The Bully’s Bully is an all-age adventure webcomic that launched in January of this year. When we make our goal we plan to print the first two chapters, which combined are 90 pages long, and completely done. In addition to the first two chapters, the Kickstarter book will include two brand new exclusive stories that will only appear in this book. These special stories will not be featured on the Bully’s Bully site or anywhere else. With the two stories pulled from www.bullysbully.com, the two new exclusive stories, a bunch of behind the scenes material, as well as some impressive guest art, our final page count will be over 150 pages!
How it came to be:
I first experienced bullying in elementary school. Then again in junior high. Oh, and for good measure, once more in high school. It wasn’t fun for me, and I suspect it wasn’t that much fun for my bullies either. But none of those encounters infuriated me as much as when my daughter spent two years of elementary school with two different bullies. Though both situations were eventually resolved as civilly as possible, the seeds for the Bully’s Bully were firmly planted. As a parent, my first instinct was to approach the bullies myself. Fortunately I knew better. Instead, I decided to use a tool I hoped I could be far more effective with, than direct intervention. My pencil. I immediately contacted my buddy James Taylor, who’s also an artist, and told him about the project. Without hesitation, he too was on board. It turns out that he had encountered his fair share of bullies in school, too.
The Bully’s Bully is an ongoing “wordless” webcomic about a young girl who, from birth, has felt absolute empathy with bullying victims. Through this ability to experience the pain, agony, and desperation of the people (and animals), “The Bully’s Bully” (or B.B. for short) can find those who’ve been singled out for cruelty. Sure, she could buckle under the empathic pain that might reduce many grown superheroes to tears, but our girl transforms all those negative feelings into action. She selflessly aids anyone—kids and adults alike—who have been targeted by bullies.
While the primary focus is to tell fun and engaging stories, the Bully’s Bully aims to inspire anyone entangled in bullying, even bullies themselves. Having experienced bullying, as well as seeing those we love fall victim, our hope is that through the adventures of B.B., those living under a daily cloud of fear, can use our comic as a way to draw attention to a situation they might have previously felt impossible to get free of.
The Book: What’s the Breakdown?
The goal of the kickstarter is to gather the funds to print the comic from the web into a physical paperback book, along with extra content. With bonus stories, original concept art, and some guest art, the entire book will be 6.625” x10.25” and at least 150 pages, possibly much more if we make stretch goals which will allow the creation of some exciting all new content.
The $5500 we're asking for would go towards paying for the initial print run of the book, as well as shipping costs for rewards. About 10% of that goes toward Kickstarter and Amazon fees, too. Anything leftover will go toward miscellaneous costs like replacing lost or damaged books, and packing supplies.
While the star of the show here is the 150 plus page book, we're also offering a number of other cool rewards including bookmarks, original sketches, opportunities to do your own story, original art pages, book bundles for our comic book retailer friends, and exclusive prints like the ones below:
WHY ARE THERE NO WORDS?
Stories have been told without words since the first human picked up a spent coal from a fire and began marking the cave wall. Sure, we’ve come a few thousand years since then, and we have some amazing technology, but the basics keep coming back time and again. Think “Tom and Jerry,” Disney’s “Fanatasia," “Mr. Bean,” “Owly,” "The Artist," or the great Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. These examples illustrate rivalries, humor, romance and much more, while using few if any words in presenting their themes.
Specific to Bully’s Bully, we wanted to make a comic that was truly open to all. Neither language nor literacy would impede any reader from enjoying the adventures of B.B., nor would it hinder learning lessons of acceptance, empathy and compassion. To that end, we created a comic which transcends educational and language barriers in a medium that’s truly accessible to almost everyone.
Risks and challenges
The risks for this project are very low. The story artwork is 100% complete. We have ample time to finish any extras in time for a Spring 2014 release. Barring any unforeseen life changing incidents we're definitely on track to finish the book with time to spare.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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