One year ago, Hayley’s leg was crushed in a car accident. Today she is still struggling to walk. Every day is a battle, and although her husband Nathan supports her as best he can, what she really needs is someone who understands what she’s going through. Enter the charming and funny Emilio, whose loss of his right hand a year before gives him insight into Hayley’s situation. Or so he thinks…but the truth is that Hayley is coping with far more than Emilio realizes.
The Next Dance is a short story about love, how it can heal us, and how it can hold us back. Fair warning, this is not your traditional romance. I'm not even sure it IS a romance, but it seems as close as we're going to get in terms of categorizing this story's genre. It's almost slice-of-life, it's almost horror...but it's not any of those either. What this is most definitely IS is a story about love, so let's call it romance and move on.
This 22-page book features a story by Anna Leue, fully realized by the gorgeous, evocative, dynamic art of Ken Perry. The book is complete, we are only asking for the funds we need to do a print run. The art in this book is too full of detail and texture to be trapped in the sterile world of the computer screen forever. Help us let it out!!
The Next Dance was written by Anna Leue, co-founder of Constellation Comics and author of the sci-fi webcomic Half-Man, which has been running since 2014, and is in its sixth issue. It is illustrated by Wretched Things artist Ken Perry.
The art print is going to look something like this, only in color. See, it's funny because they're dancing, and that's the name of the book! (They don't actually dance in the book. It's just a metaphor.)
We are so excited to also be able to offer some of Ken's original artwork to backers! Take a look at some of this nifty stuff!
We are also offering the original inks for page 22, the last page, but I don't want to spoil the story by posting an image of it here. Page 22 is extra special, because it includes the original version of a panel that we wound up completely redrawing for the book! If you are interested in this reward but want to see it before you back, message me and I'll send you a picture.
Risks and challenges
The book is done. No matter how this kickstarter turns out, we will still be doing a digital release. What we are hoping to get out of this campaign are the funds necessary to do a print run.
What that means for the potential kickstarter backer is that this is a very low-risk project to back. Worst case scenario, the campaign fails and if you still want to read it you'll have to buy a digital copy when it comes out. Which would be too bad, since the art in this book is worth seeing in print. If everything goes well, we are expecting a quick turnaround on rewards. It takes a couple months for books to get shipped from the printers, but that should be the big hurdle in terms of time. We're planning on using the same printer we worked with for fulfillment of our last campaign, The Other Son, so we have even worked out most of the kinks in that process.
Consider this a nice change from the comic projects where you have to wait a year or more for the artist to finish drawing the project before you get your copy of the book. (I'm planning on doing some of those kickstarters in the future, so I'm going to revel in the joy of providing a low-risk project while I can!)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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