribute the book on a larger basis and there will be a My Life as a Comic Book Reader Calendar for everyone.
$6,000: This will be the big one, if we make $5,000 beyond our funding goal we will be heading to the Chicago Comic Con in Chicago.
Where are we in the Process?The book is almost finished and all that's left to do is publish it. Amazon's CreateSpace Publishers can do it, but it costs money. 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 design of the interior of the book, and the creation of a theme by which to integrate 50 illustrations with the text.
- Comprehensive copy-editing.
- The design of a unique cover for the book.
- Customized formatting of the interior and cover of the book, to make it fit to print.
- Online distribution plus expanded exposure and media attention for the project.
- Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN) assignment, to make the book accessible to libraries.
- Availability of an e-copy of the book for mobile devices.
- Payments to our professional artists, Juan Castro (GI Joe, Halo) and Jamal Igle (Molly Danger).
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Exclusive Behind the Scenes Interview: http://www.comicbookandmoviereviews.com/2014/01/my-life-as-comic-book-reader-in-your.html
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Risks and challenges
This is not the first campaign to fund My LIfe as a Comic Book Reader. Since my first campaign, I've lowered the budget this time due to finding newer and much better means of printing and going strictly eBook through Amazon Create Space that will be much cheaper on my part.
I've learned a lot from my first attempt that my first budget of $7,000 was well over the goal of my vision. Now overlooking my needs, $1,400 would be better so I can fund my project.The book is almost ready to go. So the risks are pretty small! The amount needed is to cover eBook, printing, artists, rewards and shipping.
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.
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