MERAKI Issue 2 will be a high-quality, full-color, limited-edition, 24-page comic book.
Not sure if MERAKI is for you? Well, we will give you the digital download of our first stand-alone story! Click here to download MERAKI: Descent to the Underworld.
All you wonderful returning backers will be receiving a bonus digital download of our exclusive sketchbook!
The story so far...
[Spoiler Alert] Psi and her team make their way through the barren land of Balen towards a mandatory celebration of Zeus. When the team runs out of water they are forced to a nearby village of Jupinar. Led by a small child the teams only hope lays in a broken hydro-well on the outskirts of the village. Psi watches in horror as an attacking group of Marauders destroys the well and the leader claims the child now belongs to him.
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 world of MERAKI is a futuristic realm infused with Greek Mythology.
The story follows Psi as she battles with PTSD and mistrust for the gods.
We strive to produce a high-quality comic book. That means, everything from artwork to our mailers. We board and bag all our comics and ship using a rigid chipboard construction stay flat mailer. Each stay flat mailer is branded with our MERAKI seal!
The greatest cost of creating MERAKI is the high-quality artwork. I've already paid for the first six pages, concept artwork, and shipping materials (labels, stay-flat shippers, boards & bags). Our goal amount will cover the cost of the remaining artwork, printing, shipping, and fees.
For backers at the Standard Copy level or higher!
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!
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 along with a pledge of $8 or more, you'll be entered to win an extremely limited variant comic from MERAKI: Descent to the Underworld!
M.K. Palmer (Writer/Creator): 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!
Four 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 am excited to take the next step of funding my comic book series! I hope you will join me on this journey and help bring MERAKI to life!
Minh Hằng (Artist): 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!
Risks and challenges
This is my third Kickstarter campaign. I successfully fulfilled my last two projects 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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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