Hi, I'm Jake. I've asked for your support 3 times in the last few years and because you guys are totally amazing I was able to release 2 really fantastic looking books and a pretty cool coloring book! Now it's time to produce the Modest Medusa Season 3 book and I'm here to ask for your help again.
So... what is Modest Medusa all about?
Of course, you can read the full web comic for free at ModestMedusa.com!
Modest Medusa Season 3 will be printed as a full color hardcover by Global PSD (the same folks that printed the first two books). The book will be absolutely enormous, including the full Season 3 story line plus a whole bunch of bonus content! I'm expecting this book to be over 200 pages long (the Season 2 book was about 150 pages). Here's some of the bonus content I'm planning:
- A brand new 10 page comic featuring Medusa, Jake and Marah.
- Extensive author commentary.
- A sketch book section featuring early designs for Medusa, the Prince, the Drudge Angel and more!
- Odds and ends stuff. Whatever I can think of!
Where does the money go? All money for this project will go into printing the book, paying for Rewards and covering shipping and other related costs. Shipping always ends up being about twice as much as I think it will be.
Want extra books? You can add extra Season 1, 2 or 3 books to any pledge of $25 or more for $17 each (Or $23 each if you live outside the United States). These books will be signed with a sketch.(Please send me a message letting me know that you're doing this).
Want awesome Medusa dice? My friends at Tinderbox Entertainment have created these awesome Modest Medusa dice. Add $2 to you pledge for each dice. There's 4 different dice to choose from, and you can mix and match. There's regular Medusa in either blue or black and the Heroes and Villain dice!
Check out these awesome rewards! International contributors, I'm so sorry that shipping costs so much! To help make up for it I'm producing a special extra Modest Medusa sticker that I'll only be sending to International backers!
Stickers! Everyone who contributes $5 or more will get a set of three Modest Medusa Stickers! These 3.5 x 2 inch stickers feature Medusa dressed as some of my favorite characters. Here's all three stickers, Medusa as Korra from Avatar: Legend of Korra, Cyclops from Uncanny X-Men and The Doctor from Doctor Who!
The Book! $25 or more gets you the Modest Medusa Season 3 book, signed by Jake and complete with a sketch! Check out some of the sketches I did last time here, here and here! (You'll also get the stickers).
A Bag for your Book! For $32 you'll get the signed and sketched Season 3 book plus a cool tote bag to carry it in! The bag features a brand new Medusa illustration, created just for this Kickstarter! (You'll also get the stickers). NOTE: The manufacturer I was planning on using has discontinued the tote bags I chose, so I'm now looking around for a new manufacturer. This won't affect much, except I was planning on the tote bags having a color illustration, and now it MIGHT be in black and white. We'll see. Anyway, here's the illustration and here's what the bag will probably look like (although it might be a different color bag).
Season 3 Poster! For $32 you'll get the Season 3 book as well as a special 11 x 17 poster featuring brand new art created just for this Kickstarter! (You'll also get the stickers). Here's what the poster will look like (click for a larger image)!
Custom book sketch! For $35 your copy of the book will come with a custom, hand colored sketch featuring a Modest Medusa character of your choice. This is a real upgrade from the standard book sketch! (You'll also get the stickers).
Pick 2 Rewards! For $42 you can pick two of the following three items: The tote bag, the poster and the custom book sketch. you'll also get the Season 3 book and the stickers!
Double Pack! For just $40 get the Season 3 book and a copy of either the Season 1 or two book to go along with it! Both books will be signed and include a sketch. (You'll also get the stickers).
Triple Pack! Perfect for new readers! $55 will get you all three Modest Medusa books, each signed and with a sketch by Jake! (You'll also get the stickers).
Lunchbox! $75 gets you a sweet Modest Medusa lunchbox! Now every lunch will be a ridiculous adventure! This metal lunchbox features brand new art created just for this Kickstarter! The lunch box measures about 8.5 inches wide, 6.75 tall, and 4 deep. (You'll also get the Season 3 book, the bag, the poster and stickers). Here's the art for the lunch box:
The final product will look something like this:
Pillow! Hand crafted by Lilineko (who made our Modest Medusa hats), these super cute 12 x 12 inch Modest Medusa pillows are the perfect way to relax while you enjoy your Season 3 book (which you'll also get a copy of! Plus the bag, poster and stickers!) Here's a pic!
Kitchen Sink! For $150 get all the stuff! The Season 3 book, the tote bag, the poster, the custom sketch, the pillow, the lunchbox and the stickers! You'll also get a sketch card with original art by Jake!
* This Reward level does not include the Season 1 or 2 books. There's a typo in the reward listing that should read "Get all the stuff, including the Season 3 book..." Sorry for the confusion. Please send me a message if you have any questions.
Original Art! For $200 Jake will create an original Modest Medusa illustration just for you! This illustration will be drawn on 9 x 12 illustration paper and hand colored with Copic markers. You'll receive the original art, plus the Season 3 book, bag, poster and stickers! Here's an example of the kind of illustration you'll get:
Guest Appearance (limit 5)! For $250 you'll get to guest star in a Season 4 strip! You'll have a significant role in at least one strip, and you may become a reoccurring character! Check out some of our previous guest stars here, here and here! (You'll also get the Season 3 book, bag, poster and stickers).
Guest Appearance 2nd chance! The first 5 sold out fast, so here's a second chance to get a guest appearance in Season 4! This is just like the $250 reward, but you'll also get a bonus sketch card by Jake!
Season 3 cover art (limit 1)! For $300 or more get the original 11 x 17 cover art for Season 3! It hasn't been drawn yet, but it'll look something like the Season 1 cover art (but cooler). This is original art, hand colored by Jake with Copic markers. Totally suitable for display! (You'll also get the Season 3 book, bag, poster and stickers).
But wait... there's more! The $12,000 goal for this project is just the start! The more we bring in, the more cool things we can do! One of those things is pack the book full of even more comics! For every $1000 we exceed our funding goal by I'll include an extra 3 pages of strips in the book, featuring a Modest Medusa supporting character! I'm also including some other stretch goals! Here's a list!
$13,000 Goal COMPLETED! I'll include a new 3 page comic featuring Medusa's hair (which is made out of snakes)!
$14,000 Goal COMPLETED! I'll include a new 3 page comic all about Charles the Fish Scientist!
$14,500 Goal COMPLETED! I'll hire an assistant to help me handle Kickstarter fulfillment. This will mean that your books and stuff will get packaged and shipped as fast as possible (or at least faster than I could do it on my own)!
$15,000 Goal COMPLETED! I'll do a 3 page comic starring the Fairy soldiers. Who? These guys!
$15,500 Goal COMPLETED! Everyone who contributed at least $5 will get an extra Modest Medusa sticker. this will be a brand new design featuring Medusa cosplaying as one of my favorite characters!
$16,000 Goal COMPLETED! I'll include a new 3 page comic about the Mermaids. What have they been up to?
$17,000 Goal: I'll do 3 pages about Medusa's sisters! It'll be great!
$18,000 Goal: I'll include a new 3 page comic about the Pirates. Maybe we'll find out why they're all named Carlos!
$18,500 Goal: I'll get a Modest Medusa tattoo. That won't mean anything for you, but it'll be cool for me!
$19,000 Goal: I'll do a 3 page comic about Chocodiles. I bet I can get three pages out of that!
$20,000 Goal: I'll do an extra 10 page comic for the book featuring Medusa and the gang! And I'll do another one if we reach $25,000, and another for every $5000 we raise beyond that! These won't be comic strips, but full blown full page comics! Like this! As long as you guys keep sending the money I'll keep drawing comics. This book has the potential to be HUGE!!!
$21,000 Goal: I'll get a Full Metal Alchemist Homunculi tattoo, and I'll try to get my brothers and my sister to get matching ones. Why? Why not!
- Special thanks to Alisa, Kristen and Kyle at Tinderbox for the great animated GIFs! Thanks! You guys are amazing!
Risks and challenges
Well... my first Kickstarter went really well. I got the book off to the printer right away and managed to get my books shipped to you guys in a reasonable amount of time. I'll be honest though, my second Kickstarter was a disaster. Bad planning, illness, printing problems, an unexpected sharp rise in postage costs and bad luck all played a hand in making producing and delivering my last book a nightmare. It took months longer than I had anticipated to get the book to the printer, and even more months longer to get it back. Doing fulfillment became an ongoing nightmare that lasted almost a year, and it's only been in the last two months that I was finally able to get the very last of the Rewards shipped!
So I screwed up last time, but I learned a lot, and I've spent the last year thinking about how I can do a better job this time. I won't be able to eliminate bad luck, and I've learned that this kind of project always takes longer to finish than you'd think, but I've made plans that I think will allow me to produce this book and deliver it as fast as possible!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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