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Follow Psi's dark journey as she battles demi-gods and mythical creatures! The Odyssey meets Star Wars…LGBT style!
Follow Psi's dark journey as she battles demi-gods and mythical creatures! The Odyssey meets Star Wars…LGBT style!
Follow Psi's dark journey as she battles demi-gods and mythical creatures! The Odyssey meets Star Wars…LGBT style!
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MERAKI #2 Standard Cover
MERAKI #2 Standard Cover
MERAKI #2 Variant Cover created by Alan Quah
MERAKI #2 Variant Cover created by Alan Quah
MERAKI #2 Inside Pages
MERAKI #2 Inside Pages

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.

Chimera from the Underworld
Chimera from the Underworld

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. 

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.
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.

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!

MERAKI #1 Kickstarter rewards heading out the door
MERAKI #1 Kickstarter rewards heading out the door

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. 

MERAKI #2 cost breakdown
MERAKI #2 cost breakdown

ADD-ONS

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.

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    ISSUE 2 - DIGITAL DELUXE PDF

    DIGITAL DELUXE PACK
    High Definition PDF of MERAKI: Issue 2 AND 5 pages of concept and layout sketches that are not included in the book!

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    DIGITAL DELUXE PACK

    Get a High Definition PDF of MERAKI #1 AND MERAKI #2 PLUS concept artwork and layout sketches!

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    ISSUE 2 - STANDARD PHYSICAL COPY

    Get a physical copy of this high-quality, limited edition first printing of MERAKI: Issue 2!

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    ISSUE 2 - TWO STANDARD COPIES

    Bundle and save! Get two copies of the Standard Limited Edition first printing of MERAKI: Issue 2

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    Physical Copy Pack

    Get the limited edition print of Issue 0: Descent to the Underworld, Issue 1 and Issue 2!

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    ISSUE 2 - VARIANT COVER

    Get a Variant cover of MERAKI: Issue 2 by Alan Quah! Only 250 copies printed!

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    VARIANT COVER PACKAGE + KEYCHAIN + PATCH

    Bundle and save! Get a Variant cover of MERAKI: Issue 2! Limited Kickstarter Exclusive. Only 250 copies printed! PLUS a MERAKI Keychain AND glow-in-the-dark Patch!

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    • ISSUE 2 - DIGITAL DELUXE PDF
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    Original Sketch & Variant

    Minh Hằng will sketch your favorite character and sign the original 7.5"x10" artwork! Do you want a shirtless Mino? You got it! All request must be PG-13 though! :)

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    MERAKI Gear

    Get your hands on some MERAKI gear! You'll get a T-shirt, Book Bag, Glow-In-The-Dark Patch and Keychain with the Alopix sigil! You can use the book bag to carry Issue 0-2 around in!

    Includes:
    • DIGITAL WALLPAPER DOWNLOAD
    • ISSUE 2 - DIGITAL DELUXE PDF
    • ISSUE 0: DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD (FOIL COVER)
    • ISSUE 1 -STANDARD EDITION
    • ISSUE 2 - STANDARD PHYSICAL COPY
    • ALOPIX (FOX) KEYCHAIN
    • ALOPIX GLOW-IN-DARK PATCH
    • ALOPIX T-SHIRT
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    MERAKI PACK

    Get signed copies of MERAKI #2 Standard & Variant cover, MERAKI #1 Standard & Variant cover and Issue 0: Descent to the Underworld Standard & Variant cover by writer/creator M.K. Palmer. PLUS get the raised ink prints from Descent to the Underworld and MERAKI #1!

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    • ISSUE 2 - STANDARD PHYSICAL COPY -SIGNED BY CREATOR
    • ISSUE 2 - VARIANT COPY -SIGNED BY CREATOR
    • ISSUE 1 - STANDARD COPY -SIGNED BY CREATOR
    • ISSUE 1 - VARIANT COPY -SIGNED BY CREATOR
    • DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD - STANDARD COPY -SIGNED BY CREATOR
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    Become a Royal Guard Member!

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

    You will be a member of Zeus' elite Royal Guards.

    (You will be featured in Issues 2 & 3!)

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    Become the Captain of the Royal Guard!

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

    You will become a demi-god! Your father is Ares himself, but you're a little drunk with power and kind of an ass -just sayin'!

    (You will be featured in Issues 2, 3, & 4!)

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