Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
A Kickstarter Exclusive graphic novel of HOPE #1-6, a comic series exploring the relationships that can be destroyed when being a hero!
Created by
733 backers pledged $29,076 to help bring this project to life.

About

HOPE Volume One: "Mother" -- Kickstarter Exclusive Edition project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$29,076

733


HOPE is a story that is unlike any other, so we feel like it deserves a release that's unlike any other, too!  You've probably seen the cover to issue number 1 of this series floating around out there already. It looks like this:

Watch for the first issue of HOPE on Free Comic Book Day!
Watch for the first issue of HOPE on Free Comic Book Day!

As you can see above, in conjunction with Source Point Press, we're doing something pretty cool with HOPE by releasing the full first issue on Free Comic Book Day, which is a huge event that takes place at nearly every comic book store in the United States on the first Saturday of May.  Free Comic Book Day is EXACTLY what it sounds like: You go to a participating retailer (which is most of them) and you get FREE comics!

That's right, we're making the entire first issue HOPE Volume 1 FREE to comic fans just by heading to a comic shop on Saturday, May 4th while supplies last. It's not a preview and it's not a #0 issue.  It's the real, bonafide, actual issue #1, and if you like what you read you can then ask the shop to pre-order you the rest of the mini-series, which will then be available for pre-order monthly! We are honored to have this opportunity and look forward to the millions of people who attend Free Comic Book day discovering our work in HOPE for the first time.

But you're here now, though, and it's probably because you know that we, the creators, have cut our teeth in the world of Kickstarter. Maybe you're a fan of PLUME by K. Lynn Smith, or maybe you're a fan of NIGHTMARE WORLD and TALES OF MR. RHEE by Dirk Manning. If you're familiar with our previous Kickstarter launches you know we love Kickstarter, as it has allowed us to build our readership friend-by-friend and pledge-by-pledge via offering our Kickstarter supporters Kickstarter Exclusive versions of our work that are never again made available after the campaigns end...

And that's exactly what we're doing here with this Kickstarter Exclusive Edition of HOPE Volume One: "Mother" from Source Point Press.

The book we're offering through this campaign gives backers the entire first mini-series (Issues #1-6) collected in one gorgeous Kickstarter Exclusive edition of HOPE Volume 1. Through this campaign, you can pre-order the entire first arc almost two months before we begin releasing the series in a monthly single-issue format! 

The number of Kickstarter Exclusive upgrades this book receives (hardcover, wrap-around cover, UV spot gloss, extra pages of content, etc.) is completely dependent on how many Stretch Goals we unlock, so pledge accordingly and tell your friends about this campaign too! Remember, the more people back this campaign, the more everyone gets in Stretch Goal bonuses!

(For those of you wondering, that's why we're not showing the cover yet... because, hey, the amount of support the book is going to get will determine how fancy the cover, for starters, will be!)

Julie Lavelle enjoys a secret life moonlighting as an unregistered Ultra known as Hope… until a car accident with her husband and daughter changes everything in an instant.

Co-created by K. Lynn Smith (PLUME) and Dirk Manning (NIGHTMARE WORLD, TALES OF MR. RHEE), HOPE offers readers a story in the superhero genre unlike any other, taking an unflinching and uncompromising look at parenting, heroism, the law, the media, and even womanhood through the lens of heroic fiction in a new six-issue mini-series published by Source Point Press.

Combining powerful storytelling with dynamic art, HOPE offers readers a story of unrelenting emotional resonance and explosive action about a hero whose life is changed forever when her identity is exposed to the world at large, including both all those who adore her as well as those who would seek to do her and her family harm.

Combining the gravitas of comic series such as SAGA with the instant accessibility of films such as THE INCREDIBLES, HOPE is a comic series that will feel both familiar yet fresh to anyone who reads it.

Here's a peek at the first five pages:

T SHIRT IMAGE!!!!  Available in sizes up to 4X with a $25 addition to your pledge or as it's own reward tier with a copy of the book!
T SHIRT IMAGE!!!! Available in sizes up to 4X with a $25 addition to your pledge or as it's own reward tier with a copy of the book!

 Dirk Manning is the writer/creator of series including NIGHTMARE WORLD, TALES OF MR. RHEE, LOVE STORIES (TO DIE FOR), TWIZTID: HAUNTED HIGH-ONS and more as well as the author of WRITE OR WRONG: A WRITER’S GUIDE TO CREATING COMICS.

When not relentless sampling ice cream across the country as part of his seemingly non-stop presence on the comic convention circuit he can be found at www.DirkManning.com or across almost all social media platforms @DirkManning.

K. Lynn Smith is an artist and writer from the Mid-Michigan area. Her artwork has won the Michigan Press Award, as well as the Helen Victoria Haynes World Peace Cartoon Contest She is the writer and artist of the western comic PLUME, and has been involved with projects such as GARFIELD, the Strength in Numbers Studios's video game, TUEBOR, AFTERGLOW written by Pat Shand, and HOPE, co-created with Dirk Manning.

Find more of K. Lynn's work at www.klynnsmith.net, or follow her on Twitter @KLynnTweets.


Risks and challenges

K. Lynn Smith, Dirk Manning, and Source Point Press all have A LOT of experience with Kickstarters, including dealing with unexpected delays caused by hurricanes, printer malfunctions, etc. We have factored every imaginable scenario into our production and delivery schedule and will be personally involved in making sure that, as always, everyone gets what they have pledged for. Furthermore, we understand the importance of communication and transparency, both of which remain of the utmost importance to us as creators and publishers. We will keep everyone informed via routine but not overwhelming updates and will remain accessible for specific questions throughout and following the campaign. This ain't our first rodeo, and we're ready to make sure that everyone who pledges will be happy they did so when they get their "Big Box o' Hope" delivered to their front (or back) door!

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    HOPE for the Best!

    Every little bit helps, and we notice even the smallest pledges. Pledging here will keep you in the loop on all the progress and updates, as well as earn you our most sincere thanks!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    14 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Digital HOPE Volume 1: Mother

    Receive a DRM-Free PDF copy of HOPE Volume 1: “Mother” that you may enjoy on your favorite e-reading device!

    Includes:
    • Digital Hope Volume 1: Mother
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    173 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $18 or more About $18

    Pin your HOPE on us!

    Get this super-stylish enamel pin to add to your collection and show that you represent – and believe – in HOPE!

    Includes:
    • Digital Hope Volume 1: Mother
    • HOPE enamel pin
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    17 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    THE BOOK!

    All 6 issues of HOPE Volume 1: Mother collected into one stunning book, collected HERE on KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVELY!! With a super-secret *ONLY AVAILABLE from this campaign* cover (by K. Lynn herself) that will be revealed WEEK 3

    Includes:
    • Digital Hope Volume 1: Mother
    • Hope Volume 1: Mother physical book
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    455 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $55 or more About $55

    HOPE you get the shirt!

    All 6 issues of HOPE Volume 1: Mother collected into one stunning book, collected HERE on KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVELY!! With a super-secret *ONLY AVAILABLE from this campaign* cover (by K. Lynn herself) that will be revealed WEEK 3 AND the HOPE T shirt available in all sizes up to 4X!!

    Includes:
    • Digital Hope Volume 1: Mother
    • Hope Volume 1: Mother physical book
    • T shirt
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    17 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $80 or more About $80

    I'm New Here...

    Pledging here will get you *Kickstarter Exclusive* HOPE Volume 1: “Mother” Collected Edition as well as TPB editions of the western/fantasy PLUME Volume 1 by K. Lynn Smith and the horror noir TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 1 written by Dirk Manning. See where it all began for these two creators before they started HOPE!

    Includes:
    • Digital Hope Volume 1: Mother
    • Hope Volume 1: Mother physical book
    • Plume Volume 1
    • Tales of Mr. Rhee Volume 1
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    24 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    I'M A WANTED VILLAIN!

    Want something extra special? Pledge here to get the *Kickstarter Exclusive* HOPE Volume 1 "Mother" Collected Edition and yourself illustrated as a villainous Ultra in a 8x10 vertical “Wanted: Rogue Ultra” poster template fit for framing! You pick your (one) power and your favorite color, then let superstar artist K. Lynn Smith do the rest in this custom commission in which you will be designed as a villainous Ultra based on a photo you send her! (NOTE: Your villainous portrayal is exclusively for private commission purposes and will NOT appear in the book in any way, shape, or form)

    Includes:
    • Digital Hope Volume 1: Mother
    • Hope Volume 1: Mother physical book
    • I'm a Wanted villain sketch
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    I'M A REGISTERED HERO!

    Want something extra special? Pledge here to get the *Kickstarter Exclusive* HOPE Volume 1 "Mother" Collected Edition and yourself illustrated as a heroic Ultra in a 8x10 horizontal “Registered Ultra ID Card” template fit for framing! You pick your (one) power and your favorite color, then let superstar artist K. Lynn Smith do the rest in this custom commission in which you will be designed as a hero based on a photo you send her! (NOTE: Your heroic portrayal is exclusively for private commission purposes and will NOT appear in the book in any way, shape, or form)

    Includes:
    • Digital Hope Volume 1: Mother
    • Hope Volume 1: Mother physical book
    • Registered Hero sketch
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    ROUND TWO: I'M A WANTED VILLAIN!

    Want something extra special? Pledge here to get the *Kickstarter Exclusive* HOPE Volume 1 "Mother" Collected Edition and yourself illustrated as a villainous Ultra in a 8x10 vertical “Wanted: Rogue Ultra” poster template fit for framing! You pick your (one) power and your favorite color, then let superstar artist K. Lynn Smith do the rest in this custom commission in which you will be designed as a villainous Ultra based on a photo you send her! (NOTE: Your villainous portrayal is exclusively for private commission purposes and will NOT appear in the book in any way, shape, or form)

    Includes:
    • Digital Hope Volume 1: Mother
    • Hope Volume 1: Mother physical book
    • I'm a Wanted villain sketch
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    ROUND TWO: I'M A REGISTERED HERO!

    Want something extra special? Pledge here to get the *Kickstarter Exclusive* HOPE Volume 1 "Mother" Collected Edition and yourself illustrated as a heroic Ultra in a 8x10 horizontal “Registered Ultra ID Card” template fit for framing! You pick your (one) power and your favorite color, then let superstar artist K. Lynn Smith do the rest in this custom commission in which you will be designed as a hero based on a photo you send her! (NOTE: Your heroic portrayal is exclusively for private commission purposes and will NOT appear in the book in any way, shape, or form)

    Includes:
    • Digital Hope Volume 1: Mother
    • Hope Volume 1: Mother physical book
    • Registered Hero sketch
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $175 or more About $175

    WRITING (OR KICKSTARTER) CONSULTATION!!

    FACT: Dirk Manning’s Kickstarter campaigns for creator-owned comics have raised over $100,000 to date. FACT: He’s also written over ten full graphic novels to date! FACT: Pledging here will get you a one-hour personal Skype consultation with Dirk Manning in which he can help you design your Kickstarter campaign *or* he can help you flesh out that story you’ve always wanted to write, reviewing/editing a script you’ve already written. You’ll also get a signed copy of WRITE OR WRONG: A WRITER’S GUIDE TO CREATING COMICS *AND* a copy of the HOPE Volume 1: "Mother” Kickstarter Exclusive Collection to boot! After all, that’s why you’re here in the first place, right?

    Includes:
    • Digital Hope Volume 1: Mother
    • Hope Volume 1: Mother physical book
    • Dirk Consult
    • Write Or Wrong Physical Copy
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $175 or more About $175

    ART (OR ANIMATION) CONSULTATION!!

    Are you an artist looking for some guidance and support from a successful professional? Perhaps a few tips to take your work to the next level? Pledge here for a one-hour tutorial/critique/support session with artist K. Lynn Smith where she’ll provide just that… and you’ll also get a copy of HOPE Volume 1: “Mother” Kickstarter Exclusive Collected Edition to boot! If you’re an aspiring artist, this is a win-win!

    Includes:
    • Digital Hope Volume 1: Mother
    • Hope Volume 1: Mother physical book
    • K. Lynn Consult
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    LOOK, THAT'S ME!!

    Want to be famous? At this level YOU will be drawn into a scene from HOPE Volume 1 in CAMEO (non-speaking) role with your likeness forever immortalized in story. Along with your cameo appearance you’ll also get the Kickstarter Exclusive Hope Volume 1 "Mother" Collected Edition, the enamel pin, and a high-resolution copy of the page you appear on to print or frame as you see fit, too! If you want a little bigger role, though, keep scrolling…

    Includes:
    • Digital Hope Volume 1: Mother
    • HOPE enamel pin
    • Hope Volume 1: Mother physical book
    • Drawn in + page file
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    I WAS THERE THAT DAY...

    HOPE to be extra famous? At this level YOU will be drawn into HOPE Volume 1 in a small, supporting-yet-speaking role. You’ll even get to decide if you will live or die in the story! You’ll also get everything at the LOOK THAT'S ME level, too, because, hey, you’re famous, as well as a hi-resolution copy of the page upon which you appear (and speak) on to print and/or frame as you see fit! (Note: We pick the scene and the dialogue – but we’ll make it good!)

    Includes:
    • Digital Hope Volume 1: Mother
    • Drawn in + page file
    • HOPE enamel pin
    • Hope Volume 1: Mother physical book
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    DINNER WITH THE TEAM!

    Meet with Dirk Manning and K. Lynn Smith together (and perhaps even some more professional friends?) at a convention or book signing they’re both attending together and you can grab dinner (and/or perhaps even ice cream too?) with the team paid for by them! Talk comics, Kickstarter, what’s next for HOPE, or more! (As long as it’s nothing too personal or, you know, creepy. Don’t be that person!) You’ll also get the book, and the enamel pin too! How cool is that? (Travel arrangements and admission price to the convention or signing are not included, of course, but once you get there dinner and/or ice cream are on the team!)

    Includes:
    • Digital Hope Volume 1: Mother
    • HOPE enamel pin
    • Hope Volume 1: Mother physical book
    • Dinner!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    THE DIRK MANNING MYSTERY BOX

    You feel lucky? While the contents of this box will remain a mystery until you receive it, it’s guaranteed to contain all the *KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE* swag from this campaign… as well as a lot of other cool – and in many cases EXTREMELY rare – goodies from the Vault o' Dirk. How cool? How rare? There’s only one way to find out, folks… but rest assured, this one of a kind reward is worth the price. If you want everything – and more – pledge here and reap benefits unknown and unavailable to most mortals.

    Includes:
    • Digital Hope Volume 1: Mother
    • HOPE enamel pin
    • Hope Volume 1: Mother physical book
    • Dirk Mystery Box!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  17. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    THE K. LYNN SMITH MYSTERY BOX

    You feel lucky? While the contents of this box will remain a mystery until you receive it, it’s guaranteed to contain all the *KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE* swag from this campaign… as well as a lot of other cool – and in many cases EXTREMELY rare – goodies, of course. How cool? How rare? There’s only one way to find out, folks… but rest assured, this one of a kind reward is truly worth the price. If you want everything – and more – pledge here and reap benefits unknown and unavailable to most mortals.

    Includes:
    • Digital Hope Volume 1: Mother
    • HOPE enamel pin
    • Hope Volume 1: Mother physical book
    • K. Lynn Mystery Box!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)