About this project
Hey, I'm Jason, and I’ve been a cartoonist since I was a kid. Scott has been writing stories since he was a kid. We launched Sea Urchins at The [Myrtle Beach] Sun News in 2001. Scott planted the idea for a comic strip by sending me a copy of Hogan’s Alley Magazine and disappearing for a few months. By the time he'd resurfaced, I'd talked to my editors (thanks Denny, Trisha, and Mike) about about the possibility of a comic strip and a vague notion of its premise. I promised the strip if the writer, Scott, could commit to it. When Scott returned, we set sail.
About Sea Urchins
Half obscure early 1900s comic strips, half Popeye, half Little Rascals, and half Scott and Jason, Sea Urchins is a comic done in the classic adventure comics style.
"Olie Unrun always wanted to live a life at sea. Instead, he worked at his dad's fish-oil factory and began the life of a family man. One day, something in Olie snapped and he built a ship in his yard... then he relocated his house to the deck of that ship and christened the whole shebang "The Banana Moon." All Olie had to do was wait for the right storm to lift his house to the sea."
Now adrift, the Unruns piece together each day through a host of uncommon creatures and comic calamities.
Sea Urchins Book One is the first in a series of books collecting the comic-strip adventures of Olie and Ali Unrun, their children: Cuss, Sherfew, Ella, and Darla.
Sea Urchins also appeared in Penn State's Blue newspaper, and was one of Hogan's Alley's top 25 undiscovered gems. Plan 9 Publishing printed the first Sea Urchins comic strip collection in 2003. Though the print edition sold out long ago, Book One is now available for Kindle.
About the Campaign
This Kickstarter campaign is to provide us with the means to bring you Book Two, In The Shadow of the Sea Apes. Book Two digs deeper into the Unrun family mythos by introducing the Nauticles, the Eel-Riders, and an adventure focusing on the Sea Apes.
Every $500 increment will unlock a surprise digital goal.
Every $1000 increment will unlock official swag for everyone donating $50 or more.
$3,850 prints the book, allows for a small advertising budget
$5,000 stretch goal = book plus full color ebook
$10,000 stretch = full color print book two
$15,000 stretch = full color print book two and black and white book three
$20,000 stretch = full color print book two, black and white books one and three
$30,000 stretch = full color print books one, two, and three
Risks and challenges
We didn't need a Kickstarter for Book One, because the Sea Urchins book series was being published by Plan 9 Publishing. Plan 9 went out of business in 2004.
Sea Urchins Book Two is a low-risk venture. The content and design is complete. We might run into problems at press (if they reverse the pages, etc).
Fulfillment is a challenge, as we will be handling that ourselves. But that is a challenge we’re willing to risk, because our goal is to keep the Unrun family afloat! What’s life without taking risks, anyways? If we didn’t think Sea Urchins was something special, we’d be drawing comics with talking animals and teenagers.
We will be using Kickstarter funding to print the book, to fund advertising, and to help with distribution.
If any delays occur, backers can expect honest updates. We will provide regular updates to backers so they will be aware of any issues, and answer messages when we’re able.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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