I'm raising funds to complete and print my online graphic novel, Ellie Connelly and the Eye of the Vortex, in album format.
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Ellie Connelly and the Eye of the Vortex is a planned 124-page graphic novel of Victorian adventure and paranormal intrigue. Ellie Connelly, her friend Henry Button, and her Uncle Everett must race to discover the location of a legendary vortex of mystical energy, before the dark and mysterious Mystic Legion can take control of it for their own malevolent purposes!
I've been working on the comic now for several years, while supporting myself with contracting work as an illustrator. An adventure in the mold of Indiana Jones and Tintin, the first 32 pages have been published and are currently readable in the Archive at http://www.ellieconnelly.com/chapter-archive.php.
The goal of this Kickstarter project is to allow me to focus more of my energies on completing my book. I estimate that it takes me about twenty hours to complete each page - from writing and laying it out, to pencils, lettering, inking and coloring. And being an independent contractor, those twenty hours can be very hard to come by. At this rate it will be another six years or so before the story is finished, and at such a slow pace it is very difficult to build up any promotional momentum.
I realize that $25,000 is a lot of money, but this will cover my living expenses for an entire year - rent, groceries, and utilities - affording me the time I need to complete Eye of the Vortex.
My plans to publish the book include digital ( in the form of four ebooks available in both pdf and cbz formats), as well as collecting it into two 64-page print albums. I'm already working with a translator to put together French language versions of the ebooks, and will seek out a French publisher when the book is complete.
I'll continue posting the newly completed pages on the website for free (in both English and French), and will also release the ebook issues when they're completed.
Pledge at the $20 level and receive a special edition 4GB flash drive with a laser-etched logo, and access to ALL of the Ellie Connelly digital comics!
The money I raise from this project will also enable me to print a 64-page album when the first half of the book is complete, in both a softcover format and in a limited edition hardcover. These 8.5x11.5-inch albums will be printed in full color on thick white paper and squarebound for great longevity and many years of reading pleasure. The Hardcover edition of the first volume will include printed endpapers, and will ONLY be available for supporters of this Kickstarter project!
I'll be able to sell this book online and at conventions, hopefully generating the funds and laying a solid foundation for me to continue creating these stories. I'll also have more time to promote the comic as I'm releasing pages online.
So, what are you getting for your contribution? I’ve put together a lot of different levels of support, and you will receive lots of different things, from digital copies of the comics at the lower levels, and a USB drive to store them on, to signed print copies in the mid-range. You can even have your likeness put into the comic as one of several characters which haven’t been introduced yet! You can buy original art, like 9x12 pen & ink depictions of scenes from the comic (which I will use to promote the books as well), and even the original 14x17” artwork from the covers of the books.
Original art for the first Ebook, available at the $500 level
And finally you can bring me to your town for a reading and signing at your local bookstore or comic shop. I’ve tried to design all of these rewards with an eye toward allowing me to work on the comic, so all of the items you’ll be rewarded with are either part of the process, or will help me promote the book!
And who knows? If I raise enough money to be able to print Volume 2 as well, I’ll even add copies of that into the reward options!
If I manage to find a publisher for the book before I've completed it, then my plan is to take the money I would have spent self-publishing the album and will instead hire a colorist to help me finish the pages more quickly.
I'm excited about this project, as I feel like it will finally enable me to really actively work toward the dream I've had since I was fifteen years old, of being a professional comics creator supporting myself through my own characters and stories. Even if you aren’t able to contribute to this project, I hope that you’ll at least go to ellieconnelly.com and check out the comics I’ve got up there, and that you’ll tell your friends and help spread the word about my project.
Thanks for your time, and I look forward to your support!
Sure! Just do me a favor, and if you're pledging at the $20 level or above, please add an extra $10 to cover shipping of your physical rewards!
The Limited Rewards (character likenesses, original art, book release party) all include an upgrade to the Hardcover edition of the book.
Pledge $1 or moreYou selected
Thanks! Support the project for a buck, and your name will be listed on a special page of the Ellieconnelly.com website, in an undying digital statement of my gratitude. You'll also gain access to a Secret Area of the blog, where I'll post detailed progress updates and sneak-peeks at pages-in-progress!
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Includes the $1 reward AND... Digital copies of Ellie Connelly and the Eye of the Vortex #1-4! As I work to complete the entire book I'll be releasing four digital 'issues', each 30-32 pages in length. Support the project at this level and I'll provide you with download codes to access the issues for free from my online store as they're released.
Pledge $20 or moreYou selected
Includes everything above AND... One 4GB USB flash drive to store your digital comics on as you get them. Comes in a special edition black-leather style (only available through this Kickstarter project) embossed with an Ellie Connelly logo. Also, you can bring it to me at a convention appearance or signing and I'll load ALL of the digital issues onto the drive in person!
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Includes everything above AND... One copy of Ellie Connelly and the Eye of the Vortex Vol. 1 softcover album. This book will contain the first 62 pages of the story, and each copy will come signed by me.
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Includes everything above AND... Upgrade your softcover copy of Ellie Connelly and the Eye of the Vortex to a hardcover edition! This limited edition will not be reprinted in the future, and initial orders will be based on the response to this Kickstarter project!
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3 backers Limited (17 left of 20)
Includes everything above AND... One original drawing of a scene from the comic. A 9x12" pen & ink drawing on bristol paper, recreating a scene of your choice from the Eye of the Vortex.
Pledge $150 or moreYou selected
0 backers Limited (30 left of 30)
RETAILER REWARD: 10 Copies of the softcover edition of Eye of the Vortex Volume One, and one copy of the hardcover edition, all signed by me! Retailers may purchase more than one set.
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0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)
Includes everything above (except the Limited rewards) AND... Be a character in the comic! Support the project at this level and I'll use your likeness for one of several unnamed characters to be introduced in upcoming chapters of Eye of the Vortex. Many of these are members of the Mystic Legion, others will be used in various crowd scenes. If you're lucky, you'll even get to be brutalized in the climactic battle scene!
Pledge $250 or moreYou selected
2 backers All gone!
Includes everything above (except the Limited rewards) AND... Be a NAMED character in the book! I actually have two characters who play a key role in the second half of Vol. 1, and if you support the project at this level, You could be one of these characters! Send me your photo and I'll use your likeness on multiple pages and scenes in the next 32 pages.
Pledge $250 or moreYou selected
0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)
RETAILER REWARD: Go for the ribbon and get 10 copies of the Hardcover edition, signed by me! Retailers may purchase more than one set!
Pledge $300 or moreYou selected
0 backers Limited (6 left of 6)
Includes everything above (except the Limited rewards) AND... The artwork from one of the six covers being produced for Ellie Connelly and the Eye of the Vortex Volume 1. Drawn in pen & ink on 14x17” bristol, these covers will be awarded to these six contributors on a first-come, first-served basis. This reward will be available only after all six covers are completed, so you can give me your informed preferences.
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1 backer All gone!
Host the Ellie Connelly Volume 1 Launch Party! Do you own a comic or book store? Buy this reward and I'll come to your store and hold the launch party for Ellie Connelly and the Eye of the Vortex Volume 1, including a showing of original art, a reading from the issue, and a signing afterward. I'll include 50 additional signed copies of Volume 1 for your store - 40 copies of the softcover, and 10 copies of the hardcover - and a 9x12" original commission as well! You must also cover transport and housing (if necessary) for this most pleasant of house-guests!
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