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Catians - Chapter 1 - A Feline (and Human!) Fantasy Comic

Three teens must work with each other and a band of dubious cats to defeat a...talking blob?

Catians - Chapter 1 - A Feline (and Human!) Fantasy Comic

Three teens must work with each other and a band of dubious cats to defeat a...talking blob?

$457
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21days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, October 10 2019 2:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Catians: Resurrection is a feline (and human!) modern fantasy adventure comic series. 

Three teens inherit powers from an ancient cat deity and must learn to work with each other – and a band of talking cats – to defeat a sentient blob. It’s like Percy Jackson meets Thundercats. Overarching themes include death and grieving, the power of diversity, friendship, and the nature of personhood.

This campaign is to cover printing and shipping/fulfillment costs for Chapter 1: Cat's Choice. Any extra funding will go straight to art costs for the next chapter!

Chapter 1: Cat's Choice introduces us to the main characters, their sidekick cats, and a bit of the mission before them. All of the art fees have been paid up front, scripting and thumbnails have been completed, and we are in the process of drafting pages.

Each issue will include at least 24 full color pages at least 6″ x 10″ in dimension (similar to the prologue hard copies below).

Riley Rivera, 19, lives in a camper and works as a medic. Her purrtner-in-crime, Bayun, is something of a lady’s cat, but Riley is always his #1 human.

Sidney Brantley, 15, has a heart and resolve of gold. Toby, a refined gentlecat, has entrusted himself with her well-being. 

Alex Ayres, 17, spends his days and nights in front of a PC insulting other gamers. His smart-talking cat pal, Blinks, enjoys looking down on him as only a cat can. 

??? ("The Blob") is an amorphous creature born from forbidden magic. (See the Prologue for the story of its creation.) While its ultimate goal is unclear, two things are certain: it's hungry, and it's coming. Pangur Ban, head of the Council of Cats, has enlisted our heroes to take this thing down.

Luyi Bennett (left) is the artist and editor for Catians. She is a half-human, half-hermit crab living and working in Queens, New York. She lives with an extremely understanding husband and a nervous wreck of a dog. Her comic, Here Among the Chrysanthemums, is being featured in the recently-funded YOU DIED anthology (Iron Circus Comics). You can check out more of her work on her website.

Cortney Cameron (right) is a writer for Catians. She’s been working on the current iteration of the story since 2011, but the idea stems from a made-up childhood role-playing game. By day, she works as a geoscientist researching water resources. She is currently owned by two cats and proudly feels she ascended to the next level of cat lady by making a cat comic. Her siblings, Cassidy and Cody, have also provided creative and financial assistance.

“Beautifully rendered… hit[s] you like a gut punch” – Matt Ligeti, Comic Book Yeti

“An artistic marvel…that will grab you, shock you, and leave you shaking for more” Sasha Richards, Sirens of Sequentials

“Crackles with delightful, enthusiastic creativity…and beautiful art” Ben Howard, Graphic Policy 

  • MAIN GOAL - CHAPTER 1 FULFILLMENT - $500 total - Printing and shipping/fulfillment costs are secured for Chapter 1.
  • STRETCH GOAL 1 - VARIANT COVER - $1,500 total - An exclusive variant cover will be unlocked. Backers at tiers Copy Cat and up will have the option to choose between the standard and variant cover editions of Chapter 1. 
  • STRETCH GOAL 2 - CHAPTER 2 FUNDED - $5,000 total - Chapter 2 is fully pre-funded and all backers get a high-resolution PDF of Chapter 2 when it's available in 2020/2021, plus the option for an at-cost hard copy.

Risks and challenges

We have already produced the Prologue in full, including printing, so we have experience with start-to-finish comic production. That issue is available to read online for free at catians.com.

This is the creators' first Kickstarter campaign, but we have done our research. Having previously planned, independently funded, and successfully launched/shipped the first issue, we know what we're getting into. We have quotes from our printer, we know the shipping costs, and we've planned for contingencies. While there can always be unexpected delays in art production or shipping, we are motivated and ready to put in the time and effort to deliver.

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