My name is Jeremy Melloul, I'm a college student and aspiring comic writer living in Portland, Oregon.
This is my first ever Kickstarter project, meant to help me produce a comic I've written titled "Screws Loose." It's a twenty-four page one-shot that tells the story of a team of four mercenaries who find a mysterious crate and the events that happen thereafter (can't spoil the surprise now can I?).
While it's not the first comic I've ever written it's the first that I'm actually trying to get made because I have faith in it and believe that you'll enjoy it. (Well, I know I'll enjoy it so the hope is that you're like me and will enjoy it, too).
However, in order to get "Screws Loose" out there, I need your help. I need you to back this project and donate whatever you can, whether that's 1 dollar or 100 dollars in order to help me reach my goal of $3,200. If I don't reach at least my goal of $3,200 the project will not be funded at all!
Now, obviously I don't expect you to just help me for free so there's a ton of cool rewards just off to the side there ( -----> ) set up especially for you as a way to say thanks, for helping make my birthday wish come true?
Your Birthday Wish?
Damn right. On December 6th, 2011 I turned 18. I don't typically like asking for presents, and even less so from random people on the internet, but hell I want this comic made so I am. If you donate I'll definitely be considering this a birthday present. If you want me to, that is. If you don't then by all means, I won't object.
But anyway… back on topic:
Well, I'll also need money to cover the fees that Amazon and Kickstarter take out of the project.
Lastly, I'll also need to pay Damjan Stanich (http://damjanstanich.blogspot.com/), the awesome, talented artist who I've been collaborating with on this project.
The First Three Pages
As a preview of what you'd be getting if you bought the comic, here are the first three [unlettered] pages.
I definitely want to say thank you to my friend Alex Krafcik for filming the video, Keiran Hanrahan for lending his laughter and telekinesis, and Larry Friedman for helping me craft "Dominoes," the short story I wrote that led to the creation of this comic a little over a year ago.
I'd also like to thank the comic writers who have helped me learn about comics, fall in love with them, and see them in a whole different way. Brian K. Vaughan (for Y: The Last Man, and Ex Machina), Alan Moore (for V for Vendetta), Juan Díaz Canales (for Blacksad), Art Spiegelman (for Maus), Scott McCloud (for Understanding Comics), Dennis O'Neil (for the DC Guide to Understanding Comics), Warren Ellis (for Transmetropolitan), Will Eisner (for Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative), René Goscinny (for Asterix), Maurice De Bevere (for Lucky Luke), and, of course, Stan Lee.
Also, the song I used in the video is "One Fine Day" by Jason Shaw (http://audionautix.com/index.html).
- (35 days)