Raise $9500 to print and deliver Ignotum, a completed graphic novel, to you!
Who are we?
I’d like to tell you that we’re really Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons using pseudonyms, but then we’d have to worship the snake god Glycon. Indiana Jones didn’t trust snakes, and neither do we, so you can tell Slytherin house to shove it! Alright, so we’re really a writer + art director team that cut our chops by slaving away in advertising. Except instead of whips, our masters used timecards and confusing business jargon to keep us late nights. Now, we want the chance to grind away for new masters, by also working professionally on graphic novels and animations. We tried tattooing Marvel onto our chests, and showing up at their offices, but that didn’t work, so we made this book instead. Luckily, we were able to change the ‘v’ to a ‘b’, so it now spells Marble incorrectly.
What is Ignotum?
Ignotum comes from the Latin saying “Omne Ignotum Pro Magnifico” and means everything unknown is taken for magnificent (Also quoted by the original Sherlock Holmes books). The story follows Anna, a twelve-year-old girl, as she ends up in a violent gang of street kids who eventually grow up, becoming industrial mercenaries in the year 2018. On the run, Anna smuggles herself back home in a whale, to finally solve the mysteries surrounding her dark and twisted past.
Go ahead and give Ignotum a gander as we post a free page every week at http://www.heistcompany.com.
Every edition of Ignotum comes in a hardcover, standard comic book size (6.85 x 10.5). The book is in full color and is 256 pages long.
On Amazon Print On Demand the book will retail for $35 and won't have the hardcover.
The cover displayed is a softcover test print. All the books shipped will have a hardcover. We're also working on new art, so if it's ready in time before the order, the cover may be a digital painting instead of the current graphic design. Though if you prefer the current cover, write us, majority rules for what we'll print!
Getting published isn’t easy. But thanks to Kickstarter, we don’t need a rich uncle in publishing to get this book out to people. And if we had that rich uncle we’d probably get him to buy us bulbous calf implants instead. Getting the book finished was a HUGE task, it took far more hours, and late nights than I think we ever expected. Sure it’s easy to want to take a nap in an inflatable kids pool after all that time. But we’ve got our second wind to get this book printed and out to as many people who will read it. And we want your feedback, because we want to grow with you, like a baby pet mongoose, and provide you with better stories every year. If enough people see it, maybe we’ll get hired for real!
One hundred percent of the finances will go to buying the star wars franchise from Disney for 4.1 billion. But we’ll settle for $9500 to print Ignotum and pay the costs involved with getting it to your doorstep. Originally we were going to do Print On Demand, but the price of the book seemed far too expensive for our readers! So we found a great printer in China, thanks to the recommendation of Jason Brubraker’s blog. Jason is the creator of the graphic novel reMIND, you should definitely check out his amazing work and tutorials at www.remindblog.com.
The Numbers: It’ll cost us about $8,510 to print and then there’s set up fees and additional charges (5% to Kickstarter and 3-5% for Visa payments).
We need to get the whole amount or nothing gets printed, so sell your dad’s eight-track and buy some books!
If we make our goal though, we’ll have the books at our place in three months from putting in the order, and then a few weeks at most to get them all boxed and sent out to you.
Make sure to check the international shipping chart below, and add the additional charges if you live somewhere exotic or dangerous!
Risks and challenges
So this is the part where we get to be a bit more serious. It was a big risk dropping everything in our lives to get this book made. Our goal was to do the best that we could with what we had at hand, and I'm happy to say that we went above and beyond pushing our own boundaries. Working through long hours and frustration, tightening wallets and dwindled social lives. The main goal was to get better, to learn, to get to a professional level and get hired. But the only way to seriously improve is to build an audience and see what they think. Take the criticism and work with it to improve every project after this. So we'd love for you to read our book, and give us your thoughts on what worked and what didn't. What you loved and what you hated. Your opinion really matters to us. We might not be able to respond to every single one of you with notes outlying our exact intentions for each scene, but we will definitely read every single email sent to us, and take each critique into consideration. And again. Thank you.
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