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We're raising funds for a full color print run of Vol. 1 of our self-published webcomic, Skeleton Bay!
We're raising funds for a full color print run of Vol. 1 of our self-published webcomic, Skeleton Bay!
158 backers pledged $7,433 to help bring this project to life.

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After more than a year of putting the comic on our website, Skeletonbay-comic.com we want to celebrate finishing Issue 3 with a full color, 80-page graphic novel collecting issues One, Two, and Three, which tells the entire first story-arc of series!

With Issue One completely finished, colored and ready for printing, we want to use the funds raised here to pay for the professional coloring of Issue Two and Three, as well as a print run of 500 units of the book; enough to provide you all with copies, and extra copies for future fans. 

Not only will we able to get our supporters an awesome version of a story we're really proud of, but having this book in print form is going to be a huge boon for us as we navigate the comic book industry. It will be an attractive product on our table at conventions, allow us to get our work into places like libraries and schools that won't take single issues, and let the world at large know that Skeleton Bay is here to stay!

Our first Kickstarter was a huge success, making almost 300% of its initial goal. We're hoping now to scale that victory up so that we can get the capital to invest in making this book the best book possible.

 

The cover of Skeleton Bay Detective Agency vol. 1 (Not final art)
The cover of Skeleton Bay Detective Agency vol. 1 (Not final art)

 SKELETON BAY STARTS HERE!

It's not even the end of her first day at Skeleton Bay High School when new kid Carly gets pulled into the next big case for the Skeleton Bay Detective Agency!

It seems to have been a series of mysterious break-ins at the docks over the past few weeks, and while the police are investigating them, they're overlooking the most obvious culprits:

Ghosts.

What starts as a routine investigation by the Agency quickly becomes something else entirely as the kids chase down their leads, adults chase after the kids, and the gang stumbles upon something much larger than they could have ever anticipated.  

 

Skeleton Bay Detective Agency is first and foremost about the fun of being a kid. It’s a tribute to the games dreamt up while goofing around with your buddies in the backyard on summer break, steeped in the tales told around the campfire, and infused with the urban legends whispered to one another late at night during sleepovers. More than just fun and adventure though, this is a story about facing fears. The kids face literal fears in the form of ghosts, but also come face to face with the self-doubt and anxiety of being a teenager. In a culture that feels so bogged down by "Serious Issues", Skeleton Bay seeks to combat scary with spooky and instill in its readers a sense of excitement and play, friendship and hope, and that yes, it’s ok to have fun. 

Additionally, we strive to keep diversity at the forefront of this project. We’re attempting to organically include as many voices in our cast as we can, allowing each one to be as fully realized as possible, and normalize stories that reflect the real world. We believe that many perspectives means a more dynamic story, and we want Skeleton Bay to be as dynamic as possible.  

The book strives to provide kids with something cool and resonant in the YA genre to either start them reading comics, or keep them going in the right direction. Despite an attention towards teens though, this series is truly All Ages, so as much as it’s resonant to those going through puberty, it’s also fun for people fondly nostalgic for that time in their lives and the classic stories that paved the way for Skeleton Bay. Our world is unabashedly inspired by Scooby Doo, The Hardy Boys, The GooniesArchie and all those great adventures too big for grown-ups, but we seek to use those familiar, archetypical story structures to tell real, resonant and respectful narratives. 

Skeleton Bay has a blend of adventure and mystery, contemporary young adult themes and nostalgic roots, so there is something there to charm everyone. 

These three issues that make up Volume 1 are just the first arc of a 25 issue plan for our weekly webcomic, so if you enjoy what we've made so far, keep an eye on our website, where Issue 4 will kick off two weeks after the conclusion of the Kickstarter!

 **ALL PHYSICAL REWARDS INCLUDE DOMESTIC SHIPPING**

(A dollar will be added for international shipping)

Once the campaign is concluded, we will be sending you a fulfillment survey asking for specifics such as shipping address, t-shirt size and design choice.

 The T-Shirt Designs

Choose either a Skeleton Bay High School gym shirt, or one with the Skeleton Bay logo on it
Choose either a Skeleton Bay High School gym shirt, or one with the Skeleton Bay logo on it

**We will ask for T-shirt size and design choice once the campaign has concluded** 

 Help us surpass our goal!

 If we reach $7700 we're adding in Midnight at McLlyod Mansion!

For those of you who supported our last Kickstarter, you'll already be familiar with the 12-page story that started it all. In our "Tale from the Case Files", Jake reluctantly drags Sammy along as he finally gets a chance to investigate the creepy and undoubtedly haunted McLloyd Mansion.

Being able to add this means being able to include the entire Skeleton Bay story up until this point and getting the whole series into one book.

If we achieve $8200, we'll be upgrading the book!

An example of a French Fold
An example of a French Fold

If we are lucky enough to hit this goal, then we are upgrading the book with french folds and gold stamping. French folds are basically taking the flaps from the dust jacket of a hardcover book and sticking them on a softcover. That way, the book feels fancier without adding the weight and bulk of making it a hardcover.

Gold foil is just icing on the cake that's going to make our book literally sparkle. We'll pick specific spots across the cover and cover them with gold (foil)!

 And there will be more!

We already have a couple more goals up our sleeves, to be announced if we really go way beyond our wildest dreams! 
 

 

Cam Petti (Writer) is based in the United States, a long time employee of his local comic shop, and an avid comic collector of over a decade. He writes, directs and edits for the sketch comedy group Tasty Snerks, and wrote, directed, edited and starred in The Adventures of James King, Captain of Industry! for WLUW’s Radio Theatre Extravaganza, and has written for Paste Magazine, Ain’t It Cool News and Adventures in Poor Taste.

@Mstrcpp

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Taylor Carlisle (Artist) is a comic artist and illustrator based in the United States. He has been a part of several projects including The Art of Hope: Nepal Charity Book, published by Viz Media, and the successful Fury Road Fanzine Kickstarter campaign.

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 Brittany Peer (Colorist) is a Comic Colorist and Illustrator based in the US. She has worked on IDW's TMNTUTMNTU Karai's Path TMNT Casey & April, and Goosebumps; Boom Studio's MISFIT CITY, SLAM, and JONESY; The succesfully Kickstarted The Aggregate; and TikiGod Comics's Ellie Moonbeard, as well as being featured in various anthologies including Ladies' Night Volume 3: How to Magic

@br_peer

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 Sigi Ironmonger (Colorist) went to Savannah College of Art and Design and majored in Sequential Art. Putting color onto art is his favorite part of the process and he has also done colors for Hero Cats Of Stellar City, Galaxy Man & Cosmic Girl, and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Currently he's working to further a career in graphic design.

@sigironmonger

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Every single dollar of this campaign is going to the cost of production. It goes to paying Brittany for her work, our printer, PrintNinja, for the cost of printing, and the fulfillment of getting you all your books. here's a break down of the costs:

 

Having run a successful Kickstarter to fund a print of our Midnight at McLlyod Mansion story, we are confident that these numbers are an accurate estimation of what we'll need to achieve this project.

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Like any printing project, there are inherit risks and delays. There are plenty of slow-downs that can happen throughout each step of the process that come with the territory of printing.

That said, we have one-third of the book completely done and ready to print, the rest of the art is finished and just awaiting color, and we've run a Kickstarter before. While this one will be larger, we are confident we can scale up accordingly.

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    Become a Shadow

    You’ll start to feel a hint of spooky power when detectives get chills as you walk past with your digital copy of Skeleton Bay Issue One, a perfect introduction into the ghostly going-ons.

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    Become an Apparition

    The ghostly power of your computer, phone or table will give any detective agency an eerie sense of foreboding after you use it to read the entire Skeleton Bay story so far.

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    **Limited Time Only** Become a Ghoul

    Just as the early bird catches the worm, you too shall haunt your prey all the more easily with a physical copy of Skelton Bay vol. 1 in your hands; no matter what case they are investigating.

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    Become a Specter

    Your ghostly power will be impossible to ignore once you have a physical copy of Skelton Bay vol. 1 in your possession. Carful though, while those you haunt can’t miss you, neither will keen-eyed gumshoes…

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    Become a Poltergeist

    It may be woven from some of the softest materials on the market, but make no mistake, whichever of the two fearsome t-shirt designs you choose shall imbue you with ghostly powers that shall make even the most determined private eye tremble in fear.

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    Become a Wraith

    As a devotee to the ghostly power of words, a copy of Skeleton Bay vol. 1 that is signed by all the creators with a personalized doodle from Taylor in it shall empower you beyond the wildest imaginations of any investigator that may be after you.
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    Become a Phantasm

    With a digital copy of the book, a signed and doodled physical copy of the book, a t-shirt, AND one of the original pages of art from Skeleton Bay vol. 1 in your hand, you stand at the absolute height of ghostly power! The higher you are, the farther there is to fall, so just watch out for any sleuths that may cross your path…

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