While Nemo’s friends are heading off to become witches, band managers, and astronauts; she’s stuck working the overnight at a public library where she battles monsters, spirits, and nihilistic philosophers who attempt to break their way out of novels. It doesn’t pay well, but at least she gets out of late fees.
Worst Job Ever is all-ages appropriate and would likely appeal to fans of Scott Pilgrim, Giant Days, Johnny Hiro, Love & Rockets, and other surreal friendship-driven comedies. The book features a diverse cast and all of the primary characters are women. The humor and action is all-ages friendly, but the characters may resonate best with YA and older readers.
My name is Denny Connolly, and I am the writer of Worst Job Ever. I’ve been writing and drawing comics since 2009, and my work ranges from all-ages adventure titles to daily autobio comics. Most of my work has appeared in small press anthologies or literary journals (check out my ongoing comic about weight loss and high school sports at Hobart).
I’m working with the incredibly talented Sloane Leong (pencils, inks, and colors), best known for Image’s Prism Stalker. You can see more of her work at her portfolio site. The cover art is provided by Ignatz-winner Carolyn Nowak (Radishes, Girl Town, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: New School Nightmare). We appreciate you taking the time to consider backing Worst Job Ever and bringing issue #1 to life!
The Product and Schedule
This Kickstarter's goal is to raise the funds needed to finish and print issue #1 of Worst Job Ever. The finished product from this Kickstarter is a full color 21-page comic. The story is self-contained, but leaves behind an exciting world to explore in future issues.
The script is 100% complete, and the first 14 pages have been illustrated and colored. Sloane is ready to take on the rest of the project (7 pages of art and coloring) as soon as we secure funding. We are aiming to ship out issue one in February 2020.
We will be using PrintNinja to fulfill print orders and distribute digital rewards through Comixology (or SendOwl for users who don't have an Amazon/Comixology account).
Here's a tease of the opening 8 pages...
I want to be transparent about where every cent for this project is going. Here is a breakdown...
The Cover by Carolyn Nowak
Meet the Cast
I plan to check in on the Kickstarter on a daily basis to answer questions and gush over how amazing our backers are.
We hit out main funding goal! With one day to go, I want to introduce our first Stretch Goal. If the project hits $4,000, we will add a Worst Job Ever bookmark with original art by Jarod Roselló. Jarod is the brilliant cartoonist behind Top Shelf's recently released Red Panda and Moon Bear.
If we hit $4,000, everyone at the Physical Edition + Sticker Pack tier will also get a bookmark in their shipment. If you aren't already at that tier, it's not too late to increase your pledge!
While I am an experienced independent comic publisher, I am new to Kickstarter. Our goal is set to pay fair wages to our creative team, to pay Kickstarter fees, and to cover printing and postage. We’ve put together a great story and want to focus on getting it published.
Meeting our initial goal would be amazing, and that's primarily what we're concentrating on at this point. That said, if we make it into stretch goal territory, we do have some exciting opportunities lined up that offer backers a chance to offer input on a few finishing touches for the book, including some amazing artists on call for variant covers... If there's a stretch goal you would love to see, please mention it in the comments!
Risks and challenges
I have been self-publishing comics for nearly ten years and am fully prepared to handle the printing and shipping challenges that come along with this sort of project.
Sloane is a very experienced artist and we're confident she will finish the remaining pages in the established time frame.
In the unlikely event our deadline is in jeopardy, we'll communicate that to all of our backers here using updates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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