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About this project

So What's The Pitch?

This is a poetic take on the Scottish childhood of writer Sean Michael Wilson, draw by Swedish artist Hanna Stromberg. The book mixes together 14 intimate and interesting real life childhood stories and adventures, with a touch of magical realism.

A scene from one of the many Childhood adventures in the book
A scene from one of the many Childhood adventures in the book

It's all set in one specific location - the woods and streets near Sean's childhood home in the Morningside area of Edinburgh, Scotland, in the late 70's and early 80's. All the action takes place in those woods or the streets around them, a deliberate decision to narrow the story to just that one area. It gives the story a sense of place - and anyway, many interesting things happened there! 

No adults are seen in the story, or following the old cartoon tradition of Tom and Jerry, only their feet and lower body are seen - this is a world of children! It's one book, but showing many interesting anecdotes, with some narrative aspects to weave it all together, meaning that there is some reflection from the adult Sean as a ghost like presence hovering over the past scenes.

The Hardback book with beautiful cover art from Hanna
The Hardback book with beautiful cover art from Hanna

There is a fluid interweaving of the childhood visuals with adult narration, in a touching poetic way.The book has an opening scene showing the adult Sean going to his childhood area, and beginning to reflect on his past. It's all drawn together at the end, as we see the adult Sean having gone through all that and leaving his childhood place behind.

We've made a special preview pdf of the ONCE UPON A TIME IN MORNINGSIDE book. Showing two full chapters: 'Tough Guy' and 'The Peacock'. It's free, just download it on Sean's site (it's right under the mock cover of the book) and enjoy:

http://seanmichaelwilson.weebly.com/morningside.html

Another preview page from the book
Another preview page from the book

That Sounds Lovely, so can I find out more about the Creators?

Sean Michael Wilson - Writer
Sean Michael Wilson - Writer

Sean Michael Wilson is a comic book writer from Scotland, who now lives and works in Japan. He has been published by a variety of US, UK and Japanese publishers. His main influences include British and American creators, such as Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Eddie Campbell and Harvey Pekar. As well as writing 'western' style graphic novels, he often works with Japanese and Chinese artists on manga style books for the Japanese publisher Kodansha and US publisher Shambhala. He is the editor of the critically acclaimed AX: alternative manga (Top Shelf) , selected as one of the ten best comic books of 2010 by Publishers Weekly and nominated for a Harvey award. Once upon a Time in Morningside is very close to his heart, being his most intimate book so far.

To find out more about Sean and his work please visit his website: http://seanmichaelwilson.weebly.com

Hanna Strömberg is an artist living in Malmö, Sweden. She works with comics, illustration, painting and graphic/web design. She was awarded her art degree at Bergen Academy of Art and Design in Norway, where she mostly worked with animation and sculpture, but has since returned to her comics roots with this very personal project

Our Artist Hanna Strömberg
Our Artist Hanna Strömberg

To find out more about Hanna and her work please visit her website: www.hannastromberg.com

News report about the forthcoming book from Scottish newspaper
News report about the forthcoming book from Scottish newspaper

What do I get for my money?

In return for their support those who pledge will be given the rare chance to get special rewards, accessible only to backers (some of which we want ourselves!). As well as the printed and digital versions of the 120 page Graphic Novel itself you can pledge for lots of exclusive goodies like T-Shirts, Tote bags, Art Prints and Original Sketches. There's also a chance to meet the creators and have your books signed in person depending on how much you would like to pledge. And, of course, you get the good karma of feeling you have helped build this project up. There are pledges that include special credits and acknowledgements with your name printed in the book.

NEW: We have already had a lot of nice pledges come in from some great people. So why not join the group of pledgers - with your help, this project will be a success. We can afford the printing costs, and make this precious book come alive!

"I want To Carry My Book Everywhere" Reward. The Tote bag starts at the 45 pounds level pledge ( including, of course, the Deluxe Hardback version of the book itself and a limited edition art print by Hanna). 

Photo of the woods that most of the stories take place in, seen from Cluny Place, by Barryjohn Stewart, who also appears in the book.
Photo of the woods that most of the stories take place in, seen from Cluny Place, by Barryjohn Stewart, who also appears in the book.
A beautiful photo of the woods themselves, where most of the real life little adventures unfolded.
A beautiful photo of the woods themselves, where most of the real life little adventures unfolded.

Where does my Money go?

All the money pledged for this project will go to the printing and production costs of the book and the distribution of rewards. The book is published and edited by Shane Chebsey of Scar Comics, who will be taking no money from this Kickstarter Campaign.

The Adult Sean reflects on Childhood memories
The Adult Sean reflects on Childhood memories

Risks and challenges

Most of the book has already been drawn and both creators have put their hearts and souls into what is a very personal project for Sean.

We are all very dedicated and have an impeccable track record of writing, drawing and publishing many books. The very experienced Shane Chebsey will publish the book once we get to our target.

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    The Digital Reward - A Digital PDF of the entire 140 page Graphic Novel. Available to all supporters above £5.00

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    The Collector's Reward - The printed Hard Cover edition of the book. Plus something very special for all backers who pledge £18 or above...you all get your names listed in a dedicated "thank you" section of the book along with all of the creator and publisher credits. You're practically one of the team!

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    Kickstarter Exclusive Reward! - A Deluxe signed Dust Jacket Hardback version of the full 140 page Graphic Novel plus a Limited Edition Art Print signed by Hanna.

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    The "I want To Carry My Book Everywhere" Reward - Along with The Deluxe dust jacket Hardback version with the art card you get an exclusive Morningside Tote Bag featuring art from the book by Hanna

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    The Dapper Fanboy Reward - The deluxe signed dust jacket Hardback version with the art card plus a Limited Edition T-shirt featuring art from the book by Hanna

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    The Art Lover's Reward - The deluxe signed dust jacket hardback version with the art card plus a signed A4 original full character sketch from Hanna.

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    The Bonus Book Reward - With this one you get The Deluxe Dust Jacket Hardcover with Art Card, the T- Shirt and the Tote Bag, but you also get a softcover copy of the book along with a digital download copy of one of Sean's other books called BITS & BOBS which collects over 200 pages of his previous stories all in one bumper book. GREAT VALUE!

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    The Huge Bumper Reward - This is the big one! You get all the items from the previous rewards, including the Sofcover Editon, Tote Bag, The Extra Book Download, the T-Shirt and the Sketch plus the Kickstarter Exclusive Deluxe Hard cover with Dust Jacket and signed art card. This reward is strictly limited to only our most loyal supporters and includes your name printed in larger letters in the book on the special "thank you" page with a "co producer" credit.

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    The Ultimate Supporter Reward: Every item from all the previous rewards plus you get 10 extra copies of the Hard Cover edition of the book to give away to your friends and family as beautiful gifts.

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