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CA$ 2,291
pledged of CA$ 12,000pledged of CA$ 12,000 goal
62
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, August 14 2016 1:37 AM UTC +00:00

About

Ah, romance. That sweet emotion that tugs at the heart, or, if you're from Aldeberan-7, the secondary bile vent.

(ART: Travis Hymel)

The creators behind Strange Romance came together with one purpose, to toast love and romance in comics form, with stories about aliens and dragons and all that crud. We like to think we succeeded, inasmuch as the emotion of "love" has not actually vanished from the universe. It was touch and go there for a while, too. Seriously. You puny humans will never know how close it was.

(ART: Sharon Gauthier)

At any rate, the fruit of our labours is Strange Romance volume one, a 156-page, full-colour anthology featuring 14 stories by both up-and-coming and established creators on the aforementioned theme of love in a genre context, be it SF, fantasy, or horror. The comic has already been published in digital form on ComiXology, and we're already planning a second volume...but of course we want to offer it in a physical, dead-tree format with which you can curl up with by the volcanic rift in the tentacles of your beloved. This is where this Kickstarter comes in!

Our goal is to produce a print run of a trade paperback collection, in colour, plus money for shipping and bonuses. Extra money will go towards royalties for the creators, of course!

(ART: James Reilly-English)

WHAT YOU GET:

Depending on the pledge level, you'll receive either a digital PDF of the anthology, which is over 150 story pages long, or a physical trade paperback print edition at the $20 level and up. It's full colour and features nifty artwork from both up-and-comers and some established  veterans.

We've also created a bunch of fun extras, first and foremost a set of valentines featuring the characters in the anthology--you know, like those old cardboard things with dumb puns you used to swap in grade school. The writers, meanwhile, are writing a bunch of "SF love letters" that tell little mini-stories along the same lines as the comics in the anthology itself.

(ART: Erik Rangel)

Many of the artists will be contributing other bonus material--this will be elaborated on as the campaign proceeds. It will be stuff along the lines of art prints, posters, and stickers. At the various funding levels, you will be able to select a number of bonus content offerings of your choice (these will include the valentines and the love letters). Pledge more than $75 Canadian and you'll receive ALL the bonus content.

Finally, some of our artists have committed to doing commissions. Pledge at a high enough level and they'll do original black and white or colour sketches, or even a full comic for you--either you can simply give us a vague idea or you can script the entire thing yourself. See the rewards for more details.

(ART: Chris Yao)

EDITED! By popular request, here's the full list of stories and contributors:

"I Was a Teenage Human!"--Writer, Ryan Rosendal/Artist, Matthew Tavares

"The Center of Everything"--Writer, Alex Correa/Artist, Travis Hymel

"I'll Be Your Mirror"-- Writer/Artist, James Reilly-English

"Melange a Trois"--Writer, Sam Noir/Artist, Christopher Yao

"The Magician's Bargain"--Writer, Margot Blankier/Artist, Philip Rice

"Lifetime Supply"--Writer, Mike Levine/Artist, Sharon Gauthier

"The Admirer"--Writer/Artist, Shane Kirshenblatt

"My Own Worst Enemy"--Writer, Ken Lowery/Artist, Paul Milligan

"My Marble Heart"--Writer, Charlotte Finn/Artist, James Reilly-English

"The Heartbreak of Znortag"--Writer, Adam Prosser/Artist, Erik Rangel 

"P.S. Cthulhu"-- Writer, Aaron Feldman/Artist, Rebecca Slack

"The Beast That Shouted Love"--Writer, Miike Something/Artist, Stephany Lein

"Too Close To The Flame"-- Writer, Julia Alfano/Artist, Nizamt

"Love Bug"--Writer, Daniel Reynolds/Artist, Christopher Yao

Stretch goals:

$13,000

If we hit $13,000 or more we'll add *four* more pieces of bonus content to choose from. These will be posters and so on.

$14,000

If we hit this level we'll give EVERY ONE of our backers a copy the digital PDF of the preview story for volume 2, and for the $40-and-above backers the bonus story will be another, longer preview story that will also be appearing in the next volume.

$15,000

At this level we'll do something one of our contributors, Sharon Gauthier, suggested but which we ruled out as too expensive for bonus content: a 12-month "Swimsuit" calendar with original pinup art, keeping to the SF/fantasy theme of course! We'll do versions featuring dudes and ladies (and maybe a version with a mix of both if it's requested?)

More stretch goals will be added as needed once the project is rolling.

Risks and challenges

Strange Romance is COMPLETED. 100% done. No danger of not being finished on time whatsoever! We just need to get it printed and shipped. We plan to use Marquis publishing in Quebec, which has been recommended to us by friends who have run successful comics kickstarters as well. We also have special deals on local printing for the various bonus offerings.

This being our first Kickstarter, we're trying to be careful about shipping costs. All physical media will be books, posters, prints and other paper products of this nature, so it shouldn't be tremendously expensive to ship, but we've allowed ourselves an almost $1000 cushion just in case. Incidentally, our editor is Canadian as are many of the contributors, so all prices are in Canadian dollars--Americans, your dollars will go a lot further here! Why not kick in for the $30 or $40 tier?

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