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WHAT IS THIS ABOUT?
Well this is about a love for manga and graphic novels. I'm James Perry II and I'm a writer and artist. Back in 2009, I braved the submission pile by submitting my original idea, Orange Crows, to Tokyopop's mailbox. Thankfully, my efforts paid off and I was able to release volume 1 of the OEL (Original English Language) manga Orange Crows. It was a shounen (teen and older) fantasy story based in a world of witches and warlocks and was a mix of action, adventure, and comedy. If you are curious about it then here are some sample chapters from book 1 that you can read. Please take a look at it and see what you think!
Unfortunately there hasn't been a volume 2 printed yet even though it has always been in the works. Without Tokyopop's approval for printing,Orange Crows could only sit in limbo. Just recently, I've worked out a deal with Tokyopop where I now have permission to continue the story and print and distribute volume 2 on my own dime. I was excited! But then I realized that's prettty expensive, right? That's a LOT of dimes I'm gonna need to make this a reality...
Feeling a bit defeated, I resigned myself to the idea of only releasing volume 2 in webcomic form, with a possibly very limited print run...if I could even afford that much. Some fans and friends cried out and said that they'd rather have a printed copy. And honestly, I would too if I were in their shoes. I personally LOVE to read comics and manga in a physical form, and feel it in my hands as i flip to the next page excitedly to see what will happen next!
SO WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT, YOU ASK?
Together, we can make sure Orange Crows will be able to continue with no worries, and no more tragically long waits in between each volume of the story!
THE GOALS OF THIS PROJECT
GOAL ONE: It's simply to get a story that I love to write and many of you have voiced that you love to read out to all of you all as quickly as possible! No more delays, no more 3 year wait! If we all work together, we can get Orange Crows up and running consistently! I also want to reach out to as many people as I can. I'm a story teller and I really want to continue sharing my story with you all.
GOAL TWO: I want to get the book out THIS YEAR. I know you've all waited a long time and I'm sorry to make you wait. Volume two is set back in motion again, but I need your support to see that it's completed as soon as possible. With your contribution, I'll be able to take time away from other work (ya know, pesky job thing needed to feed me and keep me functional) and focus solely on getting volume 2 done and ready for you. It will become my full time job and life focus to get this book done and looking spectacular, and it will be all thanks to you, generous pledgers and fans that I'll be able to accomplish this goal!
GOAL THREE: I'm more than happy with meeting the pledge value, but if for some reason I receive more than the value, then I wanted you all to know that any excess money that is pledged will be invested into making the next book, and the one after that, and so on and so forth. The money will also be used to cover the pledge gifts that I'm sending to everyone, and the more we pledge the more bonus gifts I can hand out. So it benefits us all! And I'll also be able to also open a e-shop for those interested in buying cool Orange Crows stuff, like t-shirts, posters, and other awesome items! I mean c'mon, who wouldn't want their own Smoking Cat Hat like Bianka wears? Anyone? ^_^
- First and foremost those who pledge will get access to special blog updates that won't be on the official Orange Crows website. This will give you all a sneak peek behind the scenes stuff on how I make some of the manga pages. An example can be found here:
- Next, you'll be getting the first print run of orange crows volume 2 when it is released later this year! You've waited, now you don't have to much longer! Pledge now and be the first to get your hands on it as soon as it is ready, before anyone else can get ahold of one! Snazzy!
- Depending on how much you pledge, you will be able to get limited print covers for volume 2, made solely for this kickstarter event. Your special cover will be a reminder of how you helped make this happen!
- The t-shirts offered here will have a special picture designed for this kickstarter event. Be the coolest guys and gals in town with your own specialized shirt! Also, I'll be able to get your t-shirt sizes and mailing addresses for your gifts after the deadline has been met for the project.
- By time this project is over with, I will have TONS of artwork, sketches and character designs. These will be included in the artbook offered through pledging, and special covers will be available for these kickstarter print run artbooks! The artbooks will be over 100 pages. They will include concept artwork from both volumes 1 and 2 of Orange Crows.
On a side note, if you choose to pledge 10 dollars or more then you have the option of also recieving the digital pdf if you'd still like one to go along with your physical copy.
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But the basic idea is that I set a pledge goal that I feel would be the most accurate in order for me to complete the project. You go ahead and make your pledge based on the value that you want to pledge. If you want to change your pledge before the deadline then you are free to do so. You will not be charged unless the pledge goal is met by the deadline.
IF THE PLEDGE GOAL ISN'T MET THEN ALL WILL BE FOR NAUGHT AND UNFORTUNATELY THE PROJECT WILL COME TO A HALT. The way that it works is that if the goal isn't met then no one will be charged, and no money will be passed. But hopefully we can meet the goal. This is your chance to show your support, everyone, and your chance to prove that you love Orange Crows and want it to continue! Woot!
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH
Today, February 10th, is the 3 year annivesary of the release of Orange Crows volume 1. And believe it or not it's my birthday as well! I know, crazy coincidence. But trust me, there's no way that I could influence a giant printing company to release the book on my birthday. So today's a very special day in many ways. An anniversary, a birthday, and hopefully thanks to you all a new start for a very fun series that has a chance to meet a wider audience of readers with your help!
SO DO YOU LOVE FANTASY? MAGIC? DRAGONS? HALLOWEEN?! THEN PLEDGE TODAY AND HELP THE DREAM OF CONTINUING THIS CRAZY SERIES BECOME A REALITY! WELCOME BACK TO OLD FRIENDS (all you fans out there) AND FOR THOSE WHO ARE NEW TO THE SERIES, THIS IS WHERE THE FUN BEGINS!!!
Again, if you'd like to read some of Orange Crows vol 1 for free, or see information about the story and characters, please check out the official Orange Crows website.
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