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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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