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Mark DicksonBy Mark Dickson
First created
Mark DicksonBy Mark Dickson
First created
£1,013
pledged of £500pledged of £500 goal
48
backers
6days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, March 26 2019 10:06 AM UTC +00:00.

About

 Cream Maid is a gorgeous A4-sized, perfect bound 48 page comic that follows its titular protagonist in an absurd, comedic, slice-of-life adventure.

The comic began its life as a short-lived webcomic at the beginning of 2017, both written and drawn by Mark Dickson. The aim of the series was to put out a series that could turn the tide on the wave of gritty - more "realistic" - books and have a book revel in its ridiculousness.

However, the idea was only able to reach its full potential when its current illustrator - Rebecca Burgess - came aboard in the first half of 2018.

The ideas for the book and its characters exploded.

Character Designs by Rebecca Burgess
Character Designs by Rebecca Burgess

Cream Maid is a creature that is best described as "cat-adjacent" –  dressed in a maid outfit – that has very recently joined the prim-and-proper world of high-class society. Brought into the household to serve the fabulously wealthy owners – Honey and Darling – it becomes immediately clear that Cream Maid’s selection of outfit was a purely aesthetic decision, rather than a signal indicative of their ability to maintain a house.

Art by Rebecca Burgess
Art by Rebecca Burgess

The unstable foundation of Honey and Darling’s relationship combined with Cream Maid's (sometimes) charmingly inept behaviour brings this newfound family to the brink of collapse. Darling's continual increase in professional responsibility is estranging him from Honey, leaving her to wonder if the two of them have reached the point where they're too damp for any potential sparks.

Completely oblivious to all of this, Cream Maid takes inspiration from their distant feline ancestral line, consistently becoming motivated by whatever takes their fancy in that particular moment. 

By stumbling between social situations for which they are woefully under-equipped, Cream Maid unwittingly stitches the world back together.

Art by Rebecca Burgess
Art by Rebecca Burgess

Cream Maid is a comic that revels in its absurdity, taking the viewpoint that sits at the centre of absurdism: it’s only when a situation loses all obvious meaning that the true meaning can be found.

By centring the series around a family on the brink of collapse, we get a chance to explore the unlikely things that can bring us all closer together. While sometimes it's an intense moment of self-discovery or a deep, personal conversation, other times it's a cat dressed as a maid.

Praise for Cream Maid
Praise for Cream Maid
Art by Rebecca Burgess
Art by Rebecca Burgess

As a freelance illustrator, Rebecca Burgess’s professional work includes credits in The Guardian, Creative Connection, The Beano and Crowood Press. Telling stories is her calling, leading her to maintain multiple simultaneous webcomics in her free time - all of which can be read for free: https://tapas.io/theorah/series.

Art by Andrew Losq
Art by Andrew Losq

With professional credits at Eisner-nominated journalistic publications Panel x Panel and Panel Patter, writer Mark Dickson has widely discussed the "all-ages" label, finally deciding to contribute to the genre himself. He is also a co-host of the monthly pop culture podcast You Know What I Like...? with Sophie Prewett.

Selecting the  Single Cream or Double Cream reward tiers will get you a copy of the comic (digital and/or physical depending on the selection).

However, there are also many other delightful rewards to select between.

The first is the range of high-resolution digital wallpapers that are available from the Extra Thick Double Cream tier and above. You will receive all of the following wallpapers, so that you can see Cream Maid at all hours of the day.

The second - and perhaps the most exciting - are the selection of t-shirts. If you select either the Whipping Cream or Clotted Cream tiers, you get to choose one of the designs shown below.

Finally, the Clotted Cream reward tier allows you to put yourself directly into the upcoming second issue. That's right: you can personally meet Cream Maid. 

By sending through a reference photo of yourself, illustrator Rebecca Burgess will slot you right in alongside your new favourite character.

The first issue of Cream Maid has already been completed in its entirety; art and lettering are finished and fully approved and paid for.

This Kickstarter is only to cover the printing and shipping costs in order to get the comic directly out into your hands. We will be making use of the ever-wonderful Comic Printing UK to fulfil this order, so you can be assured that this comic will both look and feel amazing.

Any additional funds raised beyond the cost of producing the physical rewards will be split evenly between the two creators.

STRETCH GOALS

If the project manages to reach £1000 by the end of the two weeks, everyone who picks a tier that includes a physical reward will also receive a copy of both of the following A5 prints.

Art by Brian Middleton
Art by Brian Middleton
Art by Juni Ba
Art by Juni Ba

Risks and challenges

The comic has been entirely drawn, coloured and lettered. All that remains is to produce the physical copies of the comic and the bonus physical rewards. I have a professional background in delivering complex projects to tight deadlines.

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    Single Cream (Digital Copy)

    You will receive a digital PDF or comic book archive (i.e. CBR or CBZ) copy of the complete comic.

    Cream Maid will also think about you once a month.

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    Extra Thick Double Cream (+Wallpapers)

    This tier gives you access to a set of five high-resolution phone wallpapers.

    Seeing the comic take pride of place on your bookshelf isn't enough - you want Cream Maid's face brightening every day.

    You will also receive everything from the previous tiers.

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    Whipped Cream

    Choose from one of our phenomenal t-shirt designs - all designed and worn by Cream Maid. Not only do you want to read the adventures, you want to tell the world how much you loved it by covering your body in it.

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    Clotted Cream

    Have your likeness drawn into the upcoming second issue and even have a conversation with the characters. Owning the comic isn't enough, you want to actually be part of the insanity.

    You will also receive everything from the previous tiers.

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