It's the story of creativity running wild, then poked, prodded and taunted into submission, and finally running wild again. It's about how frustrating and lonely it feels to be stuck, in any sense of the word. It's also about needing help and getting it, sometimes from unexpected and wonderful places.
"Saturday" follows a little girl named India and her parents Fred and Elizabeth. Their week starts off somewhere along the lines of "good enough", ends up in "mediocre" territory, and slowly but surely works its way down to pitiful. As the audience, we see all of them get into this mess and try to figure their way out.
Saturday is my dream project. I wanted to create a book that the ten year old me and the 30 year old me would pick up and read again and again. I love detail, good craftsmanship, quirky and sincere stories, and humor. I figured if I was marketing to myself, I'd better include all of these elements. I'm sure there are all sorts of folks who also love these things and want to discover this kind of book.
I had the initial idea for "Saturday" about five years ago. From the story arc to character concepts and design, "Saturday" evolved and changed in that time. I had a bunch of false starts. I threw away entire pages. Eventually, I felt confident (and frustrated) enough about the story to begin the initial pages.
Two years later, I'm a little under half way finished with the book. Here's why: It's an ambitious project. Each page is 11" x 17", with around 25 panels each. A couple of the pages are full page spreads. When it's all said and done, there will be between 32-36 pages pages. Now, I'm no good at math, so I'll just guess that's somewhere around a billion panels.
At this point, I can only work on "Saturday" before and after (paying) work.
Think of yourself as a producer. This isn't you throwing money into the ether. This is you backing an idea you think is good and helping to bring this project to life.
This campaign can buy me time. Your support can turn "Saturday" into a full time job rather than just something I work on whenever I can scrape the time together. That means, by contributing, you could see this book in half the time.
If you help me make this goal, I can prioritize "Saturday". That means I can work on this book until I go cross-eyed and can't remember my own name. And then I can work some more. And I can do this until this book is a reality. Make no mistake: This baby was meant for print and that's the priority. I always wanted this book to be something you can hold in your hands, turn the pages, and feel.
So please, help me forget my own name.
- (30 days)