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The LGBTQ indie returns! While shapeshifting, Lily gets stuck in her mother's body. Can Lily accept how she came to be and who she is?
The LGBTQ indie returns! While shapeshifting, Lily gets stuck in her mother's body. Can Lily accept how she came to be and who she is?
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What Is Flutter?

Flutter is about Lily, a girl who shapeshifts into a boy to get her dream girl and the chaos that comes from pretending to be someone she's not. That chaos continues in Volume Three: Hey Mom, Why So Tense? 

 

In Volume Three, while shapeshifting, Lily gets stuck in a body, but not just any body - her mother's. Forced to see the world through the eyes of her estranged mother, Lily must accept that she'll never live a "normal life" in order to fulfill her true destiny. 

Flutter is a comic series that began over five years ago in a writing class at Grub Street, Boston's independent writing center. Since then, Flutter has been featured on Law & Order: SVU, in The New York Times, and in the Boston Globe. Flutter is one of the best LGBT graphic novels of 2013 and 2015, according to The Advocate. Bleeding Cool lists it as one of the 15 best indie comics of 2014

Most recently, the Virginia Library Association named Volume Two a 2015 Graphic Novel Diversity Award Honor BookVolume Two was also named a 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year finalist by Foreword Reviews. For me, though, the biggest thrill of all was when comic legend Gail Simone described Flutter, Volume One as "a truly thrilling graphic novel."

 

I have always envisioned Flutter as a three volume graphic novel series, so this is the final volume of this story arc. I'm a 'never say never' person, so I'm not saying that this is the very end of all things Flutter. There's a chance that it will show up in another format, but this story arc, this graphic novel series published by 215 Ink, is ending with Volume Three.

To celebrate, we're combining all three volumes into THE FLUTTER COLLECTION, a 300+ page full color book, and offering it as a reward in this Kickstarter campaign. Only a limited number of THE FLUTTER COLLECTION will be printed. This campaign is the only place where you can guarantee that a copy is yours. 

The Flutter Collection combines all three volumes in one 300+ page full color book
The Flutter Collection combines all three volumes in one 300+ page full color book

 

Who Is Flutter?

Flutter is Jeff (FUBAR) McComsey, Chris Goodwin, Jeff (THE TICK) McClelland, and me

Flutter, Volume One started with me writing the script and Jeff McComsey doing everything else: art, colors, and lettering. Jeff and I met through a mutual friend who was teaching the comic / graphic novel writing class that I took at Grub Street. 

McComsey and I decided to expand the team for Volume Two, adding Chris Goodwin as colorist and Jeff McClelland as letterer. The way Chris got involved was pretty funny. Chris and I both had day jobs at the same publisher. When he stopped by to tell me he was leaving his job, I told him that McComsey and I needed a colorist for Volume Two. When I mentioned the date we needed the pages by, Chris said, "That's crazy! That's impossible!" 

He came back to my desk twenty minutes later and said he wanted to try to meet the crazy, impossible deadline. The result was Volume Two

Jeff McComsey and Chris Goodwin, NYCC 2015
Jeff McComsey and Chris Goodwin, NYCC 2015

All four of us are back for Volume Three. As well as lettering, Jeff McClelland will also be handling the editing duties of both Volume Three and THE FLUTTER COLLECTION. 

McClelland has been in the trenches with me at comic conventions and with print deadlines. He is always there with a bottle of Cheerwine and a solution for making any situation, any page of Flutter better. 

Jeff McClelland and Me, SDCC 2016
Jeff McClelland and Me, SDCC 2016

Why We Need Funds 

Flutter is an indie comic on a very small press. We prefer it that way because we get to tell the story we want to tell, how and when we want to tell it. However, that means the burden of the production and printing costs falls on us. 

Producing and printing full color 100+ page graphic novels is expensive. Like with our previous Flutter, Volume Two Kickstarter campaign, we need funds to produce and print enough copies of Volume Three to distribute it to comic stores. In addition, for this campaign, we also want to print a limited number of THE FLUTTER COLLECTION, a full color 300+ page book. 

Rewards, Stretch Goals, and Add-Ons 

Along with all the books, we have lots of other reward options. Jeff McComsey will draw you as an extra in Volume Three - you can even have a speaking role! There's also original and commissioned art by McComsey. The original art available for this campaign has been in multiple art exhibits this year. 

Flutter Original Art at Aviary Art Show, May 2016
Flutter Original Art at Aviary Art Show, May 2016

There are special Cheerwine reward tiers, tributes to the soft drink from my hometown. The Cheerwine rewards include all the books and comics where the soft drink is mentioned. 

Page from a mini-comic in Honcho 3 Cheers
Page from a mini-comic in Honcho 3 Cheers

 

Part of the Jennie Wood Collection rewards
Part of the Jennie Wood Collection rewards

 

Part of the Cheerwine and Jennie Wood Collection Rewards
Part of the Cheerwine and Jennie Wood Collection Rewards

 

We also have limited edition Flutter guitar picks and t-shirts. The Volume Two t-shirts from our last campaign will be available along with new options. You'll get to pick which one you want when we send out surveys. 

These T-Shirts and More Will Be Available to Backers
These T-Shirts and More Will Be Available to Backers

There are Volume Three scripts with commentary, a writing class with me, and limited edition bookplates from McComsey. And the first 100 backers of this campaign get an extra reward! If you have any questions about the rewards or this campaign, please email me at jrnayslayer@gmail.com.

Bookplate Rewards by Jeff McComsey
Bookplate Rewards by Jeff McComsey

We have stretch goals planned, so stay tuned for those. We'll also be offering Add-Ons later in the campaign. For example, if you're torn between a T-shirt and an original art reward, you'll get a chance to add-on items to the reward you've selected at a later date. More details on all this soon. Thank you for your time, consideration, and support! 

Cheers,
Jennie

 

Risks and challenges

Juggling four different schedules can be tough, but members of this team have worked together now on multiple projects. One of the reasons we love working together is because - no matter what - we get things done!

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    With A Little Help From Our Friends

    Everyone gets something. Your name will be in the Thank You section of VOLUME THREE and THE FLUTTER COLLECTION, a collected edition of all volumes. Plus, you will have our eternal gratitude. Seriously - every little bit helps!

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    FLUTTER Guitar Pick

    A limited edition FLUTTER guitar pick, just like the one Lily used to learn to play guitar to impress Saffron and Penelope in VOLUME ONE. You'll also receive a handwritten thank you note from me. Plus, your name will be in the Thank You section of VOLUME THREE and THE FLUTTER COLLECTION, all three volumes in one book.

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    Digitally Your Choice: VOLUME 1, 2, or 3

    Pick which volume of FLUTTER you want (VOLUME ONE, TWO, OR THREE) and we'll send you the digital version of it. Plus, your name will be in the Thank You section of VOLUME THREE and THE FLUTTER COLLECTION.

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    THE DIGITAL FLUTTER COLLECTION

    Get the limited edition THE FLUTTER COLLECTION, all three volumes in one book, edited by Jeff McClelland, sent to you digitally. Plus, your name will be in the Thank You section of VOLUME THREE and THE FLUTTER COLLECTION.

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    VOLUME THREE Print Edition

    Get the brand new VOLUME THREE in print, a 100+ page full color graphic novel. Backers of this reward will also get a limited edition FLUTTER guitar pick, as well as the digital version of VOLUME THREE. Plus, your name will be in the Thank You section of both VOLUME THREE and THE FLUTTER COLLECTION.

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    VOLUME TWO Print Edition

    Get a print copy of VOLUME TWO, the 100+ page full color graphic novel. Backers of this reward will also get a limited edition FLUTTER guitar pick, as well as a digital pdf of VOLUME TWO. Plus, your name will be in the Thank You sections of VOLUME THREE and THE FLUTTER COLLECTION.

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    VOLUME ONE Print Edition

    VOLUME ONE, the 100+ page full color graphic novel print edition is all yours. Backers of this reward will also get a limited edition FLUTTER guitar pick, as well as a digital pdf of VOLUME ONE. Plus, your name will be in the Thank You section of VOLUME THREE and in THE FLUTTER COLLECTION.

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    FLUTTER T-SHIRT

    For this reward you will receive a limited edition FLUTTER T-SHIRT. You will have multiple designs to choose from, including the VOLUME TWO T-Shirt from our previous campaign.

    You will also get a FLUTTER guitar pick and your name appears in the Thank You sections of VOLUME THREE and THE FLUTTER COLLECTION. You also get THE FLUTTER COLLECTION digital version.

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    The Digital Jennie Wood Collection

    For this reward you will receive digital copies of the following: THE FLUTTER COLLECTION, the young adult novel A BOY LIKE ME, and the FUBAR mini-comic which includes all the Jennie Wood FUBAR stories. And your name will be in the Thank You section of both VOLUME THREE and THE FLUTTER COLLECTION.

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    CHEERWINE & YOUR CHOICE FLUTTER VOLUME

    This reward is a tribute to the soft drink, Cheerwine, which appears in FLUTTER, HONCHO, and A BOY LIKE ME.

    For this reward, backers get print and digital copies of A BOY LIKE ME, and the HONCHO 3 CHEERS mini-comic as well as your choice of FLUTTER VOLUME ONE, TWO, OR THREE.

    Backers also get a limited FLUTTER guitar pick and a sweet Cheerwine treat. Your name will be in the Thank You section of VOLUME THREE and in THE FLUTTER COLLECTION.

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    Digital FLUTTER COLLECTION w/Script

    You will receive a digital copy of the VOLUME THREE script with commentary and notes from writer Jennie Wood and editor Jeff McClelland.

    You will also receive a digital version of THE FLUTTER COLLECTION. Plus, a limited edition FLUTTER guitar pick. Your name appears in the Thank You sections of both VOLUME THREE and THE FLUTTER COLLECTION.

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    VOLUME ONE, TWO, OR THREE w/ Bookplate

    For this reward you will receive a custom 4"X 6" bookplate sketch from Jeff McComsey in a print copy of your choice: VOLUME ONE, TWO, or THREE. All bookplates are signed by Jeff and are limited edition. Backers of this reward also get a FLUTTER guitar pick and the digital version of your selected volume. Your name will be in the Thank You section of both VOLUME THREE and THE FLUTTER COLLECTION.

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    T-SHIRT w/ VOLUME ONE, TWO, OR THREE

    For this reward you will receive a limited edition FLUTTER T-SHIRT and your choice of VOLUME ONE, TWO, or THREE print and digital editions. Plus, you get a limited edition FLUTTER guitar pick, and your name appears in the Thank You sections of both VOLUME THREE and THE FLUTTER COLLECTION.

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    THE FLUTTER COLLECTION

    Here it is - all three volumes in one limited print edition. This special Kickstarter version is being edited by Jeff McClelland. Backers of this reward also get a limited FLUTTER guitar pick and digital pdf of the collection. Your name will be in the Thank You section of VOLUME THREE and in THE FLUTTER COLLECTION.

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    CHEERWINE & THE FLUTTER COLLECTION

    This reward is a tribute to the soft drink, Cheerwine, which appears in FLUTTER, HONCHO, and A BOY LIKE ME.

    For this reward, backers get print and digital copies of THE FLUTTER COLLECTION, A BOY LIKE ME, and the HONCHO 3 CHEERS mini-comic. Backers also get a limited FLUTTER guitar pick and a sweet Cheerwine treat. Your name will be in the Thank You section of VOLUME THREE and in THE FLUTTER COLLECTION.

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    THE FLUTTER COLLECTION + VOLUME THREE

    This special reward tier is for previous backers and collectors who want print copies of both THE FLUTTER COLLECTION and VOLUME THREE.

    Backers of this reward also get a limited FLUTTER guitar pick and digital pdfs of both books. Your name will be in the Thank You section of VOLUME THREE and in THE FLUTTER COLLECTION.

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    THE FLUTTER COLLECTION w/ Bookplate

    For this reward you will receive a custom 4"X6" bookplate sketch from Jeff McComsey in a print copy of THE FLUTTER COLLECTION. All bookplates are limited edition and signed by Jeff. Backers of this reward will also get a FLUTTER guitar pick, and digital pdf of THE FLUTTER COLLECTION. Your name will be in the Thank You section of both VOLUME THREE and THE FLUTTER COLLECTION.

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    THE FLUTTER COLLECTION w/Script

    You will receive a print copy of the VOLUME THREE script with commentary and notes from writer Jennie Wood and editor Jeff McClelland.

    You will also receive a print and digital copy of THE FLUTTER COLLECTION. Plus, a limited FLUTTER guitar pick and your name appears in the Thank You sections of VOLUME THREE and THE FLUTTER COLLECTION.

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    THE FLUTTER COLLECTION & T-shirt

    For this reward you will receive a limited edition FLUTTER T-shirt and THE FLUTTER COLLECTION, print and digital version. Plus, a FLUTTER guitar pick and your name appears in the Thank You sections of VOLUME THREE and THE FLUTTER COLLECTION.

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    The Jennie Wood Collection

    For this reward you will receive print and digital copies of the following: THE FLUTTER COLLECTION, the young adult novel A BOY LIKE ME, the FUBAR mini-comic which includes all the Jennie Wood FUBAR stories. You will also receive a print copy of the superhero anthology, SINGULARITY: RISE OF THE POSTHUMANS, which includes Jennie's story, Charada.

    You'll also get the limited FLUTTER guitar pick. And your name will be in the Thank You section of both VOLUME THREE and THE FLUTTER COLLECTION.

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    Early Bird Comic Book Writing Class

    For this reward you will receive graphic novel / comic writing instruction from me. This is a one on one version of the class I teach at Grub Street, Boston's independent writing center. You will receive comic script samples and other materials from me prior to the class. The 60 minute class will then be scheduled at a time convenient for you via Skype or phone.

    The class will cover how to write a comic, script formatting, how to collaborate with an artist, publishing options, comic convention tips, marketing and more. Since the class is just you and me, a portion of the class will focus on your comic ideas, goals and projects. The class can be scheduled from Nov. 2016 through Sept. 2017.

    You will also receive THE FLUTTER COLLECTION print and digital version. Plus, a limited edition FLUTTER guitar pick and your name appears in the Thank You sections of VOLUME THREE and THE FLUTTER COLLECTION.

    If schedules/locations allow, this class can be done in person. For questions about this or any reward, email me directly at jrnayslayer@gmail.com.

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    Early Bird Original FLUTTER Art

    For this reward you will receive a page of the original FLUTTER art from Jeff McComsey that has been seen in multiple art exhibits this year. You will also receive a print and digital copy of THE FLUTTER COLLECTION. Plus, a limited edition FLUTTER guitar pick. Your name appears in the Thank You sections of VOLUME THREE and THE FLUTTER COLLECTION.

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    Early Bird Jeff McComsey Art Commissions

    For this reward you will receive a 9"x 12" Convention-style art commission by Jeff McComsey of any character of your choosing. Comics, movie, and book characters are all applicable. You will also receive THE FLUTTER COLLECTION print and digital versions. Plus, a limited edition FLUTTER guitar pick and your name appears in the Thank You sections of VOLUME THREE as well as THE FLUTTER COLLECTION.

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    Early Bird Appear In VOLUME THREE

    That's right, you will appear in VOLUME THREE as a background character! Jeff McComsey will draw you into a panel. You will also receive print and digital editions of THE FLUTTER COLLECTION. Plus, a limited edition FLUTTER guitar pick and your name appears in the Thank You section of VOLUME THREE as well as in THE FLUTTER COLLECTION.

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    Original FLUTTER art

    For this reward you will receive a page of the original FLUTTER art from Jeff McComsey that has been seen in multiple art exhibits this year. You will also receive a print and digital copy of THE FLUTTER COLLECTION. Plus, a limited edition FLUTTER guitar pick. Your name appears in the Thank You sections of VOLUME THREE and THE FLUTTER COLLECTION.

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    Early Bird Speaking Role in VOLUME THREE

    We won't just see your pretty face in VOLUME THREE, you will speak and interact with the characters! That's right - you will be drawn by Jeff McComsey into a panel, speaking dialogue written by Jennie Wood. You will also receive THE FLUTTER COLLECTION print and digital versions. Plus, a limited edition FLUTTER guitar pick, and your name appears in the Thank You section of VOLUME THREE and in THE FLUTTER COLLECTION.

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    Speaking Role in VOLUME THREE

    Since this Early Bird reward sold out, here's two more, but these are the last two speaking roles available in VOLUME THREE!

    We won't just see your pretty face in VOLUME THREE, you will speak and interact with the characters! That's right - you will be drawn by Jeff McComsey into a panel, speaking dialogue written by Jennie Wood. You will also receive THE FLUTTER COLLECTION print and digital versions. Plus, a limited edition FLUTTER guitar pick, and your name appears in the Thank You section of VOLUME THREE and in THE FLUTTER COLLECTION.

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    Let's Get Together

    An appearance at your store, venue, or book club. This can be whatever kind of event you want it to be: a signing, Q&A, and/or discussion at your venue from writer and creator Jennie Wood. Depending on the location, other Team FLUTTER members may also attend.

    You will also receive THE FLUTTER COLLECTION print and digital edition. Plus, a limited FLUTTER guitar pick, and your name appears in the Thank You section of VOLUME THREE as well as in THE FLUTTER COLLECTION.

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