About this project
THUNDER MONKEY The Young Years #1 a new ALL AGES comic.
THUNDER MONKEY, a superhero monkey with exploding skin! Think Curious George with superpowers. If you enjoy Pixar movies like the Incredibles then you will like THUNDER MONKEY. The downside of having exploding skin is constantly having everything blowing up in your face! THUNDER MONKEY lives in Summercity with his adopted family. Doc Phazer - the worrisome and distracted scientist who discovered THUNDER MONKEY, Addison - his trouble seeking daughter and Widget, the robot make up the family cast. The story hops right into an adventure featuring a young THUNDER MONKEY. Events are set into motion that will haunt THUNDER MONKEY'S future. One of THUNDER MONKEY'S unfavorable abilities is to create powerful enemies. Who is the mysterious super villain lurking in the shadows?
THUNDER MONKEY has been my baby since high-school. He appeared as a bootleg comic that I printed myself, came along as a college newspaper strip at the Savannah College of Art and Design and has appeared in published comics.
Publishing comics involves many hurdles. Unless tens of thousands of people order your unknown book from the get go, it will not survive. Kickstarter, however, only requires hundreds of backers instead of tens of thousands. In essence and here's the beauty of it that I love, you - the backer - become the publisher! The people decide themselves to help make a project come to life. You, like the big publishers give me the green light by pre-ordering. And just like a publisher your job is also to help spread the word. I only have one voice, but together the sky is the limit.
My goal is for every backer to share the link to this Kickstarter on their Facebook and or Twitter. If you can do more, then you my friend are awesome! Don't hesitate to reach out to me, I'd be happy to have you on my team. That's what it's really about, building a community of people who want to see THUNDER MONKEY. Go to the THUNDER MONKEY Facebook page and share.
Why is the goal so low? I am the writer and the artist, so production costs aren't as high. I'm not going to lose money because the rewards are built to cover the costs associated with each reward. I have quotes from $2.17 per book to $3.00 per book based on how many I print. Postage to ship one book costs around $2.60. And then there are envelopes, bags, etc... $5 per book barely covers those costs, that's why I rely on the other items to fund the project. Posters cost the least to produce, so if you're not sure what to order, know that posters will help a lot. I'm looking at 2 to 3 months of work when all is said and done. Above $2,000 and I will start to get "paid" for the work with about 10% going to the Kickstarter fees.
If the $4,000 Stretch goal is reached I will reveal the uber secret THUNDER MONKEY HANDSHAKE. This grants entrance to an exclusive elite secret society of fandom. I will also send out a How to Draw THUNDER MONKEY PDF.
If the $6,000 Stretch goal is hit I will add an additional comic to all the US rewards at or above the "Banana Split" level. International backers will get one also, if it does not increase their shipping amount otherwise they will receive a collector's card.
If $9,000 is hit, an additional BRAND NEW second issue of THUNDER MONKEY will be funded and ALL backers will receive the entire second issue in digital form.
The script is written, the layouts are done and five of the 24 pages are colored and lettered. The colored sketches are also already in production. I have gathered quotes from printers and prices for shipping materials. Everything is ready to go. I expect to have the book printed by the end of July, but I gave myself a two month cushion.
This is a Kickstarter exclusive. As of now there are no plans to distribute the book by other means. I'm not going to order hundreds of extra copies.
I really wanted to have a local aspect so I have partnered with the following stores located in my area, and will be printing the books locally. If you let me know in the notes WHERE you will be picking up your rewards I will personalize your copy of the book! Let me know the name you want on the book.
GRYPHON GAMES AND COMICS Fort Collins Colorado
GRYPHON GAMES AND COMICS Cheyenne Wyoming
TIME WARP Boulder Colorado
I WANT MORE COMICS Denver Colorado
MILE HIGH COMICS JASON STREET Denver Colorado
If you feel compelled to back my project, congratulations! You are now my publisher! DON'T FORGET to spread the word. If you have any questions I will do my best to follow up.
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Le SINGE DU TONNERRE Les Jeunes Années #1 est une nouvelle bande dessinée de 24 pages adaptée à tous les âges.
Le SINGE DU TONNERRE est un superhéros à la peau explosive ! Imaginez “George le petit curieux” en tant que superhéros. Si vous aimez les singes, vous aimerez le SINGE DU TONNERRE.
L’histoire débute en pleine aventure avec le jeune SINGE DU TONNERRE comme personnage principal. Les évènements qui s’enchainent viendront hanter le future du SINGE DU TONNERRE. Un des malheureux talents du SINGE DU TONNERRE est de se créer des ennemis puissants. Entre nous – il est très doué pour ça.
Le SINGE DU TONNERRE est mon personnage depuis le lycée. Il est d’abord apparu dans une bande dessinée que j’ai imprimée et agrafée moi-même. Il a ensuite fait partie d’une BD dans le journal de l’université au Savannah College of Art and Design and a enfin été publié dans des comics.
Mon nom est Lee Oaks. Je dessine des BD, c’est mon job. Voici quelques livres sur lesquels j’ai travaillé.
Publier des bandes dessinées comprend pas mal d’obstacles. A moins que des milliers de gens commandent votre livre inconnu dès le départ, il ne survivra pas. Kickstarter, cependant, ne requiert que des centaines de supporters, et non des milliers. En bref, et c’est ce que je préfère dans le projet, ce sont vous, les supporters, qui publiez le livre !
Et en tant qu’éditeur, votre boulot est de faire passer le mot. Je ne suis pas un génie du marketing et je ne suis qu’une seule personne. J’ai besoin de votre aide. Sans vous, ma seule promotion est mon statut sur Facebook, “Salut ! Je viens de lancer un Kickstarter !”
Mon projet est de dessiner les personnages dont j’ai toujours rêvé. Le fait de les rendre disponibles pour ceux qui veulent les voir est mon idéal.
Pourquoi le montant de mon objectif est-il si bas ? Contrairement aux campagnes qui incluent un des auteurs et artistes qui doivent être payés pour créer les livres, je fais tout moi-même.
Le scenario est écrit, les croquis sont terminés, et les 5 premières pages coloriées et lettrées. Tout est prêt.
Si vous souhaitez être supporter de mon projet, félicitations ! Vous êtes maintenant mon éditeur. N’oubliez pas de faire passer le mot ! Si vous avez des questions, je ferai de mon mieux pour répondre.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge I foresee is printing shipping labels and packaging the shipments. I have an eBay store and I know it takes 15 minutes per package to prep. On the production side, I have illustrated 7+ graphic novels and various comics professionally over several years and have never missed a deadline. I illustrated ESCAPE FROM TERRA the daily web comic for 4 years. No deadline can stop me. In the event of an unforeseeable natural disaster, you will be updated in a responsible manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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