What others are saying about Home of the Brave:
"Wonderful Work" - David Mack artist/writer of Kabuki and Daredevil
"The combination of this unique graphic design and storytelling make this a must read..." -Shawn Demumbrum, Bleeding Cool
" it became a personal mission to see this project succeed." - Henry Barajas, Comics Beat
"Home of the Brave looks to be a well-made project by two promising creators..." - Aaron Colter, Comics Alliance
"To support this project is a no brainer." - Brett Schenker, Graphic Policy
"Superbly phenomenal new and original....Please spread the word. Rob a bank to contribute, if need be." - Richard Caldwell, The Lottery Party
Announcing our stretch goals:
Home of the Brave - Kickstarter Update No.1
Hey guys! New York City Comic Con starts this weekend and we just arrived in the Big Apple.
So much has happened in the last few days, some of which we can't really discuss, but it's all incredibly awesome, and in large part, due to the outrageous support of everyone thats been spreading the word about our book!
Check out this fun video update we shot yesterday in Manhattan!
Become a part of an effort to make the world a better place. Aria's world may not be our own but the issues she faces are. Help spread her story.
In 1946, the producers of The Adventures of Superman radio program, along with the help of activist Stetson Kennedy, infiltrated the KKK and created fictional stories based on the reality of KKK as villains. They publicly aired real clan rituals and codewords, allowing local law enforcement to further infiltrate the KKK, and villainizing the racist terror organization for generations to come. Pop-culture can make a difference.
Home of the Brave begins with the story of Aria Monfort, a 13 year old girl who works 14 hour days, and just learned to read a year ago. She's also the youngest person in her country to be accepted into a prestigious university, learns trigonometry during her lunch breaks, and may cure some of the world's deadliest diseases. Aria was just sold into slavery in the poorest country in the world: America.
Home of the Brave on itunes (please rate!)
Home of the Brave Free PDF Preview
We have created a narrative that brings issues of poverty to light in an innovative and compelling manner with the story of our protagonist, Aria Monfort, a child born in a fictional America suffering from extreme poverty. We've combined elements of contemporary graphic design and traditional illustration to build this world and tell Aria's story.
Our goal is to create a 135 page hardcover
The first 30 pages of Home of the Brave is already available for download, and available as an iBook. If you know of any other way to freely distribute it, please let us know. The preview entitled The New Colossus gives readers a peek at what our small team was able to produce, and also acted as a test product to gauge our production, costs, and timeline for producing a piece of graphic literature. We've already thumbnailed and laid out the remaining 105 pages, and need your help in bringing it to print.
Where your money is going:
Our goal is a humble $12,000
$7,000 to cover our printing costs
$1,400 towards Kickstarter and Amazon fees
$2,600 towards shipping and packaging costs from Honolulu, HI
$1,000 for eight months of work to split between the two of us
Artwork from Home of the Brave
We are in no small part encouraged and inspired by some of the amazing real-life heroes fighting human trafficking every day:
Risks and challenges
The main challenges we've anticipated include:
Printing - We've already procured quotes, templates, turnaround times, and shipping costs.
Timeliness - We are aware that meeting customer expectations is an important criteria, and have committed layouts and rough pencils to all 135 pages, and are now inking and coloring the remainder of the book. Our estimates to getting the finished book to our customers are based on our progress thus far.
- (37 days)