IMPORTANT REMINDER: You can read Earthbound: Between Two Breaths on Earth right now for free. It is live at the Narwhal Press blog. Discover the Universe right now because why not?
Earthbound got some good press a few months ago, including a shoutout from Stan Lee! Click the screengrab below to be linked to the interview with Comicsverse.
What is Earthbound? It's a scifi opus, 600 pages. 103 pages have been completed so far! I'm utilizing kickstarter to fund a small print run for the first collectible double-issue, a 60 page comic book. The additional 40 pages can be accessed digitally and will eventually see a print run of their own.
What's it about? It centers on Wiz Kid, who is stranded on Earth. His chance to escape presents itself when his own teammates come for a visit via the Legendary Ship The Eponea (pronounced "Up'n'Away"). The only problem is that Wiz Kid Himself is one of their targets!
Wiz Kid is actually the tiebreaker in a competition between the two headhunters, his old teammates Spaceman and Julia. They are on orders from the 13th Sponsor to recruit the Sirens of Violence, who have been identified on Earth. The four Sirens are wanted presumably to compete in the Galactic Grande Prix Tournament against their will. They will do whatever is necessary to stay hidden on Earth, even kill. Whoever of Spaceman or Julia recruits a majority, 3 of 5, of the targets between Wiz Kid and the four Sirens, shall earn his or her freedom.
It's sounds complicated but this is all world building stuff, the plot itself is simple and sharp. It's just the mission, and how it plays out, the strategies, friendships, betrayals, even romance. There is a sub-genre of story that does this that I really like, where the strategy is the story. The best two examples are Battle Royale, and The Hunger Games, but even Seven Samurai is a story like that, certain great arcs in Attack on Titan, etc.
I will be running a Youtube channel in tandem during this this campaign, engaging with the readers there as well, taking requests for speedpaints and sharing my process and answering any questions. Please check it out if you are so inclined. Here's the link:
Lastly, October is Inktober! And I'll be doing some inkwash commissions. Here are a few examples, check out my instagram for more:
That's all I have for now. Thanks for checking out the project! I love yo... I mean, Thanks!
Risks and challenges
I completed a successful Kickstarter campaign a few years ago. Ordering printed comics is nerve-wracking but nothing due diligence and a loving eye can't deal with.
A good thing about this Kickstarter is 95% of any necissary art is already drawn. I will just have to draw the commissions. So there should be almost no delay from when the kickstarter wraps to when the print order comes in and books start shipping out.
Backers will be happy to know that I scheduled a whole month off to run this campaign, participate in inktober, and fulfill pledges. So any risks and challenges are heavily curbed by that alone.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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