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The Odyssey meets Star Wars…LGBT style! Issue 1 of an epic 12 issue story arc!
The Odyssey meets Star Wars…LGBT style! Issue 1 of an epic 12 issue story arc!
The Odyssey meets Star Wars…LGBT style! Issue 1 of an epic 12 issue story arc!
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MERAKI #1 – An Adventure Story With Greek Gods & Gay Heroes!

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The world of MERAKI is a futuristic realm infused with Greek Mythology.

Follow Psi's dark journey as our epic 12-issue adventure begins! Get your hands on MERAKI #1!  

**A high-quality, full-color, limited-edition comic book**

The lands of Balen have turned dry, suffering from an extreme drought.

Desperate for water Psi and her team are forced to travel to Jupinar.

When the village Elder refuses to help and marauders attack, will Psi order her team to fight or let the village burn?

 

 

 

 

Created by mighty Gods, Balen teems with sea-creatures, dragons, and genetic-hybrids. Echoes of the Gods’ own characteristics infuse the races of this land. The goddess Athena introduced genetically enhanced humans into this realm nearly two centuries ago. These second generation humans had to learn their place in this world or were soon parted from it.

 

The story follows our lesbian hero, Psi, as she travels through the barren lands of Balen desperate to reach the capital. 

Born into the land of Wrathic Warriors, Psi ascended swiftly through the savage ranks. Her path forged in blood, she now commands the deadliest military team on Balen.

 

  

 

 

                                                                     

 

                       

        

 

 

 

Do you want a MERAKI keychain? Or a glow-in-the-dark MERAKI patch? What about a copy of MERAKI: Descent to the Underworld? Well, you're in luck! 

Please follow the directions below to claim your Add-On:  

1. Click the “manage your pledge” button on the project's page.  

2. Increase your pledge by the amount needed to claim the add-on(s).  

3. Save your pledge. 

**Do not change the tier that you originally pledged at.**  

At the end of the campaign, we will send you a survey so you can let us know which Add-On you selected.

 

 

 

I created MERAKI because we need more gay heroes! It is important to represent the LGBT+ community in fiction. My characters are gay, but that is only one part of them. Each and every single one of them has positive and negative traits that make them human. They are loyal, selfish, forgiving, and vengeful. It is my hope that the theme and characters resonate with all! After all, a good story is a good story! 

Today, more than ever, I think it is important for all people to come together and find strength in unity. If you believe the same, please take a moment and write Strength in Unity in the comment section of this Kickstarter! As a bonus, if you add the comment above along with a pledge of $7 or more, you'll be entered to win a limited variant comic from MERAKI: Descent to the Underworld!

 

 

 Minh Hằng creating the Variant cover for MERAKI #1

Minh Hằng creating MERAKI #1 page 12

 

 

 

 A former Molecular Biologist turned comic book writer, letterer, web developer, graphic designer, and video editor. I’ve worn many hats to create this book! 

Three years ago I had an opportunity to follow my dream of writing a comic, and so I began creating MERAKI. I grew up reading comic books in the late 90's, but there was always a little disconnect. They lacked characters that represented me. No one was gay. When I created MERAKI, it was important to have a diverse world with intelligent, brave and cunning female characters. I have learned a lot over the last three years about storytelling, and now I am excited to take the next step of funding my book! I hope you will join me on this journey and help bring MERAKI to life!

 

I studied fine art under celebrated Vietnamese artist Nguyên Đình. In 2008 I graduated from Ho Chi Minh City’s University of Architecture with a degree in Industrial Art. I quit my fashion design career to become a digital artist. This work has led me to MERAKI, and I'm really happy with my choice!

 

The greatest cost of creating MERAKI is the high quality artwork. I've already paid for six pages, concept artwork, shipping materials (labels, stay-flat shippers, boards & bags). As you can see, even with my out of pocket contribution, it's expensive to produce this comic and that's why I need your help!  

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

This is my second Kickstarter campaign. I successfully fulfilled my last project and I have planned extensively to minimize the risks of this project.

I will be transparent with the production of this book. I will post timely updates and notify backers of any setbacks.

This project is extremely important to me and I will do my best to make sure it is successful.

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    EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL WALLPAPER

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    DIGITAL DELUXE PACK

    High Definition PDF of MERAKI: Issue 1 AND 5 pages of concept and layout sketches that are not included in the book! But that's not all! We will also throw in a behind the scenes video production of making a MERAKI page!

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    DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD DIGITAL PACK

    Get a High Definition PDF of MERAKI: Descent to the Underworld AND MERAKI #1 digital deluxe pack.

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    STANDARD COPY

    Get a copy of this high-quality, limited edition first printing of MERAKI: Issue 1!

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    TWO STANDARD COPIES

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    DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD PACK

    Get a copy of the comic that started it all! MERAKI: Descent to the Underworld is a stand-alone story that introduces readers to the world of Balen.

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    VARIANT COVER

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    VARIANT COVER PACKAGE + KEYCHAIN + PATCH

    Bundle and save! Get a Variant cover of MERAKI: Issue 1! Extremely limited Kickstarter Exclusive. Only 100 copies printed! PLUS a MERAKI Keycahin AND glow-in-the-dark Patch!

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    ORIGINAL SKETCH ARTWORK

    Own a piece of the book! Get an original sketch artwork page from MERAKI #1.

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    VARIANT COVER + ORIGINAL ART

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    CREATOR'S PACK

    Get signed copies of MERAKI #1 Standard & Variant cover and Descent to the Underworld Standard & Variant cover by writer/creator M.K. Palmer. PLUS the raised ink prints from MERAKI #1 and 9"x12" Adriano Batista raised ink print & 6"x10" Thunder sketch print from our first Kickstarter!

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    WRITER'S PACK

    Get signed copies of MERAKI #1 (Standard & Variant cover) and Descent to the Underworld by writer/creator M.K. Palmer plus a PDF copy of the scripts along with a PDF copy of my stick figure layout of issue 1! But wait there’s more! If you ever wanted to create your own comic, I’ll help. We can chat over skype (two sessions for an hour each)!

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    BECOME A MARAUDER

    The talented Minh Hằng will draw you into the comic book! PLUS get the original artwork for your character sketch!

    Do you have a darkside? Ever thought of becoming a bad guy? Well now’s the time! Become the badass you've always wanted to be!

    (You will be featured in Issue 1 & 2!)

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    BECOME THE MARAUDER LEADER!

    The talented Minh Hằng will draw you as the lead villain of this issue! PLUS get the original artwork for your character sketch!

    Do you have a darkside? Do you love power? You can lead the marauders against Psi and her team! It’s time to embrace your darkness and become the badass leader that you know you are deep down inside!

    (You will be featured in Issue 1 & 2!)

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