About this project
Have you ever gone to a cat shelter and noticed that there’s always a few cats that have a hard time getting adopted? You know, the old ones, the sickly ones, or the just plain cranky and mean ones? This is a comic about those cats.
The unadoptable kitties live in Calico Coffee, a cat cafe/shelter full of well-clawed furniture, yummy pastries, and strong tea and coffee. It’s a place where customers can mingle with felines, get their lattes sneezed in, their laps furred on, and their ankles nipped. The cafe’s owner, Hank, is a giant of a man who is deeply in touch with his inner cat lady. He loves all cats, but especially the lifers.
With a successful campaign, we can fund the first issue, which will be 27 pages, give or take. We’re going to make the comic free to read on Tumblr and Tapas.
Goal amount = $6000 ACHIEVED!
Stretch goal #1 = $10,000 ACHIEVED!
We can get the comic translated into Spanish, Arabic, and Japanese. To celebrate, here's a video of Margaret's homemade cat food!
Stretch goal #2 = $15,000
If we hit this, we can make Issue 1 accessible to the blind. To celebrate, the artists will get a bonus! Also, Margaret & Brooks will finally get a second cat, making/sharing a video of the process!
NAME: Ripper @iseeurtoes
CHARACTERISTICS: Domestic short hair, calico, 3-year-old female
ISSUES: A lioness trapped in a house cat’s body, Ripper has an insatiable need to hunt. She hunts bugs, hats, toes, earrings, and anything else that moves. She does not play; she goes for the kill. When she’s not hunting, she takes her aggressions out on the furniture and curtains.
DESIRES: Ripper would love to be a farm cat with barns full of mice that she can stalk, pounce on, and rend and tear like nature intended. Humans are slow, dull creatures to her, and they get ridiculously upset over a few scratches and a little blood.
NAME: Jelly @litterbreath
CHARACTERISTICS: Domestic short hair, gray & white bicolor, 5-year-old male
ISSUES: Jelly is, honestly, a mess. He drools, he smells, and his paws are always caked with litter. He’s not into grooming, so his fur is matted, and he leaves a dusting of dandruff behind whenever he gets up. He tends to sneeze into customers’ coffees. He’s also a thief, and loves to steal items like car keys, earbuds, glasses, biscotti, etc., and drop them into water dishes and litter boxes.
DESIRES: Jelly’s ideal home has other cats for him to boss around, but two litter boxes for his own personal use. He prefers carpeting to roll around on, and windows covered in paw and snout prints. When it comes to humans, Jelly wants a house full of Jasmines—people who will never turn him down when he wants petting.
NAME: Babalu @conedependent
CHARACTERISTICS: Hairy sphynx, black, 7-year-old female
ISSUES: Babalu’s health isn’t just poor, it’s destitute. Kidney problems, bladder stones, skin rashes, heart palpitations—she’s had it all, and more. She’s rarely without a cone or stitches.
DESIRES: Babalu is convinced that her remaining time on Earth can be counted in hours, and every day that she wakes up alive gives her a certain grim satisfaction. So she doesn’t think much beyond tomorrow, and sees little use in trying to charm the customers in hopes of being taken home.
NAME: Vincent von Toast @vincentvontoast
CHARACTERISTICS: Maine Coon, red tabby, 13-year-old male
ISSUES: Face it, not many people want to adopt a 13-year-old cat.
DESIRES: Vincent had a home for many years and only recently arrived at the cafe. He doesn’t like to talk about his past. He’d like a new home, but isn’t too hopeful. Vincent knows that Marmalade, the kitten with whom he is bonded, will never get adopted if she sticks with him, but she won’t leave his side. Still, he encourages her dreams. But Marmalade’s optimism about the bonded-pair’s future forces Vincent to keep up appearances, and even get a little hopeful from time to time.
NAME: Marmalade @foldtastic
CHARACTERISTICS: Scottish Fold, ginger tabby, 4-month-old female
ISSUES: With her ginger tabby coat and cute, folded ears, Marmalade is one adorable kitten. She’s a charmer, and people love her. But she is absolutely inseparable from Vincent von Toast, and can’t be taken home on her own. If you want her, you have to take Vincent. And he’s a great cat, too! He’s just fairly . . . elderly.
DESIRES: Marmalade wants it all: canned food, naps in sunbeams, fun people to play with. It’s the good life for her, and she’s going to get it any way she can. But not without Vincent.
NAME: Nigel @lapsR4naps
CHARACTERISTICS: Russian Blue, silver-gray, 4-year-old male
ISSUES: None. Seriously, Nigel is perfect. He’s sweet, affectionate, friendly, clean and in great health. If you’re looking for a terrific cat to take home, Nigel’s the one. And many people do take him home. He’s been adopted countless times. And every time, the very next day, his new people bring him back and flee the cafe without saying a word. No one knows why.
DESIRES: Nigel wants to keep his secrets safe. We suspect he will do anything necessary to do just that.
OCCUPATION: Owner of cat cafe, Calico Coffee
PAST OCCUPATIONS: Postdoc ethologist at Seaport City University
Hank is a giant of a man who is deeply in touch with his inner cat lady. He loves all cats, but especially the lifers. He’s a bit cat-like himself: independent and indifferent to people in general, but he conceals a whole lot of personality. It’s hard to get much of a reaction out of Hank, but push the right button and you’ll get the equivalent of a tail flick.
OCCUPATION: Barista at Calico Coffee
PAST OCCUPATIONS: Library assistant, Humane Society volunteer
Jasmine (Yasmeen), a 19-year-old college student, loves loves loves cats! She just started working at Calico Coffee. Hank hired her right away after she gushed for twenty minutes straight about how much she loves cats. Jasmine has a strong need for every cat to love her back, making her relationship with Ripper a bit one sided. Jelly, the resident gross cat, knows that Jasmine is a sure thing when it comes to cuddles. She's pretty good about keeping extra clean aprons around as well as plenty of hand sanitizer.
NAME: Brooks Peck
CHARACTERISTICS: Domestic short hair, tortoiseshell
OCCUPATION: Curator at a pop culture museum
PAST OCCUPATIONS: Entertainment journalist, screenwriter
As a curator at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, Brooks has created exhibitions on topics as diverse as space-themed record album covers, Battlestar Galactica, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and Avatar among others. His most recent show is Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds. He co-wrote two creature features for the Syfy Channel: Rage of the Yeti and Zombie Apocalypse. His short story “With Folded RAM” recently appeared in the magazine Asimov’s Science Fiction.
Brooks is looking for a quiet and predictable home with no other curators.
NAME: Margaret Chiavetta
CHARACTERISTICS: Feral, brown tabby
OCCUPATION: Author of fantasy novels for middle-grade readers
PAST OCCUPATIONS: Anthropologist, editor
Margaret Chiavetta graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics from the University of Washington Bothell in 2014. She is the author of the new kids fantasy novel, Sir Duffy’s Promise, the first book of The Alchemist’s Theorem series. Chiavetta’s work has received positive accolades from media sites like MuggleNet.com, the #1 Harry Potter fan site, and Kirkus Reviews. Chiavetta holds a BA in Anthropology from the University at Buffalo and spent several years working with monkeys and learning about the human condition. Currently, she is working on The Alchemist’s Theorem’s second novel, Mendel’s Inheritance, and as a freelance editor.
Margaret requires lots of attention, but on her own, unpredictable terms.
NAME: Beth Morrell
CHARACTERISTICS: Dog person, raven
Beth is the artist for The Unadoptables. She graduated from Western Washington University with a BFA in painting, then continued on to receive an MFA in Digital Art from DigiPen Institute of Technology. While there, she art directed the award winning 2D video game "Flickers". Her love of comics started when she would sneak in to her brother's room to read his "Excalibur" comics, and was further heightened upon discovering the wide range of web comics out there. She now lives in LA where she is living the dream working on very cool projects with very cool people.
NAME: Autumn Haynes
CHARACTERISTICS: Domestic medium hair, ginger tabby
OCCUPATION: Freelance Artist
Autumn colors the comic and designed The Unadoptables logo. She woke up one day in the green fields of rural southwestern Virginia and followed a calling to study art at VCUarts—where she made off with a degree in Communication Arts and a curse from the temple guardian. A lover of comics and mysterious whimsy, Autumn can most often be found gardening or drawing. She is inspired by the weird and wonderful hidden in the mundane.
Our pledge levels include a number of digital rewards as well as some awesome merch designed exclusively for this campaign. The items below can be found at various pledge levels:
The limited, first edition of the comic book!
A strip of the comic printed on a cafe mug!
A t-shirt featuring original character designs of all six cats!
Leggings featuring original character designs of all six cats!
An Unadoptables onsie for your cat-baby or baby-baby!
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk is that we won’t complete the issue. BUT the script is complete, and as you can see, Beth and Autumn have finished six pages. A successful campaign will give us the funds for the rest of the pages. Beth and Autumn are deeply committed to this project, but if for some unhappy reason they are unable to finish the work, other artists can be found. Then there are no barriers left to releasing the comic, as we are distributing it on Tumblr and Tapastic, which are free platforms.
Margaret and Brooks have managed a successful Kickstarter campaign before, for Margaret’s first novel. This involved managing three printed editions and shipping them worldwide. Brooks manages museum exhibitions with multi-million dollar budgets.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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