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A romance/slice-of-life/horror story about love and healing in the aftermath of a life-changing car accident.
A romance/slice-of-life/horror story about love and healing in the aftermath of a life-changing car accident.
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The Story

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. 

The Project

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 Creators

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 Rewards

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!

original inks for the front cover!
original inks for the front cover!

 

original inks for the back cover!
original inks for the back cover!

 

page one
page one

 

page two
page two

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!)

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    Just like a waltz, this reward is sweet and simple. You will receive a digital copy of the book shortly after the campaign ends. Nearly instant gratification.

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    Tango

    The Tango is the dance of the heart. This reward tier gets to the heart of the matter. This is the main attraction, the book itself, in beautiful black and white on good old fashioned PAPER. I love paper. But I'll throw in a digital copy too.

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    Let's spice it up a little! Gotta love that Latin beat! Backers at this level get the hard copy of the book, the digital version, AND a beautiful art print by our own Ken Perry.

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    Lindy Hop

    For when you just want MORE! Backers at this level will receive the book, the PDF, the art print, PLUS three more books of your choice from the Constellation Comics catalogue.

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    Capoeira

    I have two words for you. Custom. Sketch.

    Maybe you want Ken to draw your portrait. Maybe you want to see Ken's take on your favorite comic character. Maybe you want a drawing of a giant eagle feeding your least favorite politician to its chicks. Whatever you want, you can have it!...so long as it fits in a 9x12 sketch. It's like commissioning a drawing from Ken at a convention, without actually having to be in the same place at the same time! Go internet!

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    Cha-cha-cha!

    We are so excited to be able to offer you two pages of Ken's original artwork! These are pages 1 and 22, the first and last pages of the story. The lucky backers to get these exclusive rewards will receive the actual 11 X 17" bristol board with Ken's hand-drawn pencils and inks. (because Ken is one of those artists who just inks right over his pencils which I could never do in a million years I'd be too scared what if I made a mistake and ruined the pencils too but I guess Ken is a lot braver than me)

    The first backer to claim this reward will get first pick of the pages. If you want to see the last page to help you make your decision I will show it to you, but I won't spoil the book unless you ask.

    Of course you get a paper copy of the book as well, and a PDF copy, and the art print. So much goodness!

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    Jitterbug

    You, yes you, can own the original artwork for the back cover of the book! Ken's fantastic hand drawn inks, on 11 X 17 bristol board. Plus all that other stuff we keep throwing in, like the book itself.

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    Electric Boogaloo

    Page two was a doozy. It had to hit just the right note of nightmarish confusion and clear story telling. Ken slaved over it, and I think what he came up with was pretty amazing. And now one lucky backer can actually own the original art for page 2, the dream sequence splash page! That means Ken's hand-drawn inks on 11 X 17 bristol board. Plus the book and stuff, of course.

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    Original artwork for the front cover of the book! For real! One of a kind, the original bristol board with Ken's inks. I'm pretty tempted to get this one myself.

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    Ever wanted to see your name on the credits page of a graphic novel? Well now you can! If you back at this level, your name (or the convincing, non-vulgar alias you give us) will appear on the credits page under the title "executive producers."

    Promoting indie comics is hard, and the hardest part is finding the money to get the book out there in the first place. We rely on the generosity of a few individuals who really believe in the value of indie comics and want to help them succeed. Having your name on the book shows the world that you support the work of real creators. Our executive producers are following in the footsteps of the patrons who have supported great artists throughout time. And just like them, this will give you something cool to show off at your next party.

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