My name is Lee Milewski. I have been working on “With The Earth Above Us” for about a year now, revising the script and illustrating nearly half of the pages that will become the story that I wish to tell.
When originally starting this project I had the idea to take classic films such as “2001: A Space Odyssey”, "Star Wars", "Blade Runner" etc. and mix those central themes with a Saturday morning cartoon, which gets wrapped between a retro, black and white setting. This book will be to digest format (5x7") and roughly 70 pages in length, a size that just about anyone (and any age) can dive in and enjoy!
Of course, don't just take my word for it! I have the entire first issue (one out of three chapters for the finished book) of "With The Earth Above Us" available to read for free through my website:
V, being the first fully-functioning interplanetary vessel of its kind, has been
adrift for almost twenty years in deep space. With nearly 100 passengers on
board, a self-sustaining oxygen conservatory, and the means to grow a limitless
supply of food, it is truly a marvel of science and man-made machinery.
Sheridan, a top engineer in charge of general maintenance while everyone is fast asleep,
has significant trust issues with the ships artificial intelligence, S.A.M. which results in the destruction of an entire wing of the Melvin.
attempt to clear his name prior to the crew awakening from
cryo-sleep, which becomes increasingly more difficult as the rogue AI grows
paranoid of becoming tired technology and ultimately, upgraded.
Being an independent creator in any field is tough, even for sole artists such as myself. The idea behind Kickstarter, that the audience decides what they would like to hear/read/watch, allows for the independents to break through all of the barriers that hinder them and get back to what's really important: The story waiting to be told.
All of the funding raised from this campaign will go into the completed graphic novel, including:
Printing of the finished book (roughly 70 pages, B/W, soft cover)
Unfortunately, Kickstarter is an all or nothing program. Which means that If I don't raise at least $4,000 before the due date, I get nothing. Any excess funds will allow me to make the book longer, get a higher quality print run, and advertise the book through various outlets.
What Do You Get For Helping Me Out?
Should you choose to pledge towards my project, you'll be able to snag a whole bunch of great rewards in the process! They are listed towards the right of this page, though here are a few examples:
And if you would not like to pledge financially, you can certainly still help by spreading the word around!
Risks and challenges
As of now, seeing as it is only myself working on this book (besides my letterer who always delivers within a timely manner), I don't foresee any holdups with getting "With The Earth Above Us" done before my time frame, which is July 2013. I have more than half of the pages complete, the layouts finalized, and am already in talks with a local printer. Of course, any backer will receive constant updates on the status of the project and where I stand with the final, completed book.
Thank you so much for checking out the Kickstarter for "With The Earth Above Us", and for helping me realize the book that I wish to show the world!
Get yourself DRAWN AS AN ASTRONAUT (sketch), within the first page(s) of your copy of "With The Earth Above Us", along with a 5x7" PROMOTIONAL ART PRINT (pictured towards left), and having your copy of the book SIGNED; In addition to a physical/PDF copy of the book and your name within the "thank you" section.
Get a limited T-SHIRT fit for your size (pictured towards the left); In addition to the interior sketch and sign, promotional art print, physical/PDF copy of the book and your name within the "thank you" section.
Receive a FULL COLORED LIMITED 11X17" POSTER (only for Kickstarter pledges (not yet created))! In addition to the T-shirt, interior sketch and sign, promotional print, physical/PDF copy of the book, and name within the "thank you" section.
Receive a FULL COLORED ORIGINAL ART COMMISSION from myself! Anything that you would like to see drawn by me, scanned, colored, printed on high quality 5x7" stock, signed, and then mailed/emailed your way (these will be completely original illustrations, never to be reproduced)! In addition to a SECOND copy of the book, T-shirt, interior sketch and sign, promotional art print, physical/PDF copy of the book, and name within the "thank you" section.
Receive an 11x17" PAGE OF ORIGINAL ART that is used within the book itself (of my choosing)! Very limited, considering I switch out panels quite often. In addition to the art commission, second copy, T-shirt, interior sketch and sign, promotional art print, physical/PDF copy of the book, and name within the "thank you" section.
I will ILLUSTRATE A 10 PAGE COMIC of your choosing! We will discuss every page in detail, and I will send you the ORIGINAL pages for your collection! You will also be sent EVERY book that I'm ever involved with, receive a million thank you's, and everything listed above!