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The Mystery Box: A Comic Book for True Sex Stories

The Mystery Box Show live storytelling series brings their true stories of sex & sexuality to an even wider audience - through comics!

The Mystery Box: A Comic Book for True Sex Stories

The Mystery Box Show live storytelling series brings their true stories of sex & sexuality to an even wider audience - through comics!

$1,850
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54
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, September 16 2015 12:00 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated September 16, 2015

About

It all starts with true stories. About sex.

The Mystery Box Show is a live storytelling series based in Portland, OR. Every two months, we feature five storytellers sharing their true, personal stories of sex and sexuality in front of an adoring audience.

Storytellers at The Mystery Box Show (from left to right: Ceara Lynch, Henry Bear, Matt Fraction, Hutch Harris, Lady Coquine)
Storytellers at The Mystery Box Show (from left to right: Ceara Lynch, Henry Bear, Matt Fraction, Hutch Harris, Lady Coquine)

Sex can be a dicey subject to talk about. Whether we're straight, queer, vanilla, or kinky, it's easy for many of us to feel like we're all alone when it comes to our own sexual experiences. 

The stories shared at our show come from a wide variety of voices that don’t often get heard outside a very small community. Hearing what they have to say helps to demystify so much that is currently taboo about sex in our culture. This is a unique opportunity to share these compelling stories with a new and wider audience than we could have ever reached before.

From the storytelling stage to the comic book page.

Emily Bingham on Stage and Emily on the Page (Art by Mark Dos Santos)
Emily Bingham on Stage and Emily on the Page (Art by Mark Dos Santos)

We're excited to bring these stories to a brand new audience, many of whom have been longing to hear their own experiences represented in an honest way. 

We believe that the comics are an ideal medium to case these stories. The tools of comic narrative captures the feel of live storytelling - suspense, drama, excitement, antici...

You get the idea!

Comics offer a unique opportunity in storytelling. They can combine the best of stunning cinematic presentation along with a novel's ability to uniquely get inside a character's head. It's a beautiful mix of artistries.

The Mystery Box comic series will bring these sex-centric stories to readers who have no opportunity to enjoy the live show. Plus, you don't need wifi or an internet connection to carry a comic book on your commute, a plane, the beach, etc. Just open it up wherever you are and you're transported directly into the storyteller's experience! 

What will the stories look like?

We have a stunning team on board for our first issue. Of course we don't want to give everything away all at once, but here are some sample pages of a story that will appear in Issue #1:

Now, who wouldn't get excited to read THAT!?

Where's the Money Going?

Good question! Here's how it breaks down:

  • $9000 - GOES TO THE ARTISTS and WRITERS to create standard 24-28 page comic. 
  • $3000 - goes towards order fulfillment, including shipping costs for the books and backer rewards
  • $3000 - goes to our editor and book designer to make the stories shine in their new comic book form
  • $2000 - goes to the printing of 1000 copies of The Mystery Box Issue #1 and shipping them to all of you!
  • $1750 - pays for the Mystery Box staff who curate and coordinate all of the stories, storytellers, creatives, writers, and artists necessary to create this unique series.
  • $750 - goes to printing decals and t-shirts for backer rewards
  • $500 - goes to produce the proof of concept, the two pages you can download through the link above. We've already invested this amount to get the ball rolling.
  • $500 - pays legal costs for contracts and copyright agreements with the artists and writers 

On top of this, we need to figure in income tax, Kickstarter and PayPal fees, and lost/bad payments on credit cards, which brings us to our total of $24,000.

Our Stretch Goals will allow us to compensate our artists with a higher rate (artists are hardly ever paid fairly, and we like to rectify that when we can), not to mention put us well on the road to produce Issues #2, #3, and #4 of The Mystery Box!

Who is on the team?

We are honored to have a talented team of artists set to work on our very first issue. Among the amazing folks we have assembled are:

  • Douglas Wolk - Eisner-Award Winning Comics Writer and Historian
  • Mark dos Santos - Comics artist and illustrator, creator of popular Gotham Evening Post series
  • MariNaomi - Independent comics writer and artist whose work has been featured in over 60 print anthologies
  • Sonia Harris - Book designer for Sex, Valhalla Mad, and The Bounce
  • Mairah Huehner - NY Times Bestselling writer of True Blood, Angel, Emily & The Strangers, and editor of Last Unicorn and Womanthology.
  • Jessica Jimerson - Painter, comics artist, letterer, writer, editor, filmmaker whose work has been seen in Creepy Scarlett, Eclipse, and her new novel Vampire Love
  • Kate Brown - UK-based comics artist whose work includes Tamsin and the Deep and King Crime Koala
  • Joamette Gil - Independent comics artist and graphic designer whose work has been featured in Dusk Comics and IDW 
Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two by Douglas Wolk, Gotham Evening Post by Mark Dos Santos, Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories by MariNaomi
Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two by Douglas Wolk, Gotham Evening Post by Mark Dos Santos, Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories by MariNaomi

And that's not all! We have future issues already in the planning stages and have confirmed interest from such diverse and talented folks as:

We're just getting started here, and we can't wait to show you what we have in store!

Stretch Goals

Every good Kickstarter needs a plan for what happens if their backers are so supportive as to take them PAST their goal. Here is our pledge to you of what will happen if we exceed our initial expectations:

  • $28,000 - First and foremost, we value our artists and want them to know how important they are. The first $4000 we are pledged past our goal will go towards raising the page rate of our artists!
  • $30,000 - If we reach this goal, The Mystery Box Issue #1 will be released with 4 Variant Covers!
  • $42,000 - This stretch goal will mean that we can move into production on The Mystery Box Issue #2!!New stories, new artists, and our hearts will also grow two sizes larger.
  • $56,000 - This goal would place us gleefully back at the drawing board (get it?) to producer The Mystery Box Issue #3 with new stories, new artists, and a new feature in the book based on the audience confessionals at our show!
  • $70,000 - First of all we would rub our eyes to make sure we were actually awake and not dreaming. And THEN we would hop into production on The Mystery Box Issue #4!!

Risks and challenges

We want to be very clear: this is our first venture into the world of comic book production. There has already been a steep (but fun!) learning curve. It takes a lot of effort to coordinate artists, get them all to work towards the same goal, and then pull their work all together in the end to create a finished product. We're pretty confident we can do it in a way that matches the professional and accessible aesthetic we've cultivated at our stage show.

We know how much work this will be. But it's always possible we've underestimated ourselves.

Sometimes emergencies happen and people need to take more time to finish a project than expected. Sometimes they need to drop out entirely. Sometimes printed material has issues during shipping (ink not drying properly, paper being exposed to moisture, etc.). Sometimes there are things that you couldn't have even expected.

If doing our live show has taught us anything, it's that there is always a way to puzzle yourself out of a conundrum. Solutions may not always be easy, but they are there if you persevere to find them.

In the unlikely case of a setback on this project, we are committed to being fully transparent with our fans and backers every step of the way. We'll let you know where things stand, and what we are doing to correct any inconveniences that arise.

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