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Welcome to FIRE - SALT - SLIME!, an 80 page middle-grade original graphic novel written by C. A. Preece. This C. A.’s second comic after his debut creator-owned graphic novel CheMystery, published in 2017 by ThunderStone Books. This graphic novel will feature art by illustrator Kelly Krill, and Timothy Taylor. Both Kelly and Timothy are great people, funny, and have an artistic style perfect for educational comics. See more in the bio section.

FIRE - SALT - SLIME! is a 3 amazing science comics bound into one. Each comic focuses on a different scientific exploration:

FIRE - Follow Richie and Marquita as they explore their fascination with fire! Richie becomes curious about the flame in a candle. The colors, the heat, the smell. Why is it doing all this? Marquita helps her younger foster-brother set up experiments to figure it out. 

SALT - Chris explores the wonderful world of salts! It starts with a simple “salt assault” to his sister Kelly. Chris is amazed that the salt seemingly disappears in water, which sets him off on exploring all sorts of properties of salts and comparing them to molecules.

SLIME! - What should you do when you have a house full of kids? Buy them all packs of SLIME! and let them play. Mattie and her cousins have a sleep over and make all sorts of slime. Join their adventure as they make Borax slime, Thermochromic slime, Glitter slime, Magnetic slime, Edible JELL-O slime, and Fiber slime! Also, there’s a wild surprise at the end that I’m not going to spoil for you. 

STRETCH GOALS ARE PLANNED AND WILL BE ANNOUNCED ONCE THE INITIAL GOAL IS CLOSE TO BEING REACHED. :D 

SCHOOLS BEING SUPPORTED

  • Berea Community High School, KY 
  • Martin County High School, KY
  • Russellville High School, KY 
  • East Jessamine High School, KY 
  • Kentucky School for the Deaf, KY
  • Prestonsburg High School, KY 
  • Boyd County High School, KY
  • Parkland Magnet High School, NC
  • AND MORE TO COME! 

ABOUT THE CREATORS

C. A. PREECE:

http://atomicuniverse.org/index.html

https://stemcuriosity.org

Instagram: @atomic_universe

Writer of CheMystery, A high school teacher of integrated science and chemistry in Berea, KY, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Kentucky in S.T.E.M. Education, the Executive Director of S.T.E.M. Curiosity non-profit, and Owner of AtomicUniverse.org.

My first graphic novel, CheMystery, uses the superhero genre to explore chemistry. Two kids, Suzy and Diego,  are classically exposed to radiation and  gaining superpowers that allow them to do fantastical things, like see across the electromagnetic spectrum, fly, see at the atomic level, and MORE! Suzy and Diego are pushed to their limits to learn their powers to save an English town from radiation poisoning and an electrical outage.

Personally, my goal is to make educational science comics to engage kids in our wonderful world through creativity and curiosity. My Ph.D. research in S.T.E.M. education at the University of Kentucky focuses on how to create the most effective educational comics and using them in classrooms. Join me on my journey!

KELLY KRILL:

https://www.krillustrations.net

Instagram: @krillyfish

An artist from Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point with a degree in graphic design. Kelly has established herself as a go to artist in Stevens Point and is now branching out to the world of comics. Her style is clean, clear, to the point, elegant, with no wasted strokes. Essentially, perfect for educational comics. She has also been a character on a nifty podcast, Skewed. Checkout more of Kelly’s work on her website and social media, linked above.

TIMOTHY TAYLOR:

http://www.comicsandlithium.com

Instagram: @tmitaylor

An artist and teacher at SCAD. Tim graduated from SCAD and has been exploring the world of comics with his wonderful storytelling ability. Tim commands a dynamic page with the ability to shock you with amazing action and empathize with characters panel to panel. Check out more of Tim’s stuff on his website, linked above!

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT! YOU ARE AN AMAZING SUPPORTER OF EDUCATIONAL SCIENCE COMICS!

Email me at cap@atomicuniverse.org for any questions or inquiries.

NOTE: If you contribute to this project you acknowledge that the comic and any other perks you receive come "as is", and may not look exactly as presented here as some designs may change over the due course of production.

Risks and challenges

C. A., Kelly, and Timothy are professionals with experience in making tough deadlines. The best news -- Salt has already been written and mostly drawn! All that remains is to finish a few pages for Fire and Slime! to prepare it for actual physical printing. However, unavoidable mishaps, government shutdowns, global chaos, or the dead rising could throw us off schedule, and we will keep you, Kickstarter backers, updated if we do encounter any delays. Kelly, Timothy, and I are working very hard to bring this comic to life to help kids learn and support teachers.

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