Disparity - a 110 page Graphic Novel (Volume 1)
Disparity - a 110 page Graphic Novel (Volume 1)
James is pushed out of his own company and betrayed. Where can he turn for the answers that he doesn't want to hear?
James is pushed out of his own company and betrayed. Where can he turn for the answers that he doesn't want to hear? Read more
Disparity (Volume 1) - A Graphic Novel
Disparity is a story about James. He was pushed out of the company that he started, and he has a lot of questions. When he's offered the answers, he jumps at the chance. But the people answering the questions don't necessarily have his best interests at heart....
The script has already been completed for this volume, and the story and layouts weigh in at around 15,000 words. The artist has started working his magic, and has inked some 10 pages, some samples of which can be found below. The colorist is also working hard to bring the vision to life, and is working through the pages.
The artist for this project, who has done the concept work and is inking the novel is Ari Syahrazad. Ari is incredibly talented, and was hand picked from a list of over 60 possible artists. He is hard working and communicates an exciting visual style which meshes well with the story. You can see some of his previous work here: https://therealari.carbonmade.com/
The man behind the color in the story is Jose Expósito. Jose didn't need to apply for the job - I hand picked him. Jose has experience in color work, and I was impressed with the work that he did on BAR Maid #1. He has perfectly captured the essence and style of the work so far, and is very capable of his work. You can see some of his work here: http://lincelots.deviantart.com/gallery/
Creating the story
Almost 2 years ago, I had the idea for this story. In the original stages, there was quite a big difference to the story and the way it played out, it was initially to be a huge ongoing saga set in an post-apocalyptic future. While there's still some traces of that which are teased in upcoming volumes, this one is a little more down to earth and character driven. In a way, I'd envision this as actually being a prequel to the story that I originally wanted to tell. I had a premise for the original story, but when I sat down to ask myself how the world came to be exactly where it was, I found a more compelling story in how the fallout between 2 friends changed everything. I hope you'll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Timeline for completion
So, as mentioned, the script is completed, and has been edited a couple of times to the final state. The work left to be done is the inking, coloring, lettering and printing. The artist is contracted for 3-5 pages per week, and allowing for ups and downs, I'd expect artwork to be completed by October. The colorist is doing the pages as he gets them, and shouldn't be far behind, along with the letterer.
The book will go to print once all of those elements are completed, which should allow us to hit a late 2016 time frame for delivery of the final product.
Budgetary matters - Why so much money? Where is it all going?
For starters, once kickstarter and the payment transactor take a cut, we're already down 8-10%. Fulfilling orders will account for another large slice of the pie, up to another 30-40%, depending on what tiers sell. Anything that's left after costs is going towards the art. Since I'm not the artist, my costs run a little higher than that of some other self funded comics/graphic novels who tend to do artwork themselves and fund print runs instead. ALL of the profit from the funds raised will be going to the artist/colorist/letterer. I've already started paying for the work that has begun out of my own pocket. In fact, if funding only just hits the goal that is set it won't cover all of the costs, but by the time this is finished and the funds come through, it should cover the rest of the costs. Anything that ends up short will be covered out of my pocket, I am sincerely passionate about this project and want to see it brought to life.
The results so far...
This is some of the work that has been done so far.
I hope you're intrigued, enough to want to read the story that I want to share with you. Every little bit helps!
Display Case reward tier
These display cases are designed and manufactured by Focal Point Design. These will ensure that your first run copy of this book, which may be very valuable in future, is kept in top condition!
Etched edge lit mirror acrylic reward tier
Also designed and manufactured by Focal Point Design (base not sourced through Focal Point). These would also make a great night light!
Risks and challenges
There's several risks inherent in the project, which are all (to greater or lesser degrees) able to be negated:
Loss of artist - Since I am the author, I've had to choose an artist to match the style. Ari has created fantastic work in the past, and has done excellent work on the style and art direction. If he were to withdraw temporarily, the project would wait upon his return. If he were to permanently withdraw, the project would go on hold until a replacement artist who can match the visual style can be sourced.
Loss of Colorist - As above, Jose has also done excellent color work so far. We would try to hold out for his return but would negotiate with a replacement if he was unable to fulfil his duties.
Letterer - As above.
Book printing and shipping - Fulfilment of the final product will be done via a company with a proven track record. There's a good chance that we won't run into any issues. Should there be any issues, we can always source another company to print the books.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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