Nominated for a 2011 Wil Eisner Award for "Best Digital Comic"
"The Bean is the webcomic story of a young Dishwasher, who works in an inn with a bunch of ogres. One day the Ogres send the boy for shrooms and he is kidnapped. During this time he finds a sword that is broken and now must heal the sword and find his true destiny. " Read the comic for yourself at www.beanleafpress.com
10 years ago I wanted to tell a story my way. It has been a long road with a lot of bumps on the way. Yet in 2009 I found that my dream had life and proceeded to start my adventure as a webcomic for all the world to see. I also realized that people wanted a paper version of my tale and so with my own money, I started to publish individual 40 page issues of the webcomic at low quantities to keep the story going.
8 issues and 304 pages later Bean was . It was then I realized that I needed to start compiling my story into something a little thicker than a 40 page b/w comic. The idea of compiling the first 4 issues into graphic novel was the way to go. I know you can read the whole story so far, here at www.beanleafpress.com but i also know that it works so much better in print.
I would love to fund it by myself, but as father of 5 fantastic kids, I find that money has been needed for other things. So I present my project to you to help me get this done plus share it with like minded people.
All the artwork is all but done. All I need to do is finish the cover art. The printer has been chosen and I want my work to be affordable to others, so I have worked really hard to keep the quotes low. I also want to make sure that Vol 1 was done right. So here are the specs. I will constantly post cover art and such here and at my website. I figure this project once funded will be completed in less than 2 months.
The Bean, vol 1 by Travis Hanson 172 pages (152 pages of story + extra art b/w) with a Full Color wrap-around cover. The printing cost for the first 2000 books with shipping is $5200 not including isbn fees and registration which after all is figured will hit about $6500 mark. All I will need is $5000 and I will be putting in $1500 of my own money to help make this work. It is important for me to support my project as well, it strengthens my commitment to it. PLUS I will cover all Shipping!
One day when the story is all done (36 issues total or 9 volumes) I will go back and color it all. Right now the goal is to finish the story.
I am a strong believer that all dreams are possible, if you want it bad enough.
Thanks again for all your support.
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