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$31
pledged of $150pledged of $150 goal
5
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, September 14 2015 8:08 PM UTC +00:00

About

GENRE: Steampunk/Sci fi, + hints of fantasy, mystery & humor.


AUDIENCE: The comic's material is most appropriate for ages 9-15, although the art and story can be enjoyed and appreciated by any age and a wide variety of interests and backgrounds.    

CHARACTERS: The strip is driven by the 3 main characters: Pusskin, Raven, and Windywhiskers. Each character has their own complex and unique personality, making them easily memorable. During their interstellar travels, the 3 catonauts encounter all kinds of strange and wonderful creatures, including quad-eyed forest demons, albino subterranean moon cats, and elusive singing stars. These three cats are gifted with unusual abilities and an insatiable curiosity. Time and time again, they find their powers are the strongest when they use them as tools only to help others, one another, and enforce good in the galaxy. Their journey is not only among the undiscovered worlds of the stars, but within themselves as they change and grow, learning from their adventures and experiences. 

 DESCRIPTION: Fractal Kat is an original graphic comic strip series about a cat called Pusskin, a writer, inventor and milk-enthusiast. He's fascinated with outer space and especially curious about the Milky Way. (More specifically, how to get the milk out of it.) The Fractal Kat series is divided into episodes, each one focusing on a specific event, adventure or mission. The comic opens while Pusskin is in the process of building a light-speed level spacecraft which will enable him to make his first voyage and harvest some milk from the Milky Way. Pusskin has a vivid recurring dream about a pair of fractal goggles which grant him special powers, and after he crafts the goggles from his dream and learns how to use them, he finds that they do indeed give him supernatural abilities. Pusskin is soon joined by two other cats who also have special abilities and the three of them team up together and train to become "catonauts". In the first episode they launch their ship, the "Feline Galaxy Trotter" into outer space for the very first time. 

 STORY: While Fractal Kat is being written as a complete series, each episode can also stand alone as a mini-story, at the same time serving as chapters of the whole. The realm of possibilities is excitingly vast: Episode stories include the marketing of galaxy milk to earth cats, Readers can enjoy the art and follow the story while simultaneously soaking up intriguing fact bites about science and space, chuckling at amusing wordplay and enjoying whimsical scraps of Steampunk culture and sci fi/fantasy elements woven throughout the strip to give the subtle sensation of magic. The story itself, while simple enough to be enjoyed by a younger audience, can capture even older readers' attention with its surprising complexity. It is brimming with hidden jokes and wordplay, and rich with enduring themes such as friendship, perseverance, morality and world peace. 

 ART: Often surreal, occasionally psychedelic and always striking, my original illustrations are the element that brings the world of Fractal Kat to life. I create each drawing specially by hand using a cocktail of mediums and methods including pencil, inkpen, gel marker colored pencil, and eraser blending. Each full color piece costs me countless tedious hours of detailed work and by the time I finish each piece I have become deeply attached to it. The comic strip is brimming with elaborate textures, otherworldly colors, lifelike visuals of maps, detailed star charts, fantastical space creatures, materials, magical plants, lights and objects, and unique POV depictions. One recurring pattern that appears in my art is the use of mathematical figures such as circular fractals. I've always been deeply fascinated by fractals, and I believe part of the attraction of this versatile shape is that it's pleasing and familiar to both the artistic and scientifically-minded reader. The visual appeal of my work is an important element to me. The desired end result of each illustration I create is to cause the reader to just drink in the art, savoring the colors and visually relishing the textures, almost like they would enjoy a delicious meal. Human beings are in love with beauty and symmetry, and a pleasing and powerful visual can catch and hold your gaze, you don't want to (and almost can't) look away. That kind of image leaves a lasting impression in your brain and you remember the picture and want to see it again. 

 INTERACTIVE GOODIES In addition to story and art, I am building unique interactive features into my comic to appeal to my more hands-on readers. Interactive activities will be provided throughout the comic strip such as word searches, puzzles, secret codes and other challenges, some of them rewarded with prizes. Regular internal glossaries are discreetly provided to define any unfamiliar or "coined" words. 

 PROJECT GOALS: 1. My goal for this project is to first obtain recognition through an initial publication, either in a magazine or newspaper, or by winning a competition and receiving a place in the host publication. 2. Next, I intend to utilize the support I have built for the comic and pursue a contract with a periodical of my choice that will continue to run my graphic comic in full color from beginning to end of the series. 3. Thirdly, I would like to publish the complete series in one book or release single episodes and provide them for sale internationally so people everywhere can enjoy Fractal Kat. 

VISION/CALL TO ACTION: My primary vision for this graphic comic is to serve as inspiration for other people. Fractal Kat is both whimsical and educational, a potentially powerful blend which feeds the imagination and increases knowledge and learning. It's my hope that Fractal Kat will reveal fresh perspectives to my readers, motivate them to express their own creativity, and inspire them to wake up and be curious and mindful about the beautiful complexity of the universe surrounding us. Outer space is a timeless subject that has mystified us for hundreds of years, and I chose cats as my characters because of their widespread familiarity, beloved both as childhood pets and storybook characters. There is also potential for a lot of humorous material and wordplay surrounding familiar folklore such as the moon being made of cheese and milk in the Milky Way. I believe this project will delight and inspire many for decades to come and I would be honored to have your help and support in completing it. 

 THE STORY OF MY INSPIRATION:Fractal Kat is a highly unique and yet deeply familiar tale, I continue to draw inspiration from my own imagination as I complete each episode, as well as my fascination with stars, dreams, memories of my dad's never-ending stories, the antics of my two cats, and the intrigue of symmetrical shapes (particularly fractals) among other sources. 

Half-finished sketch of the Feline Galaxy Trotter, Pusskin's spacecraft
Half-finished sketch of the Feline Galaxy Trotter, Pusskin's spacecraft
Half-finished sketch of Pusskin & his Spacecraft plans--Episode 1
Half-finished sketch of Pusskin & his Spacecraft plans--Episode 1
Panel 1--Episode 1
Panel 1--Episode 1
Panel 2--Episode 1
Panel 2--Episode 1
Windywhiskers original character sketch
Windywhiskers original character sketch
Pusskin wearing his magic goggles
Pusskin wearing his magic goggles
Fractal Kat First Episode Cover Design (Pictured is Pusskin)
Fractal Kat First Episode Cover Design (Pictured is Pusskin)
Raven original character design
Raven original character design
 

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges I face with the Fractal Kat comic include seeking out the right publisher for my work. The funding I am granted will help me cover the cost of copyrighting my work, as well as submission fees so I can submit the comic strip to competitions, contests, magazines and newspapers.

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