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BUILDING WORLDS: How to Make Comics

An exciting resource for younger readers. Part instructional guide, part sequel to Alien in the Outfield.

BUILDING WORLDS: How to Make Comics

An exciting resource for younger readers. Part instructional guide, part sequel to Alien in the Outfield.

£614
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24
backers
69hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, October 18 2019 3:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

BUILDING WORLDS: HOW TO MAKE COMICS is a guide that teaches readers of all ages the basics of storytelling.

Following on from our 1980's extraterrestrial sports adventure book - ALIEN IN THE OUTFIELD - BUILDING WORLDS catches up with lovable loser Rendell, who's now trying to make it big in the world of comics. Teaming up with the precocious Maggie, who wants to learn how to tell her own stories, the pair get lost in a fantastical world of their own creation - where anything they imagine can come to life. This is the setting for what becomes an instructional guide for young readers who want to know how to make their own comic books. Using the skills and techniques taught in the book, the story can only be completed - and our heroes can only find their way home - with the help of the reader. It's Grant Morrison vibes for the Teen Titans Go generation! A fourth-wall-shattering book that entertains and informs!

Our comic book tutorial is told in form of a comic book adventure as our heroes must master the storytelling superpowers of comic book art and writing to overcome evil robot overlords, rampaging dinosaurs and find their way back home to 1996!

Trapped in a comic book world, our intrepid explorers guide the reader on a crash course in comic book creation as they find their way home. Our tutorial on the basics of storytelling, structure and artwork are (fairly) seamlessly woven into the narrative so that the reader can learn along with Rendall and Maggie. We haven't forgotten our older readers and hope that they will enjoy plenty of twists, turns and laughs along the way!

Lost in the comic book dimension, Maggie and Rendall must figure out a way to draw their journey home...and pay attention because along the way they are going to need the help of YOU, fearless reader!

The creators of the book are Mat Barnett (art) and Jack Kirby-Lowe (script). After creating a comic book that serves as an entry point into the world of comics for younger readers, their next aim was to create something that would encourage creativity and imagination and turn those readers into artists. Building on the world and characters created in ALIEN IN THE OUTFIELD was the perfect way to take this next step. Alien in the Outfield received more than double its Kickstarter goal of £800 and was delivered on time, with backers receiving additional rewards!

We've finished the scripting and pencils and we're working super hard on the inking and colouring to deliver the best dang book we possibly can!

Why We Need Your Support

Your funding will cover the printing of the 52 page (approx.) full colour comic paperback as a high quality publication. If funded, the book will launch at the Thought Bubble Festival in Harrogate, November 2019. Additional backing will allow us to further recoup our initial outlay on our attendance at the convention and associated costs, such as travel, accommodation and visits to Betty's Tea Rooms.  

Sweet Rewards!

You can support us by ordering the finished book in print or digital - but for the best experience we would totally recommend the printed hard copy as there are opportunities for our younger readers to join the adventure and draw our heroes to safety! Whilst we're using characters from our earlier series - Alien in the Outfield - there's no need to have read it first, however it's a super fun book and we've snuck in plenty of easter eggs and callbacks for our loyal readers. If you support us DOUBLE BOOKED level, we'll add copies of the 100 page collected trade paperback to your swag! Finally, why not enter the CREATORS DIMENSION and let us help you make your one page comic idea into a full colour printed reality!

The Budget 

We're doing the cover art, book design and colouring ourselves, so the only production cost will be £500 for an initial print run. This will ensure we have enough shiny new copies for our backers - with a few extra to spare and take to conventions. The remaining £300 will cover the first tranche of rewards, the Kickstarter fees and  contribute to convention tabling costs. 

Our initial goal is simply to raise enough to launch our book out there into the world. If we raise more money, then we will be able to print further copies and help fund additional conventions. Should the project prove super successful then we have some ambitious stretch goals and shiny new rewards that existing backers may benefit from automatically.

Praise for our previous book, ALIEN IN THE OUTFIELD: 

"You have created a comic accessible to a range of ages and knowledge of comics. For my daughter Niamh, this was a story she could follow and understand independently, accompanied by bright, colourful, fun pictures that showed the magic and potential of the graphic novel. As parent/child, it allowed us to discuss the characters and their choices so it gave us something we could share as reading material. So for both us, a big thank you for your art and story. Well done. I just wanted to add how much it meant to Niamh to see her name in a book, signed by the creators. She took it to school for 'show and tell'. You have certainly helped inspire one of the next generation of comic readers, especially when the common misconception unfortunately is that comics are superhero images with little intellectual merit meant only for boys."

John, who purchased Alien in the Outfield at Thought Bubble 2017

 “Alien in the Outfield channels the spirit of sporting glory from Teen Wolf, mixes in a little of the ‘lovably relatable outsider’ from E.T. and comes up with a baseball story about an alien child who crash lands in middle America and becomes the MVP of the local little league team. There is little not to like about Kirby’s reverential writing and Barnett’s charming visuals.”

John Townsend, Starburst Magazine

“It’s a fantastic first comic – Great for new readers, or parent-child bonding, to show them the appeal of comics.”

Myke, thepullbox.com

"Baseball. Aliens. The Eighties. Stir together in a bowl, add ink, paper and leave to cook for half an hour on a medium heat. The result? Alien in the Outfield. This light hearted, sci-fi/sports mash up is great...especially for those who have just started getting into comics and want an easy, exciting read."

Richard Axtell, Nerdly

Meet the Team 

Jack and Mat are former colleagues and current friends, bonded by a love of comics, horror movies and listening to music that makes them seem more hip than they actually are. Both came from small towns in Yorkshire, but now live in London. Both have professional backgrounds in working with young people. Both enjoy eating crisps and talking nonsense. You can read more about the creation of Alien in the Outfield and subsequent adventures on their website, AlienintheOutfield.com. You can also follow @AlienOutfield, find us on Facebook or write us an email at alienintheoutfield@gmail.com. You can follow our individual Twitter accounts @JackKirby and @MatBarnett

Risks and challenges

The comic has already been written and is well on the way to completion. We are hoping to have the book completed for launch at the Thought Bubble Convention in early November. This is a tight time frame, but we'll do our best! Our top priority is to deliver you the best book that we possibly can. All our supporters who have backed at the requisite level will have their hands on a hot-off-the-press copy as shortly after the convention as we can. Should unforeseen troubles arise (such as work or personal/family issues), we anticipate a delay to publication of no more than a month - books will be ready in time for Christmas!

We are already hard at work on the book, we now need your support so we can afford to print and promote it.

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