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A sci-fi graphic novel: Matilda Sakura must rescue her genetically engineered sister from young revolutionaries in a post-war future.
A sci-fi graphic novel: Matilda Sakura must rescue her genetically engineered sister from young revolutionaries in a post-war future.
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Hey! What is A Mad Tea-Party?

A Mad Tea-Party is the story of Connie and Matilda Sakura- two perfectly ordinary girls who just happen to be genetically engineered. Their parents fought a war against giant alien robots and saved the Earth from being invaded. But now it's the girls' turn to deal with the post-war political fallout. Connie has been kidnapped by teenage revolutionaries and Matilda has to rescue her, even though she's the one who doesn't have any useful genetic enhancements.

A Mad Tea-Party is a young adult book, so it is suitable for most readers, especially if you like complex stories with unconventional protagonists.

I've been working on this comic and posting it online since 2004, and apart from some last minute revisions that need to be drawn, it is basically finished. Now it's time for A Mad Tea-Party to achieve its final form- a 288-page graphic novel that shows off the story the way it was always meant to be read. You can help make this happen. More importantly, by doing so, you can pre-order a copy of the book itself, along with many other cool things!

Sweet! What can I get?

Books! And ebooks, too!

A Mad Tea-Party will be my second graphic novel. Depending on what reward tiers you choose you can also get Lords of Death and Life, my full-colour Xeric Award winning graphic novel set in ancient Mexico and published in 2010, two volumes of my mini comics anthology Chop Suey (the second volume is brand new), and the first three volumes of Teach English in Japan, the mostly-fictional adventures of two Canadians English teachers abroad that I co-write with the artist, Jeff Ellis.

Commissioned art!

I have a limited number of slots available for drawing stuff on commission. Choose the "Revolutionary Mug Shot" and I will draw you a social media avatar as one of four competing political factions in the story. The New Youth are a gang of jack-booted teens who dislike non-humans and wear ridiculous hats. The Maldivians are an international movement who seek a return to a simpler, more peaceful time, wear odd combinations of historical costumes... and also hate non-humans. The Genie are the genetically engineered defenders of Earth. And the unironically named Cargo Cult, who only show up on one page of the book, love aliens and want to dress like them. Which group would you join?

I will also draw larger commissions of (just about) anything you ask for. Here are some things I've drawn to give you a sense of what that might look like:

For any of the commissions (or for any other reason, really) you can contact me at me(at)jonathondalton(dot)com.

Original pages!

I part with my originals grudgingly. They're my babies. But I'll do it if it means I can pay to print my new book. Click on this link to see the catalogue of what pages are currently available, and make sure to email me the name and number of the page you want before someone else snags it.

And lots more stuff!

I am also assembling a deck of 54 fully illustrated playing cards, a full-colour extra features book with art related to A Mad Tea-Party and guest illustrations by some of my most talented friends, original prints, a map of "Known Space" showing the locations and details of the planets mentioned (and not mentioned) in the story, and 3D paper-cut character models of Connie and Roger as designed by Trevor Frick of Idea to Paper Studios. I want you to have so much stuff.

$7000 is a lot of money though

Yup it is. Here's where that money is going.

  • $4450 - The cost to print 2000 copies of A Mad Tea-Party
  • $534 - GST and PST (i.e. sales tax that I have to pay on printing books)
  • $100 - To cover delivery of the books and any overages
  • $536 - Approximate cut Kickstarter and credit card companies take
  • $500 - Budget to ship all this fine stuff to you, the backer
  • $1224 - Income tax. Revenue Canada considers all this income, so, I have to pay tax on it that works out to about 20%

Total: $7344, but let's call it $7000. 

If we get past $7344, I have plenty of ideas for stretch goals. Oh yes, I do. But first let's pay for what I'm already offering.

Can I see a preview of the book?

You sure can. Like I said, I've been posting A Mad Tea-Party online for nine years. The webcomic version doesn't have all the revisions, upgrades, and additional content I have planned for the graphic novel, nor does screen resolution do justice to the level of detail in the art. But here it is: www.jonathondalton.com

* Retailers and Libraries! Be sure to contact me for information about pre-ordering multiple copies of A Mad Tea-Party at wholesale price and with an exact shipping quote.

Risks and challenges

As of this writing, the contents of A Mad Tea-Party are 90% done. I hope to have most of what's left done by the time the fundraiser is finished. The biggest risk is that things will take longer to make than I think they will and that delivery will be delayed. The risk of a delay of that kind going on for more than a month, or two at the most, is pretty small. That would require a lot of unlikely events to coincide. I will maintain an open line of communication with my backers in the event of any delay, and deliver updates on my progress in a timely fashion.

I've done my best to price everything out as best as I can, so the risk of any part of the project going over budget is small. This is my second solo self-published graphic novel and I've worked on half a dozen book projects with Cloudscape Comics, the comics art group I work (well, volunteer) part time for. I'm a professional. I got this. The only thing I don't got is $7000.

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    ACE OF EBOOKS:
    Ebooks of A Mad Tea-Party, Lords of Death and Life, and Chop Suey #1 and #2. DRM-free PDFs with retina-resolution available.

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    JUST CHAPTER SIX:
    Do you already have the minicomics of the first five chapters of A Mad Tea-Party? Order the chapter six minicomic and complete your set. Add $6 for any additional chapter you're missing.

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    REVOLUTIONARY MUG SHOT:
    I will draw your portrait as a member of one of the major factions in the story. Send me a photo or two and tell me whether you'd rather join the New Youth, the Maldivians, the Genie soldiers, or the Cargo Cult. I will email you a portrait suitable for use as a social media avatar or for your local police records.

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    A MAD TEA-PARTY:
    Get the complete 288-page graphic novel!

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    PLAYING CARD SET:
    A set of 54 playing cards illustrated with the characters and warring factions in the story. Hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades become "genes," "planets," "teapots," and "war."

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    GRAPHIC NOVEL PAIR:
    A Mad Tea-Party paired with my previous book, Lords of Death and Life.

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    CODEX LORDS OF DEATH AND LIFE:
    The first edition of the Lords of Death and Life graphic novel was a hand-assembled accordion book, modeled after a Mesoamerican codex. Only about 100 were ever printed. I still have a few left!

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    DOUBLEPLUSGOOD MAD TEA-PARTY PACK:
    A Mad Tea-Party, with a signed and illustrated book plate (personalized in your name, or in someone else's name if you let me know who it's for), plus a full-colour 24-page Extra Features book, and an 11x17 fold-out map of Known Space.

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    JACK OF ILLUSTRATIONS:
    I will draw (just about) anything, in full colour, on 6x9 bristol paper, and mail it to you. Send me an email with clear instructions for what you want, providing any necessary reference images. I will send you one (and only one) early sketch which you can suggest changes to, and then there are no revisions after that. This illustration is for personal use only and cannot be your corporate logo, book cover, T-shirt design, or what-have-you. Keep it PG. Single images only (i.e. not comics pages).

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    BOOK AND CARDS: Get the Mad Tea-Party graphic novel and the playing card set together. A killer combo!

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    FULL DECK MAD TEA-PARTY PACK:
    A Mad Tea-Party, with a signed and illustrated book plate (personalized in your name, or in someone else's name if you let me know who it's for), plus the playing card set, two 3D paper-cut characters (Connie and Roger) designed by Trevor Frick, and a set of four large prints.

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    QUEEN OF PAGES:
    An original page of art from A Mad Tea-Party or Lords of Death and Life, suitable for framing.
    The Mad Tea-Party pages are ink and graphite on bristol. The Lords of Death and Life pages are ink, marker, and pencil crayon on bristol. Be sure to check the gallery linked to your left, and email me which page you want, because it's first come first served!

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    KING OF COMICS:
    A Mad Tea-Party with a signed and illustrated book plate, Lords of Death and Life, Chop Suey #1 and #2, Teach English in Japan #1, #2, and #3, the 24-page extra features book, the playing card set, the set of four prints, the paper cut-out characters, and the map of Known Space. Be the king of comics!

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