Wow. I can hardly believe that the goal has already been reached (in less than 24 hours). Thanks so much to everyone who has pledged so far! Seriously, you guys are the limit. But, guess what?
There's NO LIMIT on how much can be pledged to Blink! All the money that gets pledged will go into making more Blink books, prints, posters, postcards, t-shirts and whatever cool things my little brain can think of. Pledge today-- before time runs out!
And now... lemmie give you a little tour:
BLINK is a comic book series written, illustrated and self-published by Max Ink. The comic has grown from being a series of digest-sized mini comics into a full-fledged series of graphic novels. The first one, SO FAR, was published in the Spring of 2011 and collects those first mini comics into 96 tidy pages of sweet awesomeness. You can find out more about that book here.
THE GRAPHIC NOVEL(S)
Max is currently working on his second Blink graphic novel, SO IT GOES – a 13-chapter, 400+ page book that is expected to be completed in 2016. (There are going to be more Blink GNs after that – seven in all!)
SO FAR was an introduction to the life of Blink and her friends, Sam & Hank. SO IT GOES is a focused story that has Blink coming face-to-face with the homeless community that exists in Columbus and it's going to be as realistic a portrayal of homelessness as possible. The relationship between Blink and Hank will grow and change through the book, too. We'll also learn more about what makes Sam tick. And the entire story incorporates the thriving music & cultural scene that exists in Columbus. (Side note: did you know that 2012 is Columbus' Bicentennial?)
THE FIRST CHAPTER
"Wonka Wonka Kochalka" (WWK) is the first chapter of SO IT GOES and is all of 32 pages long (with lots of added extras besides). The story begins with Hank playing his guitar on stage at the Wild Goose Creative. After Hank finishes his set, Blink introduces Sam to three of Hank's friends who came out to hear him play – Kevin, Amy and Joshua – turning our trio into a sextet and, as a result, bringing about a new dynamic in how the conversations turn through the story.
After the show at Wild Goose, the group walks up the street to the Rumba Cafe for drinks and some friendly "get-to-know-you" talk, the kind which happens anytime new (potential) friends are met. Since the title of the chapter includes "Kochalka," the cartoonist/musician James Kochalka is talked about and one of his songs is heard during the course of the evening (the Wonka part shall remain a surprise). Also, bits of Blink's past are revealed through the course of the evening and things get a little intense between Sam and the others.
WWK will be published and available for sale to readers and retailers in March.
THE WWK HISTORY
Max Ink writes: "Wonka Wonka Kochalka" has been around in various forms since 2004. Do you remember where you were in 2004? The world was a different place then – iPhones weren't even invented yet (and Steve Jobs was still alive). WWK was my first attempt at a long-form Blink story, I'd done a few short vignettes at that point and I wanted to go for a 20 page piece, but I managed to screw it up. Every now and then, I'd return to the story and try to revise it, but for the next 8 years I managed to keep screwing it up.
After I had put together all the pages of stories that I didn't screw up into the SO FAR collection, I decided to move forward with writing an honest-to-goodness full-length graphic novel SO IT GOES. Then I thought, "What the heck. I'll title the first chapter 'Wonka Wonka Kochalka' and give the story a complete overhaul, basically just keeping the title name." (’Cause it's such a fun phrase to say!)
As a result, I have pages and pages (and even more pages) of WWK sketches and story material that won't ever be used. So I decided to create a "Behind-the-Sketchbook: Making of Blink: Wonka Wonka Kochalka" book as a companion piece to the book itself and the gallery show...
THE GALLERY SHOW
All the final art from the comic will be on display throughout the month of March at the actual real-life Wild Goose Creative, and funding that show is the other side of this Super-Keen WWK Kickstarter Campaign. Money raised will help offset the cost of putting together the show & a book release reception on Saturday, March 24. So, if you're in the Central Ohio area on that weekend, you're invited to come to the party!!
Here's a handy-dandy easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy list of the all the Super-Keen Blink: WWK rewards offered:
- a PDF version of WWK
- your name on the "Kickstarter Supporters Thank You" double page spread in the printed book
- a personalized postcard sent to your home
- the book (signed by the author at your request)
- the "Behind-the-Sketchbook: Making of Blink: Wonka Wonka Kochalka" book
- a super-cool Blink poster (in color!)
- a dandy-looking t-shirt from the Blink Bling Shoppe at Skreened.com
- a "pick-your-page" 11X17 print of any Blink comic page (art is original size)
- an original, made-to-order 9"x12" pen & ink drawing by Max Ink
- an appearance in the SO IT GOES graphic novel
- purchase the book in groups of five at a greatly reduced rate (shipping included!) and get a retailer-only poster for display in your store
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Brant W. Jones, for his video wizardry, Katie Dune & Jessie Glover Boettcher, for believing in Blink, Matt Slaybaugh, for getting the ball rolling, Ken Eppstein, Michael Neno & Steve Peters for leading the way through the trenches, Jason Quicksall for his music and support and James Kochalka for being so "f*cking" awesome.
PRAISE FOR BLINK
“[Max] Ink handles these characters gracefully. Blink and Sam tease and reassure each other as only two best friends can. He has a remarkably joyful sense of body language and posture. His ability to express these characters personalities not only through their facial expressions and dialog but also their presence on the page adds depth. Blink and Sam end up feeling less like characters and (more like) people you could easily know.” ~Eden Miller, ComicsGirl
“Blink is filled with beautiful art and gentle humor.” ~Trina Robbins, writer and comics historian
“It’s quiet and reflective, the opposite of the high-concept ready-for-the-movies genre comics taking up so much attention these days–-a wonderful slice-of-what-I-wish-my-life-was-like. The friendship is rare and special, something to envy and aspire to, and (Max’s characters are) intelligent, insightful people.”
“Smart and reflective without being pretentious or intimidating or show-offy. I love the characters, and the mood behind it is so entertaining and yet calming. It’s like a refreshing adult beverage — relaxing, comfortable, and yet eye-opening in noticing the world from a new perspective. “ ~Johanna Draper Carlson, Comics Worth Reading
“Paige (Braddock), Hilary (Price) and I sat around reading Blink Saturday night and admiring (it). It’s really nice stuff, and beautifully drawn.” ~Allison Bechdel, Dykes To Watch Out For, Fun Home
"Ink populates the strips with the type of worldly observation that exists... in the tradition of the best alternative comics. GRADE: A" ~Justin Giampaoli, 13 Minutes
“A perfect book for those of us in the American counterculture looking for a way to get back to those in-between times; those days when our freedom was new, our responsibilities too fresh to take too seriously, and our hunger was for experience.” ~Wolfgang Parker, Comic Related
“Max Ink’s charming Blink is worth its weight in gold.” ~Rick Allen, The Other Paper
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